A Dad Who Crochets
Being Artsy and Craftsy with Yarn
See that picture of the cute little teddy bear to the left there? My dad made that for me. Many of my birthday presents were hand-crocheted by my dad. For someone who had little money, he still managed to give me the best presents because he always made them himself and they were always beautiful (and green, my favorite color).
Crocheting is often thought of as a womanly hobby, but my dad loves it and no one I know would question his manliness. If you're looking for a hobby that lets you be creative and craft, is relatively easy to learn, and is also relaxing, crocheting is definitely for you, whether you are a man or a woman.
An art of weaving yarn, crocheting is normally done with a piece of straight metal or plastic that has a hook on the end. The hook catches on a strand of yarn to weave it through other sections of the yarn in particular ways to create a beautiful pattern.
Crocheting is similar to knitting; it can often create the same sorts of crafts and relies on woven yarn. However, it is much simpler and easier to swap colors when crocheting than when knitting. Borders are also almost exclusively done with crochet rather than knit patterns. Crocheting projects usually take less time to complete than knitted ones as well.
Simple to learn and easy to love...
Crocheting can be done day or night, rain or shine, summer or winter, at any location, in any time frame. It can be accomplished while you watch your favorite show or game, chat with friends, or even ride in a car. Best of all, it's a great activity to do after a long day when you have no energy to do something more active.
Crocheting requires three things: a crochet hook, yarn, and a pattern. Even if they don't seem to be looking at a printed pattern, expert crocheters usually have a pattern in mind. Experts can either make up the patten on their own (much harder than it sounds) or have made an item so many times, they have the pattern memorized.
Advice to beginning crocheters from my dad:
"Try to make something as soon as you learn the basic stitch. It makes it a lot more fun that way."
You can't crochet without hooks...
Although plastic crochet hooks are fine to learn with and are usually more inexpensive than metal hooks, my dad recommends using metal if you plan to do much crocheting. Metal hooks are more durable and smoother than their plastic counterparts. If I was getting my dad a crochet related present, I would definitely get him some great crochet hooks.
Gotta have some yarn...
My dad, and other experts, recommend worsted weight yarn when you are starting out. It is also frequently used for numerous crocheting patterns, from beginner to advanced. Worsted weight is a smooth, medium thickness yarn and is probably what you think of when you picture yarn if you aren't a yarn person already.
Interested in Crocheting?
Here are some great websites all about the hobby.
- Crochet Pattern Center
Includes hundreds of free patterns and tips on crocheting.
- Crochet Tutorials
Tips, instructions, and videos on various techniques required in crochet. Brought to you by Lion Brand Yarn.
- Crocheting in Circles for Dummies
Step-by-step guide to how to crochet rounds. Complete with detailed instructions and pictures.
Want to see it in action?
If you are interested in learning how to crochet, want to review some basics, or just want to see how its done, check out this video for an excellent and thorough beginner's crocheting guide.