Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. Hooks are made of materials such as metal, wood, or plastic and are manufactured commercially and produced in artisan workshops. Hook sizing is categorized by the diameter of the hook’s shaft, a crafter aims to create stitches of a certain size in order to reach a particular gauge specified in a given pattern.
Yarn for crochet is usually sold as balls or skeins. Skeins and balls are generally sold with a yarn band, a label that describes the yarn’s weight, length, dye lot, fiber content, washing instructions, suggested needle size, likely gauge, etc. Yarn used in crochet may be single spun or plied. In plying, two or more yarns are spun together, almost always in the opposite sense from which they were spun individually.
Types of Crochet Stitches –
Basic Stitches include Chain Stitch, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet Stitch, Treble Crochet, Picot Stitch,
Advanced Stitches include Shell Stitch, V Stitch, Spike Stitch, Afghan Stitch, Butterfly Stitch, Popcorn Stitch, Cluster stitch, and Crocodile Stitch.
Health Benefits –
Crocheting and other forms of Needlecraft or Handicraft are proven to have several health benefits including reducing stress and anxiety.Studies show that the constant repetition of hand movement helps keep the mind calm and distracts the brain from the stresses of life.When crocheting, the brain releases serotonin that helps calm the mind and improve mood.Crocheting and similar activities are shown to improve Alzheimer’s disease, Insomnia, and Depression (mood). The colors and textures of the yarn are usually pleasing to the senses, and the finished product can give a person a sense of accomplishment.