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« on: May 25, 2005 06:14:38 PM »

When i was about 8 years old my grandma thaught me how to make the first chain and no more and now time has passed and i'm trying to teach myself [internet mode] but Idon't think I'm doing it quite right, but whatevs some day I'll learn[ hopefully]

so how did ya'all learn? was it easy?

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2005 10:09:50 PM »

I started knitting when I was about 9, then a few years later my mom got me an awfully bad "Crochet for Pre-teens" type book. I've been obsessed with both crafts since then Grin

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The book was quite straight forward, so i pciked it up well, but it took me almost 5 years to realize I had been crocheting in the back loops only Tongue Haha.. so now my crochet actually looks right! Yay Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2005 10:43:32 PM »

i taught myself how to knit a few years back. but i never really tried anything difficult until SNB.  i'm way confident about my knitting now and i bring it everywhere.   but i could never teach myself how to crochet.  i wanted to learn, i figured it would be slightly faster to crochet a blanket (knitting a baby blanket took <i>forever</i>) but i just couldn't do it.   

until.... i was on craftster and someone had a question about a star shaped blanket http://www.angelfire.com/va3/heartfeltangels/littlestarafghan.html

I HAD TO MAKE IT!
 of course, if several people on craftster are having problems with a pattern, it's probably not a good idea to make it your starting project! (   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=27667.0 and http://www.moccassin.net/moccassin/patterngatheredtoe.html )
  but i did, and i recently started it over and it looks awesome so far!
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2005 10:54:48 AM »

I started learning to crochet from my Grandmother when I was around 6.  Between her, some aunts, and lots of experimentation, I am where I am. 

Most of the people I've taught had trouble learning from a book; so, if you can find someone to help you, I'm sure you'll make progress.
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2005 08:25:59 PM »

Seems like we have a really special trend going here. Thank God for Grandmas!

Mine taught me as well. Looking back I must have took to it fairly easily since she quickly gave up in frustration when we tried the piano.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2005 05:35:03 AM »

When I was 6, my mom was knitting a baby blanket for a baby shower.  I showed such interest (she had already taught me to sew)  she bought me my own set of needles and gave me some yellow and white yarn.  I made my own blanket for my baby dolls (incidentally I still have this) 

When I was 8, a friends mom showed me how to crochet, but only a chain nothing real advanced.  But she gave me the crochet hook she taught me on, and I remmber taking it on the bus (I had a really LONG ride) and playing with it and a ball of yarn.  Then I got some teeth pulled when I was 12.  My mom was helping out by taking care of my great gramma.  I was recooping and my great aunt showed me how to do a "granny square" using double crochets.  She also gave me the crochet hook.  I eventually took the granny square she helped me with and make a HUGE afghan out of it, just one big old granny square. (This was my gramma's sister, if that counts for anything!)

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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2005 05:44:11 AM »

I'm currently teaching myself to crochet with the books "Learn to Crochet in one Day" and "Idiots Guide to Knitting and Crochet."  Let me just say, learning from a book is very difficult.  I was just wishing for a Granma that knew how.  I guess I'll just have to muddle through.   
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2005 08:52:07 AM »

around 8-9 yrs old my mom taught me to knit and crochet. i did a little (i still have my first crochet patch) but after a while I forgot it, then in 5th grade we have sewing class( really it was just crocheting) as an activity once a week. Everything came flowing back to me and I haven't put my hook down since. I wish I would've taken more advantage of those classes b/c the reeealllllly  old lady who taught us was really good. She made all of her own clothing and new every stich invented (at that time I only did sc) Also it was nice sitting with some of my friends and crocheting.(most girls ditched that class). Many of them have forgotten how to crochet but I loved it. I've thought about trying knitting again but I remember that I wasn't to fond of it when I was little. Someday I'll try it again
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2005 09:39:24 AM »

my grandma taught me to crochet when i was 10 and i took to it pretty well. I would go back and forth between that and reading and just recently kept with it. I'm making the famed star blanket right now Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2005 10:06:37 AM »

My Grandma has always made beautiful afghans for my sister & I & now our children.  I asked her if she knit or crocheted & she said crochet so I said I wanted to learn, but we live 6 hours away from each other so last year for my birthday she surprised me with Boye's book "I Taught Myself to Crochet."  I've been addicted ever since.  Note:  because I learned from a book I don't know if I crochet the right way or not but I enjoy it.

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