Crochet Club hooks students to its friendship chain

Photo courtesy of Miranda Montroy

By Mariah Bennett | Personal editor

The Crochet Club plans to launch meetings in the spring semester and will welcome both experienced crocheters and those new to the craft. Miranda Montroy — president and senior founder and Houston club — said the plan was to have weekly meetings as a member-driven organization.

Crochet is needlework consisting of the interlocking of looped stitches formed with a single yarn and a crochet needle. Montroy said she taught others how to crochet for a few years.

Beginner-level crochet items include hats or flowers. Generally, articles can be based on templates, many of which can be found for free online.

“The great thing about crochet is you can do anything,” Montroy said. “You can combine dots in different ways to get a bunch of different effects.”

Montroy said she plans to provide members with supplies — including hooks and yarn — and has a structure to help newcomers learn the trade.

Montroy said she starts people off 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 how to create flowers, sheep, and even Pokemon items.

Montroy said Crochet Club’s goal is to create a supportive community for those interested in crochet and to provide them with a fun and creative outlet.

“I really want it to be a place where people can come, have fun, learn a new skill — just have something that’s non-school and non-working,” Montroy said.

The club was created in the spring of 2020 and organized a table at the Virtual Late Night. Montroy said she had considered starting a crochet club at Baylor since her freshman year, as she also started a crochet club at her high school.

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

Anupama Kannan – Fremont, Calif., senior vice president and club – said she’s been crocheting for about two months. She said she plans to go to a place where she can mentor members next semester, describing the Crochet Club as a fun and cooperative space.

“Arts and crafts can mean a lot — or just going somewhere and everyone having a shared hobby,” Kannan said. “It’s a dedicated space for teaching and learning new aspects of crochet where you can collaborate.”

Montroy said that in the future she wants the club to be able to help with charity, including donating crochet octopuses for premature babies in hospitals.

“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 it was because a crocheted octopus gave a baby something to cling to, preventing him from removing his IV.

“I think it would be a good thing if we could not just learn to crochet and enjoy it ourselves, but if we could also use those skills to benefit other organizations,” Montroy said.