March is National Craft Month and has also been called National Crochet Month or NatCroMo. This year I’ve seen a lot of people calling it International Crochet Month, which I think is great because it includes the terrific crochet work that happens all around the world!
What is NatCroMo?
Basically NatCroMo is a month devoted to celebrating our craft. Of course, we do this all year long but this focus on it in March is a terrific way to get more and more people talking about the craft that we adore.
How to Celebrate NatCroMo
There are many different things that you can do to celebrate this month:
- Go buy a yarn that you love. Or be sweet and buy yarn for someone else.
- Teach someone else to crochet.
- Wear a crochet garment or accessory.
- Crochet an item for charity.
- Crochet in public; people will ask about your work and you can tell them why you love yarn!
- Go yarnbombing.
- Hit the social media share buttons on this post to let others know that it is a month for celebrating crochet!
For my part I’ll be trying to keep you updated on what the whole crochet community is doing in celebration this month, which kicks off with some details below!
How will you celebrate (Inter)National Crochet Month? Come share your answer on Facebook; the best answers will be rounded up at the end of the month!
Crochetville Crochet Blog Tour
Crochetville is hosting what they are calling A Tour Through Crochet Country, which is a big blog tour stopping on at least one crochet blog every single day this month. The tour helps support Project Night Night, a charity offering handmade blacnkets and toys to homeless children. Here are the posts on the blog tour that have happened so far:
Stitch Story shared an experiment in painting crochet with watercolors
Ellen Gormley gave props to CGOA and talked a little bit about her crochet books
Nancy Nehring shared some of her favorite crochet hooks
Many Creative Gifts shared a free crochet pattern for an owl scarf
Amy O’Neill Houck shared several free crochet patterns, including one for the tapestry crochet hat shown above, and also told us some of her own crochet history.
Zen Crochet shared a unique crochet stitch tutorial for “orange wedges”, describing it as “regular crochet meets Tunisian crochet”.
Mary Jane Hall of Positively Crochet shared several things but my favorite was her Certificate of Achievement in Crochet, a printable item for any of us to use.
Poetry in Yarn shared a free crochet bookmark pattern
Edie Eckman shared a “day in the life” of her crochet design world
And a note that many of these crochet designers featured here are offering discounts off of their patterns for all or part of the month so it’s worth it to actually check out their full posts and get those details.
Other NatCroMo Happenings
Here are some of the other things that I’ve seen happening on crochet blogs for NatCroMo so far:
- Marie of Underground Crafter is doing a bunch of stuff for NatCroMo including crochet interviews, reviews, giveaways and more. I was lucky to be featured in an interview with her and named a crochet news source. I was also mentioned in a NatCroMo post by Irene of @yarnclasses. Thanks ladies!
- Shibaguyz are doing a bunch of great crochet giveaways for NatCroMo. KRWKnitwear is also doing NatCroMo giveaways in the form of weekly raffles that kicked off with a Knook giveaway.
- Yarn Dharma has set some crochet goals and has been blogging daily for NatCroMo. TheOnlyNikki is another crochet blogger who set some NatCroMo goals (specifically to post more about WIPs and FOs).
- Laurie Wheeler of Crochet Liberation Front is committed to helping us crocheters do better in business in March.
If you know of another crochet blog doing something special this month for NatCroMo just leave a note in the comments so we can all find it!