10 reasons why crocheters are awesome!
We know crochet is an awesome fibre art! Let’s look at why crocheters are just simply AWESOME!
1. We love colour!
Crocheters love colour – and if we’re not crocheting, we are cooing over new shades, and winding yarn around clothes pegs and pieces of paper to see what they look like next to one another! Working out a palette for a new blanket is almost as much fun as making it! Read more about colour and how to colour match! Take our colour test here, to see how accurate your colour vision is!
2. We can count like mathematicians!
Crochet can be a mathematical business… counting chains and stitches can be complicated unless you really know your doubles from your half trebles! Counting your stitches is easy once you know how – often the secret is to make sure you get the foundation rows of the pattern you are working on correct and you won’t have any problem after that. If you find it easier to visualise your stitches, try working from a chart!
3. We crochet together!
Ever heard of a CAL? A crochet-along? All over the world, every day, there are crocheters working on a CAL with new friends thousands of miles apart! If there’s one thing that unites crocheters, it’s a CAL, and a chance to share knowledge and support other crocheters through the process of creating the same project, albeit probably different colours! Crocheters are very creative people and often put their own stamp on any design, and it’s great fun to see different versions of the same pattern emerge! This is the Crochet Girl Gang CAL that ran through the summer of 2016 – it was great fun to see thousands of crocheters working together!
4. We teach people to crochet!
Crocheters are sharers! We love sharing our skills, and will teach anyone, anywhere how to crochet! All you need is a hook and some yarn, and off you go! Here at LoveCrochet HQ, we being by teaching new crocheters to work in rows before we start working in a circle, to help them master each height stitch before they apply them in the round. How many people have you taught to crochet?
5. We make blankets!
You’ll never be cold if you’re friends with a crocheter! Blankets and afghans are a crocheter’s favourite project, and choosing the colours is half the fun! From ripples to v-stitch, and simple stripes to intarsia, we’ll make blankets in any yarn, for anybody, including the pets! Little Doolally has a wonderful range of baby blankets that encompass a great range of stitches (see the Beatrice Blanket below,) and we have a huge range of blanket and afghan patterns to make, for all abilities here!
6. We invented granny squares!
Well, our grannies did! Those thrifty ladies didn’t want to waste an inch of yarn, so they created granny squares as a way of using up every scrap! The basic granny square has evolved into some stunningly complex patterns, but even the most basic square is still adored! Whether you make several tiny squares and join them, or one giant granny square like this one from Freya Esme Collection below, it’ll be beautiful!
7. We love crocheting for charity!
We’re always ready to crochet for a good cause! Whether we’re making blankets for people in need around the world, or amigurumi toys for children, we love to crochet with love. Here are some of our favourite free patterns ideal to crochet for charity! Particularly popular are crochet octopuses for premature babies – their little spiral legs comfort the babies because of their similarity to umbilical cords. Contact your local hospital to see if their premature baby unit would like some, and get your hook out! DenizasToysJoys’ FREE pattern is perfect for the job!
8. We’re faster than knitters!
Crochet is faster than knitting. It’s a fact. We’re not comparing the beauty of two crafts, but stitch for stitch, crochet is certainly faster! The downside is that crochet uses a third more yarn than knitting due to the nature of its twisted stitches, but even still, if you want a scarf quickly, crochet it! You can crochet any weight of yarn and any fibre – so just imagine crocheting a blanket with a monster hook and super chunky yarn …. it’ll be finished in a flash! Take a look at this Arrow Blanket by Accessorise! It’s super chunky heaven!
9. We can crochet amigurumi!
Amigurumi is a very popular type of crochet, which involves making little characters and stuffing them! In fact, the word “amigurumi” is Japanese for a knitted or crocheted stuffed creature. Often, this technique lends itself beautifully to magical creatures, people, and animals like this adorable koala by Amanda Michelle.
10. We love anything new!
Crocheters are often the first crafters to jump on the shiny and new bandwagon! We love new patterns, new yarn, new techniques, and crochet has blossomed from vintage styled doilies and collars, to zingy bright granny squares, super chunky crochet and more recently, geometric patterns and intarsia techniques. Below is a great example of modern crochet from one of the crochet world’s most daring designers, Steel & Stitch! Crochet never stands still! We can’t wait to try new things, and we’re ready with our hooks to get started!