I’ve been knitting for a while now–my mom taught me the basics when I was 14, and everything else I picked up through books and online (things really took off when we got high-speed internet and I could watch tutorial videos!). I decided it’s finally time for me to learn to crochet, and YouTube videos helped tremendously. I watched a couple explaining the chain stitch, and that’s simple enough. I had a hard time figuring out what to do from that point and how to go onto the next row–this is the only vide I found that explained it. After that I was ready to go–crocheting is very easy!

Crocheting is very tactile, which took me a while to get used to.  It allows a lot of creativity and is not very structured.  I think I prefer knitting still; it’s strange having to search to pick up the next stitch rather than have it on the needle. I can knit anything without looking at all, but crocheting doesn’t allow for you to enjoy a movie while working.

The very first day learned to crochet, I knit myself this bow headbands (that’s how easy crocheting is compared to knitting!). I’m still torn on whether it’s too childish or if Lady Gaga made bows okay, but I love wearing it. Headbands don’t normally work on me, but this one does. It’s also very comfortable and stays firmly in place.

The dress is from American Eagle. It’s so light, and I love the design! I only wish it weren’t so prone to wrinkles.  I fixed that particular headband so that the bow hangs crooked; the other ones I made are straight in light with the bands.

After a few friend told me they wanted to buy one, I spent a day making a few of different colors. I put five on my Etsy, but four were gone within two hours.

Sadly, I’m nearly out of yarn, but I placed an order for more yesterday so should have some fun headbands available soon. If you want to bookmark my shop for later, I’m selling them for just $5 each!


  1. Crocheting was definitely easier for me than knitting, but I think you also have a lot of natural talent for crafty things! One of the first things I did was mess around making a headband as well, but it didn’t look anything like that!

  2. I’m totally the opposite! I can crochet while watching tv or talking, but knitting requires my full concentration.
    Everything you make ends up looking great, though. Those headbands look a lot better than my first crochet project did, that’s for sure. :)

    • Alyssa Reply

      How do you do that?! I have to look down for every single stitch to find what I’m stitching into, unless I’m just doing a chain stitch. Knitting is definitely more difficult; it always takes me a while (and sometimes multiple starts) to really get the feel of what I’m making. Usually after a few rounds the patterns are pretty easy to memorize, though! Especially once you get to the point where you can stop counting and actually see what the stitches are doing, if you know what I mean.

  3. Sharmell Elza Reply

    These are super cute! Great job! I just taught myself to crochet last week and I made my 4 year old niece a beret hat with a really cute flower on it. I decided to make the flowers (and bows) be interchangable by attaching them with a clear snap. So far all I can find is a small 2 inch bow. These are super cute and the bow is the exact size I would love to learn to make. Did you find these on a youtube video?
    Thank you

    • alyssabyoung Reply

      Hey there! I’m sorry I can be very enlightening as to the pattern. At the time I wasn’t willing to give it away, as I was selling these in an Etsy shop. I don’t even remember the pattern anymore!

      I love that you have been so productive in just one week of self-taught crocheting!

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