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Thread: Crocheters...send out a call for help!

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    I have a Dummies book on the way, but I'm too impatient to wait. I'm youtubing and searching online, but it may be faster to just ask my question and see if someone here can help or recommend a really good resource! I joined a crochet forum, but that was overwhelming, too. I "know" you guys a little bit!!

    I'm set on making a baby hat. I can knit, but I'm set on this particular pattern that I think is so cute. I have the pattern before me and fussed over it last night. Got extremely frustrated. I knit and I think that the foundation chain (like the first row of knitting) is probably just extra hard to work into, but all the instructions I see online start after a few inches have been crocheted...well, sure I can see what's supposed to happen there!

    Here is the first line of my pattern:

    Round 1: Ch 2. Work 12 hdc into 2nd ch from hook. Mark last stitch with stich marker.(12)

    My questions:

    I make a slip knot on the hook, right? And then chain two... got that.

    What is the second chain from the hook? WHERE do I put the hook in? Do I hold the chain and try to kind of go under it?? With only two chains, it's kind of hard to even see what is what.

    Once I figure that out, the half double crochet is all going to fit into the one chain/hole? I wish I knew what it should look like at that point. I know no one who crochets.

    Is this too difficult for me?

    Thanks for reading!! Any assistance is greatly appreciated. :-) :-) :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollymct
    I have a Dummies book on the way, but I'm too impatient to wait. I'm youtubing and searching online, but it may be faster to just ask my question and see if someone here can help or recommend a really good resource! I joined a crochet forum, but that was overwhelming, too. I "know" you guys a little bit!!

    I'm set on making a baby hat. I can knit, but I'm set on this particular pattern that I think is so cute. I have the pattern before me and fussed over it last night. Got extremely frustrated. I knit and I think that the foundation chain (like the first row of knitting) is probably just extra hard to work into, but all the instructions I see online start after a few inches have been crocheted...well, sure I can see what's supposed to happen there!

    Here is the first line of my pattern:

    Round 1: Ch 2. Work 12 hdc into 2nd ch from hook. Mark last stitch with stich marker.(12)

    My questions:

    I make a slip knot on the hook, right? And then chain two... got that.

    What is the second chain from the hook? WHERE do I put the hook in? Do I hold the chain and try to kind of go under it?? With only two chains, it's kind of hard to even see what is what.

    Once I figure that out, the half double crochet is all going to fit into the one chain/hole? I wish I knew what it should look like at that point. I know no one who crochets.

    Is this too difficult for me?

    Thanks for reading!! Any assistance is greatly appreciated. :-) :-) :-)
    Ansdwering it this way so I can try and answer all the questions :wink:

    the second chain from the hook would be back where you started by the slip knot - and you would put the needle in the top of the chain ( so in between the yarn) having to put 12 in will make it stretch- it will fit . it will be hard to see what is the last stitch that is why they want you to use the stitch marker

    Does this help ? I can take pics later but waiting for a friend to pick me up now

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    It should be the ch stitch next to your slip knot. You're making a circle. Go in from the front of the ch st and try not to twist the ch. If you can knit you can crochet. If you need more info just PM me glad to help

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    Thanks, Sharon, for the reply. I just cannot tell where to put the hook in. I'm hunting for a picture of someone starting at the very beginning of a hat...

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    Thanks, quiltstodo!!
    Go in the front of the chain stitch between the legs of the V?

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    Hold on a couple minutes grabbing a hook and yarn. It's funny when you do it all the time you don't think about it. Be right back

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    R u making the stitching too tight? That would make it harder to slip the hook in.

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    I am trying to keep it loose. I just don't know where to put the darn hook in, so I'm not really even getting started. LOL.

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    Yes that's where u go! Good luck take a deep breath and relax.

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    You have good help here. I am going to take a back seat. I haven't crocheted for 3 years so I am foggy. I also, wanted to go get a hook and yarn. Doing it is easier than explaining it.

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    <<<|. Ok pretend | is needle two stitches then the slipknot. Count two > s that's the one u use put the hook between the > Also make sure u have a little trilby the slipknot so the stick can stretch to fit all the stitches needed. Does that help or do u want to stab
    Me' with knitting needles? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs
    Yes that's where u go! Good luck take a deep breath and relax.
    Sorry took so long yes that is where you go in. Don't hold the chain to tight it makes it hard to get the kneedle in. It will get bigger and easier as you add stitches.

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    Tail sorry about the gibberish! I have a problem knitting tried just can't do it but can cast a mean knitting needle! Lol

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    Ok guys, thanks!! In between the v legs. I can see that and do it. I made the chain a little longer (for some reason it looks "right" only after about three chains) to confirm what I am seeing. I'm about to practice.

    Painiacs, if you ever want to try knitting, PM me. I'll throw crochet hooks at you and you can throw needles at me! Lol.

    Thanks so much!!

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    Just relax and you will do fine. If you get tense the stitches get real tight and hard to work with. I'll check back shortly and see how you're doing.

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    Well, I think I made the 12 hdc...:) when it says mark the last stitch, do I just slide a loop of yarn on the hook like I would with knitting?? Also, where I made the stitches, there is a large open space. Can I tighten it up?

    Going to break for lunch while I feel a small sense of accomplishment!

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    Nope. Not good. Did something wrong. Part of my ring of stitches looks a lot thicker than the first part. Hmmm. Like I must have gone into one of the hdcs at some point. Yuck... yep, time for a break.

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    Sounds like you have a lot of people helping you on this. I wish I knew how to help you. I read all these and it is like reading a foreign language. That is my next thing to learn---how to crochet. Can anyone tell me what is the easiest way to learn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollymct
    Nope. Not good. Did something wrong. Part of my ring of stitches looks a lot thicker than the first part. Hmmm. Like I must have gone into one of the hdcs at some point. Yuck... yep, time for a break.
    Don't think you did anything wrong. After you make the 12hdc lightly spread them out into a circle. It does take a little to spread them out you have to work them around stitch by stitch. Try to spread evenly (not always possible) but it will start to come together in the next row.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sustraley
    Sounds like you have a lot of people helping you on this. I wish I knew how to help you. I read all these and it is like reading a foreign language. That is my next thing to learn---how to crochet. Can anyone tell me what is the easiest way to learn?
    There's a book and I think a tutorial called "I taught myself to crochet" I'll look for a link to it and get back to you. Ok just looked it up and joannes has it on sale and it comes with the hooks and a book. It's item number 5136684.

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    If u need more help pm me' Might not be able to find u again!! Lol
    Have u ever seen under cover boss? The CEO of Subway locked himself in a freezer ! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs
    If u need more help pm me' Might not be able to find u again!! Lol
    Have u ever seen under cover boss? The CEO of Subway locked himself in a freezer ! Lol
    Too funny! Do you think those shows are set up?

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    first how many chain stiches does the pattern say befor you slipstich to make a circle then you would start the half doubles in the circle

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    Quote Originally Posted by carhop
    first how many chain stiches does the pattern say befor you slipstich to make a circle then you would start the half doubles in the circle
    I think the slip stitch part is the part she missed. There should be some instructions before round one unless it got downloaded from the internet and somehow got omitted. I just reread her instructions and nothing about the slip stitch

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    Here are some photos. They are in order of what your pattern says. Sorry that the first few are blurry. I tried to un-blurry them, but the second time wasn't any better than the first. :(

    I hope these help and don't confuse you more. It's kinda' hard to show with still pictures.

    Yarn over (YO) to make starter loop
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    YO the back and needle insertion, pull up tight to needle
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    YO to start 1st stitch
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    2 chains
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    YO and needle through the '2nd stitch from hook'
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    12 HDC in 2nd chain from needle with rubberband as marker where you will probably have to do a slip stitch to join this round.
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    Rubber band as stitch marker. See the 'tail' that is sticking up above the needle? try and tuck that under your stitching. This will keep your center hole smaller.
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