Need help from crocheters!!

United States
October 26, 2008 12:42pm CST
Ok, so I want to learn how to do this. My mom tried to teach me a million times, but I just didn't have the patience for it. As an adult I am hoping I can do it. I see so many pretty hats and thing's I want to make for my little girl. I am completely confused by this whole process. For instance I am trying to find out what kind of hooks I need. Some patterns say a 7 or a 8 or a 9, and then other patterns say a N or a Q...are the number hooks and letter hooks the same thing and some patterns just list them as numbers and other patterns as letters or are they totally different hooks? I hate to go out and spend a thousand dollars on hooks that I will never use. Which hooks are the most popular? And what's a good starting project? I want to make a beanie type hat, but should I start with something smaller?? And what the heck does dc, hdc, tr, sc, sl, st and dec mean?? I feel like I have to learn a whole new language LOL.. Any help..advice would be greatly appreciated. Phew...I feel better now that I got all that out :D
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• Turkey
26 Oct 08
Cool! I have some crochet needles that I haven't been using. Just let me know what you need and I'll see if I have them to give you. As for the numbers and lettered needles, if I'm not mistaken they are diffrent sizes. If they list a number and a letter crochet needle for a certain pattern, then I think you can choose between them. Personally, I never went by that and I always just use the needle that I am most comfortable with. As for the abbreviations, they are abbreviations for certain types of stitches. I know that DC stands for a double crochet, HDC I think stands for hooked double crochet and SC stands for single crochet. Those are the only ones that I know of unfortunately. I'm not sure about the other ones really but I hope that I was of some help to you at least cuz LOL...
• United States
27 Oct 08
Hey cuz! Thanks I will let you know when I find a pattern simple enough to do and see if you have one to lend. I am going to follow the good advice given and find a simple pattern before I venture into anything complicated. I am itching to do some wonderful things for the little one, but I guess I will have to take is slow and easy :) Thanks for the help. Hugs!
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• Turkey
27 Oct 08
Cool! Yes, I think starting off with some simple first, is a great idea. I can't wait to see how it turns out!!! Love ya cuz!
@nancygibson (3737)
• France
26 Oct 08
Are you a member of Ravelry? The learn to crochet forums there are fantastic, so helpful, and there is usually a swap going on where you can trade for any hooks or supplies you havent got already. I really recommend joining Ravelry (its all free, you just have to wait a day or so to get your password through once you sign up), I've learnt so much there and people are really friendly
• United States
27 Oct 08
I've heard of Raverly, but I thought it was an exclusive kind of group. Someone told me you need an invite from a member of good standing or something like that. I will head on over there and have a look. Thanks so much for the post and advice.