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Vanessa - You did a wonderful job explaining the basics. I have crocheted for many years but found your review so helpful - sort of a refresher course! Thanks - I can only imagine how much time and thought you put into this presentation!


Great job! Let's hope some more hookie chicks get the bug and join the sisterhood. Looking forward to the pattern.....

Helen Charlton

Gosh Vanessa, I couldn't do it if i tried!!!
Where do you get the patience!!


Terrific job showing the how-to on basic crochet (I took a class in March, so I feel like I'm way ahead for once). Looking forward to the full pattern for the square. that a heart shaped scar on your left thumb? It's adorable. I've always been more of a tattoo girl myself, but you've got me thinking I was all wrong.

Gerry Hook

Vanessa, the first Comment listed above says it all. Anne has taken my very thoughts.

We can certainly see that you've taken lots of thought and time to present this session. Your written instruction leaves nothing to the imagination and your visual is exceptional.

I've crocheted, though not too much in the recent decade, and I know your instruction will give me a new perspective. I know I'll come away with new ideas and techniques.

We appreciate all the thought and effort you've put forth. We know how much time it takes for a project of this scope.

Thanks for your caring.


Beautiful and very nicely explained!


What patience and devotion to all novice crocheters out here to take so much care to explain the basics. Did you rope in Hugo to take the photo's? Thanks Vanessa I am really looking forward to your pattern. I've got the yarn all ready in my basket! Karenx


Wayhay, a great tutorial and I remembered most of it! Fab! The only part I had forgeotten was the bit about how to count the chains (which may explain why some of my stuff was a bit odd!). Will be back for more Vanessa - and thanks for entering my giveaway xx

Karen Barrett

Thank you so much! MORE PLEASE! My son bought me a book on crochet for beginners and I have been struggling, never thought I'd be able to get it. Your tutorial was so clear that I've got the yarn out and I'm ready to start afresh. I look forward to learning to crochet with you.


Ooh Vanessa thankyou for taking the time to do such a detailed tutorial - I feel as if I could actually attempt it myself (just need to get yarn, oh and a hook of course!) actually my aunt can crochet so maybe I can borrow some from her. Looking forward to your pattern tomorrow xxx Gem


Lovely crocheting. I am hosting a book swap over on my blog. It is a permanent feature, which will always be on my blog, it is not a one off, like the rose theme swap I'm hosting. I have listed a load of my books which I am willing to swap, take a look, there may be some you fancy. If you would like to list books which you no longer want, and are willing to swap, just contact me at [email protected], or leave a comment on my blog, with your name, the name of your blog and the books you wish to swap, and I will type them up and post them on the swap page, so the more and more people who participate, the wider the range of books there will be to choose from, and remember, it will always be there on my blog.
Take Care
Love Melanie xxx

graceful mice and gentle moons

That's lovely!
So well explained
You're an angel
and you have such dainty hands x
I can't wait for the next instalment.
I've put up part 2 of my jam jar hugger tutorial today, it's the housey one :o)

graceful mice and gentle moons

I must get my sister over here
She is longing to learn to crochet.


Goodness that must have taken you ages and ages, but thank you so much. It's definitely going to be the finally push I needed to get started on trying to crochet. Am going to go and buy hook and yarn at the weekend. Expect me to be back with lots and lots and lots of questions (but do say when you've had enough!) You've explained it all so clearly, and with such great photos, I can't wait to try now. Have you ever thought of teaching a class - am sure you would be brilliant!


wow how lovely of you to take your time to do that !!! i could have done with it a few months ago when hunched over a badly filmed youtube video and then realising a month later i had taught myself american stitches names rather than english!!!
looking forward to the square pattern :-)
lesley x


Wow, what patience you have to take all those photos. I taught myself from a book, but don't do it the way you do. The finished product looks OK though.


Vanessa thats a sooper-dooper tutorial!
I think I'll be doing a crochet post someday next week and would like to send peeps across to you for learning basics, is that oK??
I've found some fabulous crochet stuff on the net recently and feel inspired all over again to try new things, or variations on old things lol.

Looking forward to seeing tomorrows pattern, tis a lot of work hey, photographing and writing it all out takes longer than anticipated, I know..


I picked up lots of crochet bits at a carboot sale recently but havent even tried it yet - thank you for giving me the start i needed :)


Hi Vanessa
I've popped over here to wish you a happy (and hopefully sunny weekend). Many thanks for your sweet comments (for all your sweet and encouraging comments).
I am still in awe of this amazing tutorial you've put up, you are such a lovely person (and talented too, it's really great stuff) to put so much effort in for crochet beginners.
Thank you


You rock! Seriously! I love the squares and can't wait to start on the pattern and I LOVED that you started from the very beginning with pics!! I want to hug you! ((hug)) Will you be showing how to join all the blocks too? And how many do we need to make altogether? And how to make the flowers? Can you tell I'm excited?? hehe

Thank you so much!! :)


Oh thankyou sooooooooooooooo much my Sister (skippinginthemeadow) directed me over her and thankgod she did as I get it now,you are brilliant at tutorials much better expained then the books I got here.Thankyou again Love Paula x p.s I will link up to here when I post my little square up if thats ok?

Terri Moore

I just found your blog the other day. I love this pattern and have already begun working on it. Thank you so much for sharing it. I look forward to continuing to follow your progress on it.


Thank you so much for this - any idea how many balls - we will need? I am not yet ready to hit the wool shops of Malvern as I ahve a huge stash of wools all bought for projects that I couldn't really understand!


i have been wanting for years to learn how to crochet you made it easy to follow and the pics helped so much
thank you

Kathleen Wardingley

wonderful i have wanted to crochet for years had books to learn but never got anywhere i just hope the next bit is as easy thankyou so much its been a dream come true [email protected]


Brilliant, very clear instructions, many thanks. you make it so easy to follow


thank you thank you thank you for this! Believe it or not, I just dug out a crochet needle from my mum's knitting things and I decided to learn how to crochet flowers! :) This tutorial will certainly help in getting started.
Hope you don't mind, but since I love your blog lots, I'd like to put a link to your site on my new little creative blog:
If you have time and feel like it, please check in once in a while :)

n janane

At last someone who thought the idiots amongst us would like to learn too......... Thanks a million :)


so excited too find you and your site am new at crochet wow head spining tutorials showing us seniors happy will be knowing your talents in our crochet and knit club

Jane Carbone

just viewed your web site. I would love to have the rest of the pattern.


I am a lefty, and while your instructions seem thorough, they're not translating well in my brain.
Is it possible, instead of saying "left to right, right to left" say clockwise or counter?
I'm unclear on what exactly I should swap backwards.



Would love to know how to change colors without tying a knot and having straggling strands.

Kaye Sweat

I am left handed and just taught myself how to crochet. I'm excited to try this out.wish me luck, I'm so new at this and have some rough edges on the wash cloth I made.


This is called a tutorial! I've learned but I will forward your link to those who do not learn and I know some! thank you!Greetings from the Croatia!

Nicie Ibarra

Thank you so much for such detailed instructions! My daughter and I have been wanting to learn how to crochet but hadn't found a good tutorial until now. :)


This kind of handcraft comes form China


I love the crocheted necklace. Can you tell me how to do that? I love it!!!!!!!!!!


♥ ¡Hola Vanesa!

Quiero aprender hacer corazones a crochet.

Muchas gracias!

¡Bs!♥ Maggie

Cheryl @ finding the beauty

Thank you so much!!! I'm a beginner and this really helped me! Found you through pinterest. :)


Dear Venessa,

Thank You so much for all these (patient) explanations and pictures. I am from India. I am totally new to crochet and I love your blog. I just started with your blanket square and I am so impressed with my speed and it is only because of your teaching. Thank You once again.

Love Deepa


I think you have just proven that people who crochet are probably the most patient people in the world = by doing these step by step instructions. When teaching crochet to us "kids" my mom would stand behind us to show us. Unfortunately I did not get the "gene".

But wanted to share with you how one of my left handed nieces learned to crochet from my right handed mom.
They sat knee to knee and then she could copy my mom.


I made knots... I am crochet deficient... :( I will keep at it!!! But I cant promise anything...


I shared you on my Facebook page :D I like your site.


Thank you!!! I have been searching online to learn how to crochet.


ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT TUTORIAL! Just what I have been looking for, thank you so much! :)

Deann Rose

Thank you so much! This is awesome! Definately pinning and definately sharing!

christine  parker

can you do it left handed i am a lefty?


I like that little flower in the middle of the square, I am needing one for some scrap booking projects, is it easy.


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