It's no secret that I'm not a particularly masterful crocheter. Obviously. But I find it interesting and I like to learn more about it all the time. I'm not sure why, but I don't mind professing my ignorance in this field. It really bothers me when I don't understand a knitting technique, or if I'm unfamiliar with a stitch. Knitting is my main method of yarncrafting, so I guess I feel like I "should" know more about it. It's odd how we develop hangups about things that were intended to be enjoyable pastimes, but that's probably another post for another day.
But crocheting? You can't find someone more willing to advertise her obliviousness across the Interwebs. I have to check books for explanations of the most basic stitches and I Google nearly every word in a crochet pattern. Repeatedly. And then I tell you about it. If I ever tried to post anything to the contrary, you'd see right through me.
But! At least when I tell you that the crochet blackberry stitch is simple, you know it really must be. When I first heard of it, I was expecting something wildly complicated that would result in a bobble that realistically resembled an actual blackberry. But that was apparently just my very literal imagination running away with me after taking advantage of my awe at some of the designs in Baby's Diagonal Aran Afghans--which features the crochet blackberry stitch in the Blackberries and Crosses pattern.
Imagine my surprise and delight to discover that the blackberry is a bit like working a picot stitch! It's a simple and easy way to make a cute little embellishment. The blackberry is worked by chaining 3 stitches and then crocheting a single crochet as you typically would in between 2 single crochets. See for yourself!
See? Easy as (blackberry) pie. Sorry. I had to. (Yes, I know blackberry cobbler is more common.) This stitch just seems like one of those neat little tricks crocheters sometimes pull off that add so much to a project. And while Baby's Diagonal Aran Afghans may as well be sitting with the sci-fi and fantasy books on my shelf because of how impossible its patterns may seem to me right now, I'm learning. Slowly and surely I'm learning. I've got the book, I've got access to video tutorials for every technique called for, and now I know how to work the crochet blackberry stitch.
It seems like a good place to start!