The Art of Crochet
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I’d like to think of myself as a “crafty person”. Not like the puff-painted-and-bedazzaled-t shirt kind of person, but crafty none the less.

In an effort to appease the creative bursts of energy that I often get, I’ve decided to start a winter project: learning the art of crochet. I used to know how to crochet, but for some reason, this skill is not like riding a bike for me…I just can’t remember how to do it. I even got a how-to booklet, but the diagrams aren’t very clear. Luckily, my mom happens to be an expert in the field of crochet (she made crocheted baby blankets for my sister, brother, and I while she was pregnant with each of us!) This week, my parents and Buddy and I are making a roadtrip to see my sister, brother-in-law, and niece. Hopefully at some point on this trip, my mom will be able to bestow her crochet wisdom to me…no pressure Mom!

Until then, a fresh spool of yarn, a crochet hook, and an eagerness to learn is all I’ve got. Hopefully this will turn into something beautiful when I’m done!

Happy Monday and Happy crafting!

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12 Responses to The Art of Crochet

  1. Amy says:

    I just recently started crocheting again. It’s pretty easy to remember once you get started again. I’m going crazy making curly cue scarves for Christmas right now!

  2. Lani says:

    Last year I learned to knit by watching dozens of YouTube instructional videos. I had just had my daughter and she preferred to be in her baby carrier all day long so I found myself standing and swaying for long periods of time. It was the perfect time to learn. I love it. Still not a great knitter but I find it very relaxing.

    I recently purchased some crochet hooks but haven’t quite figured crocheting out yet. Maybe someday!

  3. Angie Mohr says:

    Such a beautiful color!

  4. Annie says:

    Other than making a pretty awesome potholder, I don’t know how to crochet. But I LOVE to quilt, knit, embroider and all other sorts of hand-crafts!! I’m just telling myself that it’s only a matter of time before I learn…

  5. i have just learned to crochet after years and years of not getting it. You Tube is the place to go. It is so addictive – I love it! Good luck.
    Jacqui

  6. Sarah Scott says:

    I used youtube to learn how how to crochet! Love it!

  7. kcyardener says:

    As an avid beginner crocheter, I cannot recommend highly enough “Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker” by Debbie Stoller. If you need more instruction than your family has time to give during your visit, do check it out; the directions are super-clear, with helpful photos and diagrams. Also some neat projects to work through. Welcome to the crafting fold! 😀

  8. Caroline says:

    My grandmother taught me to crochet a chain when I was 5 years old. At 16 I married into an East Tennessee hill country family where my mother-in-law crocheted only by pattern; grandmother-in-law only by copying. They taught me to do both. IN time I taught myself to crochet without pattern or copying, never really thinking about it as “original,” just making exactly what I wanted to wear, make for my kids, or display. In ~1972 the South Carolina Arts Council recognized my work as unique and included some of my pieces in a state-wide travelling exhibition. I’ve never really stopped crocheting, and today I am in the process of making a QUITE unique hanging piece to hold remote controls for our TV, DVD player & sound system. The main challenge for this piece will be to make it stable enough to hang straight (not sagging) & flat against the column beside our “entertainment center.” I think that’ll require a stable fabric back hand-stitched onto the crocheted piece plus Velcro, & probably stapling to the (2×6 lumber) column. I’m thankful every day that I still have the vision & manual dexterity to create whatever I dream up!

  9. I may have to try and learn but in the past knitting and crochet never clicked with me. I quilt and embroider. I may have to get everyone in the family some yarn and a hook and we’ll sit down in front of you tube for school! Homeschooling Farms! I used to say “Rocks!” but I prefer farming to rock-n-roll.

  10. manveen says:

    best of luck for your project

    do check mine http://thearksbloom.blogspot.com/

  11. If you struggle at all I found that following videos on youtube really helped. I started learning to crochet this way (now an addict) and am starting to learn to knit the same way 🙂

  12. Mary says:

    I second the Youtube suggestions! I’ve made a few blahnkets this year, it’s a great hobby and productive too. Good luck on your project, love that color!