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Crochet...I could use a little help
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JennB
Posted 2009-01-03 2:25 AM (#18194)
Subject: Crochet...I could use a little help


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I know how to do a single and double stitch. I got Ashley a little kit for Christmas to make a hat and scarf using Granny Squares. I can follow the instructions ok except for getting started. Anyone here have more "clear" instructions on how to get started? I started with 4 chain stitches, loop them back around, then do 3 double stitches inside the loop, 3 chain stitches, and repeat 3 more times...but this next step I cannot seem to get to turn out "square". What am I missing?

 

I have crocheted for years but never anything more than a single or double stitches in straight lines. I'd love to be able to get a little more creative. I'm self taught so I have no clue how to read a pattern

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sew'nsew
Posted 2009-01-03 4:17 AM (#18200 - in reply to #18194)
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The 3 chain stitches are the corners of your square, although it won't be truly square. You should have 4 sets of 3 chain stitches and 4 sets of 3 double crochets. Is that correct? Then your next round you should be making in each 'corner', 3 double crochet - 3 chain stitches (the corner again) - 3 double crochet. Does that sound right?
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MsMeow
Posted 2009-01-03 8:30 AM (#18207 - in reply to #18194)
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Jenn, it gets square as you work on it. The first round usually doesn't look like much! Rhonda is right...the chains are the corners and will have more DCs and chains worked into them.
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delia
Posted 2009-01-10 10:40 PM (#18828 - in reply to #18194)
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Jenn, I am self-taught as well. I got a "Learn to Crochet" book by Leisure Arts for pretty cheap at Wal-Mart and it was pretty all-encompassing. In my 1st year, I completed about 5 afghans and several pairs of booties with hats and even a baby sweater. I'd recommend it. Check your library. Sorry I couldn't be more help. I'm no good at explaining these things. :-\
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JennB
Posted 2009-01-12 8:17 AM (#18894 - in reply to #18828)
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lol I understand Delia--I'm a visual learner so reading from books on this type of thing isn't the easiest way for me to learn but I'm still trying :)
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Jess
Posted 2009-01-12 12:37 PM (#18921 - in reply to #18894)
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Hi Jenn -

I have the best Crocheting book that helps visual learners. It shows pictures of all of the techniques in the front, for both left and right handed people. Now, if I could just remember what it is called. This series of books also has quilting, knitting, and other crafting books. They are great learning tools. Hmmm.... It is still packed away and of course pregnancy brain won't let me remember the name....

Okay, I googled it and found it on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Donna-Koolers-Encyclopedia-Crochet/dp/1574862820

Seriously, this one is great. It really teaches you how to read patterns and shows you how to do the different techniques. I know they have these books at Barnes and Nobles and Joann's.

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Hounddog
Posted 2009-01-12 5:53 PM (#18981 - in reply to #18194)
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http://www.crochetnmore.com/123basics.htm This is a wonderful site for beginners and oldsters too Darlene
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