My introction to Crocheting
My first introduction was as a small child watching my mother crochet. She was so fast that I could barely see what she was doing. I was fascinated watching her work. I wondered if I could learn to crochet. I asked my mother if she would teach me to crochet. Sadly, she said no. I continued to watch anyone crocheting without being noticed. I had hoped I could pick up learning to crochet by watching. Since the crocheters I knew had all been at it for years, they were all too fast for a small child of about 6 or 7 years old.
Learning to crochet
For me, learning to crochet became a necessity. I had gotten married. My mother-in-law had started a crocheted skirt and vest for me. She had to stop working on it due to health. My mother-in-law gave me a learn to crochet book and the pattern for the set. Both the vest and the front of the skirt had been completed. I would have to do the rest if I wanted to wear the outfit.
Teaching myself to crochet
Using the book she gave me, I taught myself how to crochet so I could finish the outfit. I finished it but I could see the difference between what she had done and what I had done. Still, the outfit was wearable. As a result of years of crocheting, I’ve learned more and more about crocheting. Today I would be able to make the part I did look just like hers by simply changing the crochet hook size. Now I have the experience to crochet just about any pattern available.
Crocheted items I have made
I have made many things, some my own design, since I learned to crochet at the age of 20. I have made many gifts for friends and sold a sweater I had crocheted just to see if I could do such a complicated pattern. When I say “complicated” I meant a pattern that required I check the pattern every six to eight stitches. I was a toddler size crocheted Aran style sweater! That one took a long time to complete. I have one that took me longer but that is a story for the blogs.