Why I love crochet

I love crochet.

My one regret in life, is that I did not learn my craft when I was younger.

I read with envy the personal profiles at Ravelry of people my age and younger who, when filling out the section that reads “Years crocheting,” have answers like, “My grandmother taught me when she came to see me at the hospital the day after my birth, and I made my own layette before being discharged.”

I exaggerate, but not much.

Clearly any grandmother that bent on teaching a newborn grandchild to crochet would have completed several layettes for said grandchild to choose from, but still, I sometimes wonder where I would be with my craft if I had learned it when I was in grade school, or high school, or college.

But since I hit the half-century mark, I also find I have less time for regrets, so even though I wish I could put on my Ravelry profile that I have been crocheting for 40+ years, I haven’t, and I don’t have the time to stew about it, I need to stay busy to make up for it, and that is exactly what I tried to do today.

Using three of the sugar cookie icings seen here:

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Icing for six frosted sugar crochet cookies

along with the two oatmeal cookie icings seen here and another I found in my bag of crochet cookies, crochet cookie parts, and yarn for this cookie project:

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Icing for frosted oatmeal crochet cookies

I completed three  sugar cookies and three iced oatmeal cookies:

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Three crochet sugar cookies with icing and three crochet oatmeal cookies with icing

Then, because I am eager to begin putting this project together, I rounded up all of the cookies I could find and took this picture as a sort of quick reference visual inventory:

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The 33 crochet cookies I have completed so far

I then tried arranging them to get an idea of how they will look when they are finally pieced together:

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A three by eleven array of crochet cookies

So why do I love crochet?

Since I have learned to crochet, a world of opportunities I did not existed has opened up to me. I can make my own hats, scarves, bags, and ponchos. I can take the world I see around me and explore it through the simple act of making one loop and then another. The stitches are finite, but the possibilities are limitless.

I love what I can do with crochet and have no regrets that it is not knitting; further I have absolutely no desire to learn how to use a crochet hook to make stitches that are “just like knitting.”

While some crocheters chase the perfect drape and feel an overwhelming need to assert that crochet is just as good as knitting, I feel that crochet needs no defense.

With crochet, I am the mistress of my destiny. I can make just about anything I can think of, including dozens of colorful calorie-free cookies…. That is the magic of crochet.

8 thoughts on “Why I love crochet

  1. Love it! Corchet is crochet, and nothing wrong with that. I also like it cos it is much simpler, easier to transport, works up nice and fast, and have been hooked for a yead now. Learned it for my 40 th 🙂

  2. I’m right there with you! I taught myself how to crochet in Oct ’09. I too wish I had learned a lot sooner. I think I’ve come pretty far since then, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also started teaching my friends 4 yo little girl how to crochet, I’ve got to “pay it forward”. :]

  3. Love your biscuits and can’t wait to see what you make with them. Now you have me thinking of biscuit patterns and Better Homes and Garden blanket. Have you seen Matts’ jam dodger pattern ? http://accordingtomatt.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/jammy-dodger-pattern.html
    As to your State Fair blanket that you are designing, what about looking at the ones you have won with and then comparing them to your others. That way you might get a feel for the judges tasts. Maybe all the colour piece work blankets are too different to what they are use to ?? Just an idea, I love them all.
    Hugs Audra

  4. I totally agree with you. Crochet is so versatile, and the possibilities are endless. There is not comparison to knitting, crochet stands on its own as one awesome art & craft.

  5. I totally agree with you. Crochet is so versatile, and the possibilities are endless. There is no comparison to knitting, crochet stands on its own as one awesome art & craft.

  6. Your cookies are so cute. I love to crochet too, but I’ve only made cookies in the oven:) Happy Tuesday to you!

  7. I love that you don’t want to emulate knitting or to defend crochet. It is an awesome craft and, as you say, needs no defense! (And I “only” learned when I was 9 – apparently, my grandmother was way to busy to teach me before then!)

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