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Subject: Wanting to learn
Date Posted: 12/16/2007 6:16 AM ET
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Croqueting (sp?) or knitting, is there a difference? which is easier to learn and is it an expessive hobby? I would love to make afagans for my mom, 2 aunts and grandpa for christmas next year, or is this an unrealistic goal for somebody who has no idea what she's doing?

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 7:08 PM ET
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Crocheting is easier than knitting. Both can be expensive, but don't have to be if you use inexpensive yarns. There are tons of free patterns on the net. But don't think knitting is that hard - it isn't, but learning it requires a little more practice because 2 needles are used instead of a single hook.  I think it's entirely do-able to crochet 4 afghans over the course of a year. If you have more questions, let me know!

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 1:33 AM ET
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What is the best way to start? I mean I've read that there a different sizes and styles of needles. So I just go into my craft store and get a needle, some yarn and then have at it? or is there a bit more to it?

Date Posted: 12/19/2007 5:06 PM ET
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My mother taught me to knit, bu I taught myself to crochet.  I used a book called Teahch Yourself Visually - Knitting and Crocheting.  It was really great.  Nice pictures of every step.  I have also used it when I have a question about a knit stitch and Mom isn't around.


Date Posted: 12/24/2007 8:03 PM ET
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There are teach yourself to knit/crochet kits you can buy at crafts stores like michael's and a.c. moore that include instructions and the basic sizes of needles/hooks. Youtube also has several good videos showing you the basics. PM me if you want other suggestions.

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 10:40 AM ET
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I just taught myself to knit 3 months ago. I used the book "Idiots guide to knitting and crocheting". I got size 10 needles and picked up the cheapest yarn they had to practice with.

  I have only knitted bookmarks and 2 scarves so far. I haven't gotten into the harder things yet. I thought knitting would be hard but it really doesn't seem to be.  I am planning on learning how to crochet too, since my grandmother taught me a little when i was younger.

As for the expense, i go to Michaels to get my yarn and they always have some on sale.  I haven't ventured to any of the actual stores that just have knitting or crochet supplies because i know those probably have the really expensive yarn.  For beginning though i would stick with the inexpensive yarn.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 10:17 PM ET
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Walmart has cheaper yarn and supplies.  Also try Big Lots and Thrift shops and Dollar Stores for yarn very cheap.  Especially Goodwill.  Also go to KnittingHelp.com great free videos!!!