Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Crochet Help :)

This is a short blog post- a shameless plea for help really :)  I'm trying to teach myself to crochet.  I really love it so far- it's much easier on my back than knitting for some reason.  The problem I am having is understanding the instructions and don't even get me started on reading a pattern.  I've found a couple of videos on youtube so now I think I am getting good at chain stitch, double crochet and single crochet- but that's about it.  Problem is, I don't even know what to search for next.  Do I need to learn more stitches, and what would they be called?  Does anyone have a good book or videos to recommend to help me learn more?  I want to make some of those cute granny squares soooo badly!!!  Thanks in advance for any help or tips anyone can give me :)


joy said...

Hi Kim

There are very few stitches in crochet the same stitches are just grouped together differently to make the patterns or shapes. I find American abbreviations are different to English & I usually have to do a bit of googling when I get a American pattern. I think Youtube is the best way to learn. I mastered the basics of tatting (which I had struggled for twenty years to teach myself) by watching youtube tutorials over and over again.

There is quite a few tutorials for granny blankets here's just one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJCd_-V2D5k

Good Luck with your crocheting xxxxx

otterine said...

Yes, just be sure whether you are following an American pattern or a British one. They use the same names for different stitches. After a long hiatus from crochet (I learned using the American stitches as a kid), I made a British crochet shawl. Just keep practicing. You'll get the hang of it! ;]

Caseymini said...

Kim, This is my all time favorite crochet site. Crochet Pattern Central is not only hundreds of free patterns, it also has instructions and tips and tricks. The patterns range from very simple to very complicated from all over the net. They are done by category so that you can find what you are looking for. I have the problem of getting lost on this site looking at patterns for hours.

BTW, I also knit and I have found that it is easier on the back if you sit somewhere where you can put your feet up and put a pillow under each elbow so that your arms are supported. I can knit a long time without back problems, if I sit on the bed and do this. It sounds funny, but it works.

Caseymini said...

Oops, I forgot the url...http://crochetpatterncentral.com/index.php


De said...

I like the same website that Casey likes. You can also find good books in any fabric/craft store. My daughter has one of just variations on the granny square. If you know how to chain and do double crochet you will quickly learn how to do a granny square cuz that's all it is - just in pattern.

Good luck!

BTW, I recently learned to knit after crocheting for most of my life and find knitting much easier on my back and wrists. Weird, huh? :)

Julia said...

Kim, you sound like I did just a couple of months ago. The stitches you already know are really the only ones you need to know, basically. You just combine them in different ways to get the different looks. I bought a little booklet at Walmart that explained the abbreviations the best of any of the other books I have bought. I have found that most of the patterns have an abbreviation key. When I look at a pattern, I have to read it one step at a time, until I figure out what to do. I have seen a couple of blog tutorials on granny squares. There is a site called RAVELRY that is for knitters and crocheters. There are people at all skill levels on there.
If I didn't already give my little booklet to my grands, I will send it to you. Send me your address through email. Good luck! It really is fun!
I wonder if a pillow (I can't think what they are called) like those that new moms use to prop their babies on when they are breast feeding would provide good support for your arms while knitting.
Knitting hurts my hands more than crocheting, but I'm going to do it as long as I can.

cockerina said...

Hello Kim I'm happy to help you! I leave you a link to a school of crochet:


There are the basic points that need to do any work.
Unfortunately, the instructions are in Italian, but you click on each image, it is easy to follow!
for each point, you open a page. you follow the pictures and I hope you can be useful.
kisses, Caterina

cockerina said...

I found this, to make square crochet!


Enjoy! Caterina

cockerina said...


WOWWW! :)))
kisses, Caterina

cockerina said...

the last.... :))



Ascension said...

Kim siento no poder ayudarte, lo mio no son las agujas (ni las de coser, ni las de hacer punto) y me encantaria aprender a mi tambien.

MiniKat said...

I came to give my two bits, but everyone else has already given the same advice. :-)

Lainie said...

You got some really good advice. I like the site Casey mentioned the best. My mom taught me to crochet when I was nine so it comes natural to me now. I love the Magic Crochet magazines. You can get them at Wal Mart or Hastings. They have very easy to follow patterns. Good Luck! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Kim said...

Thank you so much everyone! I started to look at some of these, but I had other commitments last night so I didn't get far. I can't wait till Saturday when I can sit down and really spend some time- looks like I am going to beat this now! I knew there had to be some better help out there for me, but I just didn't know where to look! I also really appreciate knowing that there are different names for different stitches depending on country- that will help lots! Julia- I'm going to email you this afternoon- thank you!!

You are all just the best! Usually I think I would have quit by now, but for some reason I'm refusing to let this beat me :) I hope to post something I crocheted soon!!

Minnie Kitchen said...

Kim, I tried to crochet couple of months ago, watched all those magic ring videos but ended up giving up. I'm gonna stick to making minis. haha!

Kim said...

Minnie Kitchen ( I know you have a name, but I'm never sure if people want their real name used )--usually I would just throw in the towel too- I don't know what it is about this- but I am DETERMINED to learn it. I think it's all the little pretty shapes I keep seeing crocheted- cute little flowers and squares and hearts- plus I really, really want to try a granny square blanket- even if it takes me years to finish it :) Now.....mini food as realistic as yours- I threw in the towel on that one a looooong time ago- think I'll stick to fantasy candy houses :)

Cate and David said...

Isn't it satisfying to be learning a new craft you admire? I learned to crochet when a girl (I still just know those stitches you describe) so it's knitting that I'm learning in my dotage. ;) Love it!

Catherine... said...

I taught myself to crochet a couple of years ago...I found Hooked on crochet by Candi Jensen really helpful for getting started... then it's a matter of practice practice practice. I've also got the 200 blocks for blankets by Jan Eaton. This was really good... http://attic24.typepad.com has some simple crochet patterns easy to follow. I've just bought 100 flowers to knit and crochet by lesley Standfield. It looks good but haven't had time to try any of the patterns yet... good luck

Claudia said...

I echo everyone else - I taught myself to crochet. Once you know the basics, chain stitch, single and double crochet, you can do most anything. Patterns aren't all that hard to figure out, just try a simple one and see if you can read it and go from there.