Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lolita Hobbies: Crochet

A lot of times crochet is looked at as the red headed step-sibling to knitting. It is a craft that people either love or hate and there doesn't seem to be many people that embrace both. I am here to say that crochet is also another craft that is elegant, portable, and highly customizable as well as a valid form of crafting.

It took me a few years to figure out that there is really nothing wrong with crochet and that crochet even has a few things that it does better than knitting. Crochet produces a strong sturdy fabric that makes fantastic blankets, strong sturdy straps to things, and fun stuffed creatures often referred to as amigurumi. Now, while this is fascinating and fun to hear about, I am sure that you are wondering on how this little craft could fit in with the Lolita lifestyle.

The simple answer is that it fits in the same way that knitting can fit in, it just depends on what you do with it.

Depending on the type of yarn and how big your hook is, you could make anything from simple motifs to gather together and decorate anything from your room to your dresses to dainty jewelry and accessories.

Crochet also lends itself very nicely to home decor. Imagine snuggling up into a blanket knit with your favorite colors or spending time making up flowers to join into a headband that you can wear with your favorite dress to go to a springtime meetup.

The thing that really drew me into crochet from knitting is the ease of making cute amigurumi. Amigurumi is the current catch-all phrase that describes cute crocheted stuffed animals. Most lolitas that I have run into love cute things and being able to make cute things is extremely satisfying.

But these things don't necessarily have to be just cute. For those that are drawn to more Gothic tastes, there are patterns out there that are more creepy-cute like the Tiny Cthulhu! pattern by Amber of Cthulhu Crochet. For those Lolitas that have a deep love of all things science fiction, there are plenty of patterns out there that can help you make a tiny Yoda or some little robots to anything that your heart could desire. For those of you who want to try to make some of these, be careful because they are addicting!

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