To crochet or not to crochet? That is the question. Well, not really. But if you think crochet is something you’d like to learn how to do, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.
Is crochet expensive?
In general, no. Crochet hooks range in price from $1.29- $2.49 a piece, and the price variation has more to do with the store than the product. For example, Boye hooks are cheaper at Wal-Mart than at a locally-owned specialty yarn store. (Although, for a dollar more you might as well support your local business owner!) Yarn can range anywhere from $2 a skein (on sale) and up. (By “up” I mean up to as much as $90 for imported wools or alpaca, but you certainly don’t need to start- or ever go- there.) Crochet pattern books can be pricey, but you can check them out of the library, photocopy them, find them on the Internet, borrow from a friend, buy them used, or even make up your own pattern.
Is crochet hard to learn?
No. And I’m not just saying that. I learned as a very small child- in fact, crocheting with my grandmother is one of my earliest memories.
Can I teach myself how to crochet?
Yes. I learned from others so I tend to believe that that would be the easiest way, but I do know people who totally taught themselves. If you don’t know anyone at all who would help you, I recommend the book Teach Yourself Visually: Crochet. It’s kind of expensive ($20- 30 depending on where you get it and if you have a coupon) so you may want to see if your local library has a copy for loan. Teach Yourself Visually: Crochet has detailed instructions coupled with actual photographs, making it a great learning tool. If you can’t find that particular book, there are illustrated instructions of how to make crochet stitches in every pattern book. Although I like the photographs better, the illustrations work just fine.
What are some benefits of crochet?
Crochet is both exciting and relaxing! Starting new projects and finding the perfect yarn or pattern can be exciting! On the other hand, I like the relaxation that comes with settling into the rhythm of a project. I find crochet to be so soothing that I use it as a stress-reliever.
It’s nice to be able to make homemade gifts and customized gifts. A homemade gift is often the perfect gift (sentiment) for someone who’s hard to buy for. Likewise, handmade crochet can become a cherished treasure, even an heirloom! Sometimes you’re able to make a special color or size that you wouldn’t be able to buy in a store.
Crochet can give you a sense of accomplishment. The older I get, the more aware I become of the time I spend sitting around. We all need to sit around sometime, that’s for sure, but if I use some of that time working on a crochet project, I feel like I have something to show for it.
I hope you find this information helpful! If you have more questions, I’d be happy to answer them!