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  #1  
October 15th, 2008, 09:03 AM
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I really want to learn to do knit and crochet!! I was looking at a couple of kits. They are geared at young girls, so will hopefully be pretty simple, and they come with the basic stuff. I know the yarn won't be the best quality or anything, but I'd rather use something kinda cheap until I know what I'm doing! I'd hate to mess up with something super nice.

These are the kits I'm looking at
http://gifts.barnesandnoble.com/Toys-games...70548703/?itm=4

http://gifts.barnesandnoble.com/Toys-games...e/9781591743842


Does anyone have any recommendations for VERY beginner books? Stuff that doesn't just have patterns but really tells you how to start from the very beggining and explains things well.

Thanks ladies! I know lots of you knit and crochet and I would love the benefit of your experience!!!
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October 15th, 2008, 05:00 PM
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Oh wow I'm glad to read this because I was going to try to convince you to try crochet by posting some really cute cupcake,penguin,ans ladybug patterns lol!! I'm trying to learn to knit but it is kinda on the back burner until I get my christmas projects done. I wouldn't get a kit but then again I'm cheap I would by a nice hook though so what i would do is get a 40% off coupon for one item from micheals or hobby lobby and buy a clover hook they have a great handle that grips so much better that I wouldn't use anything else . They are around 7 dollars each . Then just get some cheaper yarn or on sale yarn . I can use my online account at the library to order whatever books I want I do this for the kids books too and the have them all there and ready for me . Which with 3 LO's is priceless.So you could find some books at the library and then if you really like them buy them . I also think I would just try to learn one at a time (like crochet )
I know there are some good video's at next stitch I think there are some on Utube also. There is also info in the crochet sub-form . Let me look around for some links and i'll be back later.
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October 15th, 2008, 06:10 PM
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Video's
http://www.nexstitch.com/v_crochet_videos.html

For books I have heard Teach yourself to crochet visually crocheting and Way to crochet 20 cool easy projects for kids of all ages are good.

So I would just get some yarn that you like but not fancy or eyelash yarn something that you can see the stitch, get a good hook (clover ) and get some books at the library and watch the free online video's and basically just practice so you learn the stitches and get used to holding the yarn. Ok got to go but any ?'s just ask me .
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This year marks 10 years since I learned to crochet and I've never gotten a beginners book. I started with simple granny squares and went from there.
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October 16th, 2008, 07:03 AM
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Video's
http://www.nexstitch.com/v_crochet_videos.html

For books I have heard Teach yourself to crochet visually crocheting and Way to crochet 20 cool easy projects for kids of all ages are good.

So I would just get some yarn that you like but not fancy or eyelash yarn something that you can see the stitch, get a good hook (clover ) and get some books at the library and watch the free online video's and basically just practice so you learn the stitches and get used to holding the yarn. Ok got to go but any ?'s just ask me .[/b]
Thanks for all the help!!! I will check out that video. I had seen the "Teach Youself Visually" series and was wondering about it! They have one for knitting, sewing, and crochet. If they are good I will probably end up with all of them!

I am bad when it comes to books!!! I LOVE books! I don't read any fiction! Non fiction only! I read and learn so much from books and I save them forever. I do try to get the best prices and I buy a lot used in good condition or new with remainder marks from smaller outfit type sellers, but I know I will be buying some kind of book on each of these topics. Now you are steering me more towards the teach yourself visually series. I figure I only need one beginner book of each so that's why I came here to see if anyone else knew what was good!!

You are so funny about wanting to post patterns to tempt me! *LOL* There are tons of patterns I want to learn for crochet!!! I want to do the little animals the Amugurimi or whatever the heck it's called, I may have just butchered that word!! *LOL* There are penguins and all kinds of goodness!! I think I will learn crochet first, but I tend to order a few books at once and just kind of line them up and have them handy, so I may get both kinds and then after taking a look see what seems easier first!

Thanks so much for your great advice. I will probably try and purchases these within the next couple months just depending!
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October 17th, 2008, 09:36 AM
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I love books too!!! But I love to preview them from the library sometimes first. I'm addicted to amigurumi's too.

I have amigurumi world seriously cute crochet by ana paula rimoli and this is a great beginner book for ami's. Then Mr Funky's super wonderful crochet I got this for .35 cents plus shipping off amazon and it is like new. Then next hardest would be Amigurumi super happy crochet cute by elisabeth doherty. I have these 3 and they are all good here are there blogs
http://amigurumipatterns.blogspot.com/

http://www.misterfunky.com/book.html

http://www.gourmetamigurumi.com/main.htm

On etsy

I just got 4 patterns on owlish
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5347491

3 patterns from getfun
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5512700

and I also like
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5157335

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=53493..._id=&page=1

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5162369

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=1690&..._id=&page=2

Blogs
http://cutesypoo.blogspot.com/

http://www.roxycraft.com/pattern_shop.htm

http://www.softiescentral.typepad.com/

Anyway I could go on and on lol!!!

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October 18th, 2008, 08:19 PM
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I bought my first crochet book today!!! I got the Happy Hooker book! I'm so excited!! I went to the bookstore and there were WAAAAY too many knit books it was overwhelming, but not as many crochet. There were about 6 I was interested in. I liked the Teach Yourself Visually one a lot, but this one had some GREAT patterns that I know for sure I'll make, so that swayed me. If it doesn't cover enough I'll get the other one later too! I plan on buying my yarn and crochet hooks early next month, just as soon as I finish my latch hook!
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October 19th, 2008, 07:22 AM
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I have that book too!!! I had to have it because I want to make the fat bottom bag. Maybe after I get all my christmas stuff done I can finally make something for myself. Good choice there are alot of neat patterns in it. I just wasn't sure if it was enough of a beginner book but I have heard people say they learned how from it.

You should sign up to join Raverly it is a knit and crochet community like JM but you share pic's of your projects and there are tons of forums and you can start your own . You can see all the projects people have done in the Happy Hooker or other books. I think it is down to 6 days to get your invite. I'm tjo9 over there too.



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October 19th, 2008, 09:23 AM
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I have that book too!!! I had to have it because I want to make the fat bottom bag. Maybe after I get all my christmas stuff done I can finally make something for myself. Good choice there are alot of neat patterns in it. I just wasn't sure if it was enough of a beginner book but I have heard people say they learned how from it.

You should sign up to join Raverly it is a knit and crochet community like JM but you share pic's of your projects and there are tons of forums and you can start your own . You can see all the projects people have done in the Happy Hooker or other books. I think it is down to 6 days to get your invite. I'm tjo9 over there too.



https://www.ravelry.com[/b]
I just heard about Raverly like a day or two ago on this very board actually!! I did sign up for an invite. So, hopefully I'll be on there soon!

I'm not sure if it's enough of a beginner book either. But, I have a chance to read it and try, and I know because of all the wonderful patterns I will still get a lot of use out of it in the long run! I want to make the cupcake shirt, the sweat pea shawl, there is a skirt in there I want to make, my husband was showing me those cute bunny slippers, etc. I know there is a bag in there I want to make too!

So, I'll see if it's good enough for a brand knewbie as far as explaining things. I hope so! You've already showed me some really helpful stuff though! Like those next stitch videos! If the book confuses me I can watch those!!! Wish me luck I am SO excited about this!!! I want to really read up on yarn and tools and pick my first project before I go to the craft store next month so I can get appropriate stuff.

I just got these beautiful wool croched longies for my little girl and I can't wait to start being able to do things myself for her!! http://hyenacart.com/SweetSeats/index.php?p=43509
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October 20th, 2008, 03:25 PM
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Oh those are so cute!!! Yep someday you will be making your own soakers !!! I learned how to tunisian crochet just from watching those next stitch video's . I think when you first are beginning getting used to holding the yarn and stuff is a little akward . But just watch the video's over and over and try to crochet along with it. That is what I did. I have heard good things about addi crochet hooks to but I have never tried them . Oh and I hold my hook like a pencil not a knife so I think that is why I like more of a ergonomic sp? hook. So you might like something different . I'm glad to see you are excited about it . There are alot of fun things make!!!
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