Jun 12, 2013

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Crochet Charm

I grew up with crocheted items around the house. My mom always had a basket of crochet hooks and colorful threads lying around – and always one or two projects on the way to completion. And I learned how to crochet from our homemaking class in grade school too. I did learn how to make a chain, a loop, and a small flower and those but it was not until recently that I rediscovered my interest in crochet.

handwarmers

one of my to-dos – via pinterest

There was a stall at the local bazaar that sold crocheted items like cell phone pouches and hair accessories and I was quite surprised at how expensive they sold these items for. So, instead of buying their products, I went to the craft store to check out their crochet materials. I got myself a couple of hooks and several balls of thread. The rainbow of colors of threads made my head spin as I made my choices.

When I got home, I went online and checked out websites that offer free crochet patterns. Oh, for those who do not have an idea about the various crochet stitches and how to read patterns, there are also basic tutorials that take you through all the steps in learning how to crochet as a hobby. I did not even have to print out the patterns that I found. I simply saved the pattern on the desktop and worked from my laptop.

Once I had reacquainted myself with the basic stitches, I started on my first crochet project – a cell phone pouch. It only took me a couple of days to finish my first crochet project. Some of those who are more experienced with crocheting can actually finish this project in a matter of hours. I was so pleased with the outcome and decided to make a matching iPod Shuffle case with the thread I had left. My matching crochet pieces were followed by a clutch, a hoop pouch, a netbook bag, different styles of shrugs and boleros, several doilies, coasters, glass cozies, and a couple of caps. Now our house is starting to look like the home I grew up in with all the crocheted items around.

You too can learn about the art of crochet without much difficulty. When your friends see your finished products, you can actually start turning your hobby into a way of earning money. You can either make items to sell online or take orders for custom-made crochet items. Since these are handmade crafts, they fetch a higher price in the market than mass-produced items. I now understand why the prices of these items at the bazaar are quite on the high side. I’ve sold some of my crochet projects at higher prices too, but still lower than those in retail stores. Perhaps I am not yet ready to have a full-scale crochet business. I cannot possibly fill store shelves with my crochet projects. But, the prospects are rosy and I will continue to dream of being able to put up a crochet specialty store in the future.

dawty crochet beanie

beanie for my little girl

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  1. Amber M. says:

    My mom spent months crocheting me a matching skirt, vest and purse when I was a child. I feel bad now because I refused to wear it.

  2. veronica lee says:

    Love that crocheted beanie on your adorable girl!

    It’s funny how we never appreciated these things when we were young! My grandma crocheted the most beautiful tops and I too, refused to wear them! Now I wish I had kept them!

  3. Kimberly Murray says:

    Great that your interest is revived! My mom loved it but has been unable to continue. My sister expressed interest in it & made baby blankets as shower gifts. Once she had her children it was something she wanted to pass along to her girls. One project my mom completed for me was a doll with attached dress & slip to hide the panties LOL I decided to pass it on for my nieces to enjoy.

  4. Cielo of Brown Pinay says:

    Those are indeed a charmer….I also grew up with all those crochet byproducts in our house, unfortunately I was not able to learn the art which is a real regret even up to this very day

  5. My mom and grandma have always crocheted, for as long as I can remember. They taught me how when I was around 7 years old, and I have loved it ever since. I crocheted my husband a camo blanket (a design I made up myself, which took months to complete), and most recently a super hero cape for my son, complete with his inital on the back. It relaxes me and it’s fun to see the finished product.

  6. Lynzi cook says:

    I just learned to crochet, and am still learning. Unfortunately, my school did not teach anything like this, and no one in my family knows how either. So, I’m teaching myself and loving it! I’ve made lots of hats and bootys for baby boy due in Nov.!

  7. What a great post and great pics, too. My grandma used to crochet and I remember her spending hours and hours and days and days crocheting a blanket that she made for our family — was beautiful.

  8. How wonderful to discover a re-love of a hobby or even a way of life. Working with yarn is so comforting in many ways. I know it calms me.

  9. Stacy Peart says:

    Love this article! I’m gonna bookmark it.

  10. wyndwhisper says:

    i love to crochet and always have at least 2 project going.

    tammy ramey
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  11. I can knit, but not crochet – although I’d love to learn! It’d be so cool to be able to make your own things and they’re great for gifts too!

  12. I first learned to crochet from a nurse who looked after me when I spent a few months in the hospital when I was younger. I stopped when I started working, but I should go back as I kind of had knack for it. Thanks for reminding me!

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