When asked why they learned to crochet, many people have said that they were inspired by others in their lives (although that certainly isn't the only reason). But what keeps people crocheting? There are so many amazing benefits to crochet, and the people who enjoy the craft keep on doing it because of those benefits. A group of people were asked to describe crochet to others in just one word and their answers are very revealing about what it is that they love so much about the craft.
50 Words That Describe Crochet
Here are the 50 words that people used to describe crochet, which will give you a lot of insight into the many and varied reasons that this craft has become increasingly popular over the years.
10 Most Popular Words for Describing Crochet
Of these, some were repeated more than others. The most popular answers were that crochet is creative, fun, meditative, relaxing, soothing and therapeutic. Other popular choices were addictive, art, happy, peace.
What People Love About Crochet
As you can see from this list, there are also words that are very similar to one another, and these words reflect what people love most about crochet. People enjoy crocheting because they find it therapeutic—an anti-depressant, a form of medicine that doesn't require us to take a pill or swallow a syrup, a way to maintain our sanity. Similar to that, people love that it's a relaxing, soothing, meditative craft. Crochet brings us back to ourselves and gives us a life-break. It has been proven to offer health benefits—including both physical and mental health benefits.
But of course, there are many facets to crochet, and it can be other things as well, from exhilarating to sociable to passionate. And crochet can boost self-esteem, helping us to feel self-confident, fulfilled, rewarded, and empowered. These things can co-exist in the same project, for the same person, or they may be the reasons different people love the same craft.
Sometimes people who love the craft will find that they don't agree with at all about the descriptions others offer. For example, "expensive" was likely offered because when you fall in love with crochet, you want to buy more and more yarn. And yet, crochet is one of the most affordable crafts out there, requiring only yarn and a hook to make anything your heart desires. Someone focused on how affordable crochet is in comparison with other crafts would be surprised to find "expensive" on the list.
Most Original Descriptions of Crochet
Sometimes it's tough to come up with truly unique descriptions when asked to just give one word, but some of the wonderful people who responded were creative in their responses, and those answers will make many crafters smile. "Not-knitting" rings true for many crocheters who get frustrated with everyone thinking that knitting and crochet are the same; this isn't a discredit to knitting but just a desire for us all to be able to celebrate crochet for the individual craft that it is. It is one of those words that probably only a crocheter would really understand.
And "counting" was a great word because it relates to some of the meditative qualities of the craft (there are even people who redirect their diagnosed OCD to productive craft counting) but also hints to the practicality of crochet, how it can relate to math and design and learning.
But by far the most original single word description was "digitdance". Genius. It is so enjoyable watching fingers flying over crochet work and "digit dance" is a perfect description of that. It's not one most people would think of but once you hear it, it definitely resonates.