When I was in Portland for the Handmade Nation premier, I had the pleasure of meeting crochet guru, Kim Werker. I confided in Kim that, though I’d taken one crochet class a year and a half ago, I’d never been able to get past the frustration of uneven work and felt like there was no hope for me and the crochet hook. She and Diane Gilleland took me under their wings at a crafty afternoon at Susan Beal’s house and proceeded to demonstrate how to make a granny square. Again, frustration set in. At one point, I actually looked up and said, “You know, I just don’t think I’m meant to crochet.” Kim decided that I’d started in the wrong place and became determined to get me going with a plain old double crochet. With a few minutes of instruction, she had me going full throttle with rows of double crochet. I crocheted on my flights all the way home, and loved it. But I was still having some issues with wonky, uneven ends to my piece. Thankfully, Kim has put together an amazing step-by-step tutorial with ultra-clear photographs to demystify the double crochet for beginners. And while I’d rather be sitting next to her learning, this tutorial will be a good substitute until the next time we can meet. And, if you haven’t already listened Diane’s Crafty Pod interview with Kim about making a creative career, be sure to check it out. It’s one of the single best podcast episodes (on any subject!) to which I have ever listened. Enjoy!