Have you ever lost your crojo?
Crojo is a term many crocheters use to describe the combination of crochet skills and enthusiasm with mojo, an intangible, magic power that includes creative inspiration.
Whether you always experience a little dip in your crochet enthusiasm as the weather gets warmer, or a difficult project is making crochet seem like a chore, or life stressors have you thinking that picking up a hook is too challenging, I’m sharing 6 ways to bring back your crojo.
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1) Choose a “comfort” project
Most crocheters have favorite “go-to” projects. For some, these are “mindless” projects like a favorite pattern, a freeform project, or anything that can be done while watching streaming shows on Amazon Prime. Other crocheters prefer challenging projects that expand their skills and make them feel accomplished.
When your crojo is lost, try picking up your favorite type of project.
2) Look for inspiration online
Sometimes, you just hit a wall creatively with crochet. Looking at all the possibilities can be very inspiring!
Some of my favorite sources of crochet inspiration are…
- Browsing Pinterest group boards, like CrochetHolic – Hilaria Fina, My Hobby is Crochet Community Board, Fiber Flux Community Board, or The Stitchin’ Mommy Community Board. If you’re looking for inspiration for specific projects, try Crochet Caps, Crochet Wearables and Toteables, or Granny Square Appreciation.
- Exploring the Ravelry’s crochet patterns sorted by Hot Right Now (sign in required).
- Visiting other searchable pattern directories, like CrocheTrendy or AllFreeCrochet.
If you’re more of a book person, browse Amazon’s regularly updated list of crochet bestsellers. You might be introduced to an interesting crochet trend!
Seeing all of these pretty images can get me excited all over again, or start me thinking about great color combinations I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise!
3) Mix things up!
Sometimes you just get stuck in a rut. Shaking up your crochet world can be just the thing that you need to find your crojo again.
- If you always crochet for other people, try being a “selfish crocheter” on for size. Make a project just for you!
- Or, if you always crochet for yourself, try making a gift for a crochet-worthy friend or a project to donate to charity.
You may find that crocheting a few rows outside of your comfort zone is just what you need to inspire you to return to your favorite type of crochet!
4) Pick up a new crochet technique
Maybe you’ve mastered so much with crochet that it has become repetitive and boring. In that case, learning a new technique can be exciting!
- Earlier this year, I shared roundups of free tutorials for learning intermeshing crochet, tapestry crochet, broomstick lace, and hairpin lace.
- Craftsy offers online crochet technique classes like Freeform Crochet with Myra Wood, Tunisian Crochet with Jennifer Hansen, and Quick & Easy Crochet Cables with Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby.
Learning something new may be just the thing you need to fall back in love with crochet!
5) Participate in a crochet-a-long
Sometimes crocheting with other people – whether face-to-face or virtually – can be so fun that it gets you excited all over again. Ravelry’s KAL Fanatics group is a great way to find out about online crochet- and knit-a-longs. You can also search Pinterest for “crochet-a-long YEAR” to find current CALs. (Here’s the 2015 search results.) Check with your local crochet guild or local yarn shop to find out about CALs in your local community.
6) Just take a break
Sometimes, a short break is really all that’s needed to bring your crojo back. If you’ve tried everything else and you just aren’t feeling the crochet love, take some time away from crochet. When you aren’t looking for it, your crojo will probably sneak up right behind you!
What are your tips for restoring your crojo?