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Does anyone here crochet?

How did you learn? Is it easy to pick up from books or videos.

I tried it a few years ago with the first magazine from a 100 issues magazine. The art of crochet or something like that.

The first issue was cheap but at the end of it all, I would have spent over 600 euros to learn to crochet and crocheting a blanket out of it.

I picked up the technique of the first square fairly quickly, which meant waiting for the next issue for the next.

So I didn't continue with it.

I would like to learn something new and I'm thinking of trying crochet again. But maybe spending 20 euros or so on a book and some hooks.

Can anyone recommend a book and a website with beginner crochet designs of anything, like a scarf, cushion cover etc.

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If you learned to crochet a square, you can crochet! The hardest part of crochet is learning to hold the wool and hook and form the basic stitch; once you can do that you can do any of it.

I belong to a small group that meets and will happily teach anyone to knit or crochet, you might look locally and see if there is a similar group, libraries are worth checking, and they should be either free or very inexpensive; I have taught numerous people to crochet and once they pick up the trick of holding the wool and hook they are away. Your choice of hook is personal, I prefer the grey metal ones as they have a bit more of a point than some of the others, and it is easier to get the hook through the stitches.

There are loads of good videos on youtube, google crochet for beginners and find one that you like. this one gets on with the crochet rather than telling you about her life story and how cute her cats are

Do be aware that there is English crochet and US crochet, the stitch names are different, which can be confusing and means that your crochet will come out all wrong. It doesn't matter which one you learn, provided you are aware that there is a difference.

There are lots of different ways of holding the yarn, provided it works it does not matter which way you hold it. You need to be able to control your tension and allow the wool to feed easily into your work, so it is advisable to copy one of the ways shown, but use whichever one you find comfortable.

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The Raptor Banned

Thanks looksee. What do you think of books, like I'm looking at the crochet bible and reading reviews its seems to be about crochet techniques. It also explains the US and UK differences. So it doesn't seem that bad of a book to have and to refer to.

looksee Moderator

If you see a book that you feel is useful, get it certainly! I don't tend to use books because I can do the basic stitches and I don't really to make clothes so I don't follow patterns; I find I can usually look at something and reproduce it. Its like cooking though, I never follow a recipe exactly!

Learning the stitches is fine, following crochet patterns can be difficult, not as clear cut as knitting, though the diagram crochet patterns seem to be easier. Buy a book that you like the patterns in, and that has diagrams for learning stitches that you can follow. I have just looked at the Crochet Bible on Amazon and it does seem to have a good lot of information in it. Generally I prefer to follow book instructions rather than tutorials, but that is just a personal preference.

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the_sonandmoon Registered User

I learned to crochet on YouTube. So did lots of my friends. It's such a great resource fur tutorials. Good luck with it, OP, and enjoy it.
Apart from the last 7 wks when I've had a new born baby in my arms, you'd rarely find me on my couch without a hook and wool in my hands.

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iguana Moderator

I learned from youtube videos too. I'd hurt my elbow and couldn't knit so I decided to try crochet as that didn't cause me pain. It took me a week to go from complete novice to making a novelty hat for my toddler.

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Jellybaby1 Registered User

My mother taught me to crochet when I was about 7 or 8 years old. It seems today it really doesn't matter which way you hold the wool and hook as long as the stitches come out right. I once walked into a crochet workshop and was astonished at all the different methods in use but it all worked. I'm glad that I learned the original way however because I think it is much faster but that could be because I can do it blindfold now. My mother only taught me to chain and to treble, and for a long time I believed that was all there was to learn! However, I learned how wrong I was and went about teaching myself some other stitches from this book, link below. But today I enjoy using Youtube. Mikey from The Crochet Crowd is very easy to watch and learn from. By the way, don't buy those weekly magazines, they are far too expensive and believe me, you don't need them.

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now online Registered User

I'd recommend Bella coco on you tube. She's very good at explaining the basics.

There's not that much to crochet, once you can chain, single,double,and treble crochet you can make anything!

I bought all my hooks on eBay and frequently buy yarn there too. Loads of discount shops sell yarn that's fine for beginners.

Happy Crocheting!

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Speedwell Registered User

My Hungarian grandmother taught me to crochet while I was still almost a baby (I was barely three, but even at that age I was able to sit quietly and follow instructions). She suckered me into believing that because I was small, I could use the tiniest hooks and finest thread, and make delicate doilies.

There are thousands and thousands of books on beginner crochet, and some really novel but basic techniques that extend your repertory without stress or difficulty, such as the "in between" extended stitches made with an extra yarn over and pull through, and the "tapestry crochet" technique that allows you to make two-sided patterns by hiding your color change yarn in the stitches as you go, and the technique that makes knitting-look fabric with just simple slip stitches, and the Tunisian or Afghan crochet that is sort of a cross between knitting and crochet, but is simple to learn and easy to keep track of.

All crochet can be boiled down to something like "Yarn over [ ] times, stick your hook in the specified location, yarn over [ ] times, draw [ ] loops through leaving [ ] loops on the hook, repeat as directed", where the value of [ ] could be anything from zero to several.

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The Raptor Banned

I ordered a hook set and a book from Amazon. And hope to pick up some cheap yarn in the pound shop. Can't wait till they come. It seems like a cool craft to learn.

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The Raptor said:
I ordered a hook set and a book from Amazon. And hope to pick up some cheap yarn in the pound shop. Can't wait till they come. It seems like a cool craft to learn.

You will never lack for advice if you post on crochet forums. Every needleworker seems to have a second hobby as a teacher.

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The Raptor Banned

I'm really liking crochet. It takes forever to create something though but i would like to make a scarf for the winter. Aldi has some cheap yarn on Thursday, so i would like to pick up some but i don't know how many balls i would need to make a scarf. Has anyone made a scarf before, how many balls is needed. Or will i be better off with going to a wool type shop so if i run out, at least i can pick some more up easily, whereas aldi/lidl, once they're gone, you can't get anymore.

Jellybaby1 Registered User

I found that Aldi wool can come in kits, for a scarf or socks. So you might be able to get a pack with everything already in it including a pattern, but it might be knitting, not crochet. I don't crochet scarves so can't help I'm afraid. Depends on how wide and long you want it to be I suppose. Someone else will be better able to tell you here.

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looksee Moderator

If there is enough yarn for a knitted scarf there should be enough for a crocheted one.

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I have just looked at the ad for Aldi yarn and it is not particularly cheaper than you can buy elsewhere, and only similar quality, so I would not worry too much about it, get some in a local wool shop. The aran can be quite thick, a scarf in that would e a bit stiff and chunky, crochet tends to work better in no thicker than double knitting.

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