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megan_brianne
« on: May 23, 2007 01:53:57 PM »

Hi!  I'm Megan.  I'm brand new to craftster and crocheting.  I just started a couple of weeks ago.  What do you recommend for a first project???  Is there anything you wish someone would have told you when you were a beginner??  I would appreciate any advice!!
Your projects are all so inspiring!!

Thank you!!!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2007 12:31:00 PM »

Honestly? I am a do and learn person. I knitted for a long time and learned to crochet just to teach my young daughter. I bought her a book meant for children and found it to be the best book! And the kids books tend to have fun and funky first projects. I know there was a neat little book that had yarn and stitch markers and a hook, a pattern and instructions. It looked like a great way to learn. I would say a dishcloth, a coaster, a scarf would be perfect for beginners.

I really don't go to people for advice because all the people I know are knitters so I'm all alone *sniff sniff*. I guess the best advice for a beginner? Learn to check your gauge from the start. Oh, and most cheap yarn is just that, cheap.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2007 02:22:49 PM »

I've been crocheting for over 30 years and so I think I can give you a few recommendations.

I'd start with something simple like a dishcloth (simple patterns can be found on the back of some cotton yarn wrappers.) 
I agree with Jase that a kids beginner book would also be a good place to start.

One of the most important things, I think, is to try to always crochet with the same tension.  If you start a project, leave it for a few days and start again but don't pay attention to your tension, your item will either grown wider or shrink smaller.

Personally, I don't worry about gauge unless I'm making something to wear.  I find that if you want a project to be larger, just use a larger hook and vice versa.

The most important thing though, is to have fun!


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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2007 02:27:15 PM »

granny squares. range from simple to difficult.  usuallly easy peasy, but you can make numerous things with them.
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2007 05:29:02 PM »

Thank you guys so much!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2007 05:30:26 PM »

Granny squares, dishcloths, scarf, coaster, bookmark, etc...Mini projects that give instant gratification.

Then you can have fun and go on to amigurumi!!!

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My best recommendation to you is to learn your stitches by going her: nextstitch.com

It's the best because you can learn from a video, which is much better than reading written words or pictures.

Once you get the hang of things, you can advance to harder patterns and check out patterns from some sites, such as my favorites: crochetme.com and crochetpatterncentral.com

Crochetme is like an online magazine and crochetpatterncentral has all the patterns you ever need to know!
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2007 06:04:42 PM »

i am a new crocheter also and i learnt by making granny squares. it is the only thing i have made but they are actually a lot of fun! my next project is going to be amigurmi!! they look sooo cute!
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2007 06:07:11 PM »

i am a new crocheter also and i learnt by making granny squares. it is the only thing i have made but they are actually a lot of fun! my next project is going to be amigurmi!! they look sooo cute!

On crochetme, they have an amigurumi guy pattern that's easily adaptable to make it into anything you want.
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