learning crochet/teaching crochet

My youngest son asked me to teach him to crochet. He works nights as a security guard – those nights can really drag.
What to teach?
I started with chain stitch, but that can be boring. So I showed him how to make chains into flowers by doing a few chains (say 12), joining with a slip stitch, then making another 12 chain, joining with a slip stitch in the same place and continuing to make 12 or so ‘petals’.

flower crop a

He made several flowers the first night. What to do with them, were there other stitches he could learn?
So I taught him how to make a granny square. Starting with a magic ring, working 4 groups of 3 trebles (double crochet in US) separated by a chain into the ring, joining with a slip stitch, 3 chain to start the next round. Then continuing to work groups of 3 treble into each space, with two groups in the corners.
By the end of the week he had made a small blanky, with the flowers attached, for his daughter’s first birthday.

jeremy's blanky crop

What simple pattern would you recommend for teaching crochet?

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About Sandra Delemare

follower of Jesus, retired mental health nurse, writer. Interests: crochet, photography, wildlife I blog on biblical meditation, mental health and crochet. I'm also posting a series on my life story so people know where I'm coming from.
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2 Responses to learning crochet/teaching crochet

  1. I don’t know but I’d recommend you as a teacher or your son as a ‘quick’ study….Amazing…Diane

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