If you’re interested in learning to do some type of fiber art, I beg you to consider crochet! It’s a fantastic craft that allows for so much creativity, resulting in both functional and fantastical art. From warm wooly hats to tiny fingernail-sized Narwhals, mastering crochet opens a world of imagination. Let’s look at four things you should know that might persuade you to give it a try!

1. History

While there is some evidence to suggest that the act of crocheting could date back to 1500 BC, the term and current methods come from the mid-1800s. It’s gone by many names throughout the years, as well, from tambouring to shepherds knitting. The word “crochet” comes from the French word “croche,” which means hook.

It wasn’t until the 1960s that crochet took the world by storm and landed front in center in the world of crafting. This was when the “granny square” became popular, and hand-made blankets hit homes across America.

2. Versatility

Unlike knitting, which requires different types of needles to create flat or round work, crocheting simply uses a single hook in various sizes to create a project. You can make anything from a sweater to a teddy bear or even a chainmail necklace depending on the available materials. Due to the variety of stitches possible, your project can be as straightforward or as intricate as you’d like, all with the same tool.

Even better, crochet materials can be used for all sorts of home decor, such as mandalas for wall decorations, table cloths and runners, warm fuzzy blankets, starched angel tree toppers, and coasters. There really is no end to what you can do with a bit of time and effort.

3. Benefits

Crochet has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. The process of carefully counting stitches along with the rhythmic movements required allows your mind to feel centered. It’s also an excellent craft to work out your frustrations on, so long as you pay attention to the tension of your yarn! The finished product you create can even elevate your self-worth.

Crochet has also been shown to have many physical and mental benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and bolstering memory retention. It uses your entire focus, requiring you to think and act all at once, furthering excellent hand-eye coordination while creating something worthwhile.

4. Famous Crocheters

It might surprise you to find out how many people genuinely enjoy crocheting. The list of celebrities is astounding! From Kurt Cobain to Scarlett Johansson, Vanna White and Katy Perry, Uma Thurman, Madonna, Cher, Aretha Franklin, David Arquette, and even Meryl Streep!

The point is that there are so many reasons to start crocheting today, and you can easily find online video tutorials and books to help you along. Go out and pick up a hook and some yarn and get a project started! You won’t regret it.