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I appear to have taken up crochet. I wanted to learn how to do it mostly because there are certain knitting techniques that require a bit of crochet, but I'm enjoying it in its own right, though I have to say that I prefer the look of knitted fabric. On the other hand, it is great for mats and the like - I'm making a set of placemats for a friend at the moment.

I found it easy to pick up - I basically taught myself with the aid of Simply Crochet magazine's recent special "Granny Square Collection" (our local newsagent is great...), and some youTube videos. Occasionally I found the patterns a bit confusing, but I figured it out quickly enough, and the advantage of crochet over knitting is that the fabric grows quickly enough that pulling back and redoing is much less soul destroying.

I found cotton yarn MUCH easier to work with than wool, in direct contrast to knitting.

Side note: it is important to realise that US and UK terminology is completely different, much more so than in knitting, where the differences at least don't create ambiguity. Crochet is another matter. A UK double crochet is a US single crochet, and a UK treble is a US double, etc. This could lead to fairly serious confusion....(actually, to be honest, I think the US terms are more logical, but that's by the by)

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Date: 2016-08-15 08:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] serriadh
Crochet is one of those things I'd like to take up, but I'm waiting for an 'excuse'. My sister is hoping to be pregnant soon, and my sister-in-law is, I think, considering the same thing, so I'm hoping to be able to start on baby blankets before too long. I'm pleased to hear you can teach yourself granny squares, because they look so beautiful.


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