The joy of crochet is its simplicity: there is only ever one stitch in work and just a few variations of the basic stitches to master, but the possibilities of using and combining those stitches together are endless.
A week and a half ago, my 11 year old neighbor, Malak, asked if I could teach her to crochet.
Lesson number one: the chain stitch. Once she felt she understood how to do it, she would go home to practice.
Lesson two: single crochet.
I was so pleased with how quickly she was able to pick it up even though she felt her work was messy. I told her that she can't expect to be perfect when she just started and besides that, I've tried to teach adults who never got past making chain stitches, so I think she's doing great!
On Tuesday, she announced she wanted to make a scarf but I told her we needed to take it one step at a time. I figured a much simpler project would be more satisfying.
So lesson number three was crocheting a circle that was transformed into a flower by using the stitches she had already learned. At the rate she's going, she'll be crocheting that scarf in no time.