I’m Hooked On Crochet

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Origins of Crochet... There are indeed more and more people getting hooked into this hobby.  But do you know where this hobby actually started and when? There are a number of articles released talking about the history of this not-so-easy-to-learn needle craft.

But almost all of those do not exactly say when crocheting actually began. It might really be difficult to trace back the roots of this hobby.

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However, there are some researches that suggest that crochet must have developed from Chinese needlework and reached Europe in 1700s. But many still believe the possibility of it being started as early as the 1500s. It seems likely that the earliest crochet was made using fingers rather than hooks. 

Some say shepherds were the first to crochet using bits of wool shed by sheep to make “threads” or (yarn).  Twigs and small branches were fashioned into “hooks” so they could make things to keep themselves warm while out in the fields.  Could  crochet really be over 2000 years old?? Many theorize that knitted and crochet items survived in the early period of imperialism.

Many communities in this era used this kind of industry as their main source of living.  The crocheted and knitted products were  mostly purchased by the middle class society.

 

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But no matter when and where crochet started, it is still making its name again in the arts and crafts scene and gaining fame to most people all over the world.

Crocheting is now coming back as a great hobby for most women especially those who are just staying at home. There are thousands of different things that can be done with crocheting that hobbyists can make themselves busy with for quite a period of time.
Learning to crochet will give you a lifetime of  pleasure and relaxation.  You can learn to create handmade items for yourself and the people you love.  When you give a loving crocheted gift,  part of  you goes into it. 
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Your time,  talent, the yarn and color you select-even the thoughts and feelings you have as you work   are  part of your gift.
But before you run out and buy your crocheting supplies decide what you want to crochet first.
According to the item you choose, you will need different size needles and yarn weight. All this information is with the patterns and you will see just how easy it is to achieve your goal of crocheting …   your first work of art.
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You will be crocheting from toys to sweaters in no time. There are so many different items you can crochet. There are snowflakes for the Christmas tree,  sweaters for your best friend, and house slippers for every member of your family.
You can even learn to crochet baby bibs,blankets, and outfits.No matter what you choose to crochet you will find everything you need on the internet !  No need to leave the house. Some websites provides you all the supplies for crocheting and knitting with just a click of your mouse.
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Crochetinghas numerous beneficial qualities.  Here are just a few of them:Frazzled Nerves. If you’re one of those people who can’t stand to be idle,  crocheting  is a wonderful way to let your body get a bit of rest and not  feel like you’re wasting time. 
If your family is always clamoring for you to sit down and watch a TV show or special movie at night,  go ahead,  but bring along your hook and yarn.
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New Mermaid Costume Size Charts!
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Keep these Cheat Sheets for the Crocheter on hand to find easy tips, short cuts, and ideas for the one who loves to crochet or the one who wants to learn!
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When you are crocheting the focus that you need to create something takes your mind off the bazillion little things hollering for your attention and gives your brain some much-needed downtime.
Psychological Studies that have been done on the benefits of crocheting is the satisfaction when you complete your design and can look at it and say, “I created this myself.”
Crocheting has helped with arthritis as it is a form of physical therapy.  The constant movement required helps keep the hands limber and the joints from stiffening up.Crocheting is not only a craft but an art . Once you master the basic stitches you will be well on your way to creating masterpieces you will have pride to share with your family and friends.  Anyone can learn to crochet as long as they put their mind to it.
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Do those crochet terms and abbreviations have you stumped?  Read on…
Pattern: A set of written instructions that may or may not result in creating the object in the picture. Most patterns include a list of supplies, but this is for your amusement only. After all, Amazonian Rhesus yarn in smoky turquoise does not exist, and cannot be obtained. Patterns also have fun-to-do math problems, such as 1 dc in next 7 dc (34 dc made)…?! Yo: Yarn Over, meaning you need to wrap your yarn over your hook.  Of course, this assumes the yarn doesn’t split, fray or tangle.  If this happens, yo then stands for, “Yell Outrageously.”
Dtrtrc:Double-treble-treble-crochet. This is a stitch where you yo four zillion times, insert hook in stitch and pull through the next two loops, repeating until all loops are off the hook, or until the end of time, whichever comes first.
Reverse sc:This stitch is the lefty’s revenge on all of us righties—for once we have to work backwards, too!Catalog:A dangerous device that hypnotizes crocheters. It lulls them into a catatonic state, causing them to spend the family’s grocery money on patterns and yarn. It may also be an evil plot to cause the downfall of the American economy.
Hook:A device permanently attached to a crocheter’s hand. It is also connected to her blood supply, and if for some reason it becomes dislodged from her hand, she breaks into a sweat and starts to feel faint.  If the hook cannot be immediately replaced, the only valid substitute is a catalog.
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Yarn: The only reason sheep farms still exist! It’s also what crocheters buy when they have money; if there’s any cash left over, they buy food and clothes.
Doily:This seemingly innocent item looks like a table protector, but if someone actually tries to put a wet glass on it, the creator will instantly turn into a snarling Doberman. Use doilies at your own peril.
Cat:A non-mechanical device used for unraveling afghans, unwinding skeins and keeping one’s lap warm. A cat requires daily maintenance in the form of light stroking.
Dog:Another non-mechanical device that is used for chasing down balls of yarn and putting tooth-mark engravings in wooden hooks. It’s a high-maintenance item that does not store easily.
Baby:A valid excuse to crochet something.
Housework:An ancient rite that was performed by some B.C. women (Before Crochet). Historians believe it may have had something to do with a device called a “vacuum cleaner,” which was kept in closets now occupied by yarn.
 These DIY Crochet Boots with flip flops for soles make excellent slippers or UGG-Like Sweater Boots to wear around town.
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The other day surfing through the Internet I came across an interesting piece of informationabout 8-15% of the population is left-handed.
Come to think of it, most equipment and systems are made for right-handed people. It surely is not an easy world for left-handers. This made me empathize with left-handed crocheters.
Most patterns, stitches and crocheting techniques are for the more common right-handed people. But what about left-handed crocheters?  Learning to crochet with the left hand is the same as learning a new thing.
The following information I received from Annie’s Attic about Left-Handed Crocheters.
Differences between Left- and Right-Handed Crocheters Here are a few very important differences to remember about left-handed crochet:
  • When working back and forth in rows, left-handed crocheters work their stitches from left to right, and right-handed crocheters work from right to left.
  • When working in rounds, left-handed crocheters work to the right (counter clockwise) and right-handed crocheters work to the left (clockwise).
  • When working back and forth in rows, the finished crochet work will look exactly the same for both right and left, except for where the work was fastened off (ended).
  • When working in rounds, the finished crochet work will look different for left and right-handed crocheters. Some people actually prefer the look of crocheting-in-the-round done by left-handed crocheters, while others think it looks backwards!

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Learn simple stitches in the beginning. There is plenty of time to learn the complicated stitches and techniques. Anyway, stitches for advanced crocheters also use the same basic stitches. Also, many crocheted articles can be made with the basic stitches.
I have found the best crochet video ever.   You will love it.  I have a son-in-law who told me that if we were all flying and I had my crochet hooks and some yarn that if the plane was going down I could crochet a parachute for all of us before we hit the ground. 🙂
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Here are things worth knowing before starting on a crochet project:
1. All crochet designs begin with a “foundation chain” that can be long (for afghan) or short for a project that starts as a “circle”.
2. Learning and understanding to work on stitching having an even pressure is important so as to make the correct size of your project.

3. At all times, you should try out a sample then adjust the size of the hook either down or up to reach the gauge required.

4. Hold the hook and the yarn in such manner that it is comfortable to you and just let the yarn flow without restraint.
5. The loop that is on the hook is not always counted.
6. The correct number or counting of chains should be formed always at the start of every row in order for you to continue at the correct height or length for the succeeding row. This “turning chain” establishes the first or “initial stitch” of the subsequent row.
7. At all times, you need to pick two loops that is from the previous row of the stitch except when the pattern indicates back or front loop.
8. A “space” is described as the interval between stitches.
9. Do not make a “slip stitch” into your first stitch.10. After your completed work, you need to pull through a “loop on hook” one last time and cut the yarn and pull the end through.

Beading, Crochet, Jewelry, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing and Craft

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CROCHET SURVIVAL KIT

Avoid sitting next to the mentor, especially if he/she is right-handed. Sitting in front of the right-handed instructor will give a much better understanding of the technique.
Be patient and you’ll be crocheting in no time.

A Lollipopto help you lick your stuck problems

A Rubberband…in case you run out of yarn and just have to crochet.
A Paper Clipto use as a crochet hook in an emergency.
A Caramelso you won’t starve when you can’t take the time away from crochet to eat.
A Pin...to help you pinpoint pattern problems
A Piece of Yarn...to help you tie up loose ends.
ANDA Pennyso that you have enough “cents” to realize what a valuable asset you are to other crocheters
Someone looking for a relaxing pastime which also has the benefit of creating useful items may find that crochet is the perfect choice for them. It is very inexpensive to get started and many find in quite addicting after they have been doing it for a while.


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SOME FUN CROCHET SITES

Crochet Me Magazine.…. Loaded with articles, patterns, and information about the world of crochet

All Free Crochet….A website dedicated to the best free crochet patterns, tutorials, tips and articles on crochet.
Crochetville……Very active online community message board allows crochet enthusiasts from around the world to connect with one another. Learn about topics such as crocheting for charity, jump into one of the show and tell discussions or get original patterns and links to patterns all in one place
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This Christmas Plaid Afghan  is one of a kind. I have not seen a lot or crochet plaid patterns.
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 How cute and festive is this Gingerbread Girl Dress? Turn the Page and Get The Free Instructions From Repeat Crafter Me.
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Annie’s Attic…Add this site to your favorites and visit daily to find and save the Free Pattern of the Day. There are no archives, so if you want to save a project for another day, be sure to copy and paste the design to a document on your computer before it disappears!
About.com Crochet …..About.com has been known for years as your guide to everything on the web, and their crochet section is no exception. Offering helpful charts, tutorials and techniques, the crochet guide also includes over 400 links to free patterns available online, as well as plenty of About.com’s own one-of-a-kind patterns
Yarn Lover’s Room….In addition to patterns ranging from afghans to pet clothes, you’ll find plenty of useful crochet pointers on this site, such as instructions for how to crochet backwards, tips for making crochet stitches and a list of relevant terms. If you want to interact with other crochet enthusiasts, join the free “granny square swap” group—a great way to meet new friends and gain access to patterns from all over the globe.
CrochetMe.com ….  A wonderful place to join for free information and patterns online.
Free Vintage Crochet…..The vintage patterns here have an instantly nostalgic quality—a throwback to crochet as Grandma knew it. The homepage lists several categories to choose from, such as women’s clothes and edgings, and each individual pattern is available in PDF format as well as a handy printer-friendly version. Be sure to sign up for the free e-mail newsletter to stay up-to-date on new pattern additions.
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