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The Art of Crocheting!

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Rows and rows of different variations of yarn at a local Walmart!

Crocheting, the art of looping and intertwining yarn with a crochet hook, has recently taken the world for a loop! You can do all kinds of activities with this fiber art, from starting a small business to making a gift for someone or even just as a fun, relaxing way to spend your time.

Understanding what it means to crochet is the first step in truly appreciating crocheting. Crocheting is often confused with its neighbor, knitting. Though a small difference, knitting uses needles, and crocheting uses crochet hooks. Knitting originated likely in the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean in the 11th or 12th centuries. Crocheting emerged much later, most likely in Ireland during the potato famine of the nineteenth century. Since then, numerous small businesses have formed, producing unique varieties of decorations and clothing items. From shirts and pants to decorative flowers and stuffed animals!

One benefit of crocheting is that it can’t be replicated by large companies. Crocheting is tedious and requires an eccentric way of stitching that machines cannot replicate. So, every crochet item that is made is made by a caring pair of hands that puts a great amount of effort and time into their creation.

One of these creations being the infamous Cat Beanie. This type of beanie has blown up due to TikTok and has become a massive trend all over the world! Almost all crocheting businesses have this item ready and available to purchase with all kinds of unique variations that come with it.

As a crocheter, I know how difficult it is to get the hang of it. I failed miserably during my first few attempts at a chain. My current crocheting project is a tote bag, and it’s going much smoother than making the chain ever did (for the most part). I first started crocheting to learn a new productive hobby, but I soon found myself crocheting after a difficult day or any time I was really stressed as a way to sort my thoughts. Not only was it a productive way to spend my free time, but it also became a type of therapy for me.

I interviewed Allison Bower, a fellow crocheter and member of The Tribe, who shares my passion for crocheting. I asked her what first got her into crocheting and what’s her favorite creation. “I got into crocheting because I wanted a new hobby and spotted things on TikTok that looked really good. My favorite thing I’ve made is flowers.” When I asked if she had any useful recommendations for individuals who wish to start crocheting, she said, “YouTube is your best friend. It’s quite beneficial.” And I wholeheartedly agree!

Crocheting takes a lot of effort and determination. But learning brings so many benefits: free therapy, making gifts for your loved ones, and even the formation of a business. All it takes is some yarn and a crochet hook!

 

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Basia Vil, Staff Writer
My name’s Basia (boh•see•yuh) and I’m a new member of the Tribe! I'm excited to contribute to our school’s newspaper. Apart from this, I am a member of the Santaluces Medical Academy, Key Club, and SNHS. I hope to get more involved in my school and community. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering, reading, crocheting, and riding my longboard. I look forward to sharing my writings!

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    RosalindaOct 25, 2023 at 2:44 PM

    I was on YouTube one night and a crochet video came through on my time line. I said to my self “I can do that” Next day I headed to Walmart and bought one skin and a set of hooks. It took me a while but I think after about fifty times I finally caught on. I’ve caught on but I still can not get a straight edges. There are a couple stitches that almost promise you will get a straight edges. My oldest grandson got my first wonky blanket ( he loves it)I hope one day to make straight edges.

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    Lynne Legare-Hall.Oct 17, 2023 at 10:38 PM

    I love to crochet. I never thought my teaching myself to crochet was outstanding. I did not think it was difficult. I had difficulty learning to purl. I love to knit and crochet. I taught myself both. I am proud of Me!

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    KattOct 17, 2023 at 7:46 PM

    I’ve been crocheting since 2004. My grandma showed me how to make a base chain when I was a little girl but that was all I knew for a long time. I learned while on break at phlebotomy class. My fellow classmate Linda taught me how to do a granny square and I did that for years. Then I went on youtube and it opened up a whole new world. I’ve been making infant sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, and many new stitches.

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    Lois HarrisonOct 17, 2023 at 6:50 PM

    I learned to crochet when I was about 9 yrs old. The first thing I learned to do was the granny square. I made myself a granny square afghan out of scrap yarn. Since then, I have made baby afghans for gifts. I made afghans for my babies when they were born. I have made hats for my kids and grandkids. My newest project is making child-sized blankets out of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn to donate to local hospital ERs, fire departments, police and sheriff departments, etc., to give to smaller kids when encountering them in what they might deem to be fearful situations for the child(ren).

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    Shirley WallenOct 17, 2023 at 6:06 PM

    I crochet all the time from curtains to bedspreads table cloths afghans and anything that looks cool or I design my own pattern

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    DezOct 17, 2023 at 10:40 AM

    Great article!!!🧡

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    Sandy Kay WiebuschOct 17, 2023 at 12:11 AM

    I taught myself to crochet when I realized that it was much more enjoyable than my knitting was at age 19. At this point, I am almost finished crocheting my 172 “name” doily. They are beautiful and so fun to design, too. The trick in learning to crochet is learning to hold the crochet hook in a gentle/light hold….Not a tight grasp as in knitting! Have fun & go for the challenge!!!!

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    SethOct 16, 2023 at 6:03 PM

    I really want to learn how to do this. It’s very creative and it’s could to kill time and have peace all together. Just don’t know how to actually move the yarn around to connect. I need help real bad. And I would love to make things.

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    Tamneika Standford-MillerOct 16, 2023 at 1:10 PM

    I’m working on a blanket now I love it I learned at an young age 🥰

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    CarmenOct 16, 2023 at 7:58 AM

    Loved your article! Crochet has been part of my family legacy. My grandma, mom, husbands auntie,passed it to me. I passed it to my daughter. And the gift goes on…
    I crochet mostly on car rides so I don’t comment on my husband’s driving hehe.

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    DonnaOct 15, 2023 at 8:09 PM

    My grandmother taught me when I was 14yrs old been doing it ever since and now she’s passed and so now it’s more to keep her memory alive with me from that very first stitch

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    Sandee JonesOct 15, 2023 at 9:46 AM

    I learned to crochet when I was 13 years old. I had a lot of stress in my life & I needed an outlet. I have made hundreds & hundreds of items as gifts, have made teddy bears to sell to live off the proceeds, and my favorite item to make is an afghan made with the “brick stitch”. I am now 63, and I STILL LOVE TO CROCHET M FEARS AWAY!

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    Tracy McDonaldOct 14, 2023 at 2:17 PM

    I have been crocheting since I was 10 years old and I’m now 65. It’s been the best thing I’ve ever learned. My mother taught me. I don’t find it tedious I was a little surprised that she used the word tedious, button different people use different words to express themselves. I like making lace mostly. It uses very fine thread and crochet hooks which are actually almost like noodles needles. Has got me through two back surgeries and and several other medical things. It’s great to for something to make sure you are productive. That always makes someone feel better.

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    ChristineOct 14, 2023 at 12:57 PM

    I have been crocheting for 50 years. It’s therapeutic for me, even if I have to rip out rows. Lol. My problem is, I’m a left handed crocheted. Not many you tube videos for those that are:( All those videos and instructions look Greek to me.

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    Tamara S SilviusOct 13, 2023 at 11:19 PM

    I’m an Older woman and have learned many Crafts.
    Crocheting is very Therapeutic, I have learned.
    I constantly make Afghans that I give to Homeless people.
    Makes me Happy. 🙂

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      Wendy GalezniakOct 17, 2023 at 2:03 PM

      Great thing you’re doing, making precious blankets for homeless. I’m going to do that with some of the warm winter hats I make. Crocheting is very relaxing for me, especially being 70 now, and can’t work. GOD BLESS you for what you’re doing ….
      Oh. I don’t know what you call the stitches, can’t read a pattern, I just do all freehand. Couldn’t tell one stitch from another….lol

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    Ruth W from Evansville inOct 13, 2023 at 9:39 PM

    I for one your right they are make with love and the love of making them. Because they are kind.

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    CelestineOct 13, 2023 at 7:16 PM

    I enjoy Crocheting it can be a real theraputic way of calming your inner soul while being creative for yourself and others. Thank you God !

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    Frankye HinesOct 13, 2023 at 7:16 PM

    AWESOME ARTICLE, I HAVE CROCHET SINCE 1972 AN I AM 76 YEARS YOUNG.. I LOVE IT!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ THANK YOU FOR THE ARTICALE!❤️

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    MarleneOct 13, 2023 at 10:48 AM

    My grandmother taught me how to crochet at age 18. I love it. I paused a bit while my children were young and very busy. I have picked it up again. I crochet.bsby blankets, afghans, hats, scarves, fingerless gloves, and few stuffed animals. Once you learn it’s very easy to adapt to whatever your heart desires. I give my products away as gifts.

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    RosalindaOct 12, 2023 at 6:27 PM

    I taught myself to crochet during the pandemic. Chaining wasn’t hard for me, what is hard and it drives me crazy is keeping my ends straight. I’ve now stuck to one stitch that pretty much can’t be messed up. I’m sorry I don’t know what it is called. I need someone to sit with me and show me how to keep my edges straight. Besides that I love crocheting. I only wish I would have started when I was a lot younger. Happy crochet crocheting.🥰🎉

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      Cindy BOct 18, 2023 at 3:13 PM

      Stitch markers are your friend. Put it in the last stitch of each row. That’s usually why their not straight, you’re probably missing g that stitch. That and counting g.

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    Susan PaquetteOct 12, 2023 at 4:41 PM

    I learned to crochet at 19 with the help of a friend. I’m now 71 and still love the craft. It’s a part of my life , every bit as essential to me as a good book or a tasty meal. I tell my husband : the day I don’t have a crochet hook in my hand is probably the day that i leave this earth.

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    LeenaOct 10, 2023 at 4:39 PM

    It’s like meditating for me. Love it and always creating something new.

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    PamOct 10, 2023 at 12:37 PM

    I love to crochet. I’ve just learned amigurumi and am currently making gifts for Christmas. I can’t read a pattern but LOVE the videos on UTUBE.

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    SonyaOct 10, 2023 at 10:56 AM

    This was a beautiful and informative piece, Basia. As a crocheter myself, I look forward to reading more from you.

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    TehseenOct 9, 2023 at 10:52 PM

    So much can I resonate with myself! I believe it’s a great mental therapy! I have also occupied my mother in law with it to keep her busy!

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    James CollinsOct 9, 2023 at 7:15 PM

    I started off as a knitter. Now I crochet and knit. I LOVE the looks I get from strangers who see a man crocheting. They are intrigued.

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    SandyOct 8, 2023 at 10:05 PM

    I’m curious as to what brands of yarn people use. I’m a basic knitter meaning I knit well but only make the easiest flat things such as scarves and throws. But I’m always disappointed when they are itchy, no matter what brand of yarn I use. How can a scarf be worn around your neck if it’s itchy? By the way, I know how to crochet but havent in a long time. Any suggestions?

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      Paula FarneyOct 13, 2023 at 9:04 PM

      I have recently fallen in love with Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn.. gorgeous colors like sherbert. Soft and great for Baby items… Baby Afghans…4 skeins & H hook

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      Suzanne AllenOct 14, 2023 at 5:33 PM

      I love the I Love This Cotton yarn (I find it at Hobby Lobby). Just about any local mom/pop yarn store can make recommendations for you!

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      Jen TrueOct 14, 2023 at 5:33 PM

      I use the hobby lobby brand, I love this yarn. I started out buying from Walmart, mainly red heart and noticed it was beyond itchy and nobody liked anything I made because it was so itchy. I love this yarn I find to be easier to work with and more cozy as a wearable.

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      KajunKweenOct 15, 2023 at 4:23 PM

      I’ve only been crocheting on and off for about 2 years. I crochet using Premier Serenity yarn. It’s a great yarn that Walmart sells, that’s where I get mine only because the closest yarn stores are over 45 minutes away.
      I find the Premier Serenity is pretty soft and perfect for making throws and scarves. Also Bernat is awesome for making anything u want to feel soft! Hope this helps.

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      AstridOct 16, 2023 at 12:35 PM

      I agree about the feel of yarn. I can barely and mostly not at all work with wool fiber because of my skin. I used to like YEARS AGO red heart super saver, and now its too harsh a feeling for me. BUT, I HAVE PURCHASED SOME ONLINE FOR THEIR COLOR WAVES, (Variegated Colors) Plus , if it’s difficult to work with I do stay away from them.

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    TbOct 8, 2023 at 9:14 PM

    Omgosh! I’m a full member of the church of hookers!! Crochet saves my soul. And since I cannot follow patterns everything I make is a genuine one of a kind. I like you all, love the therapy working with yarn gives me. And how good it feels giving heartfelt homemade gifts. Good mojo to you all keep up that love filled stitching!

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    Danielle L MosleyOct 8, 2023 at 4:14 PM

    I taught myself to crochet about 10 years ago and have been crocheting ever since. I’m starting a small business selling my items.

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    Xochitl HarrisonOct 8, 2023 at 11:31 AM

    I love crochet creations
    I first started when I was three months pregnant of my 23 year old son since then I’m still making authentic items , my son asked me if I could make him a queen blanket ,which I did, he’s happy and proud of what i do.every year I crochet gifts for every one in my family .they all know what I will give them, scarf,dresses,hats,shirts,blouses,mittens,you named just anything you wish we can do as a crocheter.we get a lots of hugs and next year all over again more hugs and blessings.

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    Lisa JohnsonOct 7, 2023 at 11:55 PM

    Love that

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    Joanne PechilloOct 6, 2023 at 9:49 AM

    My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was 7. I have been crocheting since then I am now 69. My mom is 98 and still crocheting. We now have a lot of scarves I will donate to the homeless.

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      AliciaOct 8, 2023 at 4:46 PM

      I need a step by step picture so I can do the shell stitch. I am a beginner, I am 59, when I was younger I did this and loved the stitch but got away from it. Now I can’t get the memory back to do it. I have tried videos and that just don’t work. Do you have suggestions? I would love to learn the granny square

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      KayOct 9, 2023 at 10:53 AM

      My mom and granny taught me when I was 7 also! I’m also now 69! I taught my 3 daughters, but only 1 really took to it, and she makes beautiful things too. But she’s a hair stylist, now complaining her hands hurt. She’s only 37. I have a granddaughter I taught when she was 8, (now 11) but she never really took to it. I guess it’s just not for everyone, but so glad to see it resurgent and with SO MUCH more creativity!

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    SkylarOct 6, 2023 at 2:43 AM

    I came across this article when opening Google and just had to read it :>
    I struggled (still do) with focusing in class, but my Freshman year of HS when the pandemic hit was by far the worst time for my inability to focus. I had my Zoom classes open but I was walking around, finding random things to do other than pay attention, or just sleep. I was on the verge of failing, until one day while scrolling through TikTok, I saw people crocheting. I thought it was so cool how people could do that, and I ended up looking for videos on YouTube to teach myself how to crochet.
    I didn’t exactly start crocheting, I learned to finger knit with chunky (roving?) yarn. My teachers were teaching and I was on my floor hand knitting my first ever blanket (3 years and it’s still just as cozy and warm as the day I made it!)
    Eventually when school was starting to come back in person, I realized it was the yarn (and eventually hook) that made me realize that was the first thing that kept me sitting down and also paying attention. I started my own crochet business (that I unfortunately closed due to being scammed by classmates) and crocheted hats in class, which I eventually wore every day to class. I got the hang of being able to crochet very well and I would sit in class crocheting while looking at the screen as the teachers taught.
    I made gifts for my family and for my teachers, my friends as well with my time in class to crochet.
    Once I graduated, I stopped unexpectedly and I pretty much had crocheters block and didn’t start crocheting until this year when I started college.
    It still helps me focus to this day. And I’m so glad I had come across those TikTokers crocheting while I was learning online, or else I might’ve ended up not graduating on time 😭
    With the knowledge of learning to crochet soon came the (not so) mild frustration when people asked what I’m knitting 💀
    “Nothing. Why would I knit with a crochet hook?” said a post on Pinterest once.

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      Theresa GallentineOct 8, 2023 at 4:12 PM

      I have beencrocheting since I was 8 years old. My grandmother taught ne as well. Since then I have continued throughout my life a d even progressed to graphing out a picture (before they started this on YouTube and the c2c) and crocheted it into a blanket. Most of what I do now is self taught other than always looking for a new amigurumi to make. Crocheting is my solitude, my calming time. I have started to grow with customers, more so this year and it is getting pretty busy for me.

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      TaiOct 15, 2023 at 12:43 PM

      I agree when I saw this headline just had to read..( so much depressing headlines… this was the break I needed).
      Crocheting definitely helps me get away from the stresses and anxiety even if it’s momentarily.
      Knitting makes me feel disloyal to the “crocheting”🤣….
      I’m thankful for how the article explains this is a technique that can’t be done by a machine didn’t know that!! Hope it’s true. Each piece I crochet always was done with love and lots of effort I always felt!
      Lastly…🤔 interesting how most of the commenters shared can’t read patterns I thought something was wrong with me!!
      Thank you to all those whose love of crochet moves them to post videos!! ❤️

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    KATHLEEN KEYSOct 5, 2023 at 9:27 PM

    I LOVE CROCHETING. I CAN’T GO A DAY WITHOUT PICKING UP MY HOOK! DISCOVERING NEW PROJECTS TO MAKE IS EXCITING! YOUTUBE IS MY FRIEND. I BELONG TO SEVERAL COMMUNITIES INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL GROUPS IN CANADA, UK, AFRICA AND AUSTRALIA! GREAT HOBBY AND THERAPY!

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    KarenOct 5, 2023 at 5:25 PM

    My Polish gramma ALWAYS chrocted…though she never taught me, I picked it up all on my own….doilies, afghans…..great therapy!

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    GweenyOct 5, 2023 at 5:05 PM

    I am a crocheter it is wonderful craft time have. It’s simply pure joy to create whatever you put your mind to with yarn 🥰

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    CherylOct 5, 2023 at 9:15 AM

    In 2005 I created a project for my church graduates of making a pillow with school colors, name, and mascot. They are loved by all. Now I even make as wedding gift. Since my church kids have all grown up I design an alphabet blanket that I have done for last 8 years too. Now I am getting orders for them. A hook is always in my hand.

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    KellyOct 5, 2023 at 8:33 AM

    As a fellow crochet artisan, I absolutely love how much the art has taken off! This is a great article.

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    KimOct 4, 2023 at 4:21 PM

    Check out Project Linus. You will be happy you did. I great way to volunteer.

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    Virginia GuilloryOct 4, 2023 at 11:49 AM

    I started crocheting by watching and learning from my paternal grandmother and paternal aunts. And, because they mainly crocheted afghans, that’s what I started doing. Over time, I saw new stitches online that I wanted to try, C2C being one of them. Once I became a grandmother myself, I saw and learned different projects. I am currently working on a Turtle Memory Game for my grandson. I made a bunny for my granddaughter’s first Easter. I continue with blankets. I make them as wedding and baby gifts mostly.

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      DebOct 8, 2023 at 1:05 PM

      I taught myself how to crochet and to this day still make afghan for adults and kids and babies

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    TracyOct 4, 2023 at 9:01 AM

    My grandma taught me to crochet when I was 5 years old and I’ve never put the crochet hook down. As a kid I crocheted so many items for my family, and then I eventually started selling my crocheted items. I now own my own business that includes selling both crocheted items and crochet patterns that I’ve created!. I love it!

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      Judy HorneOct 5, 2023 at 3:10 PM

      Are you able to help me to crochet??

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    Virginia G LOGANOct 4, 2023 at 4:15 AM

    I’ve been crocheting since I was 9 years old. Love any project that is unique and challenging. I recently began micro-crochet. It’s Mt new obsession.

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    Patsy A NimmersOct 3, 2023 at 10:47 PM

    OMGoodness, this is one of the Best Articles I have read on Crocheting!🥰 I started Crocheting at the age of 7yrs old. My Aunt taught me how to Crochet. I Crochet Maci Sweaters, Baby Blankets, The Famous Ruffle Hat, Scarfs, Skirts and Beanies!🧶🧵 What is The Tribe?

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    Taunya Rae MayOct 3, 2023 at 3:51 PM

    I have been crocheting for 14 years and I have tried different things. Tried selling some items but was not very lucrative because people expect me to charge what the stores charge for their items. I charge on my time and the price of the scenes that are used. People say that is pricey all in all I crochet because it takes my stresses away and it causes me to relax. It’s almost my therapy.

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    jennifer knoxOct 3, 2023 at 12:32 PM

    I was taught how to crochet when I was a kid went back to it when I broke my back and was recovering in a rehab. I stayed with it and I make items to give away to people to brighten their day usually my items go to people in nursing homes.❤️‍🩹

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    Joyce SmithOct 3, 2023 at 12:10 PM

    I was a knitter for many years until a friend of mine had a sister who crocheted. After several weeks of I love knitting and I love crochet back and forth, I said if you teach me how to crochet, I’ll teach you how to knit. It’s been many years since both of us have been crocheting and knitting every since.

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    KarmaOct 3, 2023 at 11:36 AM

    I love crocheting and creating anything, I’ve expanded so much I can do from taking on the challenges, I’m all for trying to do it then complete it with the satisfaction of doing it!
    I get on my facebook post from friends saying when I see crochet stuff it reminds me of you🤪then they say you think you can do this🤷🏽‍♀️I say hmm I’ll see, then I secretly start and post the finished product saying did I nail it🫰🏽Crocheting is my stress reliever when this world can be so stressful.

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    Rose MichelleOct 3, 2023 at 8:35 AM

    Not all Walmarts carry the same amount of yarn. I went to several out here in Arkansas from Clinton to Conway to Heber Springs. I always end up going to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. If not either one if those places; then I’ll order it offline.
    I was taught by my Grandma at the age of 9. She taught me how to crochet a stocking; which in turn was hideous. Needless to say she remedied it for me. I didn’t want to crochet anymore. I spoke to my grandma over the years, but didn’t talk about crocheting. In 2013 I lost my mom in March and my Grandma in September. Heartbroken over both; I said Grandma if you can hear me; teach me to crochet again and work through my hands. Since then I haven’t stopped. I find it calming and relaxing. Crocheting on a long trip sure does make time go by quickly. I’ve made all kind of things and sold quite a few pieces.

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    Bosiljka MaričićOct 3, 2023 at 5:15 AM

    I started crocheting when i quit smoking and it helps so much to have something to do with your hands, i fell in love with it quickly and i now have a whole closet full of clothes i made and i feel so proud because of it

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    Mary BrightOct 3, 2023 at 1:15 AM

    I’m not a professional crocheted but it helps to release stress.
    Try to find shades of pinks, brown, and blue.

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    Wanda LeeOct 2, 2023 at 8:40 PM

    I was taught how to crochet in highschool (almost 50 years ago). I have enjoyed crocheting for years. I also taught my mom how to crochet.

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    LibertyOct 2, 2023 at 6:43 PM

    I kind of thought myself to crochet. I first started out by following patterns, now I can also read the instructions and make beautiful things. I love crocheting, is my stress relief therapy. I have crochet blankets, hats, scarves for my kids and grandkids. I also crochet prayer shawls for sick people from my church.

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    Myrtle FraserOct 2, 2023 at 5:07 PM

    I learned to crochet after attending a crochet class at our senior center. My first big project was crocheting a sweater but i love crocheting hats. Youtube tutorial has helped me a lot. Crocheting is such a relaxing hoppy.

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    WootchellOct 2, 2023 at 2:26 PM

    Such a well-put article! I love to see people with the same hobbies as me.

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    Michelle ROct 1, 2023 at 11:06 PM

    I wholeheartedly agree that it’s tedious and takes time. Often the craft is not appreciated when it’s given as a gift, yet if only they knew the time and money involved.

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    Patti M.Sep 30, 2023 at 4:48 PM

    I learned to crochet at 16; I had been sewing for awhile and subscribed to McCall’s pattern magazine. One issue had an article entitled, “Accent Your Sewing with Crochet!” that included patterns for a cloche hat and a scarf and I was intrigued, being that my babysitting money didn’t stretch far, and I realized I could crochet Christmas presents for everyone. I too went to Woolworth’s and bought Red Heart classic yarn, a hook and the Coats & Clark “Learn to Crochet” booklet and I’ve been crocheting ever since.

    For many years crochet was just a cost-effective way to make gifts and home dec as needed, but later became therapy for me. In the early 2000’s I started designing patterns for some of the major yarn companies and also sold patterns on my own website. I also became a Craft Yarn Council certified crochet instructor and teacher and taught until the pandemic took hold in 2020.

    I eventually learned to knit and am also a certified knitting instructor, but I don’t enjoy knitting as much as crochet.

    All this started 53 years ago, and now arthritis has set in and I’m unable to crochet as long at a time as I used to, but I crochet for at least half an hour most days. Also, most of my crochet is for charity these days.

    Thank you for this fine article about crochet!

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    Regina Richardson-PetersonSep 29, 2023 at 9:21 PM

    My grandmother taught me how to make a simple knit chain on a pencil. I learned how to crochet in my early thirties. The problem was trying to understand the abbreviations and what they meant exactly even more so for us visual learners. I bought books, but nothing comes close to YouTube. YouTube has been so helpful. I feel like I can make anything now.

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    Lena McGeeSep 29, 2023 at 7:44 PM

    My whole family is crafty with everybody really specializing in one type and dabbling others. My mother does crocheting as her speciality. She tried teaching me when I was younger and I just couldn’t pick it up for the life of me until I found a video maybe 12 years later and it was a step by step visual video on how to do the basic stitches. That’s how it clicked for me. I took that up as a hobby when I was in the military and haven’t stopped even after getting out. Might be a bit of a yarn snob but only for a specific brand of acrylic yarn that can be washed and dried in the machines with no damage. Love the stuff. Affordable. Great with young children. My favorite things to make are blankets and stuffed animals. I do have a stitch I refuse to do and that is a ripple stitch/pattern. Can’t read most picture patterns but I can find good written ones. All in all, the perfect stress reliever and my family is never cold.

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    Tina KovachSep 29, 2023 at 6:40 PM

    I’m teaching all our students in grades 4-8 to crochet this year! They love it! You can follow their progress on Twitter @TreMontessori

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    Helga PuschSep 29, 2023 at 4:18 PM

    We were tought to crochet and knit from when we started school in germany, for me, way back in the 1950.
    There was no TV watching and for our parents and grandparents a way to relax and teach us these beautiful crafts.
    I still enjoy both very much, difficult hours go by easier and the sense of accomplishing a crochet granny square or a pair of socks beats complaining about anything.
    My daughter and granddaughter knit and or crochet also, and I am very proud.
    Happy to have read this article today, nice to meet you fellow
    Crafters.

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    Doinca A. KellerSep 29, 2023 at 10:32 AM

    Hello I starting crocheting at age. 9 their was a neighbor across the street from my house who used to sit on het porch and crochet. I was very interested in learning how to crochet unfortunately her patients was short, I ask my mother for money to buy needed materials to learn I purchased a book, yarn and needle from Woolworth department store. I thought myself through trail and error I’m now a great crochet person. I thought my granddaughter how to crochet

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    MarshaSep 29, 2023 at 10:01 AM

    I have been crocheting for 38 years off and on. It has helped me relax and is a great hobby for riding public transportation. I feel it’s a waste of time so I crochet to my destination! I only do throws, blankets and winter scarfs. I really enjoy doing it.

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    Rosey ASep 29, 2023 at 9:39 AM

    I’m self taught and started as a child. I now crochet for Suicide and mental health awareness. It a soothing and relaxing experience and I give them away

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    Holly DSep 29, 2023 at 8:45 AM

    As I crochet, I wonder how that first person figured out that yarning over, pulling through, looping made such beautiful stitches and patterns! Whoever it was, I thank them for this wonderful, and addicting, craft!! I ❤️ crochet!!

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    LeathaSep 29, 2023 at 5:16 AM

    I learned to crochet when I was 10 years old my friends mother showed me how to crochet.its my passion I love color.i have made alot of blankets ,hats,stuffed animals.i have ra people told me to stop crocheting but I will never stop I love it

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    Debby GSep 29, 2023 at 12:48 AM

    I taught myself by reading and the picture tutorials. Long before u-tube.
    I made my son’s kindergarten blanket. He still has it. He is 43 years old and it is still on his bed.
    Each grandchild has been given a blanket at birth . At Christmas each year another 8 oz skein is added to them for their “new Christmas ” blessing. My goal for each is to have a king sized afgan for their wedding beds.
    I have been blessed with my granddaughter who got the “yarn bug” she taught herself using U-tube.

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    TracySep 29, 2023 at 12:45 AM

    My Husband’s Mother taught me how to crochet. She makes beautiful blankets and pot holders. She works great with yarn. She made a beautiful blanket for my Daughter when she was born and has made many, many more for Family. She made one for her Son (my Husband) and I when we got married. We love it. Been married for 30 years and it still looks brand new. She is a wonderful Woman and I’m so thankful she patiently taught me how to crochet.

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    D D GambleSep 29, 2023 at 12:23 AM

    My grandmother taught me at age 4, and it’s been downhill ever since 🙃. 65 years!

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    JacquieSep 28, 2023 at 10:05 PM

    I didn’t learn to crochet till I was in my late 50’s. Covid helped I had nothing to do but learn to crochet with the help of you tube.

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    C RiveraSep 28, 2023 at 9:13 PM

    Mom taught me to crochet at 8 to keep me busy as most 8 year olds are energetic.
    I stopped and started embroidery stopped this too.
    Quite a few years later I picked up crocheting again with scarfs for friends each fall time.
    Now I’m starting again after some years with Arumigami figures.
    Just as fun now as when I started at 8 only now I’m a senior plus.

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    Thelma R NorwoodSep 28, 2023 at 5:05 PM

    I have crocheted for year. Love it.

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    Ida GreenSep 28, 2023 at 1:30 PM

    I love crocheting, especially for family members, older ladies, and friends. I seldom charge anything for my work. Smiles on their faces is enough.

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    Maria AndrettaSep 28, 2023 at 10:49 AM

    I started crocheting at the age of nine, my grandmother taught me the basics. I crocheted a little bit then. I, again picked it up once I had my children and started to crochet bed blankets, which I crocheted three. Once my grandchildren came along, I started to crochet blankets for their beds. I love to crochet hats, scarves, tops, dresses, ponchos, shrugs, among other things. Crocheting brings me joy, and it’s so therapeutic.

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    KimberlySep 28, 2023 at 10:15 AM

    Well the Walmart in Elizabethtown KY don’t stock there yarn. Always have to travel somewhere else to get my yarn.

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      JohnnySep 28, 2023 at 4:44 PM

      Kimberly, I say this with love – all the yarn you want is only a google search away.

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      Barbara. DanielOct 4, 2023 at 2:44 PM

      You can get yarn on line… Amazon has a variety.😄😄😄

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    AmaalSep 28, 2023 at 8:21 AM

    I’ve crochet for 52 1/2 yrs. My mom taught me since I was young and I’ve crochet different thing. The cost of yarn is making it harder to crochet.

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      HeidiOct 1, 2023 at 9:32 PM

      Amaral. If u watch hobby lobby and herrschners they have pretty good sales. Me and my daughter have spent the last yr stocking up on sale yarn. We could probably fill 2 bathtubs up.

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      BrendaOct 4, 2023 at 6:37 PM

      JoAnn ‘s has a 40%coupon on their Web site. Keep checking you will find a 50% coupon. Someone else posted this on a crochet group I’m on. Also every other week Hobby Lobby has a sell on yarn.Just have to check. Also most give military and their spouse discounts, you just have to ask. Good luck and happy crocheted.☺️

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    TRACY FREESESep 28, 2023 at 12:26 AM

    Whan I was not what age .that my grandmother who teach me how to crochet. But had passed way in 1997 .just before I graduated with class of 1999

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    Virginia AshleySep 27, 2023 at 6:40 PM

    My mom taught me how to crochet. She has gone on to be with the Lord now and I miss her so much.

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    ValenciaSep 27, 2023 at 5:05 PM

    I remember a few stitches from school watching other mates. Then when I broke my ankle ( I’m over 70) and was stuck on a recliner 24/7 I vowed I had to do something as I’m normally active, so thought I try crotchet. Taught myself yes thru you tube. I can crochet tea cozies and doilies. Love the results. Now I crotchet more often,didn’t even know some say it’s a lost art everyone should give it a try.

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    LauraDSep 27, 2023 at 5:04 PM

    I’m so pleased when I hear about young people picking up crafts their grandparents might have done. Great job, Basia!

    My Italian grandmother (born in 1889) was an avid crocheter of mostly lace items. She died in 1954, long before I was born, but I still have many of her creations.

    I first learned to crochet from a library book in my early 20s At that time, I learned because I wanted to make special blankets when my niece and nephew were born. II made a few other projects and then put down my hooks for three decades. Just this year I began crocheting again, and this time it’s to relieve my anxiety. I mean, I’m making some nice items, but I’ve become addicted to the stress relief that it provides, and I’m always looking for new patterns.

    I just signed up for a knitting class that begins next month. I have no experience at all with knitting and I’m hoping I love it as much as crochet!

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    Rita Mary PerezSep 27, 2023 at 4:54 PM

    Reading all these comments brings me back to when I was younger when my mom and knitted,that’s when I started 7yrs old (60s) and Woolworths reminds me when I lived in Cedar Rapids,Iowa (married to the wrong person) anyway I knitted back then .I just started to crochet again 2018 ,I did try it before but couldn’t get the hang of it…But now I feel like a pro..haha..Thanks for sharing…

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    TwySep 27, 2023 at 4:27 PM

    My Great Aunt taught me when I was young. I find this is my best way to destress after working all day. I sleep better if I crochet in the evenings too.

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    Pamela Farquharson (far-q'-son)Sep 27, 2023 at 12:56 PM

    How to be apart of the Tribe – is it a crochet Tribe?

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    Davisa GoldingSep 27, 2023 at 12:30 PM

    My Aunt taught me a granny square as my first project when I was 12. I am almost 50 and I have been crocheting ever since. From scarves, shawls, toys, blankets, bags, accessories etc.
    Thanks for letting people know how it us an Art. I tell people this can not be reproduced by machine.

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      LaurenSep 27, 2023 at 11:53 PM The Tribe Pick

      I’m actually pretty new to this world. But I started after I was officially diagnosed with a cyst in my spine in May of 2022. It’s inoperable and when my body stresses it sends false pain signals through my nerves. The only thing that never bothered me was my hands. So I learned via YouTube. I decided I wanted a blanket fit for my standard of comfort. Being a 5’7 woman. It’s a lot of yarn and oh so much time. Thanks to my love of art and finding little hobbies to keep me out of trouble. My step daughter learned how. I found out this summer, my mom actually knows how to do it too tho she says she probly doesn’t remember how to now. But so far, my 5’7× about 4ft amazes everyone who sees it. And yes, I took some time off of working on it during summer due to realizing that making a blanket makes you want to sleep. So I was often round cat nap with my blanket sitting in my lap. But I’m back to working in it some more. I’ve used 7 balls of yarn so far, but because my daytime job is frieght, my hands are surprisingly strong. So I unintentionally make my crochet blanket very tight. So it holds really well and I love it.

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        PaulaOct 2, 2023 at 11:11 AM

        I am SO glad that the starting chain was the hardest part for more people than just me😂! After I lost my dad in ’97, I gave it a go. Could not get past the chain! Then one day while I sat in the truck waiting for my fiance to come out with movies (yeah I feel old saying that) I was working that starting chain in my head. Just like that, it was as if the skies opened and the crochet fairies smiled down at me: I thought I figured it out. I don’t know what others thought when I ran into Blockbuster video and grabbed my fiance, demanding to be taken home where the yarn and hooks were. He did, in shock, I’m sure, and I was in shock to see that I was really making that chain. I’ve been crocheting every since. Love the article! Thank you!

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      Wanda JordanSep 28, 2023 at 7:32 PM

      I was in awe of my 5th grade teacher Mrs Johnson crocheting in class as we did our assignments. I asked her if she could teach me and she said yes. My friend and I would ride our bikes to her home on Saturday’s and we sat on her front porch crocheting. I’m 61 now and I still get a kick out of learning a new stitch or two!

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    Alethia DouglassSep 27, 2023 at 10:11 AM

    I went into Woolworth’s (dating myself) and found Coats & Clarke How-to-do booklet (which is still in publication after 40+ years) , bought yarn and a hook…the rest is my history of being a crafter. Other senior crocheters taught me different techniques and pattern reading. During the recent loss of my baby sister, I started making hexagon sweaters (20+) while working thru my grief. Crochet for me is a talent from God and my therapy thru the years. The fun part is meeting people at craft fairs, those who purchase and/or reminiscing when they or family members used to crochet or knit.🌻

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      Yvonne CooperSep 27, 2023 at 9:11 PM

      I learned from my great grandma in 1969. I don’t know how many things I have made over the years. I’m 62 now. No one that I know wants to learn. They all give up. I didn’t give up, I still don’t g give up. I credit my great grandma, and myself, for never giving up.

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    SamanthaSep 27, 2023 at 9:21 AM

    My grandmother taught me when I was little. I didn’t make it beyond chaining at that point. I picked it back up in my early twenties, but only made a few small things before having kids made me too busy. Shortly before COVID I picked it back up again and haven’t put it back down yet. I’m working on my first full sized blanket and love making stuffed animals. I’ve made four axlotls now and they are a huge hit with the kids. I’m trying to teach my youngest, but I’m a rightie and she’s a leftie, so it’s been slow going. She’ll get it eventually. Other than reading patterns, which I eventually taught myself, chaining is one of the hardest things to master. YouTube truly is your best friend. I’ve learned how to do so much with the help of other people. It truly is a wonderful community to be apart of. 😁

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    Loretta PerazaSep 27, 2023 at 8:18 AM

    Nice recognition story of us who crochet. I didn’t know it could not be replicated, only done by hand. Glad to know that. It’s Definitely therapeutic mentally. Seems to just sort out your thoughts yet it stops you from thinking about anything else but your project.

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    Val J.Sep 27, 2023 at 7:27 AM

    I started crocheting after being diagnosed with cancer 2021. Crocheting brought peace and calmness during my season of healing! I ❤️ this article 😊!

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      Flarenda MeredithSep 28, 2023 at 2:43 AM

      I learned how to crochet when I was 32 years old by a friend of the family. I love yarn, just being around yarn calms me and I get so excited about what I’m going to crochet next. This spring I to crochet dolls and now I’m selling them.

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    Carmen KinardSep 27, 2023 at 6:57 AM

    I got into crocheting after watching my great grandma crocheting. It has gotten me through so many hard times. When I ask family and friends what they want for their birthday or Christmas, I always hear something that you crocheted. It has helped me quit smoking and helped me with my anxiety. When I die I want my hooks and yarn with me to help me get to the other side. Lol

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    AnjeGSep 26, 2023 at 7:58 PM

    I have been crocheting for almost 30 years. I learned when I was 20. I love making beautiful and intricate heirloom blankets. For me and my daughter with Autism…we love feeling and trying all kinds of yarns. Such a sensory art form! I loved your article. People don’t always understand the time, the thought, love and money that a crochet gift entails

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    DebbieSep 26, 2023 at 4:47 PM The Tribe Pick

    Love your story. I’ve been crocheting since I was about 8 years old. My grandmother taught me the basics and after she passed I started watching YouTube. YouTube is your best friend.

    If you really want to learn how to crochet either go to your public library and if there’s enough people interested the library can start a learning class. And if you don’t want to go through that you can just ask enough people who crocheted and see if they will teach you.

    Crocheting is a forever learning process, something new comes a long all the time.

    Happy crocheting!

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      Basia VilSep 26, 2023 at 7:59 PM

      Thank you! That is such a great idea, and even one of my local yarn stores offer lessons to people of all ages for knitting and crocheting. There’s so many ways to learn!

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    Trish OBrienSep 26, 2023 at 2:06 PM

    I learnt to crochet many moons ago .I was a little girl of around 10/11.
    It to me was old fashioned and never picked up a crochet hook again till 9 years ago .
    Today I am 70 very shaky hands but that does not stop me .
    I am addicted to it and have made many things for my family.
    Now I am busy with Tite bags with a difference and hope to sell them for Xmas money.
    It is a stress release invigorating and makes you feel you are worth something to teach the youngsters a craft that will never die.

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      Nisha BishunSep 29, 2023 at 1:24 AM

      Thank you for sharing. I resonate with you. I learned to crochet and knit from my mum when I was 7or 8 years old. My mum is an industrious woman. I also thought crocheting was old fashioned. However I have taken up crocheting a couple of months ago again as I am now 60 and retired. But I am loving crocheting for my grandkids who are keeping me busy with orders , from scarfs, beanies, headbands, scrunchis etc. I look for new patterns all the time. Learning constantly from you tube. I have such a sense of satisfaction and pleasure, especially when I complete an item. My grandkids are loving whatever I make for them and wear it with such pride 😤

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    DonnaSep 26, 2023 at 12:31 PM

    I learned to crochet from a neighbor at the age of 10. My granddaughter asked me if I could teach her to crochet. She 10 years old she caught on in 10 minutes like I did. She continued to teach a couple of friends. Over the weekend she went with her mother to a craft show and seen a lady who just started an told my granddaughter she can learn how to make little animals. Yesterday she was home sick from school and I stopped over to give sone of my extra crochet needles. She was in the middle of making a turtle. Doing very good in such a short time.

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      Basia VilSep 26, 2023 at 8:02 PM

      I love that you’re passing down your knowledge on crocheting!

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    Yolands HarveySep 26, 2023 at 11:19 AM

    Crochet 🧶 and your going 😀 to the house 🏡 and I know you have to be there 🎁 up 🏣 posts 😁 and your going 😀 to mail 📚 to crochet book her come back 🔙 and your thank you Ms Yolanda Harvey 1119 Monroe Street bogalusa la 70427

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    Ruth EcansSep 26, 2023 at 6:45 AM

    I got into crochet during Covid, I stayed home from work as I was classed as vulnerable, I spent most of my time in my bedroom, so as to not come in contact with my children who were still working. I suffer with health anxiety, I had convinced myself I was going to get Covid and die, it sounds extreme but this is the way my mental health works. I found a site on u tube called Ophelia Talks Crochet, such a brilliant site, her videos helped me to learn to crochet, whilst crocheting I was able to focus my thoughts on to what I was making, this helped me to get through those days, I still crochet now I find it relaxes me and I get a lot of joy in creating gifts for family and friends.

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      Basia VilSep 26, 2023 at 8:05 PM

      I’m glad you found such a productive and beneficial way to relieve some of your anxiety. Crocheting has so many benefits and has multiple ways to help anyone

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    Betsy WilsonSep 24, 2023 at 7:16 PM

    Thanks so much. I’ve been crocheting since I’m 7 yrs old. My grandmother taught my mother, my mother taught me. I went past my mother and got a book from the library and taught myself to read patterns.

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      BelindaSep 27, 2023 at 7:18 AM

      I like the crochet but I don’t have patterns pls help me

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        Barbara A GornySep 27, 2023 at 11:54 AM

        Just Google beginner tutorials on YouTube… a #5 hook is best to start with….
        And follow a tutorial slowly on your phone…
        That’s it …

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          Bonita MorrisSep 30, 2023 at 2:40 PM

          My grandma taught me when I was 10-12 yrs old!! I kept watching her crochet and then I asked her to help me!! I’m left handed!! But she taught me anyway!! I make Afghans and stuffed animals!!

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