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8 Reasons Why I Love Crocheting

Updated on October 29, 2014

1. Crochet is Cool and Fun

I find crocheting to be cool and fun. It is one of many hobbies I enjoy. Right now it is having a comeback of sorts in the crafting community especially in the UK.

I started crocheting in 1999 when pregnant with my second son. Little did I know when I started this little craft that I would soon be addicted to all things crochet, knitting, felting, and pretty much anything to do with yarn.

Back in 2007 when I started my very first blog I came up with 'Momwithahook' as my handle. It actually has two meanings. The first of course is that I am a mom with a crochet hook. The second has more of a spiritual meaning. My original intent was to merge the two - crocheting and spirituality.

In the Christian faith there is a story about Jesus talking with some fishermen. He asked them if they would like to fish for men. This means spreading the story of love and forgiveness throughout the world. I wanted to do this with my writing and crocheting.

My faith has evolved since 2007 and although I do have Christian roots I'm not so much into converting people to this faith as I am to LOVE as the healer of all that ails the human race. My motto now is NOT religion but to 'Love at ALL Times.'

Crocheting is more than a hobby to me as you will see in my 8 Reasons Why I Love Crocheting. .

Are you a Crochet Addict? Get your hooks and yarn ready and choose from one of the many patterns for hats, scarves, bags or toys and get hooking.

PHOTO CREDIT Momwithahook

2. Gifts for Everyone - Crochet is the Perfect Gift for Everyone

Crochet Gifts for Everyone
Crochet Gifts for Everyone

Crocheting gifts for everyone on your list is just one reason why crochet is cool

Crochet can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Whether you use the simple chain stitch to make a necklace OR the more advanced shaping techniques of garment design it is a craft that can please.

Photo: Momwithahook

3.Yarn - A Healthy Fiber Addiction - Vote for Your Favorite Fiber (Yarn) Below

I love Yarn
I love Yarn

What type of yarn do you enjoy working with?

For amigurumi, I like to use acrylic because it holds up to the shape I am after better. For hats, I enjoy Vanna's Choice because it's a soft and affordable yarn.


What Type of Yarn Do You Prefer?

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Learn How to Make an Amigurumi Head - Youtube Tutorial by Crochet Hooks You

A very detailed tutorial on how to make an amigurumi head including how to add the eyes, mouth and hair.

5. Crochet Can Be a Business - Designing Crochet Patterns, Crocheting for Others, & Writing About Crochet

Design Crochet Patterns
Design Crochet Patterns

In 2007 I received regular compliments and orders of my crochet items. I took this to mean that I should sell my work. I did for a number of years on Etsy but found it wasn't the right fit.

Crochet is my relaxation and once custom orders started coming in it became WORK instead.

Now I write about crochet which for me is fun.

Stay-at-Home Moms and Crochet

For many stay-at-home moms a second income to help the family's finances is a dream.

Many will come across people who will take advantage of this dream but crochet is a legitimate business opportunity.

You can sell crochet online at places like Etsy.com or Artfire.com and even on your own crochet blog.

Extroverts will love selling crochet at craft shows and home parties.

Other business ideas you can pursue:

Teach someone how to crochet

Take on the role of Tech Editor

Design Patterns

Sell supplies

Write a Book

6. Lots of Crochet Designs to Choose From - Next to Yarn Shopping Crochet Pattern Shopping is the Tops

When it comes to browsing sites like Craftsy.com or Ravelry.com I can spend hours searching for the right pattern.

I think half the fun of crochet is browsing patterns and feeling the various fibers in the yarn shop.

Have you participated in a yarn tasting? NO, you don't taste it, you feel the yarn and work with it to get an idea of how it will work up in your favorite stitch.

7. Teaching Crochet for the Love of It - Crochet Videos on Youtube by Teresa 'Crochet Geek'

My first online teacher was Teresa on Youtube. I learned a lot about different stitches, how to hold yarn, cheap but useful substitutions for stitch markers and hook grips, and the pure love of the craft.

Teresa started her Youtube career simply because she was taking a video class in college. Crochet was her hobby and it naturally became the focus of her practice videos.

To her surprise and YouTube her crochet channel became very popular. She was one of the first partners and her community grows each day.

One thing I like most about her teaching is that it is free and simple. Videos make it so you can stop something and replay it over and over again until you learn it.

She answers questions from her community and is always rooting for the little guy. She often showcases the small crochet businesses that are among her fans in little video highlights.

Why Do You Love Crochet? - Leave Your Mark HERE :)

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      Sara Duggan 4 years ago from California

      @sheilamarie78: Thanks. Hope you were able to find what you were looking for. Crochet On.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      What a treasure chest of crocheting ideas! Great job!

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Amigurumi is on the to do list! Great lense, many blessings, cheers Grace

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      I love this page! Bookmarked for constant reference as I love to crochet while i watch movies/TV. Thank you for sharing such a great resource! Blessed!

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @bjslapidary: thank you for the lovely blessings. My mum crocheted as well.

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I'm picking your lens for the Mother's Day lens. My Mother did a lot of crocheting during her years. She sold her work at craft shows. She was a great Mother. Nice to reflect on all the things she did. I also crochet, but haven't in a few years. Use to make doilies all the time. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      How have I missed you! I am totally addicted to crocheting, long story short I took up crocheting whilst caring for my brother, and now find it so relaxing and like its own therapy, I can lose myself in the world of wool and a hook! your right the online community of crocheters is amazing, great to meet you mom with a hook! I so know I am coming back to this page, again and again as I try out some of these, I am only at making headbands and hats so far, but sure I can try some of these fab Free patterns! Blessed!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      ionee251 5 years ago

      Interesting hobby. Thank you for this lens.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Beautiful! Thumbs up!

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @sheezie77: Glad you liked the variety of free crochet patterns.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've recently got back to doing a little crochet so I think I will find your lenses very helpful. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thank you for posting! thumbs up

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thanks Pam. I'm always adding to the list because there are just so many awesome crochet designers out there.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping back by to check out your latest (free) crochet patterns. Thanks for this list. I'm lensrolling this page to my Crafty Creative Crochet lens. Now off to check out your 'Crochet with Mom's' directory! Happy Hooking! :-)

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      @blue22d: I do as well. In fact, just this past week I learned how to spin yarn on a spindle. Now I can spin yarn, Knit and Crochet - Loving the fiber arts.

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      I love crochet; love the yarn and colors. Thanks for this lens.

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      @Mickie Gee: You are most welcome to use that. I know I responded to this but wanted to make sure you knew it was okay.

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      @GrowWear: A year too late but I thank YOU for your blessings. :)

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      @norma-holt: Thanks for the blessings. f:)

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      @Craftybegonia: Thanks for dropping by. Glad you found something useful here.

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      Craftybegonia 7 years ago

      Very nice lens! You have a lot of great stuff to share. I'm glad I found it.

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      semas 7 years ago

      Great resources lens.I love doing crochet doilies.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens - lots of helpful informtion

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Wonderful resource lens. Great pics and presentation. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also added to Lenses That Shine. Congrats on LOTD (belatedly)

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      Stephen Carr 7 years ago from Corona, CA

      You have done a great job with your lenses. I'd say you own the market here on crochet.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I love the "guestbook" image and would love to use it on my Great(est) Pumpkin lens--with attribution, of course!

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      My mom crocheted, but I've never felt an interest... until now. You've made it look fun and easy. I love the learning by video, too. :D Thanks for the providing the inspiration.

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      Penny Pincher G 7 years ago

      love the how to videos. Youtube can teach you just about anything :)

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      What a great resource! I haven't done any crotcheting for years but your free patterns may just entice me back ;-)

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      VSP 7 years ago

      Great lens! I like the fingerless glove patterns. Will be coming back to look at the purse and bag patterns.

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      noxid25 7 years ago

      Love your lens and passing it on to some family members of mine who will love it too!

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      Great lens... I used to crochet a little, my moms a big crocheter she's made everything from afghans to baby sweaters... fun ideas you have here!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      awesome info - thanks for putting it altogether!

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      lakern26 lm 7 years ago

      What a great lens! Along with your tips and the large selection of patterns, I can see how this would be a terrific resource for anyone who crochets regardless of their skill level. Well done!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Been here before. I is a great lens to go back to.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Wonderful selection of free crochet patterns. Being a crochet crafter, I'm always looking for fun new patterns to try, especially in the plush animals and toys line. Your crocheted items are so darling in your Etsy Shop. I'm lensrolling this to my [u]Handmade Fiber Arts on Etsy[/u] lens and adding your Etsy shop to the group of Etsy Fiber Artists who also 'Squidoo' :). It's fun to meet fellow lensmasters who also have an Etsy Shop in the field of Fiber Arts.

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      vanidiana24 7 years ago

      You're a talented woman!

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      mistyriver 7 years ago

      I love to crochet! Nice lens and patterns!

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      AlinaWarner 7 years ago

      Favorited and 5 *****

      Excellent lens.

      Thank so much for sharing this information. :)

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      This is great, especially all those instructional videos. I spent ages learning-as-I-went making a lilac poncho complete with gorgeous sewn-on beads for my daughter and she never wore it! That was the end of my crochet career. I did teach myself how to knit socks last winter!

      Thanks for lovely comment on my LOTD!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I'd really like to give it a try again sometime!

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      TanyaWhaley 7 years ago

      Truly Awesome lens! Love it! 5 *'s and favorited! Happy New Year! Wish you all the best!

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Passing through to bless this worthy lens. Happy new year!

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      stitch-n_mama 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. I just spent three hours trying to create my first lens. I look forward to it looking as good as this some day.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I just learned to crochet a couple of years ago. I love it. Here's another free pattern for you. http://www.squidoo.com/toilet-tissue-cover

      Congrads on Lens of the Day

      Lizzy

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      westwindcreations 8 years ago

      very nice lens. What a wonderful craft to share.

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      heehaw lm 8 years ago

      wow very interesting, my sis use to do this.

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      stephl1978 8 years ago

      Awesome lens! One day, i too hope to squidoo with the best of 'em!

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      dimitar-ivanov 8 years ago

      Congrats on making it big time! Great lens!

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      lakshyaa 8 years ago

      Hearty congrats on LOTD! Lovely lens on Crochet :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Really good lens, 5*

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      VarietyWriter2 8 years ago

      Congrats on your lens of the day!! Great lens!

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      WorkingOnMe 8 years ago

      I used to Crotchet because it was easier to learn than knitting. I didn't even know they made patterns for it. Nice lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congratulations on the LOTD! I find the mustache hat funny! This will be lensrolled into https://hubpages.com/art/crocheted-toys

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Great lens. Well deserving of LOTD. Lots of resources and humor -- I love the beard! lol I'm now a fan! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Tam2Win1 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I learned to crochet a little years back, but haven't picked up on it due to a busy life. I do plan on getting back into crocheting in a couple of years when my kids are out of school and life isn't quite so hectic. I love seeing all the unique and beautiful things that are made using crochet work. Great lens!

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      Heather Weaver 8 years ago from Colorado

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love to crochet, and I learned from my grandmother when I was a little girl. I still use just simple stitches, and I really want to try those amigurumi!!!! They are so cute. Thanks for putting together these resources! Cheers!

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratulations on LOTD!! I learned to crochet as a kid, but never did much with it. My thing was cross stitching. You have some great info here, and love the mustache hat!!

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      LoKackl 8 years ago

      Congratulations! My (crocheted by somebody else) hat off to you! crochet is cool and very warm for the 2-degree weather where I am visiting my daughter for December.

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Congrats on a wonderful LOTD - hooray for crochet! I'm still a fumbler and ripper-outer but I'm determined to get better. I've just started to crochet and knit again after 15 years or so, and I still have my how-to books. Love the video and all the patterns ... thanks!

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      Delia 8 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD! what a sweet lens...great crochet ideas....5*

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      Crochet is one of things I've never grasped. I'd love to learn one day. Congrats on LOTD!

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      I love to crochet; I learned as a kid, but lost interest (then picked it up again 30 years later :o) Congratulations on being chosen for LOTD!

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Congratulations on your LOTD. Very interesting lens.

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your cute lens !

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      LakeMom 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I used to crochet (before kids!) I'm thinking of starting back again - actually my youngest (9) wants to learn! But I'm left-handed! I'll have to show her the videos you have on your lens! You have inspired me!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      congrats on well deserved LOTD!

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      stacy mcdaniel 8 years ago

      Congratulations! Nice lens! My mother is very crafty. Me on the other hand not so much. She did teach me how to crochet a chain, but it has been so long ago that I don't think I could do it anymore.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Great collection of free pattern links! CONGRATULATIONS on LENS OF THE DAY!

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      semas 8 years ago

      Congratulations for the LOTD.Your lens brought back my old memories.I used to do a lot of crochet during my college days but have not done it for ages.I wish I can find time to do it now!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Congratulations for LOTD for Crochet: Fun free patterns! ...I love to crochet and wish I had more time for it. :)

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      Bellezza-Decor 8 years ago from Canada

      Nice lens. I've been crocheting afghans for years and I'll try out some of the hat patterns. 5*

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I love crochet items -- actually have met online several squidoo lensmasters and bought crochet/knitted items from them! I've got crochet bags, hats, mittens, scarves, amulet bags -- so many cool items. My grandma taught me to crochet. Oh, that mustache hat is a hoot. Congrats on the lens of the day! ;)

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      My expertise is limited to the chain stitch. However, I grew up with a grandmother who could crochet pineapples. I loved her work, and still appreciate the beauty of crochet. This is a wonderfully informative lens.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I used to crochet all the time and recently picked it back up. Great resource here! Congratulations on lens of the day!

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      NC Shepherd 8 years ago

      Cool. Congrats on LOTD. I've been crocheting since forever. I don't do it much anymore...I can only use so many crocheted things. Same thing happened with my quilting.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on LotD

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on lens of the day!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      DeboraR 8 years ago

      Great lens. Many years ago I crotched many different things from barbie clothes to afghans. I enjoyed it way back then. You do a good job. Like you I followed the patterns.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Crocheted food items (like the hamburger) are so cute. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for including my library tote bag!

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      SjSO 8 years ago

      Lotsa great links, 5 *'s!! Do you wanna feature me, and I'll feature you on my crochet on the internet page?? Check it out and let me know what you think :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very Cool Page!