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Okkitokkiunga Wed 22-Mar-17 10:14:02

Hello you lovely Woolly Huggers,

I am so excited and just wanted to share. I've never crocheted a thing in my life, but I've been following your FB page for a while now and whilst I cry a lot, I love what you do. I have just ordered my first ever crochet hook (size 4) and a ball of wool (Stylecraft DK Special) and am now sitting impatiently hoping it doesn't take too long to arrive. I also have a friend who will teach me how to crochet and I am secretly hoping to rope her into doing some squares as well. grin

bookbook Wed 22-Mar-17 19:29:10

Hello! That sounds great . Its a lovely bit corner we are all busy chatting on the other threads- come and join us, get tips and all - any one will do, we are usually on several - Candys Hugs or Chernobyl, just jump in smile

1stDinkyDecker Mon 03-Apr-17 15:45:48

I was just going to start a thread. Mother's Day saw my first ever crochet hook and ball of wool

Can anyone recommend any how too videos? I've had a little dabble on Youtube, but am still struggling.

I can do a chain stitch, but so far could only make a scarf for a wormsmile

Any tips gratefully received.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 03-Apr-17 17:25:33

try videos, if you find those hard try diagrams. people like different ways of learning.

I learned from a 70's crochet pamphlet.

you could go into business selling tiny dolls house people scarves!

TheWoollybacksWife Mon 03-Apr-17 17:38:16

The Bella Coco granny square video is one that is often recommended on crochet threads. The Attic24 blog does clear step by step photo instructions too.

There is a thing to be aware of - UK stitch terms and US stitch terms are different. I know Attic24 uses uk terms and I think Bella Coco does too. Charts use symbols and the symbols are the same in either.

UK to US
Chain (ch) (uk) = chain (ch) (us)
Slip stitch (ss) (uk) = slip stitch (ss) (us)
Double crochet (dc) (uk) = single crochet (sc) (us)
Treble crochet (tc) (uk) = double crochet (dc) (us)
Double treble (dt) (uk) = treble crochet (tc) (us)

bookbook Mon 03-Apr-17 22:50:56

I learned with Bella Coco , and yes, it is UK terms . Nice and easy to follow, and you can pause, or go back to go over things again smile

Okkitokkiunga Tue 04-Apr-17 12:49:50

Hello 1st. I watched the Bella Coco's granny square tutorials on YouTube and they were really helpful. I also got this book out of the library which has diagrams in of your stitches which has helped me to understand how a pattern actually works. I am a visual learner so using both has been great as I am currently not getting on with just reading a pattern.

I been at it for almost two weeks now and thoroughly enjoying it.

MrsDilligaf Thu 06-Apr-17 20:30:06

okki it's such a lovely hobby. I thoroughly enjoy it. In fact I get quite cross about the fact that I have to go to work!

Sometimes I get quite emotional when I'm knitting or crocheting a square because the person who is likely to receive it has been through the worst of times. I will be having a lovely time making a square, enjoying my wonderful new hobby and then it will hit me that something that brings me great joy is being made for someone who is in the middle of a really dark time.

But I suppose thats why we do it - To give a bit of love to someone we'll never meet, but who needs a hug and a warm wish from a stranger. These blankets and bits and bobs we craft are those hugs and wishes made real.


Okkitokkiunga Thu 06-Apr-17 20:37:40

That sums it up so well MrsD. My DH said to me last night didn't I want to keep one square as it's the first batch I've ever crocheted and That's more or less what I told him. I get very emotional every time I think about the actual destination of all these squares.

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