Crochet

So You Want to Crochet? -Part 3

Here we are at the third and final installment in my miniseries introducing you to crochet. We’ve looked at what materials are needed and discussed some terms to be familiar with. Now, let’s find out if there are any downsides to crochet and how you can get started!

 

Are there any downsides of learning to crochet?

1) It takes time to learn.

For some, this might not be a problem. Life happens though and schedules get busy. The key to learning crochet is consistency. Just try to find fifteen minutes five days a week to practice what you are learning, and you will soon find you are making progress.

Of course, progress takes time. Some individuals naturally pick up crochet, especially children or those who regularly do other crafts. However, the average individual will find him or herself frustrated somewhere in the process of learning; your projects might be lopsided, your yarn may get tangled, and you probably keep forgetting a certain step in a stitch, causing uneven rows. That’s okay. It’s normal when learning something new to struggle in the beginning.

Think of learning to crochet like learning to ride a bike. You’ve seen your friends racing down the road, it looks easy, and they are clearly having fun. You confidently hop on your bike (how hard can it be, right?) with a parent or friend holding the bike steady. You try to pedal, but you don’t move. Or your foot gets caught in the belt. Or the bike falls over. You try and try, and FINALLY you move forward. But suddenly, you realize you don’t know how to steer and have no idea how to break. You fall, get a few scrapes, and…

Do you get back on?

Hopefully, you decide to get back on the bike. When learning to crochet, think of my blog as a pair of training wheels to keep you on the right track and my YouTube channel can be the parent holding the bike steady. Of course, you may fall along the way, but if you make the choice to try again, you can and will learn to crochet. I can promise you one thing: it’s worth getting back on the bike.

You may also find, once you’ve learned, that it still takes a lot of time because there’s always some new project to work on. But hey, it’s time well spent.

2) It takes money.

This is the only other real downside I’ve found to crochet. Quality yarns can be pricey, and sometimes projects call for many skeins of yarn. My recommendation is pace yourself. It’s easy when first starting to be super gung-ho and buy every yarn you see. (If we’re being honest, I’m still tempted to do this at times.) On the bright side, though, you can recover the money you invest in this hobby through selling products or teaching others. Also, many useful items that you would need to buy anyways can be made with crochet.

 

What now?

Go out there and buy your supplies! Then, watch for a post saying my YouTube channel has gone live to learn some more basic info and the fundamental stitch of crochet: the chain.

Best of luck!

-Amanda

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