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Post  ms_boo_dreadful on Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:28 pm

that makes sense. i think ill try crochet first then move on to knitting. knitting seems so....daunting two needles to be handled and all...ill be honest im setting here reading up on crocheting and im a tad overwhelmed. i think i remember how to do a basic chain...ok i know i know how to do that... but when my grandmother (god rest her soul) taught me....apparently she taught me backwards! i had no idea Razz lol... ok let me get this straight a chain is the starting point and after that as you build (in basic crochet) you use a slip stitch yes? hmm me thinks im going to pick up some special yarn whilst on my second honeymoon in two weeks and make me a scarf!
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Re: Steamy Knittery?

Post  Ms. K.D.R. Tempus on Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:07 pm

Dear Ms Dreadful,

As a fourth generation hooker -- er, crocheter, I feel I should take it upon myself to lend a hand to those new to the art. The Art of Crochet has free video stitch guides with which to refresh your memory. They are very useful.

Crochet is an entirely different craft than knit; really the only thing they have in common is using yarn to create fabric. Crochet works up faster and uses approximately 1/3 more yarn. It also creates a tubular stitch (unlike knitting's flat stitches), which imparts less stretch (useful for bags, cardigans, etc.). There is more I could say, but I am beginning to bore even myself.

Enjoy your new adventure,

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Re: Steamy Knittery?

Post  HettyBattersea on Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:31 pm

Crocheting and knitting both have their positives and negatives. They are not interchangeable. My darling Mum tried to teach me crochet when I was younger but I utterly failed at anything more complicated than a chain. I taught myself to knit and am able to produce nearly anything I have the patience for. Darling Mum is the opposite. I still have fond memories of the lovely crocheted ponchos from my youth.

Only you can know if one is easier than the other.

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p.s. Don't think of knitting as two sticks. One stick holds your stitches and the other stick actively makes stitches. For general reference you're only working with one stitch at a time, just like crochet. (Ignoring, of course, anything fancy like 'increasing' or 'decreasing')

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Post  Dandeliondream on Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:28 pm

The corsit is lovely Mrs.H. Smile
crochet first is what I did my mom and me took a class,and I made little doll things,and little beaded chains,and when I started spinning I taught myself to knit out of a book,but anything but knit stich was over my head untill I found http://www.knittinghelp.com/ thay have videos that help a bunch,my first knitting was on a pair of chop stix for hair, not fun!
Good luck. Smile

here are some other websites:
http://www.learntoknit.com/why_knitorcrochet.php3
http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=143
http://www.knit911.com/home.html
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Post  Mad Miss Holmes on Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:13 am

Everything I've heard is that crochet is much simpler than knitting, but I've never been able to do much more than make very complicated knots out of it. It also seems more versatile to me, since it is apparently easier to do shaping with a hook, and I've really found plushies almost impossible... Needles are more my style than hooks. I would love to be able to add nice scalloped trim to some of my knitted projects, though. Perhaps some of these educational links can help me.

Best of luck, Ms Dreadful.

And thank you, Dandelion!
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Post  ms_boo_dreadful on Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:03 am

i think i shall stick with crochet... mostly due to my grandmum taught it to me...and im nostalgic. thank you ever so for the videos... hmmm say that out loud... i think it rhymes! anywho, i learn better visually than just reading instructions. i think i shall raid my sisters yarn closet(yes a whole closet!) she hasnt crocheted for years she has some arthritis issues.
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Post  Dandeliondream on Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:58 am

I still crochet sometimes,I like to make granny squares. http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/granny_square.htm
just in case someone wants to make some,I wanted a pattern because I lost mine so....

My grandmother and great aunt,and some other family way back who are gone now, use to crochet,but thay never tought me.

Have fun!

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Post  Ms. K.D.R. Tempus on Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:48 pm

Sadly, I didn't learn from my female relatives; when my mom tried to teach me, I was a snotty teenager who sneered at something so frumpy as crochet (it was the 70's). When I finally did want to learn, my grandma was half a continent away, and my mom had arthritis; between The Happy Hooker and a Coats & Clark CD, I managed, but it's just not the same...
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Post  Dandeliondream on Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:46 am

This looks like it is steampunk to me. Very Happy
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTslither.html

I do need a pair of gloves. Smile
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Post  Mlle. A. aurantia on Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:40 am

Yay, Stitch n' B****!

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Post  Dandeliondream on Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:07 am

I finished my socks today! Very Happy
Spoiler:

I ran out of pink dose the green look ok?


My first knitted thing got made into a little bag.
Spoiler:
its not nice but I knit it on a pair of hair sticks,and I thought you left the last stich of a row on the needle. Rolling Eyes
I had no clue,but with the help of the net I an now much better then I was.
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Post  ms_boo_dreadful on Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:14 am

oooh nifty sock! i started on my first bit of crochet in 18 year yesterday. its as if i never stopped. i remember how to do it just fine. im just making a scarf currently (black and white strips) i plan to make everyone scarves for xmas this year, and as i was thinking about that i thought next i should start on some granny squares. kinda as a jumping off point to making more elaborate things... and then i thought we should have a square exchange! we could all make a square per person involved and once we get them all you could make a scarf from them or a blanket! is anyone interested?
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Post  Dandeliondream on Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:11 pm

Thank you. Smile
you started to crochet at 9? if so then you and I were the same age when we started.
I hope to see photos of your scarf when it is finished.
I am making every one quilted potholders for christmas just have to get the right batting.

A swap sounds good to me Smile , but I will have to get back into them first,my crochet has been in the basket with the yarn for the last 9 months,up till now all my spair time has been spent on fabric cutting and quilt block making.I have too meny hobbys. Rolling Eyes everything is being put on hold till I get all my ATC cards finished for the swap.

Cheers,
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Post  ms_boo_dreadful on Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:59 pm

Dandeliondream wrote:Thank you. Smile
you started to crochet at 9? if so then you and I were the same age when we started.
I hope to see photos of your scarf when it is finished.
I am making every one quilted potholders for christmas just have to get the right batting.

A swap sounds good to me Smile , but I will have to get back into them first,my crochet has been in the basket with the yarn for the last 9 months,up till now all my spair time has been spent on fabric cutting and quilt block making.I have too meny hobbys. Rolling Eyes everything is being put on hold till I get all my ATC cards finished for the swap.

Cheers,
Dandelion

yup i learned to sew at 6 (by and and on a treadle sewing machine) and crochet at nine. odd thing is then it made no since to me and now it comes to me like i always knew how. im thinking some time after gogglemas or for gogglemas. i would take photos of what i have right now but im out of batteries until pay day.

but once i get some ill take piccies its about 12 inches by 16 inches right now. i plan for it to be obscenely long Very Happy so it will be done when its longer than i am tall or when i run out of yarn Razz
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Post  Dandeliondream on Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:31 pm

This is wild! it is a knit umbrella!
http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTvictoria.html
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Post  Ms. K.D.R. Tempus on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:47 pm

Dandeliondream, those are amazing fingerless gauntlets. I am so going to have to crochet a pair. Thanks for the inspiration!

That knit umbrella is brilliant. Just brilliant.
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Post  Dandeliondream on Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:17 pm

I have added this thread to BG. Very Happy
http://steam.punqs.org/bg-forum/index.php?topic=11736.0
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