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Crochet Isn’t Just For Grandmothers, But We Really Do Like It!


Maybe you don't speak French, but there is one French word that you really should know.  That word is CROCHET!  The word crochet originates from the French word "croche" or "croc" meaning to hook, and it is a hobby on which you can easily become, well…hooked. 

How well I remember sitting in the break room at FAA while a co-worker demonstrated the chain stitch and the single crochet.  It almost sounds like a dance, doesn’t it?  I could hardly wait to begin practicing.  Over the years I have crocheted afghans, sweaters, potholders, baby layettes, lace edgings, ornaments, and dozens of doilies—my favorite project.  Let’s just say, “Knitting is fine, but crochet is mine.”

When I was a child, the only people I knew who crocheted were grandmothers, and crochet is still an excellent hobby for older women (and men).  Crochet is inexpensive and easy to do.  All you need is a hook, some yarn or thread, and a pattern.  If you've never crocheted before, you will also need someone to show you how to do it or some instructions such as you can find in many crochet-pattern books.


Crochet From Start To Finish

If you are a person who prefers to have someone show you how to do a new craft, you might ask around until you find a crochet teacher, or you might check out an instructional video. Crochet From Start To Finish instructs beginners and advanced students on the art of crochet, one of the world's oldest surviving folk arts. The video leads viewers through numerous projects as particular stitches are effectively demonstrated.

200 Crochet Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets by Jan Eaton

Once you've been introduced to crochet, your fingers will be itching to begin a project. Dewey section 746.434 has a variety of crochet-pattern books from which to choose. If you are a beginner, you might start with 200 Crochet Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets. It will introduce you to hooks, tools, and yarns. Some of the things I especially like about this book are that it shows photographs of the stitches, it teaches about reading symbol charts (which are much easier to understand than written instructions), and it briefly covers almost everything you need to know to become familiar with the craft of crocheting.

Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman

Once you’ve practiced a bit, you should be ready for a small project. Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies contains a variety of small projects. You can choose from tiny hats, booties, bibs, washcloths, blankets and a variety of stuffed animals. I like that the patterns are presented with symbol charts and written instructions.

Amigurume by Allison Hoffman

While browsing the crochet section, I ran across a book entitled Amigurume. It is a book about making cute crochet people. When I glanced at the cover, I noticed that one of the dolls looked like Willie Nelson. I carried the book over to one of our young librarians, and he began to name off the other character dolls. What a fun project this could be for enticing your grandchildren to join you in learning to crochet their favorite celebrities. Okay, maybe these are too complicated for youngsters, but they might be delighted to receive them as gifts.

Interweave Crochet

Some of the libraries also subscribe to crochet magazines such as Crochet World. Don’t forget that our Zinio magazine database also has crochet magazines that you can download to your tablet or computer and keep. You will enjoy Crochet Traditions and Interweave Crochet.

Many people think crocheting is a good way to relax. It can be an entertaining diversion for when you are helping your friends or family watch sports events on TV. "Wow, did you see that interception?" "Yes, dear. It almost made me miss a stitch."

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