Reviving an old craft: Crochet

Almost a month ago, I decided it was about time to take a break from the internet and learn a craft. Hands can do more than typing, right?

I don’t know how I came about crochet. Maybe it was because I saw so many women in my family mastering this craft most probably. But when I came to ask about it and expressed my interest to learn, the first reaction was: Leave it to the elderly, this craft is a pain for the hands, you do not need it.

Fine, I thought. I didn’t need anyone to teach me; I have the internet. I did my research, watched a couple a YouTube videos and bought the essentials: a ball of yarn and a crochet hook. (Both cost less than LBP 10.000 if you want to start with basic quality). That’s all it took to get me hooked.

After my crochet project 1, I found that liked it. It was quite simple in fact and easier than I thought. Soon, the women in the family took interest in what I did simply because I was not mimicking the “old table cloth patterns” but I was going for patterns that could be used and worn, neck warmers, shawls, gloves, clothes and even amigurumi.

Later, I was told that crochet used to be a very popular craft in my village; in fact every woman had to learn before getting married and at a certain point, during the war, it was a means to support their families and save them from famine.

There is not much information about the history of crochet, but what already exists  shows some of its evolution;

Crochet has its own language and symbols. It takes a while to get acquainted with them but soon it becomes addictive. Anyone with some patience can learn it. Men too! Did you know that U.S. President James Buchanan, president from 1857 to 1861 liked to crochet on his free time? There are many famous people who crochet as well, you can find a list here.

Here are a couple of projects I did already:

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