Do you crochet?

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Do you crochet?

Miss Nessa Miss Nessa
I have decided to learn how to crochet!

I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet and knit. I’m currently teaching myself how to crochet because no one I know knows how to do this. I went to Walmart and loaded up on a few items and I must admit, it’s actually kind of hard. I’m having a hard time but I figured the more I work on it, the easier it will get.

I can’t wait till I become a pro at it.
I want to make a whole bunch of cool things.

Soooo…

Do any of you crochet or knit?
Do you have any good tips for someone who is just beginning out?
Do you have something that you know now that you wish someone would have told you when you first started?
How long did it take you to get the hang of it?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I love crochet
Miss Nessa , PropertyOfPotter , SneakersAndPearls , Apirka , tami , amazon , sXeVegan90 , Kittybit , Tuesday , GONE! , AmethystSmoke , Terri69 , nikki0668 , Missmarc , chernayavdova , talkless , Qozt , Willowe , Coco85 , chicmichiw , Sbmsvschoolgirl , Cinnyree , Airen Wolf
23
I don't like crochet
BrittaniMaree , Diabolical Kitty , Carlie2010
3
I haven't learned
Bignuf , sexxxkitten , Rossie , Anne , CindyH , MissCandyland , butts , misterazor , ARPKasso , Allstars316 , Living Doll , BrittaniMaree , satinlady550 , Creepellah , SMichelle , Feisty , spiced , mpfm , Cosmonaut , padmeamidala , Leather & Lace , hillys , Hazeleyes2012 , Carlie2010 , GirlOnGirl
25
I want to learn
Miss Nessa , SexToys-R-Us , mdnght , sexxxkitten , Anne , deltalima , ARPKasso , Creepellah , Hestia , Feisty , DawnStar , Cosmonaut , dawnkye , Vanille , padmeamidala , Aishiteru
16
I'm currently learning
Miss Nessa , Isola , Meltingfish
3
I know someone who crochets
SexToys-R-Us , mdnght , hhh , PropertyOfPotter , sexxxkitten , amazon , TheTwoRegularFolks , butts , ARPKasso , satinlady550 , Meltingfish , Kat and Aaron(aaron) , CaliGirl , Diabolical Kitty , Bethy Cassatt , Feisty , dv8 , Cosmonaut , Vanille , padmeamidala , chicmichiw , Leather & Lace , Aishiteru , JoshJosh123 , Carlie2010
25
I have some tips to share
PropertyOfPotter , Kittybit
2
I like knitting more then crocheting..
PropertyOfPotter , Apirka , ViVix , Tuesday , Bethy Cassatt
5
Other
jr2012 , Diabolical Kitty , surreptitious , xxsquigglesxx
4
Total votes: 106 (70 voters)
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SexToys-R-Us SexToys-R-Us
omg how weird, i want to learn how to crochet too, and even more weirder is the fact that i randomly found a crochet needle/pick (dont know what its called) last night in my home but I dont know where it came from! And whats great is that a group of my coworkers love to crochet, they crochet almost every day during lunch.
12/14/2012
Suisei Suisei
I would love to learn to crochet. I have a few books and several hooks, and a mountain of yarn, but I haven't taken the time to sit down and properly learn.
As you might guess from my comment about yarn, I do knit, and I love it. I just love textile crafts, as I also sew a few simple projects from time to time. Maybe I'll learn to crochet during my spare time over the next little while. I could finally try my hand at some cute amigurumi.
12/14/2012
Miss Nessa Miss Nessa
Quote:
Originally posted by SexToys-R-Us
omg how weird, i want to learn how to crochet too, and even more weirder is the fact that i randomly found a crochet needle/pick (dont know what its called) last night in my home but I dont know where it came from! And whats great is that a group of ...
Hahaha, that's so odd. You don't remember buying it or anything? That's pretty awesome you found some crochet items. I picked up a set at Walmart last night. I wish I had a group to work with, your so lucky! I don't know anyone who does this.

I picked this up last night....
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12/14/2012
Miss Nessa Miss Nessa
Quote:
Originally posted by Suisei
I would love to learn to crochet. I have a few books and several hooks, and a mountain of yarn, but I haven't taken the time to sit down and properly learn.
As you might guess from my comment about yarn, I do knit, and I love it. I just love ...
I've never herd of amigurumi! I had to google it! hahaha Those look so awesome. I hope my skills become that advanced lol. I have a question for you, what are the best knitting needles for someone new. I got some last night but they are extremely LONG! They are like a 4mm I think...
12/14/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Miss Nessa
I have decided to learn how to crochet!

I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet and knit. I’m currently teaching myself how to crochet because no one I know knows how to do this. I went to Walmart and loaded up on a few items and I must ...
My mother taught me to knit, long ago, but I really cannot do it now. I never learned to crochet. It's funny, since I can tie 1000 different knots and even tie knots with two fingers inside a confined match box (really...I have done this), but just can't knit!!!
12/14/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by SexToys-R-Us
omg how weird, i want to learn how to crochet too, and even more weirder is the fact that i randomly found a crochet needle/pick (dont know what its called) last night in my home but I dont know where it came from! And whats great is that a group of ...
It's the ghost of comforters past, come to lead you into knitting booties and sweaters galore...
12/14/2012
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
Quote:
Originally posted by Suisei
I would love to learn to crochet. I have a few books and several hooks, and a mountain of yarn, but I haven't taken the time to sit down and properly learn.
As you might guess from my comment about yarn, I do knit, and I love it. I just love ...
I love making amigurumi. I haven't in a while, though. Most of what I've done recently are useful things, like tawashis.
12/14/2012
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
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Originally posted by Bignuf
My mother taught me to knit, long ago, but I really cannot do it now. I never learned to crochet. It's funny, since I can tie 1000 different knots and even tie knots with two fingers inside a confined match box (really...I have done this), but ...
Knitting hates me. I did learn that "continental knitting" is easier for people that started with crochet, so I can do it a little bit, but I prefer crochet.
12/14/2012
sexxxkitten sexxxkitten
I would like to learn.
12/14/2012
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
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Originally posted by Miss Nessa
I've never herd of amigurumi! I had to google it! hahaha Those look so awesome. I hope my skills become that advanced lol. I have a question for you, what are the best knitting needles for someone new. I got some last night but they are extremely ...
For knitting needles, smaller ones are better for just starting out, especially as you're getting a feel for how to hold them in your hands. I would have gotten either 7 or 9 inch needles to start knitting with. The longer ones are fine, you just might find that it feels a little stranger to try getting used to them.

When you first start knitting, you're going to want to focus on only a few different things; learning to cast on (get your stitches on your needles to begin knitting with), the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and casting off. Making something like a scarf is a great way to start off with knitting. There's a site called KnittingHelp.com. I go there when I need to try to remember to do various stitches and if I'm stuck on something. There's a forum to ask questions, there's videos to watch, etc.

Reading up on things is awesome. A lot of books have great information and photos to help you get started. What I have found is super helpful, is watching videos online, especially for the crocheting. I'm new to crocheting (have been knitting for well over half my life), and the videos are really helpful. You can find them all over YouTube.

Patience is super important when it comes to starting off with something like this. You're going to mess up, you're going to drop stitches, do the wrong stitch, you'll probably cry and get pissed off and never want to touch it again. I've been there, I've seen it happen!

A lot of people say that crocheting is easier because you're dealing with one stitch at a time whereas knitting deals with many stitches on the needles. Once you have a basic idea on how to do one, the other comes more naturally, in my opinion, even though the needles and way of working them are so different.

Before starting, read the book. Become familiar with different terms. Then start small. Focus on one task at a time. If you're crocheting, start with the chain stitch and do that until you've mastered it, then move onto the next thing. While it's fun and exciting to think about all the things you'll be able to make, you want to become super familiar with the basics to avoid frustration and messing up.

I'm always around if you have questions or get stuck. I can point you in a good direction if I'm not able to help you with something.

Sorry for the book, but wanted to just add my take on things!
12/14/2012
tami tami
Quote:
Originally posted by Miss Nessa
I have decided to learn how to crochet!

I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet and knit. I’m currently teaching myself how to crochet because no one I know knows how to do this. I went to Walmart and loaded up on a few items and I must ...
I have been doing it since I was 12 years old and I love it however I have carpal tunnel and have a hell of a time doing it now. I use to make blankets pillows and all kinds of things
12/14/2012
Apirka Apirka
I learned some basic crochet in high school, enough to make a afghan (which is just a very big scarf, haha). Anyway, two years ago, I picked up some amigurumi pattern books and some simple crochet instruction pamphlets from Wal-mart and taught myself. Doing the little amigurumi sounds/looks hard, but it's actually quite easy...just take your time and read through the pattern and do what it tells you to do.

I also taught myself how to knit as well. Again, just picked up a very simple little kit at Wal-mart that had a little booklet and a short pair of needles and took it one step at a time. First thing I ever knit was a simple stockinette stitch scarf, just to get the hang of it. Very next project I undertook? A sweater with a skull on the front. Yeah, I jumped right in, haha. But it turned out awesome.
skull sweater
Hah, there it is! I completely reworked the pattern I used and had to teach myself Intarsia while doing it (which is knitting pictures, etc into the item). I've even made up my own patterns in crochet and knitting.

Anyway, the only tips I have are just to take your time, get those simple "How to" pamphlets/booklets at Wal-mart or JoAnn's or wherever and just go to it. If something doesn't make sense or you just can't get it right, look online for instructions or a video. Crocheting and knitting looked so hard before I started doing it, but after learning simple things, it's so much easier than it looks.
12/14/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Miss Nessa
I have decided to learn how to crochet!

I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet and knit. I’m currently teaching myself how to crochet because no one I know knows how to do this. I went to Walmart and loaded up on a few items and I must ...
I tried crocheting, but it wasn't fun. I knit now though.
12/14/2012
Suisei Suisei
Quote:
Originally posted by Miss Nessa
I've never herd of amigurumi! I had to google it! hahaha Those look so awesome. I hope my skills become that advanced lol. I have a question for you, what are the best knitting needles for someone new. I got some last night but they are extremely ...
The best knitting needles I have used, material-wise, are bamboo. Very comfortable, warm to the touch, and yarn doesn't slip off as easily as with metal needles. I also have some fancy rosewood needles.
I prefer needles that are on the shorter side; you may have more luck with circulars if you don't like too much length, as they're two short needles attached by plastic cord. Some people knit with two pairs of circulars because of their comfort and ease of use. They also make knitting in the round much easier.

If you're making a specific project, the size of your needles is best dictated by that of the pattern and/or the suggestion on the yarn needle. To ensure that your project is the correct size in the end, it's best to knit a test swatch first, to see how many stitches there are to a square inch.

Other useful tools are stitch counters (I use a clickable handheld one), point protectors (for safe, slip-free storage of in-progress work), stitch markers, for marking the end of a round or the point at which you need to change to a different stitch or colour, and a measuring tape. It's all pretty daunting at first, and I've only done fairly basic projects, but it's a fun hobby. A book that helped me is from "Stitch and B*tch". They also make crochet books, so check them out! Of course, there are many online tutorial videos these days, so be sure to look at a few of them too, especially for basics.

Hope this helps.
12/14/2012
amazon amazon
I used to crochet more, but not as much these days
12/14/2012
sXeVegan90 sXeVegan90
I'm currently working on an blanket for my bed. I love crocheting, and it's certainly a relaxing hobby.
12/14/2012
js250 js250
No--but I do cross-stitch.
12/14/2012
Kittybit Kittybit
Yes! I've been crocheting for almost 8 years now. I'm self taught and am working on a blanket currently. To start, I'd recommend using a larger hook...maybe H or an I and yarn that is at least (4) worsted so you can see the stitches clearly....


When you start a pattern make sure you know if it uses UK or US terms... learn the differences. For example a sc (USA) is the same as a dc(UK)

Learn the terminology!

There are some great videos on youtube that shows how to do stitches clearly.
12/14/2012
Anne Anne
I wish I knew how to.
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CindyH CindyH
i can crochet a little
12/14/2012
jr2012 jr2012
I know how to crochet, but a few years ago I learned how to knit and have gone through thousands of yards of yarn since! I also spin my own yarn on a spindle.

I learned almost entirely on youtube

Other than that I go to ravelry.com for patterns and a bit of chatting on the forums. Have fun, you can do it! Fiber arts are the best.
12/14/2012
butts butts
I don't, nor do i have much of an interest, but one of my best friends does! He's good at it too, makes a lot of fun silly hats
12/15/2012
misterazor misterazor
never learned. no desire. but, it seems like a perfectly fine hobby. i hope you get some good tips and learn to fly along with it in no time.
12/15/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by Miss Nessa
I have decided to learn how to crochet!

I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet and knit. I’m currently teaching myself how to crochet because no one I know knows how to do this. I went to Walmart and loaded up on a few items and I must ...
I was being taught last week but I don't get it.
12/15/2012
ARPKasso ARPKasso
I would love to learn. My mom's pretty good at it though.
12/15/2012
GONE! GONE!
I wish I could knit. I can crochet though!
12/15/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
I have never tried it
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Living Doll Living Doll
I've never tried. If I ever want to, though, I'm pretty sure my mom could teach me.
12/15/2012
BrittaniMaree BrittaniMaree
Nope never and not interested in that kind of crafting I love scrap booking and stuff
12/15/2012
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