National Craft Month Sweepstakes: Pass on Your Passion for Crochet

Mar 9, 2012

For me, crochet is not a hobby or simply a skill, creating works of art with fiber and a hook is a passion. My project queue would take at least a hundred years to complete, and it is still growing.

I tend to point out crocheted lace on friend's store-purchased clothing, inform them that they could make a garment like that themselves, and offer to teach them to crochet. I have taught several friends and family members to crochet ever the years. Crochet is a very contagious passion. And we would like to encourage you teach a friend to crochet this month.

In addition to being National Crochet Month, March is also National Craft Month. And to celebrate we've put together a fabulous sweepstakes. Just leave us a comment and tells us whom you are planning to teach to crochet in March or how you are passing on your passion during National Craft Month and you will be entered in this fun sweepstakes-a fabulous book for you and a gift for a friend.

For you:

The Best of Interweave Crochet eBook: A Collection of Our Favorite Designs by Marcy Smith

Inside the easy-to-download eBook of The Best of Interweave Crochet, you'll discover the very best patterns by the top designers of the first 6 years of Interweave Crochet magazine.

Marcy Smith, editor of Interweave Crochet magazine, has compiled the most popular pieces and expert advice from the magazine's first six years into one highly sought-after collection.

From Kathy Merrick's color-rich Babette's Blanket to Kristin Omdahl's shapely Infinity Shawl to Lily Chin's flattering Lace Dress, these designer projects are both original and stylish. Each pattern includes detailed instructions accompanied by helpful charts, detailed photography, yarn recommendations, and more. You'll also find the in-depth crochet instructions, tips, and techniques that go beyond the basics to include variations on the basic stitches, garment shaping, Tunisian crochet, lacework, colorwork, and more.

The Best of Interweave Crochet eBook offers all the tips and techniques that Interweave Crochet readers know and love. Whether you're picking up a hook for the first time or you're a long-time crocheter, you'll love the twenty unique and popular projects and expert guidance all in one accessible volume.

For your friend:

Crochet Me Workshop: Crochet Corner, Basics and Beyond with Kristin Omdahl

Knitting Daily TV's crochet expert Kristin Omdahl walks you through basic to advanced crochet stitches, motifs, and more!

Designer Kristin Omdahl demystifies crochet on this workshop video with clear instructions for guaranteed success. You'll begin with an explanation of how to read crochet patterns, how to "get gauge," and how to hold your yarn.

Plus, you'll learn:

  • Basic crochet stitches and chains, such as a single crochet, a turning chain, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, Tunisian crochet, and more
  • How to innovate your crochet patterns with ripples, chevrons, bobbles, shells and lace openwork
  • Crochet techniques, such as how to crochet in the round, how to change colors, increase and decrease for shaping, and more
  • Finishing techniques, such as crocheted edgings, how to weave in your ends, basic seaming, and more

Plus, with Kristin's help and expertise, you'll learn how to customize crochet and begin designing crochet motifs and patterns on your own!

This workshop video includes access to an abundance of crochet patterns, online at KnittingDailyTV.com, so you can practice your techniques and build your crochet skills.

We'll randomly choose one lucky winner from all the comments at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 23, so comment before then for your chance to win. This giveaway sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico), and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec); 18 years old or older at the time of entry. Click here to read the official rules.

For more great crochet tips and easy patterns browse through our selection of free downloadable eBooks.

Best wishes,


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pw123 wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 2:06 PM

For National Crochet Month I am partying with other crochet lovers on Ravelry.  I'm swapping yarns about yarn, passing on tips and techniques, offering help and getting some, too, and enjoying a fabulous freeform CAL.  I love crochet but I REALLY love sharing crochet with others, especially those new to the craft.

alma pacheco wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 3:09 PM

I have been making a lot of crochet baby gifts and expanding my business. I am exploring to try my hand in doll making which is a lot of fun. I hop to teach my daughter someday how to crochet. I have been sharing my passion with the local yarn stores in my area to salvage them from going under. These are really useful books to giveaway and full of lovely inspiration. Good luck to all!

ppanthr wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 3:48 PM

I am participating in a mystery Crochet A Long for National Craft Month :)

KarenS@186 wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 9:59 PM

I hope to teach my sister and niece the basics of crochet, that way they can create their own goodies instead of waiting for me to crochet treats for them!

Angelsoma wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 11:55 PM

I am sharing even more crocheted goodies with everybody and offering to teach anybody and everybody who wants to learn to crochet for themselves!

Jo Karen wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 12:04 AM

Crochet is a big part of my life - and I am very busy sharing the fruits of my labors with family and friends. With the encouragement of my children I am getting geared up to start selling some of my creations. I am trying to find time to party with other crochet lovers on Ravely as well as swapping and testing for other designers. Hold your hooks high ladies and gentlemen - we are proud artists!

on Mar 10, 2012 12:51 AM

On March 11th I'm traveling to Zambia to spend two weeks teaching crochet and sewing to women near Mongu in the Western Province so that they can develope a greater sense of self worth through creative expression and entrepreneurship and also be able to better provide the necessities for their families. I will be teaching a total of about 70 women over the days I'm there.

tahw wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 7:49 AM

I'm writing out my patterns that I have stored in my head. I've gained an appreciation for those who are already masters at writing out their patterns.

PeggyR@3 wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 10:16 AM

I helped start and teach a group of women in a knitting group - not only with knitting, but I called it a non-denominational craft group, because some of them brought their crocheting with them.  Because I've crocheted for over 40 years, I was able to help, and teach some of them as well.  I have taught women how to crochet who have lived on the property that my Husband and I are caretakers of.  I would love to start another group of non-denominational crafters in another area to keep the craft alive, since I believe that knitting and crocheting go hand-in-hand on so many things and compliment each other.  Thank you for the giveaway.  It's priceless!!

ennadoolf wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 1:31 PM

I just learned to crochet in January 2011 ... and find myself enjoying it more and more!  I am a Girl Guide leader and maybe I'm ready to teach the Pathfinders.  :)  I've taught them to knit in the past, so maybe I can give them a choice of knit or crochet!  Thanks!

accrochet wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 4:11 PM

My first student was my daughter & she is hoping to finish her first self-designed scarf this month.  I teach at my LYS & love love love to see all their FO's.  I'm trying to finish 3 projects for NatCroMo : a moorish afghan, a beautiful crochet cardiwrap & a pair of socks.  It's likely only the socks will be finished by then, but the ride is still fun!

accrochet

janquito wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 10:52 PM

I've been passing on my passion for crocheting and knitting to my dear granddaughter who states she wants to be able to make things just like me. :)

newuanda wrote
on Mar 11, 2012 8:42 AM

We are featuring crocheting projects this whole week on our blog in honor of National Crochet Week.  Come check us out!

sistersplayinghouse.blogspot.com/.../crochet-week-2012.html

First post went up today and we'll have more all week long.  Be sure to come back and visit daily.

on Mar 11, 2012 11:38 AM

I am teaching my friends how to make blankets for their own babies since my generation doesn't seem to do that anymore. It started after seeing me post pictures of the blanket I made for my son (due march 23rd) and everyone decided they wanted one. Instead of just making one for them I decided to teach the people to fish instead of just giving the fish to them and it seems to be working well!

on Mar 11, 2012 6:17 PM

My girlfriend is looking to learn crochet because her daughters are both recently married and she's really hoping that she'll be a granny soon! :-)

tsaiklops wrote
on Mar 11, 2012 9:23 PM

I love teaching kids how to crochet!  Amigurumi are really popular and easy to teach!

on Mar 12, 2012 5:14 AM

My daughter would like to learn to crochet. I am going to teach her. She has expressed interest on and off and Ive shown her how to chain and single stitch when she was little. Now as an adult she has become interested again. Perhaps this time she will be able to pick it up!

Luzdama wrote
on Mar 13, 2012 9:40 AM

I'm celebrating National Crochet Month by completing a baby shell stitch blanket for a friend who is expecting.  I've also gifted myself some great yarn & notions in celebration of the month.  I'm hoping to expand my skills this coming year!

on Mar 14, 2012 3:33 PM

I taught one of granddaughters, my grandson well i couldn't get him passed the chain stitch.  i also taught one of my friends to crochet around a shawl she had knitted.  i love to crochet and knit and love to pass it forward.

on Mar 14, 2012 3:35 PM

I taught one of my granddaughters, a grandson, and taught one of my friends to crochet around a shawl she knitted.  i love passing it forward.

BearyAnn wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:36 PM

I am currently teaching crochet at my local Michaels store. I teach crochet 2 days a week.

I have taught people in the past one on one in bible study and also 2 years in Minneapolis at Knit-Out.

I enjoy the craft and love seeing excitement in a person's eyes when they realize they are crocheting.

on Mar 14, 2012 3:37 PM

I have been a math teacher for many years.  The students knew I crocheted as I would wear my wraps and ponchos to work.  They asked me to teach them.  I started teaching them after school.  I bought extra hooks and supplied the yarn.  They did really well and a couple of them became big fans.  I even taught one girl that was a leftie!  Then they started taking a knitting class at a local church and asked me to come learn with them.  I did and learned to knit with them as well.  But my first love is crochet.

Vicki Petty

Dolayne wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:38 PM

I've been crocheting for as long as I can remember. Mom tells me she used to knit but I don't remember ever seeing her do so. She has trouble with her hands due to arthritis so I taught her how to crochet since that only requires one needle and she can use a fat one and she doesn't have to grip it real hard so it doesn't hurt her. I've also taught my best friend of 40 years and she's made several rugs out of old sheets. I take a project with me pretty much wherever I go to pass the time while I wait for Dr's or even to friends houses when visiting.

LauraL@61 wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:41 PM

I used to be a Girl Scout Leader and taught everyone of my girls how to crochet. Now I just like making things for other people who don't crochet.

smarostica wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:42 PM

I am teaching my 11 year old daughter to crochet. She is a natural! She started a scarf for her first project and already has a doll blanket planned for her little sister!  I'm am so proud of her and really enjoy passing my love of crochet on to her.

Laura@50 wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:43 PM

I taught a good friend how to crochet a scarf and now she is asking me how to joing her second skein.  She took to it like a duck to water.  Also, I have been making baby blankets galore for all the people around me who are expecting.  Crocheting is so fun.

Sara Denbo wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:44 PM

I am teaching my 85 year old little lady friend how to crochet this month. She will love this book!

magsiesss wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:45 PM

At work (I'm a receptionist), they have allowed me to start up a group in order to teach others how to crochet - its so beneficial to both mental and physical health too.  I have taught several people how to crochet and to see how they progress is so heartwarming - I take credit for all their work :D

BethHallam wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:45 PM

My 20 yr old son wants to get a hat for his girlfriend, and he wants to make it himself.  He asked me to teach him.  He took to it so fast...he's a natural.  It makes a momma proud.  I'm going to encourage him to continue this.

jarmanka1 wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:55 PM

For National Crochet Month, I have taught two friends the basics of crochet - one of them started a week ago and is working on her lace triangular shawl already. And I crochet, going to make a few crochet pictures for our new home. Crochet helps me to meet new friends on our expat stay in the USA. And also, back in home in Europe, my very good friend is in hospital -and I asked my other friend - and she surprised her with a bag of yarn and crochet hook...

Graceviolet wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 5:09 PM

I teach a crochet class in my local village every week. After just a few weeks of chains and tables the ladies become firm friends!! We look forward to learning a new pattern each week and catching up on all the goings on in our families. A good support network!

dospuercos wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 7:39 PM

I enjoy sharing my passion for crochet with all & especially love when I get the opportunity to teach someone the art.  In the past I have taught the youth group in my church the basics.  Teaching 10 silly 13 year old girls can be a challenge.  But it was fun to remember my own youth when I first started sewing.  This month I am donating several crocheted items to an auction that benefits these girls and their summer camp.  Sharing my gift with others makes my passion that much more rewarding.

dmhsny wrote
on Mar 15, 2012 6:08 PM

In addition to teaching a four week beginners crochet class, I have created a facebook page (Chasing Windmills) for local crafters to share ideas, photos and our love of all things crochet. I've added info about my new blog and hope to link my students to mnay patterns, tips and other crocheters!

on Mar 16, 2012 1:46 AM

Crochet is my habit, so I called my monthly crochet meet "Get Hooked", I also run beginners and intermediate classes. I want to spread this addiction as far as I can, my students tell me how infectious it is. We are all smiling and crocheting together in a happy blissful state :-D I've also taught my Mother and my children, my daughter is the most keen. Don't stand still or I'll infect you with the passion for crochet ;-)

smoten wrote
on Mar 16, 2012 9:14 AM

I love crochet! I learned how 4 years ago, and for the past two years have made all my Christmas and birthday gifts! I have even entered a state fair and won honorable mention, and another contest. I started a crochet club at the school where I teach. Crochet is so stress relieving for me.

dove_726 wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 2:52 PM

My friend Cathy & I have reserved the display window @ our local library this month. We filled it with a variety of our projects and books that can be checked out at the library.  I am attempting to teach my daughter how to crochet.

dove_726 wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 2:52 PM

My friend Cathy & I have reserved the display window @ our local library this month. We filled it with a variety of our projects and books that can be checked out at the library.  I am attempting to teach my daughter how to crochet.

on Mar 19, 2012 5:25 PM

Besides finishing up WIPs, I am teaching my grand-daughter to crochet her first scarf.

callmematy wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 5:52 PM

I'm going to teach my good friend Jackie to crochet.  She tried crocheting when she was hospitalized and no one helped her so all she did was one long, long chain.  I thought I'd have her duplicate that chain sometime

so I could use it for weaving.  :)!  She would love to learn more, so this is our chance to bond as crochet divas.

BeadGrrl wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 6:30 PM

I'm not a very experienced crocheter so this month I'm hoping to learn more techniques from my mom-in-law! It's always great spending time with her & learning how she crafted things as a child in Europe!

darbyscloset wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 6:53 PM

I teach school and always carry with me a crochet project to work on during any down time.  Several of my students have become very interested in my projects and are amazed at what I make.......I decided to offer to teach them how to crochet.  Our little group has been so successful that I am looking into turning it into one of our school's clubs!  The girls are loving this and their Mom's have become interested as well ...it's a win-win for everyone!

Thank you for letting me share!

Darby

darbyscloset@yahoo.com

AHenry09 wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 7:00 PM

I am going to begin teaching my daughter to crochet for National Craft Month. She is only 8, but her interest in the craft is so endearing....I just have to get her started. My Grandma taught me to crochet when I was just a couple years older than my daughter and I have been hooked ever since. How could I not pass on this wonderful skill and passion. Yay...Crochet!!

crisany2 wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 7:22 PM

Teaching young girls to crochet at my church.

Making small purses.

lmfrdc wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 7:33 PM

My grandmother taught me to crochet as a child.  I taught my step-daughters and now I hope to be able to teach my step grandchild.  A skill well worth passing from generation to generation

cdzine wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 7:45 PM

I am an art teacher in a mental health facility for at-risk youth.  Every month is craft month at my job!  :)  I am currently teaching several students how to crochet and more keep wanting to learn.  I love it!

Emily30783 wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 8:53 PM

I'm passing on my passion by making things for my daughter.  I'm a new mom and don't like going out as much anymore.  I like being home with her.  I want her to know how much I love her and want her to have wonderful things that were made with love from her mommy.  I hope to teach her to knit and crochet when she gets older so she too can get enjoyment from creating as well.

Marlene Flor wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 9:09 PM

I enjoy crocheting in the car, waiting for an appointment or watching television.  On a trip to Florida and made 5 chem hats and 6 blocks for our church blankets for shut-ins.  I like to bring a smile to another's face.  It's so rewarding to share a little love.  I just started using Red Heart Sashay yarn--it's like netting.  It makes an awesome scarf!  I usually make a bunch of scarves for gifts.  

Marlene

MariAngel wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 11:16 PM

I'm part of a crochet and knitting group. A group of women who are survivors of abuse of all kinds. Most are very much beginners when it comes to crochet and I have been teaching them the fine art of crochet.

They now want to give back to the community by crocheting baby hats and blankets to donate to the local child welfare agency.

What is even better, they are bringing their friends in to learn how to crochet as well!

Jaymadan wrote
on Mar 19, 2012 11:27 PM

I am teaching kids to crochet from the 26th March onwards in a 4 day workshop. I have had 10 enrollments so far and this is just for fun so that kids will pick up a hobby. The classes have a nominal fee that is donated towards the education of underprevilaged kids

DeanaV0201 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 12:01 AM

For National Crochet month I will be spreading the wealth and word of the wonderful world of crochet by helping my daughter's friend NOT give up on her quest to learn how to crochet. Also, I will be spreading the crochet love my making 4 purses as presents and a scarf, all in the month of March. Wish me luck!

on Mar 20, 2012 4:51 AM

I'm crocheting decorations for Easter and a lot of baby shoes and toy for two twin that will be born this summer!

ginger@11 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 5:54 AM

Crocheting .... like crafting .... is a generational thing!  Using yarn that connects not only stitch to stitch, but heart to heart ... bridging the gaps between the young and the young at heart with a slip stitch that leaves a seamless connection and an  indelible connection between all that life has taught and all that is waiting to be discovered!  What old is new again!

Beccawood171 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 6:18 AM

This month I'm focusing on crocheting items for coworkers' children- people who don't crochet themselves! I showing them how quick and easy it is to make cute hats and toys- and hopefully getting them hooked in the process!

on Mar 20, 2012 7:02 AM

I made it my resolution this year to form a League of Extraordinary Crafter's. There is a need for area Crafter's to have a meeting place to learn and gather ideas from one another. So I've researched and I'm learning how to get a League established and looking at places where we can all meet. I have people who make the most amazing things like chain mail, denim purses, wooden game boards, crocheters, knitters, and website makers who are eager to participate. Hopefully by the end of May things will be set for a first meeting. I have several people interested in learning to Crochet that I hope to start teaching as soon as we get established and I'm looking forward to learning a bunch of new things from these amazing people as well.

J

oneloopshy wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 7:15 AM

I am designing more patterns and teaching crochet to a growing number of students at the LYS where I work. The interest in crochet is growing daily!

NickyseesMom wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 7:26 AM

I celebrate craft month by teaching crochet at Michael's.

Bearangel wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 7:31 AM

I love crocheting. Right now I am busy making a baby layette.  It is so much fun observing my grand daughters watch me. I have taught them how to make a chain and how to do single crochet now.  When they get older I know they will be busy making their own projects.   Thank you for being here for us Crocheters!   You make our lives much easier and more colorful.

MossyOwls wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 7:33 AM

I'm crocheting on a variety of projects, blogging about them, and sharing photos on my favorite photo-sharing site.  Anyone who knows me  online knows that if I'm sitting still (and am not typing or reading), there's a good chance I have a crochet hook in my hand!

Thank you for the chance to win!

BarbaraA@7 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 7:34 AM

I am teaching a learn to crochet group how to make a granny square.

CarolynK@13 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 7:52 AM

I'm hosting monthly stitch-ins in my home to help friends get started with crocheting. It benefits me, too, as a motivator to finish old projects and start new ones that will inspire friends to take up crocheting.

chrissybelle wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 8:06 AM

I made several crocheted hair flowers and I had friends asking about how to make them and I have taught a couple how to make them, I would love to share with others about this fun craft!

katiegurumi wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 8:25 AM

I love to crochet and I love to crochet with friends. This month I hope to teach my aunt how to crochet. I'm looking forward to it!

lar072857 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 8:39 AM

Our crocheting group disbanded about a year ago due to family, job and other obligations.  We missed it so much that we have all reconnected and started a weekly group again and have even begun teaching some of the younger girls in our church the art of crochet now.  It's taken off and these books would be helpful to us as we continue to share our love of the craft.  Recently, we have completed a variety of sampler afghans and amigurumi toys to give away to our local children's hospital.  

gibbles83 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 9:06 AM

i've just been trying to help people get started crocheting or knitting. i office tips and demonstrations. i am also trying to learn new things (like i hope to start spinning this month!!!!) and techniques or just making something that i haven't attempted before.

crochetgammy wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 9:12 AM

I have been crocheting for more years than I care to admit too, but I love making items for new nieces & nephews as well as all family members. I have been playing around making patterns but as of yet have not had them tested by others...I just need to work up the nerve to publish them and I know once I do this I will have the bug of designing more. I have helped a number of people advance their skill levels of crocheting over the years, and love to put some of my finished items in the county/state fairs, but do not do it every year as I feel that I should let others have chances of winning also ;)

on Mar 20, 2012 9:29 AM

I have been teaching my daughter to crochet. My Grandmother taught me and now I get to pass it to the next generation. It has been an awesome adventure in teaching for me and I think my daughter is actually enjoying the crocheting and the time we are spending together. We have been using patterns from Crochet Me and others that we have found on the internet. Thank you for all the tips and patterns!!!

LovinMT wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 10:42 AM

my 10 yr old daughter taught me to knit a couple summers ago.  I taught her to crochet.   We both love it!!

JanisR wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 11:05 AM

I work at a Middle School and several of the teachers and staff want to learn how to crochet so we are trying to meet once a month or so and I teach anyone interested how to crochet.

thrufire wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 11:19 AM

This month, I have been teaching some women and girls at our church to crochet. They are using their new skills to make items to donate to families in need.

SheriN@2 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 11:30 AM

A colleague at work has been admiring the crocheted edging on a scarf I  made. This is a great time to teach her how to do it herself.

on Mar 20, 2012 11:38 AM

My best friend, dolores, and I not only crochet together but teach each other any new things we learn - I come to this site a lot and she doesn't have a computer so I get to do the most teaching. I had to move to a small town to take care of family so I don't have any other friends yet.  but dolores has moved here too (my mother in law is her aunt)  so she is my crochet buddy.  i also share my crochet by making things for others - that is the most fun.

pingKnitter wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 11:38 AM

planning to crochet a shawl for a friend.

on Mar 20, 2012 11:43 AM

I would like to teach my mother to crochet

janijazz wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 11:55 AM

I have been teaching my best friend to crochet for the past couple of months. We meet once a week to work on our projects together. It's been wonderful passing on the wonderful gift of crochet my grandmother taught me when I was a child.

Ritzimitzy wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 12:27 PM

Oh where to start?  I started up a crochet group a few years ago & we now have incorporated other arts into it.  I am constantly either teaching new people to crochet or just furthering the knowledge of others that I've already taught.  :)  I donated an item to my local American Legion lodge earlier this month to help them with their monthly fund raiser ( local food pantry) and in turn got a few orders for more (totally not expected).  I am also starting to plan a crochet display for this summer.  Our town has an arts festival in May/June & we're going to do something special for it.  Should be fun!  I'd love the chance to win these eBooks & put them to use in helping others to crochet.  :)  Thanks!

Fantisigurl wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 12:47 PM

My name is Sherie Guillory. I taught myself to crochet several years ago, and I have loved every minute of it. My favorite is incorporating crochet designs into my jewelry making. I'm now teaching my 14 year old daughter to crochet as well. She loves it!! We are also going to learn Knooking!! We are both very excited about this, and we love spending that quality time together.

Sincerely,

Sherie Guillory

on Mar 20, 2012 1:29 PM

This month (March) I have been teaching my friend (The pastor's wife) to crochet. She has made great progress. She is making a hooded cowl and a hat. She has gotten so excited sbout crochet, she went ahead and tsught another friend (a high school senior) how to crochet as well. It was rather awesome watching the "student become the teacher". :-)

lin52 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 1:29 PM

I plan on teaching my sister to crochet. Hope we win!

olyamikesh wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 1:30 PM

I just started teaching chrochet to an 8 year old daughter of a friend. She loves to do crafts and I hope that she will be able to enjoy this wonderful skill all her life. My mom taught me to crochet when I was 6 and I have been doing it for over 20 years now. It is great to be able to pass this on to a new generation!

lin52 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 1:30 PM

I plan to teach my sister to crochet. Hope we win!

MTmary1985 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 1:46 PM

I want to pass the crochet tradition on to my 7 year old grand daughter, I taught her mother at 7. I kept it simple, just a chain stitch and a single crochet with a large hook.

jlpegram wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 2:11 PM

One of the ladies knows how to knit, and has done a little crocheting years ago.  She can't read a crochet pattern, or remember how to do the stitches.   We met last week.  She is making a prayer shawl, and now knows how to read the pattern.  She told me she could not put the project down, and it doubled is size by that evening.  I can't wait to see her tomorrow night to see how far she has gotten.  

The group we have on Wednesday nights want me to teach them how to make pom-poms for their knitted caps they are making.  Got everything ready to go.

Jennie

w_nlambert wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 2:19 PM

I am making a fabulous broomstick lace shawl that I plan on passing on to my daughter- to see if I can jumpstart her interest in crocheting. I started her on knitting a few years back and she has progressed quite well. Think I might make a shawl for me, too.

zaylah wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 2:21 PM

We have a group of crafty ladies who get together one evening every week. I have taught 6 of them how to crochet so far in the last 2 weeks, and there are another 4 at least waiting to learn! I only learnt myself about a month ago so  it's very exciting to have a group interested in learning along with me! :)

Cookie72 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 2:46 PM

I just started teaching my friend, Mary Ann, to crochet and she's doing very well.  She just quit smoking (yeah!!) and wanted something to do with her hands.  I am the Director of a PreSchool and we established a Crochet Club to make blankets for Project Linus.  I will teach our teachers to crochet and they agree to make at least one blanket for Project Linus.  Over the past 4 years we have made 20+ blankets and we are still going strong.

on Mar 20, 2012 2:54 PM

I have been helping my Mother in law learn to crochet again.

Maureen60 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 3:32 PM

So helpful.  Thanks for these free downlodable eBooks.  Maureen

Lynne Harvey wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 3:57 PM

I am going to teach my friend to crochet because I want to share the joy crochet has given me. Mostly all crochet I do is for others and it brings happiness to my friends,. I have another friend to thank for teaching me. So I want to pass it on.

DA_QUEEN wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 4:07 PM

I am so excited to be teaching my granddaughter how to crochet. She will be attending the fashion Institute in NY and wants to incorporate crochet into her designs...she is really good! She is a very fast leaner and only after 2 weeks she is completing her first, "Shrug" (simple),.yeah! yeah!

MARYCILE wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 4:16 PM

I love to crochet.  Thanks for the free ebook on felting crochet.

on Mar 20, 2012 4:46 PM

I taught a group of ladies at a church retreat to crochet a simple wash cloth. We are making them from Sugar 'n Creme cotton yarn to include in the Operation Christmas Child boxes for 2012. We have about 100 and are going strong!

gen328 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 4:53 PM

I learned to crochet when I as quite young, been crocheting for over 50 years now and love to teach others the craft and art of crochet. I am teaching my grand daughter and grand daughter in law and so look forward to seeing what they might make in the future. Thanks for your great magazine and newsletters and e-zines!!

on Mar 20, 2012 5:44 PM

My passion since age 12 has been crochet.  It is amazing the things I have been able to make over the years to wear and the many baby things I have made and given away. This year I realized I need to pass this on. I have in the past taught a cousin to crochet and she is still doing this to this day, but I now have a class every other week in my home for six ladies who wanted to learn. The most fun I have right now though is the class of 9 and 10 year olds at an elementary school in our town. They have a small budget so many are below proverity level in the school. I started to teach them after school in the library. I have 24 enrolled in the class  and have 20 on a regular basis. We are having fun and they are learning a skill for a lifetime of fun. The best is the three boyes in the class and they are very good. I am hoping to continue this when the next school year starts in the fall. Having a blast passing on my craft that I love so much here in Arkansas.

SheilaS wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 7:38 PM

I knit and crochet and just finished a six week volunteer project teaching elementary kids through Hope Worldwide how to crochet. What a blast the last two sessions seeing them working on  their cotton washcloths.

Next month I will be volunteering at a school for at risk girls and teaching them to crochet. I will have two groups ones that already have some skills and ones that are wanting to learn. I look forward to taking the skilled ones to the next level.

PamM@3 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 9:43 PM

Crochet has been a part of my life for over 40 years. My favorite things to make are for babies, clothes, toys and blankets.

Ce53 wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 10:13 PM

My grandmother taught me to crochet.  Since I don't have a granddaughter, I'm teaching a gramdniece to crochet.

rosiechat wrote
on Mar 20, 2012 11:26 PM

For passing along month, I'm planning to meet with my good friend Lindsay in our usual Wednesday meet ups to show her now how crochet is just as great as knitting (which I showed her how to do recently and she has taken off with it...a true natural at it!). With that much natural talent, picking up crochet will be a snap! --Rosie Z.

on Mar 21, 2012 12:41 AM

I belong to a knitting group.  They are helping me with my knitting, and I teach others to crochet.  It is a great group of ladies, and we have a lot of fun.

AnitaN@4 wrote
on Mar 21, 2012 1:19 AM

i am teaching my grandkids to crochet. My 7 year old granddaughter crochets and her sisters and brother are learning.

rhiannonotb wrote
on Mar 21, 2012 4:47 AM

I hope to have the time to finally teach one of my best friends as she has been begging me for years, and now that i have injured my shoulder i have some free time i can spend with her on it. This giveaway would be a great way to start her off. Thanks  

dkgirod wrote
on Mar 21, 2012 8:56 AM

I am passionate about crochet and plan to teach my daughter the basics.  Crochet is a way for me to express myself and soothe my soul.

Krizteenah wrote
on Mar 21, 2012 8:58 AM

For National Craft/Crochet/AWESOME Month, I'm going to expand on my little sister's crochet skills.  She turns 5 this summer, but she understands the concept of the chain stitch perfectly- her only problem is holding the hook and the yarn all in the right place in her little hands!  To help her out, I hold the crochet hook up in front of her so that she can use her fingers to manipulate the yarn into chain stitches.  She is surprisingly good at this and LOVES to make "bracelets" for the family!

smfsprout wrote
on Mar 21, 2012 12:25 PM

Eventually, I'll stop making blankets for the multitude of babies that seem to be popping out and can spend some time with new patterns and projects.  I'm really want to learn some of the more complicated stitches.

capembcrafts wrote
on Mar 21, 2012 3:13 PM

This month I am teaching a friend to crochet. She started with the ability to do a single crochet and nothing else. :) We're working on a baby blanket to get her going.

I'm also working on a video tutorial to post on my blog, hope to have it ready before the end of the month .

on Mar 21, 2012 5:11 PM

Iinspired by family heirloom crocheted items, I taught myself to crochet.  At first I was certain that I would never be able to decipher the patterns...It looked to me as if Alphabet soup had been spilled onto the page.  Especially challenging were the antique patterns.  However, once I figured it out...I have not put my hook down.  Still love crocheting lace, etc. with fine silk, especially.  And am currently working on a silk bed cover, attached to fine Irish linen.  Not sure what I was thinking, when I chose these gorgeous fibers, as we have a long-haired cat!  As for sharing, I have a group of ladies that I hike/ski with weekly.  During our winter ski hut stay, I always 'surprise' them with crocheted gifts.  One year it was tiny stocking earrings, this year luxurious scarves.  The standard (makes me smile while I work), projects,  is to work on baby blankets for new arrivals!

tanyaraz wrote
on Mar 21, 2012 5:24 PM

I am putting together a sewing circle, where women can sit together and crochet, knit and do other crafts like it used to be done in the good old days. Drink some tea, talk, laugh, cry and just unwind. A few of the women want to learn crochet and I will teach them willingly. Also, teaching my daughters to crochet and hope to be able to spread the teaching to other young folk how rewarding working with yarn can be. It can be very healing as well.

Carmen@114 wrote
on Mar 21, 2012 9:10 PM

I hope to show a friend of mine to crochet this weekend.

Jazeera wrote
on Mar 22, 2012 12:35 AM

A friend and I have started a crochet group in our small town. We are now teaching two people, one is left-handed and we've hit upon a great way to help her - we crochet in front of a mirror and she follows us from there!

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Mar 23, 2012 5:32 PM

Update 3/23/12: Thanks to everyone who entered our National Craft Month Sweepstakes, and congratulations to our winner, alma pacheco, who was selected from our random drawing and has been notified. We loved reading all your comments and are inspired by your passion to share your craft this month. Thanks for being such a vibrant part of our online community!  

charlene m wrote
on Mar 23, 2012 7:35 PM

I will be teaching a friend, who already knows some basics of crochet, how to work off a pattern.  She has given up the craft out of frustration with reading patterns, so I hope to bring her back!

on Apr 1, 2012 2:36 PM

I Love National Crochet month!  It is not hard to Pass my Passion on to others about all of my Daily Arts.  Thanks

stallion wrote
on Apr 15, 2012 6:50 PM

Crochet saved my sanity when hospitalised for 6 months flat on my back due to a spinal injury.  It was the only craft that I found suitable for someone confined to laying on their back.  It was there that I learnt and perfected very fine lace. since then I have had a chance to introduce others to the craft.  the joy on their faces is worth bottleing.  How simple - one hook and a ball of cotton - can bring so much joy and fulfilment.  I even crochet a simple three dimensional house just for something to do.   It still brings me as much joy as it has always done, just wish I had more time to do it.  Oh well there is always tomorrow! Rose-lee