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Learning and progressing in crochet

For some months I’ve been trying to learn the crochet lingo, like ‘gauge’, hook sizes, stitches and yarn types. One book I read even differentiated the part of the hook, another disected a chain stitch. I haven’t mastered them all, though. I learned just enough to be able to understand the patterns which way before I was not able to follow.

I am a visual crocheter. I look at finished products and decipher how it was started and how it was ended. Or I look for patterns with diagrams, because that I can understand. I hate reading crochet instructions because there are some abbreviations that i dont understand and some steps i don’t know how to do. I used to not know what an * symbolizes until I had enough patience to google ‘how to understand crochet instructions’.

And with all the things I learned, I look back at all crocheted stuffs I made. I can’t even remember the hook size I used for each of them. Coz I only knew two kinds of hooks since grade school: The ‘silver’ one I use with crochet threads by anchor, monaco and cannon and the ‘gold’ one I use for thicker yarns. Another funny thing, I only knew two kinds of yarn too.. The ‘crochet thread’ which in our town are commonly known as ‘yarn’ and the acrylic fibrous thread which we call ‘snowball’. So if you go to a thread retail store in our place, and if you asked for yarn, they’ll sell you a monaco cotton crochet thread. And if you are looking for those fibrous acrylic yarn used to bind notebooks, you’d say ‘Pagbilan po ng snowball’ .

Before college, I only crochet using these snowball yarns. Because they make big stitches. So I only have the gold hook with two tips and with numbers 4 and 3 on the grip. Unfortunately I lost that hook. So when i resumed crocheting after graduating from college, I can only purchase the silver ones with numbers varying from 7 to 12. Even when i tried looking for a gold hook, no stores i know sells one. The silver hooks I can easily purchase at the cooperative store in our university. They also started selling variegated monaco threads. Which was I think the main reason why I started crocheting again. I was attracted to the colors.

One time, I went to ayala for some job interviews, I had to pass sm ayala to go to the mrt station. And there was a craft store just before the entrance to the station. I went inside and to my delight, they are selling gold hooks! but they cost P50. The last time I bought one was it was less than P20. Though I had meager budget, I decided to purchase it. It was not so often that i could go to ayala. And i couldn’t miss the opportunity to have the hook I long wanted.

It was 1997 2007, when we went to baguio that i discovered other types of yarn. And i was so delighted with the softness and durability of these yarns that i stopped making wearables from crochet threads. Because those I’ve made before became stiff after multiple washings. The following year, I started relying in the internet for crochet patterns.

Now what i want to do is create the how to do’s for all the tops i ever crocheted. Not just for anyone who may consider doing them . I want to make them so I would know how to do them again. And to correct myself. This way i could gauge how much i learned and what more i could do.

July 29, 2009 at 6:55 am Leave a comment


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