Any crocheters out there?

knit_knot_eat's picture

So after about 18 months of knitting, scarfs, hats, socks and sweaters, I wanted to do a blanket. A friend thought I was crazy for trying to knit one and suggested to try crocheting.
So I got a quick lesson, some hooks and watched some youtube videos. It is pretty easy and is much faster than knitting. I really like it.
Just wanted to know if others out there also crochet. Is there a men who crochet site too?
Anyone got any good, easy/beginner patterns?

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scottly's picture

My mother taught me how to

My mother taught me how to crochet when I was five or six and I commenced to make like a gazillion round pot holders. I find shaping with crochet much easier then with knitting and have created lots of soft sculpture in crochet. I actually did an entire lifesize pink flamingo as an art project in highschool, it was a hoot, I wish I still had it. I also like combining crochet and knit, I've done many hats that way. They are both skills that are great to know.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

While knitting is my main

While knitting is my main obsession [well, not quite...books rule] I do crochet. I finally had a friend teach me when I was about 18 and enjoy doing it upon occasion. I like one piece projects and antique patterns, often adapting the latter to more modern things. For a super quick project I often do a rectangular granny square afghan so as to avoid seaming things together. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

pjmma's picture

I started crocheting quite

I started crocheting quite some time before I began knitting. Now I do about both about equally. Each one lends itself to creating particular objects. Though knitting blanket can be fun and satisfying, for myself I would agree that crocheting a blanket or afghan is probably easier and quicker.

A real popular beginner project is Lion Brand's 5-1/2 hour throw. It's a free pattern, but you need to sign up with them for a free account, which is really worth it, since they have lots of free patterns. You can find the pattern here:
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90208AD.html?noImages=

One thing that many people enjoy is creating (granny) squares and stitching them together for afghans. The color and variety that you can create is endless. You can find a good tutorial (and tons of other crochet info here:
http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/granny_square.htm

This is really just the tip of the iceberg:) I'd suggest looking around Ravelry, you can get tons of ideas and free patterns there (with pictures and advice) and as mwkbloom mentioned there's a men's forum there too.

Since you're just getting into crochet, you really should check out Crochet Pattern Central for free patterns of all kinds:
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90208AD.html?noImages=

Here's something you can use right away, and it's a super easy way to make squares just using rows of single crochet. The original pattern is here:
http://www.crochetnmore.com/rowcountpawprintafghansquare.htm

I used this pattern making this lapghan for a friend:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7359796@N08/3362125363/in/photostream/

You can ignore the bi-color pattern and just keep repeating row 2 for 26-28 rows, until you get it nice and square. Then do it again in another color, and whip-stitch them together.

Hope this helps, good luck and have fun!

subwaycrochet's picture

Yes! I learned how to knit

Yes! I learned how to knit the basics and that's how I got so tangled up in yarn to begin with. Shortly after that, I began crocheting. I love it. It's great on my commute (hence the name subwaycrochet). I love the videos on crochet by knitwitch on youtube. I'm a newbie (6 months of practice). So, I only have a few projects under my belt.

I got a lot out of just making some small squares to practice my basic crochet stitches (single, half-double, double and treble). Then I started making granny squares and other 'motifs' and I've really come to love that.

My first project was the "Coffeehouse Cap" (www.lionbrand.com). It was really wonky.

My second was the Harvest Patchwork Afghan. The yarn they suggest is so thick, that I was finished with this afghan in a week (two hours/day). I was really pleased with the outcome on this one.

Since then, I've done three other afghans. All of which I'm really happy with.

David.

Johnhansen-tarbox's picture

I crochet on a regular

I crochet on a regular basis. If it need a quick project, that is what I do. I am better at it than knitting, and a bit mor adventurous with the crochet than the knitting. I'm a doily/tablecloth type of crocheter.

mwkbloom's picture

There is a Men Who Crochet

There is a Men Who Crochet forum on Ravelry.

QueerJoe's picture

I enjoy a bit of crochet

I enjoy a bit of crochet every once in a while.

One of my favorite crochet fabrics for blankets/afghans is the corner to corner blanket:

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=e08566

It's crocheted diagonally, from corner to corner, allowing you to make easy diagonal stripes.

Just be careful with any crocheted garment, because the resulting fabric is about twice as thick as knitting.