Thursday, February 20, 2014

Make a Pink Dress Basket


Free Ballerina Basket Crochet Pattern

This pattern is dedicated to Princess Diana, who dreamed of being a prima ballerina. And, of course, to your sweet little ballerina, too.

 1 oz. pink (or white) worsted weight yarn
 Size H crochet hook
 Size: 3 3/4" tall
 Rnd 1: Ch 4, join w sl st in 1st ch to form ring, ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join w sl st in 1st dc (12 dc).
 Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same dc, 2 dc in next dc and in each dc around, join as before (24 dc).
 Rnd 3: (Work this round in back loops only) Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join as before (24 dc).
 Rnds 4-5: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join as before, fasten off after Rnd 5 (24 dc).
 Bottom Ruffle:
 Join yarn with sl st in any free loop between Rnds 2 and 3, ch 3, 4 dc in same dc, 5 dc in next dc and in each dc around, join as before, fasten off (120 dc).
 Straps (Make 2):
 Ch 11, fasten off.
 Sew straps at sides of Rnd 5 as shown, skipping about 5 dc between straps and between armholes.
 Weave in ends.

With this pattern you can turn it around and make it a Dress basket and choose your own colors.
I will share updates with this pink dress basket I made. I will probably sew buttons and flowers or  ribbons not sure yet but check back with me later.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Toilet Tissue Hat Cover

The Finished Product

My own version pattern will be posted later.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

List of Charities

List of Charities

afghans for Afghans
“afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.”
Algerian Action
“Algerian Action is a small project which helps to support needy babies and children in Algeria by providing them with clothing, toys and other essentials.”
Angels for Hope
“Angels for Hope is a nonprofit organization that offers free crocheted angels for anyone in need of hope. We attach a small card to the Angel to say to an injured or ill person, you are not alone, others do care, and you are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Aubrey’s Angels
“Aubrey’s Angels is non profit, charitable group, in San Antonio built of love, to help meet the very special needs of precious sick babies whose parents are in need of help. We want to help by crocheting, sewing, knitting, and quilting hats, booties, afghans, mitts, angel layettes (burial layettes), diaper shirts, etc. We also make afghans and lap blankets for chemo and dialysis patients in San Antonio.”
Binky Patrol
“All volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.”
Blankets for Deployed Daddies
“The Blankets for Deployed Daddies program is donating baby blankets to soldiers deployed when their babies are born.”
Blankets for the Gulf
Delivering hand-made blankets to the victims of the 2005 Hurricanes – Rita and Katrina.
Bundles of Love
“Every 3 hours, a baby in Minnesota goes home with a free bundle of 25 items produced by Bundles Of Love. Without this bundle, the baby would have nothing – no clothing, no bedding, no diaper bag. The parents frequently are unable to provide these basic needs and our volunteers have come forward to help.”
Care Wear
“Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals. All Care Wear items are given free to infants, children and their parents.”
Compassionate Creations
“We make scarves, wristbands and lapsquares (mini-lapghans) for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.”
Daiseys and Cubs
“We are a non profit organization in Colorado that donates baby blankets, afghans, lap blankets and other projects to homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, foster children, pregnancy centers and much more.”
Embracing Hope Project
“Embracing Hope’s goal is to crochet or knit a bear for the children who are victims of abuse and are dealing with trauma.”
Every Child Counts
“Our Mission is to serve children in need in our community through the provision of clothing, toys, books, and other items essential to a child’s well being. Every shirt, every diaper, every sock makes a difference to a child who doesn’t have anything.”
Forever Warm
“Forever Warm makes and donates baby blankets to hospitals and funeral homes for parents who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death shortly after birth.”
From Ewe To You
“Organized by Hannah Moyles a 9th grader at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina, the mission of  ‘From Ewe to You’ is to provide crocheted or knitted blankets, scarves, booties, and hats to the less fortunate in her community.”
Gifts for the Unborn
“Gifts for the Unborn offers small gifts to mothers when they first test positive in a crisis pregnancy. The special gift package consists of a newborn infant’s picture frame plus a care product (like a baby washcloth, bib, soap, lotion or shampoo) and a pair of baby booties or socks.”
God’s Tiny Angels
“God’s Tiny Angels accepts crochet, knit and sewn baby items for newborn and preemies. The items are donated to hospitals who are in need and cannot afford to send the babies home with anything. The Head of our Group Danette takes pictures of all our Donations and posts them so that we can all see them.”
Good Goes
“Good Goes is a Save the Children campaign to increase awareness about newborn and child survival. Good Goes is asking for knitted or crocheted baby hats for our Caps for Good initiative. Your handmade cap can help save a newborn in Africa, Asia and Latin America.”
Halos of Hope
“Halos of Hope is a registered 501c3 charitable foundation committed to providing hand-crafted hats and caps to those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Our 100% volunteer organization serves cancer centers, oncology offices and hospitals across our country providing comforting caps at no charge to their patients.”
Handmade with Love Especially for You
“We make and distribute comfort scarves to abused women. We tie each scarf with a ribbon and include a note signed by the maker. Often this is the first personal gift ever received by the recipient.”
Hat Box Foundation
“Similar to other cancer cap or chemo cap organizations, Hat Box foundation was established in the Winter of 2007 as a volunteer-based non-profit organization with a mission to make and distribute free hand-made hats to people fighting the tough battle against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.”
Hats 4 The Homeless
“Hats for the Homeless grew out of the heart of one young man who cared about those less fortunate. Each year he would gather friends during the Holiday season and together they would roam the NYC streets giving hats, scarves and gloves to the homeless.”
Heart to Heart Angels
“My dream is to see that as many neonatal units as possible are supplied with “angel dresses”, so that no baby is handed to it’s Mom and Dad for their final goodbyes, dressed only in an undershirt and diaper. You can make a difference.”
Heavenly Angels in Need
“Heavenly Angels in Need offers many different kinds of help to babies, children and their families in need. We accept crocheted items of many kinds including baby hats, booties, and baby gowns and blankets.”
Hoffmann Hospice
“Hoffmann Hospice is a locally founded, non-profit hospice agency serving Kern County and the Antelope Valley. Renowned for its high standard of care and innovative services, Hoffmann cares for patients of all ages and illnesses.”
Holy Needles
“Holy Needles was created in March 2009 to produce beanies, blankets, and booties for the needy newborns in the Tucson area. Volunteers crochet, knit, quilt, and sew. Lessons in needle-crafting are provided to interested volunteers, free of charge. Holy Needles is in constant need of soft yarn to create the newborn beanies, blankets, and booties.”
Hugs 4 Heroes
“Scarves for homeless veterans: our mission is to provide as many homeless veterans as possible with a warm reminder that they are not forgotten.”
Infants Remembered In Silence, Inc.
“IRIS uses pastel colored knit and crochet blankets and hat/caps for burial and keepsakes for parents who have a child die during early pregnancy (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, etc.) or from stillbirth, premature birth, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), sudden unexplained death of a child (SUDC), illness, accidents, and all other type of infant and early childhood death.”
Javene’s Hats for Hope Initiative – Idaho
“We make hats, scarves, baby items, afghans, chemo hats, whatever someone would like to make or donate. We give them to organizations to hand out to those in need.”
Knit a Square
“Do you love crocheting and knitting for charity? Make and send an 8 x 8″ square and help keep an AIDS orphan warm.”
Knots of Love
“We are dedicated to creating hand-made and heart warming knitted and knotted (crocheted) caps for people in need of some kindness and love. All Knots-of-Love creations are given free of charge to people who are battling cancer or other life threatening illnesses or injuries.”
Love in the Language of Yarn (LILY)
Love in the Language of Yarn (LILY) is an organization that helps provide orphans and Syrian refugee children with a little warmth and comfort through knit and crochet hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, and much more. LILY prides itself on providing garments and blankets for those in need throughout the world.
Luba’s Blanket
“We are a charitable volunteer organization who understands that sometimes even the simplest gift is appreciated. Luba’s Blanket started as a call for help for the child victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”
Marine Corps Kids
“Marine Corps Kids was founded in 2007. Donors send in hand-crafted baby items which we bundle into care packages and send to the newborns of deployed Marines, Sailors and Soldiers.”
Mother Bear Project
“The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.”
Newborns in Need, Inc.
“Newborns in Need, Inc. (NIN) is a 501(c)3 charity organized to take care of sick and needy babies and their families; and in cases of crisis, to help where help is needed. Sew, crochet, knit or donate baby items to the chapter nearest you.”
Online Angels
“We make 6″ and 12″ knitted or crocheted squares and put them together as “Love-ghans” -lap robes or blankets – for those who have suffered tragedies, loss of loved one, severe illnesses, or someone who just need to be uplifted.”
Pink Slipper Project
“The Pink Slipper Project is an endeavor to warm the hearts and the toes of those who will spend this winter living in women’s and children’s shelters. We are going to provide hand-crafted slippers to as many of these women and children as possible.”
Project Angel Kisses
“Project Angel Kisses is a ministry, built on a foundation of faith and prayer, to help meet the very special needs of precious preemies and full-term babies whose parents are in need of help.”
Project Linus
“Our volunteers, known as “blanketeers,” provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. It is Project Linus’ policy to accept blankets of all sizes…”
Project Sweet Peas
“We are a nationwide network of parents who strive to provide comfort to families who have children in the intensive care unit by providing care packages. We except crochet donations of hats, mittens, booties/socks, baby blankets, etc.”
Scarves for the Special Olympics
“The idea for a scarf project resulted from an opportunity to provide a gift of welcome for the athletes of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Boise, Idaho.”
Sew Caring
“Sew Caring is a host of volunteers that sew, knit, crochet and quilt. Its primary focus is on needy children from birth to age five primarily in the Beltrami County, Minnesota area.”
SistersLuv Crafts Inc.
“We’re fun-loving caring sisters, bringing like-minded people together to make and collect items to assemble into gift packs for distribution to needy mothers of newborns and the elderly in the Tse Bonito and Gallup, NM and Window Rock, AZ areas.”
Snuggles Project
The Snuggles Project was founded by … Rae French … because of her heartfelt need to do something for the innocent victims who find themselves in animal shelters … So she got the idea of security blankets for shelter animals. The security blankets are called “Snuggles.”
Soldier’s Angels
“Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families.”
Stitch for a Cause
“…we rely on donations to supply yarn, fabric and other materials for crafting. We … welcome contributions of handmade sweaters, hats, booties, or other items that would provide warmth and comfort to needy children…”
Stitches from the Heart
“Stitches from the Heart is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sends handmade clothing, blankets, and love to premature babies all across the nation.”
Sunshine International Blankets of Love – SIBOL
“SIBOL is an online knitting and crocheting group with members all across the world. We make ‘Sunshine Blankets’ out of knitted and crocheted squares for the elderly in the UK.”
Tender Loving Care Ministries, Inc.
“TLC is a private, non-profit, 501 (c) 3 charitable organization whose primary mission is to spread the love of Jesus Christ by ministering to the clothing needs of poverty-stricken children of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and other Appalachian areas.”
The Preemie Project
“The Preemie Project comforts premature and critically ill infants and their families at The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital by giving gifts of hats, booties and blankets…”
The Ships Project
“The Ships Project … sends handmade hats, slippers, cool-ties and cool-heads to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed across the world…”
TLC for Angels
“WE service several hospitals a year to deliver donations of handmade items consisting of hats, booties, blankets, sweaters, buntings, take-me-home ensembles, toys, activity kits, bereavement gowns, etc. ”
Warm Hearts-Warm Babies
“We sew, knit, crochet, and quilt for premature infants and babies in need. We donate to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters, law enforcement agencies, foster care, WIC offices, and individuals across much of the state of Colorado.”
Warm Up America
“Warm Up America! (WUA!) is an organization made up of volunteers who create handmade afghan blankets, clothing and accessories to help those in need. These items provide warmth and comfort to people who have lost their homes, fled abusive relations, or are being cared for in hospices, shelters, hospitals, and nursing home.”
Yarn Projects from the Heart
“Yarn Projects from the Heart, located in Pasadena, California, is a group of crocheters and knitters who love making things for others who are in need. We work on a handful of projects throughout the year, but mainly we make hats, scarves and kitty blankets.”

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Learn how to Read Crochet Patterns

Stephie's Corner will show you how.

This is a cool site.
She has it picture by picture tutorial.
Saves me time to teach you when others are also teachers.
 Thanks! Miss stephie!

My Bow Tie Headband Ear Warmer...I LOVE IT!

Facing the cold weather.  You can make this too! I know many of my fans will ask me. Do you have the pattern? This is easy and simple to make.
BandRow 1: Ch20, (or the width you need) dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across to the end of row. Ch3, turn.Row 2: 1dc in 2nd st (chain 3 counts as your 1 st ), 1dc across to end of row. Ch3, turn.Repeat row 2 until you reach your head circumference. The headband will stretch a little, so take this intoaccount when making your length. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing ends together. In the tutorial Imade mine 54cms long. My head is 58 cm. The crochet band will stretch quite a bit because it’s dc.

Place 1 st row and last row together and sew ends together with a whip stitch (or slip stitch them together)making sure you sew under both loop edges.

Once you’ve finished sewing edges together, fasten off and sewends into your work to hide yarn end.



TabRow 1: Ch9, or the width you want your tab) 1hdc in 2nd ch from hook. 1hdc to the end of row. Ch2, turnRow 2: 1hdc into each st to the end of row.Repeat row 2 until you have your desired length. Do not finish off How to work out if your tab is long enough.Lay the head band flat making sure the seam is in the middle. Next make several folds, from bottom to top,(fold like you were folding a paper fan) Note top and bottom edges should be facing up. You should haveabout three folds gathered. Wrap your tab around the folded middle of these folds and it should be a tightfit. Turn your gathered piece over and pull both ends of your tab tight and sew up with whip stitch taking yourdarning needle under both loop edges.

If the tab isn’t a tight fit take out a row of your crochet.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Granny Square Baby Bonnet and Booties

Hi! Fans, This is where you can make your own Granny Square Baby Bonnet and Booties.

Click on the link below.

I spend a lot of time on the internet looking for new patterns.

I usually find a pattern and use the basic pattern but I add to it to be creative. Here is a picture of one I made.

Grab this at my shop. It is newly listed and I only have one. I will be making more.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Giving is a gift.

I have made so many of my Crochet Items. I give them to my friends and people who I meet and associate with. It's just a blessing when I give something away what I have made. It really puts a smile when someone receives a gift unexpected.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Free Pattern ( Easy Crochet organizer

Someone asked me they would like to make themselves a crochet organizer for their hooks to store. Here is the website to find this pattern. I used the basic stitches but I improvised by designing my own crochet case. Each one I make has a unique look and never the same. Here it is:

Friday, February 7, 2014

Here is a free pattern Set for an Infant

Follow the easy step-by-step instructions of this vintage crochet pattern to make this classic baby set. There is absolutely no charge for personal use of this crochet pattern for a sacque, baby bonnet, and baby booties.

Crochet a Set for an Infant!

Crochet Baby Set - Agda Baby Set

REQUIRED MATERIALS Sacque - 4 1-oz. Balls 3-ply Baby Yarn
Bonnet - 1 1/2 l-oz. Ball 4-ply Baby Yarn
Booties - 1 1-oz. Ball 3-ply Baby Yarn
Size 2 White Crochet Hook STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS Crocheting the Sacque Starting at neck edge, ch 66. Row 1 - Skip 1 st, work 1 s c in each remaining ch st (65 sts). Ch. 1 turn. Row 2 - Work 1 s c in each of first 12 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of next 6 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of next 25 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of next 6 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of last 12 sts; ch 1 turn. Row 3 - 1 s c in each of first 13 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of next 8 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of next 27 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of next 8 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of last 13 sts. Ch 1 turn. Row 4 - 1 s c in each of first 14 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of next 10 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of next 29 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of next 10 sts; 3 s c in next st; 1 s c in each of last 14 sts. Continue increasing as given above, until 17 rows in all have been made (193 sts). Do not break yarn. With a separate strand of yarn, join front and back of yoke at underarms with a ch of 6, skipping 38 sts across each shoulder. On the next row, work in pattern across the 129 sts as follows (wrong side): Row 1 - Draw up a long loop in first st (about 3/4 inch), Y O hook and through the loop, ch 1, * skip 3 sts, work 3 d c in next st, ch 1, 3 d c in same st (shell st), skip 3 sts, Y O hook, draw up a loop in next st, Y O hook and through 3 loops on hook, ch 1; repeat from * across row. Row 2 - Draw up a long loop, Y O and through the loop, ch 1, * work 1 shell st over the ch 1 in center of shell of row below, Y O, draw up a loop in center of loop of row below, Y O and through 3 loops on hook, ch 1; repeat from * across row (16 shell sts), drawing up last loop through the ch 1 at end of row instead of the loop. Repeat row 2 until 15 rows in all have been made. Sleeves: On wrong side of garment, join yarn into the 4th ch st at underarm. Draw up a loop in next st, ch 1, skip 4 sts, * work a shell st into next st across shoulder edge, skip 3 sts, Y O hook and draw up a loop in next st, Y O, and through the 3 loops on hook, skip 3 sts; repeat from * skipping 4 sts before drawing up last loop at end of row (5 shell sts). Work back and forth in pattern until 11 rows in all have been made. Ch 1 turn. Cuff: Work 1 s c in each d c of row below, then work back and forth in s c, st for st, for 7 rows. Work 1 row of picot sts. Fasten off. Work 1 row of beading around neck edge. Work 1 row of picot sts around entire sacque. Sew sleeve seams. Crocheting the Bonnet Ch. 4. Join together with a slip st to form a ring. Row 1 - Work 6 s c in ring. Row 2 - Work 2 s c in each st. Row 3 - * Work 1 s c in each of first 2 sts, 1 d c in 2nd st of previous row: repeat from * 5 times. Row 4 - * Work 1 s c in each of first 3 sts, then work 1 d c around the d c of previous row, inserting the hook sideways; repeat from * 5 times. Row 5 - * Work 1 s c in each of first 4 sts, 1 d c around the d c of previous row; repeat from * 5 times. Continue increasing as described above, until there are 12 sts in each gore. Omitting one gore for back of neck, work back and forth in shell pattern for 9 rows or desired depth. Work 1 row of picot sts across front edge. Neckband: Work 40 s c across neck edge, then work 4 more rows of s c, st for st. Fasten off. Crocheting the Booties Work as given for Infant Star Stitch Set for instep and foot part only, then work as follows: Join yarn at center back of boot. Draw up a loop, work back and forth in pattern as given for sacque for 6 rows, having 4 shell sts in a row. Work 1 row of picot sts across top of bootie. Fasten off.
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This site is great to get free patterns. I am actually going to make this one day.


Crochet Baby Booties Are now Listed in my Shop.

Baby booties are a great way of ensuring that your child's feet are covered, warm, and protected. Since infants cannot walk, baby booties are designed with the comfort and warmth of the child in mind. Crocheted baby booties are perfect for keeping little toes warm in the winter. Crochet booties are also much cheaper than shoes. Since infants grow so quickly, they will grow out of shoes quickly. Baby booties, on the other hand, have more stretch in them, and they are relatively cheap to make. Baby booties are small (naturally) and even though there is some shaping involved they are still relatively easy to crochet and it does not take very long to make a pair. They are a quick and simple crochet gift, for any time of year, that you can customize for any age, size or gender. And on top of all that, baby booties are super cute! Often crocheted with bright decorative colors or fanciful designs, baby booties are positively adorable and stylish. No wonder they are so popular! Perfect for rest, or play, baby booties are an essential part of a baby's wardrobe and a pair of them makes a wonderful gift for the newborn.
I will be making more booties and selling them at my shop so stay posted and updated.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Learn to Crochet with me...

Be determined and have a desire to learn something new. Learn how to Crochet with me. I will teach you the basic steps. Watch and practice your Crochet stitches. You may be slow in the beginning but in time you will become fast. Once you got all the basic stitches you will be impressed what you can make. Learn how to read Crochet. I learned at a very young age and I am glad I did take the time to follow directions. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!

Are you Ready CLICK!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Granny Square Shoulder Bag.

I happened to make this over the weekend. Will be making more.

I was wondering how to pick the colors as I started with orange and blue. I had so many scraps of yarn that I really did not know how to start my colors but when I got done with it it looked so cute. Absolutely loved it.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Crochet Butterfly Refrigerator Magnets.

How To Make Crochet Butterfly Refrigerator Magnets
Make a Crochet Butterfly...
This crochet pattern is a fun and whimsical patter to make with your kids or to give as fun gifts. Who couldn’t use “another”refrigerator magnet! The wonderful thing about this refrigerator magnet is that it was hand made by you and it came from the heart. Below you will find the instructions to make your very own butterfly refrigerator magnets to give to all your friends and family! Happy Crocheting!
Instructions for Butterfly Refrigerator Magnets
· Row 1: ch 6, sl st in 1st ch to close circle
· Row 2: ch 3 (will act as 1st dc) wk 2 dc in circle, ch 1 *wk 3 dc in center hole, ch 1* repeat from * to * 7 times (total of 8 sets of 3 dc with 1 ch st separating ea. Set of 3 dc), sl st in top of ch 3 to close, sl st over to ch 1 sp
· Row 3: ch 3 (will act as 1st dc) wk 2 dc in ch 1 sp, ch 2, wk 3 dc in same ch 1 sp, ch 1, *wk 3 dc in nest ch 1 sp, ch 2 wk 3 dc in same sp, ch 1*, repeat from * to * 7 times, sl st close in top of ch 3, sl st through next 2 dc until close…finish off. Join new color, sl knot, sl st in ch I sp
· Row 4: ch 3 (acts as 1stdc), wk 7 dc in ch 1 sp, *sc in ch 2 sp, wk 8 dc in ch 1 sp* repeat from * to*, sl st in top of ch 3, sl st to point of 8 dc. Cut yarn, sl st to finish off.
· Fold flower in half to get the butterfly look
· Take pipe cleaner & fold in half, insert butterfly into fold of pipe cleaner, twist to close
· Take ends of pipe cleaner and cur the tips to form tops of antennas
· Add 4 adhesive magnets to back of magnet
· Place on refrigerator   
Have fun!

Top 10 Reasons Crochet Can Help You Heal


1. Crochet builds self-esteem.

Your self-esteem can take a huge beating when you are dealing with a long-term illness. This is true of mental illness in part because of the stigma attached to various conditions but mostly just as a terrible side effect of the condition. It’s almost impossible to feel truly depressed and still have high self-esteem, for example. Self-esteem can wane during periods of physical illness as well, because the patient may feel helpless and incapable of doing the things that they could normally do and therefore somehow less worthy than they were prior to the illness. Low self-esteem can exacerbate illness of any kind.
Crochet is a great craft for building self-esteem. It encourages you to make choices based on personal preference (such as yarn color and project type). When you learn a new stitch or complete a project, you feel a sense of pride. There is the feeling that, “hey, if I can do this, then I can do other things, too!” And when people see the finished item and express their interest in it then the self-esteem gets yet another boost.

2. Crochet is a distraction activity.

Sometimes the best way to deal with an illness is to take your mind off of it. Here are some examples:
  • If you’re dealing with depression and anxiety then you may experience a cycle of rumination that drives you deeper and deeper into a dark mental space and it becomes imperative that you take your mind out of that cycle by focusing on other activities.
  • In the case of addiction, it becomes important to focus the mind on something other than the object or act one craves.
  • When you have a pain condition that requires non-narcotic pain management it can help to take the mind off of the part of the body that hurts.
Crochet is a focused activity that can keep both the mind and the hands busy.

3. Crochet can enable mindfulness.

Mindfulness means being aware of how you are feeling and experiencing the present moment. Tuning into the present is another form of distraction as well as a means to calming the body. Mindfulness therapy is commonly used to treat a myriad of mental health conditions including depression and bipolar disorder. When approached with practiced attention, crochet can be used as a tool to reach a mindful state.

4. Crochet releases serotonin.

Scientific studies suggest that repetitive activities like the act of crocheting can release serotonin in the body. Serotonin increases your pain threshold (which I mentioned earlier today in my article about the benefits of crochet for pregnancy problems) so it can help with pain conditions. Higher serotonin levels also play an important role in getting depression under control (which is why many psychiatrists prescribe medications designed to boost serotonin). Crochet is a natural way to get that serotonin release in the body.

5. Crochet is colorful.

There is much evidence available that suggests that color can be healing for a variety of health conditions including both physical and mental health. Color therapy (and the related art of light therapy) has be used to treat depression (including Seasonal Affective Disorder), addictions, eating disorders and even bowel problems. Yarn comes in every color of the rainbow so if you believe in the value of color for altering mood and improving how you feel about your health then you might explore which colors are best to introduce into your upcoming projects!

6. Crochet connects you to others.

Feeling a sense of connection to people in your community can vastly improve your health. Some of the ways crochet can create a sense of connection include:
  • The connection you feel to someone when you crochet an item specifically for them
  • Connecting through crocheting in groups with others
  • Connecting to other crocheters in an online community
  • A general sense of being part of the whole when crafting for charity
  • A feeling of connection to the generations that came before you as you carry on this craft

7. Crochet is tangible and appeals to many senses.

Crochet grounds you to the here and now. You can feel and touch it. You can shape it and see it grow. This can be amazingly healing in certain situations. For example, people who suffer from PTSD flashbacks can learn to reach for yarn and a hook to bring themselves back into the present. And people who struggle with hallucinations related to schizophrenia may find that crochet helps them to better distinguish between what is real and what is not.

8. Benefits of visualizing and completing a project

Crochet teaches a really terrific skill which is the ability to visualize a project and then work on that project through to completion. This skill not only helps build the self-esteem but also helps train the mind to envision and create possibilities for the future. This is especially important in dealing with depression. Depression ekes away hope for the future. Learning to re-imagine the future and see that you can take steps to make something happen in the future is invaluable. It’s important to note here that many people with chronic physical health conditions also experience depression and hopelessness and this can assist them for the same reasons.

9. Crochet moves the body.

Sure, crochet isn’t going to get the blood pumping like cardio exercise, but every little bit of movement in our lives is better than not moving at all. You burn a few more calories crocheting through a movie than if you just sat there like a lump with your Netflix on. You can keep your hands active and limber and even stave off conditions like arthritis. It’s no small thing!

10. Crochet is a creative act of self-expression.

There are many reports and studies and books and even classes out there about why we need creativity in our lives. I don’t know exactly why being creative is such a healing force in humans but I do know that it is!