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February 23, 2011
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Have a crochet or knitting question on a pattern or problem in general?  Ask here!  I'm sure there are many out there that can help!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

March 23, 2011
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I am knitting the Wonferful Wallaby sweater…anyone else ever make one?

March 23, 2011
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I am wanting to learn to crochet .  I dont have anyone to  give me a lesson or two.  Any suggestions as to where to start?  I love the dish towels.  Thanks for the input.  I love this site.  Thanks for all you so :)

March 23, 2011
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If you have no one that can show you step by step, YouTube is great (if I can see it, it make it easier for me)!  Here's a link to a YouTube “how to crochet” search, all sorts of videos.  Cut some yarn and a hook and just start watching.  Pause, try it, and keep on going happy-flower

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+crochet&aq=f

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March 23, 2011
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mar42hrr said:

I am wanting to learn to crochet .  I don't have anyone to  give me a lesson or two.  Any suggestions as to where to start?  I love the dish towels.  Thanks for the input.  I love this site.  Thanks for all you so :)

Good suggestions about the Youtube videos. You can find anything there. Start with a chain. Next learn a single crochet, half-double crochet, and then double crochet. Those will be your most often used stitches. Once you are comfortable with them, you can take on fancier stitches.  Even *fairly* skilled at crochet, I often do several rows of a new stitch (often multiple times!) until I get the feel for it and it sort of becomes a smooth feeling motion. Most stitches (and patterns) sort of have a “rhythm” to them.

With these stitches, you should be able to make lots of dish cloths and dish towels. :)

Keep in mind that THE very hardest part about learning to crochet, is learning to read and understand the instructions!! LOL  A poorly written pattern can take all of the fun out of your project!!

And of course, you know you can ask here if you have a problem or question! Good Luck! Jackie

March 23, 2011
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kellytorrey said:

I am knitting the Wonferful Wallaby sweater…anyone else ever make one?

Kelly, I'm going to have to look that one up, I don't know what that pattern is.  pawprint

March 23, 2011
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mar42hrr: do you get PBS station “create” (up here (chicago) it's the third of four PBS channels…There is a program Knit and Crochet…Now (Today) (Again) They have excellent  learning projects as well as advanced. I think there are some videos on their web site, too (Knit and Crochet's web site: knitandcrochetnow.com

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March 23, 2011
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mar42hrr said:

I am wanting to learn to crochet .  I dont have anyone to  give me a lesson or two.  Any suggestions as to where to start?  I love the dish towels.  Thanks for the input.  I love this site.  Thanks for all you so :)

What HershieGirl said was great, and to add to that, go on line and find the instructions for a single crochet, double crochet and print them off.  That way when you are reading a pattern you have a handy reference guide to what the short forms mean and how to do the stitch.  Long ago I used a stitch reference book to help me learn my stitches and how to make them.  Shout if you need any help.  pawprint

March 23, 2011
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Paws…it's a great and easy knitted hooded sweatshirt complete with a front pocket. It's my first time making something bigger than a baby sweater and so far it's going quite well.

March 23, 2011
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I would love to learn to crochet again.  My grandma taught me when I was a little girl and I would make scarfs and blankets for my baby dolls.  I attempted several years ago and was turned off by the instructions.  Maybe I will have to check out the you tube videos….

March 23, 2011
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It took some trial and error to find an instruction for certain stitches that I could follow on You Tube, but once you find an instructor you like, it's great.  You can pause, rewind, and play as often as you need.  Unlike the way my mother who could crochet anything on the planet without a thought… no matter how hard she tried to be patient, every time I didn't “get it” and she had to show me over and over, her voice would get just a little tighter… she didn't mean to and she had lots of patience as a rule, but there was that tiny bit of stress there!

Videos are infinitely patient no matter how many times you replay them! 

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March 23, 2011
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BuckeyeGirl said:

  Unlike the way my mother who could crochet anything on the planet without a thought… no matter how hard she tried to be patient, every time I didn't “get it” and she had to show me over and over, her voice would get just a little tighter… she didn't mean to and she had lots of patience as a rule, but there was that tiny bit of stress there!

 

I can relate to that! My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was about 10. She did beautiful work, and I am lucky to have tablecloths and placemats that she made. I am not nearly as talented as she was, I find it **impossible** to crochet with fine threads. She too, could not understand why I didn't “get it.” 

I may not make fine linens or lace, but I can make a mean dog sweater or a beautiful afghan just the same. Thanks, Grandma!

March 23, 2011
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You Tube is great for learning to crochet and I enthusiastically recommend it if you don't have access to a patient instructor. I don't recommend books if you are starting with no crocheting exposure at all. When I was about 10 years old, I taught myself to crochet from a book – and the important point here is that I had never seen anyone crochet. The problem is the pictures usually show only the thread/yard and just a bit of the fingers. About a year ago I wanted to check out something so I watched a “learn to crochet” video on You Tube where I could see the whole action instead of a few static photos. I was horrified to see the basic stitches being done differently from how I crochet. bug-eyed After watching more carefully, I realized each stitch ends up the same as what I do, but my hand motions to accomplish that are different. I had filled in the gaps in the photo sequence with motions that seemed reasonable to me, but were wrong. It works for me, but I now know why I am somewhat slower than you would expect given my level of experience.

So by all means find a You Tube video you like. You can play it back as many times as you like. No one will get impatient with you and no one will even know how many times you choose to watch a particular segment. If you have a yarn shop within reasonable distance, they'll usually have experts who can help you out if you get stuck on a particular step.

March 24, 2011
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ThankYou so much for everyone's input.  I am going to check out some videos tomorrow.  I have been doing a  lot of cross stitch the past few years and I am ready for a new challenge.  First  learn to crochet  and then on to quilting :)    Thanks again!!!

March 24, 2011
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kellytorrey said:

Paws…it's a great and easy knitted hooded sweatshirt complete with a front pocket. It's my first time making something bigger than a baby sweater and so far it's going quite well.

Kelly,

I thought it was a baby sweater…LOL… hmmm now you have me going to look for that pattern!!  I love both knitting and crocheting.  Good luck with your project I'm sure it will be beautiful.  Try to post a picture when your finished!!  pawprint

March 24, 2011
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Years back [when books were king] I taught all levels of crochet from basic to lacework … I can agree that most people benefit considerably from “show me” instructions be they live instructors or videos, but don't feel that there must be precise right vs. wrong way to hold thread or hook to crochet.  The ideal approach was to allow whatever grip was comfortable for the individual, couched with the caveat that “the classic form of holding the hook would give speed”.  I only had maybe one or two in each class that preferred the overhand to the classic pinch grip.  Sometimes mobility issues pressed the choice.

Another approach with teaching was to encourage a beginner to practice chain stitch into oodles of yardage of smooth scrap yarn with an H size hook.  Impatient souls didn't like the exercise but 100% were pleased with how quickly they developed even tension which brought pretty results.  Sort've that “practice makes perfect” thingy!

March 24, 2011
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Paws, I first got the pattern from my mother, but I was a bit hard on it and so I bought us both a new copy. Here's the url if you would like to get a copy for yourself.

http://www.paradisefibers.net/Cottage-Creations-Wonderful-Wallaby-Pattern-p/3006.htm

March 24, 2011
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Thanks Kelly,

I'll keep the link for future reference!!  pawprint

March 24, 2011
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Ruthmarie,

I taught myself to crochet, knit, can, freeze, all by books.  They are still a great reference for patterns and those not often used stitches, and recipes.

I think the show me and the reminder copies are the easist way to learn and remember when you're not at a computer. 

That's what I tell beginners that after practicing their tension will be more even.  pawprint

March 25, 2011
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Paws_Bakery said:

Ruthmarie,

I taught myself to crochet, knit, can, freeze, all by books.  They are still a great reference for patterns and those not often used stitches, and recipes.

I think the show me and the reminder copies are the easist way to learn and remember when you're not at a computer. 

That's what I tell beginners that after practicing their tension will be more even.  pawprint

Oh yes, I agree …I'm largely self-taught by books (not a patient student -always reading ahead!).  And keep shelves of books for reference.  It took me a number of years when I started teaching handarts to realize that there were visual thinkers who learned easily from printed words, and then there were the conceptual thinkers who needed live demonstration (show me!) to flesh out what the heck those books were yapping about! <img class="sfsmiley" title="yes" onclick="sfjLoadSmiley('icon_yes.gif', 'yes', 'https://chickensintheroad.com/wp-content/forum-smileys/&#039;, 'yes', '1');” src=”../../../wp-content/forum-smileys/icon_yes.gif” alt=”yes” />  This age of computers and internet videos has really advanced 'hands-on' know how.  I am boggled by where we are compared to 20 years …… <img class="sfsmiley" title="bug-eyed" onclick="sfjLoadSmiley('buggingeyes.gif', 'bug-eyed', 'https://chickensintheroad.com/wp-content/forum-smileys/&#039;, 'bug-eyed', '1');” src=”../../../wp-content/forum-smileys/buggingeyes.gif” alt=”bug-eyed” />

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