I have a confession to make... I crochet WRONG... perhaps a collective gasp isn't called for but maybe an explanation would do.
I am totally self taught. Read lots of books, tried watching you tube to get some tips but I could never master how my hands were meant to work together. Whatever I tried just didn't feel right. I couldn't get the hook and yarn to do what I needed it to and it would all end in failure. The only way that I could get something to resemble what i was trying to get it to was to create my own technique.
so here is a little video of how it should look when you crochet, from a great Aussie blog Meet me at Mikes
and here is my little Video on how NOT to crochet.
P.S its kinda hard to balance your phone in between your knees to record yourself crocheting!
So yes, my technique is flawed in many ways but I am still able to create what I want from strings of yarn and a little metal hook thing. The only 'side effect' I've discovered is I tend to crochet pretty tight.
One day, when I have some time on my hands (the catch-cry of the busy mum) I'll wrangle up some Nannas to show me the 'right' way. But really does it matter how you get there as long as you make it in the end? After years of doing it the wrong way, perhaps the right way wont be the way for me after all.