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« on: January 24, 2006 12:16:14 AM »

I'm a knitter (don't shoot!).  I couldn't crochet to save my life - my brain understands the process but my hands refuse to cooperate.  The other day I ran across a reference to crochenit, figured I'd try it out, got a double-ended hook to play with and *tada*, apparently my hands get this.

My mom crochets, but had never heard of crochenit till I showed her what I was doing.....so I'm curious about how similar the processes are, does anyone out there do both, do you think it's a good introduction to crochet, have I ruined my brain process toward crochet for life, do you find my endless questioning highly obnoxious...... 

opinions, hints, tips, beratements....commentary is greatly appreciated, I just want it from someone who at least kinda-sorta knows what they're talking about.

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2006 07:30:31 PM »

I have been crocehting my whole life, literally I have been doing it since I was about 4... so my opinion might be slightly abnormal, but I say skip that weird thing (I have one myself, tried it once, it was weird to me Grin) go back to trying to get you hands in a comfortable place to hold you work, yarn and hook (really you don't need 3 hands to crochet). And of course this is nothing new but practice, practice, practice!!! Do a long chain, and then do a long row on top of singles then doubles, then try something else... the continuous working of the same stitch will get your hands in the right places and really help you see mistakes and such! I just feel like there are so many more options with the straight up crocheting~ Sorry I hope I am not a downer, but I just don't really like the double hook thingy!!! Maybe I'll pick it up and give it another try, maybe...

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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2006 08:17:12 PM »

I don't know anything about crochenit but I would recommend a variegated yarn for a beginning crocheter. It makes it a great deal easier to see the stitches and such. But yeah, practice loads. Also, the way you hold the hook and yarn might make a difference. (See this post for nice pictures. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=55600.0) Holding the hook like a knife works very well for me. It might help to watch your mom crochet. That is how I learned at least, and few people seem to be able to learn from a book.
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2006 09:56:38 PM »

I like www.stitchguide.com because they have videos showing you specific stitches.  That's how I figured out I was slipping stitches wrong in crochet, and how I've learned to do the small amount of knitting that I can manage so far.

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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2006 11:58:26 PM »

Smiley thanks for replying. 

hmmm, practice.  yep, you sound like my mom!

she's more than happy to teach me (she taught me my knitting basics), but watching her crochet in an effort to learn might lead to some interesting techniques on my part.  She's done it so naturally, for so long, her hands can do it all on their own, and they go fast.  Not surprising really, since her father taught himself how to crochet after he was blinded in an accident; he would take apart already crocheted pieces and learned in reverse by feel.....

but apparently that natural inclination has decided to skip a generation. *sigh*

thanks for the links and input though; always nice to get a response, even if they're concerned they might be depressing you.  Tongue

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2006 04:06:52 AM »

Not surprising really, since her father taught himself how to crochet after he was blinded in an accident; he would take apart already crocheted pieces and learned in reverse by feel.....
That's probably one of the more amazing things I've ever heard.  Wow.  You've got some good genes, girl.  You can do it!

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2006 03:28:39 PM »

My neice called a few weeks ago and needed help with a new crochet pattern she was trying (what are Aunties for?)  I got to her house and she handed me this two sided crochet hook which I'd never seen before - well, the short story is we got it figured out but I hope she sticks to the regular crochet hook.

You can learn if you practise - I have yet to meet someone who has tried and not eventually got it.

Regular crochet is so much fun, I should know as I've been doing it for 30+ years  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2006 11:41:37 PM »

Is crochenit the same as Tunisian crochet, or I think it's also called afghan stitch, where you pick up the stitches on the really long hook and then work them backwards (to the right)?

« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2006 04:10:53 PM »

I can tunisian crochet, which is about the same thing as crochetnit.  I say go for the crochenit if you can do it.  it will get your hands and brain used to the rythm of crochet and holding a hook.  it should be alot easier then to go to normal crochet it you so choose, because basically the difference between chrochetnit and crochet is that a row in crochetnit is worked in 2 steps, picking up all the loops then taking them off.  in crochet each stitch is worked in 2 steps, picking up loops and then taking them off.  so basically it is just a different order to do the steps.

Pretty much i learned backwards from you, i learned to crochet then tried to knit but it made my head hurt and all it did was try to poke myself with the needles.  So i looked for a crochet stitch that looks like knitting and found tunisian crochet, and that was sooo easy to learn.  Latter i attempted knitting again and picked it up like it was no problem.
So i think you are on the right track.

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