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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>

Tiggy114 Thu 31-Jan-13 09:29:19

Amigurumi is great! I can try and answer any questions if your stuck although i am no expert. It was the 'happy hooker' book i was on about. It's really great.

nevermindthecrocodiles Thu 31-Jan-13 10:05:21

I have ordered the happy hooker book - there was a 2nd hand one on amazon for £2, bargin! My crochet hooks haven't arrived yet though, I started yesterday using a hook that ndn made for me as a stopgap, it's rubbish . Doing partial knitting with a poorly toddler on my lap at the moment instead whilst waiting for the postman!

JollyRedGiant Thu 31-Jan-13 16:27:18

I pretty much only crochet blankets. I made DS a mouse once, and a baby hat for DC2 (which is still unfinished) but usually I like blankets. I find it easier to watch tv and crochet at the same time if I'm making something simple like a blanket.

Did a granny stripe one, then a filled in granny, then a large granny square, now working on a stripy one and one made of 6" squares simultaneously because the stripy one is a little tedious and time consuming.

MsInterpret Thu 31-Jan-13 22:48:22

Ooh, me too -I'm a recent crochet learner and now addict blush

While learning I made some cute squares, circles and stars. I've just made some fingerless gloves as a pressie and I made 2 lavender scented heart hangers. I'm now embarking on a granny stripe blanket after finding a ripple too tricky a few weeks ago. It helps I'm on mat leave so had time to really go for it in learning.

It's addictive.

I just realised I've been snacking less too, good point. Mainly I'd been feeling smug about watching less tv and less mindless laptopping. Bonus number 3!

nevermindthecrocodiles Fri 01-Feb-13 19:47:31

My lovely crochet hooks arrived yesterday, but didn't get a chance to use them as littlest DC had d+v. And again today! If I can keep my eyes open long enough I'll attempt a proper start.....


The seeing machine I had saved and saved for has finally been ordered and arrived today. It all SHINY and in a posh JL box, and I reeeeaaaally want to have a play! Crochet or machine first?!

nevermindthecrocodiles Fri 01-Feb-13 19:48:40

Sewing machine, SEWING. Although given the quality of my typing I could undoubtedly use a seeing machine too, whatever that may be! blush

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 02-Feb-13 08:25:19

I am a recent convert to crochet from knitting though as my job involves 'handling thread with instruments' I probably have an unfair advantage. I have used the web, but actually found the pictures in Simply Crochet the best.
I find I luckily can bang out shapes fairly quickly so am currently doing hexagons.

KinkyDorito Sat 02-Feb-13 14:11:47

I find it really helpful to lose weight too! I taught myself in summer using those links. Good luck smile.

My first blanket is on my profile. I can only granny square, but I'm very happy just with that for now.

DancingInTheMoonlight Sat 02-Feb-13 15:19:37

I cannot crochet. I'm rubbish and the book is confusing aaarrrggghhh! Its making me cross and teary as I'm so frustrated! I think i shall have to find another hobby...

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...

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 was on offer in aldi..

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

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.

ConfusedPixie Sat 02-Feb-13 23:43:07

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!

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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 09:30:39

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.

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????

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

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..

StopEatingThatMud Sun 03-Feb-13 09:41:35

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.

StopEatingThatMud Sun 03-Feb-13 09:42:02

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

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