Crochet by Southern Hands

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About Crochet by Southern Hands

My name is Chalyn Myers, and I am Southern Hands.

I started crocheting decades ago. I learned the basics from my mother, who's a lefty like me. From there I figured out how to read patterns written for righties and produce things that didn't look reversed. I taught myself how to knit by reading the entry for knitting in the J/K volume of our encyclopedia set, way back in the Dark Ages when people had physical multi-volume encyclopedias filling their bookshelves. (I didn't really stick with it though because I couldn't knit as quickly as I could crochet, and I can't handle perceived lack of progress. I've come back to it...sort of...but in knook form, which is knitting with a crochet hook.) I love to make things with yarn! I spent years making things other people designed, wishing that I could make things I designed. And then I bought a book...

It was called Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits. I owe my designing journey, modest though it is, to its author, Shirley Paden. In the foreword, Shirley talks about how a coworker helped her rekindle her love of knitting shortly before she lost her job. With her newfound freedom she decided to pursue pattern design in spite of the fact that she really knew very little about knitting and even less about design. She put her nose to the grindstone, took every opportunity to learn about knitting, patterns, and garment construction, and now has a successful business designing and knitting custom garments.

That's what I wanted to do. I just didn't have the guts to do it. It's been several years since I first picked up Shirley's book, and I've finally taken the plunge. I've even roped my husband into it! (He does the writing for descriptions and listings. I just add in a tidbit here and there.) I have a list of techniques and stitches that I want to learn, and I'm figuring out how to get from the experimenting-with-a-hook-and-some-yarn stage to the nice, neat, professional-looking pattern stage. It is a journey, and I wish that I'd started it when I first picked up that book. But I sure am glad I'm on it now.

Thank you to all my patrons, both current and future, for joining me as I begin unpacking from my mind and committing to yarn the ideas I've had stored in my head all these years!

P.S. Don't forget to visit the shop!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SouthernHandsServe
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When I reach $125/month, I will begin adding charts to all my patterns.

Sometimes a chart is easier to read than a written pattern. If a picture is worth a thousand words, chart symbols are, too. Well...maybe not a thousand. But there are definitely times when a technique or stitch pattern is easier to explain with symbols than with words. There are a few options for creating crochet charts, but unfortunately none of them are easy to use. To be perfectly honest, I need some motivation to make myself sit down and learn. 
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