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crocheting ★ASHLEY★ 17 kids; Michigan 1274 posts
5th Jan '13

What's a good website and/or book to help me teach myself crochet? It's my project for the new year and I'm bound and determined to teach myself! (:

Uh-Nis-Uh [EBF] 2 kids; West Virginia 15190 posts
5th Jan '13

Youtube! Especially if you're a visual learner, like me. There are TONS of crocheting websites also. It's easy once you get the hang of it! :)

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5480 posts
5th Jan '13

i learned to knit from youtube, have you looked at youtube for crocheting videos?

★ASHLEY★ 17 kids; Michigan 1274 posts
5th Jan '13

I've looked at a few on YouTube but I didn't know if there are some that are better than others. I'm hopefully getting my first crocheting needle and some yarn tomorrow. What size needle and of yarn would you recommend for a beginner?

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
5th Jan '13

I'd check out youtube. I learned from a book when I was a kid before there was youtube. But now you don't even have to spend money. Just go to youtube and watch videos or seriously just google how to crochet and Red Heart (Yarn company) has a website with how to get started.

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
5th Jan '13
Quoting ★ASHLEY★:" I've looked at a few on YouTube but I didn't know if there are some that are better than others. I'm ... [snip!] ... getting my first crocheting needle and some yarn tomorrow. What size needle and of yarn would you recommend for a beginner?"


F, G, or H to start with size wise. The hooks get larger as the letters go up. And all yarn is the same size, it's just the coarseness or softness that's different. And I would go with the typical Red Heart regular yarn (Sorry don't have it in front of me to look at) because the softer stuff slips on the needle more and it's hard to hold onto for beginners. I say try a light color so you can see your loops and stitches.

Uh-Nis-Uh [EBF] 2 kids; West Virginia 15190 posts
5th Jan '13
Quoting ★ASHLEY★:" I've looked at a few on YouTube but I didn't know if there are some that are better than others. I'm ... [snip!] ... getting my first crocheting needle and some yarn tomorrow. What size needle and of yarn would you recommend for a beginner?"


I say an I. I don't remember what number that is, but it should say I on it then a number, only because it's bigger and easier to work with but not too big.

*C-Ya* 143 kids; Charles City, Iowa 6768 posts
5th Jan '13
Quoting ★ASHLEY★:" I've looked at a few on YouTube but I didn't know if there are some that are better than others. I'm ... [snip!] ... getting my first crocheting needle and some yarn tomorrow. What size needle and of yarn would you recommend for a beginner?"


I recommend learning with something like I love this yarn, and I believe it recommends a G or H hook. :) Good Luck and welcome to addictive world of crochet! I have my own craft room dedicated to crochet, sewing and painting. LOL! It is ADDICTIVE. Just don't give up. If you feel frustrated step away until you are relaxed and try again. Some people get it right away and sometimes it takes a while to click. Just go at your own pace and enjoy. :)

Uh-Nis-Uh [EBF] 2 kids; West Virginia 15190 posts
5th Jan '13
Quoting Blair Waldorf (SuperKink):" F, G, or H to start with size wise. The hooks get larger as the letters go up. And all yarn is the same ... [snip!] ... on the needle more and it's hard to hold onto for beginners. I say try a light color so you can see your loops and stitches."


This! Don't use black, whatever you do. lol I say a light pink, or white.

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
5th Jan '13
Quoting LivvieLousMama:" I recommend learning with something like I love this yarn, and I believe it recommends a G or H hook. ... [snip!] ... and try again. Some people get it right away and sometimes it takes a while to click. Just go at your own pace and enjoy. :)"


I get into phases where I just crochet for hours on end for days and days and then I put it away again. But it's cold now and the blanket I've been working on for years is large enough for a lap piece, so I may break it out and watch a movie tonight. Lol.

★ASHLEY★ 17 kids; Michigan 1274 posts
5th Jan '13

So the bigger the letter the larger the hook? Gotcha. (:

Uh-Nis-Uh [EBF] 2 kids; West Virginia 15190 posts
5th Jan '13
Quoting ★ASHLEY★:" So the bigger the letter the larger the hook? Gotcha. (:"

Yup!

*C-Ya* 143 kids; Charles City, Iowa 6768 posts
5th Jan '13
Quoting Blair Waldorf (SuperKink):" I get into phases where I just crochet for hours on end for days and days and then I put it away again. ... [snip!] ... blanket I've been working on for years is large enough for a lap piece, so I may break it out and watch a movie tonight. Lol."


I am the same. But I have a little business so I sometimes have moments where I have to crochet whether I am in the mood or not. LOL! I enjoy making new things, but it's the extended periods of sitting and having to stop in the middle of a stitch for someone. :) My little girl comes first, then crochet, then the dog, then my husband. LOL! So mean, but he can take care of himself. But I too have been working on blankets. Making a pretty cotton afghan for my daughter's bed. :D She likes the feeling of a blanket during the summer, but not the heat, so I am making on that can lay on just sheets, look pretty, give her the feeling she wants, but not too hot. :D

★ASHLEY★ 17 kids; Michigan 1274 posts
5th Jan '13

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Sounds easy enough. I wanna make my daughter a blanket and also a blanket for my bed.

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
5th Jan '13
Quoting LivvieLousMama:" I am the same. But I have a little business so I sometimes have moments where I have to crochet whether ... [snip!] ... not the heat, so I am making on that can lay on just sheets, look pretty, give her the feeling she wants, but not too hot. :D"


Fun! I'm the crazy chick who decided it was a GREAT idea to crochet entire adult sized blankets with a size F hook. And since I don't do it all the time, I've got two blankets that have seriously been in the works since 2003. :lol: