Crochet and other needlearts are often something that binds together the generations of a family, especially the women in the family. That seems to be the case for Naomi Roberg, a woman who decided to get into the art of cro-hooking to carry on a tradition that her own mother had started.

What is cro-hooking?

Cro-hooking is a rare form of crocheting that’s done with a double-ended crochet hook to make double-sided crochet pieces that can reverse to a different color if two colors of yarn are worked at the same time. (source)

This was something that Roberg’s mother had started doing because she wanted to create baby blankets for every new baby born into the family. Years later Roberg decided that this crochet baby blanket tradition was something she wanted to carry on into the new generation. She hadn’t learned to cro-hook from her mother so she had to teach herself.

This, too, seems to be common in many families. Although some people do actually learn crocheting from their moms or grandmas, many of us lose the art over the years and only come back to it later as adult women. We don’t realize for all of those years in between how this art will tie us together with the women that came before us but then we celebrate it when we do realize it.

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  1. Martha Winger Reply

    My mother tried to teach me as a girl but it didn’t stick. So she had to reteach me as a 40 year old. I am the fifth generation and my daughter is the 6th! I just found a Venetian crochet pattern to reproduce my great-grandmother’s 1915 grapes and leaves design crocheted collar. Can’t wait to get started this weekend!

    • Kathryn Reply

      That sounds amazing! I would love it if you keep me posted on how that goes!

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