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    Senior Member cminor's Avatar
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    Crochet?

    I am considering taking up another hobby. Why you may ask? Corcheting can be done quietly without a machine - thus giving me an option when I want to also watch Tivo

    Knowing so many have multiple hobbies I thought I would start here. I am hoping to land the jackpot website. Maybe a crochet version of this board. If only I were so lucky!!!

    Any suggestions as to where/how to start. Keep in mind - I don't even have yarn. Its like wanting to quit and not having thread

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    It's great to hear of other crocheters! Have you ever crocheted before? It's one of my favorite hobbies. My grandmother started teaching me when I was about 5. That was 40 + years ago. It's is a relaxing quiet skill, that you can take anywhere your machine can't go, lol. Hope you enjoy it. It too, can be as rewarding as quilting.
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    When I started I bought a book that came with the crochet hook and some easy patterns. Now you can find videos that show you everything you need to know. So take the plunge and buy some yard and a hook and make a scarf. Easy project to start with and you'll have a gift to give or something for yourself.
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    I taught myself how to crochet and tat as a teen. I enjoy both. I do mostly thread crochet. The crochet head wrap bands with big crochet flowers are selling like hot cakes in this area.
    Got fabric?

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    I just found a site for knitting and crocheting by following a link on this board - http://www.ravelry.com/ . It has some really cool free patterns too! Hope to see you there also!
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    Go for it! I taught myself to quilt when I was pregnant with my first baby. My grandmother did beautiful thread crochet and made doilies, baby dresses, and even table cloths. She tried to teach me, but i just couldn't get the hang of the crochet thread. I also bought a book with a hook and simple patterns and with the yarn it just seemed to click. Good luck.
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    I crochet too, My mother, and grandmother both did it too. My mother was left handed and couldn't teach me, so she told me to buy a book, and learn from that. It worked, I did what the book said and I was crocheting. I've been doing it for the last 40 years now. My kids love the doilies I make. It is a wonderful hobby. Love it!

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    Crochet is quite easy to learn. There are many excellent sites on the web nowadays that show you the steps. You could also borrow a learn to crochet book from your library. You might find some valuable advice on www.knittingparadise.com.

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    hand piecing- english paper piecing are also quiet- do while watching tv activities
    sometimes i just want to sit & knit something or crochet something
    heres a few places to visit- start with


    visit:ths.gardenweb.com/forums/knitting
    http://www.knitting-n-crochet.com/kn...d-crochet.html
    www.knittingparadise.com
    www.ravelry.com/account/login
    boards.hgtv.com/eve/forums
    www.AllFreeCrochet.com
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    I crochet during the evening hrs while watching TV during winter mths. Just finished two lap blankets for Christmas presents. If you go into Lion Brand Yarn they have free patterns. If you sign up for their newsltr they send them to you free each mth. Start out easy make yourself a scarf.

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    Oh glad to hear i love to crochet learned when i was 12 and i do it at night while watching tv.its easy and you will be hooked lol
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    2 years ago I did 9 afghans for the family! (Done other things before) and swore that I'd never do another crochet article....yeah, right. My daughter and family who lie next door tells me she (they) like to put an afghan under their quilt because its so much warmer. Uh-huh, their bed is a California King log bed!!! Decided I would make 2 so they can drag them to the couch if desired and each can have their own colors! ( I did 4 rows last night.) *sigh*
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    I just started taking crochet lessons. I went to a local business that a lady has in her basement. I will be attending my third class this week. I wanted to learn so I could make things for my grandson, (he is now 6 days old). It is a lot of fun. I like it because it can be done while watching tv. Enjoy.

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    Crocheting is really easy to learn and if you start with small projects, some can easily be finished in a single evening. I like to do both thread crochet and yarn crochet and have even used thread crochet patterns for filet crochet with yarn to make lightweight shawls. I think my favorite holiday project to crochet is little angels that can hang on the tree or sit on a shelf.
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    You will so love crocheting. Nana (my GGma) taught me when I was little and I have enjoyed making clothes for my kids and grandkids, afghans, scarves and doilies. You name it and I have probably made it and I can take it anywhere. I like that it relieves the tedium in waiting rooms!
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    Crochet? It is fun

    I recently taught myself to crochet. I started out doing a simple baby blanket and made 3 to donate for needy families.
    Then I decided I wanted to learn to crochet using thread and have finished my first doily. Now I am making some very pretty bookmarks to make for Christmas.
    I do this while watching TV with my hubby in the evenings.

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    crochet is awesome! I can barely remember learning, was so youg! Love making granny square afghans, as you can take a few squares with you and work on them just about anywhere!
    I quilt for my sanity!

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    My mom taught me to crochet when I was 9 or so. It is very therapeutic. I like to crochet in the evenings while watching tv - there's not enough light to sew.

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    If you can find someone to show you the basics it's the easiest way to start. Using the slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet you can create all kinds of wonderful things. After you get the basics down use Youtube for crochet tutorials - you can find everything there. It's a wonderful hobby, I love to crochet, and if you buy yarn on sale it's not an expensive hobby.

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    I used to crochet and loved it. Lately, I've taken to embroidery. Embroidered quilts feed both passions.

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    My 11 year old granddaughter is learning to crochet and she is going to teach me! My mom was a fantastic crocheter but I never learned how when I could have, should have - if you know what I mean. I'll be watching this thread closely for ideas, tips, etc.

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    Crocheting doesn't take much supplies to start learning. A hook, a skein of yarn, scissors and youtube.com. I learned from a friend over 40 years ago while in the 5th grade. I'm fast and can make just about anything with my left hand. My granddaughter is 6 and wanted to learn. I'm left handed and she's right handed sooo I got on youtube and she and I learned together. I can now do a simple chain crochet with my right hand and so can she! She's very excited and practicing making her stitches even. After Christmas we'll learn how to do single crochet.

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    I recently got interested in crochet because I wanted to make my baby granddaughter a cap. Not pleased with my first two attempts, but I'll try again. Found many free patterns and tutorials on the 'net. I already knew just a little, but I've got a long way to go understanding how to count the stitches.

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    crochet is awesome! I love to crochet.Been crocheting on and off for 26 years. I recently crocheted over 12 afghans and gave them all way. I collect blocks for charity. I give to cancer, diabetes. ms, and whom is sick and needs a lift and let them know we love and care for them. My afghans arrange from king to lap quilts. I crocheted a frog for my sister for christmas. I am recently working ona snake scarf and then to a few bus scarves for the teachers. I make washclothes. I used to collect crochet patterns and give to my sister because I couldn't read patterns. This year about 6-8 months ago I said enough was enough and taught myself to read patterns. youtube is wonderful. When I didn't understand a stitch i hunted it on youtube. Now I read patterns and love it. There is a crochet site www.crochetville.com .. I love the site. I hope you enjoy crocheting as much as I do.I have yet to make myself a afghan. I always give them away.After the scarves I am going to work on a ducky one for grandson.
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    One of my dearest friends taught me to crochet 37 years ago. After making everyone in the family afghans and a few for us, I stopped. Didn't want people to hide when they saw me coming carrying something. So I got into quilting. But then a lady at work started me with making snow flakes and angels. They were so much fun. But again I was making them by the dozens. So went back to quilting and the past few years the month before Christmas my youngest daughter has me crochet scarfs. She wears them year round, but so many of her friends ask for them and they only take a few hours to whip up. (She buys the yarn & I do the rest.) So it keeps me busy in the evening when I watch tv with my husband.

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