I have a confession to make. I did not start as a crocheter. Although my mother and grandmother both crochet, it was knitting that I learned first, with the help of my Nana. Years later, when I wanted something ‘crafty’ to do, I turned back to the knitting needles, making extraordinarily simple scarves on increasingly large needles.
So how did I turn to crochet? And why is it now my preferred craft?
About four years ago I decided to do something with my stagnant yarn collection. Somehow, I ended up picking up a crochet hook from the local shops and taught myself how to crochet using a mixture of a crochet magazine and You Tube videos (which is why I use US terminology – I picked that up from the videos). Since then, I’ve used books, magazines and websites, as well as lots of practice to design and crochet what I design and crochet now. And thanks to sites like Ravlelry and Pinterest, I’m still learning!
But why crochet? Why not stick with knitting?
- For me, knitting is excruciatingly slow. I just don’t have the patience to keep going
- Because it’s so slow, I struggle to learn new skills
- I kept dropping stitches and making odd looking things
But (for me) crochet is:
- Much faster
- More inventive – I love how easy it is to move between 2D and 3D structures. And I can go in any direction
- Fun to experiment with – I love playing with texture and shape
- Full of passionate people. Because knitting gets more press than crochet, crocheters seem to be very passionate about sharing what they do
- Fun to share – a couple of years ago, lots of my students learned to crochet. Watching how inventive they were was a buzz
- Easy to carry around – a hook and yarn is definitely smaller than big needles!
Knitting is wonderful, and I’m full of admiration for those who can do it well. But, I’ll stick with crochet where I do my best work!
What’s your favourite crafty thing? Why is it your favourite? And have you got any crafts that you’re pretty average at?