Crocheters?

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Ump'sWife's picture
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Crocheters?

I'm not a knitter. Although I have a friend who says since I crochet, I could pick it up pretty easy.

So my question is how many other posters crochet only? And do you have any good patterns? I have several books that I love, but I'm always looking for new patterns. So what do you use?

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I can always find a good pattern on Ravelry.com although you have to sign up on a waiting list before you get invited to the site and that usually takes about a week BUT, everyone on here will tell you it is well worth the wait.
Also, etsy.com
crochetpatterncentral.com

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Thanks. I just signed up for the waiting list. I can't wait to get my invite. I remember seeing people talking about Ravelry, but I thought it was just for knitters. lol

I'm off to check out the other sites now. Smile

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Its for knitters and crocheters. Alot is knitting, but there is ALOT of crochet on there too, alot more than you'll find anywhere else.
Have fun!

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I am an only crocheter too! I have tons of patterns and sites that I love, but, it depends on what you are looking for.

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Hey Stacey, I'm a crocheter, too, as you might know. For new patterns, I second Ravelry! Also, Lion's brand yarn's website has free patterns too, with registration.

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I used to be a crocheter only, my grandma taught me as a kid though so it was really hard for me to try to pick up crocheting with a pattern and I liked the look of knit projects better so I just decided to switch to knitting.
I actually think some of my crocheting knowledge confused me a bit when learning to knit, but they do have similarities. I didn't find it too hard, I taught myself with online tutorials.
But to answer your original question Lol I've seen a few cute crochet patterns in the isles at yarn stores in those little booklets, most were baby projects but I've seen some cute crocheted purses/bags too.

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Thanks everyone. Smile

I'm patiently waiting on my invitation to ravelry. I can't wait to see the whole site.

Most of the books I have are afghan books. I have one one nothing but dishrags, but to tell the truth, most of them look the same to me lol.

I just bought a double ended hook and can't wait to find some patterns for it. So hopefully, ravelry will have some for that. Plus, I registered on crochetpatterncentral.com and have already found some mew things there.

Kara, I *knew* you were a crocheter, but had forgotten. lol Can I blame the stress of the campaign? Wink

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I crochet only. I have a disc protrusion in my neck that is SERIOUSLY aggravated by the knitting motion, so I didn't even get past learning how to cast on and get a few rows in before I gave up. I enjoy ravelry, but most patterns I've found by doing a google search for "whatever crochet pattern" takes me to a page on crochetpatterncentral.com.

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I *can* knit... but I hate it... I *LOVE* crocheting! I go in spurts though. I have a partially completed table cloth on the go that was started almost 8 years ago (it was to be a wedding gift... wedding didn't happen... finally pulled out a year ago or so and decided should finish it for my dd... have done some but since we moved last summer I haven't touched it). I also have a afghan on the go... one of those "free" patterns from the yarn aisle at Walmart LOL Very simple... but needed something to do while I was sitting at the hospital waiting for dh to get out of OR last month LOL I like to have something to do with my hands if I'm watching a movie or something like that... don't feel I'm "wasting" time so much LOL

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"Wren" wrote:

I crochet only. I have a disc protrusion in my neck that is SERIOUSLY aggravated by the knitting motion, so I didn't even get past learning how to cast on and get a few rows in before I gave up. I enjoy ravelry, but most patterns I've found by doing a google search for "whatever crochet pattern" takes me to a page on crochetpatterncentral.com.

Just curious, did you try both knitting methods? Just wondering...because while it will by nature be somewhat similar, the two motions are different depending on which knitting method you use. Thats too bad though!

Also, not directed only to you, but what is a double ended crochet hook used for? I'm curious!

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Kim,

A double-ended crochet hook is for all types of projects. I have several patterns for dishclothes that I'm using mine for right now. Basically, most of the patterns that use them are straight edge patterns like scarves and dishclothes. The end result stitch looks nothing like a regular crochet stitch in my opinion. It lets your pattern have vertical bars and v-shaped bars.

Once I get the project I'm currently working on, I will post pics of it.

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Never used the double-ended but I would be very interested in learning, especially if it makes the edges nicer so that I wouldn't have to go all the way around in single crochet to edge it.

Kim - I have no idea about different methods. I found an online video tutorial, did it the way they showed, and it hurt. Lol I'm not sure what way it was, or how another way would feel.

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"Wren" wrote:

Never used the double-ended but I would be very interested in learning, especially if it makes the edges nicer so that I wouldn't have to go all the way around in single crochet to edge it.

Kim - I have no idea about different methods. I found an online video tutorial, did it the way they showed, and it hurt. Lol I'm not sure what way it was, or how another way would feel.

You can tell which way you learned usually by which hand you hold the yarn in. If you hold in your right hand, you were probably doing English. if you were holdin it in your left hand you were probably doing continental.

So if you were ever interested someday in giving it another shot...you could give a go at the other.

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"Ump'sWife" wrote:

And do you have any good patterns? I have several books that I love, but I'm always looking for new patterns. So what do you use?

Stacey, I was browsing around Ravelry tonight, and found this:
http://www.berroco.com/item_fr/fr_crochet.html

The Berroco yarn looks gorgeous, too!

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Thanks Kara. I can't wait to look at it after D goes to sleep. Smile

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I'm 99% crochet - meaning I haven't picked up a pair of needles in forever...but I can get by with the basics.

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I can do both. I've been crocheting since I was very very young (I think 6???) but I'm not very good. I'm actually already a better knitter than crocheter! I think knitting is easier.

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Thanks Kara. That site looks really neat.

I'm having a ton of fun with my double crochet hook right now. Things seem to go together so quickly.

Plus my mom had some magazine subscription get switched to a crochet magazine and she is sending me those and I've found a ton of patterns from that. Smile

Kara, how did the bag turn out that I sent you the pattern for?

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Hi Stacey. I missed this, I'm sorry I'm slow to respond.

The bag that I made from the pattern is good! It's a nice pattern, easy, even for me. I chose a variegated cotton yarn (Sinfonia from Hobby Lobby in a blue/yellow/green), and it was a good match for the pattern. The bag is little too big for a vegetable bag, so I've used it as a regular grocery bag.

However, at the moment I have no idea where the bag is. Sad I think DH has it and a couple other fabric grocery bags somewhere in the depths of his car trunk. His trunk is a mess of stuff, and there's no way I'm touching it (he says I might "disrupt" his "organization method." Wink When I can convince him to retrieve it for me, I'll photo it and post.

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Stacey, was that bag pattern the same one as the free one that was linked online here earlier? I bookmarked it (on my old computer)- must dig for it again. I'm sure I can find it. I never did send you my address for the other pattern, because I thought it was the same.

Smile

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I started out crocheting because I thought it looked easier and then I taught myself to knit. Honestly, I like knitting more Biggrin I still crochet but I enjoy knitting more and I just find it to be easier.

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