The Motivation to Crochet

Aug 8, 2011

The exact origins of crochet remain a mystery. We have only theories and suppositions about the first projects created. Were the first examples of crochet blankets, hats, mittens, or lace, and who were the people who first discovered the beauty of crochet?

While we may not have much information on crochet's inception, its crucial role in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is well documented through personal histories, carefully preserved garments and accessories, and photographs. And it is the early crocheters that fascinate me.

Billy Monday was a football player in the late 1800s. But when he was seriously injured in a college game, he suddenly found himself permanently confined to a wheelchair. Left unable to physically perform most jobs of the era, Billy turned to crochet to support his wife and family. He made and sold lace bedspreads, shopping bags, and the popular seed handbags. He also gave crochet lessons to those interested in "crochet-work."

First Lady Grace Coolidge was an avid crafter. She claimed to have learned to sew on a button before she learned to walk, though she admitted that she was a late walker and the button placement was not entirely accurate. She learned to crochet, knit, and sew from her mother. When her husband, Calvin, served in the stated offices in Boston, she would occasionally visit during the week, crocheting "all the way down on the train." And after her sixteen-year-old son's death in 1924, Grace turned to crochet to ease her pain. In June of 1927, she finished a filet crochet coverlet that she had designed for the Lincoln bedroom in the White House.

In studying the history of crochet, I have discovered that those early crocheters were motivated by the same things we are today. Some crocheted as a means of income, some to heal from the pain of life, and some to create those luxuries we all crave. But more than that, they all crocheted because they loved it. Order Crochet Traditions today to learn more about these and other early crocheters and explore the technique and patterns of their day.

Best wishes,

P.S. Let us know what motivates your crochet.


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on Aug 8, 2011 4:50 PM

You asked us(your reader) to share what motives us to crochet.  My motivation is my family and friends.  I love crocheting unique and one of a kind gifts for them.  I made a batman emblem afghan for my nephew as a graduation present.  It was over sized and he LOVED it.  His parents say he takes it everywhere he goes.... including camping!!!   I live in a different state from all my family, so it gives me a way to show and share my love with them.

It is slowly becoming a lost art with our young people.  They don't want to learn how to crochet.  

AnneM@25 wrote
on Aug 8, 2011 6:08 PM

My motivation is pretty varied. I re-learned to crochet to help me; some stress-related things in my life were so consuming that I needed a break. I continued because I got hooked (yes, pun...) on the end result, as well as the journey. And then, I started getting requests for items to be sold.

Last but not least...@lizardladysandy, I find it quite the opposite. I have many friends, much younger than I, who do want to learn and or teach crochet. One of my daughters wants to knit,  the other crochet. And they are 16 and 10. It may not be as prevalent, but it is continuing!