Crochet: Then & Now

I couldn’t have been older than eight years old when my mother taught me the basics of crochet. I still remember how frustrated I’d get when my squares inevitably ended up as a triangle. No matter what I tried, it seemed they either grew by a stitch or shrunk by one every single row! I could not be convinced that counting was worthwhile.

Eventually, I got the hang of things, and it became an annual tradition to crochet a scarf (read: rectangle) for a different friend every Christmas.

“Crocheting is just tying a really fancy knot!” – My Momma

It wasn’t until I left home that I realized how versatile crochet truly is and how accessible the varieties are if you’re willing to give them a try. Ravelry is a great resource but so is just searching “crochet [stitch name]” on YouTube or Google. To date, the cutest things I’ve ever crocheted are my BFF’s scarf with this almost cashmere pearlescent yarn, and a friend-of-a-friend received a deep plum pair of wrist warmers with distressed brass buttons as detailing.

I’m a big fan of cotton yarn for making textured little dish cloths in place of synthetic sponges that somehow never get sanitized because they’re so *useful*. I used to crochet random cute items for my Etsy shop, but storage becomes an issue in a tiny apartment while you’re waiting for a buyer to come along. Now I stick to things I’ll happily keep myself if no one else purchases it in a timely manner.

In the near future, I’d love to crochet my first afghan, finish my father’s Tunisian scarf I started two years ago (oops), and try working with thread for doily work. The two biggest skills I need to improve on are swatching for gauge and setting my rectangular pieces. While you can get away without them, it really increases the quality and reproducibility of items.

Crochet-Then-Now

 

Let’s hear it! When did you learn to crochet?

Who was your teacher?

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