New Crochet Ideas for the Burned Out Crocheter

As a crochet designer, I know how easy it can be to get burned out on the craft. Usually, finding some new crochet ideas will get me excited and help me get motivated to create again. If you’re the same way, you know how hard it can be to make money from crochet when you don’t have any new and exciting ideas. Unfortunately, if you’re selling your work, you can’t afford to just take a break most of the time. That’s where some of these ideas can really help out. Next time you find yourself in a crochet rut, try some of these new ideas to get you excited again.

One-Skein Crochet Ideas

Sometimes all you need to get inspired again is a quick project that takes one skein of yarn or less. For those times, here are some great crochet ideas that don’t take a lot of yarn or time. You may find a new favorite crochet project!

Crochet Ideas

• Crochet beanies, berets, bonnets, or ski hats. Hats are a great project to try if you’re looking for a quick, easy project that you can finish in a few hours. They are useful, and can be made in any style or color!
• Crochet booties or slippers. Whether you want to make yourself a pair or make some for the kids in your life, slippers or booties are a great one-skein project idea. You can find patterns that range from the basics to advanced techniques so you can make all sorts of designs and styles.
• Scarves or wraps. While a scarf doesn’t look like it could be a one-skein project, if you use a lacey pattern design, you can easily create a beautiful scarf or wrap from a single skein of yarn. These are also very versatile and useful projects to create!
• Crochet cowls. If you’re not into the look of scarves, you can always make a quick crocheted cowl for your next project. These are great to wear during the winter to keep your neck and face warm without leaving ends to come unraveled.
• Amigurumi animals. Amigurumi is the art of creating stuffed characters from crochet. You can find some really cute patterns online for so many creatures from an octopus to a space alien. This project can really inspire some creativity.
• Crochet bags or purses. Crochet is also great for creating market bags or purses since the stitches don’t stretch as much as the knit version. Grab some cotton thread and look for a pattern so that you’ll have a unique bag the next time you go out.

Large Crochet Project Ideas

If you’re not interested in small crochet projects, you can always try something big to take your mind off of your design rut. For the most part, a large project means that you’ll be making some sort of blanket, whether that is an afghan, a bedspread, or a lap blanket. Still, there are a few other crochet ideas you can try if you want to work on a large project, such as:

Crochet Project Ideas

• Crochet sweaters. Whether you want to make yourself a sweater or make one for your child, you can find a lot of relaxation and distraction in this project. Most sweater patterns feature repetitive stitches and few color changes, which make them a great project to work on while watching a movie or chatting with friends.
• Crochet dress. Crochet has gotten so popular lately that many fashion designers have started featuring it on the runway. It’s not only crocheted details and edging anymore. Many fashion gurus are now wearing entire garments made out of crochet, so you can make yourself a dress and be in style with the pride of knowing that you made it yourself!

Just like a writer getting writers block, a crocheter can often find themselves uninspired and ready to throw down their hooks. If you find yourself tired of all of your usual projects, try something new before you give crocheting a break. You may find that simply finding some new crochet ideas can re-inspire you and make you want to design and create again.

Try Your Hand at Making Crochet Swimsuits

Crochet SwimsuitsFor years now, crochet swimsuits have been big in the fashion industry. It’s no wonder why, either. Crochet detailing and crochet garments have gradually been gaining popularity and the next logical step is to bring crochet into swimwear. Many big name stores are now carrying these swimsuits and bikinis for upwards of $100 each, but if you already know how to crochet, you’ve got an advantage over the general public! Not only can you be fashionable at the pool or beach this summer, but also you can wear something that is totally unique, since you can make it yourself.

How to Make a Crochet Swimsuit

Making your own crochet swimwear is a great way to ensure that your summer swimwear is completely original. In addition, if you are a crochet designer you can really take advantage of the opportunity and test your skills, since making a swimsuit is unlike making anything else in crochet. Like any swimsuit found in the stores, there are many different styles that you could choose from when designing your swimsuit. Some popular designs include:

• Crochet bikini
• Crochet halter top
• Crochet bandeau top
• Crochet boy-shorts
• Crochet one-piece
• Crochet string bikini

For many of these swimsuit styles, you can make a very basic version without being an expert at crochet. While the intricate details and lace motifs make a piece stand out as a one-of-a-kind, a basic crochet swimsuit will still be very stylish, as well as easy to make for a beginner. In fact, Debbie Stroller, a well-known knitter and crocheter, included a simple beginners pattern for a bikini top in her beginners crochet book, The Happy Hooker. If you’d like to learn how to make a basic crochet bikini top, that pattern may be a good place to start. There are also several videos and free patterns online which can be found via a simple Internet search. You can always jazz up the design with your own detailing if you want something a bit more unique.

Making your own swimsuit is a great way to embrace the DIY movement. After all, that is why crochet swimsuits became popular in the first place! There are just a few tips that girls have learned over the years to make your swimsuit more useful.

Tips for Crocheting a Swimsuit

One of the biggest issues crocheters have come across when making swimsuits is the stretch factor. After all, what good is a swimsuit that stretches and sags when it gets wet? Another big issue, if your stitches are not tight enough, is that the bathing suit could become see through once it is emerged in water. These issues have resulted in crochet swimwear being used only for sunning and lounging for the longest time. However, there are a few tips and tricks you could learn from those before you that will allow you to create a crochet swimsuit that is not only gorgeous, but also useful!

The first and most important thing you should remember when planning your swimsuit is to buy the right kind of yarn. Not all yarns should be used in water. Some fibers stretch and sag when they get wet, and others shrink up. Neither of these options are a good choice for a swimsuit, so as you can see, your yarn choice can make a huge difference in the success of your project.

To make your swimsuit, it is important that you use a yarn that is intended for water use, such as cotton, or a cotton-elastic blend. Either of these yarns will hold up in the water and continue looking good with use. You’ll also want to find a yarn that is either a sports weight or smaller, so that your swimsuit does not come out too bulky to wear. A crochet swimsuit is supposed to look attractive, not bulky!

Finally, it is very important that you line the inside of your suit. Without a liner, even the stiffest cotton yarn can sag a little or become transparent. Choose a thin fabric designed to be a liner and sew that into the inside of your swimsuit before you try and use it.

Crochet swimwear became popular in the first place because girls realized they could make their own, and make them entirely unique. If you want to try your hand at making your own swimsuit, try out some of the free patterns available today for a basic design. You can always make your swimsuit completely unique by adding decorative edging, lacework, or appliqués. By designing and making your own crochet swimsuit, you’ll know that you are wearing something completely original when you head to the beach!