My favorite hobby is crochet. I learned how to crochet in December, 1993. So, I’ve known how to crochet for 20 years now. In that amount of time I’ve gotten to be quite good. I’d tried to learn as a teenager but had gotten frustrated and thought it was boring. I didn’t try again until college. My freshman year I met my best friend. She loved reading and books as I did, she liked science like I did, and she also liked to crochet and knit. I knew how to cross-stitch, but didn’t know how to either crochet or knit. She was working on a crochet project that first semester, and as I watched her crochet, I became interested. I didn’t want to admit I didn’t know how to crochet, so when I went home that Christmas break, I asked my mom to teach me how to crochet. I wanted to go back to college and crochet with my friend and pretend I had always known. When I got back to school I waited until my friend took out her crocheting, and I calmly took mine out too. Apparently my little deception worked. Years later I was surprised to learn that she never knew I didn’t know how to crochet before that first Christmas break. I’d have thought all those questions I had about reading and following patterns while I was still in the beginner stage would have tipped her off. On her part, she was surprised to learn that she had been my inspiration for learning.
Technically, I had learned to crochet in eighth grade. As part of a Home Ec class (short for Home Economics) we had to crochet granny squares. I made three, each a different size, though they weren’t supposed to be. My tension was not consistent (something that comes with practice). I got frustrated and gave up and subsequently forgot everything. So I had to relearn everything when I got interested in college. It did make a big difference learning because I wanted to versus learning because I had to as part of a school assignment.
So when I asked my mom to teach me to crochet, I started with the basic stitches: chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. I don’t remember if I learned the treble crochet (I always think of it as triple crochet) then or not. After I worked rows of sample stitches, mostly single and double crochet, I felt ready to try a project. I found a doily pattern I wanted to try. I’m sure it was too hard for a beginner, but I didn’t know that and dived in. Perhaps that was why my friend didn’t know I had only just learned to crochet — one doesn’t expect a beginner to crochet a doily or even crochet with thread for that matter.
I successfully completed the doily and found out I loved working with thread. And while I do crochet with yarn, I still crochet with thread quite a bit. For some reason it relaxes me and gives me more enjoyment than yarn does. I’ve made many projects since and have even made my own patterns. This challenges me and keeps me interested. I don’t think crochet is either difficult or boring now. I love it!
How about you? Do you like to crochet? Do you know how? If so, when and how did you learn? If not, would you be interested in learning? Comment below and tell me your story!