The technique of crochet is a Daily Dabble that was passed down through family. From my mother and grandmother to me, I began with a Granny Stitch pattern and grew to tackling just about any free pattern I could find.
Some of the best lessons are those passed down through families and fortunately, crochet art is one of them.
Crochet may be a somewhat lost art form; however, there are still those old souls who carry on the tradition in modern times. In fact, there are several groups in the Houston and Cypress, Texas areas alone. Click on the links below to see local groups that gather to crochet. Though these groups are often made up of women, there are also men who crochet and knit. One of the greatest attributes of crochet is that it is easy to learn within many different age groups and lifestyles.
If you are interested in learning to crochet but don't know anyone willing to teach you, try looking for some great, online tutorials. Though I was blessed to learn the basics from patient family (see pictures above), I learned many of the more intricate stitches and techniques from watching YouTube® videos. Online teachers such as Bella Coco, Jayda in Stitches, and How to Crochet with Crochet Crowd allow you to watch them stitch as they explain their own techniques. Plus, several teachers record videos in both the right-handed or left-handed perspective.
Bella Coco is one of my personal favorites because her videos look so professional. She also has a great, easy to understand accent that is fun to listen to if you are an Texas-American like me.
You can also check out the Gallery Collection for my most recently completed projects below. I try to update pictures and details as new pieces get finished.
I had a lot of fun with my latest project, the Bruges Delight - A housewarming gift for a friend, it will make a great blanket for snuggling up on those chilly nights in Amarillo, Texas. I found this fantastic Caron® Cakes™ yarn called White Truffle on Amazon® and it made for a gorgeous finished product! The original pattern was easy to follow but I had to make a few adjustments for the 6-foot tall recipient. And, as always, my trusty ergonomic crochet hooks let me finish the extra-long blanket without too much fuss, so that was a major plus!
There are so many resources available to pursue our passions if only we take the time to look. I hope that this post helps spark some interest to get you all started. Crochet is one of those great Dabbles that is easy to pick up as time allows. Try not to get too stressed if you can only spend a little time on projects. I know ladies that pick up old projects and finish them years later! Plus, it's always rewarding to see your piece come out, no matter how much time you spend.
Some of the best projects are things like washcloths and baby blankets because they finish fast and are actually useful. Good starter pieces, they can be done with minimal skeins of yarn for beginners who wish to test the waters before tackling more detailed works.
*Please note: Within this page, I utilize a variety of both internal and external links in order to provide readers with ample resources to pursue their own self-discovery within the creative process. Some of these links are affiliate links, which means that by clicking through and/or making a purchase you may help me earn a small commission that aids in my ability to continue creating the content published on this site. Using these links in no way subjects you to any additional cost or obligation of purchase. In advance, I personally thank you for helping Dani's Dabbles continue to grow!