What is Crochet All About?
Crochet is a fiber art done with one hook and one strand of yarn. It is easy, very fun, and full of possibilities.
The main difference between crochet and knitting is that crochet has only one live stitch at all times – the stitch that lives on your hook.
Crochet stitches have different heights, and can be increased, decreased, and combined almost exactly like stitches in knitting.
While basic crochet is built in stacks like a simple brick wall, the stitches, which differ in height and look, can be added anywhere in your work.
This results in a relatively EASY art form that can allow you to be flexible and creative, and have fun while creating super-cool and 3D textured designs.
Why Learn to Crochet
The best reason to learn to crochet is that it’s fun! It tickles your brain and engages your hands in ways that are similar to knitting, but altogether new.
For those of you who are three-dimensional in how you visualize things, crochet is very sculptural and can easily take you in all directions.
Summertime crafters will enjoy crocheting in warm weather, as crochet patterns work well with cotton yarn, which is much cooler to work with than wool.
And for those of you who like to take your crafts with you on the go, crochet is eminently portable, as it uses only one hook and has only one active stitch at all times. No need to worry about losing 100+ stitches off your needles when your project is in your purse!
My favorite reason to crochet is that it’s EASY. For someone who recently has to do all fiber arts with a toddler hanging off me, having just one hook, one strand of yarn, and simple, repetitive movements makes the craft fun and possible.
What Crochet Is Good For
Crochet fabric can be firmer than knitting, which means crochet is good for solid items like purses where you don’t want anything to fall through the stitches. It can also be more open than knitting, which means it’s great for lacy tops, shawls, and even curtains.
Knitters, you will be astonished at how fast your work grows when you pick up a crochet hook.
Bedspreads, Christmas tree skirts, and baby blankets are done satisfyingly quickly, as opposed to something you’ll do just once in your lifetime.
Crochet is also great for small, detailed work that can absorb your concentration. You can create incredibly intricate designs with a small hook and crochet thread. You can enjoy creating projects of beauty without knitting large items like sweaters or spending a lot on yarn.
Speaking of savings, crochet is good for the wallet, too. Many crochet projects are ideal for cotton or even acrylic yarn, which will be a nice break for knitters used to breaking the bank on a few skeins of wool.
Why Crochet Can Be Challenging
While the movements of crochet are quite easy, and the hook itself ensures you’ll always be able to grab the yarn, some of the details of crochet can be confusing if you’ve not learned the fundamentals.
As crochet can be likened to bricklaying, where one stitch is created at a time and stacked on top of previous stitches, the questions of where exactly to insert the hook to create the stitch and how to create even sides on your brick wall are definite hangups for first-time crocheters.
In our upcoming crochet class we’ll make this and everything else crystal clear so you can feel confident approaching new patterns.
Tomorrow I’ll send you links to some beautiful patterns you’ll be able to start as soon as you finish our upcoming Crochet class. I’ve already ordered the yarn for one awesome sweater project and can’t wait to get started!
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