How do so get started in crochet?

(31 Posts)
flutterworc Sat 22-Oct-16 19:58:44

Exactly as it says. Can anyone point me in the direction of a reasonable tutorial for a (moderately) intelligent woman? How much kit will I need?

My big plan is to crochet a tea cosy. How many decades of practise will I need to achieve such a dream...?

PolterGoose Sat 22-Oct-16 20:01:40

You'll need a hook and some yarn plus a darning needle and scissors.

I started with a basic book and used the Attic24 blog for my early projects.

Revelry is good.

Knitters seem to find crochet harder to learn than non-knitters.

TheEmojiFormerlyKnownAsPrince Sat 22-Oct-16 20:03:29

I taught myself from the internet. Not YouTube, l found l couldn't keep up with a video, so l just googled it. I taught myself in about a day, and can crochet anything now.

I was a very experienced knitter prior to crochet, and that did help a lot.

BiggerBoatNeeded Sat 22-Oct-16 20:05:29

Seconding the Attic 24 site for rewarding projects for beginners. I taught myself from YouTube tutorials, went through a few before I found ones I liked as I think a lot of it is personal to how you learn best.

TheEmojiFormerlyKnownAsPrince Sat 22-Oct-16 20:09:46

I found it very easy to learn....very very easy. I was an experienced knitter😄...

anyoldname76 Sat 22-Oct-16 20:17:00

i taught myself last year watching the crochet crowd on you tube. you dont need much to get started, a ball of dk yarn/wool and a 4mm hook. i make allsorts of things now, its easy and addictive once you get the hang of it

user1471525301 Sat 22-Oct-16 20:19:52

I taught myself a few years ago, watch plenty of you tube tutorials and just keep pausing and rewinding. It may help to have something in mind that you would like to make such as a blanket, and then google beginner crochet blanket.

PolterGoose Sat 22-Oct-16 20:20:34

That's interesting Emoji, you are obviously unique grin

user1471525301 Sat 22-Oct-16 20:21:21

Ahh just seen you mentioned tea cosy, search easy crochet tea cosy

HeyMacWey Sat 22-Oct-16 20:22:13

I taught myself from YouTube and then attic 24's.
Give me a minute and I'll find her channel.

Alfieisnoisy Sat 22-Oct-16 20:22:37

Seconding the Crochet Crowd on YouTube. Another good one is Bella Coco. Her videos are excellent....I just pause where needed,

TheDisreputableDog Sat 22-Oct-16 20:24:25

http://www.cherryheartcrochet.co.uk/p/welcome.html?m=1 is good too, great stitch directory and some simple patterns to get started.

I only started crocheting at the beginning of the summer and am really enjoying it. You could start off by doing some squares for one of the Woolly Hugs projects, I found that a good was to learn and try out new stitches and techniques.
http://beta.woollyhugs.com

rememberthetime Sat 22-Oct-16 20:36:47

I used to teach crochet workshops and had very many absolute beginners. By the end of the first 2 hour session the majority were competently crocheting basic stitches. To be honest once you learn the top 3 most used stitches you can do almost any pattern.

I think a lot of patterns are written in a way that makes it look like a mathematical equation and it can seem daunting. But if you follow a step by step tutorial, you can achieve so much more in a shorter space of time.

I also recommend following the recommendations regarding wool type and crochet hook size. getting your head around yarn types as a beginner can feel confusing and the results are better when the right wool is used.

I taught myself via You Tube and a book, but i was also a knitter. Now i never knit and always crochet as it is so much easier.

I am happy to give you a few pointers if you get stuck.

HeyMacWey Sat 22-Oct-16 20:43:38

To Crochet - The Basics for Absolute Beginners: ink{http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyUW7HzKUEk5KqsUlwNWX6K5by0JLswCowww.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyUW7HzKUEk5KqsUlwNWX6K5by0JLswCo HappyBerry Crochet}
She's brilliant at explaining really slowly and simply.

HeyMacWey Sat 22-Oct-16 20:44:55

To Crochet - The Basics for Absolute Beginners: ink{http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyUW7HzKUEk5KqsUlwNWX6K5by0JLswCo\www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyUW7HzKUEk5KqsUlwNWX6K5by0JLswC]]o}

Oops try again.

HeyMacWey Sat 22-Oct-16 20:45:55

Arse.
Her channel is HappyBerry Crochet - it might be easier for you to look her up yourself grin

flutterworc Sat 22-Oct-16 20:46:40

You lot are fantastic. Thank you. Right, off to find out whether I may have inherited any of these things in my late Grandmother's sewing box (usually only used for sewing buttons!).

SpeckledyBanana Sat 22-Oct-16 20:47:18

I knit and sew, but never got the hang of crochet. I'd love to, though.

ChampagneCommunist Sat 22-Oct-16 20:57:31

I used the Plant Purl videos on YouTube. Bear in mind that UK & US patterns use different names for the same stitch

flutterworc Sun 23-Oct-16 23:41:10

Well, it's wobbly, a weird colour and doesn't really look like anything, but it's a start! Thanks folks!

PolterGoose Mon 24-Oct-16 07:53:55

smile

flutterworc Mon 24-Oct-16 10:30:08

Won't keep a pot of tea warm just yet, but it actually looks like something!

veganburgerqueen Mon 24-Oct-16 10:53:58

Well done! An amazing startsmile. I taught myself to crochet and I have found that by practicing little and often you will quickly become competent. One word of warning though, buying yarn is addictive!!! So is crocheting, come to think of it. The kids have learnt to wait because "I'm counting" and my husband complains he's a crochet widow wink.

rememberthetime Mon 24-Oct-16 11:29:52

That looks amazing - what a great start. if one of my students came up with that I would be chuffed to bits. usually we would start with a flower because it is a satisfying project to finish in an hour or two.Keep going!

TheImpossibleGirl Mon 24-Oct-16 11:35:36

I have some yarn and some hooks I bought recently. I'm off to have a go!

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