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gin_shampoo
« on: August 08, 2008 05:24:33 PM »

Hehe, so I finally ordered it Monday, I can't wait to get it! They always succeeded in teaching me things when I was 5, so why not now! I've never tried, but am ever so dedicated to becoming an accomplished crocheter =P I'm so excited ^_^ Any good tips for crocheters new to the game?

It's arrived!! I can't wait to post my first project  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2008 06:07:40 PM »

yay!  I love it when people decide to learn new crafts, instead of admiring projects on craftster and responding with "That's so cool!  I wish I could crochet!"  They COULD crochet, if they tried.  grr.

Yes... sorry, on with the tips Wink

-start out with normal yarn and choose a colour that will make it easy to see your stitches.  For instance, don't start with black because black is really dark, which makes it hard to see the shadows.  lighter colours are better for learning with, in my opinion. 
-try not to crochet tightly. 
-And don't give up if it's really hard in the beginning!  The first row is always the hardest because you have to work into the chain.  It's way easier when you have a big piece of fabric to hold onto while you work. 
-If you have any trouble understanding the instructions, there are TONS of websites with pictures.  Youtube has a lot of crochet videos too. 

good luck! Kiss
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2008 02:56:48 AM »

yay!  I love it when people decide to learn new crafts, instead of admiring projects on craftster and responding with "That's so cool!  I wish I could crochet!"  They COULD crochet, if they tried.  grr.


Hehe, oh yeah, I've been doing that long enough Wink

-start out with normal yarn and choose a colour that will make it easy to see your stitches.  For instance, don't start with black because black is really dark, which makes it hard to see the shadows.  lighter colours are better for learning with, in my opinion.

Perfect, my sister gave me a couple yarn bundles that are cheap and natural/tan coloured, perfect for a beginner =P Plus, I'm sure the yarn the Klutz book comes with is good for beginners Wink

-try not to crochet tightly. 
-And don't give up if it's really hard in the beginning!  The first row is always the hardest because you have to work into the chain.  It's way easier when you have a big piece of fabric to hold onto while you work. 
-If you have any trouble understanding the instructions, there are TONS of websites with pictures.  Youtube has a lot of crochet videos too.

good luck! Kiss


Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2008 07:30:38 AM »

It took me YEARS of practice and LOTS of unraveling before I learned to crochet. I have learned more from craft books aimed at younger crafters than I ever have from "adult" books! I think the Klutz book will really help. Don't get frustrated (too badly!!) if your projects don't turn out like the pictures (mine STILL don't...and I have been crocheting a dozen years!). Learn the basics, then design your OWN things, which will come out perfectly every time...as YOU are the designer!! Good luck...and stock up on those "younger" craft books!
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2008 01:38:20 AM »

It took me YEARS of practice and LOTS of unraveling before I learned to crochet. I have learned more from craft books aimed at younger crafters than I ever have from "adult" books! I think the Klutz book will really help. Don't get frustrated (too badly!!) if your projects don't turn out like the pictures (mine STILL don't...and I have been crocheting a dozen years!). Learn the basics, then design your OWN things, which will come out perfectly every time...as YOU are the designer!! Good luck...and stock up on those "younger" craft books!

Hehe, thanks! With how many people have told me how much crocheting s a total pain in the ass compared to knitting, I knew the Klutz book would be perfect-o ^_^

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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2008 09:27:59 AM »

... They always succeeded in teaching me things when I was 5, so why not now! ...

I too taught myself with the same book ! I love Klutz books ! (Also learned hand embroidery and a little knitting with their books).
One thing I was skipping was the making of a turning chain (or two or three..etc..) when turning my work so my practice piece looked like if I was decreasing, but was brought to my attention and then I was always paying attention to do my turning chain(s).

I didn't even completed all the projects in it, after the soap bag I was ready to venture.
I also got a crochet DVD from Leissure Arts from JoAnn's with a coupon :-) .
Hope you found crocheting fun !!!  And as the previous members told you... be positive about your learning experience and enjoy every bit of it !!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2008 08:11:31 AM »

I think crocheting is a lot easier than knitting. You only have a hook to use. XD

You could always look at http://www.nexstitch.com/v_crochet_videos.html !
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2008 04:11:05 PM »

The women in my family prefer crochet over knitting. Whenever I see my mom try to knit, it makes me crack up, since it's like watching someone use a type writer, back and forth, no turning.. *headdesks*

Good luck learning to crochet!
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