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.



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

Who was your teacher?

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