Awhile back I compiled 25 lists for crocheters. Each list is itself made up of 25 things and I’ve slowly been making up each of the individual lists. This week I’ve made a list of 25 things I’ve learned from crochet:

  1. It is always okay to ask for help when you get stuck. Someone out there invariably has the answer.
  2. I do have the ability to sit patiently and figure problems out if I really want to.
  3. Nearly all of life’s knots can be removed if you tackle them in the right way. Sometimes, though, you really do need to just cut one out and move on.
  4. It is totally okay not to finish the things that you start.
  5. It is perfectly acceptable to spend an entire day in bed crocheting and watching movies if that is what you need that day.
  6. Passion is more important than skill; you can always learn new skills.
  7. The generations before us learned things that they can teach us and we in turn can teach things to the generations to come.
  8. The fastest way to get something done is to slow down and do it right the first time!
  9. Sometimes what you need most is to relax into a peaceful rhythm and sometimes what you need most is to challenge yourself. Both times are valuable and should be respected.
  10. There is no better way to spend your time doing something that you love regardless of whether or not anyone else in your life loves it.
  11. (But) There is a community for every possible niche interest. It is best when you can surround yourself with people who share your interest.
  12. When you begin to take an interest in something you will find that it pops up everywhere.
  13. There is rarely only one right way to do something. (Heck, there are at least 25 ways to wear a scarf!) Find your own way.
  14. There is good cheap yarn and there is bad cheap yarn. Value has nothing to do with the amount of money spent.
  15. There are always people better than you at everything and people who aren’t as good as you at it. It is pointless to measure yourself against anyone else.
  16. There is absolutely nothing warmer than a hand crocheted item you made just to spoil yourself.
  17. Sometimes the only thing that your brain can handle is figuring out how to get the next loop on the hook.
  18. Things are rarely as bad as they seem. And if you put something away and come back to it later you may be surprised at how easy and beautiful it really is.
  19. Both process and product matter – in crochet and in life.
  20. If one tool isn’t working then you should try another one.
  21. Paying attention to all of your senses enhances your experience of every moment.
  22. You should only make handmade items as gifts if you can truly put your love into them.
  23. There is always more to learn.
  24. Things come in and out of fashion again and again, decade after decade. History does repeat itself.
  25. No matter how much you think you’ve messed something up you can always try again.

What is the most important thing that you have learned from crochet?



San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. It’s one thing that I can do and lose myself in, and come out feeling better than I may have going into it.

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  3. I am in love with your site! Crochet has truly saved my life and I’m so fascinated to hear there are others in the world like me. Woo hoo! Also, I’m teaching crochet to kids and adults and this site is brimming with inspiration for my classes. Thanks so much!!

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