Crocheting is cool

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

One might think crocheting is for grannies, and it maybe so, but I encourage you think differently about a craft dating back to the 1800's when you check out some of these beauties below.

The word is derived from the French word "crochet", meaning hook. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one loop is active at one time (the sole exception being Tunisian crochet), and that a crochet hook is used instead of knitting needles. *wikipedia


Beige Cream Crochet Knit Dress sold on eBay


Crochet Blue Victorian Capelet Shrug US$40 by boutiqueseragun on etsy


Crochet star wars mini amigurumi characters US$31.50 by lucyravenscar on etsy

Not just for ladies

Crochet adult earflap hat by JustHatchedBoutique on etsy (modeled by Twilight's Jacob Black... kidding, but resemblance, no?)

Recycled crochet #1

Up-cycled shopping tote bag, crocheted with used plastic bags £15 by Mad Bag on Folksy

Recycled crochet #2

Recycled cotton Monkey Melanie, crocheted from factory cotton t-shirt remnants AU$26 by TwinkleKids on Bluecaravan

You see my friends, Crocheting is cool!

Mum picked up some yarn, a crochet pattern book, and a crochet hook from an op-shop on Saturday, in an attempt to teach me how to crochet.

My attempts however, are somewhat dire, when you see this mess below

..compared with Mums handiwork completed in less than a day..

Blog readers, do you crochet? Did you find it hard to begin with? Or is it the case that some people are just not born to knit!


Steph said...

I learned how to crochet when I was 8, but didn't get beyond a few stitches. It wasn't until last year that I decided I wanted to pick it up again. Since then, I've made a hat and a scarf for my daughter, and am planning on making a colourful stripy blanket as a winter project. The adage practice makes perfect really applies with crochet- once you know the basic stitches and know how to read a pattern you're on your way :) Good luck!

Lyndel said...

oh Erica, my feeble attempt at crochet looks very much like yours. I LOVE crochet items, I have been knitting since I was 5 years old (58+ years ago!!!), but I cannot crochet. It is one goal I have set myself for this year. I WILL BE A CROCHETTING GRANNY before Christmas.

nikkishell said...

I love to crochet but don't do it as often as i'd like. I think for the best results you should use a good quality yarn that is appropriate for your project (ie nothing that will stretch out of shape easily).
I taught myself mostly (had a few lessons as a kid from a great aunt). I'm a lefty too so do it all back to front ^_^

nikkishell said...

PS. That crochet dress is gorgeous! So peeved i missed out on it on Ebay (and for $9!!). I'm off to have a little cry.

nicole said...

perseverance is key i think! you can totally do it!!!

Ms Wanda said...

When I was a kid I used to adore crochet, except we called it French Knitting. I think it's the same thing though. I used to just do one long line of it and did metres of the stuff. I never actually made anything out of it. I was a strange child!

Jenny Hall / Seamingly Smitten said...

I've never tried it but those crochet tops are something to aspire to. I blogged your red vintage dress as one of the top linky favorites from last week! Please link up another project today!

MooBear Designs said...

That dress should be al over my body!! LMAO... I crochet!! I have wanted to for so so long then one day my Mum came up a showed me how to make a granny... I mastered that much to her frustration as I was really slow. I am still at beginner level. I have a blanket which I do a bit of when I watch tv with the kids which isn't very often. I really want to make a bikini... That would be so retro!

Ps those star wars character will spin Carlos out!!

xo Steph

Stitchybritt said...

Crochet is much easier than knitting, once you get the hang of it. My grandma taught me when I showed her a pattern for some amigurumi. She started very basic and made me do rows of single crochet, then rows of double crochet, then rows of triple crochet, just like a good teacher. I do like making little things like toys from crochet, I'm yet to make clothing!

Anonymous said...

Oooh I didn't know your old ma could crochet. Please warn her she'll have another pupil when she's back in England. Aunty Dx

Unknown said...

Thanks for all your encouragement, I'll pursue learning to crochet, it seems to pay off in the long run!

Unknown said...

Crocheting IS cool! I do it usually when I'm bored...but I just can't knit so I crochet! :)
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