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Subject: Trying to crochet
Date Posted: 2/17/2008 9:55 PM ET
Member Since: 2/19/2007
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I am teaching myself. I have a question. I have thick yarn and thin yarn and also think and thin hooks..Should thin go with thin and thick with thick or does it matter.

Also anyone have any advise. Like things you wish you would have know before you started..

Thanks

Date Posted: 2/18/2008 9:10 AM ET
Member Since: 7/22/2007
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Catherine---since your just starting, I would suggest a large hook with either yarn.  Your first few attempts will be practice pieces.  I would use the cheapest yarn and attempt numerous stitches.  Welcome to the wonderful world of crochet..........It's very relaxing

Subject: crochet site
Date Posted: 2/21/2008 10:00 PM ET
Member Since: 6/1/2005
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Here's a link to a great site for beginners. Lots of friendly  people to ask for advice.

http://crochetme.com/

Subject: crocheting
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 11:49 AM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2007
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I agree with the larger needle and thread.  For cheap thread try a dollar store.  Sometimes they have yarn.  Also try the sale bins at large hobby stores.  It is fun and if you put in beginner crochet sites in a google search, you find some good sites.

enjoy and don't stress - it's meant to be perfect, just pretty in the eye of the crocheter.

Frances

Subject: Trying to crochet
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 7:00 AM ET
Member Since: 8/31/2007
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Hi, I have been crochet ng since I was 9 years old and that's a long time ago.  I also collect crochet books and have more than 100, including many, many vintage.

The smaller steel crochet hooks (numbers 00, being larger),  through 10, being smaller)  are used for thread projects, such as making doilies. 

The larger hooks usually have letters such as E through K and are used for yarn projects such as afghans, generally speaking the thicker the yarn, the larger the needle.  These hooks run the opposite with E being smaller and K being larger.

You are right in thinking that the needle size is usually decided by the yarn size but patterns always tell you what size needle to use, as well as what type yarn.  When you are more experienced, you may want to experiment...example, the larger the hook, the looser the stitches.  The important thing is to keep your stitches uniform.

I hope this has been helpful and that I haven't bogged you down with too much tedious info, but please feel free to PM if I can help.

Subject: Crochet
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 3:52 PM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2007
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You might want to start with a Granny Square - these are easy and you can just keep on going with it and make it as large as you want.  Or, make small ones and join them.  I made a really large one and it is a pretty throw.

Most any beginner book will have this and also youtube has some good instructional videos on crochet and knitting.

Frances