I chose the colors back then and 30 years later, this chevron pattern and these colors are back in style.
My Mom taught me a basic chain crochet stitch, but it didn't turn into anything, not even a potholder! She said her third grade teacher pulled a few of the girls aside during PE class and taught them to crochet. She taught them to make granny squares.
This afghan inspired me to want to try it myself. I also began meeting with some wonderful ladies at a prayer shawl ministry. These ladies had been stitching for a while and have made beautiful afghans. The first couple of times I attended, I had yet to make one stitch! Ugh, why was starting so hard!
I thought starting out small was best. Maybe a scarf, since I love scarves. I had already pinned several to my board that I might try.
I googled EASY and BEGINNER crochet patterns only to find that those terms are often misleading! Any pattern where each row is a different stitch is not my definition of EASY and BEGINNER! Some of these patterns look like software source code! Ha ha! I really wanted to do one stitch over and over again to make something useful. Was I asking too much?
Finally, I found it! And figured out the "source code" too. Here's the first one I made, in my favorite color, of course. It's a wrap that just goes around your shoulders or across your lap.
While shopping in Michaels one day, I ran across some "baby yarn" on sale. It was so soft and a fun delicious sherbet color.
Yet it was another misleading thing...it was one of those "fun" "boucle" yarns they call them. Not so fun for a beginner to learn with!
I finally did manage the boucle and now it's ready to bless a sweet baby!