I think we can all safely say that there’s a lot of less than attractive crochet out there. Just take a look at the sundry afghans littering any thrift shop. If you take a moment to be rational, however, you know that the person who created that item didn’t set out to make ugly crochet. Their intent was probably just to make something useful out of the materials they already had available to them. And in that moment of utilitarian craft, some really ugly articles were born.
I feel like I can talk about this, because I have made a couple of really unattractive items. I only have pics of one of them. See exhibit A:Here’s what I can tell you. This yarn wasn’t ugly. It was actually a really cool kind of deep burnished orange. I have a lot of the color in varying shades in my living room, and it rocks.As you can see, it’s clearly a color I like. The yarn was chenille and soft in an awesome lumpy sort of way. It even created a pleasing effect when I crocheted it with this single, front loop stitch. And yet…despite all of it’s good points, it exited my hook this neck warmer kind of icky thing. Textbook ugly crochet. Ugly in a very 80’s kind of puffy way….
It happens. Don’t feel sorry for me. There’s someone out there who will appreciate the cozy, soft warmness of this neck wrap. Fly and be free little ugly thing….Hopefully, when someone finds you in the thrift store, they’ll know that you were handcrafted with love and forgive the homeliness of the creation….
So here’s the wisdom imbedded in my little tale of woe, you’re probably going to make some ugly things when you’re learning. It’s up to you be self-aware and identify them as ugly before you unleash them on an unsuspecting world. It’s a plea for awareness people. Know ugly when you make it. Know your audience before you gift it. 😉