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Topic: I want to make this. I need to learn how to crochet first. Where to start???  (Read 508 times)
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tivaclare
« on: April 12, 2012 08:36:25 AM »

I pinned this the other day and a friend said if I ever made it, he'd buy it. Well, said friend is expecting a baby in July, so I thought BINGO! perfect reason to finally learn how to crochet. It would be a rocking baby gift!  Go me for picking something simple, right?  Wink

I don't expect to have it finish in July, but am making Christmas my goal.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373468.0

It says it is Tunisian crochet.  Is that where I should start or do I need to learn a different stitch first?

At this point I have zero experience with crochet. Smiley My mom gave me a hook and a ball of yarn, but I can't even tell you what size the hook is...
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kimadagem
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012 06:49:11 PM »

Tunisian crochet is actually a way of crocheting rather than a stitch. With "regular" crochet the stitches are worked one at a time. With tunisian crochet you pick up each stitch until they are *all* on the hook, then work them off one at a time. The stitches are worked basically the same way - insert hook, wrap yarn around hook, pull through, etc. The difference is in the number of stitches on the hook. The resulting fabric looks a bit different, but it's still crochet and just as with the other type there are different stitches you can make. The only other basic difference is the length of the hook. Because all the stitches in the row will be on the hook at the same time you need a longer hook.

I learned how to do tunisian crochet after I learned "regular" crochet and I think that's true of most people. I don't think you'd necessarily have to do it that way, though; I don't think one is any harder than the other. What might be harder for you as a beginner is the color patterns in this blanket; you'd have to learn how to do those while you were learning how to crochet, and that could be challenging.

If you can watch videos I'd suggest checking out YouTube; I just did a quick search and there are quite a few there about tunisian crochet (you can also search for "afghan crochet"; it's the same thing). If not, try looking for websites that have instructions and pictures. You can also check your local library to see if they have any books or videos there.

I have one other suggestion: If the color patterns are too much you could try making the blanket in plain white and then doing the design in cross stitch after the blanket is finished. That would assume you know how to do cross stitch, of course, but if you do it might be an easier way to get the design on the blanket; cross stitch works really well with afghan stitch.

I hope that helps. Good luck with your project, and be sure to post some pictures when you finish it.

Meg
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