2013 in Crochet


Here are links to all of the posts covered in 2013, including crochet art, crochet news, crochet fashion, crochet health, crochet patterns, crochet inspiration and more.

My Favorite 2013 Crochet Posts

At the end of each month in 2013 I did a roundup of the posts for that month in which I highlighted a couple of my favorite crochet blog posts. Here they are all together:

I thought it was fun reporting on a crochet basics infographic posted on Visual.ly; It’s simple but it makes me happy to see crochet represented on a site that is usually tech and business heavy

I also really enjoyed putting together my Mother’s Day post of inspiring crocheting mom stories.

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Sharing what I think are the 25 Best Cities for Crochet Travel

I was happy to support the Kickstarter Project for Fair Trade crochet by Cambodia Knits

If, and How, We Should Respond to Tragedies with Handmade Goods, in which I was able to think more in-depth about why we craft after a major international disaster and how we can be more intentional in our donations during these times.

Really strange ways to use crochet hooks!

I enjoyed sharing my thoughts on crochet as metaphor in a post titled Loose Ends.

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I loved featuring a guest post from designer Linda Skuja filled with tips about how to ask a crochet designer for pattern support.

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I loved doing an interview in May with knit and crochet designer Kristin Nicholas who had recently released a great book of knit, crochet and felt sunflower designs and projects.

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I had included her book in my roundup of books to look forward to in 2013 before it had actually come out. I enjoyed doing a refreshed post of new crochet books I was/ am enjoying in late 2013 and early 2014.

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20+ Mori and Harajuki Girls in Crochet. It’s fashion, art and craft in one place all pushed out through personal expression and street style.

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10 Stunning Examples of Crochet Fractals. I adore math-related crochet.

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I loved researching and writing new post for my 100 series: 100 unique crochet sweaters and shirts, 100 Unique Crochet Shawls and 100 unique crochet skirts

Each day in November I shared a selection from one of my many crochet Pinterest boards.

Each day in December I shared one of my Awesome Crochet Blogger Awards, which are all rounded up here.

Crochet Art and Crochet Artists

Here were the crochet art and crochet artists featured in 2013:

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Celebrating the Crochet Metal Sculptures of Ruth Asawa

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10 Beautiful Examples of Math in Crochet Art

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Crochet Artist Update: Asimina Chremos, New Work from Crochet Artist Asimina Chremos and First Solo Exhibition by Crochet Artist Asimina Chremos

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Netherlands Crochet Artist Lauriane Lasselin

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Wire Crochet Jewelry Artist Miriam Chor Freitas

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Crochet Artist Karin Kempf

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Kickstarter: Crochet Basketball Nets for Neglected Hoops

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Help Fund a Largescale Crochet Art Project: CAFAM Granny Squared; CAFAM Granny Squared Exhibit Opens

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Nan Nickson’s Twisted Sister Crochet Art Sculptures

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Teen Crochet Artist Ikea Vandross

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Crochet Artist Sara Al Haddad

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Lauren Seiffert’s Crochet Autopsy and Yarn Vomit

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Spooky Crochet Art by Johanna Schweizer

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Crochet Masks and Costumes

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Craft IS Art

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Arline Fisch Crochet Wire Jewelry

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Trey Ajusto and Philippines Crochet

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Crochet Artist Joana Vasconcelos has Work in Jerusalem Art Show

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1970s Crochet Designers: James Walters and Sylvia Cosh

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Crochet in Cristina Perri Music Video

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Stephanie Syjuco of The Counterfeit Crochet Project




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Crafty Knit and Crochet Designer Lise Solvang

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Garry Winogrand’s Woman in a Crochet Dress

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The Wonderful World of Julie Adore

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Knit the City Yarnbombing

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Orly Genger’s Large Scale Lobster Rope Crochet Art Intsallations

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Kate Jenkins Large Scale Crochet Sheep Art

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Surface Design Association Crochet Artists

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Anne-Claire Petit Crochet Kids and Home Collection

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Arline Fisch Crochet Wire Jellyfish Exhibit

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Remembering the Work of Crochet Artist Irene Reed

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Crochet Artist Clemence Joly: Real Candy and Dentist Art

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Blanka Amezkua: Crochet-Edged Embroidery Art

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5 Yummy Crochet Food Artists

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20 Unique Examples of Crochet Stone Art

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Unpublished images from crochet artist Mary Tuma

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Catherine Reed’s Large and Small Crochet Dolls

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Doily on Canvas Art

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Yarn Balls as Art

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Upcycled CDs with Crochet Mandalas

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Inspiration: Crochet Skateboards

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Artist Nathan Vincent Seeks Yarn Donations

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Meet Everyday Crocheter Emily Depole of Etsy’s Nothingbutstring

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25 Most Amazing Works of Crochet Art, the first post in my new series 625 More Things for Crochet Inspiration

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25 More Crochet Artists to Inspire You

Crochet Books and Crochet Writing

I love sharing information about crochet books. Here’s what I shared in 2013:

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New Editions of Cosh and Walters Crochet Books

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20 Things I Love About Dora Ohrenstein’s New Tunisian Crochet Book

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My Mother’s Dress: A Crochet Story

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Lois Collins shares a Crochet Poem

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Crochet Book Review: Vickie Howell’s Top 10 Crocheted Hats

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Books to Read if You Believe in the Healing Power of Crafting

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Stop Motion Video for Crochet Book Release

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5 Reasons You’ll Want to Buy Robyn Chachula’s Blueprint Crochet Sweaters

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Crochet at Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living

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The Fine Art of Crochet by Gwen Blakley Kinsler and 11 Reasons Why You’ll Want the Fine Art of Crochet

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8 Benefits of a Crochet Book Club

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5 Crochet Books that Contribute to Our Understanding of Crochet Art History

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New Pattern Book: Crochet Texting Mitts (Review and Interview)

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Wizard of Oz crochet pattern book

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Learn to Crochet with Glass

Crochet Fashion and Crochet Jewelry

Here were the 2013 posts on crochet fashion and accessories:

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ABunnyAndBear Crochet Jewelry

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LYN by Jocelyn Picard

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New Limited Edition Bracelet from Same Sky (Fair Trade Crochet)

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SIBLING’s Over-the-top Knitwear and Sister by Sibling Spring 2014 Crochet

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Designer Crochet Project: Pierre Balmain

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Designer Crochet Project: Paul Poiret

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Celebrity Crochet: Audrey Tautou in Crochet Hat

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Designer Crochet: Roy Halston

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New Dolce and Gabbana Crochet

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Artisan Crochet from Hearts

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Edgy Fashion Video by Laura Theiss

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OkapiKnits Crochet Jewelry

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Varga Reka Beaded Crochet Jewelry

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Crochet Belt Shorts

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Sandra Juto Wrist Worms

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Designer Crochet: Stella McCartney

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Maria Hera Crochet Wearables

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Sexy, Edgy Crochet and Knitwear from Gabriella Marina Gonzalez

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Designer Crochet: Thom Browne Spring 2013

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Geek Chic: Glasses and Crochet

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Nyoki Handmade Crochet for Kids

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Alessandra Stabili Wire Crochet Jewelry: Gold Collection

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Designer Crochet: Thierry Mugler

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Crochet in Sarah Burton for McQueen Resort 2014 Collection

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Designer Crochet: Tom Ford

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Designer Crochet: Valentino

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Designer Crochet: Vivienne Westwood

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Designer Crochet: Yohji Yamamoto

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Designer Crochet: Yves Saint Laurent

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Ralph Lauren Crochet

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New Crochet Jewelry Collection from Same Sky

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Crochet on Celebrities and Runways

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The Final 3 Designers of the Designer Crochet Project

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Hawaiian Delights Crochet Bikinis

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Crochet Rope Necklaces

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10 Fun Examples of Crochet Chain Link Necklaces

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2013 Coachella Crochet

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Alessandra Stabili Leather and Wire Crochet Jewelry

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Jeffrey Campbell Crochet Wedding Shoes

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Spotted: TOMS Crochet Shoes

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Designer Crochet: Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons

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AmorArt Crochet Jewelry on Etsy

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Beautiful Crochet Shoes

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Vintage Crochet Dress Pattern

Vintage/ Retro Crochet

Here were the posts related to vintage / retro crochet.

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Crochet in 1930

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Crochet in 1931

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Crochet in 1932

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1933 crochet

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1935 crochet

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1936 crochet

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Crochet History: 1937

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1965 McCall’s Crochet Style

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1975 Crochet Inspiration

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20 Hot 1975 Crochet Styles

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More Wonderful 1975 Crochet

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Vintage 4th of July Crochet Wearables

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20 Hot Examples of 1970s Crochet Style via 1971 McCalls Needlework & Crafts

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22 More Examples of 1971 Crochet

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20 Hot Examples of 1970s Crochet Style via 1972 McCalls Needlework & Crafts

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20 More Pretty Examples from 1972 Crochet

Crochet Health

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Crochet health is an important topic to me, of course, since crochet saved my life and the lives of many others that I know. Here are the posts about crochet health that were featured on Crochet Concupiscence in 2013.

Crochet Mindfulness Cues

Crochet for Daily Balance as a Depression Survivor

4 Ways Crochet Helped Me Through Depression

Program to Heal Through Crochet Art

Crocheting Again after a Brain Injury

Crochet Can Help Anyone Feel Creative

College Occupational Therapy Club Crochets for Good Causes

Crochet and Knitting Keep Saving Lives. See the different health issues that people have dealt with using help from crochet.

Crocheting Through Depression and PMDD. I look at a comment from a Crochet Saved My Life reader who shared some of her own crochet health story.

Hand Exercises for Crocheters

Crochet Butterflies of Hope for MS Awareness

Crocheting Through Injury-Related Pain (Vicki’s Story)

Meet Nessa! Crocheting through MS-Related Depression

Healing Benefits of Visualizing and Completing a Project

How to Crochet for Mindfulness and Be Mindful in Crochet

Crochet for Teen Boys in Substance Abuse Recovery

Crochet as a Go-To Therapy Technique

Psychiatric Nurse and 5th Generation Fiber Artist Paula White Shares How Crafting Heals

Crocheting through chronic fatigue, cancer and more

Jodie Bravely Crochets Through Chronic Fatigue

Update on Linda’s Life Saving Crochet

Crochet News

I love seeing crochet in the news. Here’s what I wrote about that in 2013:

Inventor of New Sport Crochets

I Love Yarn Day

Crochet Retreat in Marrakech in April

Soldiers’ Angels: Veteran Crochet

Yellow Label Toys (Fair Trade Crochet)

San Diego Clinic Helps Women Launch Crochet Businesses

Snyder Prison Crochet Program

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4th of July: Stories About Crochet American Flags

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101 Year Old Active Crocheter

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Small Vintage Crochet Hooks … Or Are They?

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Beans for Brains Crochet Scholarship

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Crochet is Trendier Than Knitting in Online Search

Crochet Patterns

Crochet patterns were among the favorite posts, of course. Here are the 2013 Crochet Concupiscence posts sharing various crochet patterns.

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10 Favorite Halloween Crochet Patterns

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10 Beautiful Free Crochet Curtain Patterns

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20 Popular Free Crochet Skirt Patterns for Women

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10 Free Crochet Patterns by Cre8tion Crochet

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10 Beautiful Crochet Patterns from The Crochet Project

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8 Beautiful Free White Crochet Dress Patterns

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5 Mamachee Crochet Patterns to Pretty Up Your Feet

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5 Adorable Birthday Crochet Patterns

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Crochet Basics: How to SC, DC, HDC and TC

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NatCroMo: Designers Share Their Crochet Patterns

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10 Best Free 1930s Vintage Crochet Patterns

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1st Quince and Co. Crochet Pattern eBook

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20 Unique and Beautiful Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

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Lise Solvang Crochet Hat Patterns

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10 Terrific Crochet Shawl Designers and their Top Patterns

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I shared the work of reader Pamela who also offered us a free crochet hat pattern. There were some quirks with the pattern and that gave me a great opportunity to write a post explaining how an experienced crocheter can make assumptions to work out a pattern that’s not quite making sense.

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10 Most Popular Free Crochet Shawl Patterns

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CrochetKitten’s Zodiac Crochet Kittens

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25 Most Popular Free Crochet Patterns and also 20+ Best New Free Crochet Patterns and Tutorials plus 10 More New Free Crochet Patterns

Other Crochet Inspiration

Here are some of the various crochet inspiration posts from 2013 on Crochet Concupiscence, ones that weren’t featured in other categories and were just designed to give you inspiration of various kinds.

Crochet Design Journal

JR Crafter Crochet Hooks Review

Guest Posts by Dora Ohrenstein: Getting the Right Fabric and Tunisian Crochet: More Than a Fad

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Crochet Room Styling Options

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Earth Day: Crochet Recycling Ideas

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How to Crochet a Shawl: The Ultimate Resource Guide

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Try Different Sheep Yarn to See What Each Breed Is Like

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20 Things You Can Do with a Granny Square

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Interview with Innovative Crochet Hat Designer Strawberry Couture

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Interview with a Crocheter: Mumbles Mummy

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Early in the year I compiled your answers to the daily Crochet Questions of the Day. Then I shared my own answers.

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5 Beautiful Creations by Dragonfly Dutchess

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Top 10 Niche Crochet Techniques

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20 Beautiful Examples of Crochet Mixed with Cross-Stitch

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20 Stunning Examples of Stained Glass Inspired Crochet

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wool Yarn

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Summer: Crochet Hammocks

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Tech Crafty: QR Code Crochet and how to crochet a QR code

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Wedding Crochet for Summer Brides

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Crochet in the TV and Movies

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Ideas for Organizing your Crochet Stash

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5 Ways to Broaden Your Crochet World

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Interview with Fresh Stitches (Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival)

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Teeny Tiny Micro Crochet and 20 More Examples of Microcrochet

Crochet in My World

Here were the 2013 Crochet Concupiscence posts about crochet in my world, whether it was what I made, what I wrote or what I spotted around me.

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I wrote about How I Hooked to Heal; Hook to Heal is the name of the book I spent much of 2013 working on. Related posts: Update on Hook to Heal, Example of a Crochet-for-Creativity Exercise

I rounded up my previous posts for 500 Unique Crochet Items

I did a sponsor post about vision insurance.

I turned my small crochet scarf into a large crochet cowl

Little Crochet Spotted Here and There

I received crochet pasties from Sex on a Stitch

Interview with The Blogger

Dollar Yarn Rectangles: More Than Meets The Eyes

Why I am Thankful for Crochet

I added New Sponsorship Opportunities on Crochet Concupiscence including Pinterest sharing and sharing on other social media

Recent Updates from My Life including Latest Crochet Projects. And I shared my personal crafting goals, my commitment to crochet blogging and some of my crochet blog goals.

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Repotting for the Brown Thumb

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Finding Joy in Crochet Dishcloths and Gone a Little Crochet Washcloth Crazy

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Crochet Doily Placemat Tutorial

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Others’ Crochet in My World

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I Saw Crochet at an Arcade Museum

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My Crochet Work Space in Online Art Exhibit

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My Style: Crochet Shawl as Cape

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Betty: Pet Crochet

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My Crochet: Convertible Top

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My Stashbusting Little Crochet Lamps Project

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Super Buddies Simple Cape with Crochet Cord

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Crochet Flowers

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How I Learned to Crochet and How 6 of Us Crochet Bloggers Learned to Crochet

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Puppy vs. Crochet Pillow

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I crocheted lots of new small items

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And I shared a photo of Hudson on my crochet blanket

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Tutorial for Easy Crochet Wedding Table Centerpiece

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My Crochet Squares at LA Art Museum

And Off The Blog

I wanted to share some of the crochet-related things I published in places other than the Crochet Concupiscence blog in 2013 and things that weren’t written about me.

I did a guest post series over on Lion Brand Yarn about prayer shawls and was so touched by the many comments that were posted there sharing the power of intentional crafting as both a crafter and as a recipient of a handmade gift. I also did a guest post on the topic of crochet as meditation for @lionbrandyarn; CraftaceousPeriod mentioned the post.

I started writing a new 2013 column in Interweave’s Crochet print magazine beginning with Spring 2013. In each issue I interview a regular everyday crocheter to find out what makes him or her special and share their story. I did an article about young crochet artist Ikea Vandross that was published in the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet. I wrote about Em. And I wrote about Jodie who then shared her experience of doing the interview with me on her blog Lupey Loops.

I have been doing weekly guest posts for the Crochet Today blog, writing about crochet art, crochet bloggers and more. I’ve also done tutorials for the blog. Some examples of my posts: pirate crochet suggestions for Talk like a Pirate Day, Ultimate Guide to Crocheting for Men, Cross-Crafts for Crocheters, 4 Tips for Choosing a Baby Yarn, tutorials on tall stitches and the Russian Join

Moogly and FreshStitches both interviewed me about my next book project, Hook to Heal

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I Was Named a Crochet Hero

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And I was Named a Favorite Crochet Blogger

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My studio space was featured on Chickiedee Handmade.

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I was interviewed by Inspired Crochet about crochet blogging for the February issue of their digital magazine.

I was named a favorite online crochet resource by Marie of Underground Crafter

Yarn Classes said some nice things about the “wealth of inspiration” on Crochet Concupiscence

Heal My PTSD shared my two-part guest post on crochet for PTSD

Sharon Silverman reviewed Crochet Saved My Life

I was the March featured publisher of the month on IZEA; interviewed here about sponsored tweets

I was quoted by Indiegogo about my experience using their crowdsourcing site for my Hook to Heal project

Bonita Patterns recommended my book, Crochet Saved My Life, in a lovely post about the psychological benefits of crochet. It was great to see all of the comments there from people who have experienced the same benefits that I have!

I received various link mentions in blog posts by Ancora Crafts, String Geekery and Megan’s Creative Magic. For example, Ancora Crafts included my post on crochet water bottle holder patterns in an amazing roundup of “healthy water crafts“ and also did a book review of Crochet Saved My Life.

I did a guest post on the blog of Crochet Queen Gwen Blakley Kinsler all about crochet art history.

I collaborated with sponsor Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids to do a fun giveaway of yarn-shaped candles over on Facebook.

Nyoki Handmade shared my work on their Nyoki Loves Blogs Pinterest Board.

Boocoos did a book giveaway of Crochet Saved My Life and mentioned my next book Hook to Heal

Yarn Round Hook added my blog to her blogroll

The Sunroom wrote about crochet and health and shared a portion of a post I did on how crochet helped me through depression.

I also did a a guest post about my crochet life over on Made in K-town and a guest post about the Hook to Heal project on MomWithAHook’s blog.

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