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Old 01-30-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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What have I gotten myself into!
I did it. I picked up a crochet hook. My friend is a self taught crochet person and taught me a single crochet yesterday. Last night all I did was work on a dishcloth. I kept decreasing and had a triangle so started over and over and over, until finally I came out with something that is presentable. I will post a photo later, but now I'm interested in learning more techniques. She began to teach me how to crochet in a circle today, a bit tricker with a double crochet. As if knitting wasn't enough for me.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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Ahhh! So you've been bitten by the crochet bug, eh? Nothing wrong with that. It's a great craft to learn! You'll probably pick it up quickly since you seem to have taken to knitting so well.

I actually crochet a lot faster than I knit, but there are those who disagree with me for sure. And rather than thinking of this as adding more hobbies to your already busy life, consider it as adding new tools to the toolbox--it's always handy to know how to do something in more than one way!

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:15 PM   #3
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I think it's good to know the basic's of crochet if you're a knitter or vise versa, I've seen a lot of patterns that say "Now grab your crochet hook"

I do like the way that crochet looks though. I don't know how far I'll go with it since I am just moving past beginner in knitting, I'd call myself intermediate. Here is the result of the dishcloth. Some mistakes but not too shabby.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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There are only about five or six stitches in crochet to learn and once you understand them, you're really past the basics. Oh, and many stitches (particularly, the triple crochet, double triple crochet, and so on) are just a derivative of a double crochet. The change comes in the number of times you wrap the yarn around the hook to begin with and how many loops you pull it through to complete the stitch . . . . so same song, just a bit more of it, if you will.

I like the look of crochet, too, and there are all kinds of stitch patterns to choose from. If you flip through a crochet stitch book, you might be surprised at the variety of patterns you can achieve with crochet. And almost all of those patterns use the same basic five or six stitches.

Your dishcloth looks great! I don't see any mistakes! Very impressive for your first crochet project!
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:43 PM   #5
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That looks good!

Crochet was my first entanglement with yarn. If you scroll down to post #30 and find my photo in this thread, you can see part of an afghan I crocheted. If you're interested.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:42 PM   #6
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That's a very pretty afghan, GG (and the socks are lovely, too)!
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:49 AM   #7
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(That IS a gorgeous afgan, GG... wow!)

Anyway, just a wave to Lovebug and to say that's a great washcloth. I am brand new to crochet, too, except for the sc edging in knitting patterns like you mentioned. I'm really enjoying it. I love the lacy edging stitches and am wanting to get some books from amazon payday on different lacy edgings. I do the same thing with the accidental decreasing --and increasing at times too, but got lots of help here.

It's that the last stitch on the row is smaller and easily lost or thought to be part of the edge, and I still have troubles determining if It's the stitch or not. I count every row after I've done it to make sure. Tedious but I imagine that I'll get to figure it out automatically one day. I'm better at spotting the first stitch now... it looks like a triangle to me. Otherwise I would skip it a lot and have to redo.

So we'll be learning together. Hope you continue and have lots of fun. Looking forward to seeing the pics. I wish I had more time to be here and see all the projects. Well, have a great day!
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I went ahead and bought a little book by patons on crocheting and I am so darn lost. The instructions stink! Not sure if crochet is going to be the thing for me.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:28 PM   #9
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I went ahead and bought a little book by patons on crocheting and I am so darn lost. The instructions stink! Not sure if crochet is going to be the thing for me.
Oh no! Don't give up! Check out my video tutorials http://www.hookedonneedles.com/ by clicking on the crochet link on my sidebar. Step by step, one stitch at a time, just like we are sitting together crocheting!

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Where are you hung up? Are you wanting to go on or lose the book and hook? Seriously, if you are wanting to learn to crochet, let us know where you're stuck and maybe we can help you find the videos or instructions you need.

I learned to crochet back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, I was 17 and determined to do it. I got a book that taught how to crochet a granny square and I finally got it. It took me a long time.
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