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As a crochet teacher, I've heard many a student say "wait, I took up crochet to relax, and I'm even more tense!" It's true, when anyone first sets out to learn a new skill, we all have a tendency to become nervous and stressed because we are faced with a new challenge and don't want to fail at it. Well, crochet is NOT about failing or losing, it's about having fun and trying new things without fear or tension. I always encourage beginners to just relax, concentrate (but not too hard), and practice, practice, practice. It's the repetitive nature of crochet that leads to muscle memory and ultimately creates a relaxing new hobby!