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« on: May 28, 2005 07:20:13 AM »

Just trying to get some recommendations for good yarn/needle combos for beginners.  I'm still learning and have been using an 8/H hook.  I'm not sure what type of yarn I'm  using because it's from the local thrift store.  Anyway, I'm running in to a problem. I make the chain stitch, work into that with the first row of single stitch and then the stitches seem so tight its almost impossible to work into the second row. (Hope I'm explaing this clearly I'm still shaky on all of the terminology.  I'm wondering if my needle is too big, my yarn's too small or I'm just doing something wrong.  Any words of advice would be appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2005 07:28:54 AM »

Normally I'd recommend a size 5 or 5.5 hook with cheap Red Heart yarn.  It sounds like you're pulling wayyy tooo tight on your yarn when you're working the chain stitches. Loosen up the yarn feeding into the work.

« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2005 01:21:29 PM »

I second the idea of using cheap worsted weight yarn, and don't use anything that looks like its got alot of texture, that may make learning difficult.  When I was learning to crochet I found that a multicolored yarn helped out alot because it makes all the stitches look different and easier to see.

Good luck and I'm sure soon you will be hooking with the best of them!
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2005 05:40:26 PM »

I wonder too if you are using rug yarn. It is thicker than the Red Heart the others suggested. But it does sound if you are making your stitches too tight.

Pull the loop tight on the thickest part of the hook and then when you go to make the stitch try not to pull the yarn any tighter. Rather make a few stitches looser than the others than all of them too tight. And you will find that for the most part the looser stitches will disappear as the yarn kinda readjusts itself.

« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2005 07:04:29 PM »

i like K hooks and red heart
when buying yarn stick with light colors (darks hard to see)

honestly when it comes to patterns H hooks are very irregular....my grandmom and i have done it for years and we dont own one
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2005 06:07:31 AM »

Thanks for all of the suggestions...I went out and bougt some worsted weight pastel multicolored yarn, which helped alot, then I reread the instructions and found I was doing the stitch way wrong.. I just got finished making a 6 by 6 stitch square of single stitch and feel sooo proud of myself Grin
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2005 06:31:31 AM »

« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2005 07:30:39 AM »

...found I was doing the stitch way wrong...

I found http://stitchguide.com/stitches/crochet/index.html to be really helpfull when I was first learning.

(Congrats on the square!)
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