A native of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, I learned to crochet at 15 (1983). My mom was teaching the neighbors how to crochet so I just sat during the session one Saturday afternoon and began crocheting my first doily. As the weeks passed, I completed several doilies, a tablecloth for my grandmother, and other household items to decorate my bed. I taught myself how to read crochet patterns by instruction and diagram. The first magazines were called Ganchillo (Spanish Language). I spent crocheting with thread for a very long time until I moved to the state of Maryland in 2001. Crocheting in the yarn is such a treat. Yarn is available in the Caribbean Islands but crocheting yarn in the heat is very challenging. Upon moving to the USA, I had to teach myself again how to read crochet patterns in the English language.
I began designing my own ponchos, scarves, hats, purses, and shawls. During the Christmas holidays in 2010, I gifted homemade crochet items to my relatives and sadly found the gifts in the trash can. After several crying sessions, I decided to sell my items to donate to charity and teach others to crochet. Crochets by Carmen is founded in January 2011. Craft shows are the main events I attend yearly during the fall and winter seasons. Due to the pandemic, I began filming my crochet designs. Soon I will by the year-end of 2022 launch my you tube channel called Crochets by Carmen.
Simple. Elegant. Stylishly Chic. Crochets by Carmen stands out from the rest! Each item is made with meticulous detail, resulting in quality craftsmanship that uses the best materials. Whether it's a scarf, hat, or shawl, each item is one of a kind Crochets by Crochets original that is made with you in mind.