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« on: October 10, 2010 02:29:23 AM »

For Christmas, I was thinking of getting my lil brother a learn to crochet book with some hooks and yarn.  He's watched me crochet and I've taught him some simple stitches and he seemed to really enjoy it.  He also really likes crocheted things.  I made him a case for his Nintendo DS and he's seen other projects that I've made and admired them.  I think it would be a cool skill for him to learn.  I want to find a book that would be geared towards kids and have more boy type projects in them.  The Happy Hooker is a possibility, but maybe there is something better out there.  Any thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010 11:03:35 AM »

"Creepy Cute Crochet" might be a good one - none of the amis are too terribly complicated, plus it's got zombies and knights and warriors and other boy-ish stuff in it. (My brother is 16 and he thinks it's cool. Tongue)

I think just about any amigurumi book might do - I've seen one at Barnes & Noble that was full of robot patterns, and they have ones with airplanes and whatnot, not just cute little kitties and bunnies.

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010 09:38:52 PM »

I LOVE this book.
I bought it to help ME learn! I needed the book & many Utube videos. I found the simple language & the photos very easy to follow!

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010 07:18:14 AM »

it might be worth putting your own collection of free patterns (or ones you purchase individually) that reflect his interests and add to it learn to crochet instructions.  My husband knits and crochets and it is really hard to find male friendly resources as even the books of men's patterns are written for women. 

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010 05:59:01 AM »

Thanks for all the suggestions.  I'm leaning towards the Creepy Cute Crochet book and maybe adding some collected patterns.  He likes the amis that I've made and he's a bit of a geek (a lot like his sister).  The kids book on Amazon may be geared towards too young of an audience and I'm afraid it might turn him off.  Focusing on amis is probably a good start.  I can get him just a few hooks and a good supply of different colors of yarn to get started. 

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011 11:39:31 PM »

Thought I'd give an update on the crochet situation with my lil bro...  I ended up going a different direction with the gift at my husband's encouragement, however...  hubby bought me the Creepy Cute Crochet book for Christmas :-D  I made Cthulu in honor of an awesomely run game of Call of Cthulu and my lil bro was intrigued.  He looked through the book tonight and asked me to teach him how to crochet so he could make the grim reaper.  I taught him sc and how to maintain a nice square and sent him home with a started washcloth to practice with.  We decided that we may make a hat next before moving onto the grim reaper.  I'm afraid the the small hooks and tight stitches may become frustrating until he's had a little practice with more forgiving projects.  He really likes it though.  Yay! 

Thanks for all the help and suggestions!

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