Crochet Club hooks students onto its chain of friendship

Photo courtesy Miranda Montroy

By Mariah Bennett | Employed author

The Crochet Club plans to start meetings in the spring semester and welcome both seasoned crocheters and newbies. Miranda Montroy – Houston senior and club president and founder – said the plan is to hold weekly meetings as a member-centric organization.

Crocheting is a handicraft consisting of the interlocking of loop stitches formed with a single thread and a hook needle. Montroy said she had taught others to crochet for a number of years.

Crochet items for beginners include hats or flowers. Overall, articles can be based on samples, many of which can be found online for free.

“The great thing about crocheting is that you can do anything,” said Montroy. “You can combine stitches in different ways to create a variety of different effects.”

Montroy said she plans to provide supplies to members – including hook and thread – and has structure to help newcomers learn the craft.

Montroy said she starts people with basic skills like chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet, then asks what they want to create and teaches from there. She said she would help them achieve their desired projects, noting that in the past she had taught people to make flowers, sheep, and even Pokemon items.

Montroy said the goal of the crochet club is to build a supportive community of those interested in crochet and provide them with a fun, creative outlet.

“I really want it to be a place where people come, have fun, learn a new skill – just have something that isn’t homework and that doesn’t work,” said Montroy.

The club was chartered in spring 2020 and hosted a table for a virtual late night. Montroy said she had considered starting a crochet club in Baylor since her junior year, as she had started a crochet club in her high school as well.

“I have a long history of going to places and saying, ‘Do you know what this place needs? A crochet club! ‘”Said Montroy.

Anupama Kannan – Fremont, California, senior and club vice president – said she had been crocheting for about two months. She said she plans to get somewhere to mentor members in the next semester and described the crochet club as a fun, collaborative place.

“Arts and crafts can mean a lot – or just go somewhere and everyone has a common hobby,” said Kannan. “It’s a space dedicated to teaching and learning new aspects of crochet and where you can work together.”

Montroy said she would like the club to get involved in charities in the future, including donating crocheted octopus to premature babies in hospitals.

“The babies play with their tentacles as if it were their mother’s umbilical cord,” Octopus for a Preemie, a registered UK charity, said on its website.

Montroy said this is because a crocheted octopus is giving a baby something to hold on to and preventing them from taking their infusion out.

“I think it would be a nice thing if we could not only learn to crochet and benefit from it ourselves, but if we could use those skills for other organizations,” said Montroy.

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