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Blankets and cardigans and granny squares, oh my! Crochet is cool, and not just for your grandma. People of all ages can enjoy such a calming pastime. Learning to crochet has many benefits and anyone can try it. Remember when trying something new: nobody starts out as an expert.
What are some benefits?
Crochet can relieve anxiety and stress in our lives. Focusing on the patterns and stitches will help calm those annoying thoughts that weigh on us. It’s a healthy way to take your mind off of life’s many stressors and let your creativity run free. It’s quite therapeutic in my experience.
Once you complete a project, no matter how simple or complex the pattern, that sense of accomplishment follows. You made something with your own hands! Because of you, this creation exists now and This is something to celebrate Crochet offers an opportunity to join a community. It’s an activity that brings people together in a healthy way. By joining Facebook groups or apps like Meetup you have a great opportunity to meet people of all crochet levels.
Fire them up Etsy Accounts because you have a product! Selling your creations online can be a great side hustle or new business venture. Make sure you do all your research, have your materials ready, and know what you’re trying to sell. When it comes to crocheting, the possibilities really are endless (almost).
What do I need to start?
Alright, we’ve figured out a few reasons why crochet is cool and how it can benefit our lives. Now it’s time for the tools that make it possible!
As a beginner, you might want to use a thinner, handier one yarn as an exercise. Fluffy, thicker yarn can give someone some trouble at first, but you can increase as your confidence grows. I highly recommend using a light color like yellow or orange to see the stitches clearly.
crochet hooks come in a variety of colors, sizes and prices. Usually the yarn you choose will tell you what type of hook you need. Many beginners may initially stick with a medium sized hook. You can also purchase an inexpensive variety pack if you want to feel more equipped when handling different yarn types.
You will also need scissors or yarn cutter. If your project is still tied with a ball of yarn, cut off what you don’t need and save the rest for a new project. Or you can keep the ball of yarn connected. We don’t judge.
projects to try
Once you get comfortable with crocheting, there’s so much you can do! Here’s a list of projects you can try to get started:
So is it cool yet?
There are things in life that others might not see as “cool”. These opinions can often keep us from starting new projects or taking risks. As long as you think it’s fun, fun, or “cool.”‘, What is important what others think? Well, I don’t know about you, but I have to crochet a blanket!
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