Crocheted Crosses

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, January 28, 1914:  Ruth and I went up to town this evening. I am in some kind of a thing that’s to be given in the church. Went up to practice. We had quite a bit of fun even if we did have to work some at making crosses.

crocheted cross

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

What fun!. . . Spending a winter evening with friends sounds wonderful. What was the upcoming event at the church that Grandma was practicing for? And, what were the crosses she was helping make?

Maybe they were making crocheted cross bookmarks. I can remember occasionally getting crocheted crosses that church members made when I was a child.

There are lots of different types of crocheted crosses. Directions for making one type are at Moms Love of Crochet.

There’s also a YouTube video about how to make crocheted crosses.

26 Responses

  1. I don’t remember crochet crosses but I do remember cross stitch or needlework crosses.

    • And, I don’t remember the cross stitch or needlework ones. Maybe different types of needlework crosses were popular in different geographic areas.

  2. Perhaps they were practicing for an Easter program…?

    • It was really, really cold here today, and spring feels like it is a long ways off; but your comment make me realize that spring (and Easter) will be here almost before I know it.

  3. “I am in some kind of a thing…’

    Sounds just like what a kid would say today. :-)

  4. Would it have been little crosses or big crosses?

  5. Oh… I do love those crocheted crosses. Thanks for the links :-)

  6. So pretty… Last fall I found some Christmas ornaments in a Scandinavian import store – lovely crocheted white stars – they were made in Germany.

  7. I still have two of the crocheted crosses, one from my aunt and one from my Grandma.

  8. I remember crocheted crosses. I haven’t seen one in years.
    Several years ago, for several months, I had to take my mom to a specialist doctor every week and it was always a long stressful drive and sometimes a long wait in the waiting room. Every week there was a woman who took her mother (who was in her 90s!) there too. She was always stitching crosses on plastic canvas…every week. She must have made a ton of them. One week she gave one to each of us waiting there. I kept mine to remind me of that time spent with my mom and the woman who also took her mom to that same doctor at that same time every week.

    • What a lovely story! I especially like how you saved the cross as a memory of the time you spent with your mother and the time the other woman spent with her mother. Your mother was fortunate to have a daughter like you.

  9. What pretty handwork.

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  11. A cross like that, was given to me for my confirmation. Almost identical, I’ll post it in my blog some time, since I have it with me here. The thing is, mine wasn’t crocheted … and now I had a really hard time finding the English word for the technique that was used. Thanks to Wikipedia, though … I found Bobbin lace http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobbin_lace

  12. In addition to the crafts, do you think your Gramdmother and her friends ever got together to bake muffins or quick breads on a cold evening? Or even cookies? There’s something about the winter that makes such activities very appealing.

    • Grandma definitely made candy with friends sometimes. For example, on December 22, 1913 she wrote, “Carrie was over this afternoon. We picked out nuts. Made taffy this evening, but it didn’t get good and the nuts were wasted.” I think that candy-making was more popular back in the days of wood/coal stoves.

      • Thank you! I don’t have the opportunity to come every day so sometimes I miss a good entry to your Grandmother’s diary. This makes sense to me since some candies require a high temperature when being prepared. I’m sad, though, that the nuts got wasted in the batch of taffy.

  13. I used to make them and give them away as Christmas presents. I like doing thread crochet.

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