How I Learned to Crochet

I had tinkered around with crocheting when I was about 11 or so, which would have been around 1973. I had a cousin show my mom how to make the puff stitch. She was crocheting a six sided rug. For some reason I remembered that pattern in my head. I had no idea how to read patterns or what stitches were called at that time. I went home, asked my mom for some yarn. I played around with the yarn and made a small rug. That was about it for crochet, until I got older. 

In 1983, I was expecting my second child and on bed rest. My mom started me off with crochet snowflakes, size 10 bedspread cotton and basic crochet stitches.

Crochet is a process that will continue after learning the basic stitches. I taught myself the rest of crochet through practice and learning how to read crochet written instructions and symbol instructions on my own. Back then we did not have video and I was not living close to family that could show me how the stitches worked and the meaning of abbreviations. It may take years to learn much of the basic techniques and language.  Crochet is a continual learning process. 


  1. Hello Dear Blogger,
    I learned it while i was trying the patterns myself. And now it's enjoyable to create your needs. Hope to see your page again. Best wishes,

  2. I remember learning in about 1973 and one of my first projects was a 6-sided hexagon rug!! How I wish I could find a pattern for that rug now!!! I've been wanting to make one for some time now!!!

  3. In learned to crochet from my grandmother - around 1980 when I was in elem. My grandmother was an award winning crocheter (she had the ribbons to prove it) and no one in the extended family wanted to know how (they just wanted the finished product). My mother was never able to understand how, but was the cross-stitch queen. My sister could knit. I was interested in making Christmas Gifts, so I learned how to make scarfs - just the basics. Years later I wanted to make more than scarfs. Every fall/winter - I get the bug to make a little this or that. Since I'm a guy and guys/women frown on males doing "female crafts" I am closeted. LOL As I've gotten older, I don't care as much.

  4. Long FishTails,
    THank you for sharing your story. You would be surprised at the amount of men that crochet. I do know that 25% of my viewers on YouTube are male. That statistic is taken specifically from my crochet videos. I don't know if you have heard of Drew Emborsky? He does a lot of designs for men.

    I know for years I have battled the "Crochet is for Grandma" syndrome. Crochet is for everyone.


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