Craft · Crochet

Passing down the skills: backwards edition

Back when I began knitting and crocheting, I realised things were backward for me. A lot of people talked about the link with the past; they learned to knit or crochet from their mother, or perhaps their grandmother. Their aunt. Someone in their family.

I learnt through friends and youtube, which was perfect for me but didn’t foster that link. I felt for a while as though I was missing some part of the learning process. I had no tips or tricks passed down from previous generations, and I still have no idea if any of my grandparents could knit. I assume they could, but the only story I remember involves a great aunt I never met, so I’m not certain.

Then my mum asked me to teach her to crochet.


She said she knew how to do it before, but teaching her was basically from scratch. She came along to one of my Stitch ‘n’ Bitches, picked up a hook and some acrylic, and off she went.

It turns out teaching her was great for both of us; for her because she’s been doing it on and off ever since, and for me because when I visited her she revealed that she’d crocheted me a version of the Doctor’s scarf. Yes, that enormous Doctor Who scarf.

Found on Pinterest; credit goes to BBC.

I don’t have pictures yet because she had to sew in the millions of ends, but it will be with me soon. It’s okay, I won’t be able to use it until the winter anyway, but you better bet it will be used all the damn time.

And I will look just as happy as he does. Guaranteed.


14 thoughts on “Passing down the skills: backwards edition

    1. I’m with you. My mum has more patience than me, I’d lose interest – but that said, I do like the things that riff on the theme. Like Doctor Who socks and shawls with the same colours just not the scarf. I dig that.


  1. Everyone Learns in diffrent ways, I was shown by my grandmother, but never really picked it up at that time. sadly she is now no longer able to teach me as she fell unwell, so I have fallen to the use of the internet to learn. there is no shame in it at all, infact I think it is wonderful that so many more people are now learning what seemed to be dying crafts thanks to the use of the internet


    1. I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother being too ill to teach you. It’s still nice that you can learn online and carry that on. 🙂


  2. How great that you could share your hobby with your mother. My own mother taught me to crochet, but when I wanted to learn to knit, she sent me to a class, as she didn’t feel like she did it the”right”way. One thing I miss with her gone is her ability to help me figure out a pattern. Enjoy the scarf!


  3. Reading all the comments has been so interesting. I love hearing how people learn in different ways. My Nanna tried to teach me as a child but I was very stubborn and didn’t want to learn. It wasn’t until my had my own babies that I wanted to make them something. That’s when I turned to You Tube! I also re-taught my Mum to crochet, which I enjoyed. I taught my sisters too. Nanna is very proud that we’re all crocheting (and knitting badly).


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