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« on: January 06, 2008 04:54:29 PM »

Ok i've picked up a crochet needle like twice in my life. I have no idea where to start. I'm a knitter at heart but i'm really eager to learn how to make all these cute things that aren't on my knitting forum lol. So where should i start? Any books i could get? I'm going to get the debbie stoller one but i dunoo if thats for beginners. Oh and what first time hooks should i buy?
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2008 05:00:54 PM »

Did you check out the crochet FAQ's?  Here it is: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=67287.0

There's loads of good info in there! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2008 05:05:53 PM »

Go to the local library and see what books they have its free or you could print a pattern off crochetpatterncentral to start with. Most patterns like knitting have needle size, gauge and yarn requirements. Gauge is very important when following a pattern just as with knitting. Buy yourself a cheap set of hooks  with sizes G,H,I,J,K they will be ideal to begin with. Pick a project and make sure you understand the name of the stitches and the abbreviations. If you don't know those you won't be able to follow a pattern. Basically they are
slip stitch=ss or slst
single crochet= sc
half double crochet= hdc
double crochet= dc
These are American terms. Then all you need to do is practice your stitches so you know what they are and as you get proficient you will be able to do much harder stitches and combinations. I hope this helps you good luck.
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2008 05:09:32 PM »

Thankies *grin* you guys were a big help i have one more question is it easier than knitting or harder and does it take longer?
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2008 05:15:57 PM »

I think it just depends, it was easier for me to learn crochet than knitting - but knitting hurt my shoulder.  I know people that knit and people that crochet and they both, with experience, whip things out in no time.  Sooo, it depends on the individual. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2008 05:58:24 PM »

Hi..........I'm self-taught at both knitting and crochet...........and I learned opposite of you........... Smiley ...........After some time I discovered that while the mechanics of knitting is different.......that crochet, even though the terminology may be intimidating at first, came easier to me  than knitting did, and there's definitely benefits to knowing how to do both.  Crochet has a totally different look than knitting, and in my opinion, even following patterns isn't that difficult as long as you know the basic stitches, terminology and abbreviations.  Most of your patterns for crochet will come with a short "tutorial" on how to do any specialized stitches in that particular project, and those are made up from the basic stitches.  My recommendation would be to find online (or by way of book) the basic stitches and how to produce them, then make a small swatch of fabric with just that stitch in it...........I placed all of mine into a scrapbook, along with the size needle I used for later reference.  Remember that just like in knitting, your tension may change from day to day, so practice really will help to make your stitching more even...........Have patience, and HAVE FUN!
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2008 07:44:28 PM »

I'm a beginner with both but I've found crochet easier so far. I'm very "lefty" and insisted on learning both the "normal" way so I wouldn't have to make any adjustments and crochet has been easier with that since I can convince myself my left hand is doing more work. I'm using Stitch and Bitch Happy Hooker and Teaching Yourself Visually Crocheting by Kim Werker (Interweave) to teach myself.
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2008 08:26:34 PM »

haha. Hi it's moi. to start get a H hook. in england I believe it's 3.5mm and also get metal but I could be wrong, And get a metal hook, the plastic ones break and waste your money.And just get the cheapest yarn imaginable, over here in America I buy Red Heart i dunno if they have that over there. go cheap.
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2008 08:34:28 PM »

haha. Hi it's moi. to start get a H hook. in england I believe it's 3.5mm and also get metal but I could be wrong, And get a metal hook, the plastic ones break and waste your money.And just get the cheapest yarn imaginable, over here in America I buy Red Heart i dunno if they have that over there. go cheap.

Yeah, go for aluminum hooks. I broke 2 plastic hooks twice when I was crocheting fast.
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2008 03:09:20 AM »

thanks ppl =] im trying to learn right now =]. taking all that into consideration Cheesy
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