Crochet help!

(59 Posts)
nevermindthecrocodiles Wed 30-Jan-13 10:39:00

I am being very, very stupid - please can someone recommend a website that will teach the very slow and dimwitted me to crochet step by step? I am finding it ridiculously hard and lack of crocheting ability is nearly making me weep! <loser>

nevermindthecrocodiles Sun 03-Feb-13 14:32:29

MimsyBorogroves I'm inbetween Malmesbury & Chippenham. There's a really good sewing shop in malms but they don't seem to offer any classes. I'll get on ravelry and see what I can find. Going to have a cuppa and breathe and try again - thank you so much everyone!

JollyRedGiant Sun 03-Feb-13 12:54:40
JollyRedGiant Sun 03-Feb-13 12:54:25

http://m.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_181134&src_vid=hVBnFHGbeK4&feature=iv&v=79zZJjXRfSM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fannotation_id%3Dannotation_181134%26feature%3Div%26src_vid%3DhVBnFHGbeK4%26v%3D79zZJjXRfSM&gl=GB

That describes the hold. Let me know if the link doesn't work

JollyRedGiant Sun 03-Feb-13 12:42:11

I wind the yarn round my pinky smile

nevermind - whereabouts in wiltshire? I'm there too. There's a craft shop nearish me (Trowbridge) which does classes. I can't get to them though as my 1 year old would cause havoc!

nevermind have you tried ravelry? You may find a local group there smile

I just can't get it either but I have worked out why, I'm struggling with tension on my left hand. I can't work out how to hold the yarn but I think that once I've got that down I should be okay! And that might help me with continental knitting too! smile

AbsintheMinded Sun 03-Feb-13 11:14:19

Did you try any video tutorials?

I find I learn by watching. Reading instructions is hard for me but if I see it, then it all clicks. Hmm, maybe I'm more like a monkey. But hey, it works!

nevermindthecrocodiles Sun 03-Feb-13 10:04:29

Oh god, after all that I just CAN'T DO IT <weeps> I must have a wonky anti-crochet widget in my brain! The happy hooker is confusing me quite a lot. Is there a "Crochet for Dummies" type thing? I can't find any local stitch n bitch clubs either (I'm Wiltshire area) please help me MNers, I don't want to be a crochet failure! blush

TheWombat Sun 03-Feb-13 09:48:25

StopEatingThatMud I think we must be talking about the same YouTube lady! I love Attic24 too..

Log?! Not sure what that was meant to be...!

Log hello can I jump in?

I'm new-ish to crochet, I've made a hat that's totally wrong based on the pattern but keeps my head warm so it'll do, a couple of squares for Wooly hugs and I've just started my first blanket for DD and I'm very excited about it!

I find videos on YouTube much easier to follow than a book, there's an Australian (I think) lady who works in UK terms that I watched over and over again, whilst shouting at to slow down as I tried to do it alongside, but u got there eventually. Attic24 is also one of ky favourite things ever, partially for the beautiful pictures of things I want to copy and also because all her stuff is explained in real step by step instructions with lots of pictures. It's her granny ripple blanket that I've just started.

TheWombat Sun 03-Feb-13 09:34:12

Ooh can I join the beginners club? I have made a few clusterfucks granny squares, and I found the videos by AussieCrochetChick really helpful, although for the first couple of hours of watching, the air was rather blue..

DancingInTheMoonlight Sun 03-Feb-13 09:33:07

toI thought we had tiggy :-). I live close to a very crafty historical village (saltaire) and would love to be able to crochet. I'm limited as to when i can get out- work and ds as dh works away so am desperate forsomething to occupy me on an evening

Tiggy114 Sun 03-Feb-13 09:32:05

Now thinking we could all set up a skype video knit and natter group somehow. Can you do group video calls on there????

Tiggy114 Sun 03-Feb-13 09:30:39

Which book? Happy hooker? It's the one i learned from. I must sayit took me aaaages to learn to crochet though. Sorry thats nor much help. We'll be in saltaire today. Come meet in the cafe and bring your wool. Lolol.

DancesWithWoolEnPointe Sun 03-Feb-13 09:30:20

Arriving late to fred (as usual) - I'm a hoking beginner to - I'm capable of doubles and trebbles and this is it. The american lady on youtube taught me how, and I started with grannies for the woolly hugs about 6 months ago. I'll never knit again.

Tiggy114 Sun 03-Feb-13 09:26:55

Ah we met before on tother thread. I remember now.

DancingInTheMoonlight Sun 03-Feb-13 09:22:39

So i showed the book to my mil who has been crocheting for a while and she says age would struggle to follow it! May order another of Amazon. Which is the best/easiest to understand?

DancingInTheMoonlight Sun 03-Feb-13 09:21:10

I'm in Baildon, north of Bradford. :-)

Tiggy114 Sun 03-Feb-13 08:16:10

Where in west yorkshire are you dancing? I'm in castleford. Would love to meet up for a crochet sesh. Like i said i'm no expert but reckon we could get you going on granny squares quite easy.

Thanks for starting this thread OP! I've been meaning to start learning to crochet for a while and finally started today smile

Me and DP were chatting to a bloke who crochets little amigurumi characters earlier and DP has decided that he wants to learn to crochet now as he wants some amigurumi too hmm So I'm going to have to teach him, which means learning myself first! grin I knit already but am finding crochet difficult, just want to get my knitting needles out!

AbsintheMinded Sat 02-Feb-13 19:30:29

I've just started too. I've been using these videos to learn. Catherine Hirst how to crochet videos

Then when I had practiced a bit, I started a granny square blanket and got a tip from Attic24 on how to join the squares together as you go instead of doing it afterwards with lots of single squares.

KelleStar Sat 02-Feb-13 19:14:58

Ah yes, I saw that book, the patterns were interesting, but not sure it's good for beginners. I can recommend youtube and just watch it over and over again with your yarn and hook in front of you.

My SiL was really really not getting on, she holds her hook different to me and it took just adjusting her hold to help her get the moves right.

Our Local Yarn shop has a lovely knit and knatter which I've gone along to on the odd desperate occasion. Those ladies are lovely and will do pretty much anything for cake or biscuits smile

DancingInTheMoonlight Sat 02-Feb-13 18:56:49

I'm in west Yorkshire :-( I'm not sure the book i have is good for learning so may try another...it was on offer in aldi..

KelleStar Sat 02-Feb-13 18:08:52

I've posted in our local skills swap section that I'm happy to meet up for Crochet/Knitting support. Might be worth having a look on your local pages. I am in Somerset/Bath area, if it's any help...

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