March is National Crochet Month!
I’ve asked some of my favorite crochet bloggers to share with us how they learned how to crochet, I had so much fun reading their answers, and I hope you will too. Be sure to check out each of their sites by clicking the link after each story for more crochet goodness!
After reading, be sure to comment below and tell us how you learned how to crochet too!
I was taught how to crochet by my grandmother when I was little. I never did more than glorified scarves. That changed when my best friend was expecting her first child. It has all been uphill from there.
-Lorene from Cre8tion Crochet
August 2011 I taught myself to knit with a book because I was bored at home and I thought that crochet was much harder. Then in September 2011 I decided to learn crochet. I got a book and made a flower. I was laughed at by family, but I still kept doing it. A few months after that I wrote my first pattern. They may still laugh at me, but I enjoy what I do. Not everyone can say that.
-Stacey from Busting Stitches
Late in June, 2012 is the first time I grabbed my crochet hook. I taught myself to crochet from various crochet videos on Youtube and didn’t realize it’s when the serious “spinning wrist” syndrome hooked me up Soon, I started my blog “Be A Crafter xD” as well as my crafting adventure.
-Maz from Be A Crafter xD
My Aunt Viola taught me how to crochet when I was a teenager, visiting her family in Wisconsin one summer. I already knew how to knit, having learned from my mom at around age 10 and had done some embroidery too. I switched almost exclusively to crochet in my 30s.
-Patrice from Yarn Over, Pull Through
We had an “enrichment” class when I was in the 7th grade. One of the choices was crochet. My 7th grade science teacher, Kathy Watts, taught me, and I’ve never stopped.
-Kathy from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs
My Mom taught me when I was 8 yrs old. It was a BIG challenge for both of us, because she is right handed, and I am left handed. Someone finally told her to have me sit FACING her, instead of next to her, and VOILA! I learned! My first project was a belt~LOL, and the next one was a granny square afghan~ONE BIG GRANNY SQUARE Now, I crochet constantly, design my own patterns, have taught my 13 yr old daughter, who is right handed, and she has started designing HER own patterns.
-Tera from Trifles & Treasures
When I was 6yo, visiting my maternal grandmother, she saw me fidgeting with her collectible figurines. To keep me busy, she gave me a hook and some yarn and showed me how to make a chain. I don’t know how long I sat in that chair, but I would make a chain that hit the floor, rip it out and chain again. That’s all the crocheting I did- ever- until my son turned 2. I was going crazy being home and decided to give it a try. What could I lose? I’d already lost my mind. I designed my first amigurumi the second month and have been designing and writing patterns ever since. I made her an afghan for Christmas 2013. Shortly after, she turned 100 and passed away in her sleep. She changed so many lives and was very pleased.
-Celina from Simply Collectible Crochet
I had tried to teach myself from a book but it wasn’t until my sister-in-law showed me the basic stitches that it clicked! From there I was off on a love affair that’s still going strong!
-Tamara from Moogly
I was born into a tangle of yarn.. My Gram’s has crocheted all her life, and started teaching me before i even learned to hold a pencil. I made finger crochet chains that seemed to go on for miles out of all her odds and ends. I made my first afghan when I was 7, and now at 45 I am creating my own designs and writhing patterns. I’ve come a long way, thanks to her patience, and teaching. She will be 97 this month, and can no longer crochet, but I know she admires my work. She and I have come full circle.
-Lisa from Hooker Magic
My grandmother taught me when I was 9 🙂
-Kara from Petals to Picots
I taught myself to crochet from a library book I checked out from my local library when I was 15. I was always at that library because I loved to read. I went to Kmart and bought some cheap yarn and F-hook and stayed up all night learning the stitches from the book. I was hooked ever since.
-Sara from Posh Pooch Designs
My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 8. She taught me how to do a granny square. She said I wasn’t ready to learn anything else, so I started designing immediately and designed my first doily at age 8. She wouldn’t teach me anything else. I never stopped designing and wasn’t aware of patterns until I was about 18 or 19.
-Kim from kimguzman.com
I learned to crochet online when I was on bedrest for 10 weeks with my now almost 5 year old. I would watch the mikey’s mail and art of crochet ( now thecrochetcrowd and crochet geek) over and over until I would get a new stitch or project. Then I start combing projects and before I knew it I was making my own designs.
-Mary Kathryn from Crochet Chiq
I learned how to chain and sc from my grandma. I book taught myself all the rest.
-BreeAnna from String With Style
My mom taught me to crochet when I was fairly young but I didnt get excited about it until I had to cut back on knitting due to aching wrists. Weird that i can crochet 8-10 hours at a time without pain.
It has been more than thirty years since I made that first wash cloth and now I crochet and design full time. I love every second.
-Heidi from Snappy Tots
My aunt taught me when I was 12 years old, 45 years ago, I have small hands and knitting needles made them ache, so crochet was brilliant for me, I now run my own crochet business full time.
-Heather from Patterns for Crochet
My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 10 years old, She was a little Irish crochet powerhouse!… A friend at work taught me how to read patterns when I was in my 20’s and I have never stopped crocheting!! I have now been crocheting for 40 years and named my blog after my grandmother, Beatrice Ryan!
-Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs
When my second child was 6 months old my husband got a job that moved us to Japan! It was an amazing and wonderful adventure, BUT we had to be careful about what we packed so I couldn’t bring anything crafty or creative (like my sewing machine, etc… After the first few months, once we got the hang of things over there, I started to get bored. My sweet MIL knew this so for my birthday she sent me a “how to crochet” book in English (I had mentioned before that I was interested in learning) I found this great yarn shop just down the street so it was just perfect! for Christmas my MIL sent me a thread crochet book I asked for and by the end of the year living there I was designing my own patterns!
-Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy
Crocheting is my homesick relief. 3 years ago we moved here in Mexico and boredom kills me. I don’t have job and friends yet that time. I’m always online 24/7 and accidentally I saw a video on YouTube of how to crochet a flower, that’s my first crochet project and it took me two days.
-Anabelle from I’m Hooked
I became interested in crochet until around 10 or 11 years old. I didn’t do anything with it really until I was pregnant with my oldest 8 years ago. Total disaster. Once she was born though I was with a lady I used to know who broke it down for me and the rest is history. It’s all about your learning style.
-Lexy from Lexy’s Handmade Creations
Jessie from Jessie At Home wrote a great post too on her blog about her crochet story too, such a great read!
I learned to crochet whilst my big brother was in ICU and I sat vigil by his bed for 49 days. Knitting needles were annoying him with the clickety click and told me to find something Quieter. The nurse suggested crochet. A tiny mobile phone watching videos, and I have fallen in love with it ever since.
My future MIL (she’s most definitely my MIL now) taught me to crochet in college when I was stressed out over Biology and Chemistry finals. She sat me down and taught me a pattern that I now know was a ridiculous place to start, but the repetition was amazing for my frazzled mind. For years, the only thing I knew how to crochet was that pattern. In 2007, I was placed on hospital bed rest for 12 weeks while pregnant with my twins. I was losing my mind watching Law & Order reruns when I realized I had internet access. I found video after video on YouTube, yarn and hooks on Amazon, and a nurse who did not mind bringing me boxes when UPS delivered them to the hospital for me. Crochet brought me peace while I waited for the Twinjas to cook some more and, today, it brings me joy to create and share with others. I started my Tw-In Stitches blog as a place to share the things I made, but started sharing my patterns when I just couldn’t contain my excitement after creating something that worked.
-Jennifer from Tw-In Stitches
Who taught CuriousTiff to crochet? The talented women listed on this blog post (and many more that are not featured, but are likely reading). I knew the basics for years, but my “cro-education” materials are the videos and picture tutorials, patterns and blogs created by the very people sharing their stories here.
My first hooking experience was shared with my paternal grandmother. My first hooks and giant skeins of cheap yarn were bought for me sometime in my preadolescent years and after I had hooked miles of chains, I was taught double and single crochet stitches. I never did make that blue and yellow afghan I planned to make for myself, I did awaken an alter ego of sorts, she is a crafty brat with a morbid fascination for oddball crochet. This devil on my shoulder is named CuriousTiff, a nickname given to me by my father after disasters of epic proportions were caused by a girl with ravenous curiosity.
The people I consider my heroes, have worked tirelessly to create an amazing network of support for both established designers and business owners, and the new, aspiring hookers. Truly amazing people…
-Tiffany from Curious Tiff
I learned the basics of crochet as a child from a good friend of my moms and later in school, but it was only a few years ago that it became my passion. During my pregnancy with my little girl, I took the time to watch crochet videos on YouTube. I learned advanced stitches and familiarized myself with all the terminology used.
-Kinga from My Hobby Is Crochet
I learned to crochet when my first son was 4 months old. As a stay at home mom, I was in need of a naptime activity. I also knew I could potentially make money from it, so I gave it a shot! I watched tutorials on youtube over and over, and my love of the craft grew from there. It’s been 2 years and I’m even more crazy about crochet than I was when I started!
-Jocelyn from The Hippy Hooker
Aren’t these stories awesome? Thanks to everyone who contributed! I learned from my lovely (and very patient) aunt who is immensely talented. She taught me the basics and from there I got my hands on as much information as I could!
Now it’s your turn! Please comment below with your special story, we’d all love to hear it…happy crocheting to you!