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The Art Of Crochet, Moving Thread Or Yarn Into Beautiful Shapes!
The Fluid Movement of Crochet - You Can Achieve It!
Maybe you've thought about learning to crochet and it just seemed too scary. Or maybe you've tried it but the darned hook just won't cooperate! Crocheting becomes fun when you achieve a fluid movement that becomes second nature. When you're sitting watching TV or having a conversation with someone while crocheting, you're there in the fluid movement zone. It's all about training your hands to do the motions effortlessly. You're not going to get there in a day or a week. Just like learning to drive a car, flip a pancake, thread a needle, or type, it takes practice, and lots of it! But the reward is so worth it.
In this article we're going to talk about two different things relating to the movement called Crochet. First, for people who are already crocheting with yarn and want to move down to working with thread, I'll offer a few suggestions on how to do that.
Secondly, for beginners who have always wanted to learn to crochet, I'll offer a large selection of video tutorials on YouTube. For some of us who are visual learners, video is more helpful than a book. It's the next best thing to having someone sit there and teach you!
If you are wanting to "hook up" with other crocheters, I'll offer a few suggestions for online groups you can join. There, you can ask your questions, show off your latest masterpiece, or just chat with people with whom you have this amazing hobby in common! You can even join my own crochet group on Yahoo if you want to!
If you're an experienced crocheter, think about finding a way to pass on your craft to someone!
Whatever your skill level, I wish you happy crocheting! -Sheila
Are You A Threadie... A Yarnie... Or Both?
What You Will Need
To crochet requires two things: A crochet hook in the right size for the yarn you are using, and of course yarn. Again I highly recommend using a very basic yarn such as Peaches n' Cream or Sugar n' Cream yarn in 100% cotton. Both are readily available anywhere and yarn doesn't get any more basic than 100% smooth cotton. You have years to play with all those pretty fancy yarns out there, but right now they're not the best for learning. You need to see your stitches clearly and the cotton is perfect for that.
Your crochet hook is equally important. I recommend you try the Clover Soft Touch line of hooks. They're so easy and balanced to hold in your hand and prevent a lot of hand fatigue. For your cotton yarn, I'd recommend you start with size H (US). You can get your hook right now in the module just below, or they are available in many yarn and craft stores.
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A Word About Yarn Selection...
When you are first learning to crochet, the simpler the thread or yarn, the better. For yarn, I recommend any of the Peaches n' Cream or or Sugar & Cream cotton yarns. They're cheap, they come in tons of colors, and yarn doesn't get any more basic. Lots of time for those fancy fluffy yarns later!
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The Most Important Thing
If you're frustrated trying to learn to crochet, don't give up!! It's a matter of your brain teaching your hands what to do, just like you taught your legs and arms how to ride a bike! The only way to train your hands is by repetitive practice. Start by making a huge long chain, then learn the single crochet stitch and work that on your whole long chain. You'll be doing patterns in no time, just be patient and master the basic movements first!
Here's My Book Pick On Amazon! - I'm Buying This One!
In this book, author Kathryn Vercillo tells quite an amazing story of how Crocheting saved her life! Here is the book's write-up from Amazon...
Crochet saves lives. It saved mine.
In the worst throes of depression I found myself sobbing on the bathroom floor, the tip of a kitchen knife pointed into my wrist. I was aching to break the flesh and bring the pain to an end. Through sheer force of will, I pried my own desperate hands open and replaced the knife with a crochet hook. Then I crocheted to save my life.
In this book, you will get to know me through my story of depression and healing. And you will get to know other women as well. You will meet Aurore who crochets to stay in touch with reality as she deals with ongoing psychiatric hallucinations. You will meet Laurie who made a new life with crochet after years of a life filled with abuse. You will meet Tammy whose crochet helps her with the ups and downs of living with Chronic Lyme Disease. You will meet Liza who crochets through the anxiety of having temporary bouts of blindness caused by an undiagnosed health condition.
Here are some of the things you will hear them say:
"When I crochet I don't think about how my body is now broken; I think about how I can create something beautiful and useful with my hook and either yarn or thread." -Vicki
"When I'm anxious, I feel like a hollow hull. Crocheting helps fill up the void." - Aurore
"I couldn't pay for therapy, but a few balls of crochet thread cost less than $20 and provided me with many hours of crochet." - M.K.
"The feeling of the yarn and the rhythmic motions produced by crocheting are very quieting and help me regroup, recharge and become reconnected to my inner self amidst turmoil and confusion." - Aimee
"Crochet helps me put my pain on the back burner for a while. It takes my focus away from how I'm feeling and puts it in a more productive place". - Shelli
The two dozen women whose stories are shared in this book are the women who hook to heal. We are not alone. Studies shows that crocheters are numerous; research and anecdotal evidence show that people of all ages, from all walks of life, with all types of health conditions may find healing through their hooks and yarn. Join us on our journey.
Links To Some Of My Favorite Crochet Places!
- My Own Crochet Group!
You're welcome to join in, have a cup of coffee, and always be the very first to hear about my new patterns!
- Crochet Partners
An awesome huge crochet group that I belong to. Anyone from crochet professionals to beginning crocheters hangs out there.
- Crochet Guild of America
Join the premier national Crochet organization for invaluable networking and other opportunities! Membership includes a great crochet magazine subscription. I'm a proud member.
- Crochet Pattern Central
Awesome index of free crochet patterns on the web. You'll find anything and everything there.
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How To Transition From Yarn All The Way Down To Sewing Thread Easily!
Do you gaze longingly at those pretty thread crochet doilies, scarves, even tablecloths and bedspreads? Well, you can master the art of thread crochet! It's simply a matter of training your hands to do the same movements, just on a smaller scale!
The most popular method to change from yarn to thread is the gradual one. If you're used to using worsted weight yarn with a size H hook, pick up a ball of size 3 crochet thread (such as DMC's Senso, or Aunt Lydia's Bamboo) and a size E or F hook. Try crocheting a simple swatch of rows of single crochet with it. Once you are very comfortable with the size 3 thread, it's time to move on down a notch. Get yourself a Clover Soft Hook in size 0 (don't worry, that's the biggest thread hook size!) and some cotton 6-strand embroidery floss. Crochet up a little swatch with that.
Once you are totally comfortable, it's time to move down to a size 7 hook and regular #10 crochet thread. I recommend DMC's Traditions or if you like a softer feel, try America's Best crochet cotton. Make a good size sample swatch with that. All the usual things in yarn crochet apply, like making your stitches firm but not too tight.
If eyesight is an issue for you, as it is for me, make sure you have a very good daylight lamp to work by. The Ott lights are considered the best. Below I've picked out a good, affordable one for you.
Are you doing it? Are you actually doing thread crochet? I knew you could!
Now if you want to get totally crazy... get yourself a size 9 or 10 hook and pick out several colors of sewing thread you like... tie a knot with 5 strands held together and crochet a swatch with that! Helpful hint - keep all the spools separated so they don't tangle up! I use this technique often when crocheting tiny flowers or ornaments. You can't always find the exact color you want in crochet thread, but it's a sure bet you can find something in sewing thread or even embroidery floss!
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