Monday, 27 February 2012

'Videos' Tab Added and Updated

I've added a selection of wonderful videos from Teresa at Crochet Geek in the Videos Tab at the top of this page. 

I have found her simple explanations really helpful and hope you can use them too, they include:
  • How to attach a slipknot to the crochet hook (see above video).
  • How to make the crochet chain.
  • How to make the single crochet.
  • How to make the half double crochet.
  • How to make the double crochet.

She also has a section especially for those who are left handed, just click on the Videos Tab for more information.

If you have any suggestions of books, websites or shops please let me know and I will be happy to add them to the Blog.

Have a good day!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Welcome to the 'Teach Me How To Crochet' Blog

Hello, my name is Jane and I've been learning how to crochet, improving from beginner, through to being able to follow more complicated patterns confidently, over the last couple of years or so. 

I've been having lots of fun along the way, and have learned many techniques and stitches, which I would like to pass on to you here, and for me to keep together in one place!

If you want to learn to crochet with me, as I'm still learning every day, please join me on this journey into the land of yarn, colour, stitches, and so much more!

So, to start with, I want to suggest a book called 'The Crochet Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face, Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask' by Edie Eckman. It was suggested to me near the beginning of my crochet endeavours, and has been an excellent source of information, with easy-to-understand diagrams. 

It is full of information you'll need to get started, and continue with a project if you get stuck in any way. My copy has been invaluable, and is well-thumbed!. You can find it on Amazon HERE.

Secondly, I discovered that there are two ways of reading/writing patterns - the US way and the UK way. Although I am from England I must say that I prefer using the US way as it seems less complicated, also the hooks are described in US, UK and Metric terms. I have been using the Metric way, as all my hooks have millimeters on them.

The tabs at the top of this page for 'Learn New Stitches' etc, will have links to my favourite places to learn about stitches, and of course a selection of really useful and interesting books and patterns, more will be added as time goes on.

I hope that we can have fun together, and that if you have any questions or comments you are most welcome to send them to me HERE, or leave a comment below.

You can also find me in all of these locations on the internet, so please feel free to pop on by. I look forward to seeing you there!

Finally, for inspiration, I have collected a huge assortment of pictures and links to fabulous crocheted items in my Pinterest folder 'Crochet Pattern Design'.

I also have a Flickr Group called 'Groovy Pumpkin's Crochet Group', where you may add photos of your own handmade crocheted creations to.

Until next time, take care and happy hooking!