Learning To Crochet...

mei lan

Pursuit Driver
HB, I love crochet. The patterns out now are far more lovely than they used to be. I always say it's not your grandmother's (or in my case, my great-grandmother, since she's the one who taught me when I was about 10) crochet anymore. There are SCADS of great patterns for baby things, as well as scarves, throws, vests, you name it.

And as I tell everyone interested in crocheting, check out the fabulous site ravelry.com. There are thousands of patterns with pics, and MANY, MANY of them are free. I haven't paid for a crochet pattern, and I have some AWESOME patterns downloaded.

I am finishing up (finally) an afghan for my SIL, and I made a very nice scarf last year. I'll post a pic of both when I finish the afghan. I'm about to start an afghan for my sister with some great yarn. Hobby Lobby and Michael's both have good yarn (HL has a better selection), but you can find some good sometimes at Wal-Mart. They just have a pathetic little selection is my gripe.

When I can't figure something out, I see if I can find a video on YouTube. There's great stuff there. Also, different people hold their hooks and guide the yarn differently. It's not good or bad; it's just different. Some people hold their hook like a fork used properly when eating; I hold mine like a fork used by a field hand with no training in manners. I guide the yarn up between my left pinky and left ring finger, and then up between my left middle finger and over my left index finger.

Let us know how it goes!

DW - I think that tunisian crochet would get on my nerves. Let us know when you finish something and post a pic.
 

deewee

Pursuit Driver
mei lan said:
HB, I love crochet. The patterns out now are far more lovely than they used to be. I always say it's not your grandmother's (or in my case, my great-grandmother, since she's the one who taught me when I was about 10) crochet anymore. There are SCADS of great patterns for baby things, as well as scarves, throws, vests, you name it.

And as I tell everyone interested in crocheting, check out the fabulous site ravelry.com. There are thousands of patterns with pics, and MANY, MANY of them are free. I haven't paid for a crochet pattern, and I have some AWESOME patterns downloaded.

I am finishing up (finally) an afghan for my SIL, and I made a very nice scarf last year. I'll post a pic of both when I finish the afghan. I'm about to start an afghan for my sister with some great yarn. Hobby Lobby and Michael's both have good yarn (HL has a better selection), but you can find some good sometimes at Wal-Mart. They just have a pathetic little selection is my gripe.

When I can't figure something out, I see if I can find a video on YouTube. There's great stuff there. Also, different people hold their hooks and guide the yarn differently. It's not good or bad; it's just different. Some people hold their hook like a fork used properly when eating; I hold mine like a fork used by a field hand with no training in manners. I guide the yarn up between my left pinky and left ring finger, and then up between my left middle finger and over my left index finger.

Let us know how it goes!

DW - I think that tunisian crochet would get on my nerves. Let us know when you finish something and post a pic.
You're right. There are no rules to how you hold the hook, it is however it feels most comfortable to you. I hold mine like a pen except for tunisian crochet. I find holding the hook like a fork is easier for me to do that type of crochet.

Tunisian is kind of fun but both hands are actively involved doing it...more so than traditional crochet. That said, I think it's more limited on what kinds of stitches you can do. I've just started so I don't know much about it yet, so I could be wrong. I will probably finish this project and not od another Tunisian project again for a while. LOL
 

mei lan

Pursuit Driver
naturegirl said:
I don't like to cross stitch either, it takes 4 ever. LOL
I don't like cross-stitch, either. Gets on my nerves. However, I learned to do real embroidery (by hand) from a professor in college, and I want to get back to doing that. I bought a couple of books awhile back on amazon to refresh myself on it. They're sitting with 8,744 other things in my Projects To Do pile. :soashamed
 

naturegirl

Rolling down the highway
deewee said:
naturegirl said:
Oh and did you ever make barefoot sandals deewee?? My sister made me bunches when I was a teenager.

Hers were much prettier than these and she used some beads in the crochet.

http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2012/08/top-10-free-crochet-patterns-for-barefoot-sandals/
I haven't made those but I just pinned some on Pinterest! LOL
They are really very cool, I loved them when I was growing up in the 70s. Lots of people were envious, they just didn't go bare footed as much as I did. ;)
 

deewee

Pursuit Driver
naturegirl said:
deewee said:
naturegirl said:
Oh and did you ever make barefoot sandals deewee?? My sister made me bunches when I was a teenager.

Hers were much prettier than these and she used some beads in the crochet.

http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2012/08/top-10-free-crochet-patterns-for-barefoot-sandals/
I haven't made those but I just pinned some on Pinterest! LOL
They are really very cool, I loved them when I was growing up in the 70s. Lots of people were envious, they just didn't go bare footed as much as I did. ;)
I'll probably make a few for friends' daughters. They are really cute!
 
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