I love crocheting so much I shout it from the roof tops. I can’t help it. It’s become such a huge part of my life and brought me such joy and fun. In these difficult times having a hobby like crochet can give you some lovely moments of wonderful escape from all the craziness of life.
So let’s get into my 8 Great Reasons to Start Crocheting in 2022 in a little more detail:
- It’s fun and easy to learn
One of the main attractions of crochet is that you can learn a few basic stitches and off you go. You can make a nice little project, such as a pot holder, a coaster or a scarf in no time. And once you master the basics you can move on to much more exciting and fun projects because after all crochet is just a combination of different stitches in different patterns. And the fun thing is that there is always something new to learn. You are gaining a life long skill and carrying on this beautiful craft into future generations.
2. You don’t need to spend lots of money on materials (to start)
All you need is a hook and a ball of yarn to get started. I would suggest buying a 4mm hook and some double knit (DK) yarn as these are my go to for making the vast majority of projects. Then pop on a beginner Youtube video, such as this great total beginners one from BellaCoCo and get practicing. Or if you are left-handed like me, this video is for you. Once you have decided you love crochet you can start looking into expanding your stash. (I’ll let you into a secret now though- once you start investing in this hobby you will find out it in fact becomes 3 hobbies – crocheting, collecting yarn and collecting patterns.)
3. You can become part of the lovely community of crocheters across the world.
There are so many Facebook groups, Instagram pages, Tiktok profiles and crochet blogs out there. Join a group, ask questions, read the files, follow as many crochet pages as you can. You will find a world of helpful information and networks of support out there just waiting for you to explore. Get involved. Put your makes up on Instagram and let people see your progress. I have found so many lovely helpful people through social media who share this obsession with crochet. People who truly understand the rollercoaster of emotions this hobby can put you through (Wait till you lose at yarn chicken or have to frog a project, then you will know how emotional this craft can make you!) If you are from Ireland, like me, a lovely group I recommend to join is Knitting and Crochet Ireland.
4. You can bring it everywhere you go.
Crochet is one of the most portable crafts out there. You can bring it along almost anywhere you go. Sometimes you might get some curious stares but it’s usually people watching in awe as you create something beautiful with some yarn and a single hook. I have had some lovely conversations with people asking me what I am making, while waiting in airport lounges or my doctors surgery. I crochet on my break at work, while waiting to collect my daughter in my car and I used often bring it along with me while visiting friends (before covid stopped all that). Just tuck it in your bag and you can crochet in the park, in a cafe, on a bus, you name it.
5. You get a huge sense of achievement
When you start learning to crochet and you have mastered a few stitches such as the skip knot, a chain and single crochet (Double crochet in UK terms), you will find that it becomes very rewarding very quickly. Choose the right project and you could complete it in a evening or a weekend. The fun and satisfaction of creating something with your own two hands is hard to beat. Even still for me, after many years of crocheting, I get a major thrill when I finish a project. I never thought as myself as one of those creative, crafty types and now I’m like “look at you go girl!, you are creative”.
7. It’s a great anxiety and stress reliever
Being totally honest, it can be very frustrating when you are starting to learn how to crochet. Some lucky people pick it up automatically but the vast majority of us, it can take a little while to get the brain-hand-eye coordination bit going. But I guarantee you, once you stick with it, one day it will click and it becomes so much easier. When that happens, crochet becomes one of the most calming activities you can do.
Studies of the brain have shown that more serotonin is released with repetitive movement, which improves mood and sense of calmness. Studies have also shown that crocheting can reduce blood levels of cortisol which is the stress hormone. How great is that?!
I’m a person whose mind is churning over things 90 miles an hour all the time. However when I am crocheting, I can’t do that. I focus on what I’m doing. I get so caught up in it so for that hour or so in the evening while I’m making a hat or something repetitive, my mind gets calmed and all those other thoughts get forgotten about.
Even more so when I am doing something more challenging. Yes it might be annoying when a stitch isn’t working out as a pattern says it should, but then again I am so focused on getting it right, that my other worries are banished to the back of my mind. If you are someone who can’t stand to be idle, crochet is a great way to give your body and mind a rest and not feel like you are wasting time.
Also if you want to cut down on your screen time, keeping your hands busy with a crochet project while watching tv or listening to a podcast is a way to avoid that aimless social media scrolling that we all are guilty of.
8. You can make unique long lasting items in a world full of mass produced fast fashion.
More and more we are looking to find ways to help this battered planet of ours. In a world full of fast fashion, crochet items are long lasting, hardwearing and timeless. The satisfaction of making your own jumper or crop top cannot be matched by purchasing a mass produced item in a high street chain. Other items like baby blankets and teddies can become family heirlooms passed along from child to child. As we all gain a better social conscience about climate change and carbon footprints, handmade clothes and decorations are becoming more appealing to a wider range of people. Not only will your new hobby help you with stress, cloth you, keep you warm and make you feel better about yourself, it will also help save the planet! I mean I’m not sure what else I can say to convince you to start crocheting right away! Except maybe number 8
8. All the cool kids are at it
Head over to Tiktok and you will see hundreds of people making fabulous clothes and plushies of all kinds. It’s obvious crochet is very much on trend at the moment. British Olympic diver Tom Daley made waves last summer as he crocheted and knitted in stands. You couldn’t avoid coverage of it. Of course Tom had an Instagram page charting his crochet adventures for a long time before the Olympics but this coverage made him the biggest crochet influencer in the world and has brought so many young people to the craft.
It’s so exciting to see how many people of all ages are out there creating fantastic cardigans, dresses, toys, the list goes on and an one. Crochet is definitely not just for grannies!
So if any of my 8 Reasons to Learn How to Crochet in 2022, have encouraged you to give it a go, please let me know in the comment box below. If I can help you in any way please get in contact with me and I’ll do my best to help you.
Also if you are more experienced and have any tips for beginners maybe you could add them to the reply box too?