How Can You Crochet Really, Really Fast? Plus What are the Ups and Down Sides of It?

How Can You Crochet Really, Really Fast? Plus What are the Ups and Down Sides of It?

Hello crocheters,

When browsing through patterns and crochet web sites, I feel like crocheting very fast. In moments like this, I just want to pick up a hook and yarn and start crocheting the pattern I’m looking at, straight away. I’m sure you too would have felt the same sometime. This got me thinking if there really was a way to crochet faster.

Well, some people anyway work with the speed of light. Others are slow workers. What one can complete in an hour, another person may take one full day to crochet. What makes the difference, there are some things to be considered to crochet faster:

•    Use stitches that add height to the project. For instance, a treble stitch adds more height compared to a single crochet. Using such stitches you can be done crocheting simple objects such as bags, afghans, dishcloths and scarves in no time. While the type of stitch chosen does not matter in some instances, using these stitches only with the aim of crocheting an article faster is not a bright idea. Lengthy stitches will also restrict the types of objects you can crochet in the sense that height-adding stitches may not be appropriate for small projects such as baby booties or amulet bags. Select the stitch wisely so it matches with the type of project.

•    Use chunkier yarns. It takes ages to crochet something from fancy delicate thin yarns. Having said this, I’d also like to advise you to not feel restricted by thick yarns only. This way, you’ll keep yourself away from the pleasure of crocheting dainty articles including doilies, bed covers, cushion covers and party bags.

•    Try holding the hook and yarn in different ways until you determine the grip and style most comfortable for you. Don’t get hung up on the right technique you read in a book or on a web site. Discover what works for you.

•    If you hold the yarn too tightly, loosening it a bit may help.

•    Pay attention to the way you roll yarn into a ball, if you are one of those who prefer to buy skeins. Yarn wound too tightly will come off the ball with some difficulty adding minutes to the actual crochet process. Hold the yarn lightly when making a ball.

•    Play some music. Without realizing it, we usually crochet or perform other activities according to the rhythm of the background music. The downside with playing music is that we tend to get too engrossed in the activity to take a break. Frequent long episodes of continuous crocheting can injure the hand muscles and other body parts. Read more about the importance of taking breaks when crocheting in another issue of this newsletter.

•    Choose simple patterns, at least when you are beginner. Even advanced crocheters should avoid complicated patterns they are not sure about completing. This is so because intricate patterns usually generate more errors and therefore frequent unraveling. This not only spoils the yarn being used but also plays havoc with your confidence and enthusiasm.

•    Concentrate more on getting the pattern accurate instead of crocheting it faster. Paying more attention to the time it takes to crochet an article increases the probability of errors thereby calling for repeated unraveling. Focusing however on accuracy reduces the chances of errors so you automatically end up finishing the project in time or ahead of time.

•    Believe the saying, “Practice makes a man (read crocheter) perfect”. As you crochet more and more, you will unknowingly become speedy at it.

Cheers!

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I want to start an crochet business for my mother. Is there really a market for crochet style items?

Question by myke22wade: I want to start an crochet business for my mother. Is there really a market for crochet style items?
My mother wants to sell her designs online. She is very good but Im not sure that customers like to buy crochet blankets and scarfs.

Best answer:

Answer by sweet sue
Unfortunately for Mom knitting is all the rage now. People associate crocheting with things like toilet paper covers and toaster covers. If she dos good quality work she might start out be taking special orders for things like blankets. I know I would Love a hand made blanket for my couch.

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Does anyone know any really simple crochet patterns of coasters?

However, if you know of another fun crochet activity that isn’t a coaster, I would gladly take those too 🙂 As long as they are beginner friendly.
I have just begun crocheting and I get bored really easy with just making the beginning squares, and figured coasters would be a good start. I’ve looked around, and all the different ones I found are beyond my skill, or the pattern looks simple, but the directions are written for those of a higher skill than I.

Mothers Day Project That Can Go Wrong- What You Should Really Be Doing For Your Mom This Year

Some mothers day gifts can go horribly wrong if you’re a first timer. You may be compelled to try a lot of things to surprise your mom like knitting, cooking, crafting and even cleaning but mothers day just isn’t a time to break into your creative side, its something that requires some practice and a three week notice.

I’ve tried to complete three major projects for my mom’s mothers day gift and they were embarrassing disasters to say the least and I think it’s only fair that people learn from my mistakes.

Project one; Disaster one:  Knitting a sweater for mom

I actually found this filed under Christmas gifts for mom somewhere and decided to give it a go. I downloaded a patter from some place that involved crocheting and set to work. The problem; May is not a good time to knit something for mom and crocheting is serious business, as is knowing that there’s such a thing as a crocheting needle. My mom was nice enough to not laugh as soon as she saw it. I thought that apparel would be a good idea but it bombed as bad as Hiroshima. Knitting is out of the question unless you have at least three or four beautifully sweaters that are fit to be worn in public, you do not want to make any kind of apparel for your mom. Personally I’m against buying clothes for mom on mothers day and I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone. When we purchase apparel for our moms, we rarely see them as anything other than moms and are likely to buy them comfy oversized clothing which fails to say ‘Happy Mothers day’ in its truest spirit. And there’s also the risk of getting her the wrong size. I’ve never tried to buy my mom apparel because she has her own unique taste.

Project Two; Disaster Two: Remodeling the kitchen

My husband had suggested that we both buy mothers day gift baskets for our moms ( my mom and my Mother-in-law) but I decided it would be better to pitch in with my brother and help remodel the kitchen. It turned out that my brother was only going to finance it and my husband and I ended up doing the actual remodeling. Mom couldn’t use the kitchen for an entire month and we had to call in a professional plumber to fix the many leaks. My mother-in-law was perfectly happy and content with the mothers day gift baskets that my husband and my sister and law had sent her. Home remodeling is too much of an extended project to complete in a tight time frame; you can’t surprise anyone with a gift like that and you need to have a certain degree of expertise to pull it off.

Project three; Disaster Three: listening to your husband and buying her a tech gift

My husband insisted that since my last idea for a mother’s day gift had bombed, we go with his idea this time. I had to agree since his mom had loved the mothers day gift baskets she’d received. It was scientific proof that my husband could pick out good mother’s day gifts. He suggested we get her a pair of light up slippers because she gets up in the middle of night for a drink of water and often bumps into things because it’s dark. It was absolutely crazy but he had the website suggesting it in front of me so I went along with it. Mom took one look at it and said it matched the squeaking light-up shoes she’d bought me for my third birthday. Mom hated it! Tech items are not good mother’s day gifts no matter what you do.

I’ve found a better way to making mom happy on mother, ‘consistency’. I alternate with mothers day gift baskets and fruit bouquets for mothers day and she always loves them. The moral is, don’t go knitting a sweater or building a kitchen for your mom if you haven’t done it before! Buy a simple mother’s day gift for your mom that she can enjoy. When I get her a food themed gift like the fruit bouquets, although she’ll eat it and be done with, she’ll enjoy it. There won’t be a lasting souvenir to make that day memorable but it’ll still be really enjoyable and that’s the point.

If you’re looking for something unique to give your mom this mothers day try fruit bouquets; mothers day gift baskets made of fruit sculptures. they’re the perfect mothers day gift for your mom, wife, daughter, grandma or godmother