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Found It: Mikey’s 1st Pattern Book Bought When He was a Teenager

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as ‘Mikey’, I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I’m a ‘hooker’ at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

20 thoughts on “Found It: Mikey’s 1st Pattern Book Bought When He was a Teenager

  • December 28, 2017 at 11:41 pm
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    Would you buy this again, today? Cheers, and thanks for rising above the ignorant swamp dragons who chastised you when you first started teaching. Sometimes I’m just incredibly sad and embarrassed by the actions of my fellow Americans. You deserve better.

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  • December 28, 2017 at 11:03 am
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    Bang on!!! I really loved this article!!! I had my first books too. All of my patterns.. But, my ex-husband and his father burned my books and patterns. So I’ve been trying to collect everything again!!! One thing I’ve been looking for is a doo-wrap. Made with, I thinK sz 10 thread. It has roses where it ties on. And it used rings from a six-pack that you trim down and crochet around to make a place to tie it on where the roses are. It’s really beautiful!!! I think it may have been in an Interweave Magazine. And leg warmers. And a lapghan for in a wheelchair. Thank you so very much. I really enjoyed your article!!!

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  • December 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm
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    Great story share! Diagrams really help. Like looking at the map before and during the trip- helps to see and understand the interrelationship of the different stitches, why you do this thing here and that there, etc. If a written pattern does or doesn’t have a diagram, I’ll still sketch my own as it helps me grasp the pattern plan. Hope your move goes smoothly. My mom always said Nova Scotia was a bucket-list place to visit. And with your family’s plans of the studio even more reason!

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  • December 27, 2017 at 11:01 am
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    Gotta know: did your mom know UK double stitches, or US double stitches? 😉 Laugh!

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  • December 27, 2017 at 10:53 am
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    Love it. I hope this book is making its way to NS with you

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  • December 27, 2017 at 9:09 am
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    I agree that diagrams can be easier to follow. I started crocheting around 7 years old. Making up patterns as i went. Didn’t learn to read a pattern until i was a teenager. Didn’t realise there was differnt terms until a few years back. Been crocheting for nearly 50 years, still learning new things

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  • December 27, 2017 at 8:59 am
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    Not my very first crochet book, but my second! very very influential in my learning to crochet, Bought it in 1991, here in the UK, in Exeter, Devon. I too love the diagrams, they for me are the way I learn a new stitch the best. The authors of this book wrote very clearly and precisely as well. The following year I purchased the next book in the series. They are still my all time favourite crochet books – and I have ALOT of other crochet books.

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  • December 27, 2017 at 8:39 am
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    And whammo!!!! A gift was born!!! (Errr, that would be you Mikey…) <3

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  • December 27, 2017 at 8:17 am
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    well written! Bang on perfect! (I have a copy of this book also but I think I have an American version. The diagrams have been more helpful than the words!)

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  • December 27, 2017 at 3:59 am
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    I have that book and refer to it a lot for inspiration. As far as I am concerned it is one of the best crochet books produced.
    I taught myself crochet from a children’s book, so learned to do patterns from written instructions. But when I found diagrams! – it was a life changer! So much easier to understand. So many words in written instructions just deal with the turning chain and blur any basic pattern repeat for me. But on a diagram, the repeat shows up nice and clear, so I can pick up the pattern quickly and with confidence. The only time I have problems with diagrams is when there are front or back post stitches or the front or back loop of a stitch has to be used – and I suspect those problems would disappear if I did more with those stitches.
    Sadly, diagrams don’t seem to be used as much these days. I find I have to use written instructions a lot for things I am making now. Perhaps we should start a campaign – “DIAGRAMS ROCK! CROCHETERS LOVE PICTURES”.
    Ps as a Brit, I have to flick a mental “UK/American stitches” switch before I start any pattern!!!

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  • December 27, 2017 at 3:18 am
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    Thanks for sharing your path from there to here. Love your story. So happy you found your book. I have my first book, as well, and I treasure it, made my first gifts following that book, lots of fond memories in those pages.

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  • December 27, 2017 at 1:42 am
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    I didn’t learn how to use diagrams until this year (I’m 62) and I’ve been crocheting since I was 8 years old. But thanks to Mikey’s teaching I now can use them. I am currently working on a project that is written in Russian but thanks to knowing diagrams I can create it. Thank you Mikey😊

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  • December 27, 2017 at 12:25 am
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    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this part of yourself with us. I’m feel sad because people were not so nice to you when you were just trying to help them. I’m glad you stuck it out because without you I would still be doing simple single/double flat crochet. You and your videos helped me learn to make booties and dresses. I’m getting ready to attempt something more difficult. Not sure what yet, but I’m sure I’ll find something on your web page that suites me and mine. Thanks again!

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  • December 26, 2017 at 11:35 pm
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    Yay! Sorry people flipped out over UK terms. I use gauges if I am unsure of definition of UK/US terms. If it’s too big… UK most likely. I really can’t fathom emailing, speaking to someone in such an ugly manner. I would have been inquisitive verses angry. Then again, I learn from you all the time. Xoxo much love & respect

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  • December 26, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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    Love this stroll in time.

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  • December 26, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    I love this story, Mikey! What a fun way to rediscover a cherished book from younger days. I’ve just realized we are the same age, and I can appreciate the significance of the solo trip to Toronto, the ticket used as a bookmark, and the pages that the book naturally opens to. I have a few precious books as well, that also carry a story with them in addition to what’s printed inside. Keep on making memories worthy of discovery and joy for many years to come! Thanks for all you do for the crocheting community ❤

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  • December 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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    Love it!! I still have my very first book of stitches as well…. I used it to teach myself to crochet when I was a freshman in high school back in 1973. It was one of those little Dell pocket books you used to find at the grocery store or K-Mart checkout, that covered everything from diets, horoscopes, zodiac and so on. It cost me a whopping 35 cents. I still love this little book. It has literally been completely around the world with me!

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  • December 26, 2017 at 9:39 pm
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    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I was taught how to a granny square by my babysitter when I was about it 5 yo. She was from the backwoods of North Carolina and could barely read or write. All she could do was SHOW me how to do it. In 3rd grade, I checked a book out from the library with lots of stitches and photos. That’s when it all clicked! 38 years later and I’m still learning. This year I conquered C2C, a bobble /sc graphgan and I’m teaching myself Tunisian. Happy Boxing Day and Happy New Year!

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  • December 26, 2017 at 9:32 pm
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    LOVED it – and you all – more!

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  • December 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm
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    Love this storey! Did I read this correctly and you are moving to Nova Scoita? I’m hoping so. I may finally be able to attend some of your events!!!

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