Every summer of my youth, my sister and I would spend one week with our Grandma Nalley in Fairview Heights, Ill. Our visits were leisurely vacations during which Grandma would teach us card games, play John Wayne movies for us and try to teach us how the art of crochet.

Deftly working simple white thread with a single needle, Grandma created beautiful pieces of functional art. Over the years, I watched her crochet coverlets, table cloths, doilies and her signature angel ornaments. A creative woman, she learned using other people’s patterns, but over time she created many of her own.

Eventually she expressed her desire to pass on her patterns to her granddaughters and tried to teach us her beloved art. My sister took to it like a fish to water. I, on the other hand, couldn’t get the hang of the technique and gave up on the craft.

Nearly 20 years later I decided to try my hand at crochet, again. With a copy of Better Homes and Gardens’ 1-2-3 Crochet, a hook and blue yarn, I set my sights on a basic winter cap.

I’m proud to say that I completed a cap that fits and found I enjoy crocheting. I enjoyed it so much that I think one day I’ll borrow a few of Grandma’s patterns from my sister. For now I’ll stick with my beginner projects.

My Crochet Cap

Modeling my crochet cap. Photo: Scott D. Weaver Photography

1-2-3 Crochet: Project Packed Beginner’s Guide – Cool Cap Pattern
Caron Simply Soft Yarn – Light Country Blue
E/4 (3.5mm) Hook
Lock Ring Markers