I learned to crochet with the help of YouTube, yarn websites like Garnstudio & Lion Brand and crochet bloggers. These are free websites, or run by people like you and me who just want to share their knowledge and make other crocheter’s lives easier. I’ve learned so much, and taken away so much inspiration from others that I think it’s high time I start doing the same.
This blog is already my place where I share what I’ve done, but I don’t feel I’ve really taught anyone anything. Not in the way that I’ve been taught by bloggers who take the time to take step by step photos, or make detailed videos.
In light of this, and St. Francis of Assisi’s wise words: “For it is in giving that we receive” there is a new section on my blog called Photo Tutorials.
I’ve only made one tutorial so far: How To Make A Single Colour Granny Square. It’s not a ground breaking new design, but I had to start somewhere. 🙂 In time I will add more photo tutorials and eventually video tutorials as well.
I will do all my photo tutorials as PDF documents. That way I don’t create huge blogposts, and the document can be printed. It will also include a (hand drawn!) crochet diagram. I think crochet diagrams are great. If you learn to crochet with a set of photos and then look at the diagram for what you’ve just crocheted, it should be easy to grasp how to crochet from diagrams. That’s how I learned, so I’m hoping it will work for others too.
Please give me your feedback. If you think it’s okay and clear enough, I will use it as a template for all future photo tutorials.
You can find the link to my Photo Tutorials page here.
Ina Dandridge said:
Looks very clear to me. I haven’t tested it by making a square but looks good. I was thrown for a second when it said DC and I remembered its in American terms, do you need to state that on your tutorials page?? Only other thing I thought of was that it might use lots of ink if I was going to print it…. But then I probably wouldn’t anyway. Would most likely have page open on iPad next to me. Well done.
Thanks for the great feedback. On the last page I say that it is written in US crochet terms. I find learing to crochet easier when you use US terms and that’s what I’m most comfortable with as well, so it just came easier to do it in US terms.
elisabeth andrée said:
To me your tutorial is clear and the photos are beautiful.
For crocheters who like to print…. it are 15 pages and with a colored background, I think they will need new cartridges.
However, well done to you!
I’m thinking they might send the link to hubby to print at the office 😉
I’ve decided to remove the yellowish background colour on all the pages so that it will use less toner when printed. I’ll update the tutorial this evening. Thanks you everyone for your comments!
I like the idea of pdf files. May well have to ‘borrow’ that idea if that is ok?
Just as long as you don’t “borrow” my actual pdf files, I’m fine with that.
No of course I wouldn’t dream of it.
Ana BC said:
I feel the same way as you do…and that is why I also share my patterns and ideas. It is agreat idea to share them in pdf form. I love charts too! Thanks for sharing!!!
Very clear Natasja. I would also suggest stating US/UK stitches at start of tutorial and not end. Good luck! Can’t believe what they did to your yarn bomb.
The Little Room of Rachell said:
Think it’s good but you need the this is USA crochet terms part at the very beginning of the tutorials, with a key to the UK equivalent.
Thanks Rachel and Gerlene for your comments. I actually already moved the “crocheted in US terms” to the front page when I removed the yellowish background as suggested by other readers. It’s just the screenshot of of the pdf that still doesn’t show the US bit on the front page, but the actual document does.
Natasja, I have looked at dozens and dozens of tutorials for single color granny squares online and in books. Yours is the first that I’ve found that didn’t have each row starting in the corner and ending with slip stitching. The solid granny has been the bane of my exsistance since I started crocheting almost two years ago! It’s as though I have a huge mental block where they are concerned! I can crochet from just about any pattern and have even created a few patterns of my own but put yarn and a needle in my hands and tell me I have to crochet a granny square and my brain shorts out! Your squares don’t have that horrible tell-tale diagonal joining line! I love it! Goodness gracious. I knew there was a way to crochet it so you didn’t have that horrid line but my brain just refused to spit out the solution. Thanks heaps and bunches! I’m SOOOOOOO happy! You made my whole month!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me. I am chuffed to bits that I could help you out! Happy crocheting :-)))