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« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2007 01:36:01 PM »

Last semester, in my psychology class a guy who sat in front of me would crochet before class started.  He was actually the first male I'd ever physically seen crocheting. 
« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2007 07:44:18 PM »

More people crochet than knit apparently.  I personally don't think crochet is "at the bottom" but a myth perpetuated by those who don't crochet.  As hooker is an english term and probably quite modern I don't think there was a connection to prostitution but it sure made crochet seem more "sexy" to people in the last couple of years since the Happy Hooker has come out.  Many of the people who first crocheted didn't speak english and wouldn't know what a hooker was would they?  I think less men crochet because it was primarily done in thread which is awkward for a yarnie like me and I can't imagine what it is like for a guy with big hands.  I also find crochet more "artistic" and where you see a lot more men is in free form crochet.  Yes I know there is free form knitting..... but I think crochet is easier to manipulate don't you?

As mentioned above though crochet has a strong tradition in Latin America and Carol Ventura talks about it in her Tapestry Crochet books.
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« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2007 01:53:34 AM »

My father was a golden gloves boxer, very macho guy - what was called a "greaser" back in the '60s - he beat up guys that looked sideways at my mom before they got married and she told him no more fighting or she would leave him...

he learned to crochet little doillies out of crochet thread from his grandma when he was a kid, and butterfly shaped ones even! He did it later in life to relieve stress, especially since he had to give up fighting and drinking or lose my mom!

he started me learning because he could crochet better than my mother and I wanted to learn because it was about the only thing we shared just the two of us - my fav was making little variegated butterflies to throw on the dresser

by the time I was 5 I could crochet fairly well, he was a good teacher

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« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2007 04:43:03 AM »

One of the most amusing sights I have seen lately was during a break at uni one day, when one of my housemates was working on the blanket she is crocheting and ended up teaching one of our guy friends how to crochet. Picture a 19 year old skater looking very concerned because he couldn't work out what he'd done wrong, giving names to each of the 'dance steps' involved each stitch and getting very excited when he got to his favourite part of the stitch- the 'whack it back' step. He took about half an hour to finish a row for her, and it actually didn't look too bad. Then as the guy left for class my housemate discreetly pulled out the stitches he'd done so she could redo them neatly. lol
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« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2007 05:43:13 AM »

I work in a middle school and a couple of years ago, I ran a crochet activity. I did have a boy in the group, but he wasn't very successful. This year, I had a bunch of the kids in my 7th grade homeroom crocheting blankets for the Snuggles Project. There was one boy who already knew how to crochet (better than me, I think) and he had a cluster of his buddies crocheting with him, after he/I showed them how to get started. His friends didn't think he was a "sissy" either for being able to crochet. And in middle school, that's a huge deal!

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« Reply #25 on: November 01, 2007 10:29:31 AM »

Yes, they do!   Grin

I just found a short article on some of the famous men of crochet.  Bill Elmore put out two short books (now out-of-print Sad)on the different techniques that he created for crochet.  If you can find them, they are definitely worth reading!
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« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2007 02:32:26 PM »

I think men invented crochet.  A lot of the netting and rope work on early ships is very large scale crocheting with hemp and jute.  The sailors used their hands to crochet (I used to do thatwith string when I was a kid), and with the finer ropes they used hooked tools that they fashioned to pull the loops through.

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« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2007 04:34:25 PM »

of course men crochet! lol. if a woman can why can't a man? my grandpa, and two uncles can crochet Smiley but then again growing up with 5 sisters my uncles would learn...

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« Reply #28 on: November 02, 2007 07:56:07 AM »

When I was in middle school there was a boy who was on the football team, as well as other teams I can't recall, who crocheted in class. He was big and beefy and no one dared say anything to him about it cuz if he wanted to he could beat the snot out of the little smart***es. Wink He made some cool stuff.

I know a young man (19yo) who not only crochets lovely gifts for elderly people (he works in a nursing home), but teaches others, mainly women, how to crochet. Seems to me like a great way to be in close proximity to females who appreciate your many talents. Cheesy

My 22yo son knits. He tried crochet, but didn't like the motions as much as knitting. He makes 'manly'-colored hats, scarves, socks, and slippers.

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« Reply #29 on: November 02, 2007 04:25:08 PM »

I used to crochet at my college and I used to get guys come up to me and say... don't tell anyone but are you using a granny square... I would look at them and say ummm yeah.... kinda crazy... crocheting is a tradition in my family.... I'm pretty sure my great grandmother taught my uncles .... but only one person other than me in my family has gotten into it.... and my boyfriends mother tried to teach my boyfriend when he was little..... he didn't get into it but he did do it as a child.... he has clumsy fingers... haha....

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