Hooked on crocheting – Royal Purple

Oh what a day to crochet. An art form that almost anyone can learn within a few hours has run through the life of anyone who feels a little smart. September 12th was national crochet day; However, this hobby has gone viral since the quarantine began, where millions had to stay home and find new ways to entertain themselves. Crocheting is cheap, easy, and portable, which makes it the perfect craft to keep busy with in your spare time. Some may think that the only things you can crochet are dolls or Christmas sweaters, in reality there are millions of different items that you can make with just your hands, a hook, and a ball of yarn.

As the cool weather turns hot, or rather cold, many have gone online to learn how to crochet clothes to keep themselves warm and fashionable. One of these crafts involves using fuzzy yarn to make super soft gloves and mittens. Another requires them to get their favorite yarn color in shades of brown, red, and yellow to make a vest with an autumn motif. You can even learn how to make a pom-pom out of yarn to put over a crocheted hat or bonnet! These are just a few ideas of different ways you can crochet your own clothes from the thousands. Other ideas include short sweaters, flared or A-line skirts, cardigans and much more.

Clothing isn’t the only thing you can crochet in your life. Some of the most popular crochet and how-to videos are those that make adorable stuffed animals and stunning decorations for every season of the year. One video that comes up frequently is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a plush bumblebee using just fluff and yarn. Other popular animals include octopuses, turtles, teddy bears, rabbits, whales, and even axolotls. If you’re looking for inexpensive decorations for all seasons, you’re in luck as there are thousands of free samples online that show you how to make them. In the summer, make your own little mushrooms to display on your windowsill or mantelpiece. Find your favorite pumpkin design for fall, whether it’s a pumpkin-shaped trivet or a fluffy pumpkin decoration that you can place all over the house. Floral patterns are all the rage in spring, while snowflake and wreath designs pop up everywhere in winter.

Crocheting is one of those hobbies that you will love no matter which design you choose. With so many compelling and simple patterns provided for free, it would be almost a tragedy not to try crochet at least once in a lifetime.

If you want to learn how to crochet yourself, check out this 50 million view video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAxGTnVNJiE

Or this one with 5.3 million hits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcOzdAzmtNM

If you’d rather read and see pictures of how to crochet, then start here: https://www.wikihow.com/Crochet-a-Chain

A teal bumblebee being held by a pink and yellow giraffe. (Kylie McCombe)

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