Maggie's Essay Contest: Up in the Attic

Although Maggie has selected the top three entries, we want you to nominate your favorite essays for the People’s Choice award. The recipient of the award will win a package of crochet books and yarn totaling over $100.

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Up in the Attic

BY: Carol Ballard

Up in the attic, there’s a faded, red, 2 pocket, duo-tang folder.  It’s been there for years, nestled among some old how-to books.  It holds a treasure trove of old articles and recipes that were carefully cut from some wonderful old magazines like Better Homes and Garden, Family Circle and Good Housekeeping.  Among all those articles is a crochet pattern.  Not just any pattern, but my favorite pattern.  The paper on the pattern is not quite so white and shiny anymore and the print is fading to a dull gray.  It’s almost impossible to read anymore, but I can’t bear to pitch it.  It’s the first pattern that I worked perfectly.  It’s still the only pattern that I make over and over again.  No need to keep this pattern, I could do it in the dark with my eyes closed!

It’s just a simple little pattern for a baby sweater, worked in one piece with a circular yoke.  The body of the sweater is worked in shells with a dc between. It includes the little matching bonnet which is also worked in one piece, first in the round, then worked flat.  As soon as I knew a person was expecting, I would get started on this set.  I’ve lost count as to how many of these I’ve made.  As my skills progressed, I added matching booties and a blanket.  This is the pattern that “hooked” me and I’ve been crocheting ever since.  This is the pattern that started it all and allowed me to move on to more difficult and challenging patterns.  This is the pattern that inspired me to try designing.  I don’t recall which magazine that I gleaned this pattern from and I don’t know who the author was, but I will always be grateful to this author.  She will never know how she influenced me and how she encouraged me.  It was just a simple, little pattern.  Thank you so much!

Thanks for reading,

Hugs, Maggie

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