What have you done out of Frustration with Crochet instructions, that make no sense?

Have you ever gotten so frustrated with a crochet project that you threw your work or did something unusual out of frustration?  When I was younger, I threw my yarn, hook and project across the room.  Then I beat the skein of yarn against floor and ended up with a yarn blob, knot mess.  I had to wind the mess in to a ball after that because the yarn was all in knots. After that,  I felt better and a few days later figured out the pattern.


This post is inspired by a comment on my YouTube channel, where someone told me they broke their crochet hook out of frustration.



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Comments

  1. When I was first trying to learn how to crochet in October, I bought a teach yourself to crochet kit (it came with various hooks, yarn markers -- which are totally useless -- little yarn bobbins -- again, so far, useless -- and an instructional book "I Can't Believe I Taught Myself to Crochet!"). The instructions for how to make the stitches were so confusing that I was doing stitches completely wrong and ended up with a huge tangle of knots. I ended up crying for four hours and almost gave up; I would have given up if my fiance hadn't taken to youtube and eventually found your site and video tutorials.

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  2. Nothing quite that bad. Most of the time I can fudge my way through it when I have worked my way through all my crochet resources and can't figure it out. However, I do have a few that have made some crashing sounds as they hit the trash. No I don't always save the yarn. Sometimes the pieces are so mangled it is not coming back.

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  3. My daughter wanted a modern winterhat as the youngs had. I bought the newest version of the STYLE Special from Schoeller and Stahl. nr. 1.As I am a beginner I learn to read the patterns first. Ok, this pattern seems so easy that I started, I read, I crochet, I pull out, I start over and over again. I took the magazine to my neighbour ( 85 years old and in her time she made her own winterclothes etc etc) She read and start , she took her pen en paper and do it over and over, she drink like three cups of coffee, and start over again. I got so frustrated that I start crying. I am not use that I can't learn or do something that I like to do. I throw away the magazine,went to the mall and buy my daughter an expensive outfit for her wintersport. I never try again........

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  4. Interesting. I'm so much more dull than this - I just put the work away when it frustrates me!

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  5. Hi Teresa, When I was about 10, my friend/neighbour asked my Mum to teach her, so I joined in. After about an hour, my friend had learned and gone home and my Mum continued with me for the rest of the evening and the next evening, until in sheer desperation, she threw my crochet and hook into our fire. She then had to jump up quickly and fish it out again. It was a very funny experience and one we never forgot. Now I crochet all the time and my friend never crochets. I take a long time to learn anything, but once I have got the hang of it, I have it forever, with your expert help as well of course.
    Mary

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  6. This just happened to me yesterday when I was trying to figure out a new slipper pattern. It must have just been me because I had done stuff like this pattern before, so out of frustration I said to myself "screw you pattern, I'll just make up my own!" which would have entailed a slipped made up of three separate pieces eventually stitched together. It would have worked! But once I found the right Youtube video to make my brain un-fog, I unravelled it all and went about the correct pattern lol.

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  7. HAHA their are two patterns I have yet to ever figure out and they came from crochet today mag one is baby booties and the other is ear warmers for the winter for you ears I can't figure it out no how I just gave up on them. I just throw the mags then feel better and go back and pick it up and retry it

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  8. I have never, ever given up. I always get there, eventually. NB I have a lot more patience with things than I do with people ;)

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  9. I tend to just abandon whatever project I'm on if it gets frustrated.
    Especially now I moved myself onto bamboo hooks (that I love!)

    I can't believe I've discovered your blog, I found you years ago on youtube (loserbearsmum) and you got me crocheting again!
    x

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  10. When I get frustrated I will try to work through it a few times and if I still cant figure it out then I just set it aside and start on a new project. It takes a while for me to get to that point thought. I will spend hours looking at videos on youtube and looking up tutorials to try and figure it out before I will give up.

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  11. I growl and either pull the whole thing out or make up what I do next. That usually works, although my project doesn't always end up looking like the original pattern...

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  12. I used to get frustrated so much because I am a self taught crocheter but am a perfectionist. I can tell you the two don't really go together.
    I am frustrated today which is why I came to your blog to see if I could find a video to help me. Can't so I will ask you.
    I have a really hard time knowing which stitch is actually the place to put my first stitch into. I am sure there must be some sort of rule about it so that I could be sure. It seems that my piece is getting a little slanted. I just would like to know how to be sure about which is the first and last stitch of a row I always seem to have a problem with this.
    Anyway now instead of throwing my work in the trash or in the back of the cupboard. I come here to see if you have a video.

    Also I have several times bagged up unfinished work and wool and given to St Vincent's or R3ed Cross Op shop,

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  13. that's funny, i haven't gone that far (yet). when i get frustrated i just abandon the project. i might pick it up again in the future but most of the time it ends up being frogged and turned into something else.

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  14. Jen,
    I suggest counting so you can get an accurate stitch count on each row. There are two loops at the top of each stitch, even the first stitch. That is what I like to go below because I find it makes the stitches more secure. It is a matter of preference so there are not any exact rules. Crochet is very flexible. With many techniques you will find different variations. I learned different things by experimentation and trial and error.

    Beginner Crochet Stitches

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  15. Hola Teresa,primera vez que comento porque no me siento segura con las técnicas para el usode la computadora.Sigo aprendiendo.Te felicito y agradezco todo lo lindo que nos regalas con tus videos de enseñanza.Te contesto que mis líos con el crochet es cuando me enojo con quienes en la televisión,supuestamente están enseñando y lo mas complicado no lo dicen ,entonces hay que adivinar o crear.Pero tu eres una reina de perfección.Para mi es un gusto ver todos tus videítos que son tan valiosos y claros.Me haría feliz ver un tunecino doble faz;así tejeré bufanda varonil.De Argentina

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  16. Thank you so much for your answer. I am such a stickler for rules and following them that it was good to know that I could use trial and error. I have done it the way that seemed to work best and look right. And in the end I think that was correct. I have finished the long length cardigan now and the button band has a nice straight edge!! I am scared to try it on in case I am disappointed after al my hard work.
    Today will be the day!!!

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  17. Hehe glad to know that I'm not the only one. I've thrown my crochet hook and yarn across the room and bent my crochet hook. That was when I was still first learning and funny enough, the throwing occurred while watching one of your videos!

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  18. I put it away when it frustrates me, and then about 2 to 3 weeks later, I get it out again. It's the challenge that keeps me going. I look at it with fresh eyes and a fresh mind, and I can usually figure it out. If not, I take it to my crochet group and ask for help.

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  19. LOL! I take it apart and then usually throw offending pattern away. ;)

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  20. Wow. those are some large reactions. umm.... when I get frustrated with a pattern, I usually make my own instructions from that point, or just do a different pattern. Knitting and crocheting have always been the most relaxing activities in my life (except for drawing and sewing), and the only problem I have with them is my hands hurting sometimes. Even untangling large knots of yarn isn't too stressful.

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  21. My crochet journey started out just like "improvingwithoutcounting" did with the "How to" booklet. And definately didn't get anywhere until I started watching you on youtube. Now-a-days if I had trouble with a pattern I'd try and fake my way through it (try and crochet what I think the pattern is telling me) and if that looks terrible I'll give up completely on the pattern and find a similar yet easier one to follow one.

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  22. I usually take it out a few times and try again and all the while, sighing, growling, pulling my hair out, etc until my husband comes and removes the project from my hands. To which I say, "Let me try one more time! I think I get it now!" Which of course, isn't true! Ha, ha!! :)

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  23. nothing dramatic for me... yet!!
    I'm working on a sampler blanket for my sister though and I've gotten VERY frustrated with two squares. One I know has errors in the pattern and I wasn't able to figure them out so after growling a few times and restarting about 3, I just hopped on Ravelry and found some substitute squares. Unfortunately, if I throw yarn, certain children take that as a cue to completely unwind it all over the house!

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  24. even though i can be the violent type i havent done anything more destructive than scream. if its early in the project then i will just undo it and take that as a que to dispose of it all together but if im midway through or almost finished then i will either ask my grandma or mom, go on youtube, or just fake it. ( or sometimes i still give up)

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  25. These were great to read. The craziest & dumbest thing I ever did out of frustration was to take the scissors to the yarn blob mess I made from unraveling a project for the umpteenth time and just hack the heck out of the poor yarn.

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