This little amigurumi toy is a representation of the mushroom character found in Nintendo's Mario games. I made it using a free pattern at Wolfdreamer, a 4.5mm hook and scraps of red and white cashmerino dk yarn left over from ds's Where's Wally hat.
Before I started, I could only produce a simple crochet chain, as used in provisional cast-on and to make chain edgings and ties. Ravelry enquiries had identified videos as a good way to progress from this point, so I studied the following aspects of crochet on YouTube (note: American terms used below, as that's what was specified in the Mario pattern; I've also included links to the video demos I used when learning).
- single crochet (sc) - Mikey's mail single crochet lesson
- magic circle - Teresa's magic circle demonstration (I particularly like Teresa's demonstrations because they are followed by a slow-motion repeat, this is very helpful. In fact, for magic circle, I had to sit in front of the computer and follow her movements exactly several times, before I finally got the hang of it)
- sc in front loop - sc in front and back loop tutorial - relevant part of demo starts about 6:14
- sc decreases - Teresa's decreases demonstration
Trebles and half-trebles up next (or whatever the equivalent US crochet terms are!)