7 Reasons You Should Start Crochet, Even If You Don’t Like Crafts or DIY

Noran Azmy
4 min readFeb 22, 2022

I took up crochet almost a decade ago when I was in grad school. The lack of time structure in academia meant that I found myself spending many hours of my day binge-watching Netflix, and I wanted to be doing something productive while watching to try and justify this amount of wasted time.

I get a bit impatient with crafts and DIY projects, and I also don’t enjoy items that look too “crafty” or handmade, but that’s exactly why I think crochet is a great hobby to take up, and here’s why.

1. Because it’s easy

Crochet is easy, and doesn’t require a lot of tools. All you need to get started is a hook, a ball of yarn, and a pair of scissors. Almost all stitches are based on the same hand movements, so you can build muscle memory pretty quickly. Once you’ve learned the basic stitches, you could be hours away from holding your first finished crochet project.

2. To help with stress and anxiety

Crochet is meditative and repetitive. There is something relaxing about repeating the same pattern of stitches over and over again and allowing your mind to wander. You can use this time to contemplate, to process your thoughts and emotions, or to plan the day ahead.

I sometimes even use this time to do some tasbih — short Muslim remembrances of God such as “God is great”, or “all thanks is due to God”, that are typically said in repetition a certain number of times. I find coupling a prayer with each stitch very relaxing.

3. To do something productive while watching TV or listening to a podcast or audiobook

This was the reason I got into crochet in the first place. I wanted to do something useful with my hands while I was watching TV, or whenever I had no chores to do while listening to a podcast or an audiobook. Crochet helped me feel I was creating something during that time.

4. To make memorable gifts for friends and family

Even at a beginner level, there’s so many things you can crochet that would make a unique and personalized gift for a friend or family member…

Noran Azmy

A software engineer who enjoys writing on a variety of topics, including personal development, productivity, learning, books, politics, and social issues.