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How Visualizing and Completing a Crochet Project Can Change Your Life

Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo shares inspiration for enjoying all of your craft projects from start to finish. Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.

visualizing-crochetI believe strongly in the power of crochet to improve quality of life whether you’re suffering from a serious condition like depression or just seeking to experience more inspiration in your everyday life. One of the key ways that I believe crochet can help is through embracing each stage of the project including the process of visualizing, working on, and finally completing the work.

Visualizing a Crochet Project

Many people underestimate the value of this first step of a crochet project but it can be immensely beneficial to focus on it. Truly embrace the process of thinking about what you want to make, how you want to make it, who it will be for, and which yarn you will want to use.

Doing this allows:

  • Stimulation of the mind
  • Excitement about what’s to come
  • Creative thinking and the playfulness of imagination

Visualizing even a small thing like a crochet project opens up new ways of thinking. This helps stimulate hope, optimism and energy for all areas of life.

The Process of the Project

Most people focus all of their energy on the process of the project. Of course, this offers many benefits as well including:

  • Opportunity for mindfulness crochet
  • Distraction from life’s troubles
  • Engagement in problem-solving
  • Relaxation, focus and enjoyment of your chosen craft

The benefits of crochet increase general well-being and quality of life. The more you pay attention to this, the happier your everyday life can be.

Project Completion

When you come to the end of a project, take the time to celebrate what you've completed. Remember back to the early stages and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Pausing to enjoy the final project helps to build self-esteem and pride. It also greases the wheels for the inspiration you’ll need to start the next project. And of course, if you’re giving the item to a loved one or a charity then you can celebrate the final project together with the person receiving the gift, experiencing the sense of community that handcrafting brings.

Take the time to immerse yourself in every moment of your next crochet project, from the first steps of visualization through to the final moments of elation upon completion. It may change not only the way you approach your craft but also the way you approach the world.

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  • Davina Harrison

    This describes me when I crochet.

  • susan

    This is so timely. Friday night I decided to crochet a stuffed toy replica of an animated character.This little guy is the firewall security symbol on my computer at work. I see him everyday and often thought about making him a "real" figure. No pattern, just an idea...A couple hours later, he was sitting on the table. The irritations of the day, noisy people, bad roads, etc. faded away. I fell asleep that night and woke the next morning feeling creative and cheerful. This is so true.

  • Colette Hill Kraemer

    This hits the nail on the head. With extra time off this fall, I decided to get out the old yam & crochet hooks. It transformed my usually blue mood when cold weather hits. I cheerfully made 3 ponchos, about 20 hats, lots of matching scarves, and now I'm making a bicycle basket for springtime!! I haven't been so happy & carefree in years!! :-)

  • jwb

    Sorry crochet is not for me…I found it very frustrating…but give me knitting needles and yarn and then I'm all set…and I can sit and relax…my knitting goes everywhere with me!!!

  • Chimica

    I starting crocheting when I was 14. It was because of crocheting I was able to get over a very bad depression that lead me to hurt myself in crazy ways. Now I'm 25... expecting my 2nd child and I still crochet off and on with the time allows. It's been such a long time since I'm actually completed a crochet project. I've started many over the year and gotten close but things like life get in the way. This is uplifting and motivating and a good reminder of the pure joy of crocheting.

  • Jeanette

    I'm blessed by knowing Kathryn, and her thoughtful ideas have inspired me in every aspect of my life. To experience the textures and colors of yarn as we make useful artworks is healing in every way. How lucky we are to have such a sensitive and mindful spokesperson!

  • Deb

    Well I don't have any comments about crochet but I do about the ladder. I need another quilt ladder my ex husband would not give me mine after the divorce like he was supposed to. Did you buy it made or did someone make it for you? I like how you can adjust the width because of extra thick quilts. I would like to make me one if you made it may I buy a copy of the pattern? If you bought it may I know where so I can get one. I'm not having any problems with my crochet right now, please email me at texasredhead2011@yahoo.com Thank you

  • Marti

    I learned how to knit in grade school, and as an adult to crochet, I
    think that both are equal as "therapy" to unwind see what 2 hands
    can do and be proud of, Marti

  • "e: Lee - The Crochet Lounge™

    Hi K! Love this blog post - visualization is so important in all aspects of life - utilizing it on crochet projects that are much shorter than most life goals projects brings a great way to train those brain cells to think differently!

    Visualization also allows you the opportunity to celebrate the small victories as different parts of the project is completed so when applying the same concept to life goals, you would already have the sense of accomplishment that the process works.

    It is a huge part of my pattern designing and plays a major role when I am picking a crochet project ♥

    Thanks for the post!

  • Visogoth

    I dropped crochet approximately 38 years ago. Three years ago, while undergoing chemo and radiation, I took it up again and became consumed. My first major project was a queen size blanket randomly composed of four colours. It didn't stop with the blanket or the chemo. I have about 70 items crocheted out of a variety of wools and cottons. I don't use any synthetic materials. Scarves, toques, shawls, wraps, throws and matinee jackets, I have been very experimental with my variety and creative in crocheting my own designs. The marvel is, I am 67 years old, semi retired and a man; a crochet addicted man.

  • Michelle

    It's my medicine. :D

  • Maxine

    I completed 30 lap throws for nursing home residents in my community. It was so heartwarming to see their expressions when we gave them the throw with a ribbon attached. This message was so on point for me. I shall print and keep so whenever I get in a dump, I will read and get reenergized.

  • Suzanne Novoselac

    I knit and crochet both, generally alternating between them. If I'm making a gift for someone, I focus on that person during the project. When I was working, I would knit or crochet to relieve stress from the job during evenings at home. Now that I'm retired, I knit/crochet while watching TV.

  • Kpdt

    Geez......maybe I should never read these lovely comments about crochet, because I am a knitter? I, too, am confounded by crochet.......but can handle knitting quite well. I have tried to crochet, as my mother could......but it seems harder to me and I become frustrated.
    Can't we just appreciate and respect all aspects of handwork?

  • mgf

    I recently completed an 8 week course entitled "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction". Your description of the reasons to embrace each part of a crochet (or other hand craft) project very much supports the ideas I learned through my course. Thank you for validating this type of creative art.

  • Brenda Gooden

    I thoroughly believe Crocheting has helped me through the gloom and doom of Cancer, a fall that took away the ability to walk, and my Daughter's death. I learned to Crochet when I was a child. I thank God my grandmother taught me to Crochet. I take a project with me every place I go. I thoroughly believe Crocheting has been the catalyst for the many accomplishments I have had in life. I have taught many Crocheting classes. My students thank me for giving them the "Crochet Bug". To all you "Hookers" out there, keep the "Crochet Bug" alive.

  • Susan

    It makes me feel soooo good that I can create something that I can give as a gift and the recipient truly appreciates that I took the time to make something special with them in mind.

  • MS MacNana

    Early 2013 I decided I needed a creative outlet in my chaotic life. Pre-requisites were 1) calming, 2) portable, 3) creative. I've done all painting & am an accomplished potter & have done just about every other craft. I decided on crochet & knit. It's astounding how much the art has progressed. When I needed stitch advice I stumbled on a group of local yarn artist who have become the delight of my life. We've stitched, created, shared, donated & laughed a lot. My annual blood test results came in last week & I am soooooo in the normal ranges that my Dr called & asked how I did that at age 73. I laughed & told him he wouldn't believe me if I told him!

  • Debi Purvis

    I totally loved this article and will try to use it to better my experience and my projects. I do love giving away my project especially to charities. At Christmas time I make loads of Christmas pins and give them to charities and also I love to hand them out randomly to perfect strangers! I get lovely reactions and it always makes my day. I suffer from a lot of anxiety and this article will definitely help, thank you.

  • Kisakushi Mari Degard

    Does anyone know where the pattern of the hourglass-like afghan is? I can't stop thinking about it and it looks beautiful, I really want to make it.

  • shesings

    I would like the pattern for the bicycle basket. I just bought a bicycle at the holidays and that sounds like a fun thing to do for it. I haven't ridden in a LOT of years and I'm looking forward to some outdoor adventures.

  • Judy

    Watched the video on how to begin a project w/o chain sts. Usually I have no problem transposing a pattern, etc. but this one has me stumped. You see I am left handed and crochet from right to left and clockwise when crochet round like a granny square. Any site that may have this video for us southpaws?

  • Judy

    Watched your video on how to begin a project w/o ch sts. Usually I have no problem transposing patterns but this one has me stumped, just like the magic ring. You see I am left handed and crochet from left to right and clockwise for circular items like a granny square. Any idea where I can see a tutorial for us southpaws?