Sunday, January 06, 2008

Happy Who????

Do I need another hobby to distract me? No, I most certainly don't. So how did this follow me home from Borders last week?


What can I say. I've heard every knitter should know how to do some crochet - at the very least it's great for edgings and such. (In fact, my Perfect Pie Shawl will have a crocheted edging.) I've heard crochet is much faster than knitting - so that's good for a knitter like me who gets bored with scarves and blankets, right? I've also heard crocheting can help you stash-bust - and I certainly have a stash in need of some busting!

Given all those reasons, and the fact that Stitch n Bitch played a huge part my learning to knit, how could I not bring this book home?

So, which pattern should I try first??

17 comments:

Jennifer said...

That is a good book! I haven't made anything out of it yet, but I like a lot of the designs. If I was going to start one, it would be one of the bags, I like the fat bottom bag.

cpurl17 said...

I failed miserably at crochet.

I haven't bought that book yet but since the original SnB practically taught me to knit so maybe I should give crochet another shot!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Sorry, can't help ya, all I know is how to do a single chain! (pathetic, right?)

Elizabeth said...

Since you will be learning on this project, I'd pick one of the bags where gauge is not so critical. The Fit to be Tied bag is very cute, so I'd start there.

Ragan Knits etc... said...

Hurray!!!!!!
Cool! Ok, you will have to let me know if you like the book (I really want that one but haven't gotten it yet). I would start with a basic item, something with NO SHAPING...like a scarf or baby blanket. Then, once you get the stitches down, and get them uniform...move on to something with shaping like a bag or hat (beanie)...then...sweater!
And, email me if you get stuck!
:o)

jessica said...

Very cool! I've been wanting that book but haven't brought myself to buy it... all the patterns look fun. But I agree, do something that doesn't matter what gauge you have or that needs any shaping... then branch out. You'll have to keep us updated as to how you like the book. It might be one of my next purchases...

Olga said...

Oh, I bought that book too, just to have as a reference (thanks, Borders coupons!). There are some really gorgeous lacy crochet patterns (shawls, boleros, tank tops) that I lust after, and am determined to make one day. But from this book, I think that fat-bottomed back is really cute!

Zonda said...

Hehe! The scarf!!

Heide said...

Personally, I've never quite understood why knitters tend to shun crocheting like it's a disease or something. I am not very good at crocheting and therefore prefer knitting, but I respect those who possess talent in the craft. Maybe it's because more Red Heart Acrylic is sold to crocheters than knitters? Just grasping at straws here (I've no idea who really buys it).

~Kristie said...

How about "bikini in a bag" ... he he he

Danielle said...

I learned to crochet as a small child, and liked it. However, once a friend taught me to knit, knitting has consumed me! I still use crochet to edge knitting, though. Enjoy your new book & hobby!

thegabbyknitter said...

That's great your learning to crochet. I've tried to learn several times and just can't get it. I think I might be allergic lol!

KnittingKat said...

LOL! to be honest I was a crocheter before I became a knitter. It does move along a lot quicker than knitting(except for some reason when you are doing doilies ;). Can't wait to see what you try first.

Kathy said...

I was a crocheter first. Start with something very simple. I like to crochet and then felt. Purses. Very fast.

Ya-Ya said...

I am on the fence about trying crocheting. Let me know how you do and if you love it as much as knitting. I have a fear it will open another window of "obsession" with me and my knitting books will be pushed over by crocheting ones!

Ariel said...

I bought the book with the same rationale, and also because I'd just finished weaving in ten ends for one lousy knitted flower and desperately wanted an easier way to make flowers. So my vote is for the Garden Scarf!

Chris H said...

My Nana taught me to crochet when I was about 4 or so. I had to teach myself how to knit from one of those "learn to knit" books 23 years later, when my sister became pregnant with the first of the great-grandchildren. I handed her a stack (25 or 30) of mostly crochet (with a few of them knit & crochet) pattern books with baby things and told her that I'd make whatever she chose. Easliy 98% of the patterns were crochet, but she just HAD to pick something knitted! LOL

My opinion? Knitting and crocheting are as easy as one another. I tell friends that if you can idly pull rubber bands one through another to make a chain while you're killing time at your desk at work, you can knit and crochet.

So, which project should you choose? Anything YOU like!

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