Monday, January 6, 2014

10 Reasons to Learn to Crochet

1. Crocheting is relaxing.

The repetitive motions of crochet can take a crafter into a state of meditative-like bliss. Crocheting can be a form of creative catharsis, relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. 

2. Crocheting is easy to learn.

Of course, it takes time and practice like any new skill, but even after mastering only a handful of basic stitches you will have the knowledge necessary to create thousands of projects.

3. There is always more to learn with crochet.

Crocheting will never get boring, because once you can single and double and treble like the best of them you can learn more advanced combinations of stitches, you can try crocheting wire jewelry, you can experiment with tunisian crochet and broomstick lace, and so much more. 

4. Crocheting can be social or solitary.

If you’re looking to expand your circle of friends online or in the real world, you can join crochet groups. Ravelry is a popular online community for knitters and crocheters. can help you find a local crochet group. You can also check the Crochet Guild of America website to see if you have a local chapter. Crocheting can also be your “me time”, your quiet time to reflect and relax at the end of your day. 

5. You can give beautiful handmade gifts.

Your friends and family will love receiving crocheted gifts. People are always impressed and touched by the time and thought that goes into handmade items. The possibilities are endless- scarves and hats for holiday gifts, coasters and potholders for housewarming gifts, blankets and toys for a new baby- anything you can imagine, you can create.

6. Crocheting is affordable.

For less than the cost of going to the movies, you can have hours of entertainment. 

7. Crocheting is a portable hobby.

Your ball of yarn and hook will fit into most purses or tote bags, making it easy to pass the time while traveling on the bus, train, or plane. I like to bring my projects to the waiting room at doctors appointments.

8. You can create stylish accessories that you can’t find in stores. 

You can make rainbow beanies, cupcake scarves, cow potholders, anything you’d like, creations as unique and beautiful as you are! Making your own accessories tends to be much less expensive than buying them in stores as well. 

9. You can be charitable. 

Crocheted scarves, hats, and gloves make great donations to homeless shelters. You can crochet catnip mice and dog sweaters for animal shelters, and blankets and hats for children in need at hospitals. 

10. You can make some extra money.

Crocheted items can be sold at craft shows and online marketplaces like Etsy. Skilled crocheters can write crochet patterns and sell them on Etsy, or make an eBook of patterns to sell in online bookstores like iBooks and Kindle. 

Can you think of more reasons to learn to crochet? 

Katie Rose

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