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RetroBabydoll
01-23-2008, 01:55 PM
I was wondering if anybody knows how to crochet. I've noticed a lot of lovely vintage crochet patterns, but I don't know how to. What's the best way to learn if I don't know anybody that could teach me? Does anybody want to share some crochet pictures?

Lotus Leroux
01-23-2008, 02:46 PM
I am actually learning right now myself and I love it! I have been taking classes at the local Michaels. The instructor is really nice, as are the other women in the class, and you can't beat the price...$15 for 2 hours. I have had an easy time picking it up and I imagine you would only need one class to get started.

I bought a really helpful book called Encyclopedia of Crochet by Donna Kooler. There are some patterns in it, as well as, explanations and photos of dozens of stitches. I recommend it. As far as vintage crochet patterns go, I have had luck finding them on Ebay.

Good luck! :)

Miss Neecerie
01-23-2008, 02:55 PM
I crochet. I come from a long line of crochetters.

However..I am rubbish at pattern reading.

My mother can make lace...and all sorts of lovely things.

Because I get frustrated reading patterns, I tend to skip making anything nicer then scarves. I should be more patient and master the secret pattern reading code.

JupitersDarling
01-23-2008, 02:56 PM
I was wondering if anybody knows how to crochet. I've noticed a lot of lovely vintage crochet patterns, but I don't know how to. What's the best way to learn if I don't know anybody that could teach me? Does anybody want to share some crochet pictures?
What type of learner are you? Visual, verbal, or through doing? I learned from a very basic "how to crochet book." I'm pretty good with visual/spatial activities, so I was able to figure it out from the photos and text. If you need to see the entire process first rather than steps you may find it easier after watching a video online (there might be some here under "traditional crochet" http://www.nexstitch.com/Tutorials.html?). It's not hard at all- I prefer it to knitting because there's only one hook to worry about!

I haven't really gotten around to doing any lace doilies or vintage patterns though because they often require small hooks, and after my ill fated attempt to do some bead crochet a few years ago, I'm pretty sure I'd get terribly bored and titchy trying to hold a teeny piece of lace! :p I would definitely recommend you start with a size H or larger hook and worsted weight yarn to get the hang of it, before graduating to smaller hooks to do the vintage patterns.

leaette
01-23-2008, 03:10 PM
me me me!!! i love to crochet. i do it every night. well, i try to. it's my therapy.
i recommend this book:
Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting (Teach Yourself Visually) by Kim P. Werker and Cecily Keim

I got mine at Borders bookstore but you can also get it on Amazon. I keep this book in my yarn box next to my recliner and refer to it often.
But I would suggest taking a class at Michaels, or Joanns. Or find someone to teach you. If you want to move to Pittsburgh, I'll teach you! hahah. lol

I would highly recommend starting with a larger hook and cotton yarn and make some dishcloths up. (the paper label on the yarn will tell you what hook they recommend) They are small, you can get almost instant satisfaction from them (I can make one in about 45 min). You can practice stitches and if you mess it up, no biggie, it's a dishcloth! You can get cotton yarn cheap at walmart or Joanns. like $1.50 a skein.

I also go to this forum alot. www.crochetville.org
it's just like this forum but it's for crocheting.

happy hooking!

leaette
01-23-2008, 03:14 PM
here are some vintage crochet websites with free patterns.

http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/

http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/index.html

http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/persno.html

http://www.vintage-crochet-patterns.com/

i must warn you that vintage patterns are really not for beginners.

The Shirt
01-23-2008, 03:22 PM
I'm a beginning knitter and I took a class a a local small craft shop which helped tremendously. Seeing someone do it and watch you try it - really does make a difference. Do plenty of small items like dish towels, scarves or simple hats. This will help you get used to reading patterns. I got somewhat proficient for a while. However - then summer hit and the desire was not quite there. Winter came again and I found that I couldn't quite remember what I had learned. Pick up a book that has sketches or photos of the step by step. I cannot recommend this enough. Plenty of really fun ones at Barnes and Noble or Borders on the sale racks.

It is a fabulous hobby to have - go for it!

deadpandiva
01-23-2008, 03:22 PM
I never made it past scarves. I tried a hat once. It was sad. I would love to be able to make flowers and snoods at the very least.

leaette
01-23-2008, 03:32 PM
ok everyone....field trip to Pittsburgh and we can have a FL crochet fest! I'll help everyone.
We can all make the same snoods. We can make red ones and be our own "Red Snood Society"! hahaha.

RetroBabydoll
01-23-2008, 03:37 PM
Wow! Thank you ladies for all of the advice. I'll have to stop by Barnes and Noble to see what books they have. I'm a visual learner so the books might be a better way especially since I don't have time to go to a class. I'll try out a scarf and see where that leads.

Leaette- Too bad I'm not closer to your area. Haha. That would be fun. Thank you for the sites!!!


I'd love to see pictures of some things you ladies or gentlemen have made.:D

RetroBabydoll
01-23-2008, 03:38 PM
ok everyone....field trip to Pittsburgh and we can have a FL crochet fest! I'll help everyone.
We can all make the same snoods. We can make red ones and be our own "Red Snood Society"! hahaha.


lol lol lol

~*Red*~
01-23-2008, 05:04 PM
I just taught myself to crochet a few months ago. I made 3 scarves. I am a scarf making fool.. That's all I know how to do with both knitting AND crochet. lol
I can't read patterns to save my life, it's like trying to read a foreign language...and I suck at that.
I learn best by doing, or watching it done, and I have found video tutorials online that really help me out. The books/diagrams are hard for me to read/interpret, but the videos have been a life saver. I found a local yarn store that has classes occasionally, and I hope to take some there. scheduling around my daughter is hard so for now I am stuck with the videos. I wish there was a friend close by that I could crochet/knit with.

Anyways, RBD, I hope these tutorials can help you out. http://www.nexstitch.com/Tutorials.html I have been meaning to try out some new stitches since I can only single crochet for the moment. I need to double crochet to make the curly-Q's for my daughter!

And Leatte.. you are cracking me up!!! I'm down for the red snood!

fourstarbanner
01-23-2008, 06:20 PM
I was doing research on the 'net on crocheting as I opened up this thread! Its was meant to be! lol

My family is big into crocheting, but I never learned. Its my New Year's resolution!

CherryRed
01-23-2008, 06:44 PM
My Grandmother taught me to crochet many years ago. Then I touught myself to knit. I do know that I hold the chrochet hook incorrectly but that is the way she did it and I learned it, so I can't get my hand to hold it the correct way. But as long as it comes out the same I don't think it matters.
Most of the crocheting I do is vintage doll patterns.
If you can do a single crochet, you can do any of the other stitches as they are all based off it.
It is easy to learn from a book.
Don't be afraid of patterns....if anyone ever needs help interpreting something in a pattern just PM me and I'll be glad to help.:D
I am wrking on a vintage knit sweater now, taking a break from the crochet.
Here are some of the dolly outfit's I have made. There are all from 1950's patterns.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/DSCF0904.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/ebay/redskate1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/ebay/mhlouise2.jpg

certainlyred
01-23-2008, 07:17 PM
I love to crochet! Actually, I'm minoring in fiber arts right now. The best resource I found for learning crochet was Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker. Her instructions are concise, not at all confusing, and accompanied by well-drawn illustrations. Basically, it all just makes sense. And it teaches you to read patterns, which is indispensable for a crochet-er.

True, it costs money to buy the book (opposed to free internet sites), but it's my crochet Bible, and it comes with a ton of really cute patterns.

At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Bitch-Crochet-Happy-Hooker/dp/0761139850/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201140332&sr=8-1

leaette
01-23-2008, 08:02 PM
our library has stitch n' bitch crochet so check your library. that's a good way to try a book out before buying it. if you don't like it, you're out nothing.

those doll clothes are great. i ADORE that red ice skating dress.

i don't make vintage stuff with my crocheting. i make a lot of dishcloths for gifts. the women in my family love them. i made my sister an afghan for xmas. i made several blankets for my son, afghan for my husband. i make my own hats/scarves.
i have some crochet pattern books from the 30's and 40's. but i haven't used them for anything yet.

certainlyred
01-23-2008, 08:14 PM
I didn't even think of using the library! Good call.

leaette
01-23-2008, 08:16 PM
the only reason why i know that is because i take my son to a play group there and we sing songs and read stories. and one day, i stuck around and asked if they had a craft section and sure enough, there are knitting, crochet, scrapbooking, etc books in that section.
and she said that if i want a specific book and it's not there, they can order it from another library and they can have it sent in for me. so that's good to know too.

leaette
01-23-2008, 08:21 PM
i just remembered....you tube has many videos you can watch too. it's nice to see it visually if you are stuck on a stitch.

AllaboutEve
01-24-2008, 05:17 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/ebay/redskate1.jpg
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That's it! That's the cutest ever crochet doll outfit I have EVER seen. Which pattern did you get it from if you don't mind my asking, then I can look it out on the bay!

I love crochet, I was taught by a Maltese lady when I used to work as a receptionist. She was on the evening shifts with me and we used to take the opportunity of a quiet hour here and there.

I would definitely recommend getting someone to show you if possible, but I'm sure that you will be just fine if you persevere. Stick to something small and quick to make at first, in a double knit wool perhaps.

Good to have "hooked up" with some other crochet fans out there....excuse the truly terrible pun......lol lol

Nashoba
01-24-2008, 07:06 AM
I'm a fiber artist. I knit, I crochet...I even spin my own yarn....although I've been rather lazy and working on other projects so I havn't done any for a while. That in my dogs seem to think that the wool roving used for spinning is a toy and that the spinning wheel is something to bark at and play with so that doesn't help either. I have a huge stack of vintage knitting and crochet books most of them are from the late 50's early 60s and 70s. I'll have to go through them and see if anything worthwhile is in there...

CherryRed
01-24-2008, 09:58 AM
That's it! That's the cutest ever crochet doll outfit I have EVER seen. Which pattern did you get it from if you don't mind my asking, then I can look it out on the bay!

I love crochet, I was taught by a Maltese lady when I used to work as a receptionist. She was on the evening shifts with me and we used to take the opportunity of a quiet hour here and there.

I would definitely recommend getting someone to show you if possible, but I'm sure that you will be just fine if you persevere. Stick to something small and quick to make at first, in a double knit wool perhaps.

Good to have "hooked up" with some other crochet fans out there....excuse the truly terrible pun......lol lol


That is Mary Hoyer's Dolores.
You can get it here:
http://www.olddollpatterns.com/Knits1/Knit3.html

RetroBabydoll
01-24-2008, 10:34 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/DSCF0904.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/ebay/redskate1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/ebay/mhlouise2.jpg[/QUOTE]


Wow! Such talent!

AllaboutEve
01-25-2008, 07:49 AM
That is Mary Hoyer's Dolores.
You can get it here:
http://www.olddollpatterns.com/Knits1/Knit3.html


Thanks CRed that's sooo cute I am sooo smitten with those outfits and that doll too.

Oh dear I feel that there is another addition to my doll collection looming.........lol

ohairas
01-25-2008, 08:10 AM
I crochet too, but I'm notorious for never finishing a project! Then I forget what hook I was using, and where I was in the pattern, so nothing gets finished. :(
I really need to finish the afghan I started for my son, afterall, he's going to be 3. :eusa_doh:
I love making the little roses and such, so quick. I can actually finish those and stick them on things.
Thanks for the boost, I'll dig out my stuff and post pics. His blanket was going to be red, white and blue with stars, and I made a hat to go along.
Nikki

RetroBabydoll
01-25-2008, 09:50 AM
I crochet too, but I'm notorious for never finishing a project! Then I forget what hook I was using, and where I was in the pattern, so nothing gets finished. :(
I really need to finish the afghan I started for my son, afterall, he's going to be 3. :eusa_doh:
I love making the little roses and such, so quick. I can actually finish those and stick them on things.
Thanks for the boost, I'll dig out my stuff and post pics. His blanket was going to be red, white and blue with stars, and I made a hat to go along.
Nikki

That sounds adorable. If you do finish.....please show photos. I hope to learn to make the roses.

CherryRed
01-25-2008, 09:58 AM
Thank you allabouteve and retrobabydoll!
Here are a couple of the others:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/ebay/carole2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/ebay/renee1.jpg

RetroBabydoll
01-25-2008, 09:59 AM
[QUOTE=CherryRed]Thank you allabouteve and retrobabydoll!
Here are a couple of the others:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/sweetndeadly/Dolls/ebay/carole2.jpg


This one is my favorite out of all of them! BEAUTIFUL!

HoneyBee
01-25-2008, 10:04 AM
I crochet and knit too!! I love it, it's so relaxing. I haven't made anything too complex yet though - I taught myself out of books and usually stick to making scarves and afghans. Right now I'm crocheting an afghan for my sister out of multi-colored granny squares and it's turning out pretty nice - LOTS of squares to go, though!! And my other sister just found out she's pregnant so I'm looking forward to making things out of the super soft baby yarn out there.

Don't get discouraged when you start crocheting because your rows will be crooked and it will seem completely perplexing but just practice and once you get the basic stitch down, it's so easy. Reading patterns looks tricky too but you'll get it in no time.

Thanks for all the links posted here, some great resources!

Fleur De Guerre
01-25-2008, 10:22 AM
CR, I want those outfits as people-sized ones! :D

zaika
01-25-2008, 12:59 PM
i've never been into crocheted things (too many memories of neon orange pom pom slippers and those [alibet well made] toilet roll doll cozies), but, CherryRed, those doll dresses are AMAZING. :eusa_clap

i'm an avowed knitter (socks and Nordic hat/mittens are my thang). however...i have some hat/bag crochet patterns in a little book from 1944...so, i might have to break that out and take a stab at it.

CherryRed
01-26-2008, 08:31 AM
i've never been into crocheted things (too many memories of neon orange pom pom slippers and those [alibet well made] toilet roll doll cozies), but, CherryRed, those doll dresses are AMAZING. :eusa_clap

i'm an avowed knitter (socks and Nordic hat/mittens are my thang). however...i have some hat/bag crochet patterns in a little book from 1944...so, i might have to break that out and take a stab at it.


Those would be great wouldn't they Fleur! lol

Zaika I always liked knitting better for those same 1970's flash backs as you. But my Granny could crochet and not knit so that is what I learned first.
The vintage crochet patterns are nothing like the bulky 70's stuff anyway so I am glad I crochet too.

ohairas
01-26-2008, 09:35 AM
Cherry Red those ARE adorable doll clothes! WOW! I love the red and blue one. I just don't know if I could use a tiny hook.. but then I never tried! [huh]
I went hunting for my projects and I'm so embarassed, I can't beleive how many. And I can't even find one of them, a "mile a minute" afghan in muted red/white/blue that was so cool, the red had speckles in it.
Anyhoo... Here's what I have for Nova's blanket so far. I have 14 peices made but need 20 more.:eek: And I couldn't decide if I wanted to make some of them red, or all blue with red/white boarder all around. Probably why I quit. Can't find the hat right now!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2070/2219657482_639c6c87ca.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2282/2219659094_6e66894d3f.jpg
I love the buttery yellow of this one, and I love doing shell stiches. Don't know if I even have enough yarn to finish, I'm bad at that too.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2340/2219664280_763c26df7c.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2347/2219665938_1f69a888e9.jpg
And this huge granny square, that I also don't have enough yarn for.. (back in the day when I was POOR and would only buy so much yarn at a time!)
I think I started this 15 years ago or so!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2054/2219660718_4d62b7f487.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2002/2218869335_e6e339f9b3.jpg
Nikki

leaette
01-26-2008, 01:41 PM
that yellow shell one is pretty. is it a wrap?

ohairas
01-26-2008, 02:54 PM
LOL! WEll, it's not supposed to be... but it might end up as one! ;) I'll hafta see how much yarn I have.
Nikki

that yellow shell one is pretty. is it a wrap?

Hamilton_Honey
01-26-2008, 04:45 PM
I LOVE to crochet! I was taught it by a lovely "adopted grandmother" when i was about 16, and I haven't stopped since.

Vintage patterns are definitely a little more challenging, mostly because you need to work out what yarn to use!

I do everything from afghans to lace, and reading patterns is how I started, so it's not difficult for me. I really recommend taking a few lessons with someone who can teach you read a pattern - it looks harder than it really is.

Here are a few examples of things I've made - most of what I make gets given as gifts.

Baby blanket:

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/hamilton_hangar_honey/BabyBlanket3.jpg

Teapot doily in filet:

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/hamilton_hangar_honey/TeapotDoily.jpg

Blanket for my father in ripple stitch:

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/hamilton_hangar_honey/Dadsblanket.jpg

Snoods from vintage pattern in various colors:

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/hamilton_hangar_honey/SnoodsontheLine3.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/hamilton_hangar_honey/DelftBlueWoolEasesidesmall.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/hamilton_hangar_honey/DelftBlueWoolEasebacksmall.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/hamilton_hangar_honey/greensweaterandsnood.jpg

leaette
01-26-2008, 05:37 PM
SNOODS! YAY! totally love them. as we speak, i'm making my first snood
http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/persno.html

it's turning out really well. i'm halfway done. it's working up pretty quickly.

i like yours better. what pattern did you use?

leaette
01-27-2008, 04:07 PM
have you gals seen this website?
http://www.vintage-crochet-patterns.com/

you can buy reproductions of vintage crochet pattern books.
make sure you sign up for her newsletter. she sends you free patterns to your email.

CherryRed
01-28-2008, 08:14 AM
LOL! WEll, it's not supposed to be... but it might end up as one! ;) I'll hafta see how much yarn I have.
Nikki


I used to end up with a lot of wraps too from not buying enough in a dye lot! LOL

RetroBabydoll
01-28-2008, 10:11 AM
Hamilton Honey and Ohairas.....lovely photos!!!!!!

I was able to get my first crochet hooks and some yarn this weekend!!! I'll hopefully be practicing when I get home tonight if I'm not too sleepy. I'm really excited.

BeBopBaby
01-28-2008, 01:11 PM
Those snoods are so pretty!

I don't crochet, but I knit and I'm learning to spin wool.

I just finished some knitting for a major movie that's currently being filmed. I can't really talk about the movie because the director is keeping it hush hush right now. A friend of mine who is working as a prop manager on the film asked me to knit up some items for one of the characters in the movie. I'm bursting at the seams right now because that's all I can say about it.

And I'm currently working on knitting some sailor caps from a set of 18th century instructions.

RetroBabydoll
01-28-2008, 01:19 PM
Those snoods are so pretty!

I don't crochet, but I knit and I'm learning to spin wool.

I just finished some knitting for a major movie that's currently being filmed. I can't really talk about the movie because the director is keeping it hush hush right now. A friend of mine who is working as a prop manager on the film asked me to knit up some items for one of the characters in the movie. I'm bursting at the seams right now because that's all I can say about it.

And I'm currently working on knitting some sailor caps from a set of 18th century instructions.


I'm sooooo curious.......I want to know. Let us know when you're able to. Don't want you to get in trouble.

la vie en rose
01-28-2008, 08:23 PM
I started learning to crochet a few months ago, and I must say, I actually find it more satisfing, and more versatile, than knitting! It's such fun to create almost anything from some yarn and a single hook.
A friend showed me the basics and I started with a large number of granny squares. They're great - you can leave them alone as a dishcloth or attach to each other for blanket or hats or clothing.
Best of luck - and enjoy!

ohairas
01-29-2008, 12:09 AM
Lovely work Hamilton Honey! I love the blue and green snoods on you!
Nikki

RetroBabydoll
01-29-2008, 12:14 PM
I'm working on a scarf right now and it's looking alright. It's okay for a first try. When I'm finished I'll be sure to post a picture.

I looked at the pattern for snoods, but I'm really having trouble understanding them.

treble, st., tr., meshes, rem, .....etc. etc. etc.

Is there a crochet dictionary of some sort to help with reading patterns?

leaette
01-29-2008, 01:59 PM
retrobabydoll: i highly recommend just making your scarves and a bunch of dishcloths before you start on any snoods.
i've been crocheting for years and consider myself somewhat experienced and i just started my first snood last week. for me, it wasn't hard, but there were a few spots where i had to sit and think about what the pattern was saying. and i think if i was a beginner, i would be completely lost.

this website is a big help:
http://www.yarnstandards.com/

http://www.yarnstandards.com/crochet.html

ShooShooBaby
01-29-2008, 02:19 PM
how long do you think it took to make your snoods, and how much constant thought went into it? are you counting each stitch you make, or is it more mindless? i was thinking about how much i need to make one, as i was walking to the bus in the rain and my curls was dying a little more with each step....

leaette
01-29-2008, 02:35 PM
well, i really took my time. it's almost done. i just have to sew the elastic band on it which i'll most likely do tonight. i had to go to the store today to buy some.

once i figured the pattern out, it went fast. but i don't think this is a bus-ride kind of pattern. you have to count rows. it's not like making a scarf, it's not as mindless as that. but the pattern i'm using has the same stitch thruout. i'm sure if it had bubble stitches or shells, you'd have to think a little more at it.

i've put about 2-3 hrs into my snood. but again....i went really slow because i've never made anything like this before and wanted to take my time.
i'm sure my next one will go much faster.

ShooShooBaby
01-29-2008, 02:42 PM
well, i really took my time. it's almost done. i just have to sew the elastic band on it which i'll most likely do tonight. i had to go to the store today to buy some.

once i figured the pattern out, it went fast. but i don't think this is a bus-ride kind of pattern. you have to count rows. it's not like making a scarf, it's not as mindless as that. but the pattern i'm using has the same stitch thruout. i'm sure if it had bubble stitches or shells, you'd have to think a little more at it.

i've put about 2-3 hrs into my snood. but again....i went really slow because i've never made anything like this before and wanted to take my time.
i'm sure my next one will go much faster.

aah, thanks for the insight. i won't choose a snood as my mindless stress-relief project! i'll do one next time i have free time and can think. :rolleyes:

RetroBabydoll
01-29-2008, 03:30 PM
retrobabydoll: i highly recommend just making your scarves and a bunch of dishcloths before you start on any snoods.
i've been crocheting for years and consider myself somewhat experienced and i just started my first snood last week. for me, it wasn't hard, but there were a few spots where i had to sit and think about what the pattern was saying. and i think if i was a beginner, i would be completely lost.

this website is a big help:
http://www.yarnstandards.com/

http://www.yarnstandards.com/crochet.html


I was hoping to try it out since I usually don't see any snoods that are the color that I'd like. I'll keep working at it though and one day....hoping....I'd like to try out a snood.

ShooShooBaby
01-29-2008, 03:31 PM
I was hoping to try it out since I usually don't see any snoods that are the color that I'd like. I'll keep working at it though and one day....hoping....I'd like to try out a snood.

yeah, most of the snoods i see for purchase look so cheesy and mass-marketed! i can't wait to make my own.

Kitty_Sheridan
01-30-2008, 02:16 AM
I've taught myself off you tube! Type in crochet or learn to ...double crochet/treble...and it brings up loads of video tutorials.

My tension and style are awful but I don't care, I'm so proud that I have learned something new!

I have a nice snood pattern here from a 1942 Womans Own magazine but I can't figure it out....Happy to post it if anyone's interested? Also got some vintage patterns for little lacy 40s Jabots and collars?
K

CherryRed
01-30-2008, 08:19 AM
I'm working on a scarf right now and it's looking alright. It's okay for a first try. When I'm finished I'll be sure to post a picture.

I looked at the pattern for snoods, but I'm really having trouble understanding them.

treble, st., tr., meshes, rem, .....etc. etc. etc.

Is there a crochet dictionary of some sort to help with reading patterns?


http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?dictionaryOfAbbreviations=1&store=/stores/eyarn

RetroBabydoll
01-30-2008, 09:57 AM
http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?dictionaryOfAbbreviations=1&store=/stores/eyarn

yey!!!! Thank you!!!!

RetroBabydoll
01-30-2008, 09:58 AM
yeah, most of the snoods i see for purchase look so cheesy and mass-marketed! i can't wait to make my own.

Agreed! Some of the girls should start selling the snoods they make since there's not many great ones out there. I hope to find a really pretty blue one. The search continues.

Kitty_Sheridan
01-30-2008, 11:19 AM
Here you go, a snood crochet pattern for mercerised thread. But my pal did make it in dbl knit too.
Hope it's ok.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l146/katiespitfire/snood.jpg

RetroBabydoll
01-30-2008, 12:38 PM
Here you go, a snood crochet pattern for mercerised thread. But my pal did make it in dbl knit too.
Hope it's ok.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l146/katiespitfire/snood.jpg

So nice of you to post the snood pattern.

Wouldn't this be a neat one to make? I never see snoods like this around.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r175/courtypeace/snood.jpg

leaette
01-30-2008, 12:43 PM
kitty, thanks for posting that. is it from a UK pattern or US?
UK crochet symbols are different than US.

Kitty_Sheridan
01-30-2008, 01:37 PM
Hi Leatte!
It's from July 1942 UK Womans Own magazine (still on the go now!)
Let me know how you get on.
Kate
x

~*Red*~
01-30-2008, 03:28 PM
My first attempt at a double crochet and a pattern. I loved these Curly Q's when I was little and so I am making some for my daughter. She was sooooooooooooo happy.. hee hee!:D


http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k209/rednbubba/100_4919_00.jpg

leaette
01-30-2008, 04:40 PM
lookin good red! i make tons of them too. i have them on my esty store.

~*Red*~
01-30-2008, 06:03 PM
lookin good red! i make tons of them too. i have them on my esty store.Woohoo! Send me your etsy store name...this way I can support a friend and I don't have to make so many myself. lol
(i kept losing track of how many double crochets I did before I would move to the next chain.:rolleyes: )

CanadaDoll
02-02-2008, 08:34 PM
This is so like me! My mama taught me some basics a couple nights ago, and now I have crochet thread for a project before I even have the pattern!:o

CanadaDoll
02-03-2008, 06:03 PM
On the note of thread, do any of you experienced crocheters have any suggestions for a newbie like me on thread or yarn types or brands? Any favourites, any cautions on what to avoid?

I bought South Maid brand and it's fairly stiff, but I like how fine it is, and it seems to work well with me, I wouldn't mind a softer thread though:)

leaette
02-03-2008, 06:21 PM
i don't think that thread is a good way to learn. it's too detailed of work and very tiny stitches.

if you go back in this thread, i wrote a few posts about ideas for beginners.

CanadaDoll
02-03-2008, 06:38 PM
I did try with yarn first, but I found I couldn't control as well as with the thread, and didn't like the look of it[huh] maybe I'm just wierdlol

ShooShooBaby
02-03-2008, 09:21 PM
On the note of thread, do any of you experienced crocheters have any suggestions for a newbie like me on thread or yarn types or brands? Any favourites, any cautions on what to avoid?

i would advise starting with something meatier than thread, till you get the hang of your stitches. make a scarf, and you'll never forget the basic stitches you used, ever! and you can give it away, if you don't want a scarf.

i personally love working with and wearing wool over acrylic. brown sheep (http://www.brownsheep.com/) makes fantastic, affordable yarn in really cool colors! there is also a yarn i love that i get at my LYS but i can't remember the name of it. it's made by women in a collective in south america though.

Miss Neecerie
02-03-2008, 10:18 PM
If you want something string like....but much thicker, I can highly recommend trying out the Sugar and Cream yarns by Lily. They are all cotton, so have that thread feel to them, so you can -see- what you are doing, but are going to be more productive in terms of making a completed project then fine string crochet.


sugarncream.com is their website, but most craft stores have a decent selection



I -won't- suggest you try what my latest project is made out of...I am crocheting with store plastic bags made into yarn.

~*Red*~
02-03-2008, 10:28 PM
If you want something string like....but much thicker, I can highly recommend trying out the Sugar and Cream yarns by Lily. They are all cotton, so have that thread feel to them, so you can -see- what you are doing, but are going to be more productive in terms of making a completed project then fine string crochet.


sugarncream.com is their website, but most craft stores have a decent selection


I was just about to say the same thing!:D

When I am trying out new stitches, I find I prefer to use the sugar n cream thread/yarn. It's easy to seem exactly what I am doing, and it isn't so mushy/slippery as yarn is. They're fairly cheap too!

~*Red*~
02-03-2008, 10:31 PM
i would advise starting with something meatier than thread, till you get the hang of your stitches. make a scarf, and you'll never forget the basic stitches you used, ever! and you can give it away, if you don't want a scarf.

i personally love working with and wearing wool over acrylic. brown sheep (http://www.brownsheep.com/) makes fantastic, affordable yarn in really cool colors! there is also a yarn i love that i get at my LYS but i can't remember the name of it. it's made by women in a collective in south america though.

I've been wanting to use wool, but I find it incredibly scratchy to wear. It would sure make it easier to join yarns because you can felt it. is there wool that is not scratchy? or am I SOL?;)

ShooShooBaby
02-03-2008, 10:36 PM
I've been wanting to use wool, but I find it incredibly scratchy to wear. It would sure make it easier to join yarns because you can felt it. is there wool that is not scratchy? or am I SOL?;)

i honestly don't find it that scratchy, even on my neck. i know some types are less so than others. i think merino is supposed to be pretty mild. for me, the tradeoff of a little scratchiness is that it regulates heat and moisture much better than synthetics. even when i'm on my bike in the rain, my neck and head stay totally warm and dry! but without feeling sweaty and gross.

~*Red*~
02-03-2008, 11:56 PM
i honestly don't find it that scratchy, even on my neck. i know some types are less so than others. i think merino is supposed to be pretty mild. for me, the tradeoff of a little scratchiness is that it regulates heat and moisture much better than synthetics. even when i'm on my bike in the rain, my neck and head stay totally warm and dry! but without feeling sweaty and gross.

That's good to know. I will have to check out the merino wool. I just wish it didn't itch so!

leaette
02-04-2008, 08:57 AM
joann fabrics has a wool yarn that is washable. and it's soft. i forget the name of it. debbie mum or lionbrand. can't remember. oh wait, i think it's moda dea (sp?). it's expenive though at i think $7 a small skein. but i'm sure it goes on sale and you can always use your coupons.

zaika
02-04-2008, 01:06 PM
Those would be great wouldn't they Fleur! lol

Zaika I always liked knitting better for those same 1970's flash backs as you. But my Granny could crochet and not knit so that is what I learned first.
The vintage crochet patterns are nothing like the bulky 70's stuff anyway so I am glad I crochet too.

I tried my hand and a vintage crochet bag pattern this weekend. I sort of got lost. lol Figured that it couldn't be THAT much harder than following a knitting pattern. [huh] Are vintage crochet pattern instructions different than modern day? I'd like to find a book to teach me crochet so then I can try this bag again.

leaette
02-04-2008, 04:08 PM
vintage crochet patterns are not for the beginner. it seems like they leave stuff out, and word things difficutly.

so you're not alone. i made a snood last week and i got to this one part and sat for almost an hour thinking and re-thinking this one line. it just didn't make sense at all. so, i skipped it! maybe not a good thing to do, but the snood came out alright. hahaha.

CanadaDoll
02-04-2008, 04:17 PM
I -won't- suggest you try what my latest project is made out of...I am crocheting with store plastic bags made into yarn.


Store plastic bags?? I'm imagining that they're recycled into fibers for the yarn?
That sounds really neat!:)

Thanks for the suggestions ladies, I've never seen Lily brand around here, but I'll look a little more closely:)

~*Red*~
02-04-2008, 04:36 PM
joann fabrics has a wool yarn that is washable. and it's soft. i forget the name of it. debbie mum or lionbrand. can't remember. oh wait, i think it's moda dea (sp?). it's expenive though at i think $7 a small skein. but i'm sure it goes on sale and you can always use your coupons.

I'm going to have to look for that one too, thanks! :D



I tried my hand and a vintage crochet bag pattern this weekend. I sort of got lost. Figured that it couldn't be THAT much harder than following a knitting pattern. Are vintage crochet pattern instructions different than modern day? I'd like to find a book to teach me crochet so then I can try this bag again.

I just learned an "afghan" stitch for crochet that ends up looking a lot like a stockinette stitch for knitting. So much easier and faster! I like both knitting and crochet, but crochet is just incredibly fast as compared to knitting, and you only have to hold one hook, which is alot nicer for my wrists.

Miss Neecerie
02-04-2008, 05:14 PM
Store plastic bags?? I'm imagining that they're recycled into fibers for the yarn?
That sounds really neat!:)



Yea, its fun, although making the yarn takes a while and a lot of bags...hehe I will take some pictures so far...







I just learned an "afghan" stitch for crochet that ends up looking a lot like a stockinette stitch for knitting. So much easier and faster!


I do afghan stitch stuff a lot...great for square things like scarves and potholders. I have a bright red one on my blog thats afghan stitch. I just found a whole bunch of afghan hooks at the flea market...so mmmmm more fun..they were smaller then any I had previously found, so I might try some thread based stuff with them.

Girl Friday
02-04-2008, 06:37 PM
I made a teddy bear and a bunny from patterns I got off the Lion Brand yarn website, I'll take pictures and post them tomorrow.
http://www.lionbrand.com/
They have some great patterns, and most of them are free if you sign up for their newsletter.

CanadaDoll
02-05-2008, 12:45 AM
Yea, its fun, although making the yarn takes a while and a lot of bags...hehe I will take some pictures so far...



That is so cool Miss N! I never thought of that even being possible, it sounds very environmentally friendly too!:D :eusa_clap

Please do post some photos of the process and the results when you get a chance, I'm really curious to see what it's like.:)

BeBopBaby
02-05-2008, 06:33 AM
That is so cool Miss N! I never thought of that even being possible, it sounds very environmentally friendly too!:D :eusa_clap

Please do post some photos of the process and the results when you get a chance, I'm really curious to see what it's like.:)

Making totes made from recycled shopping bags is really popular with knitters on various forums, but have yet to try making one myself. Here's some patterns if you're curious as to how they look:

http://knit-cycle-read.blogspot.com/2007/06/recycled-bag-bag.html

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_needle_arts/article/0,,DIY_13768_3059465,00.html

You just cut the bags into strips and knit them like regular yarn. Another popular idea is to make throw rugs from them. They're supposed to make good bath mats.

RetroBabydoll
02-05-2008, 10:29 AM
Making totes made from recycled shopping bags is really popular with knitters on various forums, but have yet to try making one myself. Here's some patterns if you're curious as to how they look:

http://knit-cycle-read.blogspot.com/2007/06/recycled-bag-bag.html

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_needle_arts/article/0,,DIY_13768_3059465,00.html

You just cut the bags into strips and knit them like regular yarn. Another popular idea is to make throw rugs from them. They're supposed to make good bath mats.

What a neat idea!! Thank you!:D

Girl Friday
02-05-2008, 01:38 PM
I've got some black buttons for their eyes, but I haven't put them on yet...I kind of like them without...

http://marcier3.freepgs.com/DSC01466.jpg

CherryRed
02-05-2008, 02:51 PM
My favorite yarn to use for vintage patterns that call for "fingering" is Red Heart's Lustersheen. It is acrylic, but has a smooth silky texture so it is great for lighter less bulky/summery sweaters.

RetroBabydoll
02-05-2008, 05:11 PM
I've got some black buttons for their eyes, but I haven't put them on yet...I kind of like them without...

http://marcier3.freepgs.com/DSC01466.jpg

Very cute! You did such a great job!

~*Red*~
02-05-2008, 05:40 PM
Girl Friday, those are SOOOOOOOO CUTE! I kinda like them with no eyes either.. makes them look lovedlol

CanadaDoll
02-06-2008, 12:13 AM
Making totes made from recycled shopping bags is really popular with knitters on various forums, but have yet to try making one myself. Here's some patterns if you're curious as to how they look:

http://knit-cycle-read.blogspot.com/2007/06/recycled-bag-bag.html

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_needle_arts/article/0,,DIY_13768_3059465,00.html

You just cut the bags into strips and knit them like regular yarn. Another popular idea is to make throw rugs from them. They're supposed to make good bath mats.


That is so neat, and they turn out very pretty! Thanks you sharing those sites BeBop, I learned something new today!:D

RetroBabydoll
02-08-2008, 10:09 AM
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r175/courtypeace/doll026.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r175/courtypeace/doll025.jpg

I finally finished my first crochet project. I made a scarf using double and triple crochet. I also added some starbursts.....I wanted to add my own touch to it. It's okay for a first time. :)

BeBopBaby
02-08-2008, 10:17 AM
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r175/courtypeace/doll026.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r175/courtypeace/doll025.jpg

I finally finished my first crochet project. I made a scarf using double and triple crochet. I also added some starbursts.....I wanted to add my own touch to it. It's okay for a first time. :)


Um, hellooo... That looks utterly fantastic for a first time!

RetroBabydoll
02-08-2008, 10:23 AM
Um, hellooo... That looks utterly fantastic for a first time!

:D :D :D
Yey! Thank you!

StellaLuna
02-08-2008, 11:19 AM
Hello! I just love this thread! I've been crocheting for about a year now and own a copy of Stitch-n-bitch crochet. I recently completed my first garment using the 'cupcake' pattern in the book. It's not exactly vintage, but I thought I'd share :D
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc85/lemonthreads/Ryans30th005.jpg

RetroBabydoll
02-08-2008, 11:21 AM
Hello! I just love this thread! I've been crocheting for about a year now and own a copy of Stitch-n-bitch crochet. I recently completed my first garment using the 'cupcake' pattern in the book. It's not exactly vintage, but I thought I'd share :D
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc85/lemonthreads/Ryans30th005.jpg

Such a great job! I can't wait till I can do that. That's so nice and I like how you put a ribbon in the collar part.

StellaLuna
02-08-2008, 11:27 AM
Thanks Retrobaby!
If you can make that beautiful scarf - you can do this! I was so intimidated to attempt a garment and came to find that it was pretty simple. The key is a good pattern and plenty of patience! ;)

RetroBabydoll
02-08-2008, 11:31 AM
Thanks Retrobaby!
If you can make that beautiful scarf - you can do this! I was so intimidated to attempt a garment and came to find that it was pretty simple. The key is a good pattern and plenty of patience! ;)

If only I could read patterns. They seem so confusing, but I think I should pick up stitch n' bitch this weekend. Thank you.

CanadaDoll
02-10-2008, 11:02 AM
I know I'm a little late on this, but Stella that blouse is really adorable on you, you did such a nice job on it.:eusa_clap

And RetroBabyDoll you're scarf is so fun, I love the colour and the way you personalised it with the starbursts, :)

Lotus Leroux
02-10-2008, 12:52 PM
StellaLuna,

Such a nice job on the sweater! I have some vintage sweater patterns
and I am dying to start one. You have motivated me to get out my
hook and get going on one!

:offtopic: Where in South Florida are you? I am in Stuart.

StellaLuna
02-11-2008, 06:56 AM
StellaLuna,

:offtopic: Where in South Florida are you? I am in Stuart.

Hi Lotus - Sorry to reply here, but I was having trouble sending you a personal message. Perhaps you could try sending me one and then I could respond. I'm about and hour and a half south of you in Sunrise, west of Ft. Lauderdale. :D

Lotus Leroux
02-11-2008, 08:12 AM
Hi StellaLuna,

I believe you need to get 15 posts and then you can PM. I tried to PM you
too but did not see the option available. So, I will PM you when I am able. Good to know you aren't too far from where I am. It would be neat to get together for a day of crocheting and crafting! :)

RetroBabydoll
02-11-2008, 09:30 AM
I know I'm a little late on this, but Stella that blouse is really adorable on you, you did such a nice job on it.:eusa_clap

And RetroBabyDoll you're scarf is so fun, I love the colour and the way you personalised it with the starbursts, :)

Thank you so much! :D

ohairas
02-11-2008, 11:17 PM
You're a natural!! :eusa_clap
It's wonderful, you go girl!

Stella your brown sweater is devine, great work!
Nikki


http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r175/courtypeace/doll026.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r175/courtypeace/doll025.jpg

I finally finished my first crochet project. I made a scarf using double and triple crochet. I also added some starbursts.....I wanted to add my own touch to it. It's okay for a first time. :)

RetroBabydoll
02-12-2008, 11:36 AM
You're a natural!! :eusa_clap
It's wonderful, you go girl!

Stella your brown sweater is devine, great work!
Nikki

I'm so glad you like it! :D :D :D

RetroBabydoll
02-13-2008, 01:45 PM
http://crochet.about.com/od/snoods/Snoods_and_Hair_Bun_Covers.htm

ohairas
02-19-2008, 12:26 AM
Ok girls, I can't thank you enough for getting me jazzed about crocheting again! My SIL's baby shower is this weekend. I had an afghan I never finished because I got way off on my stitching. I didn't have time to start one from scratch, so I dug it out and salvaged it. The one side still has way too many stiches, but I did one border around and tried to decrease the worst side. Then added three more colored borders. Threw a shell border on to make it seem more like it's *supposed* to be ruffled. I don't think anyone would know how jacked up it really is unless they crochet. I'm quite pleased with the results actually, woohoo!

Her nursery is going to be turtle themed. I chose the colors from the bedding. I wanted a yellow, but there wasn't a good shade in the yarn I was using. I totally winged the turtle, he's by no means perfect but I think he's pretty cute!

The hat was something I must have started trying to get my stitches and gauges right. I had this circle pot-holder looking thing. So I took that and made a barrett out of it.
Here's the set! I took more pics but I can't load them to flickr right now or SIL will see them, and photobucket takes forever to load.
Nikki
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w115/ohairas/HPIM2528.jpg
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w115/ohairas/HPIM2531.jpg
The hat is too big for the doll,
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w115/ohairas/HPIM2523.jpg

~*Red*~
02-19-2008, 12:50 AM
Ohairas~lol You crack me up! hee hee!! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the turtles!! I collect them, and now I am wishing I was smart enough to do turtles for Natty's shower! The afghan and hat are super cute!!

CherryRed
02-19-2008, 08:40 AM
Wonderful blanket Ohairas!!!:eusa_clap LOVE the turtles!!
I am working on a knit baby sweater from a vintage pattern for my cousin's baby due in May.

RetroBabydoll
02-19-2008, 09:18 AM
Oh my goodness Ohairas!!! You're so talented! WOW WOW WOW

I love it!!!!

ohairas
02-19-2008, 11:56 PM
Gee thanks girls! This is only second afghan I've ever "'finished", lol...
I don't think I'm talented, I was just determined this time, ha!
The flowers are so fun and easy, I just want to make them and stick them on everything now, lol!
Nikki

StellaLuna
02-27-2008, 11:30 AM
"Here's the set! I took more pics but I can't load them to flickr right now or SIL will see them, and photobucket takes forever to load.
Nikki"
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w115/ohairas/HPIM2523.jpg[/QUOTE]

WoW Nikki! This set is really gorgeous! I'm sure your SIL is going to treasure it! :D

BeBopBaby
02-27-2008, 11:51 AM
I'm sooooo curious.......I want to know. Let us know when you're able to. Don't want you to get in trouble.

Just to go back a few pages... the items I knitted are going to be used as props in the new Kevin Smith movie that just wrapped up filming here in town. One of the characters is a really bad knitter and she wears really badly knitted clothing and she has really bad knitting all over her place. In particular, look for a really ugly black & gold Steelers afghan... lol

My friend who worked on the film also put all of our names on name tags that people wear in a school reunion scene. lol

leaette
02-27-2008, 01:47 PM
bebop, that is really funny. i didn't know that they were filming a movie in town. can you say what the movie title is?

and ohairas, that is a really cute baby set. i love the turtle. so innocent looking. i love the color combo too.

Lotus Leroux
03-20-2008, 07:34 PM
Everyone has made such nice stuff! I made a beret and a scarf recently.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/Lotus_Leroux/IMG_3444.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/Lotus_Leroux/IMG_3431.jpg

Babydoll
03-31-2008, 10:55 AM
A bit of back story: My mom had a stroke 3 1/2 years ago that left her right hand very weak. She wants to get back to crocheting/crafting, but won't be able to do it the way that she used to do it. I'm looking for ideas or methods to help her get her craft on....

Has anyone tried to left hand crochet? Or crochet with their non-dominant hand? How difficult was it to learn?

Do you know of any other hand crafts that could be done mostly by one hand? Have any of you tried those plastic looms that make crochet-like products?

Thanks. :)

Miss Neecerie
03-31-2008, 11:02 AM
A bit of back story: My mom had a stroke 3 1/2 years ago that left her right hand very weak. She wants to get back to crocheting/crafting, but won't be able to do it the way that she used to do it. I'm looking for ideas or methods to help her get her craft on....

Has anyone tried to left hand crochet? Or crochet with their non-dominant hand? How difficult was it to learn?

Do you know of any other hand crafts that could be done mostly by one hand? Have any of you tried those plastic looms that make crochet-like products?

Thanks. :)

A slightly different grip might help.....

I got my mom this set which lets you hold the hooks in multiple different ways....


http://www.createforless.com/Provo+Crochet+Hook+Set+F-K+with+Ergonomic+Handle/pid128606.aspx

and it has helped her a lot...not quite the -same- problem...but with how the handle is designed..she might not have to exert as much to just hold on to the handle.

BeBopBaby
03-31-2008, 11:08 AM
Has anyone tried to left hand crochet? Or crochet with their non-dominant hand? How difficult was it to learn?

Do you know of any other hand crafts that could be done mostly by one hand? Have any of you tried those plastic looms that make crochet-like products?

Thanks. :)

I've heard of lefties using mirrors to learn how to crochet/knit because all of the instructions are for righties. If you looked at the mirror image of your hands (if you are a leftie), it looks like you are a rightie. I hope that makes sense. She might be able to something similar to teach herself to crochet with her left hand.

A plastic knitting loom might work out really well for her. You just use a hook that you hold in one hand and pull loops of yarn through the loops that are already on the loom. I've seen people on Craftster.com make a lot of things from the Knifty Knitter looms that they sell at JoAnn Fabrics.

Babydoll
03-31-2008, 11:18 AM
She's naturally left-handed when she writes, but was taught to use her right as her dominant for hand-work such as crochet and embroidery because that's how her mom (Grannie) did it.

Maybe I'll get her a loom and see if we can figure it out together. Once she gets comfortable with holding the hook in her left hand, we might venture to regular crochet. Her goal is to be able to make grannie squares that she can stitch together into afghans and give to charity. She wants this so much (to give her something to do, and feel like she's contributing to "society"), that I'd do just about anything to make it happen for her.

The mirror idea is interesting. Perhaps if I sat across from her (in a mirror position), and did it right-handed, she could look at the motions I'm doing and try it with her left.

I know that she's going to need a bigger hook to start with. None of her tiny lace hooks for now!

As for yarn, do you think that plain yarn or variegated would be visually easier for her to work with?

Babydoll
03-31-2008, 11:20 AM
A slightly different grip might help.....

I got my mom this set which lets you hold the hooks in multiple different ways....


http://www.createforless.com/Provo+Crochet+Hook+Set+F-K+with+Ergonomic+Handle/pid128606.aspx

and it has helped her a lot...not quite the -same- problem...but with how the handle is designed..she might not have to exert as much to just hold on to the handle.

It almost looks like a latch hook hook. That's kinda cool! I wonder how it would work for a leftie.

Miss Neecerie
03-31-2008, 11:33 AM
It almost looks like a latch hook hook. That's kinda cool! I wonder how it would work for a leftie.


My mom is a leftie....and she hasn't told me it was an issue.....I will ask her again on the phone today and see...

There are actually two handles in the set...so it is pretty variable...and since it has multiple hook sizes..

Babydoll
03-31-2008, 11:46 AM
Does she crochet leftie, or rightie? My mom learned rightie, so this might be a process of retraining her brain to do it opposite.

:)

Miss Neecerie
03-31-2008, 11:56 AM
Does she crochet leftie, or rightie? My mom learned rightie, so this might be a process of retraining her brain to do it opposite.

:)


Fairly sure she crochets left handed, because it took us -years- to teach me because I am right handed and trying to learn from her was difficult.

So as far as the -handle- goes, it's usable by either.

Babydoll
03-31-2008, 12:01 PM
Gotcha. Good to know. Thanks. :D

leaette
04-06-2008, 06:07 PM
i'm a leftie. and i crochet leftie. my gram taught me to crochet and she was a leftie too. there are instruction books out there for leftie instructions.
to me, crocheting leftie makes more sense to my brain because you go from left to right (like when you're reading). when i watch people crochet rightie, it confuses the heck out of me. looks like it's going backwards lol

i read in a crochet magazine in this past year about a leftie crocheter and she learned by using a mirror. so it's definately worth a try.

i have a knifty knitter loom too. i like it. but you definately need 2 hands to do it. you have to hold the loom while you use the hook to pull the yarn off the tab. and you have to hold the loom while you wrap the yarn around too. but....it's super easy and once you figure out how to use it, it's easy as pie.

good luck.

Miss Sis
04-07-2008, 05:55 AM
My BF's Mum showed me how to do a few crochet stiches this weekend, so I'm on my way!

I already knit but somehow I just had a bit of a block before when I've been shown crochet, but she was very good at explaining and it was so easy.

My first project will be a belt for a knit suit that I have to wrest from my ex-boyfriend's attic....

leaette
04-07-2008, 07:34 AM
miss sis: i hope you enjoy crocheting! i love it.
i highly suggest you join the crochet forum. it's huge and so helpful! and it's a great inspiration too, you can see what other people are making and look at patterns, etc. and there is a help section and the ladies are so helpful.

www.crochetville.org

windshe
05-20-2008, 07:44 AM
...of the fedora lounge AND crocheting.
i was just in Joann's and i saw this amazing crochet book by Teva Durham called Loop d Loop. it had the most awesome clothes in it. the book was $30 and i just HAD to buy it, even though i never picked up a needle - is that what ya call it? haha - in my life. they had the most gorgeous, sexy pair of crocheted stockings in the book.
now it's my goal to start crocheting. i'm more visual, and a demostration would definitely help me. i've found a class offered at a good price nearby, and i think i'll sign up for classes - wish my mom remembered how!
wish me luck everyone!!

and nice to meet you all, this is my first post!

~w

ohairas
05-21-2008, 09:35 PM
Hi Windshe, welcome to the lounge! Try doing a search on youtube for "learn to crochet." I found this beginner's video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEKK7KICyGw), and saw many others. Good luck!
Nikki

ohairas
05-21-2008, 09:42 PM
LOVE that scarf pattern! (I like your floral furniture too, lol!)
Nikki

Everyone has made such nice stuff! I made a beret and a scarf recently.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/Lotus_Leroux/IMG_3444.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/Lotus_Leroux/IMG_3431.jpg

windshe
05-22-2008, 07:46 AM
i looooooove that scarf, too! where did you get that pattern, if i may ask - or is it one of your own? the book i just bought has a lot of funky patterns in it like this, i can't wait to start learning!!!!

beautiful work on the scarf. do you have pictures of anything else?

Lotus Leroux
05-22-2008, 08:40 AM
Thanks Ohairas and Windshe!

Windshe, the pattern is a free pattern from Lion Brand dot com. The name of the pattern is the Medallion Motif Scarf.

:offtopic: Ohairas, my mom inherited the furniture from my grandmother when
she died years ago. Thanks for the compliment! :)

Lady Day
10-01-2008, 11:01 PM
*bump*

LD

MarieAnne
10-08-2008, 06:31 PM
Thanks MarieAnne. I have been crocheting off-and-on since my greatgrandmother taught me when I was 8, so 40 years now. But really I am not good at pattern reading, so I totally understand where you are coming from. Try these additional notes for the Perky Snood from another crocheter that include an image of her blocking the piece that shows what it looks like as you crochet it.

http://qctester.wordpress.com/2006/12/23/perky-snood/

I didn't block mine, probably should have, but I think I still can if I want to.

Thanks for posting this link. I was able to make the snood! It looks good, but it's doesn't fit. I'm not sure if I did anything wrong, or if my hair is too long. I'm pretty heart broken about it; I was so excited. Now that I understand the general pattern, I'll try to alter it.

MarieAnne
10-08-2008, 07:10 PM
Inky - Check out this doozie (http://offbeatmodestdress.wordpress.com/the-great-martyr-catherine-snood/)! I'm trying to get it started but the starting chain is shorter than the indicated lenght (in inches.) Any advice?

Babydoll
10-08-2008, 07:44 PM
Are you a tight or a loose crocheter? They're basing the gauge on a moderate level of tension. I would either adjust your tension level, or just adjust how big/long you need to stitch to accommodate the measurements given.

(I happen to crochet tight if I'm not watching it. Leads to lots of ripping out and re-doing if I'm being neat and tidy with what I'm doing.)

Inky
10-08-2008, 11:15 PM
MarieAnne - Wow that is a beautiful snood! Thank you for posting that pattern.

Ditto what Babydoll said. Are you getting gauge? I tend to be a sloppy crocheter/knitter and have to go down a needle size or two when I crochet/knit to get the gauge. You may be a tight crocheter/knitter and have to use a larger hook/needle to correspond to your yarn.

I hope that helps!

Tallulah
12-14-2008, 07:31 AM
Just looking at this is making me reach for my hook! You all make the most incredibly beautiful things. It is sooo inspiring. :)

JupitersDarling
12-21-2008, 10:59 PM
Has anyone tried crochetting any of these hats?

http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/hats.html


I love the Fleur De lis and Town Club. Only thing though is... What size do they come out in???? As a "big-headed" gal :p , (22.5-23) I would hate to crochet one of them up and find out it's a size 21 or 20. :eusa_doh: Is there anyway to predict what size they'll be and resize accordingly before I break out the yarn?

leaette
01-16-2009, 07:07 PM
I think it would be safe to assume that these are not for us "big heads". I am a 22.5/23 too. Most vintage hats run small (at least all the ones I've tried on).
You could do a few extra increases to compensate. I just made a basic winter hat and had to add a few more rows to make it fit my melon head. And it fit fine. You may have to frog a few times though.

Ccc
06-17-2010, 08:47 PM
I'm relatively new to crochet, having made my first hat after spending LOTS of time working on two afghans and many dishcloths.

I would now like to try and make a sweater, but I can't find a not-to-difficult adult cardigan to crochet.

And, I would like to crochet socks as soft and fine as knitted socks, if that is possible.

I've also learned most of what I know from watching Youtube videos; they've been extremely helpful.

Thanks for any suggestions on sweaters and socks!

Ccc

Lillemor
06-18-2010, 12:27 AM
This may already have been posted but here it is any way:

http://learntocrochet.lionbrand.com/?learnToCrochet=1

I don't have the time and lifestyle to test how easy their instructions are to follow. They also have a section on learning how to knit. I used to crochet small decorative stuff but I've never worked on garment pieces. and at least to me the instructions make sense. I never learnt how to knit

Amie
06-22-2010, 01:58 PM
Anyone try crocheting slippers/shoes like these before?

http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_430xN.112755910.jpg

If so, where can we purchase outer soles? I couldn't find anything like them in a general shoe supply store.

Gingerella72
06-23-2010, 09:05 AM
I've been teaching myself to knit the last few months and I'd love to learn how to crochet as well. I was handed down a box of miscellaneous sewing supplies from my mother in law (I also need to learn how to sew, lol) and in it was a size G crochet hook.

As soon as I'm more comfortable with my paltry knitting skills, I'll be off to become a "hooker" too. :rolleyes:

I had an aunt who, every time I'd visit her, would say "One of these days you're gonna have to let me teach you how to crochet,"....sadly she passed away before I had acheived the correct mindset to want to learn things like this.

If you have an elderly relative or friend who knows how to do these "vintage" domestic arts, whether it's crochet, knitting, needlework, quilting, or whatever, don't hesitate to learn from them now while you still can! It won't be long before the generation who knew how to do all of these things as a matter of course will be gone from us, along with all of their wisdom.

December
06-24-2010, 03:56 PM
If you have an elderly relative or friend who knows how to do these "vintage" domestic arts, whether it's crochet, knitting, needlework, quilting, or whatever, don't hesitate to learn from them now while you still can! It won't be long before the generation who knew how to do all of these things as a matter of course will be gone from us, along with all of their wisdom.

So true! I always said I was going to get my Grandma to teach me to make clothes. I finally ambushed her in April and she spent the day helping me and teaching me her tricks. Since then she's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease so I don't know how much longer she'll be able to make clothes.

I'm so glad that I learnt while I could and that I now have this (somewhat tentative) skill that is slowly dying out.

melanie
07-01-2010, 02:53 AM
I love to crochet! At the moment I am making a huge, retro sytle granny square throw for our settee, and a red beret following a pattern from 1936. :)

Feraud
10-28-2010, 09:25 AM
My wife does crochet and showed me this.
Thought some of you might like it. Vintage pattern string bag.
http://loxosceles.org/crafty/images/1933_crochet_string_bag_pattern.jpg

http://loxosceles.org/crafty/crochet_string_bag.html