Join the Crochet Community
Online and/or Offline!
Lesson 1: Part 2
Getting involved with others in the crochet community is a great idea!
Connecting with other passionate crocheters who love to crochet is easy - both online and offline - and is lots of fun too.
Whether you need help with a specific crochet pattern, want to share your passion for crochet, or simply want to get to know others who enjoy crocheting too, there are many ways to meet and connect.
With the rise of the internet, there are many simple ways to connect with other crocheters from all across the world - no matter where you live. You can read crochet blogs, follow tweets of people who crochet on Twitter, become friends on Facebook, or join a crochet forum or group.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to meet in person (offline) with other crocheters, you can find a local crochet guild, club, or group.
In this free crochet lesson, we will outline some of the great (and easy!) ways that you can become involved in the crochet community.
Online Community - Crochet Forums
An easy way to get involved with other crocheters online is via crochet forums. Crochet forums (also sometimes called message boards) are neat communities with real people who love crocheting.
Most crochet forums are set up so that you can browse all the posts anonymously, but if you want to post (write a message) you usually have to register. (Registering is easy - you simply provide your email address, pick a username, and agree to abide by the crochet forum rules).
Here are some of the crochet forums you can check out:
(The description for each link is how the forum describes themselves. Each link will open in a new window so you don't lose this page.)
Crochetville - Explore crochet on our online forum/message board community with real people who love to stitch with yarn, thread, and hooks. Patterns, classes, encouragement, support, discussion, and more. Crochetville welcomes all skill levels.
Crochet Talk - Crochet talk forums - discuss crocheting patterns, techniques and tools. Share ideas and learn with others.
Ravelry - Ravelry is a community site, an organizational tool, and a yarn & pattern database for knitters and crocheters.
These are just four of the many crochet forums. Just go to your favourite search engine and search for 'crochet forums' to find more!
Online Community - Crochet Blogs
Crochet blogs are also fun to read. There are literally thousands of crochet blogs on the internet so we won't even start to list them, but by browing websites and forums, you are sure to come upon a range.
Once you find one (or more) that you enjoy, make sure you bookmark them and check back often. You can even leave a comment to let the author know what you think of his or her blog.
Online Community - Social Networks
With the explosion of social networks like Facebook and Pinterest, it is even easier now to connect with others who love to crochet.
On Facebook, you can connect with millions of other crocheters by joining crochet related pages or groups. For example, you could join Free Crochet Patterns for free crochet patterns (what else? :)) or other groups like Crocheting Club and Crochet Kingdom. You can also sometimes find local groups. For example, if you lived in Michagan, US, you could become a member of the Michigan Knit and Crochet Group.
If you enjoy Twitter, you can keep up to date on what is happening in the crocheting world by following the hashtags #crochet or #freepatterns (to name just two of the many, many, many possibilities).
Offline Community - Clubs or Groups
If you are someone who likes to meet other passionate crocheters in person (rather than online), that is possible as well!
If you live in a large town or city, chances are a crochet guild or club may already exist in your area. These crochet groups meet regularly for social crocheting, classes, charity events, and to share stories, advice, great deals, and more. By going to the crochet section of Meetup, you can find fellow crocheters and groups near you.
If you can't find a club or group in your area, you can contact the Crochet Guild of America for information on how to start one.
As an aside - this isn't a way that you will regularly meet up with fellow crocheters, but you can also meet others who are passionate about crocheting by going on a crocheting cruise. Fun, fun, fun! :)
Whatever you do...
Make sure you get involved in the crochet community. Crocheting is a craft - and crafts are all the more fun when you share your passion with other people who love the craft as well.
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