Need a new hobby: try crocheting

Now I know what you think after reading the title. “Crochet? You mean the stuff that grandmas do?” And I can assure you that yes it is a well-known activity of the elderly. But, there really is more to sitting on a swing with a wire basket. Take it from the girl who was called “Grandma” all summer by members of her swim team.

One day during the last semester, I was browsing Tiktok (as I often do) and found an account of a girl who makes and sells some really cool crochet tops. Seeing the things she had made made me want to learn how to crochet. So, over the Easter break, I went to my local craft store, picked up a crochet hook, and then tried to learn how to use up leftover yarn I already had at home. (That’s technically not the right way to do it, but I’ll get to that in a bit). I pulled out the first tutorial I found on Youtube and tried my best to maneuver the thread.

Needless to say, at first I was terrible. I just couldn’t get the yarn to cooperate with me, but somehow I was able to crochet a single square. There were a few dropped stitches and it didn’t look well done, but I was able to create a small square of knitted fabric in maybe 30 minutes. And as someone who has tried and failed to learn to knit many times, I was happy with myself to say the least.

Now that the long story is over, here are some of the reasons I’ve grown to love crocheting so much.

  • It’s super easy to learn. As I said before, it took me about 30 minutes to crochet just a small square. And it only took me a few days to get used to it. In terms of arts and crafts, it’s pretty fast if you ask me. You don’t even have to find a book or learn from someone in real life. There are hundreds of video tutorials on the internet that can teach you just about any type of crochet you can think of. Also, once you get the hang of it, crocheting without looking is possible. Which means you can multi-task: crochet while watching your new favorite TV show or on game night with your friends. (All things I *surely* haven’t done before).
  • It’s a (somewhat) cheap hobby. The somewhat might scare a few people off, but hear me out. It all depends on your crochet obsession. For me, I have an entire box in my dorm whose sole purpose is to hold my “wool stash”. But, if you’re just starting out, it’s pretty cheap. You can get a basic crochet hook and a ball of yarn for less than $10. (Which is much cheaper than other creative hobbies like sewing or painting.) And even if you’re more into it, most balls of yarn only cost around $5 or less. That means it’s a lot easier to spend all your paycheck on yarn and not feel too bad about it…but it’s a lot for your money.
  • It is incredibly versatile. There are countless different things you can do with just a hook and yarn. Personally, I like to say that I have expertise in crochet tops, but I’ve also made plushies and am currently working on a cardigan. You can also make blankets or room decor or whatever you can think of. And if you think of something but don’t know how to do it, you can easily find templates online and adapt them to your vision. Plus, there are a bunch of different crochet stitches and techniques to give your projects a different look. Between all of these options, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Well… have I convinced you yet? I hope I have. Crocheting is really just a fun hobby that anyone can do or learn. Sure, you might be called grandma, but it’s a great hobby and you can do amazing things. (Plus, since yarn is so cheap, you can give gifts to friends and family without breaking the bank). Take it from your sophomore grandma at the local college, crocheting has been one of my favorite activities ever since I learned. And…I hope to see more young people learn to crochet so that we can all be the master crocheters in nursing homes.