A Moment Of Nostalgia

While going through my crochet/knit books I came across this book I had purchased at Wal-Mart in the fall of 1997.  It’s a book that teaches you knitting, crochet, tatting and embroidery. Personally I don’t see much tatting or embroidery these days but I am sure there are individuals out there that do these crafts. The patterns were dated back then so they really look dated now.

Book Cover

My First Knit/Crochet Book

This is the book that I used to teach myself how to crochet back in the day (before YouTube).   At the time I was unfortunately forced to sit out a semester while in college due to financial constraints.  So, between that and looking for a job that semester I decided to teach myself how to crochet.  My grandmother had taught me how to crochet when I was a little girl (about 8/9 years old) but I caught on to knitting faster.  My first project was the funny looking blanket made from Red Heart yarn that is red and white with just simple shells made by placing 5 double crochets in one stitch.  I almost got rid of it before but my husband insisted that I keep it.  The blanket is on our bed and is a constant reminder of how far I have come in my crochet journey. I only wished that my grandmother was still alive to see how far I have come in my crafting.  I just adored her as she was the textbook grandmother and I miss her dearly!  Hopefully my two daughters will become interested in either knitting or crochet.  They know how to do a purl stitch but a 8 and 12 year old’s interests changes so rapidly.  Its gets rather lonely when you are the only one in your family that crochets and/or knits.  How did you learn to knit/crochet? Are you self-taught or did a special family/friend show you?

Here are some photos from the book:

Crochet Slippers

Crochet Slippers


Embroidered Teddy Bear and Puppy



Tatting Pattern

Tatting for Handkerchief Edgings


Pattern for Knit Sweaters

Knit Sweaters

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