You’ve probably noticed that crochet has made a comeback. Likely because of the increased interest in DIY and all things handmade. I've love seeing it as trim on women’s dresses and skirts, adorning cute baby layettes, constructing market bags, children’s toys, and home accessories (beyond the ratty afghans you may have inherited from your grandma-- I have them too). I love the bright colored granny square accessories that I’m seeing all over as well as the vintage-pattern baby saques. And my latest fascination is crochet area rugs--so fabulous! Can't wait to try one.
It's safe to say, I'm head-over-heels in crochet! I love it! So I'm starting a series to include some how-to (for those of you who've might have penned "learn to crochet" on your list of resolutions this year), some new patterns, some guest perspectives and a giveaway or two. Are you in?
Let me gush on a bit more: crochet has rebounded because it is versatile, beautiful, always handmade (did you know that, unlike knitting, crochet can’t be reproduced by a machine?), and is a great way to incorporate some modern vintage or bohemian style. Plus, there are so many gorgeous fiber options available. We've moved way past the frizzy nylon yarns you may associated with crochet from years past.
I love having a project in the works and crochet is perfect for anyone similarly inclined, because you can make progress on a creative project while doing something else: flying, chatting with friends, watching tv, even riding (not driving) cross-country. And I find the handwork therapeutic. In fact, I think they've done studies on knitting and crochet and their ability to reduce stress.
One more plug: While I love knitting too, crochet is comparatively easy to do because:
• Crochet uses one implement (a single hook) rather than two (a pair of needles) and only has one active yarn loop at a time, both of which make it less complicated. You don't have to be quite so coordinated.
• Crochet is more forgiving! It’s easier to drop your project and pick it up again without losing your work (no stitches sliding off needles). It’s also easier to “fake it” as long as you fake it consistently! You can often make adjustments to fix past mistakes without tearing out your work. And, unlike knitting, there is no possibility of a line of stitches unraveling before your eyes.
• Crochet projects work up more quickly (great for the beginner and the impatient) because the “fabric” of crochet is more open—your stitches go farther.