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.
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: