Busting Crochet Myths

Crochet is crochet, and that's what it is. It's a craft, a hobby, for some it's an art. It's not politics or finances or religion, which is why I'm always surprised that it's never far from sparking dramatic exchanges, especially online. I've never really held my tongue about what I think of crochet at a higher level (which is not to say I don't hold my tongue when it comes to my opinions about specific instances of crochet; my tongue has held steady for years on this). And when I speak my mind on crochet, I can't shake the feeling I'm often stating the obvious. But that hasn't stopped heated discussions from popping up about it. That something is obvious doesn't always make it go down easy.

In the new issue of Crochet Insider, Dora Ohrenstein has written an article I think should be required reading for anyone who's even fleetingly entertained the thought of being creative with their crochet. (Don't balk: a lot of crocheters don't think creatively about their craft; this is not an insult or a judgment, it's just a contrast.) She ends her piece with an admonishment we should all take to heart:

“…if you don’t invest the time and energy to learn how to make crochet drape, float, and cling, please, don’t blame the crochet.”

This article is one of few I've read that contributes new, original ideas to the higher-level conversation about crochet. Beyond the ideas she promotes, Dora also highlights perfectly the factor I think is the most important thing for crocheters to grok: hook size. Hook size is, at this precise moment in the history of crochet, the single most important contributor to crochet's persistent awfulness (on one hand) and, on the other hand, to its being set free.

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