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Published on March 5th, 2015 | by Angie


5 Things Crocheters Are Tired of Hearing

Poor crocheters – sometimes knitting sits in the spotlight and leaves crochet in the shadows. If you’re a crocheter, you’ll identify with these 5 things you’re sick of hearing! 

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1. What are you knitting?

5 things crocheters are sick of hearing: ''what are you knitting?'' (Frodo Ummm gif)

What am I knitting? I’m not knitting anything – I’m crocheting!

”What’s crochet?”


2. ”That yarn would look so much nicer knitted.”

5 things crocheters are sick of hearing: ''That yarn would look nicer knitted'' (Eric Northman excuse me gif)

How rude! We are not beholden to the opinions of others, and besides – crocheted yarn looks just as nice as knitted yarn. There are even some variegated yarns and self striping yarns that can be given new life in a crochet project!

3. ”Where’s the knitting pattern for that?”

5 things crocheters are sick of hearing: ''where's the knitting pattern for that?'' (Nicki Minaj shrug gif)

I have no idea. Where are the crochet versions of every knitting pattern? They don’t usually exist, because the process of knitting and crochet are very different. Some designers make dual versions of their patterns, but that’s rare – when crochet takes 1/3 more yarn, it doesn’t easily translate to knitting!

4. ”I thought crochet was only for making doilies.”

5 things crocheters are sick of hearing: ''I thought crochet was only for doilies'' (Merida headdesk gif)

Who are these people – haven’t they seen our roundup of geeky baby patterns? Or the bobble cushion and daisy blanket tutorials? Crochet is just as versatile as knitting, from hats, to sweaters, to scarves and more!

5. ”Oh, I don’t have the time for crafts.”

5 things crocheters are sick of hearing: ''I don't have the time for crafts'' (Danearys eyeroll gif)

Non-crafters don’t seem to understand that we don’t have oodles of extra time – we just use the time we have effectively. Watching TV, waiting for an appointment, sitting on the bus, these are all prime opportunities for crochet. Instead of scrolling through an endless Twitter feed, we’re creating something that will last for years.

How about you, readers? What are you tired of hearing every time you take out a hook?

About the Author

A Jack of all crochet, but a master of Netflix and video games. When not crocheting, you might find me on the archery range or in choir practice!

43 Responses to 5 Things Crocheters Are Tired of Hearing

  1. annaboylekearney says:

    why do you only have one needle

  2. Christina says:

    “Doesn’t that take a LOT more yarn than knitting?”

  3. B Lewis says:

    Someone posts a crochet pattern on my Facebook wall with the comment… “Start Knitting!”… uh…. no.

  4. dimitri says:

    “You should knit me something!!” And “I found this knitting pattern you might like.” Followed by “I don’t knit.” and “Oh well I figured you would like it for your knitting thing..” “I DON’T KNIT”

  5. mommab says:

    Why bother to make a (insert item name) when you can get something like it in a store….!!

  6. – what’s the difference/aren’t they the same thing?
    – I used to do that, when I was a kid.
    – You should teach me.
    – Make me something.
    – Make me something, but use this yarn I already bought so I don’t have to pay you anything, because your time/energy/knowledge should obviously be free.

    I might have paraphrased a bit on the last one… I could probably list like 20 more, lol.

  7. says:

    Isn’t crochet something old people do?

    • Tracy Ellison says:

      EXACTLY!!!! UGH!!! I hate hearing that one… Along with: Oh, my grandma does that. My great aunt did that when she was 80. And then to add insult to injury, the next thing I hear is: Can you make me a blanket? Can you make me a skirt/scarf/hat? Like I don’t have enough on my plate! LOL!

    • Cathy says:

      My daughter and 2 nieces have learned to crochet in the past few years. They are in their 20’s and early 30’s, and LOVE IT!!!

    • thressy says:

      get that all the time.. n they always know some old lady who crocheted them something.. n one time it turned out that when a starnger told me the same, it was my own granny who she was refering to.. small world after all

  8. Andelle says:

    “Ooh, can you make me something? … Oh, I’d have to pay you for it? Why? It doesn’t seem like it’s hard to make.”

    • Loretta says:

      I get this all the time. “Can you make me one too?” “Can you make me a ‘insert object here’?” Well yes, but I’d need to find a pattern and adjust it to your size, do you have the wool? “Oh, anything will do.” Sure, that will be $300 for labour if you supply your own yarn. That stops them.

  9. Jessy says:

    I wouldn’t/don’t have the patience. I don’t have the patience to hear about you not having patience.

    • Shelli says:

      (That’s one of my last favorites.) Maybe it would teach you patience. It’s very therapeutic and almost like meditation.

  10. Isisi says:

    for example: “Make me a hat!”, oh yeah, but, what kind of hat do you want? “i dont know just make me one”

  11. Brittney says:

    Why do you need so much yarn? Why do you need so many needles? Isn’t that for older women?

    I need yarn because I have an obsession. My apologies.
    They’re not needles. They’re hooks. And because the difference in a 5.50 mm and a 5.00 mm is a big one. That’s why.
    I’m sorry that I’m 20 and I’ve found a hobby that might correlate to someone older. I make cool stuff. I don’t care.

  12. Lin says:

    How about: “How long did that take you to make?” Well, an hour here, 20 minutes there. It’s not like I kept a log! lol or “How much did it cost to make that?” That’s just rude. If you want to ask me how much I’d charge to make one for you, well, that’s another matter! 🙂

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  14. Cynthia says:

    I hate to tell you, but when I am spinning I get asked pretty much the same questions…
    People don’t know…
    It is your opportunity to educate them and share your enthusiasm!

  15. Dana Klein says:

    why aren’t you knitting baby items? Firstly its crochetting.. secondly I don’t have kids.. thirdly I don’t want kids and I am sick of seeing nothing but crochet patterns For kids. and lastly.. Mind your own business I knit AND crochet -*-

  16. Penny Wells says:

    Do you crochet for money? Uh no, I have a busy life so I crochet for relaxation.

  17. Holly May says:

    I’ve been crocheting since I was 16 and the one question that gets me is can’t you finish (insert item) any faster? Usually followed by what other things do you have to do during the day. You’re a housewife. You get to sit around. These really get my goat.

  18. Cindy says:

    I can totally relate to most of these. I learned to knit in my 30’s, but I never found it all that relaxing. I was almost 50 when my friend bought me a hook, a skein of yarn and a book and told me, ‘Learn crochet, it’s fun!’ And I did. I crochet everything from hats to sweaters to blankets. What really irritates me is when my husband, God love him, says to me: ‘All the cool chicks knit’, My husband is 54 years old, mind you. I just tell him that I am a cool chick and this cool chick crochets…lol

  19. Laura says:

    When complete strangers walk up “oh that is so cool! Do you make things by request?” “Only for friends.” “Oh” *random stranger walks off and I am relieved.* Then frustrated because they made me lose count on an increase round lol

    Guessing what I am making. If you want to know, ask. I promise not to attack you with my hook. If the pattern isn’t complicated, I may even take a moment to demonstrate stitches or show you the pattern I’m using.

  20. Heather says:

    my favorite will always be the “but we’re like family, can’t I have a/an *insert item* free?”. Unless its someone’s bday or christmas gift from me I always make them pay for at the very least the materials as I will work on it when I have a moment or two to spare. If someone bugs me relentlessly for something after I’ve told them no I’ve been known to charge extra just for the headache they caused.

  21. Laurie says:

    “make me something ” uh-huh, like I have so much extra time. My response is, “I already did, you can buy any of the ones I have on my Etsy page” oh I have to pay? What if I just buy you yarn? “Do you go to work and do your job for free? I don’t crochet extra stuff for fun, this is how I afford Christmas! “

  22. Mare says:

    “But what is crochet good for? Knitting is pretty Versatile..”

  23. Kim says:

    “Oh you could sell that on (fill in the blank) and make lots of money!”

    yeah, sure! 😛

  24. Mchelle says:

    What I wouldn’t do to learn !!! Is is difficult? No really I’m serious.

  25. Denene says:

    I REALLY HATE the “oh, you knit? But you’re so young.” Ummm….okay its Crochet and it keeps me from punching people in the mouth. The only time someone has gotten it correct was (ironically) was a man in his 60s. He said someone mustve raised me right 🙂

  26. Rae says:

    I was waiting on my car to get new tires and this older gentleman kept eyein my work, he finally came up to me and said, ‘I’m so glad to see you crocheting, it’s a lost art form, my late wife used to make so many beautiful things’…still brings tears to my eyes. Way better then the. ‘Looks like a bunch of knots to me’ or ‘I’d pay you if you made me a whatever’…(wat I hear, I’d bless you with a $5 bill if you would make me a king size blanket out of the most expensive yarn ever, cuz you don’t have anything else to do…lol)…or…’i just don’t have the patience or the time to sit that long and work on stuff like that’…(wat I hear ‘I’m just not as lazy as you’…or when I finally do bless someone with a gift they wanted, so awesome to never see it again or get even a thank you for taking the time to do that. If anyone made me anything I would be jumping around like a crazy ninja thanking them because they actually took the time to make me anything.

  27. diane says:

    I was a member of a cooperative shop where we sold our handcrafted items. I was working there one day when a mother and young daughter came in. I showed them my crocheted products. The little girl said, “Oh crochet, that’s ‘sinchy’, I learned it in school.”
    The mother covered her embarrassment by telling her daughter she shouldn’t say that. I replied evenly, “Well, you’ll become a great crocheter then.” I hope she does.
    But it’s not sinchy.

  28. Robby says:

    “isn’t that a girl thing?”
    No. Crochet is genderless. Stop making fun of me because I’m a boy and I crochet.

    • Ember says:

      My brother-in-law wanted to learn and I started to teach him. Now he is in high school and doesn’t want to crochet because his friends tease him. Really? While they are tweeting and getting lost in cliques you could be making something beautiful. What girl wouldn’t be lucky to receive a handcrafted gift?

  29. Ember says:

    “I’ll give you $20, right now, if you make me a blanket”
    Hun, $20 won’t even begin to cover the cost of yarn. For that, I could make you a two foot square, but that’s not adding labor costs. Then they expect the blanket in a week.

    Also, when someone posts a picture of something made of yarn to my facebook wall and tells me to make it for them. Then, every time I see them in person, “Have you finished my (insert item) yet?”
    Uh, no. I have a job and other projects I am working on. The picture you provided doesn’t have a pattern and unless it is a Christmas or Birthday gift, I don’t work for free. Sorry, I enjoy crocheting but yarn is expensive.

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