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Old 09-25-2007, 04:05 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I just bought "I Taught Myself Crochet". It's by Boye and the same book I bought to teach myself to knit.

Basically I'd like to crochet, so I can do nice edging on blankets and other things. I'm wondering how hard do you think it will be to learn crochet since I'm a knitter at heart? Are there major differences? Since I know how to read a knitting pattern do you think learning to read crochet will be hard?
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:07 PM   #2
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Do you knit english, holding the yarn in your right hand? That'll probably be the hardest thing to get over, having to hold the yarn in your left hand for crocheting, and getting the tension right. Otherwise, it's basically the same thing. Just take your time with it, and come to us with questions when you get stuck!
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Yup, that's how I knit. I throw my yarn. Shoot.....ok, I can do this.

(Takes deep breath and braces self to learn)
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You can do it! *cheers*
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I CAN do it!!! I believe!!!!
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A-Men! you can do it!!!!
but seriously, it isn't any harder than knitting. and while crochet patterns are different, if you can read a pattern for knitting, you can do it. just a matter of remembering the shorthand for all the stitches.

nexstitch.com has lots of videos like Amy's for crochet and I love them.

and go for it!
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Originally Posted by marykz View Post
A-Men! you can do it!!!!
but seriously, it isn't any harder than knitting. and while crochet patterns are different, if you can read a pattern for knitting, you can do it. just a matter of remembering the shorthand for all the stitches.

nexstitch.com has lots of videos like Amy's for crochet and I love them.

and go for it!
Oh, Amy's knitting videos have been a life saver a few times!!! THANK YOU for the link!
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You can do it! Honestly, once you get stuck into it you will probably find that it gets easier the more you practice.

I recommend starting with a small project, like a coaster or a bookmark. Or even just make a swatch doing several rows of single crochet, then several of double crochet, etc until you get the hang of it.

The hardest part for me was learning to recognize the stitches and read the patterns. Once I got those down, I was away!

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Ok, I tried it, and managed to make a triangle.

somehow I was loosing a stitch every row. I started with 12 for the foundation chain. Then I somehow decreased.

I put the hook into the back of the stitch, pulled the yarn through, then wrapped the yarn around the hook, and pulled it through the two stitches on the hook. (Was that right?)

Ok, forgive the fuzzy pic. I took it on my cell, at work, trying to keep people from seeing what I was doing. But you can get a general idea of the shape.

It basically looks like candy corn.
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you didn't start in the very fist stitch on each row- you did some fancy decreasing!! (see, its a design feature) and you might have skipped a space here and there- but you did each mistake consistently- that's good! LOL-

when you look at a new row, unless directed otherwise by a pattern, you start the stitch in the same one you chain up from the last row. that will make the edge more straight.

for clear pictures I also like the crochet answer book; and I checked crochet for dummies out of the library. (I wouldn't buy that one, but it had some good pictures for stitch placement)

Oh! and Craftydaisy (craftydaisies?) blog had a whole series of beginner crochet tutorials that were great- 9 lessons with nice pictures of where to put the hook and what to do. She has been featured on the Craft MAgaine blog a few times so I'm sure if you google craftydaisy you will find her. right now she is doing an embroidery tutorial but the crochet ones are in the archives.

and one more thing- keep counting stitches- I go back and count my stitches in a row often. that way I see right away if I skipped a stitch or made too many.....
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