What's Wrong with Crochet?

8:29:00 PM

A few different instances this past week have led me to ask this question. It's one I've often pondered over the years and have even experienced hook discrimination firsthand.

I've been crocheting virtually all my life. It's the first craft that I learned from my grandmother with knitting soon afterwards. Although lately I've been on a knitting pattern-writing kick, I always come back to my first love of crochet.

I actually just finished submitting a crochet design for an upcoming collection designed to highlight the beauty of crochet in its own right. It can be hot too. Why does it get the raw deal that it does?

This brings back suppressed memories of yarn shopping back in NYC. I'll never the forget the time when I was looked down upon and nearly shamed by a snooty owner who commented "Oh, you crochet" when I told her that I was hooking a hat. Uggh. I suppose that my unconventional appearance and young age didn't help matters much. How could I possibly know how to knit or crochet? Back then I also rocked a purple hair streak and wore a different Metal band shirt every day. That's a whole other post though...

There are so many accessories that I think actually look better crocheted. I really dig the look of lacy crocheted shawls and cowl for example. I also think baby hats and booties lend themselves to being crocheted. Crochet can be as simple or as complicated as you'd like to be, just like knitting. It's not simpler. It's just a matter of preference. I often come across knitters who can't crochet claiming that it's too complex. Different strokes for different folks.

I discovered this group on Ravelry a couple of weeks ago called Crochet Liberation Front and their message is absolutely infectious:

We are crocheters and we are PROUD! Indeed, I raise my hook high...

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