Crochet in my childhood…the Dutch influence!

Since starting this blog and commencing the International Diploma in Crochet, I have been thinking about and doing crochet more than ever before (it’s great! 😊). Conversations about crochet have also increased amongst family and friends.

I wrote some weeks ago about being unsure when my love of crochet was born but in speaking with my Dutch mother, it transpires that I have always been surrounded by crochet! I am half Dutch (my mother is Dutch and my father English) and the Dutch crochet influence is evident all around me!

I grew up with ‘gehaakte gordijntjes’ (crochet curtains) in front of our windows. These were very popular in The Netherlands in the 1970’s and ours were crocheted by both my wonderful mother and beloved Oma (grandmother) using a popular pattern at the time which my mother recalls was late 1960’s, early 1970’s. Although my mother says it was a joint effort, she remembers the majority being crocheted by my Oma.

When my mother married my English father and moved to England, she brought the curtains with her and they hung in our family home right up until I left home! They still have them today but when I moved out I took some of the curtains with me and they have hung in front of various windows in my homes throughout my adult life! Being half Dutch yet living in England, I have always wanted to keep as much of my Dutch half alive as possible!

Here are the 'gehaakte gordijntjes' now hanging in front of our kitchen window! Isn't it amazing to think that they are over 40 years old!
Here are the ‘gehaakte gordijntjes’ now, hanging in front of our kitchen window! Isn’t it amazing to think that they are over 40 years old!
They have needed the occasional repair after being washed, but I hope they will continue to hang in front of our windows for decades to come!
They have needed the occasional repair after being washed, but I hope they will continue to hang in front of our windows for decades to come! It’s very special for me to think that my mother and grandmother made these together!

I also have these crocheted ‘pannenlappen’ (pot holders) in my kitchen that came from my childhood. They were bought for my mother by my Dutch aunt from a lady she knew who crocheted them. They’ve stood the test of time being many years old and still look great with my teapot standing on them everyday!

Dutch crocheted pannenlappen...beautiful and practical-a winning combination!
Dutch crocheted pannenlappen. Beautiful and practical – a winning combination!

Amazingly, my mother also crocheted her own wedding dress in 1974…

My wonderful parents on their wedding day in 1974!
My wonderful parents on their wedding day in 1974!
My mother crocheted her own wedding dress- I love it!
My mother crocheted her own wedding dress and matching bag – I love it so much!

So it appears that I was always  destined to love crochet having it subtlety in my life from the beginning! But it wasn’t something I actually did myself until I was older….so glad I did though!

Where are your crochet inspirations from?

Happy crocheting everyone and till next week….

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16 thoughts on “Crochet in my childhood…the Dutch influence!

  1. The curtains, the pot holders and the wedding dress – wow! That’s some beautiful crochet. It’s definitely in your blood! I grew up with everyone knitting, but found out you could do something similar with just one thing to hold (my coordination wasn’t great! And that’s when I became hooked on crochet. Now my coordination has improved I’m learning how to knit 🙂

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      1. I’ll be looking forward to that post! Those curtains are not that common in young households…. Although a friend of mine recentst crocheted her own, using colourful granny squares

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