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Learn to Crochet on Squidoo

Updated on May 1, 2013

You can Crochet. Learn it Here on Squidoo.

Yes, it is an art.

I love to knit. It is very relaxing and I have done this craft for years, even written a lot about the journey, written and published, and sold patterns. But now I'm re-learning to crochet. What an awesome art. I'm excited to learn something new, or re-learn a craft I did as a child. It came back so natural I surprised myself, and my very artsy sister!!

Below is my first crochet piece in probably 35 years. The Christening dress, and the hat is the 2nd piece. Better pictures forthcoming.

Several Squidoo writers feature crocheting articles (lenses) click here to see 5 of them that I featured.

Baby Christening Dress
Baby Christening Dress

Learn to crochet.

I didn't write the book, or the pattern or the step-by-step.

As you browse through this article you will realize that it wasn't necessary to write the how-to for crochet, because all the experts are right here on Squidoo.

Who wants to reinvent the wheel,

so to speak?

Or who would re-write what is already documented?

So here I scribe my journey,

as I am re-introducing myself to crochet,

using Squidoo, YouTube videos

and many FREE patterns.

The Christening Gown is shown step-by-step in three videos below. Here's the link.

I believe I made this in about 9 or 10 hours, which includes taking it out and restarting several times. I attempted to knit a dress with the same yarn and took it out 7 times before finding this pattern on YouTube to crochet.

Taking crochet pattern with me on my Kindle

Kindle Fire crochet pattern and yarn.
Kindle Fire crochet pattern and yarn.

Learn to Crochet anywhere, and with any technology. - Even books Several available on Kindle.

There are so many books on Crochet. Sometimes, I'd rather have a book at my side to page through rather than the laptop balanced on the arm of the sofa. Other times I have my Kindle Fire at my side paging through instructions. If I'm in the car, I have my iPhone tuned in to YouTube looking at the next step of the instructions.

Learn to crochet and make this baby sweater. - Super Simple! And FREE!

A video in 5 parts. And the link to a printed pattern. All Free!

Here's the link to the free pattern written by "Cats Rocking Cradle."

Cat's one-piece wonder-sweater. Infant - to 3 months.

Crochet a Christening, Baptism, Baby Dedication Dress.

This is a great example of a step-by-step video instruction on Crochet. 3 videos, she really talks you through each step,and speeds up through the tedious repetitive rows. Some slow-motion features for specific steps also.

Video One, Two and Three below.

This is an art that used to be taught in girl scouts and campfire girls clubs. Don't know if they still learn these crafts, but it is an awesome way to get those creative juices flowing in young people.

Below is the beginning of a pink dress, using a similar pattern to the crochet Christening Dress in the video. I'm improvising, already.

Have you considered learning crochet? - Tell me who taught you if you know how already.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I learned to do a square as a child but that's it for me.

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      Lemming13 4 years ago

      I'm already a keen crocheter, my mum and gran taught me many years ago; I envy anyone learning now, with all the super tutorials online to help, and the wonderful patterns you can get for free.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My mum taught me knitting when I was 8 and crochet when I was 10. I prefer knitting, but I find that crochet is faster, so when I'm crunched for time, I choose projects that are crocheted and save the knitting for long-term or more intricate projects.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      A very good video.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      My mom tried teaching me when I was young but I didn't learn until 1999 when I took a couple classes.

    Make a Clever Crochet Hat Watching a Video

    Crochet, pause, crochet, pause. Watch the video step-by-step and learn to crochet online.

    Quick Picture of JJ Crochet Free Hat Pattern

    Quick Picture of JJ Crochet Free Hat Pattern
    Quick Picture of JJ Crochet Free Hat Pattern

    Beginning of a pink dress using the same pattern as the Christening dress.

    Beginning of a pink dress using the same pattern as the Christening dress.
    Beginning of a pink dress using the same pattern as the Christening dress.
    Crochet Needle and Yarn
    Crochet Needle and Yarn

    Here's how to get started.

    Cook Time

    Prep Time: Hours of enjoyment.

    Total Time: Depends on your skill level.

    Serves: Any number of people.

    Ingredients

    • Crochet needle recommended size in pattern.
    • Yarn any color but recommended size.
    • Time on your hands.
    • Patience to take out and start again.
    • Nimble fingers.
    • YouTube video of step-by-step procedures
    • A "Crochet Coach" like my sister.

    Instructions

    1. My sister crochets and knits. She's an awesome seamstress too. You may want to check out her Squidoo pages and start following her, she's new to Squidoo Summer 2012.
    2. http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Barbara2659
    Cast your vote for Recipe for crochet.

    What's so hard about crocheting?

    There are several steps to learning to crochet. You'll find yourself tangled in yarn, chasing the ball rolling away from you, your pets getting involved, forgetting where you were when you're rudely interrupted by life, etc.

    What are some of the frustrations you've experienced while learning to crochet?

    What annoys you the most about crocheting?

    See results

    Please visit the lensmasters featured above to see more step-by-step instruction. Enjoy!!

    Crocheting can be relaxing or frustrating. - What's your take?

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        I've always loved crocheted creations and marvel at the work I see but for me it would be more frustrating than relaxing....maybe one day!

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        bikerministry 4 years ago

        @MartieG: Oh - you are going to enjoy the Kindle Fire for sure. I love having my patterns handy that handy! Thank you for reading and commenting here. I appreciate your sincere feedback.

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        bikerministry 4 years ago

        @Lemming13: Great idea making you own toy designs - do you share the patterns?

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        MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

        I am a novice with yarn but am learning to really enjoy crocheting---I was a real dud at knitting :>)

        Just got a new Kindle Fire so I will definitely look for some easy patterns- thanks for the tip!

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        Lemming13 4 years ago

        Relaxing and fun; I'm a slow knitter, but crochet just flies along. And I love making my own toy designs.

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        bikerministry 4 years ago

        @purpleslug: Appreciate the look. Do a search and find YouTube videos that teach crochet. I've learned so much there!!

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        bikerministry 4 years ago

        @LisaAuch1: Quiet and peaceful. I alternate between weaving, knitting and crocheting. Thanks for the comment. My granddaughter likes watching me make things, too.

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        bikerministry 4 years ago

        @MomwithAHook LM: Crocheting is relaxing, and easier to learn than knitting - half the needles!!

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        bikerministry 4 years ago

        @Aster56: Thank you. The Christening gown will be used in about 3 weeks. We're so excited. I enjoy crocheting, because it is much faster or seems so.

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        purpleslug 5 years ago

        Crocheting would be relaxing for me if I could get it figured out.

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        Aster56 5 years ago

        Great lens. The christening gown is so beautiful. I liked it. Crocheting is so relaxing. I learn't it by watching my mom. I am not an expert but would love to master this art.

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        Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

        I enjoy crocheting - for me it can be both frustrating and relaxing - really depends on what I'm working on.

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        Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

        I love crocheting! I started when I was looking after my brother who was ill, and needed 24 hour care by his bedside, I took up crocheting as it was Quiet and peaceful, (apparently the clicking of the laptop keyboard annoyed him.....lol) I especially love making little silly things for my niece who just loves all my creations!