Sunday, 11 August 2013

Crocheting

With my birthday coming up in a months time Mr Gertie asked what the Birthday Bunny could get me.

There isn't really much I'd like this year as I'm not in much of a birthday mood what with everything going on hip-wise (I'm a bit anxious about going back into hospital on Tuesday).

I would love some new clothes but shopping isn't very practical at the moment so Mr Gertie's kindly going to put some money aside for later.

What I have said I wouldn't mind is some crochet hooks as I'd like to learn how to crochet more than just granny squares.

Would it be best to buy the hooks individually or in a set? I've seen lots of sets but they vary tremendously in price. 

What wool will I need to use? Ordinary knitting wool (double knit/4 ply etc) or is there special crocheting wool.

Is there anything else a beginner will need? Any help will be gratefully received !!!

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

PS why not pop over to Handmade Monday to see what other fellow craft bloggers have been up to.

13 comments:

  1. Fraid I can't help you at all on the crochet front, just wanted to wish you luck for Tuesday! Simmi xx

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  2. Don't know anything about crochet, I'm afraid, but I think it's a great idea to have crafty presents.

    Good luck with your week,
    Alison x

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  3. I shall be waiting patiently for any advice you get, I'd love to try crochet too. I'm really sorry you're having to go back into hospital, but I hope it all goes well and you'll be back home recovering soon.

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  4. aww good old Mr Gertie - always nice for a girl to know there are new clothes on the horizon :)

    I know nothing about crochet so no advice to offer there, i wish you all the best with your new crafting venture though and for your op on Tuesday too! xxx

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  5. I'm no crochet expert (in fact can't do it at all!) but when we were selling them in a shop I was working in we rarely sold them as sets. There are so many different types it must be hard to know where to start.
    Good luck on Tuesday

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  6. Firstly, I hope everything goes well on Tuesday, Gertie - fingers and toes crossed for you. The crochet hooks sound a nice pressie to start off the pressie list with. Hope you have a good week and come home soon.

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  7. I can't offer much advice I'm afraid. But I have found myself wanting to learn to crochet recently, so I'm way behind you.

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  8. Here's hoping everything goes as planned on Tuesday. As far as crochet hooks goes, I have bought sets, and individual hooks, depending on the project I was doing, and whether or not they were on sale other times! I have the basic kind, but now there are all kinds of designer ones sold online and in stores. I think it is mostly up to an individuals taste.

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  9. I would just get one hook and ordinary acrylic yarn probably in the 99p shop. Then you can have a practise and see if you like and progress from there. (think you will find tho that you will get addicted!)

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  10. forgot to say that there are loads of Youtube vids for crochet beginners.

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  11. Good luck for tomorrow xx a size 5 or 5.50 and some double knit or thicker is good - especially in a wool which changes colour then you could knit a lap blanket/bed cover and it's not boring with multi-coloured wool! I specially like using bamboo hooks as they feel nice to use.

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  12. Hi Gertie, I taught myself to crochet and it was so much fun. I would start out with a solid color (not a dark color) DK weight or aran weight yarn. A good all around size hook is a 5 or 6. There's some wonderful wooden crochet hooks out now. I haven't used one but I do use wooden knitting needles and I love them. Have fun and take care.

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  13. Hi Gertie

    I'm a beginner at crocheting - Ive already managed to squirrel away some of the crochet stash. Mine is made of: a few crochet magazines, a crochet bible (very useful to have a reliable source of information), various yarns (I also use for knitting) and threads like cotton threads to make doilies etc. I've got a wide collection of metal, wooden and plastic crochet hooks collected as freebies from magazines or bought at car boots sales and in charity shops. If you want to buy a set of crochet hooks go for the metal ones as I had some wooden ones and broke one or two being pulling the yarn too tightly. I think the most standard crochet hooks size is 3.00, 3.5 and 4.00 :)
    hope this helps :)

    a set like this will be a great birthday present x

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