A multicolor crochet granny rectangle rug
A multicolor crochet granny rectangle rug
A crochet granny rectangle rug — Photo by Leslie Stahlhut

A poor original is better than a good imitation. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Too many crocheters — to my mind — apologize for their craft rather than embrace it. While I have never once heard a knitter suggest that there is a knitting stitch that could (or even should) duplicate crochet, I have heard multiple crocheters fall all over themselves to explain how a crochet hook can be used to make stitches that mimic knitting.

Adding insult to injury, crochet conferences often offer classes on how to make your crochet look more like knitting.

For my part, I like crochet the way it is, and there is nothing I would change.


The corner of a multicolor crochet aghan
The corner of a multicolor crochet aghan

“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.” — Wilma Rudolph

There is no way around it — if you want to get better at something (even if that something is crochet), you are going to have to work at it.

There are moments that it will not be easy, when it seems your efforts are going nowhere. There will be times you have to do, undo, and redo until you get it right or find a new way.

To bring your crochet dreams to fruition, you will have struggles — crochet hooks will be misplaced, yarn will get tangled, stitches will be missed, and you will have to work through whatever challenges are in front of you — one stitch at a time.


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My Last Door Yarn Bomb — photo by Leslie Stahlhut

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.― Jane Goodall

We often don’t think the things we do have any impact, that we are working in some kind of void where nothing is acknowledged.

But the truth is everything we do does have an impact and (for good or for ill) it does make a difference.

I like crochet because it is eminently sharable and allows me to make a positive difference in the world, be it an object like a hat or a purse or a blanket given as a gift, or something like a yarn bomb installed in an unexpected place that helps to reset someone’s bad day or add a small measure of joy to someone’s good day.


A multicolor textured square crochet motif composed of crochet squares and rectangles
A multicolor textured square crochet motif composed of crochet squares and rectangles

We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems. — Margaret Mead

Crochet is a great way to develop problem solving skills. I often see an object or design and wonder how I could replicate in in crochet.

Sometimes the solution comes to me easily and putting it all togther is a straight forward task. More often, however, I learn from a series of mistakes that eventually lead me to a solution that allows me to achieve my vision — one stitch at a time.


A dozen ergonomic crochet hooks with colorful handles
A dozen ergonomic crochet hooks with colorful handles
A dozen crochet hooks — photo by Leslie Stahlhut

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. — Louisa May Alcott

“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!” Just as Superman, was the master of his fate, each of us is the heroine of our own life story — the one we tell ourselves about who we are and our place in the world.

And to that end, a crochet hook can be the key that helps you pursue your dreams and bring each of them to life — one stitch at a time.


Dozens of two color squares with ends to be woven in
Dozens of two color squares with ends to be woven in

It is the loose ends with which men hang themselves. — Zelda Fitzgerald

One loose end has the potential to be a problem; multiple loose ends have the potential to tangle themselves into a world of their own — one that is difficult to penetrate.

That truth is balanced by the knowledge that once you weave in and trim that one loose end, you have set yourself on a course from which you cannot return, and which may, or may not, be the best path forward.


Two-and-a-half great big, bright, crochet flowers
Two-and-a-half great big, bright, crochet flowers
Two-and-a-half crochet flowers — Photo by Leslie Stahlhut

Sometimes you can only learn by doing something wrong as many times as you need to until you do it right. — crochetbug

In an ideal world we could learn how to do something by the simple act of doing it once, but that isn’t the world we live in. The world we live in is messier than that. It requires us to fight distraction, make do with what we have, and sometimes there is even a deadline that must be met.

Whatever constraints we face, however, crochet gives us the opportunity to persist in the face of all these challenges and move forward (and backward if necessary) one stitch at a time.


A multicolor overlay crochet textured square
A multicolor overlay crochet textured square
Overlay crochet square — photo by Leslie Stahlhut

Whenever possible, choose crochet. You will not regret it. — crochetbug

The thing about life is that not only are our options often limited by circumstances beyond our control, but when push comes to shove, we often must choose one thing over another, so when you can, choose crochet. You will not regret it.


A not quite finished crochet cookie afghan
A not quite finished crochet cookie afghan

Short cuts make long delays.

— J. R. R. Tolkien

I have lost count of the number of hours I have spent devising ways to get crochet tasks done more quickly. But whether I am trying to avoid whip stitching a seam, weaving in an end, or making a gauge swatch, ultimately, I have lost more time to hurriedness and shortcuts than I ever did to doing it right in the first place.


A multicolor crochet granny square blanket
A multicolor crochet granny square blanket
A granny square blanket to keep the world at bay — photo by Leslie Stahlhut

True happiness. .. is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. — Helen Keller

Crochet is the worthiest of purposes and provides a number of opportunities for a crocheter to achieve true happiness be it through crafting a warm hat, the perfect bag, or a blanket that keeps warmth in and the world out.

About

Leslie Stahlhut

Crocheter on a mission to make the world a better place — one stitch at a time. Twitter: @crochetbug. Crochet blog: https://www.crochetbug.com

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