March is National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Although you certainly don’t need any reason to celebrate crochet, it does give us a nice chance to focus on our love of the craft and indulge in it even more than usual.
What is National Crochet Month?
Make a Blanket Statement free crochet pattern by Lucy O’Regan
In 1994, the Craft & Hobby Association named March as National Craft Month, celebrating the creativity of all crafting. Six years later, the Crochet Guild of America named it National Crochet Month, with a goal “to promote the art of crochet and engage enthusiasts and master crocheters alike”. This is an excellent time to celebrate all crafts, particularly crochet, and there are so many ways to do so!
25 Ways to Celebrate NatCroMo
The whole point of National Crochet Month is simply to enjoy the craft. Learn more, share more, crochet more. It shouldn’t be a “to do” but rather a “want to do”. Here are some of the things that you might want to do in March to celebrate crochet.
Learn something new in crochet
No matter how advanced you get in crochet, there is always something new that you can learn. Whether you’re just getting started or have been doing it for years, take this month as an opportunity to learn something new. Here are a few ways to do that:
- Learn from an online crochet tutorial. Did you know that Red Heart has guides to teach you many new things in crochet? Beginners can learn from the free ebook Crochet Made Easy. Learn advanced stitches such as popcorns, bobbles and post stitches. Learn niche techniques including tapestry crochet, Tunisian crochet and hairpin lace. Or brush up on skills such as how to read a symbol chart or how to measure gauge.
- Take a local crochet class. Many yarn stores offer crochet classes as do some colleges and libraries. See if there’s one you can join today.
- Take an online crochet class. The Internet offers a wealth of opportunities to learn new crochet skills through free and paid classes.
- Get a book from the library or bookstore. Some people learn best from books. If that sounds like you, rest assured that there are plenty of crochet instruction books for both beginner and advanced crafters.
- Ask someone you know to teach you. Do you know other people who crochet? Ask them what they might know in the craft that you haven’t learned yet and make a date to learn from them.
Teach someone to crochet
Heart Tote Bag free crochet pattern by Michele Wilcox
Celebrate crochet by teaching it to someone else. Here are a few ideas:
6. Offer to teach a beginner’s class at your local yarn store. Go on in, meet the owner and ask about hosting a class or workshop.
7. Offer to help another teacher. Maybe you don’t feel prepared to teach your own class this month but could assist another teacher who already has a class planned.
8. Teach a class at your local elementary school. By the age of 7 or 8 most children have the motor skills necessary to hold the yarn and hook and learn basic crochet.
9. Teach your family. In exchange, maybe you could learn a hobby that they love.
10. Teach a friend or someone in your social group. There are a lot of people in your life who might like to learn if you just offer them the chance.
Want to learn how to teach someone to crochet? The Craft Yarn Council offers a Certified Instructors Program.
Use crochet to volunteer
Teaching crochet to others is one way to volunteer this month, but there are also some other great options.
11. Volunteer at your local nursing home. Many of the people here may already know how to crochet but you can help remind them, guide them or show them a specific pattern.
12. Crochet an item for charity. There are many local and national organizations that accept handmade crochet items for donation. Crochet items for children in need, homeless persons, pets in shelters, patients in hospitals, or another population that you especially care about.
Crochet with others
Get together with others and crochet to celebrate National Crochet Month together.
13. Join a crochet meetup. Check with local yarn stores, craft shops, libraries and community centers to see if there’s an existing meetup you can join.
14. Host a crochet meetup. Put the word out there through social media and your in-person community that you’re hosting a night of crochet and wine (or tea).
15. Join a CAL. There are many online opportunities to crochet with others and a crochet-along is the perfect choice. You’ll make something new, make some new online contacts and feel that sense of community from sharing your craft with others who love it. The Crochet Guild of America has a MEGA-CAL for National Crochet Month.
16. Book a crochet retreat. There are craft / crochet retreats all around the world, including on cruises. You might not be able to attend it in March but you could book now for something later in the year and bring the NatCroMo celebration into the rest of 2018. An alternative to a retreat might be a crochet conference.
Share your thoughts about crochet
Let people know why you love crochet. Celebrate the craft by telling others what is awesome about it. Here are some ways that you can do that:
16. Write a blog or social media post. Take the time to craft a quality piece sharing what brought you to this craft and why you love it so much. Share it on your blog, someone else’s blog or across your social media channels.
17. Crochet in public. Someone will inevitably ask you about it and that’s a great opportunity to share your thoughts on why it’s such a terrific craft.
Read books about crochet
18. Buy or borrow books to learn more about crochet. There are all types of books about crochet including some that are designed to be read for pleasure. Crochet Saved My Life is about the health benefits of yarn crafting. The Fine Art of Crochet profiles a series of crochet artists. And the books by Betty Hechtman are fictional mysteries with crochet as a key feature.
Support the online crochet community
There is a vast online community of crocheters including crochet bloggers and crochet designers, as well as groups / pages on Facebook and accounts / hashtags on Instagram that all help you connect to others around this craft. National Crochet Month is a great time to strengthen those connections.
19. Join online crochet communities. Ravelry is a social networking site for yarn crafters that offers many groups and forums for your participation. Facebook also has plenty of groups for crocheters. On Instagram you can follow the hashtags #crochetersofInstagram, #crochetconcupiscence and #craftastherapy to connect with many other people who love crochet. Join the groups, share your work and comment in them. Don’t forget to visit Red Heart Yarns on Instagram and Facebook. You can also share your work in our Yarn Lover’s Gallery and our #whileIwasyarning page.
20. Share crochet blog posts with others. Visit crochet blogs, leave comments on them and then take the time to forward your favorite posts to your online community.
Buy crochet supplies
March is a great month to stock up on crochet supplies. Support yarn companies, crochet publishers, designers and authors by purchasing their products.
21. Buy yarn. If you needed a reason to invest in great new yarn, National Crochet Month is as good a reason as any.
22. Get a new set of crochet hooks. Treat yourself to something special like ergonomic crochet hooks.
23. Subscribe to a crochet magazine. There are several great print magazines dedicated to sharing crochet patterns and articles about the craft. There are also additional digital magazines online.
Join the CGOA
The CGOA is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to crochet.
24. Become a CGOA member. Membership gives you many perks and also opens you up to lots of new opportunities such as the option to take classes to become certified to teach crochet.
Of course the very simplest way to celebrate National Crochet Month is just to crochet. Take out your yarn and hook and make something. Anything.
25. So just crochet! There are so many great free crochet patterns to get you going, so pick one and get started.