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#1 of 11 Old 01-15-2007, 05:15 PM - Thread Starter
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I have tried to teach myself to crochet a couple times. I got 2 seperate books and each time I couldn't get passed one or 2 rows. Is there an easier way to learn.

Should I try to learn knitting? is that easier?
Are there any good videos. Some advice would be great.

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I do both, and I don't think knitting is easier. However, it's a personal thing - some people find one easier, some the other.

If you haven't already, try the Knitting in Plain English and Crocheting in Plain English books. They're the best!

Another tip: do a search on Google for crocheting and knitting how-to videos. That helps a lot. There are some for knitting on

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I for the life of me cannot crochet. I can however knit. I can do a row of crochet and by the time I am halfway through the second row it's soo tight and curled up I can no longer crochet into it. yeah, it's tough.

I prefer knitting. I say try your hand at it. You may have an easier time with it!

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well... I learned to crochet first, when I was like 7. And I learned to knit a few years ago. Maybe it's just because I learned crocheting first, but I think it's easier than knitting. With crocheting, you only have one stitch on your hook at a time, so it's much easier to pull back a few stitches and fix a mistake. When you're knitting, you generally have all the stitches in a row on the needles at once, and if you made a mistake or one of them slips off, it can be a pain to try and fix. So, what happens after your first 2 rows of crocheting? Maybe we can help if you tell us what the problem is. I don't know of any good crocheting websites, but if you decide you want to try knitting, has free videos you can download and watch.

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I like crocheting MUCH better then knitting.

My husband used to like to knit, but then I taught him how to crochet (with the help of a tequila sour) and he prefers crochetting now.

Video or learning from someone is much easier for me then trying to figure out crochetting from a book, even when it is just a new stitch or pattern.
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the klutz book/kit on how to crochet explains it very clearly. I tested it out when i was learning to crochet. I have a hard time knitting, just because I learned to crochet first. The lightbulb for me with crochet was to keep my work loose, cause trying to cram a hook into a too tight stitch is really frustraing
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I think it's better to learn crochet first, and then move on to knitting.
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I learned to crochet first, then knit a year later. I found the most useful books to be Kids Crochet! and Kids Knit!
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I am a lifelong crocheter (well, darn near!) and I am very much a partisan when it comes to my chosen needlecraft...but if you can't get the hang of crocheting, by all means try knitting. There are a lot of people out there who cannot for the life of them get the hang of one but take to the other like a fish to water. It took me years of trying to learn how to knit.

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Thing about knitting for me (and the reason I can't seem to get crocheting) is that there's a stick holding all the loops in place. There's never a question about which part of the loop I'm supposed to use, because it's *right* there with a stick through it.
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I say stick with the crochet. The first 3 rows are the hardest once you hit the fourth row it's smooth sailing. You may find crocheting in rounds or squares easier.

I actually learned to knit first but could never do much beyond a garter stitch scarves b/c I can't keep track or follow a pattern. I couldn't even do a decent stockinget b/c I would purl two rows in a row, or forget and switch from purl to knit in the middle of a row.

I took up crochet in highschool and found it very intuitive and can do things that amaze others who then ask what pattern I'm using and I explain I can't follow one.

I just recently (as in last week) took up loom knitting which so far seems to combine may of both skills. I'm currently working on a sweater for DS that I designed on graph paper.

When you can both knit and crochet you can combine them.

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