Join the crochet craze

The origins of crochet are a little tangled but the chain of this craft’s  popularity over the last few hundred years is a colourful yarn that has created a knot of enthusiasts from all threads of life.

It is possible that crochet has never been more popular than it is today, with the very simple slip-knot technique now creating fantastic creations from blankets, to bags, amigurumi balls (hacky sack balls), to yarn bombing and crochet garments such as bikinis and dresses.

The beauty of crochet is that it is very easy to learn, is easy to transport (unlike, for example, a cable knitted jumper which can be bulky) and because you only have a single stitch on the hook at any time, crochet is very forgiving, unlike knitting whener a dropped stitch is a catastrophe that can unravel weeks of effort in seconds.

No matter what your hook-ability is – The Family Beast has compiled a list of very helpful sites and tutorials to get your started on your crochet addiction.

A short history of crochet

How to crochet for absolute beginners – step by step You Tube tutorials.  You will need a crochet hook and some wool/yarn.

The following instructions are from Pip at Meet Me at Mikes – if you’ve not discovered this site yet, click that link immediately.

  • Granny Squares – this has a good beginners ‘how to’ as well as great granny squares.
  • Hexagons – The Family Beast is making a massive blanket for next winter using this pattern – as you can see below, there is a lot of wool still to go!
  • Amigrumui Balls – perfect for juggling or Hacky Sack
  • Crochet Flowers – hair-clips, headbands, jumpers, bags – there is nothing that cannot be improved with a crochet flower!
  • Crochet hearts – as with flowers but with more love.


Happy crocheting and please post your projects on The Family Beast’s FaceBook page (and ‘like’ him while you are there 😉

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  1. Family Beast, my crochet projects have been languishing in ikea baskets for far too long. You have inspired me to bring them out and get creating. It is very therapeutic – I love it. And that yellow cotton in the pic is divine!

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