Positive Psychology and Crochet: Interest

How crochet can help boost your happiness.

This post will touch on another not easily recognized positive Emotion. Interest. In crochet I have found that once you start to know the basics a whole little Universe will open itself up to you as there is a sheer endless list of new techniques. This old craft comes with it’s own language and is incredibly versatile.

Interest makes you sit and frog a project over and over again, because the pattern is so complicated but you still really want to learn how it works. It makes you hunt down a technique because you saw a headband somewhere and you just have to figure out how to make it (it’s Tunisian crochet, btw). This is where the self described obsession people in this field talk about so often comes in.

Crochet fosters life long learning.

Interest will inadvertently lead to more interest and may not even be limited to needle crafts. Once we become interested in one subject the emotion is more likely to carry over into different aspects of our life. Crochet might just be the starting point to seeking out more fields of interest and laying a base for life long learning. You’ve mastered Amigurumi, how hard can Russian really be?
I have compiled a few pattern, that have intrigued me over the years and that have taught me new skills and kept me interested.

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Vintage Wobble Afghan :: free #crochet pattern on moogly

This is a Vintage Bobble Blanket from the talented Tamara Kelly at Moogly blog

Someone posted a picture and asked her if she could recreate the pattern. The woman’s Great Aunt had made it originally and taught her, but she had forgotten to write the pattern down. What a wonderful story that had Tamara playing pattern detective! Please check out the link to this beautiful (and free!) pattern!

(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Happypotamus the Happy Hippo Crochet Pat

Heidi Bears designs these amazing creatures all constructed out of an African Flower motif. This is definitely an intriguing pattern! Check out her store on Craftsy!

Sophie's Universe CAL 2015 Lookatwhatimade

I’m sure most of you recognize the Sophie’s Universe from Deidri at LookatwhatImade. This free crochet afghan pattern comes with wonderfully detailed pictures and is sure to teach anyone some new crochet skills!

I’m sure there are many more, but this is my list so far. Remember to never stop learning and keep up your interests as this positive emotion will benefit you more than you realize!

What crochet project had you puzzled? Let me know in the comments!

Andrea

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