Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10
I just started crocheting!
My biggest piece of advice, is find someone (or a video, online or otherwise) to show you how to do it... I had gotten a few books and tried just by their directions and couldn't get it - my mom's friend showed me in 5 minutes and I got it! It does take a little bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's not a problem at all!
Check out your town and see if there's a knitting/crocheting "group" around... lots of towns have groups of people that gather to do needlework and just chat (as well as help each other)... also, there are very knowledgable people at the craft stores - the bigger ones like Michaels and Jo Ann often have "how to" clinics, so you can look into that
What's really cool is you can practice all you want without wasting materials! I picked up a really cheap ball of yarn and practiced my chains and stitches a million times, simply pulling it apart each time
I've chosen to start with a simple dishcloth before working my way up to some more difficult things like clothes and big blankets... my "ultimate project" that I want to eventually do is a big Red Sox blanket - I found the pattern online (that's another cool thing, there are tons of free patterns online if you just google)
Well that's my general opinion so far... I've got a few people (in person and online) that I can go to with questions... feel free to ask if you've got any - if I can't answer them, I'm sure someone I know can!
I have been crocheting for about a year now, I also got a friend to show me how and it was much easier, I have done a LSU blanket and it was so much fun, if you want to know how to do that, pm me and I will see if I can tell you how.
That is before I pulled all the threads through, but it is real pretty once I did that
Originally Posted by Bonnie1965
When I learned to crochet, I had a woman at work try to teach me. For some reason, I just couldn't get it. I finally just bought a booklet on learning how, an "I" hook and a skein of yarn. Sat down and taught myself the basic stitches. I've made afghans for everyone I know
Nothing complicated, though. You'll be able to whip out a baby afghan in just a couple of evenings
Never did learn to knit but I think it looks interesting. Also haven't crocheted in a few years because of school and work but know I could pick it up again.
I have made afghans for everyone too, and the funny thing is, I have yet to do one for me.