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My Crochet Journey


I have been crocheting for around 30 years...which makes me feel super old!! My grandma taught me my first stitches when I was around 10 years old.


I remember that we were sitting in my mom's car outside of Ben Franklin Craft Store (anyone else remember that store??). We were waiting for my mom to do something, I can't remember what. But my grandma had just gotten herself some Red Heart Super Saver yarn at Ben Franklin and decided to teach me how to crochet to pass the time.


She taught me the chain stitch, single crochet, and once I got really good she taught me to double crochet. I must have started a million projects over the next 6 to 8 years...I'm doubtful that I completed more than a handful of them!


In my late teens I started to play around with "designing." Or at least what I thought was designing...LOL! I would make a sort of ripple by doing a SC, HDC, DC, HDC, SC pattern in an afghan. As added flair, I was using the back loops only so you could more easily see the line of the wave. I was so proud of myself at the time...ah to be young!


During my college years my cousin and I taught ourselves how to read real crochet patterns. We would go to Michaels or JoAnn's and pick up those little pattern books put out by Red Heart or Lion Brand. I can't even count how many of those I have in my craft room! We made friends and family afghans, baby blankets, and scarves. Once we got really brave we started attempting hats.


Since the start of Pinterest, I've had the pleasure of expanding my crochet horizons. I've made everything from handbags to jewelry to potholders. My favorite projects at the moment are accessories and garments. I like to make shawls and beaded necklaces because they are quick and can generally keep my interest long enough to complete them. I just finished up a sweater from a pattern in one of my old crochet magazines and have been cranking out shawls trying to use up my stash so I can justify buying more yarn. :)


How did you get your start crocheting?

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