General chatter - i'm learning to crochet (any crocheters or knitters out there?)




ohiofreespirit
08-17-2009, 09:05 PM
i'm perfecting my chain making abilities. It's silly that something so small, a chain, can make me feel so calm when i'm doing it. my roommate is teaching me, perhaps tomorrow i'll try a single crochet stitch. :D


Can anyone else tell me about their attempts and successes at crocheting or knitting?


CountingDown
08-17-2009, 09:38 PM
I knit and crochet in spurts. I haven't done it for a while. But, it is a great hobby the is productive and keeps your hands full (thus, you aren't eating mindlessly).

Keep it up! It really is a fun hobby that you can do for a lifetime :D

Someone in our community put out a call for knitters. She wants to gather 500 homemade scarves to give to needy children this winter. I am going to call her tomorrow to volunteer. I'm pulling out my needles in the morning :D

ohiofreespirit
08-17-2009, 09:45 PM
I knit and crochet in spurts. I haven't done it for a while. But, it is a great hobby the is productive and keeps your hands full (thus, you aren't eating mindlessly).

Keep it up! It really is a fun hobby that you can do for a lifetime :D

Someone in our community put out a call for knitters. She wants to gather 500 homemade scarves to give to needy children this winter. I am going to call her tomorrow to volunteer. I'm pulling out my needles in the morning :D

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh, good for you. i really do enjoy it and maybe you're right, it'll keep my binging under control by keeping my hands busy?


Operator265
08-17-2009, 10:03 PM
I crocheted all the time when I was a kid. It gives you really strong wrists. Used to irritate the guys that would arm wrestle me that they couldn't pin my wrists. lol

GradPhase
08-17-2009, 10:12 PM
I'm a knitter!! I can do scarves and baby blankets as long as they're all in the garter (garder?) stitch! I also can't finish anything I knit by myself still - haha. I started learning back in January. I really want to be able to do my own hats by this winter but I've heard it's a LOT easier to do it through crochet instead of knit... sadly I don't know anybody who crochets to teach me!

indiegrlx
08-17-2009, 10:15 PM
i crochet in the winter usually. I make hats and scarfs ect. It occupies my time and gives me warm things to wear. :-)

patchworkpenguin
08-17-2009, 11:09 PM
I knit. I wanted to learn so I could make afghans but moved into sweaters. I didn't have a lot of luck there, only making a few things I really liked. I prefer smaller projects like baby booites and hat sets to give to pregnant friends. I occasionally make up a batch to donate to Birthright or a local hospital. I've still got some sweater yarn stashed and was thinking of trying a rectangular shawl for this fall.

Keep up the good work I learned to crochet before I knit and really enjoyed it. From knitting I went to quilting and spend most of my time at the sewing machine these days.

Windchime
08-17-2009, 11:22 PM
I knit and crochet, but like most of you all I do it mainly in the winter. I think I started out with granny squares a long time ago, and have crocheted everything from afghans to a huge pineapple doily made of thread! I must have been CRAZY to do that one. It took forever. I did it when my kids were little, during naptimes and stuff. I taught myself to knit when I was expecting my first baby so I could make him some little blankets. :)

kaplods
08-17-2009, 11:25 PM
I crochet, and am learning to knit. Have you been on the ravelry website? It's really interesting (but the groups are a bit addictive).

Another really cool crochet site is crochetpatterncentral.com - bunches and bunches of free patterns.

dutchgirl
08-17-2009, 11:38 PM
and there are also some good how-to video's on youtube.
and just google crochet, you will get bundles of sites. That's how I am learning.

ohiofreespirit
08-18-2009, 05:21 AM
I crocheted all the time when I was a kid. It gives you really strong wrists. Used to irritate the guys that would arm wrestle me that they couldn't pin my wrists. lol

Ok, that made me laugh.

I'm a knitter!! I can do scarves and baby blankets as long as they're all in the garter (garder?) stitch! I also can't finish anything I knit by myself still - haha. I started learning back in January. I really want to be able to do my own hats by this winter but I've heard it's a LOT easier to do it through crochet instead of knit... sadly I don't know anybody who crochets to teach me!

i'm lucky, i have someone right here to teach me. Maybe you can find someone to help you?

i crochet in the winter usually. I make hats and scarfs ect. It occupies my time and gives me warm things to wear. :-)
i dunno, i promised my best friend a new bra and panty set with a matching winter hat. What do you think?

ohiofreespirit
08-18-2009, 05:25 AM
and there are also some good how-to video's on youtube.
and just google crochet, you will get bundles of sites. That's how I am learning.

i looked for one at the library today but it was checked out. i'll do both of those things thank you for that.

I crochet, and am learning to knit. Have you been on the ravelry website? It's really interesting (but the groups are a bit addictive).

Another really cool crochet site is crochetpatterncentral.com - bunches and bunches of free patterns.

Nooooooooooo, i'll be addicted now. *goes to check them both out*

dragonwoman64
08-18-2009, 01:22 PM
I took a knitting class, really fun. I've made mostly scarves, some washclothes, towels, am working on a vest sweater, put it away during the summer.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on

great site for stitch help

Kim_Star060404
08-18-2009, 01:38 PM
I crochet, but only in the fall/winter as well. I just hate having a big afghan over my lap in the heat of summer.

A friend from work got me started on single and double crochet, but I've learned some more advanced things from a crochet encyclopedia. If you find a good one, it'll give detailed illustrations of each motion and a good picture of the finished product for you to compare it to. I'd recommend one for all beginners.

Another good site for free patterns is lionbrandyarn. You have to register to get the patterns for free, but they also email you when there are sales and etc.

Good luck learning! It's a lot of fun, very relaxing and definitely keeps my hands out of the snack cupboard!

ohiofreespirit
08-18-2009, 03:05 PM
I crochet, but only in the fall/winter as well. I just hate having a big afghan over my lap in the heat of summer.

A friend from work got me started on single and double crochet, but I've learned some more advanced things from a crochet encyclopedia. If you find a good one, it'll give detailed illustrations of each motion and a good picture of the finished product for you to compare it to. I'd recommend one for all beginners.

Another good site for free patterns is lionbrandyarn. You have to register to get the patterns for free, but they also email you when there are sales and etc.

Good luck learning! It's a lot of fun, very relaxing and definitely keeps my hands out of the snack cupboard!

i'm usually not very talented, i'm going to need the luck. :o

Kim_Star060404
08-18-2009, 03:07 PM
i'm usually not very talented, i'm going to need the luck. :o

You won't really need it...it was just a general platitude. :D

I'm devastatingly untalented and I've created some fabulous things, if I do say so myself. ;)

ohiofreespirit
08-18-2009, 03:58 PM
You won't really need it...it was just a general platitude. :D

I'm devastatingly untalented and I've created some fabulous things, if I do say so myself. ;)



OH my goodness, there is still hope for me. :D

ohiofreespirit
08-18-2009, 08:32 PM
single crochet stitch anyone? * tickled*

Smee
08-19-2009, 06:15 PM
I just learned to knit this year, and used the Kintting Help videos that Dragon had posted. VERY helpful! So far I've made 2 baby blankets, 2 scarves, and a Texas Longhorn dishcloth for my hubby. I'm now halfway through a skull washcloth for my 12yo girl, who is also picking up knitting with me. And yes, Ravelry can be VERY VERY addicting!

stargzr
08-19-2009, 10:56 PM
I crochet and knit.. sad to say that I haven't done it much since last year. I was trying to make a blanket by crocheting years ago.. It was expensive and it took FOREVER, needless to say I gave up... cut it in half and made two very fluffy, huge scarves lol, one for me and one for hubby. :)
I learned to crochet in college, made beanies and scarves. I convinced hubby's grandma to teach me to knit. It's so much more complex and slow (to me), but that could be because I've been crocheting so long. ;)

volgrl
08-19-2009, 11:12 PM
I learned to crochet a couple of years ago. I had a surgery that kept me in bed for a while. I got bored so my mom taught me how to crochet. I crocheted a blanket, which I now call my 'adversity blanket'. I also crocheted a lot when I tried the first phase of the South Beach Diet. It kept my mind and hands busy.