need some suggestions please
Yesterday I decided to start crocheting because I need a relaxing hobby (that doesn't involve a computer ).
I went to Walmart and picked some yarn. I bought Red Heart's Cherry Chip yarn. I tried to look up some patterns online, but even the beginner ones seemed to list a few different stitches.
I looked up youtube videos and learned how to the treble/double stitch, and I went to work on a scarf... this is what it looks like right now:
I'm not happy with it, and at this point I'd like to just quit and call it a potholder (or whatever) and start something new. I dislike the way the colors are spotted, as well as the pattern to the spots.
I would like something that looks more like this: http://www.fourgates.com/images/shawls/SilkScarf.jpg... The color pattern is more speckled instead of being spotted like mine. What I'd really like is something that looks more like this: http://potlikker.typepad.com/bekka/images/dsc09369.jpg, but I think (correct me if I'm wrong) that scarf is knitted rather than crocheted?
So I guess what I'm trying to ask is:
* Is the pattern that's there the result of my changing the gauge of my stitches while I was crocheting?
* Would the colors be less spotted and more speckled if the width of the scarf was different?
* Is there a different stitch I could use to make it so the color pattern had more of a random, speckled look?
* Are the color patterns of something determined by the yarn itself? I mean, are there yarns that are colored more randomly with the purpose of providing a random, speckled look?
* Do different multi-colored yarns have different patterns that they work best with, based on the spacing and pattern of the coloring of the yarn itself?
I'm willing to go buy some knitting needles and learn to knit if that's what I need to do in order to end up with results I like more, but I'd rather not have to run back to the craft store right now. Is "beginner" knitting more complex or more simple than "simple" crocheting (or is it comparable)?
Because my overall goal here is to do something that relaxes me, I don't want to end up doing something that's really complex in hopes that I'll end up with something that looks better. I just want to sit down with some yarn and relax.