Do Women Crochet Because They’re Losing Other Domestic Skills?

Back in January there was an Australian news article reporting on the fact that women are losing their domestic skills. I had bookmarked the article, thinking that I wanted to mull it over some more but I never did anything with it. I recently pulled it out and reread it again and I couldn’t help but thinking that if this is true then maybe it is the reason why women enjoy doing “domestic” crafts like crochet.

The article looked at research that found that Generation Y women simply can’t perform the same domestic tasks that their mothers and grandmothers did. Some stats from the research included:

  • Barely one in two women can cook a roast even though more than 8 in 10 women from the Baby Boomer generation could do it
  • Fewer than one in four women can now grow a plant from a cutting whereas more than three out of four older women know exactly how to do this
  • There has been more than a 30% decline in the number of women who know how to drive a manual vehicle

This last statistic reveals the probably obvious fact that these changes are due to the fact that society itself has changed. Gender roles have changed, sure. But so has life in general, with much less need to cook a roast or grow a plant when you can simply buy these things instead.

I think that this change in society creates a longing in many of us to do things that are traditionally considered domestic. That’s why some people start gardens. And I think it’s why some of us crochet. Do you agree?

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  1. I do think this has validity. The last few decades most women have been working outside the home. The kids are involved in so many things that cooking & cleaning, pardon the pun, were put on the back burner. I think families aren’t cooking therefore they are not able to pass these skills down to the next generation. In comes the Food Network and The Cooking channel. Those people (young women or men) are rediscovering cooking thru the shows, I think this is one of the things that drive their popularity. And also the popularity of all kinds of craft skills. We’re passing them on to each other instead of generational family passing along these skills. It’s just another evolution of our society, good or bad, but at least we are passing along the skills. I learned to crochet from both of my grandmothers growing up in the 60’s & 70’s, but we always joked the creativity skips generations because my mom cannot sew on a button. LOL

    • Thanks for the really thoughtful comment. I think you’ve made a great point about how we are passing these skills on now through various mediums (TV, blogging!) rather than through the generations like before but that it’s good we’re at least passing them on!

  2. I crochet because i love it.

    • @JammadeStudio Me too! What is it that you love about crochet?

      • @CrochetBlogger just so you know, I am in the multi talented gen x group who can still cook a roast and grow a plant from a cutting haha. Crochet is theraputic, ever heard the saying “i crochet so I don’t kill people?” lol. It’s meditative, it’s art therapy. We sit and start with a hook and a ball of wool and end up with a work that is our creative expression and amazingly satisfying. It’s even more satisfying when you can start with a hook and a ball of wool and create your own pattern! Ah, that’s why we do it, for the satisfaction. For me it has nothing to do with domestic skills and everything to do with satisfaction and accomplishment. :)Check this out! :

        Yarny love,

        Jen :)

        • @JammadeStudio Great answer! I do think that there’s a return to those crafts in this generation but it’s out of choise and desire, not out of necessity, so the quality and purpose is different. Not bad, not good, just different.

  3. My grandmother warned me that I would need skills like crochet because you never know when our technologically advanced world will fall apart. I’m proud to say I’m on the tail end of Gen X, but I can cook, crochet, sew in a basic function, and my hubby and I have both been working on our survival skillz for the zombie apocalypse :-)

    • @TheDragonflyDutchess Have you watched Doomsday Preppers? I’m so fascinated to see how everyone is preparing for a time when the world falls apart. My survival skills aren’t so hot so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to barter crochet clothing and other crocheted necessities for things I may need. I don’t have a big supply of food stashed here but I’ve sure got a lot of yarn!

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