Stitch n Save: Crochet Guide


Of all the hand-worked arts available today, crocheting, in my opinion, is the most varied and popular. Crocheting, termed so for the hook-like needle that is the main tool needed for this simplistic sport, has been around since the early 1800's (the possibility exists that its origins are earlier, but as no concrete evidence is found to support such statements, we have supplied the most commonly agreed upon date). It began as the commoners' copy of fancy upper class lacework that was popular around those times. Crocheting was better suited for the lower class women than lace because the supplies necessary for crocheting are few and inexpensive. The advantages of crocheting were soon discovered (specifically, its ease and beauty), though, and its popularity grew beyond the lower class. Though taking a brief dive for a few decades, crocheting was, and continues to be a celebrated pastime for all, indiscriminant of class, age or even gender.

Part of its appeal must be attributed to the peaceful pace that crocheting sets. The best position in which to crochet is sitting in a cozy armchair, curled up on your couch, lounging in bed, or any other way you feel comfortable. The ease and flow of the procedure makes crocheting a calming way to spend the time. Crocheting can be done alone, or while talking with a group of friends. I can't count the number of deep discussions I've shared with friends over a carefully crocheted scarf! Though I've never been able to warm up to the idea (probably because I am too busy having motion sickness!), many people enjoy spending their long bus rides crocheting. They find that it helps distract them from the watch-checking syndrome, and, as a result, they arrive at their destination much 'faster' and in better spirits. Often students tell me that crocheting during a lecture helps to relieve the nervous tension of sitting, allowing them to focus on the class material. Now while this may sound like a childish ploy motivated by college kids looking for an easy way to goof off in front of the professor, studies have shown that concentration and performance are both heightened when an outlet for excess energy in allowed.

Additional advantages that crochet can boast over many other crafts are its simplicity and efficiency. Crochet calls for the most minimal of supplies. You need only a needle and some yarn to make the most elaborate projects you could imagine. Initially you will need a pattern to follow, but after a few projects, even these can be transferred to memory and eliminated. Many crochet patterns can also be finished in just a few short hours. Some can take as short as thirty or forty minutes. This is what is meant by efficient. It is difficult to constantly work on a project, and not see results. How often have you started something only to leave it bunched up in the back of your closet out of boredom or frustration? With crocheting, this rarely occurs.

Crocheting is simple enough to learn in its basic form, and can keep an interested admirer busy for years with all the stitches and variations it has birthed. There are lists upon lists of stitches, and even more tomes on different techniques to use; each slight variation producing a, sometimes, dramatically different affect. Clothing, tapestries, headgear, accessories, handbags, baby paraphernalia, and more can, and have, all been crocheted. Clothing patterns include scarves, socks, dresses, gloves, hats, and sweaters for adults. Another popular trend in crocheting is baby crochet. You can make blankets, bibs, diaper dispensers, clothing, scratch mittens, snuglis, and booties for the little ones. In the category of home décor, you can find patterns for curtains, bed spreads, blankets, dishtowels, pot holders, placemats and napkins, rugs, and wall hangings, to name a few. Crocheting produces such a uniquely beautiful style, though that nearly anything you could imagine has been sketched and patterned out for those interested in exploring.

Very simply, crocheting is the art of looping yarn together to form a solid piece. Its basic stitches are built upon a foundation chain of inter-locking loops. Crochet can be done in a round circular pattern as well as the straight edge stitches. Among the many artful stitches used in crocheting are the butterfly stitch, the shell stitch, and the always- popular V-stitch. Another form of crocheting is the filet crochet stitch. This produces a lace-like piece that can be quite breathe-taking. The intricacy and detail that go into these items is unbelievable. Filet crochet is worked in a series of open and closed stitches, usually using the closed stitches for the background, and reserving the open stitches for the pattern itself. You must try it to believe it, but this style produces a truly magnificent effect.

Visit our homepage for excellent crocheting tutorials. There you can learn anything from the most common stitches to chart reading. It also gives you great ideas if you're looking to make something unique.

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