Why learn to crochet? The simple answer is: it’s fun! Another excellent reason is: to make something handmade. In this modern world of automated everything, you can’t beat the quality of something made by hand. Here are the top 5 reasons I personally love crochet:
#5 Learning a Skill. Although mastering the basic stitches will have you producing a plethora of rewarding projects, there is always more to learn with crochet. Even if you’ve been crocheting for years. A new stitch, a new joining method, a new use or style. Just last week I learned a better way to join yarn seamlessly instead of chunky knots or having to weave in ends. I’m always excited to learn something new. Plus, ya know, the more skills the better when the zombie apocalypse strikes hehe!
#4 Empowerment. Crochet is fun, but also productive. I’m a somewhat type-A kind of person. I’m a doer. I feel like I always need to be working on and toward something, aspiring to be better. Creating something unique and valuable makes me feel good!
#3 The possibilities are endless. It really amazes me how something so simple as a ball of yarn could do so much. It’s like real magic—I’m talking Harry Potter, “Expecto Patronum!”-type magic. But for real reals. And my hook is my magic wand. All the wonderful different types of yarn in hundreds and hundreds of colors. The ability to create beautiful things, functional things–from a flat garment to the cutest 3D amigurumi animal, home decor and more. What starts off as a pile of fiber, becomes a unicorn. Seriously, I made the cutest unicorn ever from this free pattern from 1DogWoof. Crochet is definitely NOT just about doilies and grandma sweaters (although I find those things are pretty great). Crochet has been used in statement art pieces. It makes a great dish scrubby, scarf, gift tag, hat, coffee cozy–the list never ends.
#2 Gifting. Gifts are a love language. And there is nothing like receiving something handmade to make one feel extra special. I hardly ever start a project without already having in mind who it will be presented to. Thinking about getting to give a piece to someone excites and motivates me to finish it. And if that person just so happens to like it and compliments my work, it’s really uplifting.
#1 It is therapeutic for me. It helps quiet and focus my mind and relieve stress. I began learning crochet when I had a hectic job and started getting sick. on top of complicated, very painful medical issues. I quit the stressful job and the hubby and I moved to Seattle so I could pursue (and recently finish!) my MFA. However my health is an ongoing struggle. In the last five years I’ve had multiple hospitalizations, surgery, acupuncture, drug treatments, and more sleepless nights than I can count. Although I had some improvement this last year, on a daily basis I’m battling pain, nausea, strict diet restrictions, IBS, dizziness, fatigue and other drug side effects. At times it is completely overwhelming. Crochet and expressing myself creatively helps me feel calm and anchored to some form of normal life. It also improves my mood.
What is your #1 reason to crochet? What inspired you to want to learn? If you’ve been crocheting for a while, what keeps you going? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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