Teaching My Daughter to Crochet
My nine year old daughter Maggie asked me to teach her to knit. I laughed and told her I never did learn how, just couldn’t figure it out, but that I could probably figure out how to crochet again. I don’t think I have picked up a crochet hook since high school! So on my way home one day, I zipped into Hobby Lobby to pick up some yarn (or wool as my mother-in-law calls it) in a variety of shades of pink. I was afraid to buy only one skein of yarn, my daughter is 9. If she didn’t like what I picked, the project would die on the vine before we got started!
I dug around in all of the old crochet hooks that I kept after my stepmom passed away to find some larger hooks that would be easy for Maggie and I to work with. It’s amazing how something as simple as crocheting can bring back so many memories of people, projects passed and the fun of passing on traditions to my own daughter. Our first step was to go to YouTube and find a video. The first one we found was great because the woman speaks very clearly and slowly. While it might not be the most exciting or interesting video, it was definitely very effective. Here’s the video:
Maggie was so proud of her first attempts at crocheting but we still have a lot to learn. On day 2, my friend Joy came over and gave us some tips on holding our yarn and keeping stitches more even. It’s harder than I remember! But there is something really cool about being snuggled up on the couch together crocheting. Reminds me of quilting circles and evenings in front of the fireplace instead of the television.
What traditions have you taught your daughter?