I never expected it to be so hard.
It's just so different from knitting.
Suffice it to say that every time I returned to crochet between other projects, my frustration levels increased and I got nowhere. So, the crochet hooks and book were shoved to the bottom of my knitting bag and were ignored for a while until I saw a pattern I really liked on a another blog and decided to give it another go.
This week has been a revelation.
I'm still far from being a competent crocheter (s that even a word?) - but kootoyoo provided a video demonstrating how to make up her shrug pattern and I realised that my problem was my crochet book (that's right - I'm blaming my tools!). The video sorted out a few of my fundamental problems with the instructions in my crochet book and I was off.
I didn't follow any pattern at first - just doodled with some left-over yarn:
I was getting quite good at going round in circles!
Then I made my first granny square (following a pattern found on Purl Bee this time):
Yep - it's actually relatively square and doesn't look like a load of randomly knotted wool (you should have seen some of my earlier attempts... or maybe not!).
So I tried following the shrug pattern to see if it made sense - I could only go so far though as I ran out of yarn just into my fourth round.
Not sure how accurate it is, but again it doesn't look too bad:
The question is this - is this good enough to commit to buying some yarn and attempting the shrug? I'm still debating that one and will probably depend on what I find on my next trip to the wool shop.
It could be a good project to take with me on my next trip (yes - I'll be away again very soon!).
Or maybe I should try to crack my other fundamental crochet problem - I simply cannot crochet anything in rows and keep the same number of stitches in each row!! Makes for some 'interesting' and completely unsatisfactory results