Every week, I write new pattern or tutorial. Like most crocheters, I always have multiple projects on the go, and I’m constantly adding to my “someday projects” list. Today, I wanted to step back from all of that and just talk about some of the great things I’ve learned from crocheting. When I started crocheting almost 10 years ago, it was really just a whim. I was being stubborn about a hat that I wanted, and when I couldn’t buy it, I decided I would just make it myself. Because if someone else made it, so could I, right? Fast forward almost 10 years and I’ve learned a few things that I wish I knew when I started. Here are the top 5!
5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Crocheting
#1 Crocheting takes practice, but it’s not hard
I hear people saying all the time how hard crocheting looks. Before I started, I looked up videos and resources but there wasn’t a lot out there so the process was slow going. It was so frustrating to try this new craft and not get anywhere for so long. I wish someone had told me then that it wasn’t because crocheting itself was hard, it was just that everyone I looked at was teaching in a different way. It took me a lot of practice to find out what worked for me and how to learn in a way that made crochet rewarding for me. Even now, my friends and family always seem so impressed and claim that they could never learn, but it’s actually not hard at all. You just need to start and keep going. Plus, there are SO many resources now.
To help others learn in an easy and streamlined way, I’ve actually created an ecourse called The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet. The course has 12 basic tutorials, 12 beginner-friendly patterns, resources, and information on everything you need to get started. Or, if you just want the tutorials and not the patterns, you can check those for free in my Stitch Dictionary!
#2 It would calm me down & help my anxiety
This isn’t something I like to talk about online at all, but I have always struggled with anxiety. It’s still something that I have to work on and deal with, but crocheting helps me calm down. The repetitive motions make it easier to clear my mind. It gives me something else to focus on so I can get my mind off whatever is stressing me out. Crocheting gives my hands something to do and all those things can sometimes make the anxiety easier to deal with.
#3 Crocheting is so much more than hats and blankets
When I tell people I crochet, they think of their grandmas making blanket. People who don’t crochet see it as an elderly thing to do, not something cool and creative. And I get that; I didn’t know anyone who crocheted and I’d only ever seen pictures of crocheted hats and granny square blankets. But crocheting is so much more than that! You can make just about anything with some yarn and a hook. I wish I had known before about amigurumi and plushies and accessories that actually looked modern and beautiful. I would have started crocheting much earlier.
But, hey, I’m also a big fan of hats and blankets 🙂
#4 Organize everything!
I’m usually really organized with most things, but I didn’t bother to organize my crochet for a long time. What was there to organize? Turns out, quite a bit.
I wish I had learned to keep track of my yarn, my tools, and my patterns much earlier. It would have save me so many headaches and I would have been able to get better, faster. I had a habit of buying duplicate hooks or buying yarn without thinking about how much I needed/had. I ended up spending too much time and money fixing things I could have gotten right the first time if I had bother to organize things a little.
#5 I could start a business crocheting!
My absolutely favorite thing about crocheting is that it allowed me to put my stuff out there and start a business. I just really love coming up with patterns and designs. If someone had told me that I could make money doing this, I wouldn’t have believed them at all. But it’s true, and it’s actually really easy. I spend a lot of time crocheting. Whether I’m designing, writing blog posts, or working on custom orders, I get paid to do this and it’s awesome. If I had known that it was even an option 10 years ago, I would have taken the time to open my Etsy shop and and start a blog MUCH sooner.
There you have it!
Those are the top 5 things I wish I knew before I started crocheting. It’s been ten years since I started crocheting, but it feels like I just learned it. I still have that excitement to try new designs, new stitches. I’m always a little bit impressed that I made that when I finish a project. And I’m thrilled that I get to share this with you guys. When I started out, I was the only person I knew who could crochet. Since starting this blog and sharing the things I’ve made, this community has grown to over 5,000 members who love playing with yarn and I’ve met amazing crafters in person too! I’ve learned a lot, and I love sharing it all with you. If you have any tips or things you’ve learned from crocheting, let me know in the comments!
I’ll see you guys in the new year!
See you soon 🙂