Continuing on with Day 4 of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week … Today’s topic is about the different crochet for different seasons. I live in San Francisco where the weather doesn’t change much throughout the year. It’s always pretty much between 55 and 75. We have a rainy season and we have a few days in the fall when it gets really warm but that’s about the extent of our dramatic weather. As such, I don’t personally crochet differently for the different seasons. However, this is a conversation I’ve chatted a lot about with other crocheters so I thought I’d use today to discuss some of the different seasonal approaches that I know people take when it comes to their crochet.
Idea 1: Crocheting for the Comfort of the Weather
These are both crochet items from Ambika Boutique
By far the most common seasonal crochet approach that I’ve heard people take is that they crochet items based on how comfortable it is to make that item at any given time. In other words, they don’t start blankets in the summer because it’s too hot to have a big old afghan growing on their laps (unless it’s a motif-based afghan, of course, that can be made in bite-sized chunks). These people usually work with worsted or bulky warm yarns in the winter months and make bigger projects at that time to keep warm while they crochet. Sweaters and chunky scarves and blankets are popular in winter. When the weather warms up the people who take this approach switch to lighter weight yarns, working on doilies and jewelry and smaller, finer projects that don’t weigh them down in the heat. Spring and fall, the moderate months, are used for wrapping up whatever projects were started in summer and winter as well as for making mid-sized projects like stuffed animals and basic shawls.
Idea 2: Crocheting for What You’ll Want to Wear When
I also know of crocheters who crochet based not necessarily on what’s comfortable for them to make in a certain month but with the goal of having the items done by the time the weather is right to wear them. So they wouldn’t start making a crochet swimsuit at the end of summer even though it’s still hot but instead will make a crochet swimsuit in early spring to get the most wear out of it for the year. These same people will start making sweaters at the first hint of a cool day in fall so that they can wrap up those sweaters and wear them in the colder months. They’ll still be wearing them when it’s time to making things for Valentine’s Day.
Idea 3: Crocheting Around the Holidays
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of crocheters who crochet to meet holiday deadlines rather than based on the weather of their area. The most popular projects, of course, are those for Christmas and many crocheters keep a list going all year long but they really dig in to the work in late autumn to get everything done by December 25th. Crocheters may plan certain projects for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July and Halloween. (Here are 25 holidays to crochet for.) This approach is especially popular with people who crochet for kids, crochet many gifts, crochet for charitable donations and crochet for home decorating.
Idea 4: Crocheting for Design Deadlines
I also know quite a few crochet designers and these folks end up having to do what us writers also have to do – work on deadline. For many this means crocheting pieces that will be relevant to a magazine issue that is 4-9 months away. This usually means crocheting for a specific type of weather (such as for the winter issue of a crochet magazine) but doing so during a completely different season (perhaps spring in the case of a winter magazine). Other designers are working on designs for a book deadline. They may have 6-24 months to complete the book so they could work all year round but if the items are seasonal then they’ll be working on the items in an off season. Still other designers publish designs independently through crochet blogs, Ravelry, Etsy and so forth. These folks typically try to design items that will be right for a certain season but may be able to do so in a shorter time frame than people working on a magazine or book deadline in which case the items may be what they’d also wear during that season or what it’s comfortable to crochet in that season’s weather.
Idea 5: Crochet for Blog and CAL and Swap Deadlines
Sarah London’s 2012 Wool Eater CAL, Flickr sample
Some people don’t crochet specifically for a season or for a design deadline but they do join up with various things that impose some deadlines on them and they crochet around those. Often those are holiday or seasonal themed although of course not always. Crochet-alongs are a great example of this. Blogging challenges are another example. And swapping through the mail is another way to create deadlines that get you to crochet at a certain time.
What about you? How do you crochet when it comes to seasons?