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« on: May 20, 2009 01:29:28 AM »

I'm a total crochet virgin.

(seriously.. the only thing I've ever used a crochet hook for is unblocking the sink  Embarrassed)
Bad I know, I have about a billion of the things anyway though, because I always thought I'd learn Smiley

My mum showed me once, but she only did little discs, and I thought.. what can I do with one of those?! Then I saw all the awesome AWESOME things you guys have done and it's official, I want to learn (plus there's a stitch 'n' b*tch meet at a pub veerrryyyy near to me but seeing as I can't crochet, I can't really go until I get a bit of a knack going on!).

Basically, I'm just wondering, how easy was it to pick up on your own, for those of you who have taught yourself?
And does anyone know of any good online resources to get me started? (am off to look now but incase there's any unknown beauties Smiley)

Thanks for any help Smiley Lou
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009 06:10:30 AM »

I learned how to crochet from a "Learn to Crochet" CD-Rom.  If I were to do it now, I'd go to youtube.  There are tonnes of how-to videos there.

I've been posting tutorials on the basics here on Craftster, but I've only gotten as far as the chain stitch so far.
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2009 06:40:10 AM »

i learned from a magazine! it is pretty easy to learn for some, harder for others

i cant knit for the life of me, but crochet, i make all my own patterns for....its a matter of how your brain works i think

you shouldnt have a problem learning though, if you have never knit before (i hear thats a pretty big roadblock when learning)
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2009 06:53:00 AM »

Books are good, too.  Teach Yourself Visually: Crochet by Kim Werker and Debbie Stoller's Happy Hooker are both good, basic teach yourself books.  Plus they have nice easy, beginner patterns.  I taught myself.  Just get some Red Heart Super Saver and a couple of mid-size (G, H, J) hooks and start swatching and practicing.  You'll get the hang of it.  Good Luck!
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2009 10:26:05 AM »

thank you Smiley

youtube will be my first stop, then amazon!

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2009 01:08:51 PM »

Like everyone said youtube is a great resource. And check your local library, they might have some books or videos on crochet.

You'll notice really soon that crochet is basically one hand movement, that gets repeated over and over again.
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2009 01:13:33 PM »

i recommend the lion brand site, they have some awesome pdfs with nice simple diagrams, i used (and still do use actually) it to help with patterns written in other countries because there's some differences in terminology
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2009 11:02:41 AM »

i'd go with you tube also
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2009 01:24:30 PM »

My mother taught me to crochet when I was 4 years old.  That amazes me now- I've tried to teach my own 5 year old daughter.  Usually the yarn just gets put away!  Cheesy

It's not hard to learn at all- much easier than knitting, I think.  I wish I had some good resources- but it kinda depends on how you learn best.  Last summer I wanted to learn to knit, so I looked for videos online and it was like an epiphany.

I think you should follow the above suggestion (sorry- I'm new to posting here so I have no idea how to tell exactly who said it) and get some cheapy yarn and hooks and just give it a try.  The good thing about crochet is you can easily pull out the stitches you've done and start over- so that skein of yarn will last your abuse.  And go to the pub anyway- I'm sure someone will be willing to help you out!  I would  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2009 09:54:13 AM »

Crocheting for Dummies is an awesome book for learning. I learned a lot of stuff from it.

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