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Crochet Vs. Knitting
Note to the public: there is nothing worse than asking someone who is crocheting how their knitting is going. It’s ok. You didn’t know. It really is like asking if someone is having fun skiing when they are snowboarding. Same type of activity, both done with the same materials, but it’s completely different.
It’s really pretty simple to tell the difference, but if you need some help with the definition, here is one from wikipedia.org:
Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. The name is derived from the French term “crochet”, meaning small hook. These are made of materials such as metal, wood, or plastic and are manufactured commercially and produced in artisan workshops. The salient difference between crochet and knitting, beyond the implements used for their production, is that each stitch in crochet is completed before proceeding with the next one, while knitting keeps a large number of stitches open at a time. (Variant forms such as Tunisian crochet and broomstick lace keep multiple crochet stitches open at a time.)
Crocheting isn’t just for old ladies!
The biggest thing that has hindered the explosive growth of crocheting in the past is the stereotype that goes along with it.
What image comes to mind when you think of crocheting? Is it like the picture shown here of the grandma in a rocking chair crafting her evening away with a cup of tea? If you thought that, don’t worry, most people do.
Let me tell you, there are probably a lot of grandma’s out there who crochet, but lately it seems like the crochet world has opened itself up to a younger crowd.
There are now online communities that share more than just patterns. These groups are known for dumping copious amounts of crocheted items into the reserve banks of charities all over the country and all over the world. And they aren’t just old doilies like your grandmother would make.
The most popular yarn companies out there have gotten beyond the crochet stereotype and have made items available to purchase that aren’t in your grandmother’s stash.
Can you imagine a grandma crocheting in neon yellow or pink yarn? What about tropical greens and blues? It seems like there is a yarn out there in every color of the rainbow which is amazing for crafters to tackle. You can make something for everyone if you can just find the right yarn!
And the designs that are coming out are fun bright projects that are making a splash with moms and kids everywhere! Yes, baby blankets and afghans never seem to go out of style. The latest craze is a mermaid blanket or rocket blanket. These sleeping bag style blankets look like the tail of a mermaid or a rocket ship blasting off when you put your legs inside!
The best thing about keeping this craft alive is that people really appreciate getting a homemade item. In this day and age of disposable things, having someone make you an item is something special. Most crochet items I’ve run across are actually useful things that you’re not just shoving in a corner.
Some of the best crocheters I know are guys!
Have you ever heard of The Crochet Crowd? It’s the brainchild of a guy crocheter named Michael and started about 6 and a half years ago.
One of the side effects of being pregnant is “nesting”. Around the time I was pregnant with Bootsie I suddenly had the urge to learn to crochet. I had always wanted to learn how, but never had gotten around to asking my grandmother to help me learn. Feeling like I didn’t want to bug anyone with stupid questions about it, I went in search of videos on youtube.
After a few searches, I found Mikey in front of the camera explaining every stitch in the crochet dictionary. He was great personality on camera and showed step by step how to do an entire project too which helped encourage me to continue learning. Back then it was a crazy concept to teach a whole item’s worth of stitches. Now the popular yarn companies seem to look to Michael and The Crochet Crowd to help teach everyone to stitch new items which encourages them to buy more yarn!
The group has gotten so big now that they have Crochet Cruises that people go on! Maybe it sounds silly, but these cruises are a great way to combine a vacation with your favorite passtime. I’ve never attended one myself. The Facebook posts I’ve seen have showed people from different parts of the world coming together to meet other people who have the same interests! It goes so much farther than just picking up a hook and yarn.
Are you someone who had a stereotype about crocheters? Get over it and pick up a hook. I can guarantee hours of fun once you learn a few stitches.