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Some help/perspective needed for a first time crocheter...

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CheepAndOrm Wed 22-Mar-17 20:30:21

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RubyRedRuby Wed 22-Mar-17 20:34:30

LOL! That's an ambitious first project. Try mastering a granny square first. Attic24 has very good basic tutorials or Planet June.
Stylecraft special dk is good quality, cheap yarn in lots of colours, you'll need a size four hook and a tapestry or wool needle. Good luck.

CheepAndOrm Wed 22-Mar-17 20:40:00

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RubyRedRuby Wed 22-Mar-17 20:40:51

They are called stitches!

PurpleDaisies Wed 22-Mar-17 20:43:00

You can use whatever wool you want-all you need yo do is use a smaller hook which will result in a smaller finished project. You don't need to change the number of stitches. For an amigurumi one like that a 3.5 or 4mm hook with double knit wool would most likely be absolutely fine.

Gamtanner Wed 22-Mar-17 20:43:09

Wow. I would not recommend that as a first project. It took me a week to learn how to do a starting chain!

I second the advice above- Stylecraft Special DK, size 4 hook, Attic 24 blog or You Tube and be aware that crochet terms differ for the same stitch depending on if it's a UK or USA pattern. A double crochet means different things depending on who wrote the pattern!

Good luck. It's fun and very satisfying when you get to grips with it.

CheepAndOrm Wed 22-Mar-17 20:43:21

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CheepAndOrm Wed 22-Mar-17 20:45:23

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PurpleDaisies Wed 22-Mar-17 20:45:29

Once you've got going it should be fairly easy-it's worth getting a stitch market if you're workking continuous rounds as I suspect that octopus will be.

If the legs start as magic rings which are tricky you could chain four, join and then worm over your yarn tail then pull to close the hole. That is slightly easier.

PurpleDaisies Wed 22-Mar-17 20:46:28

I like women's institute premium acrylic which is £2.20 a ball and almost always on three for two in hobbycraft.

CheepAndOrm Wed 22-Mar-17 20:46:44

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Gamtanner Wed 22-Mar-17 20:47:14

Look up Bella Coco on You Tube. Great, no nonsense videos for UK crochet.

00100001 Wed 22-Mar-17 20:47:19

I'd start with just learning to crochet first

Learn to chain and then single crochet and then double crochet

Make a square first smile

CheepAndOrm Wed 22-Mar-17 20:48:49

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Liara Wed 22-Mar-17 20:51:12

Go for it! The great thing with crochet is that it's so easy to undo, you never waste the yarn. Just have a go and keep having a go until you get the hang of it.

I taught myself to crochet using you tube a few years ago and could reasonably soon have tackled a project like that.

Although I would recommend starting with a hat for your baby. Very easy and so satisfying (and very similar techniques as you will be using for this)!

Liara Wed 22-Mar-17 20:51:56

There are you tubes for the magic circle, it really isn't difficult.

CheepAndOrm Wed 22-Mar-17 21:01:50

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PurpleDaisies Wed 22-Mar-17 21:03:01

No, the octopus is definitely easier.

PurpleDaisies Wed 22-Mar-17 21:03:21

That giraffe is so cute though. Where's the pattern from?

CheepAndOrm Wed 22-Mar-17 21:08:20

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PolterGoose Wed 22-Mar-17 21:56:50

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CheepAndOrm Wed 22-Mar-17 22:10:40

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Mistoffelees Wed 22-Mar-17 22:21:06

There are some easy jellyfish amigurumi, which would be a good starting point for that type of crochet tinyurl.com/kxfb4r2 (apologies if it's not a clicky link) but granny squares would really be the best start, you could just do a few and make a cushion cover and I would recommend the Crochet Bible by Sue Whiting as a good reference for all stitches.

CheepAndOrm Thu 23-Mar-17 14:29:13

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turbohamster Fri 24-Mar-17 18:03:34

I think the octopus is straightforward enough for a beginner. It'll all be in the same stitch (single crochet (US)/double crochet (UK)) and worked in the round, so the only tricky bit is counting stitches.

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