Would you love to crochet up a storm before Christmas and produce one-of-a-kind mufflers, fuzzy hats and sofa throws? It sounds so crafty, showing off your artistic side and saving money in the process.
Why Learning Crochet
Many people like the idea of making their own clothes and gifts. In fact, according to the Craft Yarn Council, more than 50 million Americans craft with yarn, and a high percentage of those do crochet.
But that’s just the start of the many benefits that come from learning crochet. For example, are you, or do you know someone who is, suffering from:
Post traumatic stress syndrome
Then it’s time to pick up the crochet hook and get crafting. In a report on CNN, clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Carey Levisay states that “Creating is beneficial in a number of ways.” Levisay is the wife of Craftsy.com CEO John Levisay.
Medical studies are proving what crafters have instinctively known for centuries, that making something helps both a person’s cognitive levels and her emotional state.
Following complex crochet patterns can help to put you in a state of flow. A crafter becomes so wrapped up in the work she is doing that she stops being aware of how her body feels, problems at work, with the kids or trouble with finances.
The following patterns are student projects from different crochet classes! Click the image to see how you can learn to make these items:
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an expert on this mental state, says that when a crafter gets wrapped up in a project like this, “He doesn’t have enough attention left over to monitor how his body feels, or his problems at home. He can’t feel if he’s hungry or tired. His body disappears.” You become less aware of aches and pains in your body and stressors in your life.
Crocheting takes concentration and repetitive motion. Together these stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms stress, taking the mind off emotional or physical discomfort.
Crocheting is also good for your cognitive ability. Studies show that activities that demand intellectual concentration, like following a crochet pattern, can help delay dementia, speed up your thinking and improve your ability to reason.
Crafts like crochet involve multiple parts of the brain, including:
Memory, concentration, visuospatial processing, creativity, problem solving
What does all this mean? Crocheting keeps your happier, calmer and mentally alert.
Clearly learning to crochet is worthwhile. What’s stopping you?
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How To Learn to Crochet
But it’s so hard! Or so it seems when you first get a look at a downloadable pattern that reads “Row 1: Ch 15; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.” Huh?
And that’s just the start. Even a scarf looks complicated, let alone a fancy sweater. This is where crochet classes come in.
Learning crochet directly from an experienced crafter can speed up the process significantly.
Many communities have yarn and craft shops that offer classes in the evening and on weekends. The big plus is that you get to share your learning with other beginners. But it can be hard to find the time for busy moms, people who work long hours and seniors who don’t want to drive at night.
There’s a solution. Craftsy.com offers a wide range of crochet classes, geared to those with beginning, intermediate and advanced skills. Topics covered include:
Finishing, edging and borders
Cardigans, cowls and gloves
What a Teacher Can Do for You
Crocheting patterns are hard to decipher when you first start out. An experienced teacher has the skill to show you how to read and use patterns and figure out what the instructions actually mean.
She can show you how to use crochet tools correctly and help you decide which ones are necessary. It is easy for beginners on their own to spend too much money on gear that is unnecessary or the wrong type for the projects they want to create. In this way, taking a class can actually save you money.
A teacher provides a structured, step-by-step approach so you learn crocheting the right way. This means your projects turn out like the picture on the pattern. This gives you added incentive to keep on with your new hobby and take it to the next level.
A teacher can show you how to get around the mistakes that you make, which are normal for every beginner. She can show you how to unravel and pick up the pattern again so you don’t have to start from scratch.
Learning from someone who knows what they are doing is the best way to get comfortable with any craft. This is especially true of one like crochet where the instructions can be daunting when you are new to the hobby.
Join a class on Craftsy.com. Learn from an expert. Watch classes on your own schedule. You never have to leave the house. Whenever you have the time, your teacher is ready to help. Once you sign up, your access never expires. There’s no risk because all classes are covered by the Craftsy 100% money-back guarantee.