Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will. – George Bernard Shaw
Research suggests that crochet probably developed most directly from Chinese needlework, a very ancient form of embroidery known in Turkey, India, Persia and North Africa, which reached Europe in the 1700s and was referred to as "tambourine," from the French "tambour" or drum.
There are so many crafts in the world that are just waiting to be learned, but one of the best crafts out there is the art of crochet.
The advent of the internet has now made it easier than ever to learn how to crochet as a beginner and to learn any type of technique you want. You can easily buy yarn of all fibre types at the store or online for quick and easy delivery. Plus you can get free tutorials and free patterns on crochet on the internet.
Many Nigerians learn how to crochet online, or through their friends or while in Primary and secondary. However you learn how to crochet, the benefits are endless. If you search online in Nigeria, you will see a lot of Facebook and instr=agrm handles of people who crochet as a hobby or for business sales.
The fastest crocheter is Lisa Gentry (USA) who crocheted a total of 5,118 stitches in 30 minutes at the Michaels Arts and Crafts Store, Monroe, Louisiana, USA on 25 June 2005.
Lisa crocheted 284 shells (3 treble crochet in each shell) plus one treble crochet which is 5,118 in total - equivalent to 170 stitches per minute. Of course, you don’t need to be that quick to do crochet correctly. The important thing is to enjoy doing crochet whether you’re making crochet hats, sweaters, phone or tablet cases, bralettes or whatever it is you desire.
In this article, we're looking at the many reasons why you should start doing crochet and why it's good for you! Continue reading to learn more.
It Is Easy To Learn
You may already be familiar with knitting and probably thinks it very easy. Well, crochet is even easier. If you already know how to knit, then I can assure you that crochet will be so much easier for you.
Learning to crochet is easy and fun especially with all the free tutorials and free crochet patterns out there. It's never been easier to get started with these free resources on the internet today.
The difference between knitting and crocheting is that: knitting requires two needles to make a pattern while crochet you just need a single crochet hook.
You only need to know a few stitches to be able to begin making a wide variety of crochet projects. Once you are familiar with the basic stitches like slip stitch, double stitch, treble stitch and the likes, you can start making some easy projects within a short time.
You have to be patient, persistent and consistent to learn crocheting. Once you can stick to it, it is well worth it.
It Is Good For The Brain
Many scientists believe the steady, rhythmic movements activate the same areas in the brain as meditation and yoga.
By engaging in cognitive exercises and stimulating your mind, you can slow down or even prevent memory loss. This is why yarn crafting cancan reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s by 30-50%. There is no doubt that crocheting and creative activities are very good for a healthy brain. Here are some reasons:
- It will improve your concentration
- It will make you more patient and persistent
- It Helps lowers heart rate and blood pressure
- Improves math skills - With all the counting, rows, repeats, and patterns, crocheting requires a great deal of math to finish any given project.
- It helps calms anxiety
- Sharpens memory
- Gives a sense of purpose while at it
The widely acknowledged Albert Einstein was even known to have crocheted between projects to clear his mind.
Crochet is Practical And Inexpensive To Start
You don’t need to get lots of expensive crochet equipment to get started with crochet. Crochet hook, a ball of wool, a free crochet pattern, a free video tutorial and you’re ready to go! It is portable:
Crocheters can take their crochet projects everywhere with them and won’t need a huge bag to do it. You can binge-watch all the Netflix you want and crochet while at it. A crochet hook is about 15cm long and barely weighs anything so you can carry it around in a handbag and have fun while at it.
To get good at crocheting, you have to practice, practice, practice. I know it may be hard to master crocheting at first with the number of free crochet patterns out there. But you can practice while making something! Now that’s being productive. You can get some of your crochet accessories on Konga, Jumia, Jiji and the likes and get them delivered to you in any state in Nigeria.
It Reduces Stress
By crocheting and allowing yourself to be creative, you’re taking your mind off of worrisome thoughts which in turn will help reduce your stress levels.
Studies have shown that crocheting can greatly reduce your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increase the levels of dopamine and serotonin, the happiness hormones. When your stress levels are reduced, your body will relax, your heart rate will decrease, and you’ll feel better.
Focusing on crocheting allows you to enter into a meditative state because you need to count the stitches. Crochet allows you to take care of your mental health. A recent study showed that those who crocheted or knitted three times a week were calmer, happier, less anxious, and more self-confident.
Crochet Can Improve Dexterity
Crochet is great for improving your dexterity. It can reduce the risk of arthritis in the young and improve fine motor skills. The small repetitive movements involved can keep your hands, arms and fingers supple and your eyes sharp. These precise movements require a mastery of your hands.
Those repetitive moves in crochet are great for strengthening the muscles in the hands and wrists, and they are excellent for keeping finger joints flexible. Look into ergonomically shaped hooks if you are doing a lot of crocheting, as these are easier on the joints.
People who work with their hands for a living often turn to crochet or knitting as a way to keep up the strength in their hands.
It Improves Your Self Esteem And Confidence
Crochet brings you a sense of accomplishment and pride. The simple act of finishing off a project you started can have a positive effect on crocheters and can raise their sense of self-esteem.
Though we don’t craft just for the compliments, a little bit of external validation by someone buying your finished item or complimenting what you made can truly give us the self-esteem boosts we need.
Simply visualizing, working on and then creating a product can make you feel better about yourself.
It Improves Your Creativity And Income
It makes you creative. With crochet, you can imagine it and make it. Whether you’re designing new patterns, arranging colour schemes, or just following a tutorial, your creative juices are flowing. The more you crochet, the more you release some of the creative energy in you.
There’s nothing wrong with sharing your skills and creativity with others (and earning a little extra income in the process). You can make money selling your creations. Once you get started the only real expense you’ll have is buying the yarn. When you sell your creations it’s almost all profit.
You Can Make a Lot with Crochet
You can make a dress, caps, hats, sweaters, cartoon characters, dolls, blankets, baby shoes, rugs, bralettes, shawls using crochet. The possibilities are endless with crochet and you can always find a free crochet pattern of whatever it is you decide to make for yourself, friends and family. You really, truly can make anything you want with crochet.
You can make a hat with one skein of yarn, a scarf with two skeins of yarn, and an entire blanket for about 6 or 7 skeins of medium weight yarn and gift someone for their birthday, Christmas, baby shower and so on. Whatever you want to make, you can be assured you may get a free tutorial or free crochet part on it on the internet.
It Encourages Social Connection
Anything arts and crafts usually bring people together. People enjoy learning together and asking questions about what they are learning. This has birthed a lot of social media mediums for crochet lovers to come together to share their ideas and train others.
There are countless ways that people can connect through crochet, both virtual and in-person. For example, Instagram has started quite the crochet movement among our generation, and social media platforms are an excellent way for crafters to showcase their creations and get feedback from others.
There's even a social network dedicated to yarn arts. It's called Ravelry, and people go on to share patterns, to-do lists, and t photos of finished projects. You will also find countless crochet lovers in Nigeria who have created Facebook groups, inspiring Instagrams, and a great number of Pinterest pages for you to follow.
Now that you know the benefits of crocheting, why don't you get started? If you need help with crochet, visit sites like Red Heart, Ravelry, and Lion Brand Yarn or read more of our Superprof articles on crocheting and start looking for free patterns.
Do you want to learn more about crochet with the help of a tutor?
You can contact any of our crotchet tutors on Superprof Nigeria. There are a lot of tutors to choose from regardless of your location anywhere in the world.
Many of the tutors offer both home tutorials and online lessons. If you want a one-on-one tutorial for less or can't find a suitable tutor where you live, online tutorials are great because they can be taught from anywhere in the world. All you need is a webcam and a decent internet connection!
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