There was a time when crochet, and needlecraft in general, conjured images of an old granny sitting in a rocking chair with a ball of yarn. Fortunately those days are in the past. Today, women of all ages (and even some men) are rediscovering the joy of crochet.
Crochet for Everyone
As a hobby, crochet has never been more popular among such a wide variety of age groups. This has led to an explosion in hip, new crochet designs for both clothing and housewares. Young girls, teens, young adults, and older women are pulling out their hooks and stitching up fresh new looks. Popular crochet designers like Lily Chin and Melissa Leapman offer crochet patterns using light-weight yarns and techniques that produce beautiful, contemporary clothing. Crochet has also expanded into the realm of jewelry with beautiful patterns for crocheting wire and bead necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
One of the hottest current crochet trends that has captured the imagination of crocheters of all ages is Amigurumi. These seriously cute little crochet animals work up quickly and make great gifts for both kids and collectors. They are the perfect project for crochet classes or crochet clubs to take on together.
A Social Hobby
The social aspect of crochet is not new, but has greatly expanded with the adoption of many social crochet clubs. These clubs are a great place for crochet lovers to get together and share their passion for the craft. For generations, crochet has been taught from one woman to another and crochet clubs allow members to learn and be inspired by each other.
Communities That Crochet
Many active adult communities, such as Solera Diamond Valley in CA, Lake Providence in TN, and The Villages in FL, offer needlework or crochet clubs. These can be wonderful groups for learning and sharing the love of crochet. Each crochet club has its own mission and approach. Some small groups may simply be a place for women who crochet to meet and work on their individual projects together.
Yet many crochet groups bring in guest teachers, show their work through library displays or fashion shows, sell their projects at local craft fairs, and more. Crochet clubs may also choose to make projects for charities.
Warm Up America is a popular program that collects 7” x 9” crochet (or knit) squares and joins them to make afghans that will be donated to those in need. Crochet clubs can send in individual squares or join them and send in completed afghans. Warm Up America also accepts crocheted caps for newborns.
Whether you crochet on your own, with family, or as part of a crochet club, there has never been a better time to take up the craft. Hip new design books, online lessons and tips, and active crochet clubs have all given this ancient hobby a fresh new spin.