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« on: March 24, 2011 04:30:00 AM »

I've been trying to learn crochet more hardcore for two years, and less hard core for probably 3 or 4. Well, after a million and a half failed attempts, me cussing and throwing a fit and then saying "Screw it I give up!!!!", I finally said "Y'know what?! I'm going on YouTube!!!!" After a quick search for how to crochet left handed, I came up with a bunch of videos. the video I watched was like I think how to single crochet. Well... This turned out nothing like single crochet. I thought maybe it was double crochet, but when I watched the double crochet, the half doubt crochet, AND EVEN THE TRIPLE CROCHET, none of them looked really like what I did, so now I'm really confused... What the heck did I do?! I did two loops on my crochet hook and then I'd pull them over the one that you put inside the lil hook (Sorry my definitions suck, I'm new to this), and then I hooked back into the next chain so that I'd have two loops again, and then pulled them over the one, and kept repeating... So... If you could please tell me what this is called, I'd be very greatful. Cheesy

Ohwell, regardless of what the stitch is or if it's even a real stitch or not, and even though I accidentally dropped and added stitches throughout this and it's a tad messy, I'm really really really reaaaaaaaaaaaaaally proud of this because I've never had anything come out successful :'D

Without further adieu, I introduce to my freaking awesome mess that is "Dude, I think I finally understand crochet" haha. <3 <3 <3



Oh, and I even wove both of the ends in, watching another random video on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eOVSe8uhIg
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2011 04:43:09 AM »

You were doing single crochet stitches.

It's hard to tell from the picture - is the piece ribbed? (horizontally, I mean).  If so, then the reason yours doesn't look like the examples is because you've only been inserting your hook into one arm of the stitch below rather than under both arms.

You may want to check out this Insert Hook tutorial I did a while back: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359261.0

It's showing everything right handed, but I think you can probably get the gist of things there... I think only the post stitches will have reversed directions for left-handers.

Of course, if your piece isn't ribbed, then just ignore me ^_^

Either way, excellent job sticking to it!  I'm glad you got it sorted out!
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2011 04:54:06 AM »

Yaaaay, thank you for telling me what I've been doing!!!!

After tugging on it and examining it, I am pretty certain that it is indeed ribbed horizontally. What does it mean to be "inserting your hook into one arm of the stitch below rather than under both arms"? I don't understand. ^^;;

Part of what my problem had been was aside from not having someone close by to teach me (I kept begging my mom to teach me, but she hasn't crocheted in like 20-30 years and can't remember how to do it anymore, she's tried to pick it up and just can't do it. I may ask if she has anymore crochet hooks laying around. My only hook is the one that I found in her desk a million and a half years ago. It says "I or 9 usa 5 1/2 mm") is that everything I've tried to use as reference was for right handed people and as a lefty I've never managed to figure out very well how to flip things, but now that I've got an idea of what the heck I'm doing, your tutorial is actually making sense to me and I can flip the image in my head for my hands. :'D

I have a question about it though. Is working into the base chain really that annoying? o_o;; Maybe it's just that I was so happy to finally understand how to work into it that it didn't bother me, but I honestly felt no annoyance towards it, I was mostly just worried about how this whole thing would turn out.

Okay, so I can be certain that I'm understanding correctly, where I was going through one part of the V thingy, I need to go through two of them in order to acquire a normal looking single crochet?

Thanks for your help Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2011 05:07:36 AM »

Working into the base chain is considered annoying to crocheters mostly because it tends to take longer than working into a row of stitches.  If you don't find it annoying now, please don't start! You'll be much happier! ^_^

To answer your question: yes. When working into a stitch from a previous row, you put your hook under both arms of the V and above everything else.

To clarify: this is what patterns are expecting you to do.  If they want you do only go under one arm of the V, they will say so explicitly.  So what I'm saying is, what you've done isn't *wrong*, it's just that you're doing a variation on the stitch that is causing it to look different from the examples you might come across.

It's a really common thing for beginners to do (I did it too!). ^_^
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2011 05:14:45 AM »

Okay, that makes a lot more sense Cheesy Thanks! And I will not start to find it annoying to work into the base chain. I'd prefer to be happier haha Smiley

Now if I can just master this freaking ring, or better yet, the magic circle, I will be in hog Heaven. At this rate, it should only take me another two years to understand a ring and the magic circle. I've been trying to learn it for two years, and after two hardcore years I've got single crochet, so I see it hopefully appearing in my future within two years.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2011 06:20:17 AM »

Here is a link to video tutorials - for lefties - of the basic stitches: http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2008/07/blog-post_11.html

Congrats on sticking with it and finally finding success!
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2011 06:25:04 AM »

Thank you! This will be really useful Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2011 08:26:38 AM »

June of PlanetJune also has some great tutorials, and I believe every one of them includes instructions for lefties. http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2011 10:08:14 AM »

Thank you Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2011 01:11:09 PM »

I know how you feel been teaching myself to crochet too!! MY problems are working in circles!!!! BBAAHHHH!!!!
Keep it up and you'll be a pro in no time!!!! My very first project was a purse for a swap and the second thing I did was a scarf....like you.... I'm very proud of the scarf!!!!! ...oh and any time you see yarn laying around you'll wanna crochet something...anything with it LOL!!
Good job!!

-GH Cheesy Cheesy
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