What is crochet?
Did you know that ‘Crochet’ actually means ‘Hook’ in French? No wonder the crochet artists are hooked onto it. Crochet is close to my heart thanks to my wonderful grandmother. I have seen her making beautiful doilies, hats, laces and collars for dresses all my life. As a child I had a few failed attempts of learning from her.
Then I taught myself how to crochet as an Adult. It took me sometime to realize the difference between the stitches because I knew them only as ‘pull through all of them or pull through just one/two’ if you know what I mean. As you might have guessed, my grandmother wasn’t big with the names of the stitches. I don’t think she even knows that they have names. Even I knew it only a few doilies later, with the help of a few YouTube videos. My grandmother is a great crochet artist. She can make anything from small doilies to large tablecloths freehand! I wish I had a picture to show you the huge tablecloth she made for my wedding. I promise you I will post a picture of it one day.
Another reason I’m drawn to crochet is because it’s all about numbers. You need to get the numbers right if you want the design in your mind to transform into a masterpiece. For instance, when you are making a doily, you need to get the numbers right, for it to lay flat. Otherwise you may just end up with a hat instead of a doily. So, crochet just doesn’t keep you calm. It also keeps your mind sharp. I have a great respect for all the crochet artists in the world. Man! They must be really good with numbers.
My First Doily
Obviously the most challenging part of this craft is the flow of the thread to create each stitch. What you need to have is the perfect grip. Not too tight, not too loose, just enough! As a child fearing my stitches would be too loose and thinking it will look like a bunch of tangled thread more than a doily, I used to wrap the thread around my fingers tightly and make tight stitches.
Obviously, I didn’t succeed. Later in my life when I tried to recreate my memories with my grandmother and to acquire the skill, I let the thread be free and loose, and a few stitches later i got the hang of it. So, if you don’t know how to crochet, but you would like to learn, don’t be afraid looking at the hand movements of an expert. Trust me you will get there. No one is a beginner forever, right?
Tip: Don’t be afraid of the thread’s tension. Try to concentrate on the knot you are making and understand the kind of knot you need to make.
**At the time I knew nothing about reading patterns. My first doily was an attempt of recreating the image I downloaded from
You must be able to see that the ending looks completely different. That was because I couldn’t figure out the stitches used in the original.