Debunking Crochet MythsBy Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 36 Comments
Since I started crocheting, I have heard a few things about crochet that have made my eyebrows raise. There are many misconceptions about crochet out there! Have you heard them? Well, if we hear a crochet myths, it’s up to us to set people straight in a friendly and informed manner. Our beloved craft has always been popular, but lately it has become more and more prominent in popular culture and fashion. Hooray! Let’s build upon that momentum and make sure that everyone knows the truth about crochet!
1. Crochet is knitting. This is the number one myth, because we hear it all the time! How many times have you been crocheting and someone asks you about your “knitting?” Knitting is great and crochet is great, but they are different crafts. They’re closely related, like sisters, but different, like sisters!
2. Crochet can be machine made. We crocheters know what actual crochet looks like. I can spot it at a distance most times, but sometimes, I need to look closely to ascertain whether something is crocheted, or if it is a knitted or embroidered imitation. Confusingly, many clothiers will call their machine made knitted or embroidered garments “crochet” when in fact they are not. My sister even found a youtube video of a “crochet machine!” Sorry! There is NO real crochet machine. The only way to produce real crochet is by hand!
3. Crochet is not good for garments, because it’s hard to shape crochet. Fortunately over the past years, this myth is becoming less and less common. However, there are still holdouts who think that crochet should be exclusively used for stiff, acrylic blankets and 1970s home decor. To them I say, “Get with the program!” Look to the runways and in the crochet pattern books and magazines. We’re crocheting gorgeous, drapey, flattering, beautiful garments! We even have a clothing section here on Crochet Spot!
4. Crochet is tacky. Umm… I am not going to say I’ve never seen tacky crochet, but let’s be reasonable! Crochet, like anything, can be tacky. The taste level is left up to the individual crocheter! There are thousands of crochet designs in every category that are elegant and very tasteful!
5. Crocheters are old ladies. First of all, I’d like to applaud all of the old ladies who crochet, like Amazing Mazie! Without you, our grandmothers and community members, we wouldn’t have as much crocheted love in this world! HOWEVER, I’d like to point out that MEN crochet, and young people do, too! People of all ages and all genders are picking up the hook and making crochet happen. The best way to debunk that myth is by crocheting in public, no matter what age or gender you are!
Have you ever heard any of these crochet myths? What did you do or say? Which other crochet myths have you heard? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments below!