A new skill...

27 May 2007

Finally, after many, many years of wanting to, over the past week or so I've learned to crochet. I've mostly taught myself, using the new Paton's "Learn To Crochet" book and my friend R has also offered invaluable tips along the way.

So far the hardest part has been making my left hand "work" correctly... I'm so used to tensioning the yarn etc using my right hand when knitting, but I'm getting there.

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  • Well done- I too have just taught myself to crochet and finished my first crochet project, a cot quilt in granny squares. I agree about getting the left hand to work though - took my brain ages to get that one!

    By Blogger wendy, on 28 May, 2007  
  • Welcome to the dark side!

    --The Sockpal

    By Anonymous Anonymous, on 28 May, 2007  
  • I really want to learn how to crochet - do you recommend the book?

    By Anonymous Jeanne, on 29 May, 2007  
  • I SOOOOO know where you are coming from. I too have the problem of tensioning with crochet. I've never actually looked at a "learn to crochet" or instruction book, I've just picked it up from watching others occasionally. I can do the basics, but wouldn't have a clue how to do knots or other complicated patterns like I can with knitting.

    By Blogger Sue H, on 31 May, 2007  
  • Thanks Wendy. I've finished one project, an octagonal dishcloth. It was for my friend R (who was helping me learn). She's taken a photo for me, so as soon as I get it, I'll post it.

    Thanks Sockpal!

    Hi Jeanne, yes I do recommend it. I would say, though, if you're using it to learn, read through the instructions for the single and the double crochet before starting with single crochet. That's because they have the information about turning chains after the double crochet. So, if you do like I did and just read the single crochet and then start practicing single crochet (I was thinking I'd go one step at a time) you'll find that your rows get shorter and shorter because you'll be decreasing at the end of each row.

    Sue, as this is a new Patons book, I've seen it in lots of places... wool shops, Spotlight and Lincraft. If you remember, have a look at it next time you're wool shopping.

    By Blogger OzKnitter, on 05 June, 2007  
  • Hi! It's your old swap buddy from across the pond. Congratulations on tacklilng the crochet monster! it is funny about how that works - I did a lot of crocheting for years when my knitting was too slow and unskilled to be gratifying. You would think that after that I would find it easy to knit with yarn tensioned in my left hand (whichever style that is called) but I still can't do that very well. So I tension and operate the yarn in my right hand when I knit (I am right handed in most things) and in my left hand when I crochet (with no problems - maybe all my years of playing the viola have something to do with it).

    We have a regular laugh about the crochet/knit thing at our weekly group, where there is one woman who does not knit at all, and another who is a star knitter and hates the very idea of crochet (even the chain for a provisional cast on is an offense!). To each her own, I guess.

    By Blogger Karen, on 06 June, 2007  
  • Hi.. just happend to blog hopped here from Clementine's shoes blog. Might I suggest http://craftydaisies.com/ for all your crocheting needs? She has tutorials on every tuesday on her blog and this week is week 4.

    By Anonymous feli, on 13 June, 2007  
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