Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Crochet


I've always kind of fancied myself as the creative type, but have always been to scared to try knitting, sewing or crochet. But, on Sunday night, Scott's Mum was giving his sisters a crochet lesson and asked if I wanted to learn too. I jumped at the chance! I was a bit rubbish at first to be honest - it is weird to get used to holding your hands in a certain way.

However, I picked it up really quickly and now have about half of a scarf.

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I also checked this book out of the library, which is quite good at explaining other stitches and it also includes patterns for beginners to more advanced. There is a really cute dog coat that I would quite like to make for Nina, it has frills all around the edges!



I think crochet is easier than knitting, so it's a good place to start. I think once I master more complex stitches I might ask my Nana to show me how to knit. My Nana always knitted lots of things for us when we were little, so it would be nice to learn from her so that I can help knit cute little things for when my sister has her baby in August. After I finish my scarf, I want to do some granny squares and crochet a big blanket like this. Isn't it beautiful?

One inspiration for crochet is my flickr contact, Jen. Her craft set is absolutely beautiful. The crochet snowflakes for christmas decorations are a favourite of mine, but everything is beautiful. I really hope that one day I can master the art of crochet as well as she has. The new scarf she is working on also puts my scarf to shame a bit...

Katie of What Katie Does is also a great chick with sticks, she knits some amazing things. She showcases them all on her special knitting blog and it really leaves me in awe. I hope that from starting with basic crochet, I can hopefully progress onto more complex stitches and even knitting.

Do any of you have a secret knitting talent? Or perhaps just a burning desire to learn? You really should learn, it is easier than it looks! There are lots of books available in the library (or on Amazon, but ssssh) and also youtube tutorials. I found this user has particularly good tutorials. So get a hook and yarn and get crocheting! (If I can do it with my terrible hand/eye co-ordination, then you definitely can)

35 comments:

  1. I would really love to learn to crochet but it looks so hard! I'll try and give it a go one day though :)

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  2. Hi i found your comment on wishwishwish and thought i'd let you know that just today i had a comment from a girl in glasgow and one in Manch! Manchester girl is kisses and crosstitches I think, but feel free to check my last posts comments, as i think its in there!
    xxx

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  3. I'd love to know how to knit, then I could make myself some lovely winter scarves! not that I need them right now!

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  4. I also think crochet is easier than knitting. While learning, keep a thread not too thin (the thread of your friend's scarf is a bit thin, the hook is really small).

    Check this web site for free patterns http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/category_oversikt.php?kat=Crochet
    I made these gloves recently http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=108&d_id=42&lang=en They are easy to make.
    I have started this hooded cowl http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=4515&cps=21191

    I also read this French blog http://crochodile.canalblog.com/ to get some inspiration. The patterns are often in English or/and have a diagram ( http://www.mypicot.com/how_to01.html http://www.mypicot.com/crochet_symbols_terms01.html )
    Be aware that the terms are different in American English and British English.

    You can also learn by making small things like flowers (to fix with a safety pin on your dress), bookmarks as you read a lot, amigurumis for your niece, etc. before starting a blanket.

    Good luck

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  5. you've picked it up so quickly! I used to knit a lot but thought crochet looked far too fiddly so have never tried it!

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  6. That's funny! I knit lots but I cannot get my head around crochet! I could do it when I was little too, but nowe I just don't get it.

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  7. Your scarf looks brilliant for a first item!

    I really want to learn all sorts of old fashined skills - how to bake properly, knitting and crochet because I think it's sad that they're dying out and our generation can't do anything for itself anymore. I'm concentracting on dressmaking for now, but I did learn fingerknitting from a youtube video!

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  8. Funnily enough i'm a dab hand at knitting but can't get my head (or hands) around crochet at all! Wish i could as i want to make a granny square blanket too..

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  9. I've got a list of 50 things that I want to do before I turn 29. Learning to knit is one of them. Have always wanted to do it and I think this post has inspired me to finally do it...

    Your scarf is looking great! x

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  10. I always figured crochet would be harder than knitting actually. I'm definitely going to have a go!

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  11. I would really like to learn how to knit; my mum attempted to teach me once but I'm left handed and she had to teach me right handed which meant my knitting was just awful!

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  12. I'm just struggling along with the very basics of knitting and getting to grips with the sewing machine I've just bought. Think I'll leave crochet to the more talented craftsters out there! Cross stitch is dead easy though.

    Have a look at http://attic24.typepad.com/ for lots of lovely crochet ideas. Lucy writes so well and always shares her ideas and tips.

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  13. Helen! The green on that scarf is perfect. Do you mind sharing with me what brand/type the wool is? (Should be on the label if you still have it kicking around) Well done you on getting to grips with it so quickly, you'll have yourself a little accessories collections all ready in time for winter :]

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  14. I love knitting, it's so relaxing and satisfying- even if I've just been watching tv I feel like I'm doing something productive if I knit! Your crochet looks lovely. xx

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  15. I was a member of a knitting club at school and found it very soothing, but I was too imatient to actually see any of myt projects through to the end. Well, I did make a tiny scarf for my cat, but she didn't like wearing it much!

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  16. I really miss knitting - I gave it up a few years ago when I was trying to cut down on distractions from my uni work :O One more year and I'm getting my needles back!!

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  17. I used to Crochet all the time! I don't know why I stopped, but I still think I can remember how to do it though!

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  18. I crochet & knit. I however, don't really knit anymore: I enjoy crocheting much more. I love the feel of a singular hook in my hand, rather than the double sticks of the needles. I taught myself too, from a set of instructions in a magazine. It just clicked one day, after not being able to wrap my head around it for a few years. Crocheted a few rugs together now (including one for a king size bed) and am currently hooking a hat, squares for another rug, and a couple of dishcloths :)

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  19. I'm so rubbish at knitting! Never tried crochet but imagine I'd be rubbish at that too. Your half a scarf is fab!!

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  20. I've always wanted to learn to, but haven't found the chance to learn. I'm excited for you! Look at that scarf, so cute. I bet you get really good at it :)

    inbugsdrawers.blogspot.com

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  21. I always told myself that one day I would learn to knit.. and play the guitar.. and other things, haha!

    Did you know your title in spanish means "to shave?" hehe, you probably do, but I just feel neat knowing that.

    Your blog is really cute! I love your outfits. :D

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  22. have you checker pretty green out? here's her blog http://pretty-green-blog.blogspot.com/ she does some awsome headband earwarmers that she sells in her shop and she's one of the most creative people i came across here on blogger!

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  23. I had a period where i tried to knit but unfortunately i dropped and picked up so many stitches that my scarf became a circle....it was unexpected. But Koudos for trying Crochet :)

    Christy from
    Dress Rehearsal

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  24. I once tried to learn to crochet when I was little- I think I managed to make something that looked like it might fit a giraffe, but I was proud of it! It would be amazing to knit cute things, though- good luck!

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  25. How old are you? Instead of knitting shoulden't you go to partys and try to enjoy your 'young'life? Instead of knitting? ;I It sounds to me, like you are a person whop is always doing things by the rules and all those things...:S

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  26. I loved your blog. You have such a cool outfits and the cakes .. mhamy :)

    invoguewithsilvanaquerido.blogspot.com

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  27. Anonymous, I am nearly 22. Oh and I am crocheting, not knitting by the way. Thanks for reading though!

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  28. I feel really bad that I can't knit or crochet, especially since all my friends always knit beautiful scarves and other things. My grandmother used to knit so well, and all old ladies seem to be excellent knitters, so I find it quite sad that knitting isn't as common today. But then, on the other hand, it seems very difficult to learn.

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  29. You have a beautiful blog. By the way, I think knitting, crocheting, embroidery are very important. Helen, people like you are keeping these handicrafts alive. I learned how to crochet, embroidery, and sew from my Mom and Grandma (my brother also learned how to sew and stitch). I am so, so thankful for that. I love that these are techniques passed down from my mother from her mother from her mother and on and on. I plan on teaching my children one day.
    Anonymous, I am in my 20's, and I love to knit and crochet especially when I am stressed. It is possible to spend the evening knitting, and then get dressed up and go out to a show or a party that night. Imagine that.

    Helen, keep up the beautiful work.

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  30. I love crochet but I don't think I have the patience for it hahaha!


    xo,
    http://owl-wings.blogspot.com

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  31. I would love to crochet, how exciting that you've started learning - I might have to go to the library and find some books on it too.

    good luck with the rest of your scarf :)

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  32. I used to knit a lot a few years ago but I discovered I wasn't patient enough to finish my pieces... I love it though :)

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  33. love (:

    xx rena.

    http://themoonchildco.blogspot.com

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  34. Hey - ty for your comment on my blog! I was so unsure whether it could only be pulled off by skinny girls y'know?
    Anyway - yes my wallpaper is from Laura Ashley! I got it on sale last summer - I love it. I could decorate my whole house with Laura Ashley prints!!

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  35. i just bought a book, hook & yarn today! i've been wanting to learn for ages & looking at some flickr shots & seeing your tweet finally made me get around to it. i haven't actually started yet but do wish i had someone to show me. i love what you've done so far.

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