Welcome & Thank you!
The fact that you are visiting my crochet website is no coincidence. I thank you for taking the time to visit and be a part of this creative, online community.
Did you know?
MaggiesCrochet.com was started over 20 years ago with only a handful of patterns. Now we have over 600 crochet patterns (and counting)!
In case you were curious...
I was taught to crochet by a catholic nun, named Sister Marie Cecile. She was my 4th grade teacher who must have been in her 80's. She was kind and patient, and had no idea what was transpiring during those lessons.
Where did we begin?
Sister Marie Cecile taught me the chain-stitch. My 9 year-old-mind decided that I would crochet a very long chain. No one told me to do this, I basically just didn't stop. I crocheted the entire skein of worsted weight yarn!
Watch my "How to chain-stitch" video below:
I have many other lessons on my YouTube channel. My lessons are taught in both right and left-handed versions: Click here to watch my crochet videos
It only takes a stitch!
Even though I only learned that one stitch. I learned many aspects about crocheting while practicing that chain. I perfected my tension and how to hold a hook. I realized that the left hand has so much control over the process, while the right hand guided the way. That one chain stitch was the foundation for everything that followed.
After crocheting that entire skein of chain stitches - I rolled the long, pale-yellow chain into a huge ball. It sat in my room for two years, untouched.
Why the lost momentum?
Because I did not know how to do anything other than the chain-stitch - I eventually put down my crocheting practice for a while. I did that one chain stitch for as long as I could, to the best of my ability, and stopped. This is one of the reasons I love providing free lessons on my YouTube channel. I think it is important to continue the learning process in whatever ways we can.
When I first started to crochet, I was also learning to hand-sew. For some reason, I thought that I would need to eventually hand-sew the chains together with a needle and thread. It's funny how my 9 year-old mind was trying to put the puzzle pieces together. Thank goodness it was easier than I thought.
Two years later...
I saw pictures of stitches in Family Circle and Women's Day magazines. From the pictures I was able to figure out some basic single crochet and double crochet stitches. I ended up plowing through dozens of those magazines and worked my way through what I saw. Also, while being a Girl Scout, I learned all about granny squares.
On a personal note.
You might not know this but crocheting granny squares became my escape from a traumatic childhood. It was a true blessing. Those granny squares were a creative escape.
The adult years.
After many years, at the age of 19, I finally became tired of granny squares and basic lessons! From that moment on, I vowed only to do challenging patterns - and that's just what I did. The journey continued as I taught myself and designed my very own patterns.
Here's the crazy thing you might not know!
I'm a left hander - but I learned to crochet right-handed because I didn't know any better. Isn't that funny? I credit this mistake to being the very reason I never gave up on crocheting. If I had to sit there and not only learn the stitches but also translate them to the left-handed perspepctive, I would have quit long before I ever got started. I also would have never become a designer and started this business. Imagine that! One mistake lead to me continuing the journey and creating the largest, all-crochet website.
You've enjoyed a little about my humble beginnings and how my passion for crochet grew over the years. I support anyone who wants to learn more about crocheting and look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to me and my team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be writing more about my journey on my blog page. Please feel free to visit the blog section of my site by clicking here.
Until the next post...