Crochet – Starting A New Hobby

Crochet is a great option if you’re looking to start a new hobby.

Why Crochet is A Great Hobby

You can start to crochet with minimal financial investment.
Crochet is easy to learn and you can quickly start and finish a project.
There are many online resources to help you learn.
Also, the tools needed for crochet can be found at many local big box store or craft store – so you can even start today!

What is Crochet?

Crochet is a needle craft where you use yarn and a hook to create loops to create various types of fabrics.

What Can I Create with Crochet?

With crochet you can create clothing, accessories and home projects.
You can crochet clothing like sweaters, tops and skirts.
Accessories can be crocheted such as hats, mittens, socks and scarves.
Popular crochet home decor projects range from washcloths and coasters to blankets and toys.

What Supplies Do I Need to Crochet?

You only need two things to crochet – a crochet hook and some sort of fiber to work with.
Usually people use yarn.
But you could use anything from thin threads or string to thicker fibers like rope or ripped fabric.

Beyond just a hook and yarn –
You could use a pattern, accessories and a bag to keep it all together.

Where Can I Learn to Crochet?

There are so many different ways to learn how to crochet.
So take into consideration how you learn to decide what will work best for you.

What Should My First Crochet Project Be?

I would suggest starting with a project that meets the following:

  • Something small so it can be completed quickly.
  • A project that is not fitted (AKA not a garment).
  • Something using Aran or worsted-weight yarn (Size 4)
  • Something with basic crochet stitches

Crochet Concerns

When it comes to crochet, there are some things to be aware of.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Posture when sitting
  • Eye strain
  • Sedentary Activity

Benefits of Crochet

There are many benefits to crochet, knitting and other hobbies.

    Just a few of them include:

  • Practice mindfullness
  • Exercise your hand
  • Reduce stress/anxiety
  • Charity

Crochet v. Knitting

The fabric created with crochet is different from fabric created by knitting.

Also, knitting uses two needles – crochet uses one hook.

Otherwise, you can use the same type of fiber and you can create the same type of finished product.

Taking Crochet Beyond the Basics

There are hundreds of different crochet stitches.

(I’ve seen a book showing 500 crochet stitch patterns!)
Personally, I probably know about 5…maybe 10 different stitches.

By learning new crochet stitches you can create different types of fabrics.
New crochet stitches = new look.

You can also use crochet to decorate other garments and projects.
Add a crochet border to a knit blanket.
Crochet a trim to a sewn garment.

Crochet Inspiration

There are two great online resources for crochet projects:
Ravelry and Pinterest.
(Oh, Etsy, too)

These three websites can keep you inspired for a while!

In conclusion…

Crochet is a hobby that is easy to start.

There are many different resources to use to learn how to crochet.
Just knowing a couple techniques allows you to start and complete a project.

There are some issues to consider when you are crocheting.
There are also some benefits to both your health and mental health.

Overall, crochet is a great hobby to consider when you want to slow down and relax.

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