We’ve all had those moments where you just can’t bring yourself to crochet. You have no motivation, none of the projects you pick up seem interesting and you’ve just lost all your crojo (crochet + mojo). Does this sound like you? Running a crochet business has pushed me to find ways out of my crochet funk so I can make this business work. Today, I’m sharing a few crochet tips to help you get your crojo back so you can have fun making things you’re excited about!
Crochet Tips For When You Don’t Feel Like Crocheting
#1 Look for inspiration from others
If you’re not feeling inspired by any other patterns you usually choose, look for inspiration from others on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. I love scrolling through my Insta feed to see what others are working on and what’s inspiring them. Sometimes, I color combination or a pattern for something I’ve never made gets me excited about crocheting.
Scroll through Instagram or Pinterest and take a look at what others are sharing. Maybe check your saved ideas and see if any of them still inspire you!
#2 Learn a new technique
Maybe you’re bored with crochet because it isn’t challenging or interesting anymore.
Try a technique or skill that’s new to you and push yourself to learn something new. If you usually make blankets and beanies that are simpler in design, maybe you can try to make an amigurumi or something with lace.
You can even try to perfect a skill you aren’t that good at. For example, crochet cables are simple enough but there are so many different things you can do with them! Or, dress up your simpler blankets with fancy borders and edgings.
Annie’s Crochet, SkillShare, and Craftsy are all great websites with lots of different classes to choose from. You can also look for classes and tutorials on Youtube.
Fun & Fantastic Texturd Crochet Stitches with Beth Graham
How to Improve your Crochet: Essential Techniques with Edie Eckman
Above are two classes I’ve personally taken over at Craftsy and I loved them both. Right now, they’re actually giving away premium membership (with unlimited courses!) for new members for only $3! So if you’re on the fence about siging up for a membership, this is a great time to try it out and see if you like it without spending a lot on it. Plus, if you don’t want to keep the membership, they offer a pretty solid 30-day refund policy.
#3 Pick up a comfort project
Another great way to get your crojo back is to work on something familiar and well-loved. Your favorite sweater or a blanket you love to make can be just the thing to snap you out of the funk and remind you what you love about crochet.
If you have something that you always enjoy making, but don’t make very often, try working on it now! It could be anything from a mindless project to work on as you watch TV or something a little more special, something that you never have the time to work on. Take it easy and just enjoy the time spent making it.
One of my favorites is this crochet heart plushie. It’s a little different and not something I make often but it’s fun and random and I love seeing it come together!
Related: Realistic Crochet Heart Pattern
#4 Work on something custom to sell
I just discovered this one, but having a specific item that you need to make and sell in a short amount of time can really motivate you and help get your crojo back.
A few weeks ago, I took on a 16-piece custom order for 8 hats and 8 scarves all to be picked up on a specific date. I did not feel like crocheting, but I was getting paid and the customer was coming to pick them up, so I hustled and got it all done. It was a simple pattern but working on it, and having a deadline, pushed me past that mental block.
Once everything was done, I kept going! I had built up some steam so why not finish all the half completed projects I hadn’t gotten to all summer? This might not be for everyone, but it sure worked for me!
Related: Crochet Tips for Getting that WIP Done!
#5 Change things up
Along the same lines as tip #2, try another craft. Learning a completely new skill from the start can spark enthusiasm, and it can be a nice break from crochet. When I was in a rut, not feeling inspired by crochet and completely unmotivated to work on the ideas I did have, I found myself looking up a lot of embroidery designs.
Trying something new was exactly the thing I needed to take a break from crochet and still feel productive and inspired. I ended up taking this course on Craftsy and I loved it! Now I add little embroidered touches on my crochet and I think it adds something special.
Modern Hand Embroidery with Jessica Long
#6 Take a break
Finally, sometimes you really do just need to step away from crochet to feel like you want to crochet again. If there’s no rush and you just don’t feel like crocheting, then don’t! You might need that break and you can always come back to crochet when you feel like it. After all, crochet is meant to be fun and it’s just some sticks and string.
Feel free to walk away and watch a movie without doing something else at the same time 🙂
What are your crochet tips to get your crojo back?
Those are some of my favorite crochet tips for getting my crojo back, but everyone is different. For me, it’s all about doing something, even if it’s not crochet.
What do you do to feel inspired and excited to crochet again? Let me know in the comments. Thanks so much for reading and hanging out with me today. If you liked this, subscribe down below for more tips, freebies and patterns delivered right to your inbox. Just fill out the box below with your name and email!
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Wednesday 5th of September 2018
These are great tips. I'm pretty lucky, I don't think I've ever lost my cojo, but then I do loads of different crafts and mix things up all the time. I finished my last crochet project about 3 weeks ago and the hooks are calling to me again now!
Monday 10th of September 2018
I've seen all your lovely projects on IG! You always have something fun and different going on, I love getting inspiration from you
Sunday 26th of August 2018
Hello, I'm still trying to figure it out, I haven't wanted to crochet for almost a year. I love crochet, just haven't been in the mood to do anything, I've been working on a throw for my sister and for some reason I can't feel comfortable doing the decrease, or that's what I tell myself,
Sunday 26th of August 2018
Hi Carolyn! That's a long time, I can imagine how fristrating that is. Maybe try working on a smaller comfort project to get you unstuck. A throw is a lot of time a s commitment, so give yourself the quick win of a something like a beanie.