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OK so I decided to take up crochet...I started yesterday...

Here are some tips for any of you who may consider this hobby:

1. Rethink this carefully
- you need the following in great measure
An excessive amount patience I have crocheted and pulled out
miles (OK feet) of yarn in the last two days

An ability to laugh at yourself and be laughed at as well - I have
been asked if I hired a monkey to do this for me

2. Go to the craft shop
- don't ask anyone for help as you will get four or five different and
conflicting suggestions that will leave you wandering around the
craft shop with arms full of stuff and no idea what to do.

3. Buy a beginners book one with real picture and words that make
sense - a book that says do 17 CS then a TS then 16 SS is not
helpful unless there is a glossary and pictures to show you what
these are!


DO NOT EXPECT TO MAKE ANYTHING YOU WILL LIKE at least not in the early stages


4. If you like a wool - don't buy it!
You need to start with some of the oddest colors - torquoise, pee
green or purple seem to be the easiest - believe me - I don't know
why but brown and beige are NOT GOOD!

5. Cheaper synthetic wools seem to be easier to work with than the
really nice ones you would like to work with.

6. Take breaks...if you don't you will become cross-eyed, stiff and start
counting everything you do...15 single steps to the bathroom, 1
spoon of suguar in a cup of tea....

7. Buy a good scissors, GUAGE thingy (so you know if your stitches are
even) and metal not plastic hooks...I only say that as I bent the first
hook I bought (plastic) in the stress of the moment. Buy a set with
different sizes as you need to find what is most comfortable for you
and to have more handy for when in your frustration you throw the
hook across the room.

8. Find the right holes for your second or third row of stitches...otherwise
you get very odd shaped squares...more like wiggly worms...this is
where the odd colors seem to make this easier. A really good source
of light is extremely helpful as well.

9. If at first you don't succeed...cry, cry again...LOL...save it anyway.
as you go forward you can look back and see that with practise you
actually do improve.

10. Don't give up too quick...Im all thumbs and I am sure that I have toes
for fingers, but I can actually see that I am about 10 percent better
after 5 hours of practise...

11. Set low goals...avoid dissapointment....I thought my first project
would be this really pretty multi-colored, multi-tectured throw....now I
am making purple and turquoise pot holders for all my friends an
family....I figred at my current rate I may have five that don't look like
they were dragged around by the cat completed by next christmas.

I am so glad I decided to try a new hobby to fill my days and reduce my stress.....Come on in the waters fine!

Nimble fingered I am not - Stephanie

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:rotfl:Thank you Stephanie:rotfl:

You describe my chrocheting efforts to a T, except I lack your patience, so after 20 years, I'm still stuck on making squares.

Keep on at it:p

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Thank you stephanie

You gave me a much needed laugh. I howled with laughter reading your post!!

I wish you every success in your crocheting career!

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I havent laughed so much in ages! :rotfl::rotfl:

Well you certainly get 10 out of 10 for valiant effort! I expect to see a photo of your wonderful creation when its finished. Do you think I should put off ordering that quilt from you til Easter??

Luv n stuff
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Stephanie what a funny picture you paint with your description of learning to chrochet . I have tried to get beyond the single chain in the past (my dear nan tried to teach me as she could do all these lovely edges for table cloths) sadly I appear to have not inherited her skills.!
My Aunt is very " crafty" and she makes the most lovely patchwork quilts etc.
Perhaps I should try that.
However Like you I do enjoy wandering thro' the shops that sell those sort of things . You must put a photo on the site when you have finished something.
It might encourage us to try something new.:)
Best wishes
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Ladies:

Thanks! I went back to the craft shop this morning, I bought a fatter needle and thinner wool and I'm positioned and ready to go!

Joan, I think easter 2010 might be the right time for an order.

I do promise to post pics of my efforts good and bad early next week....I hope by then to have something decent enough not to want to post the piocs ananomously.

Love you all - Keep on crocheting - Stephanie
 

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Hi Stephanie,

Yes, that about sums it up, for learning to crochet. I don't think, it could have articulated it as well, though. :)

Your having a good time, and your patience will pay off. Just hang in there..and pretty soon, you will be able to do it with your eyes closed. Even, be able to make up your own patterns! :)

Acrylic yarn is really easy to care for. It is machine washable..doesn't shrink, either. I am sure, it isn't as warm though. Cotton yarns make really good wash cloths, and pot holders.

Have fun! Looking forward to your finished product..:)

Love,
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So you are well and truly hooked ? :lol:
I used to crochet a lot. You can get a lot done very quickly and when you get really practised you can watch TV at the same time, a bit like knitting.

Also a long time ago people knit blankets or throws from squares, a good way to use up spare knitting yarn. We donated them to charity and disaster appeals if we didn't want them ourselves.
You start from a corner by casting on one then increase one each end. At the start of each row you slip the first stitch. This makes a very good edge for when you come to sew or crochet the squares together

Knit until the triangle sides are the desired length of a side of the square. Then decrease one at each end. About 8" is a good size, depending on the size of the throw. Keep the yarn of each square the same ply.

:)

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Clare

I did not know that you spoke a foreign language...I think if it might be greek or gibberish...I am sure one day all that you said will make sense...

However for now, I'm content to get the hook through the correct hole and not get tangled up in the yarn. I have no aspirations beyond this yet.

I wouldn't want to raise the bar at this time, as I might actually knock my self out trying to slip under it.

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:rotfl:Oh Stephani :rotfl:

Thank you for the laugh.

When my daughter and I were trying to do our first tie-blanket we had way to many suggestions on how to make it.:wacko: We have made so many of them I have lost count. We us flannel and they are really warm in the winter.

Happy chrocheting.

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I remember during schools days i cant learn how to chochet... but now i am hooked to it, it's fun. Most if you'll recall the long chain you have made with no idea what is the next step.... You're right Stephani, "Don't give up too quick..." Who knows by the end of 2009, your throws, drapery and bed covers all were done by your own hand, your master piece.
Looking forward to your finished product.. for all those hooked and crochet master wanabe....

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