There is a joke about how crochet hooks should come with a warning ‘Caution, use of these may cause yarn addiction!’. Once your closet is full of yarn it is called a “stash”. There never is ‘just one skein’ of yarn.
This does not happen to everyone who begins crocheting but for most crafters who continue to pursue this hobby it turns into a giant passion. There is a reason why there are so many ‘hooked on crochet’ jokes and merchandise. A certain obsession with this craft is very common and something that does not have the same intensity with many other hobbies.
Because crocheting takes up so much thread, the popularity of crochet tends to decline during an economic downturn. While the popularity of crocheting waxes and wanes, at no time in the 20th century was it more popular than it was in the 1960s and 1970s, when it became associated with the hippie movement. Although crochet dropped in popularity after the 1970s, its popularity is increasing in the early 21st century since more people are interested in handcrafts, and yarn quality has improved. According to google analytics, interest in crochet has officially beat interest in knitting with the numbers still rising. Starting in 2011 crochet related searches have consistently surpassed knitting related inquiries and the trend looks like it will stick.
Patterns are full of abbreviations and charts. Crochet patterns have an underlying mathematical structure and have been used to illustrate shapes in hyperbolic geometry that are difficult to reproduce using other media or are difficult to understand when viewed two-dimensionally.
This hobby is one of the least expensive to get into. The regular metal hooks are usually around 2.00 USD each and yarn from the craft or big box store can be picked up for under 5.00 USD. These two items are all you need to get started on a hat or a scarf or a simple doll. Once you realize that crocheting is for you, there are always better quality hooks and fancy yarn that you can spend more money on but even the best of the best materials are still very inexpensive compared to many other hobbies.
The main difference between crocheting and knitting is that in crochet, each stitch is completed before moving onto the next. In knitting, a large number of stitches may be kept open at once. Crochet typically uses more thread than other techniques. Crochet uses ½ more yarn than knitting. A Double Crochet stitch is 4 times the height of a knit stitch.
Although there is such a thing as a crochet machine, there is not a machine that can replicate handmade crochet as you and I know it. The crochet machines created by COMEZ are also known as “warp knitting machines”. They have multiple needles that each correspond to a specific thread and they work together to create a crochet-like fabric that is said to be highly “drape-able”. However, as anyone who crochets knows, there are no needles in crochet work (except for the ones used to weave in ends) and therefore this really isn’t anything like true handmade crochet. To date, there are no machines that can replicate the type of crochet that is done by hand. This makes crochet unique. There are knitting machines that can make knit items on a large scale to be sold in stores. The same is not true of crochet. If you see crochet in a store then you should know that the item was made by hand by someone in the world. It wasn’t made by a machine.