Hooked on Stitchin: Four Reasons Why I love to Crochet

I got into crochet (again) last year when I was pregnant with my first child. I was bored out of my wits because I wasn’t allowed to do housechores in the first trimester due to my slightly delicate condition. 

I wanted a hobby that could help me relax and feel accomplished at the same time. My mom suggested that I try crochet.You see, when we were young, she was into knitting and crochet.She made us sweaters and chalecos because it was quite cold where we lived.But since it’s been years since I last held a crochet hook, I had to look for easy projects on Youtube. This is a pic of me doing the pause & play method of re-learning the stitches in crochet haha!




And this is where my passion for this hobby began. I have, since then,  finished quite a number of projects, mostly purses and bags, which I gave to relatives and friends last Christmas.


Also, a few weeks ago, I created a Facebook page called Spring Candy Crochet which highlights some of my finished projects and has links to free crochet patterns found on the web. I named it such because I want my projects to inspire and to make people smile. I also created an IG account with the same name.


Besides that, I’m happy to say that I was able to make my daughter a pair of cow booties, a pink baby hat and several colorful headbands.

So, why crochet?


A few days ago, I got into a pensive mood after watching a video by Jason Silva on Facebook. The video was about our authentic selves. Well, for me, being authentic is purifying one’s intentions and doing what you love. I  then got into thinking, why do I crochet? I mean, I have my hands full with a daughter, a husband and a home to take care of, and yet, somehow, in that little spare time I have, I choose to spend it putting that hook through the yarn one stitch after another. Why not just watch TV and then go to bed?


Well, first, crochet is a certified mood elevator and stress buster. Yes, you can actually stitch your bad mood or even depression away. Neuroscientists have recently found that the act of creating something, whether through art, cooking, or crocheting has similar effects to meditation in lowering stress levels and making us feel happier. In fact, CNN reported early this year that “in one study of more than 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy.

As for me, I’d often lose myself for a few hours after we’ve put our baby to bed. I get in the zone, or technically speaking, in a state of “flow”. This phenomenon, according to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , is the secret to happiness. As he explained during his 2004 TED talk:


When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life… You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.”
This is perhaps why I feel so relaxed even when I am working on an intricate pattern. Crochet is one of my “happy habits”, along with bargain hunting ang having massages. I also designated a small space in the living room as my little crochet corner of happiness.


Second, finishing a crochet project builds self-esteem. When your works in progress are already done, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Whether you followed a pattern or created your own, spent an hour or two weeks on them, every crocheter feels pride in her/himself.


Third, I save money.Because I make her accesories, my daughter looks pretty without having to spend much. I’ve also made a couple of home improvement items such as the tissue holder in the pic below. This project was made from about half a cake of hand dyed cotton yarn worth only P200! So this is only P100 plus a few hours of my spare time.Imagine the savings right?! 

Pattern by: Youtube Bag-o-day Crochet & more

Lastly, crochet has helped me connect with and help  other people. About two months ago, I joined a Facebook group called Crochet Addict Philippines (CAP) which has more than 2000 members.


Through this group I am able to interact with people who are as enthusiastic ( perhaps more) about hooks and yarn as I am.We share our handiwork, pattern links and feedback to make each other better at this craft. As a stay at home mom, being part of an online social group is both enjoyable and fulfilling.I get to share my work and soak in the positive energy from the other members.


At that time as well, there was an ongoing drive in cooperation with the Lions Club of Manila to collect beanies to be donated to children battling cancer at Philippine General Hospital.I was thankful for the opportunity to help out.My cousin in law and I only made a few beanies but we hoped it made four kids feel even slightly better.


Some of the beanies donated by CAP members at Philippine General Hospital

It warms my heart that my hobby is able to affect somebody in a positive way. Next month, more beanies will be donated by CAP members.We have started to make some and will strive to do more.It is this author’s hope that the beanies warm the kids’ hearts as well, knowing that people, albeit strangers, want them to feel loved this Christmas.

Many people probably associate crochet and knitting to the old and feeble grandma in a rocking chair.Personally, I don’t mind because I know, even when I’m already old and gray, doing what I love to do will always make me feel young.


104 year old Grace Brett  “yarn bombing” her town in Scotland


* Image of stacked beanies donated to PGH courtesy of CAP, obtained with permission.


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Comments

  1. Lovely crochet! I used to crochet, too, but stopped. But it's a fun hobby indeed! 🙂

  2. This is one of the hobby-things I would love to learn. It reminds me of the time way back, when people arent too consumed of their tvs and phones. they play the piano, drink hot mugs and crocheting while feeling cozy on a rocking chair when the storm is brewing outside. I would love to be in that era. lol

  3. Mommy Charm says:

    Unluckily for me, I do not know how to do crochet! T_T Your works look beautiful. How I wish I can also learn that hobby.

  4. Ang galing! The only thing I know in crochet is the basic chain, kapg dinagdagan na hindi ko na alam lols.

  5. Oh I love crochet, my mother she does crochet akala ko talaga wala na yan sa panahon natin ngayon. Mabuti at meron pa din pala.

  6. This is another frustration of mine! I have always wanted to learn how to crotchet. 🙁

  7. mommymadz says:

    Hi there mommy! Sa youtube mommy cgeck mo: bagoday crochet! Magaling siya magturo ! 😉

  8. mommymadz says:

    Yup buti nga..actually sa ibang bansa nauuso rin mga handmade esp. crochet items…

  9. mommymadz says:

    Thank you for appreciating mommy :).Madali lng matutunan sa Youtube check mo Bella cocco.she does great tutorials!

  10. mommymadz says:

    Yes you can learn mommy.youtube lng katapat niyan hehe.thank you for appreciating 🙂

  11. mommymadz says:

    Oh i see..sayang di mo na tinuloy..natry mo na ba mag amigurumi? That's what I want to try naman.

  12. mommymadz says:

    Yeah I get the picture mommy.so relaxing 🙂 if you want to learn youtube is there 🙂

  13. Those findings sound so interesting! On second thought, they shouldn't come as a shocker; I think crafting really increases one's happy hormones. Go go go!

  14. Levy says:

    I prefer cross stitching than doing crochet when I was younger. I did not learn how to do it. I let my mom finish my project at school. Ang galing mo. Like ko yang tissue holder.

  15. ayeeesha says:

    I used to do crochet when I was younger. Kaso ngayon nakalimutan ko na :))

  16. Mommy Lally says:

    Oh my I'm so inggit! ang galing mo mag crochet Mommy! Can you teach me? hahaha…I hope there's a workshop about crocheting. hihi! ^_^

  17. mommymadz says:

    Hi mommy! Thank you po! I'd love to teach you 🙂 meron rin po sa gantsilyo guru sa pasig if you're near that area..you can find her on facebook

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