Between the zoom meetings and writing evaluation reports, I try to find the time to crochet as a way to find a creative and productive outlet, a channel for expressive love and healing in the face of stress, prejudice, sickness, bias, and violence. Something as simple and homey as yarn can be a catalyst for so much more.
As some of you know, I mostly crochet shawls, blankets, and smaller items like hats and scarves. This past week, I ventured into making a full wearable: a retro-style, that “70s show” reminiscent two-piece hexagon crochet granny square cardigan made entirely of leftover yarn that I’ve wanted to put to good use for a while. I do love colors.
So, here it is, my very first (of hopefully, many) wearable!
I used a 4-ply (weight), cardinal red, orange, and variegated navy blue yarns, a 2.75mm hook, and approximately 2 full skeins. Watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to make “a hexagon crochet cardigan.” Off and on spent a full day (over a week) completing this piece.
While retro-style crochet clothing may not be as popular as it once was, it is still in vogue and has experienced a resurgence in recent years. One of the benefits of retro-style crochet clothing is that it is very versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and mood.
What’s your creative outlet when you are not working?