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crafty_cow
« on: April 06, 2010 09:05:35 AM »

Hi all,

I just bought my first crochet hook and a book to teach myself how to crochet. However, I'm wondering what kind of wool/yarn to get? Is there a better type for beginners?

Any help/suggestions are muchly welcomed!

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« Last Edit: April 06, 2010 09:38:57 AM by fantasticmio - Reason: added descriptive title » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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Dmoontear
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2010 09:11:29 AM »

When i was learning to knit, i found that no-frills sturdy yarn was the best for learning. So nothing from the clearance bin. I'd also steer clear of Mixed fibers for the time being.
Basically use something you aren't afraid of making a crap project out of, but not out of crappy yarn.
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kiewiet
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010 12:03:07 AM »

what size crochet hook did you get? Different yarn/wool thickness uses different size hooks to work up successfully.
I find that teaching with a 8-ply (light worsted) and a 4-5mm (G or H) hook works well.
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TheRobotSays
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010 03:50:01 AM »

I learned with an I hook and redheart super saver.  worsted weight yarn makes it easy to see stitches better for beginners, in my opinion anyway
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fochaux
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2010 10:14:41 AM »

ditto to what everyone else has said.  I retaught myself with an H hook and Red Heart Super Saver (grandmother had previously taught me a bazillion years ago).  RHSS is inexpensive but you can still make a ton of awesome things with it.  It is a worsted acrylic
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rubies-pearls
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2010 12:09:11 PM »

I also think using a light colored yarn is really good for beginning, it is much easier to see your stitches that way.
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ademareej
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2010 09:56:17 AM »

All of the above, but also something you really like.  When I started, if it wasn't a yarn I liked, then I didn't want to do it.  Why would I want to spend time staring at and using a color/yarn I didn't love?  It just made learning that much harder.
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TheRobotSays
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2010 02:47:56 PM »

I agree with ademareej,
if you don't like the yarn, don't buy it then it'd be a waste but I wouldn't spend 6 dollars on a skein of yarn for your first project
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