Can Crocheting Be Learned Online?

@Icey88 (59)
United States
September 14, 2010 8:59pm CST
I'm a hands-on kind of person, but I don't have anyone to be able to show me how to crochet. I would LOVE to learn so I was wondering if it could be done and effectively, not half-a**ed done :). My grandmother tried teaching me when I was a little kiddo, I got one line done and I made it about 20 feet worth, but I never excelled past there and now, I'm 22 and have already forgotten that much. I'd ask my grandmother, but I live 3.5 hours away and unless she can explain it to me over the phone and maybe some materials, then I'm out of luck. So, I was wondering if this is a skill that must be taught in person or if it could be learned and learned WELL online? If anyone knows, this would be a GREAT help to me!
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@Iequate2 (280)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Hello Icey88, I learned how to crochet years ago. I first learned by a sheet of paper with written directions and pictures. Later, my mother taught me / showed how to make an Afghan. Check YouTube. Sometimes you can find how to do anything. Also, some craft shops teach classes. It is not hard. You can learn with practice. I think that knitting is more difficult in my opinion.
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@Icey88 (59)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Well, the reason I also asked about online is there is no way for me to get to any type of classes. I live in the woods w/o a vehicle.
• United States
15 Sep 10
I learned to knit from online videos and books. Crochet is no different. Lion brand yarn has a great site where you can learn. learntocrochet.lionbrand.com not to mention you can find out how to learn how to do just about anything on You Tube. Good luck, crocheting is a great hobby.
@Icey88 (59)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Thanks, this is the kind of post I was looking for. Someone who has gone through it :) Now to see how much materials may be.
• United States
16 Sep 10
a hook and a skein can be purchased at some dollar stores or Walmart
@Icey88 (59)
• United States
17 Sep 10
thanks :)
• United States
15 Sep 10
I just used the myLot toolbar and you will be amazed as to how many websites can teach how to crochet. So go ahead and do the same and I am sure you can find several for free. There was one called crochet.com which teaches basics. Good luck and maybe you can learn before the holiday season and send something nice to grandmother, this should be a nice surprise for her.
@Icey88 (59)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Thanks, I was just curious how effective they were at actually teaching you though.
• United States
15 Sep 10
I would imagine you could go to you tube as well and get a clear picture as to how to learn the basics as well. Good Luck!
@Icey88 (59)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Thanks :)
• United States
18 Sep 10
I'm really revved up what I know to do by watching the online tutorials on youtube. I like you was taught at a young age but didn't get further than a chain stitch. I used to make chains out of skeins of yarn and use the whole skein, unravel it and start all over again. But I could never catch onto the second row. But I would say in the last 5 or so years I've put more energy into learning it and I'm getting better and better with every project. I highly recommend the art of crochet by teresa on youtube. GL & feel free to post your first finished project.
@Icey88 (59)
• United States
19 Sep 10
Thanks so much for the recommendation.. I'm gonna see if maybe someone could "donate" any extra stuff like yawn or the hook(s). I don't get to leave the house usually except once a month. And not a lot of money at the moment, someone said I might be able to get them at the dollar store, but its been over a year since the last time I've gotten to go to a dollar store.
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
15 Sep 10
I am sure it can, if you use a video tutorial. I am sure there are tons out there, and a lot of tutorials that are free and available on Youtube for instance are really good these days!
@Icey88 (59)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Thanks :)
@ErinDG (5)
• United States
21 Aug 11
It ABSOLUTELY can be done! I started off by watching videos on YouTube, and within 30 minutes, the chain and stitches were in my head for life, and about an hour after that I had a beautiful crochet butterfly in my hand, and crochet has been a HUGE part of my life ever since!!! Learning to crochet online is actually alot faster and easier than trying to learn from someone else, because you can actually see the construction of each stitch, and not just the movement of the hook and yarn. I'll post a few of my favorite crochet tutorial channels from YouTube when I get a chance. (especially the butterflies!!!)
@khithi17 (763)
• Philippines
27 Feb 11
Yes, It's possible. I learned a lot about crocheting from the internet. before, I only know how to make a chain. but then as i searched and joined crochet forums. I eventually learned a whole lot of stuff and now i have an online store which sells crocheted baby booties and pouches. hahahah. so I must say that the internet had been very helpfull in my learning of crochet techniques.
• United States
22 Feb 11
I have learnt how to do many stitches online. Sometimes the written word is just to confussing or the pictures aren't clear enough. I have found that u tube is a great source for crochet stitches and many other things. It is much easier to learn by having a visual source.
@venshida (4839)
• United States
1 Nov 10
Yes, it can. There are so many good sites out there. I am a visual person so I am thinking Youtube would be a better alternative just input learn to crochet and you will find some nice tutorials.