CROCHET for all
Simply Crochet|Issue 109
Whatever your age or life stage, crochet is a wonderful creative outlet and mood booster. We asked a broad spectrum of crocheters why they love our craft
Marianne Rawlins

THE YOUNG PROFESSIONAL

Junior doctor Daniel Huntington uses crochet to unwind

“Watching my mum [Simply Crochet’s editor Sara Huntington] crocheting is a strong memory. I’m a junior doctor, currently doing clinical rotations, and Mum suggested I learn how to crochet during the pandemic as a way to occupy myself when I had to self-isolate.

“First, Mum taught me how to chain and I watched a webinar she had done on how to make granny squares. My square has been getting bigger and bigger – you could say it’s a baby blanket now! I’m going see how big I can get it, then move on to hats and tote bags. I find the repetition of crocheting really relaxing. It seems to occupy a unique part of your brain where you can do other things, like watch TV, at the same time.

“I’ve never been particularly artistic, so it’s nice that I’ve picked crochet up quickly. It’s given me an insight into Mum’s world and it’s been a lovely way to connect with her while we’re apart. We’re very close, so this has given us an extra layer of connection.”

THE GRANDMOTHER

Malica Page has rediscovered crochet later in life

“I first learned to crochet at the age of 12. I learned by chance when my sister was in college and her friend showed me how to crochet when I had to stay at home because I was too young to go to a party. My favourite projects to make are dolls – I love seeing them come alive before my eyes. I often crochet items for family and friends, including amigurumi and scarfs for my granddaughters.

“When my family were very young, I was too busy to crochet and only had time to hook up a blanket for my children every now and then. Now that they are grown up I’ve got more time for projects and it’s renewed my enthusiasm for the craft. I’ve set my sights on learning mosaic crochet, graphghans [afghans or throws made using graphs], hooking more garments and teaching myself how to write patterns. Crochet is therapeutic because it takes my mind to new places.”

THE SCHOOL GIRL

Alathia Purtell uses her crocheting skills for the community

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