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Readers Respond: Myths, Misconceptions and Aggravating Comments About Crochet

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Have you encountered any myths or misconceptions about crochet? For those of you who crochet in public, what's the most aggravating thing anyone's ever said about your crochet? Also, what's your response to this myth, misconception or aggravating comment?

Aggravating comments

My sister always says, knitting and when I correct her she says whatever it all the same **** and how much of that stuff are you going to make?? But she didn't mind asking me to make blankets for her friends for free. It's amazing the response I get when people know I can crochet, good and bad. If I tell them I want to be paid for my time then they suddenly change their mind. I can't trust if I make an item the person is going to pay, I've had that happen before too.These exact same people don't mind spend any amount for store bought items but some that is an heirloom, no. I was crocheting at work and the woman asked me what was I knitting. I told her I'm not knitting. She sighed and looked at me like I'm too stupid to know what I was doing, yet alone the name of it. Finally when she looked at the work I held up the hook and just glared at her. I crochet for me because it's such a great feeling of accomplishment, and so relaxing. I make/give gifts but only when I want to. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This submission was edited to blank out a rude word in accordance with our editorial guidelines.)
—Guest Ejoh

why?

I am 22 years old and I love to crochet. I think its amazing and so relaxing. My aunt taught me and her deceased cousin taught her so its kind of a family thing. I am pretty skeptical about telling people that this is what I like to do. people are so cruel and judgmental until I just rather not say anything. when I have told people or I do it or they see me do it im called granny or that im boring or people just laugh. its rude and hurtful ..its just I would rather crochet than party and drink all the time which is not normal for my age. At least my bf doesn't judge me and I really appreciate that. Im actually working on a blanket for him as we speak :) Regardless I love what I do and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon
—Guest Lulu

Myth Conceptions

I love crocheting in public, always get comments, and when asked what I am knitting, I correct and say I'm crocheting. Then explain what I'm making. One point, we had so many medical appointments for hubby, nurses ignored him coming in and wanted to see my latest project first! On the time aspect, when people say they don't have the time, I just say I can multi-task--watch TV while crocheting, talk to people while crocheting, take a lunchbreak while crocheting, etc. And what better way to fill a train/bus/car ride than crocheting?
—Guest Diane

Crazy Myth

It bugs me that a lot of people call crochet an ol' lady craft.I have been crocheting since my early teens and still love it,I find it relaxing and fun.I make up my own patterns which makes it extra rewarding.I make a lot of handbags in all different shapes and add beads,silk flowers sometimes alittle of both.I get great compliments when I carry one.They don't look at it as an ol' lady thing then,they want one...lol...I don't do it as a job,I do it for my enjoyment,so I decline their wants.
—Lady_Noir

You Just Never Know

I first learned to knot, but just couldn't get the needles to work for me, so I learned to crochet. My grandmother taught me both. I did a lot of crochet in high school and one of my teachers asked me to help host a crochet after school club. It was one of the most participated clubs that we had. We had most of the cheerleaders in the group! After I raised my family and had the time again, I started crocheting again and have a group of people where I live in a twice a week group. Crocheting just brings out the best in people and it's a needle art that will never die.
—Guest DCMerkle

myth?

best comment and i have had many was at age 12 when crocheting in the park with some older friends was and this was over heard "Poor thing,If they keep teaching her that old lady stuff she'll never get married."
—Guest Mandy

Not Irritating Responses

While I sell my handcrafts, I crochet. A lot of people will ask questions or make comments as a way to start a conversation. There are a lot of lonely people out there.
—Guest Glenda

Nope, not the same.

It irritated me to no end when this one guy told me I was stuck up because I corrected people who asked what I was knitting. I couldn't understand his attitude. It's not that I think less of knitting, I actually have learned to knit since the last I saw this guy, I just figure that if someone is interested enough to ask, they might be interested in knowing the accurate term for the activity.
—Guest Cardea

myth conceptions - irritating response

I am in my 30s and my mum taught me to crochet when I was preg with my first child and i've been doing it ever since. Although I am Canadian I am now settled in Ireland and there is a huge uptake in the art here at the minute. Groups are popping up everywhere it's great to see. My daughter is 12 and has been at it for a good few years now, she takes great delight in making stuff for all her wee friends at school she found knitting too ackward (my husbands aunt tried to teach her) but really loves to crochet. It is most def a craft for everyone!
—Guest Mikki

Aggravating comments

I agree with those who mentioned folks expecting us to crochet great stuff for free or just the price of the yarn. I just finished twin blankets, caps and flip flops for babies expected in Florida, and others want sets, too... for nothing. I don't think so. This was a commissioned project for a relative, with yarn cost and something extra; I do not want to make more, especially for nothing or a bare minimum for yarn. Also, I quit crocheting on city buses because people wanted to talk; I wanted to work on my projects, since I crochet to calm my nerves. The worst was one lady who makes beaded bracelets and wanted to trade 2 bracelets for one bottle-holder, when I said I'd make one for $10. I don't want her bracelets. She said she sells them for $5; so sell 2 and commission the bottle-holder!
—Guest Runeshadow

Crocheting is first alphabetically

My Library has had a group, called People who knit, when I crochet there new visitors are surprised and say, I would have come sooner if I knew crochet was allowed. Now that we are called the Twisted Stitchers, the library is stalling at giving us space twice a month. No one else want the space we want, and other nearby libraries host Crocheting and Knitting every week. But we are going thru heck getting a room twice a month.
—Guest patrogers

crocheting

yeh i crochet in public but it don't bother me they watch how fast i am and yes ask what are u making most times they say ohh can u make me one lol
—Guest judy

most annoying

I find the two most annoying things to be 'what are you knitting?' and 'X needs one, how about making x one?' Sorry, I am NOT knitting and secondly, if x wants one THAT bad, x can buy it. Its not a cheap craft, and custom orders definitely aren't going to be cheaper! You are paying for my time!
—Guest hookysticks

myths, misconceptions about crochet

The most aggravating comment is "what are you making with that needle?" I thought it was pretty obvious I was using a hook. The next most aggravating is "Would you make me one like that? I'll pay you for it." Sure, this one took me 50 hours to make so if my time is worth $5hr it will only cost you $250 plus the cost of the yarn. "But I can get one for $50 at Macy's!" Fine, go buy it.
—Guest BL DeBushe

Conversation Opener

I have been approached by other women who crochet, asking what I'm making and where can they get the pattern. It's always nice to exchange a few words. And yes, there are those who don't seem to comprehend that there is a difference between crocheting and knitting. I've pretty much given up on explaining the difference, especially when I perceive that "Whatever, it's all the same" attitude. MY attitude is: "Whatever, YOU are obviously not observant!"
—Guest Anniem

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