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A crochet tension regulator in action — Photo by Leslie Stahlhut

A Crochet Manifesto

Seven Declarations of T-R-U-T-H

Leslie Stahlhut
Feb 17, 2020 · 3 min read

Crochet is a journey, not a destination.

While you may, in your lifetime, finish individual projects, you will never be done with crochet — nor will it be done with you. There will always be something new to learn, a need to be filled with a blanket or a bag or a hat or a pair of gloves.

It all starts with a chain.

Everything begins somewhere, and all crochet begins with a chain.

Each stitch is an opportunity to learn.

One of the joys of crochet is this: Each time you put the yarn over your hook and pull one loop through another, you are opening yourself to the possibility of a new world.

There is no wrong way to crochet.

A crochet project might not come out the way you envision it, the execution of a stitch may fall short of your platonic ideal, but crochet is an act, not an end; there is no wrong way to do it.

Crochet is not knitting.

No matter how many people see your work and say to you, “My grandmother/aunt/cousin” knits, crochet is NOT knitting. And although it is not usually a good idea to define your work by what it isn’t, in the case of crochet, sometimes that is exactly what must be done.

Crochet is a mode of communication.

You can say a lot with crochet.

Crochet connects the past to the future.

You have a doily that your great aunt made or an afghan that your grandmother crocheted for you. You find a vintage dress at a thrift store. Somewhere somebody before you made this thing, and now it is yours.

Crochet is only bounded by your imagination and the amount of time available for you to do your work.

You can make anything with crochet.

Crochet is not a hobby; it’s about world domination.

Some people don’t understand the value of crochet; they dismiss it as “cute” or “quaint.”

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Leslie Stahlhut

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Crocheter on a mission to make the world a better place — one stitch at a time. Twitter: @crochetbug. Crochet blog: https://www.crochetbug.com

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Leslie Stahlhut

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Crocheter on a mission to make the world a better place — one stitch at a time. Twitter: @crochetbug. Crochet blog: https://www.crochetbug.com

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