Behind every great knitter . . . (+ giveaway!)

Posted by on September 30, 2015, in crochet & knitting, , , , ,

Knit and Crochet at Stitch This!
Have you heard the saying that begins, "Behind every successful person . . .?" According to the saying, there may be a number of things behind a successful person, including great mentors, years of practice, and lots of coffee.

This got us thinking: behind most knitters and crocheters are great friends, family members, and teachers who generously passed on the gift of fiber art.

So who’s behind you? Did someone teach you to knit or crochet?

Tell us in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win two free eBooks—one for you, and one for a friend. Give it to your crafty mentor as a thank you, or give it to someone you’d like to see succeed at knitting or crochet.

Here’s how some of our authors answered the question:

Cap Sease
Cap Sease, author of Cast On, Bind Off, thanks her grandma for teaching her to knit.
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Lorna Miser Megan Kreiner
Lorna Miser (left), author of Knit Pink, and Megan Kreiner (right), author of Crochet a Zoo and Bathtime Buddies, have grandmas (and moms!) to thank.

(You can find Helen’s Lace, a hand-dyed yarn named after Lorna’s grandma, at LornasLaces.net.)
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Nancie Wiseman
Nancie Wiseman, author of The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques and The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques, was taught by her favorite aunt.
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Sharon Sebrow
Sharon Sebrow, author of Seamless Knits for Posh Pups, is indebted to her Grandma Ruth.
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Jen Lucas
Jen Lucas, author of Sock-Yarn Shawls, Sock-Yarn Shawls II, and Sock-Yarn Accessories, taught herself with the help of a book. Now she’s teaching others with her own books!


Did someone teach you to knit or crochet, or did you learn on your own? Tell us in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win two free eBooks of your choice—one for you, and one for a friend. We’ll pick a winner one week from today, and notify the winner by email. Good luck!


250 Comments

  • My Mom taught me to knit, crochet and to sew starting when I way 4 or 5 years old. Bless her, she started with crochet since there were no pointy objects. Knitting came a little later. I think I loved to sew more than anything–Mom would give me some scraps of fabric and a needle and thread. I’d be content for hours making doll clothes. Thanks to my Mom I have had many years to "play" with yarn and fabric!

    —Barbara B on September 30, 2015
  • My hair stylist, Amy, taught me garter stitch. From there I taught myself with help from books & the web.

    —Marianne on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me to knit. I taught myself how to crochet. Thanks Mom!

    —Evelyn on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself to crochet. A friend taught me to knit. Both of my Grandmothers sewed. One crocheted, quilted, etc but I was not around her enough to learn from her. I do have a lot of her hooks, etc.

    Denise Royal on September 30, 2015
  • My good friend Karen.

    —Lisa Garrett on September 30, 2015
  • A family friend taught me to knit.

    —Jane on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to crochet. Thanks Mom!!

    —Jean Gustafson on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me the basics, but for the most part it was the wonderful world of books who kept me interested in crocheting.

    —Bonnie on September 30, 2015
  • My grandmother, Mande Bogunovich, taught me to knit and crochet when I was 6 yrs old. I will forever be grateful. I recently began teach my granddaughter, Evelyn, how to knit! What goes around, comes around!

    —Sally V on September 30, 2015
  • My grandmother taught me to knit as well! I hope one day to do the same for my "future grandchildren"!

    —Cathy on September 30, 2015
  • My 4-H leader taught me to knit.

    —Barbara J Ronningen on September 30, 2015
  • My grandmother, my Mama, my mother-in-law, & the internet taught me how to knit & crochet.

    —Amy Cofer on September 30, 2015
  • Although my mother was both a skilled knitter and seamstress, for some reason she didn’t offer to teach me to do either. My Home Economics teacher, Mrs. Lynde, taught me both when I was 11 in 7th grade. I’ve been knitting and sewing ever since and have even begun designing knitted hats. I’m very grateful to her and forever appreciative! Can’t imagine my life without knitting!

    Maria Hrabovsky on September 30, 2015
  • My aunt Elsie taught me how to crochet….as far as knitting goes, still trying to learn thru books and youtube

    —sandie on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me to crochet. I was 16, sitting on the couch watching TV and my mother told me, "I can’t stand it! You’re just sitting there doing nothing!" She grabbed a skein of yarn, showed me how to make a chain, turn, make a shell. She then gave me money, told me to go pick out a yarn I like. My boyfriend drove me the next day after school. I made a small afghan. Years later, my boyfriend was my husband. We acquired a small hobby flock of rambouillet sheep so I could grow my own wool and spin my own yarn. Thank you mom!

    —Paulette Parker on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to knit…and everything else important in life.

    —Lin Keller on September 30, 2015
  • My Mother Ruth taught me how to knit then my Mother-in-law taught me to crochet (something I spent 4 years trying) and she was teaching me, a right handed person while she was left handed.
    I was well taught by 2 good Mom’s

    Joan Teevens on September 30, 2015
  • My gran Anna Marie and my gran Alice started me out as soon as I started to ask questions, about 5 or 6.

    —Michella Ferguson on September 30, 2015
  • I tried for years to teach myself to knit from books, but I had no luck at all. Then one day, my mother’s best friend, Grace, offered to show me how to knit a simple dishcloth. We spent one whole summer afternoon sitting under some trees, she teaching me the basics of knitting. I finally discovered that most of my problems were due to learning an overly-simplified method of casting on. Once I learned the long-tail cast-on, I was off to the races. I slowly started adding techniques to my repertoire until now I can knit pretty much anything.

    Sadly, Grace passed away this past August, but I’ll always be grateful for the knitting lesson she gave me that warm, summer day.

    —Jodie on September 30, 2015
  • I taught my self to knit from a book, and videos on line helped. My Grandmother taught me to crochet.

    Betty Sue Barnett on September 30, 2015
  • I taught my self to knit from a book and videos on line. My Grandmother taught me to crochet.

    Betty Sue Barnett on September 30, 2015
  • My mother’s friend, Mildred, taught me to knit and I taught myself crochet from a craft store booklet on Granny Squares. Thanks to,both sources for a lifetime of enjoyment!

    —Nancy Helpinstill on September 30, 2015
  • My college roommate taught me to knit one simple pattern, then I learned on my own the rest of the way. I’m a self-taught crocheter also.

    —Phyllis on September 30, 2015
  • My paternal grandmother go me interested in knitting and crocheting. But I pretty much taught myself how to knit and crochet. Thanks grandma for giving me the interest and desire. Love you and wish you could see what I have accomplished.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on September 30, 2015
  • My mom taught me to crochet and my friend Dara taught me to knit

    —Lynda on September 30, 2015
  • My dear Mum, who passed a year ago. I have many of the things that she knit for me.

    —Margaret on September 30, 2015
  • My mom taught me to knit when I was 7 years old and now I am a senior citizen. I kept losing one of my mittens, so my mom figured it was time for me to replace them! I followed her instructions and was busily knitting without any written instructions. My aunt taught me to crochet and embroider.

    —Barbara Muench on September 30, 2015
  • My Mother was expecting my sister when I was eight. She was knitting booties & I begged to learn. She taught me just the basic knit & everyone got a scarf that year!

    —Trudy Stubbs on September 30, 2015
  • My dear friend, Mary Warren, taught me to knit!
    Thank you, Mary!

    —Brenda Worthington on September 30, 2015
  • My Grandmother Mimi taught me to knit at the young age of ten. She then attempted to teach me how to crochet but finally gave up and said "stick to knitting." Years later, my mother-in-law taught me to crochet and the needles have been flying ever since!

    —Teresa Ritchie on September 30, 2015
  • Growning up in the city of Philadelphia our neighbor Genny Whitman would sit on the front stoop and teach all of the neighborhood children to knit. I have been knitting for almost 60 years thanks to that dear woman. Funny thing is that I never saw her knit anything for herself but she taught many a child.

    Marge Duffy on September 30, 2015
  • My 5th grade teacher taught me to knit…. We all made squares that were 20cast on stitches by 20 rows. A mom stitched them all together and we gave it to a senior citizen. And, yes, it was public school!!!

    —Judy Donnelly on September 30, 2015
  • During my elementary school years we had a time on Friday of each week scheduled for crafts and my grade teacher taught the students to knit, crochet and embroider.

    —Catherine Allison on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself to knit for 4-H, but my Grandmother taught me to crochet. She had me crocheting edging on washcloths for practice.

    —Phyllis Beneditz on September 30, 2015
  • My dad’s mother was the absolute best knitter I’ve ever known, and she tried her best to teach her left-handed granddaughter. It wasn’t until my college days, when other students were using techniques from around the world, that I found my own way to follow her example.

    —Bobbie Brinson on September 30, 2015
  • My college friend Heidi taught me to knit. She was a great teacher!

    —Nancy L on September 30, 2015
  • Mom taught me to crochet. Home Ec class taught me to knit! my favorite little book from home ec I still have pieces of even had swedish huck weaving and tatting in it! and the first item I made, a knitted head band with long strands of yarn to create a pony tail…
    I never have mastered tatting, sadly!

    —Sharon Schipper on September 30, 2015
  • knitting from my Mom and crocheting from a learn to crochet book

    —Barbara on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to knit so I could earn a Girl Scout badge and my sister taught me to crochet. Thanks to both!

    —Karen on September 30, 2015
  • I’m trying to learn to knit from a craft book.

    —Jennie on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me to crochet. She could crochet anything. – clothes, bedspreads, afghans, doilies, baskets, anything. She was buried in a very detailed top and skirt she had crocheted before she couldn’t crochet any longer because of Parkinson.
    A friend in grade school mother taught me to knit. The friend took piano lessons from me sister. Her mother would wait for her and knit. I would sit by her and watch. She told me if I got some needles and yarn she would teach me. And she did. That was in the 5th or 6th grade.
    Mother also taught me to sew when I was in the 2nd grade and crochet by the 4th.
    Both ladies are gone now but not the lessons and memories.

    —Myra Jo Quisenberry on September 30, 2015
  • I found a sweater I liked in a magazine while I was bored over winter break my Senior year in college. Taught myself how to knit & worked on the sweater during the long bus ride back to school.

    Wendy on September 30, 2015
  • I learned mostly on my own with a little help from my Mom. She knits the German way (I wish I could) but I could never get the hang of that!

    —Deborah K. on September 30, 2015
  • My Aunt Elsie taught me to crochet!! Thank you, Aunt Elsie!

    —martha on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself to knit using two pencils and a 25 cent booklet–which I still own. That was 45 years ago and I haven’t backed down from a pattern yet. Crochet was included in the booklet so after learning to knit I moved on to crochet. I’ve since taught a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.

    —Judy Hunt on September 30, 2015
  • I learned to knit by reading "How TO" books and by watching videos – both free ones and purchased ones. From there, it was trial and error and LOT of frogging.

    —Monica on September 30, 2015
  • I learned to knit in first grade in Finland where I grew up.

    —Liisa on September 30, 2015
  • My Mother taught me how to crochet … and my Grandmother Mary taught me how to knit the "Old World" way of not throwing your yarn, but holding as if crocheting. I now knit hats in the evening while watching TV with my husband. … for children in need at local elementary schools.

    —Teena on September 30, 2015
  • I learned to knit from a Columbia Minerva booklet in 1969. Crocheting didn’t come until 3 years later after my grandmother and 3 different aunts tried to teach me but it didn’t make sense until another Columbia Minerva booklet came through for me.

    —Susan Flickinger on September 30, 2015
  • I was blessed with two grandmothers who passed down their skills to me. One taught me how to sew and then gave me her Featherweight before she passed, and the other grandmother taught me how to crochet. We’d sit for hours working on blankets. She started me making Granny Squares (I thought that was her special pattern) so my stitches would be even and then progressed to baby blankets and full size blankets.

    —Desi on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me how to knit. She was a self taught knitter who couldn’t follow a pattern but would make baby sweaters, bonnets and children’s sweaters, and mitts straight from her head. She gave me the bug to create and though knitting is the favourite, I then learned sewing, crochet, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, rug hooking and smocking just for the love of doing things with my hands.

    —Christine on September 30, 2015
  • Actually my grandmother taught me to knit and the nuns taught me to crochet, and I leaned the rest from the internet.

    Nathalie Brault on September 30, 2015
  • While I was waiting for the birth of my little girl, a cousin sent me some lovely, tiny garments which she had hoped to finish, but time was running out. My Mother-in-Law offered to teach me to finish the little items, so I learned knitted lace right from the start, giving me two gifts: pretty finished garments, and the skill of knitting.

    Gail G on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me to knit when I was 5. We would go to a yarn store owned by Katherine Finger, if I recall correctly, in Plainfield, NJ in the early 1950’s.

    —Diane P. on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself to knit when my daughters were small, and I wanted to make ponchos for them. Years later, a friend at work taught me how to crochet. Her work was beautiful!

    —Eileen on September 30, 2015
  • Started on my own, was corrected by my sister-in_ law. Mostly trial and error using how to magazine articles. No u-tube or internet back then. ( 1962).

    Lucy Beck on September 30, 2015
  • I learned from a lady at church when I was about 9 years old.

    —Jo Anne on September 30, 2015
  • My sweet mama taught me to knit when I was five…bless her patient soul!

    —Linny Shearer on September 30, 2015
  • My Grandma taught me to chain (crochet,) and I took it from there. I have become pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. But, I have never learned to knit. I was just thinking about taking a class. The book would be great!

    —Cyndee Davis on September 30, 2015
  • Sears store in Columbus, GA in 1969 taught me how to knit.

    —Maria Morgan on September 30, 2015
  • When I was in my mid-teens, I did housework for a lady who lived up the street from my house. She was an incredibly gifted knitter and I always admired her work. She taught me to knit by having me sit next to her and watch in a large mirror. She had read an article that said that that was the easiest way to teach a leftie like me! I learned and have been an avid knitter for over 50 years thanks to her patience and kindness!

    —Jackie Gregg on September 30, 2015
  • My grandmother taught me to crochet (which I never could master) and sewing (which I can still do). When i finished university, I wanted to learn something new, so I taught myself to knit from a book. I learned lots from my mistakes, but I kept at it. I guess that I was enjoying to knit, and it wasn’t long before I could knit something that was wearable. Now, I am always happy to tackle anything that is new and different, and I can knit almost anything withn success. I can also teach almost anyone to knit since I’ve done all of the wrong things and figured out how to make them work. LOL

    —Janice on September 30, 2015
  • My beloved Aunt Lucille taught me to knit when she lived with us during WWII and her husband was deployed. This was in the early 1940’s and, having been born in 1936 :], I was the little girl who was already embroidering dish towels and pillowcases. I was fascinated with knitting and so Aunt Lou taught me — LOVE AT FIRST STITCH. But . . . it gets better. My FATHER also knew how to knit! 🙂 During WWI all the children were taught how to knit in school so they could make squares which were sewn together to make blankets for the soldiers. He took great pride in demonstrating to me how to cast on stitches and do the garter stitch. My proficiency grew quickly because I was so enthralled and so, it was my Father for whom I knit my first pair of Argyle Socks, so very popular at that time. I’m sure they were fraught with errors, but he wore them proudly and showed them off to everyone. It’s Dad’s like him who kept little girls like me feeling loved and proud and eager for the next challenge whether it was in knitting or in life.

    Judith Allen Zinn on September 30, 2015
  • I learned to knit when I was 3 or 4 while attending my Mother’s knitting club that knit for the war effort. They used that khaki color but gave me a skein of red that I knit & reknit many times.

    Dorothy I. Dishman on September 30, 2015
  • My neighbor when I was a little girl in Las Vegas. Thanks!!!

    —Jeanmarie Kollenkark on September 30, 2015
  • My grandma Van taught me to knit.

    —Peggy on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me to crochet. She learned to crochet and to tat from her mother. My graduate school roommate who was born in England and taught to knit by her nanny taught me to knit. The process was not without its challenge. Her preferred hand was her left while mine is my right. Eventually I mastered the continental style she taught me. Thank you to all of these generations of women who generously and patiently passed along their knowledge.

    —A. Kauffman on September 30, 2015
  • My mum and grandma taught me to knit. I knitted my first sweater when I was 10. The rest is history. Wish they could see here now. Xx

    —Carol on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me to crochet and embroider, and she learned from her mother, who probably learned from her mother! I taught myself how to knit because my mother was afraid of knitting–seriously, she had a fear of dropped stitches, so she thought crochet was a superior craft!

    Lisa on September 30, 2015
  • My Grandma taught me to knit. This is how it came about:

    1) She asked me if I knew how to knit and when I told her NO she said sit down.

    2) She lent me her beautiful knitting needles (which I inherited after she passed away). These needles were purchased for her by my Dad (who has since passed) before I was even born.

    3) She made me want all my knitting projects to be perfect. My Abuelita was a perfectionist.

    4) The perfect way to knit is to have a grandmother who finds your mistakes very easily. I made a sweater for myself about 30 years ago -it was almost done. She found a big mistake and ripped my entire sweater. I am now super concious of the mistakes I make while knitting.

    —Milagros Ruehle on September 30, 2015
  • Both my grandmothers were involved in teaching me to knit, crochet, embroider and hand sew. One would get me started on a project and then both would teach/direct/support me each time we would meet. One’s specialty was knitting and hand quilting and the other’s was crochet and embroidery but both were accomplished in all.

    —Audrey on September 30, 2015
  • My mom taught me to knit when I was 11, and I have taught my daughter, my granddaughter and a dozen or more others in prayer shawl and craft groups over the years. Thanks, Mom in Heaven. She would have been 98 on last Sunday/

    —Rev. Marcia Urban on September 30, 2015
  • I am self taught to both knit and crochet. I learned by looking at pictures in the free pamphlets I picked up in the yarn section of the old Five and Dime! Knitting was easier for me.

    —Joanne Larson on September 30, 2015
  • A neighbor taught me to knit at 16 when I wanted to make slippers like hers. A few years later my mother taught me crocheting when I finally wanted to learn it–I saw a vest pattern in the newspaper and really wanted one like it. I very soon learned the joy of earning money by doing crafts, too, as I ended up selling 7 or 8 of the vests and dozens of the slippers!

    —Suzanprincess on September 30, 2015
  • My Grandmother taught me to knit and crochet years ago- dropped the crochet, did lots of knitting – then my Sister taught me a great pattern on a road trip – have been using it every since for baby blankets and sometimes for larger items – first one was for my first grandchild- and now making for great grandchildren – thanks

    Martha Hood on September 30, 2015
  • I didnot learn how to knit till I was 19 or 20 yrs. As a nursing student spending a three month rotation at Chicago’s mental health hospital, our professor said we needed to learn a craft to work with and teach patients, as a way of connecting with them. I chose knitting. I have kept the skill up since then, which was 1959. It was pleasant for the patients and was also beneficial for myself. Mw

    —marywallis soetebier on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to knit and crochet when I was a little girl

    —Linda Lewis on September 30, 2015
  • I learned to knit in Home economic in high school. Knitted the front & back of sweater and both sleeves but school was out before we learned to put it together.
    I learned to crochet from a friend when I lived in California. She was a great teacher.

    —Elaine Jackson on September 30, 2015
  • My Grandma Hester taught me to crochet in the backseat of the car on a road trip.

    Marsha Ransom on September 30, 2015
  • My mother Ruth taught me to knit in 1962, when I was 7. For Christmas I received the ‘bride doll’ I had been secretly wishing for over the past year: every time I saw a shooting star, when I blew out my birthday cake candles, and all the other special moments a child makes a wish. I also received a pair of knitting needles and some mint green yarn, so that I could learn to knit and make her a sweater! So my bonus gift was my first lesson in designing, for Mom taught me that you can knit (or crochet) simple rectangles and squares and sew them together to make garments–for dolls or for ‘real’ people. Thank you for rekindling this memory! I will write a blog post with directions for knitting or crocheting a doll sweater just like the one I made so many years ago when I learned to knit!

    Wendy Anderson on September 30, 2015
  • My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was four, and when friends tried to teach me to knit later, I found it really awkward because the hand motions emphasize the left hand. A Czech friend of White Russian ancestry, Maria Dmitrovna Swerbilow, learned to knit continental-style in a German concentration camp using more right-hand motion, and she taught me to knit that way. It’s much faster for me.

    betty nelson on September 30, 2015
  • My mother and grandmother taught me to crochet. My husband taught me to knit

    suzan larrimore on September 30, 2015
  • My sister taught me to knit and then I taught my daughter, daughter in law and granddaughter.

    —Margie Jones on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom, Betty, taught me to knit as a young teenager. One of my great finishes was the "throw up sweater" knitted for my youngest sister, Sara. It was made with a variegated yarn in fall colors (green, orange, gold, red) that wasn’t anybody’s favorite look when completed.

    Jane @ Handiworking on September 30, 2015
  • My grandmother taught me to knit, and even tolerated my first real effort at age 10, gloves with a triple cable up the back in fingering weight yarn! I had gotten through the first glove and hit a real snag on the second. Mother sent the mess to her and she fixed it, even replicating the miscounted cable twists from the first glove so they would match. That must be the source of my own need to do things "properly".

    —Elizabeth Monahan on September 30, 2015
  • My big sister taught me to knit. She is 10 years older than I and since both our parents worked she was my babysitter. I learned many things from her and she went on to become a teacher.

    —Tina Jeo on September 30, 2015
  • I don’t knit a lot anymore but I am self taught. I bought a pattern and dove in.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    —KJ on September 30, 2015
  • I learned partly from a craft book I found in our basement and then learned the proper way from Inge, my college roommate.

    —s. brower on September 30, 2015
  • I learned to knit and crochet from books and the Internet. A sister-in-law helped me when I had problems.

    —Lynda on September 30, 2015
  • Big Sister — Mama was not around.

    —jiji on September 30, 2015
  • I was very determined to learn to knit and did not have anyone around who was willing to take the time to teach me. I checked out a DVD from the library and learned from it. I eventually purchased the DVD after renewing it several times and I still revere back to it today. the DVD was by Nici McNalley and I highly recommend it.

    —Dara Parker on September 30, 2015
  • My grandma taught both crocheting and knitting. I miss her every day. I you grandma.

    —Terri L on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me (and a bunch of Brownies too) to knit – and crochet, and sew. Now I’m teaching my granddaughter!

    —judys on September 30, 2015
  • My grandma inspired me to knit and a Reader’s Digest book and a co-worker actuslly got me knitting.

    —l. kawakami on September 30, 2015
  • Many, many years ago I taught myself to knit and crochet with ‘how-to’ books.

    —Rita on September 30, 2015
  • Me, myself, and I 🙂

    CarolynJ on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to knit and crochet and then later in life my sister-in-law wanted to learn how to knit so I took beginning classes with her mainly to refresh my knitting and to keep her company. Well, I had to learn a whole new way, throwing instead of picking, and the ladies teaching the class knew me so they told me I had to knit the way they were teaching but outside of class I could go back to my old way. Had lots of fun and my sister-in-law still knits up a store, me, not so much but did pick up my knitting needles last year again.

    —Susan on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself to crochet from a "How To Crochet" book back when I was pregnant with my first baby – she’ll be 44 in December!! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

    —Debby E on September 30, 2015
  • My Grandmother. She was the one that could do anything – knitting, crocheting, embroidery, tatting (which I couldn’t do, but my sister learned it!). I have tried to pass these skills in turn to my own grandchildren. Don’t know if it has taken hold yet.;)

    —Marcia Gault on September 30, 2015
  • As a very young child I had watched my Aunt cast on so many times with the 1 needle method that I was doing it with my fingers, when she realized what I was doing she taught me how to knit.I prefer crocheting and crocheted my wedding dress train 44 yrs ago. I am now knitting for my granddaughter and taught her how to knit.

    —ELIZAJANE on September 30, 2015
  • When I was about 10 years old, my girlfriend taught me the basic knit and purl stitches. But I’ve never learned how to read patterns, so it has limited my ability to knit anything other than a scarf.

    Jocelyn on September 30, 2015
  • My godmother, Kay Haltli, got me interested in knitting because every time she came to visit, she would be making something beautiful. I taught myself using books from the library.

    —Susan on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me (plus books and Ravelry), I passed the love on to lots of people while deployed!

    —Jeniffer on September 30, 2015
  • A high school friend’s grandmother taught me to crochet. His girlfriend and I went to his grandmother’s house at night for lessons. I made a scarf using double crochet and taught myself the rest. Years later I taught myself to knit.

    —Geri on September 30, 2015
  • I’m a self-taught crocheter. I learned from magazines and books from the library.

    —Karen A on September 30, 2015
  • When my dad was stationed in Germany and I was age 10, we rented an attic apartment from a German couple who ran a saw mill. The German lady named Gertrude taught me to knit. I remember the little round satchel she gave me with leftover yarns from her sock knitting and my very first pair of plastic knitting needles.

    —Char on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself, using books of couse!

    Denise L. on September 30, 2015
  • I learn to knit and crochet at 4H

    —Lucy M on September 30, 2015
  • My Aunt Lill started me with a wooden spool with nails in the top to make a knitted cord when I was four years old. She taught me how to knit when I was five. It was a way to keep me busy while she worked on her crafts.
    When I was ten my friends and I took knitting classes at the local department store, Mrs. Ellis had a lot of patience with us.
    When I turned eighteen Aunt Lill taught me how to crochet. I miss Aunt Lill so much, she helped me to love making things, and one of the main reasons I am a quilting teacher today.

    —Bev Nichols on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me the basics of how to knit and crochet. Books and the internet have helped me learn lots, also.

    Kathy on September 30, 2015
  • We were stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska(1963)and our Sgt’s wife taught me to crochet and knit. Made endless number of crochet doilies and knit baby hats. Her name is Ethel. Thank you Ethel.

    —Bernice Restivo on September 30, 2015
  • Both of my grandmothers crocheted and knitted but I never had a chance to learn from them. I decided to learn on my own and managed the basics then took a class at a local shop. Now I have several baskets of my grandmother’s needles and old yarn.

    —Rebecca B on September 30, 2015
  • It was so long ago, I can’t remember! I began embroidering when I was about 9, then learned knitting and needlepoint. I still do all 3, plus quilting. So many projects, so little time!

    —Susan White on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself how to knit. Had to have a friend show my how to bind off my first project.

    —Cassy L. on September 30, 2015
  • My Nana (great-grandmother) and grandma taught me to crochet. I learned most of my knitting from books. I hope to pass it on to my granddaughter.

    —Marie on September 30, 2015
  • My mom taught me to knit and I taught myself to crochet. I now teach a class on knitting at church where we started a prayer shawl ministry.

    —Judy Brummet on September 30, 2015
  • I never really learned to crochet but I did learn to knit in 4-H

    —Judy on September 30, 2015
  • My Grandmother taught me to make a chain. She did not know how to read a crochet pattern so would look at the pictures and go from there; 25 years later I purchased a book called "I Taught Myself How To Crochet" and learned. Her work inspired me and I still have a beautiful tablecloth made for my Mom in the 60’s just before she passed away.

    —Karen Bavouset on September 30, 2015
  • A college student’s wife taught me how to crochet rugs (back in the 1970’s) she was home alone in the evenings, while her husband was at work-we lived in the same apt building!

    —MS Barb on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself using a book from a craft shop. Later I took lessons, and now I love u-tube!

    —Sue D on September 30, 2015
  • Thanks to You Tube videos and online patterns, I was and am able to 3 knit sweaters for my granddaughter’s 18-inch doll. I varied 1 pattern to include cables on the front and sleeves of the pattern. So far, I’ve made 3 sweaters and 2 hats. It’s a great way to learn as the doll doesn’t seem to mind if there is a mistake or two.

    kate on September 30, 2015
  • My maternal grandmother taught me the basics of crochet when I was very young and I taught myself to read patterns later.

    —Sandra Dennis on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself to crochet using a simple wave pattern when I was pregnant with my son 32 years ago.

    —Debbie McDonald on September 30, 2015
  • My college roommate taught me to knit.

    —Judy on September 30, 2015
  • Well, I had a grandmother who did all types of handwork, but she died when I was 4, but we had many of her beautiful pieces. WHen I was about 10 I taught myself to knit with the Grolier’s Children’s book of knowledge! I’ve been pretty much self-taught since (which means I’m still a very novice knitter!) I need this book!

    linda newman on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to knit when I was about 10 years old. She was left-handed, so I had to sit in front of her to learn. A crafty friend taught me to crochet years ago. Thanks to both of these wonderful ladies!!

    —DeeAnne on September 30, 2015
  • My mom taught me to knit and some crochet; however, after she passed away I would go to visit my aunt (her sister) with any problems that I would encounter, such as the first time I knit a pair of socks.

    —Maureen on September 30, 2015
  • I took a night school course to learn to crochet, but I am self taught at knitting.

    —Kathy Kauth on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself with a book….hence, my spectacular technique….:-(

    Margaret K. on September 30, 2015
  • I was taught to crochet by my mother and to knit by myself with the aid of the interenet.

    —Kitten With A Whiplash on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me to knit and crochet and later I taught myself all the stitches I needed to learn from a craft book.

    —Diane Calvi on September 30, 2015
  • My Mother taught me basic knitting when when I 11 or 12. When I was 15 my neighbor Mrs. Runyon across the street taught me how to crochet an edging on a handkerchief. Then my Mom bought me a couple of books and said you are smart enough to read and figure out the rest of it. I did.

    So when I was 29 I set up and taught crochet classes in the adult education program in Flint, Michigan. When we moved to Lansing several years later I taught crochet classes for the Threadbear yarn shop a few years.

    To this day I still love the feel of thread and yarn going through my fingers.

    I’ve been doing needlework now 64 years.

    —Eleanor Leap on September 30, 2015
  • When I was in elementary school my mom sent me to crochet lessons. I believe this is what developed my love of needle crafts.

    Recently I went to a yarn shop to learn to knit.

    —Denise on September 30, 2015
  • My mom and that little green book "Learn How to Knit".

    —Karon on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me how to do knit and purl stitches but I taught myself just about everything else.

    —Diana Salmon on September 30, 2015
  • little granma taught me to knit almost 70 years ago, then taught me to crochet, sew and embroider. she’s been my inspiration to do, to try, and to enjoy.

    ritainalaska on September 30, 2015
  • My grandma taught me to crochet!

    —Ashley on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom and Aunt taught me to knit and crochet years ago.

    —Linda Cartwright on September 30, 2015
  • My Mother and my Sister ! My Mom is gone now but she was fantastic with a set of knitting needles and now my sister and I carry on the tradition !!

    —Linda Smith on September 30, 2015
  • My older sister Sandy after at age 18 was crushed in an automobile accident. Spending 10 months in the hospital in Oakridge Oregon and pregnant we’d visit her to keep her mind off the pain and crochet. It was a blessing for us to be together even tho it was in a tiny hospital. Sandy developed her own exquisite stitches that to this day we (my twin and i) are asked "how do you do that? Lucky us. Thank you sister Sandy.

    colleen kelly-ginter on September 30, 2015
  • 1 or two group lessons from Mrs. Doyle my third grade teacher, the rest I learn from pictures and various definition of stitches and playing around with fiber.

    Tabitha D. Bezalel on September 30, 2015
  • My friends Yvonne and Lynne taught me to knit. Before them I was an embroiderer and needlepointer.

    —Donna Henderson on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me to knit, which was quite a challenge. She was right handed and I am left handed, but we managed and I still love to knit whenever I have the chance!

    —Shauna on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to knit! (and crochet, and a ton of other crafts!) Thanks Mom!

    —Marsha Smith on September 30, 2015
  • Sears Roebuck offered free knitting classes 50 years ago, so a friend and I drove into Portland one night a week to learn.

    —Judy Olmsted on September 30, 2015
  • My Mum taught me to crochet 48 yrs ago. I’m so grateful to her. After an accident with my right hand 20 yrs , i almost gave up but after a lot of blood, sweat and plenty of tears i found a way to still crochet.

    —Helen Smith on September 30, 2015
  • I was taught how to knit by my aunt and godmother when I was five years old. I was taught how to crochet by a neighbor when I was nine. The crochet was the edgings of handkerchiefs and after I realized you could do the same thing with yarn and bigger hooks it really made a difference. (How many crochet handkerchiefs does one person need.)

    —Bernadette Mendes on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself to crochet from a book.

    —Diana R on September 30, 2015
  • When I was seven my elementary school teacher taught me to sew and knit. It was a class for the girls only in the 1940’s and I did not continue until some years later.
    When I was eleven, my grandmother was ill and I was often sent to stay with her in the evenings and weekends. She was not completely bed ridden and to keep me busy and amused she taught me to knit, embroider and make scrap books out of old greeting cards. I still remember sitting before a coal fire and listening to the radio as she praised my attempts, suggested improvements for my stitche and slowly gave me more complicated patterns to knit. I ultimately made a pair of socks with her.
    Her health improved for a while and I still went to stay with her and knitted and embroidered.
    She died when I was fourteen. I still happily think of her when I knit. It was such a wonderful relationship.

    —Elizabeth McAra on September 30, 2015
  • When I was about 10 years old I bought one of the little learn to knit books at Woolworths and I’ve been knitting ever since.

    Mary on September 30, 2015
  • My neighbor , Mrs. Warnicut when I was a 4 th grader. I started with a sweater for my grandma!

    —Kathy Gaines on September 30, 2015
  • WAY back when I was about ten, my babysitter taught me to knit. When I made an afghan for my grandmother’s Christmas present, she taught me to crochet an edging around it. Then during lunch breaks, I learned to make granny squares. By the time I was 12-13, I was making lots of afghans and sweaters.

    —Cindy on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself to crochet with the aid of Youtube; magazines; the local library; and many wonderful crochet sites. Thank you to all those out there who didn’t even know they helped me gain a passion for the craft.

    —Tina on September 30, 2015
  • My mom showed me how to knit when I was about eight years old. She didn’t love to knit very much, but I did. She had learned from her mother. After she explained how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, that was all she had to teach me but I still use the methods she showed me (which are still the best ones).
    She also showed me how to crochet. She only knew the single crochet stitch. Later on, when I was about 9, I had to spend some months in a hospital and I had my crocheting with me (like you do). A friendly cleaning woman there took a break from her mopping to show me how to double crochet. I was amazed to learn that there was another stitch!

    —Susan on September 30, 2015
  • My Aunt Mary knitted, my mom crocheted. I watched Aunt Mary whenever we were there, but learned to knit from print and a friend in college shared tips and techniques.

    —Anne on September 30, 2015
  • My neighbor, Mrs W., taught me to crochet when I was 8 years old. She made slippers for the other girls in the neighborhood, but gave me lessons – I got the best gift! I’m self-taught for other crafts, including knitting, sharing lessons, tips and tricks with with other knitters, crocheters and crafters through the years-big part of the joy is that give-and-take.

    —Elizabeth Sheehy on September 30, 2015
  • My mom talk me to knit many moons ago and we are both still knitting today!

    —Karen on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me to knit diaper soakers when my oldest nephew was born (telling my age aren’t I) and my mother-in-law taught me to crochet when we lived in a company camp about 75 miles SE from town. When I got stuck and was at home (she lived 10 miles north of town), my husband straightened me out.

    —Janie on September 30, 2015
  • I learned on my own as no one in my family knitted or crocheted. It was an interesting adventure being a lefty and learning with righthanded books and a mirror. lol

    —Cheryl on September 30, 2015
  • My Aunt Leota taught me to knit when I was about 11 or 12. Aunt Leota was extremely talented and creative. She could knit, crochet, sew, quilt. You name it she could make it.

    —Jane on September 30, 2015
  • My mom taught me to crochet, but being allergic to wool had never learned to knit. So through my pre-teens I persisted and learned a little here and there from family (primarily a cousin), friends and books as well as simple trial and error. A big thank you to all my patient teachers out there!

    —Linda B on September 30, 2015
  • My mum taught me to knit when i was quite small. I started with scarves & rugs for my dolls. she must have had the patience of an angel! after many dropped stitches I got the hang of it. I clearly remember the first jumper I knitted for myself! My granny taught me to crochet too but I have forgotten how! maybe I should try to learn again…..

    —Suzanne Keal on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself crochet with the 25-cent "Learn How" book during my freshman year in college. Then I talked my way into a job in a needlework shop and was properly taught how to knit, tat, needlework, etc. Then I learned that my mother, grandmother and great grandmothers also knew how to do it all, and I simply went another route to learn everything!

    —Marilyn Rose on September 30, 2015
  • My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 9, complicated by the fact that she was left-handed and I am right-handed. Several people have taught me to knit, but I keep defaulting to crochet because I’ve been doing it for 40 years, and that second needle in knitting confuses me 🙂

    —Karen on September 30, 2015
  • My great-grandmother taught me and my sister to crochet. My mother taught me to knit.

    —Anne on September 30, 2015
  • Initially, my sister taught me, but I learned later on my own how to read patterns.

    —craftyone on September 30, 2015
  • My Mother taught me to knit and my Grandmother was my mentor to crochet. Thank you to both !

    —Sherill V on September 30, 2015
  • My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was 6 or 7.

    Carol on September 30, 2015
  • My 70-year-old babysitter taught me to crochet at the age of 6. I taught myself how to make Barbie clothes when I was 8 or 9. I then taught nmyself how to sew at around 9 or 10.

    —cathy on September 30, 2015
  • It was considered a life skill by my mother, she taught me to knit, some crochet, and a variety of needle arts, including sewing.

    —Karen on September 30, 2015
  • Mom of course 🙂 Together we knited mittens and donated multiple pairs each to the Mittens for Kids drive in our community

    —Diane B on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to crochet and I taught myself to knit.

    —yolanda v on September 30, 2015
  • My aunt taught me how to knit when I was 17 🙂 while my mother was having heart surgery without me knowing. It definitely helped me relax after I found out

    Clemencia on September 30, 2015
  • No one in my family knitted, and I was desperate to learn. So I bought an I Can Learn to Knit! kit from the toy department at Target. Well the instructions were not so great, but after several evenings spent trying to figure it out and a few tears of frustration, I got it. There was no going back I have been obsessed since then. Now I have taught my nieces, so hopefully one day they will be able to say it was the aunt who taught them.
    Thanks!

    —Amanda Best on September 30, 2015
  • my great grandmother taught me to knit! thank you!!

    —Lee on September 30, 2015
  • My mom taught me how to knit and crochet! It was our special time together…

    —Mary Ann Atzrott on September 30, 2015
  • My favorite aunt taught me to knit the Thanksgiving I was 9; a couple years later I taught myself to crochet from a (Leisure Arts?) book.

    —Ann Hedington on September 30, 2015
  • I learned to knit the first time at girl guides, then the second time from Sue, my next door neighbour in University residence. She taught the European style and I’ve never forgotten!

    —Suzanne on September 30, 2015
  • Over 50 years ago, when I was 5, my aunt taught me knitting basics, then I read books. I taught myself crochet in my early 20’s.

    Pam Mellone on September 30, 2015
  • My dear Mom and her Mom (my grandma) taught me to knit. My Mother was a fabulous knitter who made herself 2 knitted 2 pc. dresses in the 1940s. I taught myself to crochet by following a booklet. Please enter me in your drawing! Thanks for all the work you do. :o)

    —Melanie on September 30, 2015
  • My Father taught me to crochet at age 7. I learned to knit from a beginner book after my friend in college showed me how to hold the needles to make a knit and pearl stitch. My first project was a sweater for my mom that had a shawl collar, cable stitched front and set in pockets. I still do both in my mid 70s.

    —Maureen A on September 30, 2015
  • While at a get together at my friend Debbie’s house, her friend Jan was crocheting a ripple baby blanket. I was impressed, so she taught me to crochet then and there! Thanks again, Jan! I’ve enjoyed crocheting ever since. I especially love to crochet lace. I taught myself to knit, once, but am a lot more comfortable with only one "stick" in my hand!

    —Linda Braley on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me at four years old as a way to get me to sit down and not run around our home. (I was a very active child from before I could walk.) I remember the thin red woolen yarn and the steel needles. It took me a long time to knit that first row of stitches, but I got the hang of it, I finished the row, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Or should I say,"needled".

    —Ellie Rosen on September 30, 2015
  • When I was young my parents bowled in leagues. At one bowling alley there was a woman who would knit while watching the action. I loved to watch her. I asked if she could teach me and she said she would if my parents bought me yarn and needles. My mom was reluctant as she did not know this lady (and my mom knew everyone!) and she didn’t want me to impose. I finally convinced her. This woman taught me to cast on, knit purl and make a pair of slippers. After that came crochet, embroidery, sewing, macrame, cross stitch, and sew on all self taught. I don’t remember that wonderful stranger’s name but 50 years later I still bless her for spending a few hours teaching a young girl what would become a lifelong passion. I wish I could tell her how grateful I am.

    —Diane S on September 30, 2015
  • I got my granddaughter started in knitting; I hope she will get more interested as time goes on!

    —Pam Reim on September 30, 2015
  • My mother taught me how to knit!

    —Nicole Sender on September 30, 2015
  • My grandmother taught a precocious 4-year-old to knit and crochet in 1964. My mother helped me along with knitting. 50+ years later, and I am still knitting and crocheting.

    Amelia V. on September 30, 2015
  • My aunt Rose taught me to crochet, My friend Teresa taught me to knit.

    —Delores King on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me how to chain in crochet as that was all she could remember and she also taught me how to knit when I was a child. Years later as an adult, I had an OT therapist teach the rest of crochet and 20 years later, I took a class on how to knit. Now I can do both!

    —alicia grayson on September 30, 2015
  • I learned the basics of knitting from a book but I have improved and learned to crochet from my knitting group that meets 2 times a month. Great friends.

    —Jeane on September 30, 2015
  • I taught myself, using books, and then later picked up more stitches and skills from youtube! Ah, ain’t the interwebs wunnerful?! LOL

    —Jacque on September 30, 2015
  • My grandma and my mom taught me to knit.

    —Ellen Toothacker on September 30, 2015
  • My Grandmother taught me to crochet thirty three years ago yikes, there must be new things to learn.

    —Joanne W on September 30, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to knit

    —Hilda Krebs on September 30, 2015
  • Well, my mom taught me to knit, but my HUSBAND taught me to crochet, and crochet is the only thing I do now. I remembered how to knit and taught my daughter, which is all she does.

    —Laurie on September 30, 2015
  • I’m a self-taught crocheter,sewer,& quilter. I bought a booklet on knitting when I was in high school , but am not very good at it, I still get some of my stitches twisted. I started sewing doll clothes ( I made my own patterns) when I was about 7 years old. I bought a booklet and taught myself to crochet when I was pregnant with my first child and couldn’t work. I was always "on the go", so when I couldn’t go to work it gave me something creative to do, and I always enjoy a new challenge. I really like the crochet books that have the patterns drawn out in symbols, I find them easier to follow than the books with all the abbreviations in them.

    —Karen Hawkins on September 30, 2015
  • My mother’s mother taught me to crochet. She had taught herself by buying old items and watching how the stitches were made as she unraveled them. I would get up early with her and learned at her knee in the kitchen as we waited for the rest of the family to wake up. She was from Russia.
    My father’s mother taught me to embroider. She was from England. When I visited her, she would sit with me and patiently show me the stitches.

    —Virginia Ellen on September 30, 2015
  • My sister in law , Rosie taught me to knit.

    —Barbara on October 1, 2015
  • My mother was a widow raising seven kids and working full time. We had a Viking sewing machine where she did all the mending. In 4th grade, my class had the assignment to sew a doll dress. My mom said, "We won’t be wasting materials on a doll dress, if you sew a dress, it will be something you can wear!" So since she had never sewn from patterns before, she found a teacher for me and took me there once a week till my dress was done. A beautiful pink gingham with bell sleeves. From there, I started sewing all my own clothes, and for others as well. Then I taught myself to knit and crochet. One time, I was doing a particularly difficult crochet pattern of a calla lily. I didn’t understand the instructions. The pattern was from the 30’s. My mom called a neighbor, who knew a little old lady who was an expert at crochet. We all went over to her house and she taught me the difficult technique. What great memories.

    —Suzanne K on October 1, 2015
  • My grandmother stayed with us one summer when I was around 7 and taught me how to crochet. She was the most patient person I have ever known. She instilled the love of making things for the one’s I love. Then a friend taught me the basics of knitting. I picked up a book and taught myself the rest. I still get excited when I start a new project for someone. If it wasn’t for my wonderful grandmother I would have never even tried. Thank you grandma.

    Melissa on October 1, 2015
  • I taught myself to crochet. Have tried SO many times to knit; I just can’t seem to get the knack. THat frustrates me no end, because I like the look of knitting so much more! LOL!

    —NancyB from Many LA on October 1, 2015
  • My mom tried and tried to teach me how to crochet, but I just didn’t get it. So…I taught myself to crochet (and knit) from books, and I’m still learning that way.

    —Barbara Colvin on October 1, 2015
  • A craft store class taught me how to knit.

    —Carla S on October 1, 2015
  • My Mom tried to teach me to knit ( still trying to learn), my Mother-in-law taught me to crochet.

    —Sandra on October 1, 2015
  • Our next-door neighbor, Mrs. Brosky, tried to teach me to knit when I was about 8. It didn’t really sink in, but it laid the foundation for when I picked it up in high school!

    Barb Johnson on October 1, 2015
  • YouTube and the "I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting" and "I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting" books taught me how to do both!

    —Annette J. on October 1, 2015
  • My Grandmother taught me the basics of how to crochet. My Mother-in-law gave me some pointers to do a better job.

    —Annette on October 1, 2015
  • My Grandma A. Taught me to knit, crochet, cross stitch and much more! I started knitting over 45 years ago! At this time, both of my adult aged girls haven’t "caught" the knitting/crocheting/crafting bug yet. When they are ready, I’ll be here. In the meantime, I’ll continuing teaching others (church, work).

    —Karen N. on October 1, 2015
  • When I was a child everyone tried to teach me to knit left-handed because I used a pen in my left hand. Years later I discovered I could do lots of things right-handed, including knitting, crochet and sewing (I’m an ambidextrous sewer!). I taught myself to do all three from a weekly publication called ‘Stitch by Stitch’ in the UK.

    —Suzanne on October 1, 2015
  • I watched a neighbor teach my sister who is left-handed, but I taught myself.

    —Catherine on October 1, 2015
  • My Grandmother was always knitting, sewing or crafting so picked up the from interest in making things from her. Unfortunately she passed away before I could really learn anything but the basics in knitting, embroidery and sewing. Now I make use of the internet and books to further my skills but do wish my grandmother was still around when I need a hand and also to see how far I have come.

    —Bronwyn on October 1, 2015
  • My teacher taught me to crochet in Jr. High and co-workers taught me how to knit.

    —Tracy on October 1, 2015
  • my uncle Don taught me to knit. he knitted his own socks

    coleen on October 1, 2015
  • My mother in law and I took a class to learn to crochet. The instructor became a wonderful friend. I was so in love in working with fiber, I taught myself to knit.

    —Lorraine on October 2, 2015
  • I was 17 years old and started to work in Manhattan. Some of my coworkers would crochet during our lunch hour. I said "I’d like to do that". Out came a hook and some yarn and I have been hooking ever since. That was many moons ago! Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on October 2, 2015
  • My older sisters always knit things for their boy friends. Remember those ‘beer mug’ socks with the angora ‘foam’?
    My sisters taught me with their left over yarn and that’s what I did..knit, knit, knit…really long ‘things’.
    When I was first married I taught myself to crochet from directions in a magazine. My finished project was very easy to do and came out ‘right’ but I thought it couldn’t be so easy…so I went to a yarn store and took lessons…and I was right!
    I always need a little help with my knitting and there are plenty of people around with ‘advice’.

    Mary Swanz on October 2, 2015
  • My mom taught me the basics of crochet and then I furthered my skills using a how-to book. I learned how to knit from a magazine with a "learn to knit and make this sweater" article.

    Laura B on October 2, 2015
  • A neighbor gave me my first knitting lesson which did not go so well. 10 years later I found some neat yarn on closeout and decided to knit scarfs for a local mission. Then a friend going through chemo asked for some soft hats at which point I started reading books and watching youtube videos.

    —Lori S on October 2, 2015
  • My mother taught me to knit when I was six to eight years old. My mother-in-law, bless her, was right-handed, but had the ingenuity and perseverance to teach me, a leftie, to crochet.

    —Rebecca on October 2, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to knit and my Girl Scout leader, Mrs. Manley, taught me how to crochet.

    —Mary on October 2, 2015
  • My Aunt Jude taught me to knit when I was 16. She is an awesome lady!

    —Kathie Peters on October 2, 2015
  • I didn’t have anyone to teach me so my boyfriend and I learned together. It’s wonderful to live in a time when you can find instructions for anything online!

    Pamela on October 2, 2015
  • My father taught me to knit when I was about 7. My parents were divorced, and Dad had sole custody of two girls. He bought a small how-to-knit book, a pair of needles and a skein of yarn at the local dime store (this was in about 1950), taught himself to knit, then passed on the basics to me,and told me I’d have to learn anything else from books. And so I did, and still am.

    —Carol Fitzhugh on October 2, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to embroider when I about five years old, I guess this might be where I began my love affair with all forms of embroidery! A friend taught me to crochet when I about 12 years old. I still love crocheting and knitting.

    —Sandy Ruffino on October 2, 2015
  • My mom taught me many good things, one of which was teaching me to knit. Her love of just surviving back in her days,(she would be 115 now) meant knowing how to knit, crochet, sew, hook mats and do all the cooking and baking. Don’t know how she found the time BUT she did! And thanks to her, I have inherited that love – my passion is knitting but I also spend many hours sewing, quilting and crocheting, also tried my hand at rug hooking! Wish you were here mom! Love you.

    —Helen on October 2, 2015
  • Vernal Johnson & my ggma.

    —c christensen on October 2, 2015
  • My Mom taught me the basics of knitting. I’m not as versed as she was but I love it. I also taught myself to crochet from a book.

    Sharen Boik on October 2, 2015
  • A Craftsy class and You Tube taught me to knit!

    —Cindy S on October 2, 2015
  • Mom taught me to sew, a friend attempted to teach me to knit – that was a disaster! A friend taught me to knit between games at a basketball tournament in New Mexico years ago. She was left-handed, I’m right- handed, so I just watched her! Such fun!!

    —Alma Croix on October 2, 2015
  • My grandmother tried to teach me to crochet when I was about 10 yrs old. I just did not get the hang of it. I am now in the process of teaching myself how to crochet by using youtube. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Renea on October 2, 2015
  • I learned how to crochet from my Mom Mom who was a great knitter and crocheter. There were many attempts to teach me how to knit, without success. I can knit now, using her knowledge and books, making simple patterns.

    —Bridget on October 2, 2015
  • My mom taught me how to crochet. I got a book to try to teach myself to knit, but I couldn’t really get the hang of it until my friend Chelsea taught me.

    —Amy on October 2, 2015
  • My Mom was a great crocheter. She didn’t like knitting so well – it was hard to pick up dropped stitches (and I agree with that!) She helped me get started and I also learned more from books (way before the internet!)

    —Karen F on October 2, 2015
  • I learned to knit in fifth grade, for a Girl Scout badge. We went to one of the girls’ homes and her mom taught us. At the last meeting, she told us, "Because I’m Polish, I’ve taught you the Continental method." Thank goodness she did, because it made a light go off 20+ years later when I tried to pick knitting back up, from instructions with pictures of the "English" method. I still prefer that first method.

    —Dorothy on October 2, 2015
  • A cousin showed me how to crochet

    —barbara woods on October 2, 2015
  • My mother taught me to knit when I was 10 and I learned to crochet by myself mostly from books and the Internet.

    —melisa on October 3, 2015
  • I didn’t know anyone who could teach me to knit, and my mother did crochet, so I bought a how-to-knit book 50 years ago and have been knitting ever since. I love to knit because it’s relaxing, it keeps my fingers nimble and it makes me happy to give my friends and family knitted gifts every now and then.

    Carole on October 3, 2015
  • After moving to a neighborhood with some very talented ladies, I learned to knit as a nineteen year old newly wed back in 1961. This group accepted me with open arms into their craft group, even though I was at least 20 years younger than them. I can still feel their warmth and gentleness as I knit.

    —Margaret Apodaca on October 3, 2015
  • My mom taught me to knit. I taught myself to crochet through books many years ago.

    —Kathie Feller on October 3, 2015
  • My Grandma taught me to crochet and I taught myself how to knit from a Woman’s Day magazine and pamphlet in my teens. That was a VERY long time ago as I realized recently that I have knitted over 50 afghans so far!

    —Linda Towers on October 3, 2015
  • I learned to knit at a class at Michael’s, but I don’t know how to crochet.

    Deb on October 3, 2015
  • My mom taught me to knit in order to complete requirements for a Girl Scout badge. Later on, a coworker, Ilah, really helped me a lot on finishing techniques, different styles of knitting, all about types of yarns and always to check my gauge! Ilah was great with co-workers and with all our customers that came in to the shop for help. Thanks Ilah!

    —Carol Cook on October 3, 2015
  • My grandma taught me to crochet using No 8’perle thread and making a doily. She was so patient with me. My mum taught me to knit as all our jumpers were handmade out of necessity as this was the cheapest method when I was young and shops would "put away" your wool so you only had to buy a few balls at a time! I am 67 now and am teaching my granddaughter to knit!

    —Heather J Seamons on October 4, 2015
  • I learned in a church group, but my Mom helped me too. I learned at her funeral that the ladies that she worked with taught her how to knit and crochet when she asked them to teach her because she knew I would be learning and wanted to be able to help me. So my drive to learn help her too!

    —Sherie on October 4, 2015
  • My Mom taught me to crochet at a young age. We learned to knit, together, when I was in high school and a nearby church was offering lessons. We made slippers for everyone that Christmas! I think I still have directions for those somewhere. 🙂

    —Rose D. on October 4, 2015
  • My Grandmother and my Mom taught me to knit, and my sister taught me how to knit Argylle. The an amazing teacher Theresa Gaffney got me back on track after I had not knit in years. Thanks

    —Marian Allen on October 5, 2015
  • My mother taught me to both knit and crochet, then I’ve picked up more bits from other knitters and crocheters.

    —susan on October 5, 2015
  • I don’t remember who taught me to knit because I’ve been knitting since I was about 10 – I’m now 76. Both my mom and grandma crochet. But I taught the local high school students how to knit as an after school class. I also teach children and adults in my home studio and through a park program. I taught my grandchildren at age 5 how to knit. I hope when they get my age they’ll remember who taught them how to knit.

    Arlene Kuchcik on October 6, 2015
  • My boss at a small family diner taught me to crochet when I was in high school: doilies made with crochet thread on small little hooks! That gave me the confidence to teach mysef to knit following the instructions in a craft book.

    —Pearl on October 7, 2015
  • I taught myself to knit from a book, when I was a young woman. I went to a local yarn shop for help whenever I needed to crochet an edging for a knitted piece. Later, I took a class in crochet from a craft/fabric store.

    —Linda Regan on October 11, 2015

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