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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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Am I brave enough for this pattern? ETA: The alternative is Haruni, but I think that is too difficult, especially as I have no idea about provisional cast ons.

(Also, I need a knitting icon...
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How exactly do I join in the round? M. tried to show me the magic loop, but I don't think I can remember it...
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On a happier note, Philologist showed me how to finish off knitting, so I have completed a scarf! I think I'll get some slightly less chunky wool for the next one, though I'm not going to try anything more ambitious just yet, as that way I can get another scarf done as a birthday/ Mother's Day present (I am suffering from present buying cluelessness, though hopefully HMV will get the new St Albans Choir CD by the end of the week, and Dad can have that).
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Psst! If you like humourous, if slightly cracky, Star Trek fic, or knitting, you absolutely must go read Heel Turn".

Yes, I said "knitting".

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