Process and Product Crocheters: Which Are You?

Are you a process or a product crocheter? Maybe you’ve never stopped to think about it or perhaps you’ve never heard of these categories before. Read on to learn more and find out what drives your crochet process.

Product Crocheters

How do you pick your crochet projects? If your main focus is the end result of your finished project, you’re likely a product crocheter. Because your main goal is to create the desired piece, you may not even look through the pattern before you begin. For fearless crocheters, this is a wonderful way to gain experience in new techniques you may not have otherwise tried. You choose your pattern based off of a garment or accessory that you want to wear or complete for a gift. Generally, product crocheters will focus on one project at a time and finish what they’ve started.

Process Crocheters

For process crocheters, it’s all about the journey. You love the act of crocheting and simply want to play with different yarns and your favorite stitches. Process crocheters tend to pick larger projects that allow you to crochet away without much stopping for measuring, hand finishing or fiddling with any kind of stitch you don’t enjoy. You may also cherish the act of searching for the perfect pattern, pairing with the perfect yarn, and swatching until everything is just right.

Combination Crocheters

Most of us aren’t strictly process or product crocheters, but a combination of the two. I know there are certain stitches or finishing techniques that I just don’t enjoy, so I do tend to shy away from patterns that are heavy in those areas. For the most part, I have a rough idea of my finished product in mind when I’m searching for a pattern. I usually start with a yarn from my stash and the amount of yardage guides me to what is possible (one skein? A lacey scarf or hat. Several skeins? Sweater or shawl time!). From there, I look at what the end result would be and if I like it, I’ll take a closer look at the pattern to make sure I’ll enjoy creating the piece. Combination crocheters want to cherish both the act of their craft and the end result.

Something fun to note is that preferences can differ from craft to craft. I find my knitting process is very similar to my crochet process, however I’m definitely a product sewist. The act of sewing isn’t as therapeutic to me as crocheting, so I just want the project to be completed and off my sewing table. In contrast, sometimes I just want to crochet for the sake of crocheting. I’ll grab a skein or two of yarn, my hook and a simple pattern repeat to create a shawl or scarf that just goes and goes. I always want something in process on my hook or needles.

So, which type of crocheter are you? Whatever your process, cherish your crochet time!

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12 Responses to “Process and Product Crocheters: Which Are You?”
  1. Peggy Beckerdite
    Peggy Beckerdite

    I am definitely a combination crocheter. I do love learning new stitches, I also have some stitches that I avoid at all costs. I’m not very adventurous about trying new yarns.

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  2. Anita Cira
    Anita Cira

    I am a process knitter and crocheter through and through. I like nothing better than spending my day experimenting with yarns and new techniques and/or stitches. My fellow knit mates call me “the swatch queen”.

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  3. Rebekah Villanueva
    Rebekah Villanueva

    I think I’d categorize myself as a Process crocheter. At least that would be my experience so far.

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  4. Donna Scott
    Donna Scott

    I will be a product crocheted when I learn to crochet. I am just a beginner.

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  5. Diana Noffsinger
    Diana Noffsinger

    I’m a composite. Depends on what is happening around me. Often there is something I want to create for someone around me. Then I look for something I like the looks of that will fit that person or circumstance. Other times I’m ready to try something new – stitch, yarn, pattern. It just depends. I’ve been enjoying crochet since I was eleven years old and I’m 74 now, so I can go both ways. Just know I bless my Grandma Coleman who taught me and my sister. Love it!

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  6. Carol Hall
    Carol Hall

    I must be a product crocheted. That’s because I can’t read patterns. I have looked at a few but couldn’t make heads or tails of them. I am a very visual person in all of my crafts. I can look at a picture or an item and reproduce it. It may take a few tries but that’s the fun part.

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  7. Michelle Scheibmair
    Michelle Scheibmair

    I am basically a project crocheter however I have always a blanket, beanie , simple baby clothing going at the same time for relaxation when the going get tough on the project or some days too tired for the more complex project

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  8. Joanne Siewierski
    Joanne Siewierski

    I enjoy crocheting, even though I am adventuresome and like to try new projects, there are times I shy from complex patterns. Looking forward to the end result is my main goal! I am not crazy about synthetics and prefer to use yarns that contain at least 50% natural fiber. I guess I am a combination crocheter.

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