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Want to relieve stress? Learn how to crochet ❤️

March 20, 2015

This week is National Crochet Week! This is my first crochet project, a blanket for my little boy!  

 

I read an article the other day about ” Textile Therapy” — the emotional benefits of knitting, as well as crocheting, weaving and quilting. The US psychiatrist in the article explained how, “People basically have a vacation from their problems, they can forget about what’s bothering them, and they get into something in the moment that energises them, that leads to the repair in mood.”

I completely agree! I love crafting and I have found crocheting to be the most relaxing craft of them all.

Author Kathryn Vercillo of the book “Crochet Saved My Life” describes some of these benefits in a Lionbrand.com article:

  • Crochet can decrease depression by increasing serotonin production.
  • Crochet can ease anxiety.
  • Crochet can hike your self-esteem as you learn new skills and become productive with them.
  • Crochet promotes better sleep.
  • Crochet reduces stress.
  • Crochet helps process grief with its soothing, rhythmic motion.
  • Crochet may even delay or decrease signs of dementia.

So what more reason to give it a try, and you get the added bonus of a warm cosy blanket you made yourself too! 

What do I need to Crochet?

  • A Crochet Hook (start with a 4.0 mm hook – pick one with a grip handle)
  • Double knitting wool – so many great colours to choose from! (visit http://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk for good deals on wool!)
  • A pair of small haberdashery scissors 

  

How do I crochet?

This masterclass will show you how to start a Granny Stripe Blanket. If I can do it so can you! 

1) The Slip Knot

This is how you start the blanket. Its not a stitch, its the starting point.

  

      

 

     

2) The Foundation Chain

i) All crochet projects start with the foundation chain. Counting the chains is very important.

ii) The length of the chain has to be a multiple of ‘3’ plus ‘2’ for turning. Stick to these numbers-

 Baby Blanket – 108 + 2 chains

 Cot Blanket – 135 + 2 chains

 Single bed Blanket – 177 + 2 chains

 Double bed Blanket – 237 + 2 chains

   

 

3) Starting the First Row

i) Double crochet into every stitch starting with the second stitch from the hook.

 ii) Hook through the stitch, yarn over, then pull the yarn through the stitch. You should have two stitches on your hook.

iii) Yarn over, pull through two stitches. Now you are doing a ‘double crochet’ stitch! 

  

   

4) The Second Row – Introducing the Treble Crochet

i) Chain 3 – this acts as a treble crochet. This row will begin and end with two treble crochets in the same stitch.

ii) Now skip two stitches then its three trebles into the next stitch. Then skip two again, then three trebles and so on.

iii) When you get to the end, crochet two trebles into the last stitch.

   

   

5) The Next Row-

i) Chain three equals one treble. This row will start and end with one treble crochet.

ii) The next row will be two. The one after will be one. And so on. This will keep the edges of the blanket straight.

Crochet as some technical terms, but please don’t let the words scare you! Once you start it will come so easily. I crochet whilst watching TV. Its so easy you can stop, walk away then come back to it again without any trouble.

Here are a few great books for beginners-

  • Cute & Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench
  • Crochet for Dummies by Susan Brittain
  • Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet – by Debbie Stoller

Some great Crochet blogs to look at –

Enjoy crocheting! xxxxxxxx

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