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Survivalism & Self Sufficiency Topics => Homesteading and Self Reliant Living => Needles & Strings => Topic started by: Calista on March 29, 2011, 03:19:04 PM

Title: Crochet Fanatic Pattern Site
Post by: Calista on March 29, 2011, 03:19:04 PM
Don't click on this link if you are easily overwhelmed.  :D

I've been checking out the patterns here for MONTHS and have just barely scratched the surface. I have so many bookmarked that I will need several extra lifetimes to finish them all!

http://www.myhq.com/public/c/r/crochetpoet/ (http://www.myhq.com/public/c/r/crochetpoet/)

(Notice that you will have to use the Wayback Machine to access archived pages.)

This site also has a great section of tutorials and specialty crochet stitch patterns.

Let me add that I have been crocheting and teaching for 40 years and would be happy to help you out with anything crochet.  :)

Title: Re: Crochet Fanatic Pattern Site
Post by: Downeastwaves on February 22, 2013, 12:39:51 PM
WOW! Now that is what I call a pattern site! THANKS!!!!! :)
Title: Re: Crochet Fanatic Pattern Site
Post by: EOTS on February 23, 2013, 06:16:58 AM
Awesome resource, Calista. Thanks for sharing.

Now, a question: I've been crocheting for most of my life (I don't remember my mom teaching me, but it was probably as a pre-teen or early teen...). I mostly work from patterns, but I've been getting better about learning to work without them.

I run into people who want to learn to crochet....OR who crochet a particular item, but they have the same mental block: They have never learned to read crochet patterns, so they believe (opr function as if) they cannot learn to read patterns. I actually had one lady who, for a time, would contact me every.single.time she started an afghan (I finally put a stop to that).

I don't want to discourage people -- but I do want to get across the idea that, while some patterns can be confusing, it's simply a matter of learning the names of the stitches (which many do already), and learning the abbreviations. Really, just as when I learned to get away from patterns, I think learning to read patterns opens a whole new world to the stitcher. Any thoughts on how to make it seem less overwhelming to these types of folks?
Title: Re: Crochet Fanatic Pattern Site
Post by: Downeastwaves on February 23, 2013, 10:23:16 AM
Really, just as when I learned to get away from patterns, I think learning to read patterns opens a whole new world to the stitcher. Any thoughts on how to make it seem less overwhelming to these types of folks?

I found these sites and they look like a good place to learn basis pattern reading:
http://www.anniescatalog.com/crochet/learntoread.html  http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/tip_crochet.html  http://www.freshstitches.com/help-reading-crochet-patterns-for-beginners/

DEW
Title: Re: Crochet Fanatic Pattern Site
Post by: soccer grannie on February 23, 2013, 11:36:01 AM
Check out the Facebook page for The Crochet Crowd. They will email you new tutorials as they come out.
On YouTube there's a series of about 7 tutorials on reading patterns. Link to Lesson 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaxCUBlQa2Q
Title: Re: Crochet Fanatic Pattern Site
Post by: soccer grannie on February 23, 2013, 01:59:48 PM
Two hints I learned from Crochet Crowd facebook:
1. Place yarn ball in a bowl to keep it from falling & rolling around the room
2. A short video (less than 2 min) on turning your work without chaining up for the next row: http://pinterest.com/pin/275423333433493266/

High Top Booties for the little ones (tutorial): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmXwSbfOrBQ&feature=em-uploademail

Ear Flap Hats with Braids tutorial (there are tutorials from infant to adult size: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrLFS099IFg&feature=em-uploademail

Fingerless Gloves tutorial (I have not been able to find the Curly Q yarn): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVp77XeWYkQ&feature=em-uploademail

Winter Headband tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OOtGYVEnqE&feature=em-uploademail

Legwarmers tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KncVSgy6ruM&feature=em-uploademail