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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Learn to Knit or Crochet - a good place to start

Are you ready to give knitting or crocheting a shot? You have your yarn and your needles, so now what? If you don't have someone to actually show you how to begin, it can be hard to get going. Right here on Hooked On Needles, you can find video and picture tutorials geared to the beginner for knitting and crocheting. Just look on the sidebar under Hooked On Needles Links. Click on Knitting or Crocheting or Library of Video Tutorials and you'll find exactly what you need to get started.

One of my favorite yarn brands is Lion Brand Yarn as you can see from my Crocheted Baby Hat and one of my favorite yarn related websites is hosted by Lion Brand Yarn. They have an extensive library of free patterns for knitting, crocheting and other crafts. But one of the great features of their site is the detailed Learn to Knit and Learn to Crochet pages. They have every aspect of the learning process indexed in a table of contents so you can go right to the thing you need help on, or you can just start from the beginning and continue through each step until you reach the end. By then, you'll be a pro! You can even download the instructions as a PDF file and save them or print them out as a reference. Sure beats paying $15 for a how-to book at your favorite craft store!

They also have a very thorough Dictionary of Knitting and Crochet Pattern Abbreviations which is so helpful when using a new pattern stitch for the first time.

Another nice feature of their site is the FAQ page which is quite extensive, but has a search feature so you don't have to scroll through all the questions to find what you are looking for.

I signed up for their email newsletter quite some time ago and I always look forward to receiving it. The current issue has the sweetest little Sachets for Wedding Favors to crochet, and regular features include Lola who is a knitting comic strip character, kit sale of the week and crochet stitch of the week.

If you like what you see on their website, but also enjoy thumbing through colorful and inspirational magazines, sign up for their free catalog too.

Besides all this, they have a charity connection, event announcements, pattern help, and so much more. Check it out and you'll see!

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