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Crocheting
February 21, 2012
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stacylee
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ibpallets (Sharon B.) said:

Well, I will be taking my first crochet class next Friday.  

 

I’m so excited, I can sew, garden, can, dehydrate, bake, knit, and grind my own wheat, but I can’t teach myself to crochet.

 

Wish me luck!

happy-flowerSharon B.

I am taking mine on March 4th! You have to post how it goes, I have been trying to teach myself off of You Tube and just end up making a horrible ugly knot. I need professional help.

February 21, 2012
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To the left-handed crocheters:  back in the day when electric typewriters were still the hot ticket, I could teach crochet for both directions.  “Mirror” crochet was the monniker for the left-handers and then I would demo thanks to being reasonably ambi-dexterous (arthritis fixed that, sigh).  The quickest way I used to send illustrations home with a student was to flip the instructions for the righties, ala “mirror”, which was then an extended fix with photo copying on tracing paper followed by, yeah! …. aaand it is soooo much easier now!  We've come such a long way!

If you have a decent how-to book, scan the instructional images or illustrations into any photo/printer program and flip the images horizontally.  Mirror crochet doesn't precisely match the appearance of the usual crocket but it takes a sharp-eyed crafter to tell the difference.  I'm just old school enough to still want printed reference safe on a shelf ….. just me!

February 21, 2012
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It was several years after I learned to crochet (right handed) that I even realized that there was a difference between left handed and right handed crochet.  It is going to interesting when I try to teach the oldest GD to crochet.

February 22, 2012
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My 7 yo lefty want me to teach her how to crochet.  I don't know how this is going to work since I couldn't even teach her to tie her shoes!  bug-eyed

February 22, 2012
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tsmith…could you sit across from her when you teach her (as opposed to beside her)? That helped me when a lefty friend would show me things.

February 22, 2012
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 My late mother taught many a lefty by sitting in front of a mirror and having the person watch the image.

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February 23, 2012
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Take a bath mirror (with an easel support) and set it inside the circle of the instructor's arms, facing her hands.  The lefty student can sit across from her and closely watch a perfect reverse image of the technique as if she was looking down at her own hands holding the hook and yarn.  Somewhere from childhood memory I can recall an elderly friend of my grandmother pulling out a standing vanity mirror from her crafting tote to coach another left-handed acquaintance.  Actually what impressed me even more then was that bottomless tote that seemed to hold everything … very Mary Poppins of her!   

February 23, 2012
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I learned to knit first.  It is easier than crocheting.  I have trouble getting the crochet hook in the correct hole to make something.   My things keep getting smaller.  I need to take lessons.

February 24, 2012
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Thank you for all the helpful advice! I found some left handed crochet videos on utube that are wonderful. I can crochet but nothing fancy and these videos show you how to do some of the more complicated ones. I am thrilled! I never thought to look online. I am trying to hurry and finish the baby afghans I have started so I can try some of the new stitches. Granny squares! I have always wanted to do them. Thank you so much!hug

February 25, 2012
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Hi! I just wanted to share a tip to my fellow arthritic crocheter's;  I use the pen cushion-wraps that are sold in Walmart and most dime stores. They were intended to be pushed onto a pencil to make it more ergonomic and comfortable. I put them on my crochet hook to make the hook easier to hold.  I recently saw a craft project where someone glued rhinestones all over the wrap to make it functional AND pretty. Kinda cute.

March 15, 2012
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I have been working on an afghan that is just double crochet around and around with two on the ends to make corners. It was a dumb 1st project because it’s only the same stitch over and over again! I want to make granny squares! I will finish this first though, I want it to be a big couch blanket. I got really pretty color changing yarn that is red, green, peachy yellow and orange. It’s beautiful, and I don’t have to switch yarns out to change colors, it’s automatic! 

March 15, 2012
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Stacylee,

Pictures please. :  ) The color sounds intriguing. Like an autumn thing going on?

March 15, 2012
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Well, there really must be a happy medium between too easy and so darn hard you want to tear your hair out!  I’ve made washcloths and cup and can cozies and such, but the first big project I’ve just now started is one of those tear your hair out kind…  silly me! 

It’s several “medallions” (the really hard parts!) then you put those together and then crochet around them and finish it.  Well, I suppose since I’m doing a medallion in a less expensive yarn than the pattern calls for, it’s not actually the project it will eventually be, but it feels like it is!

How have people’s crochet classes been?  I sure hope it’s been helpful!  It’s so nice to have someone to discuss patterns and instructions with.  I’ve never been good at following all the abbreviations and such, but I’m working on it! (kinda the hard way!)

And yes please!  Pictures Stacylee!

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March 15, 2012
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stacylee said
I have been working on an afghan that is just double crochet around and around with two on the ends to make corners. It was a dumb 1st project because it’s only the same stitch over and over again! I want to make granny squares! I will finish this first though, I want it to be a big couch blanket. I got really pretty color changing yarn that is red, green, peachy yellow and orange. It’s beautiful, and I don’t have to switch yarns out to change colors, it’s automatic! 

Stacylee,

If it is a basic square or even a rectangle you should be able to incorparate different stitches or say one different stitch for a few rows then go back to the DC. 

March 15, 2012
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It is unfortunate that the pattern writers here in the states for magazines haven’t adapted the use of crochet diagramming that is so prevalent in crochet books in Europe, UK and Japan (no prob with multi-lingual translations across borders).  These diagrams used an open oval for chain, black oval for sl st join, x’s for sc, a T for hdc, a crossed T for a dc, etc.  Diagrams are utterly brilliant for those who find reading exhaustive written instructions confusing as the composition of stitches can be read in a glance.  One is never in doubt if the sc of the third row was in the middle of a cluster of dc or in the first dc of a cluster or ….. what?

BG, how many medallion patterns are there? if one, try a cut’n paste to the forum (or PM?) as a diagram is very likely which would reduce the hair-tugging.  I’ve diagrammed patts for a relative and family friend.  Just a thought as crochet should be a relaxing pastime! wave

March 15, 2012
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Oh it has a diagram Ruthmarie, AND the standard (for me) directions which means I can kind of compare things!  Thank you VERY much though. hug  It’s all a repetition of the same medallion, (5 times) and it’s really beautiful in my opinion, hence my desire to do it!  I’ve never used those diagrams before, I’ve always managed with the abbreviations though sometimes with a new stitch, it takes some trial and error, but that is normal I have to think.  This pattern is different enough that I’ve found the diagram useful for comparison which helps!  I’ve run into a few things that give you JUST the diagrams, which I’ve run from like a rabbit because I didn’t really ‘get’ them.  Because I really want to figure this out, I’ve been struggling along with it though.  I’m a bit afraid I’ve bit off an awful lot, but oh well! 

I’m trying to decide how much is ok to post here, … I really think the link to where I got the pattern would be best, and then I’ll post a picture of however far I’ve gotten! (not very!)  I don’t think I can post the medallion diagram, that would rightfully upset the patter developer.

Here’s the link to the pattern, and later on after I clear the table and get out my crochet hook, I’ll take a picture of where I’m at. I work on this one sitting at the table because it’s easier to keep it flat while I’m doing this.  I’m fine on the sofa with it on my lap when it’s something I’m not scared I’ll mess up!  (which is really silly since it’s not even the right yarn)  I just want to get it right!

http://www.interweavestore.com/Crochet/Patterns/Infinity-Wrap.html

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March 15, 2012
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Crima-mently! some how I wasn’t picturing a medallion that spanned your shoulders … something smaller and more granny square size (then again, I’ve made pullovers with waist-spanning squares in the early psychedelic 70’s when granny squares were de rigeur … and when I had a waist, lol!).  Truly a lovely idea, the looped Infinity, but definitely in the challenging intermediate-and-up level of shaping. I agree, posting the diagram would be copyright unfriendly.  Imagine the challenge is in the smooth shaping of the curled ends.  Is there a mathmatical progression for the increase by row? It is a tidy circle at each end.  Kudos to working that challenge on a table as smoothing it out between rows should tip off when an inc patt isn’t working and one could adjust the amount of inc required.  And a change of yarn could aggravate cupping if it is lighter than the original, rippling if it is heavier.  How does your gauge match the pattern’s gauge?  There would lie much of the reveal to a problem.

I would never scold someone fudging a pattern with different yarn or different stitches … can’t remember a time ever when I followed a pattern precisely as written.  Messing with a substitute yarn just adds another level of, ah, challenge.

March 15, 2012
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Holey Toledo! That’s quite a convoluted pattern. Kudos for even trying. From comments, you’re not the first to substitute yarns. 

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March 15, 2012
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Egad, my mind was twisting that infinity while I ate dinner …. it just dawned on me that one end would INC and the opposite would DEC to fold that figure 8.  No wonder you’re hair-pulling!  I would like to meet the convoluted mind that cooked that little devil up … there’s someone who aced her geometry classes.  Ahh, drat you, BG, I may have to buy the patt simply because it’s exerting a siren call of come-hither-and-play.  I have this ridiculous collection of reds and red-violets that might fit that call.

March 15, 2012
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Oh…My….Goodness! You are very brave to take on that pattern….Are you crocheting a cap of some kind to cover your bald head?  You better have one handy because you may not have a hair left! Maybe you could borrow his >>>>chefor french.

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