Link Love for Best Crochet Patterns, Ideas and News

Link love is my way of giving back to the crochet community by highlighting the great work out there each week from crochet bloggers, designers, artists and more. Here are the links from the last week or so …

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Something Special

crochet cancer cal

@MerryMessyLife and eight other bloggers are doing a cancer charity CAL. She says, “we are going to be making four projects (or more if time allows!) to mail to a chapter of Crochet for Cancer, Hooks of Hope, located in Eastern Pennsylvania. They give crocheted items to hospitals all across America to patients undergoing chemo and radiation.” (The other participating bloggers are @ElkStudio_, @mooglyblog, @petalstopicots, @BeaRyanDesigns, @fabiwcreates, I’m Hooked, Curious Tiff Crochet, Adventures of KT and The Squid and Grammy Dirlam.)

Crochet Quote

“When I like something in crochet, I tend to make it to death. If I make a pretty doily or egg cosy, i’ll go on to make another ten. I guess whilst the pattern is fresh in my head and my enthusiasm is right on up there, then it stands to reason to make more and not just leave it at one.” – Coco Rose Diaries

Crochet Art

crochet art fish

Kate Jenkins has her work in a crochet art show all May; see Kate’s Crochetquarium

crochet art dolls

@croshame is having a sale on her awesome crochet art dolls

crochet dolls

Emma Lamb shared the Lalylala crochet dolls by graphic and textile designer Lydia Tresselt who sells the patterns

pacific rim crochet

@denofgeek shares the Cuddle Scunner Kaiju (inspired by Pacific Rim) along with an interview with artist Patrick Dougan

crochet titanic

Crochet Titanic by The Lazy Hobbyhopper

yarnbomb

Yarnbomb by @hijennybrown via @knithacker

crochet flower bouquet

I loved seeing According to Matt’s beautiful crochet flower bouquet

crochet ukelele

And this crochet ukelele by Bigunki

@twinkiechan shared the video and photo from her new Tako (Octopus) Scarf photo shoot

Crochet and Craft Books

fine art of crochet book

Andrea at The Fiber Forum reviewed The Fine Art of Crochet by @crochetkween. She says, in part, “Gwen refers to the works of these amazing artists as “awe-inspiring” and “cutting-edge” and I could not agree more. I have barely been able to put it down since I received it. It is a joy. ” The book was also reviewed this week by @craftgossip and others, as its on a book tour

crochet book

And @crochetkween reviewed a couple of crochet books this week including Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food & More by Suzann Thompson (@textilefusion), of which she says in part, “Suzann draws her inspiration from her daily life, but often consulted illustrated children’s books or Google images to find out things like “Where exactly do a sea turtle’s flippers attach to its body?” The resulting motifs show the immense imagination and almost architectural skills that she used in this book! Suzann has not just re-cycled familiar motifs as is often the case; but she has created new themes and provided some very interesting combinations of stitches that make truly unique shapes.”

craft fabric art book

@craftypod reviewed Intentional Printing: Simple Techniques for Inspired Fabric Art by Lynn Krawczyk (@SmudgedTextiles)

craft book

@kristinnicholas shared Cloth: 30+ Projects to Sew from Linen, Cotton, Silk, Wool, and Hide by Cassandra Ellis

Crochet Patterns

crochet bunting pattern

Free crochet triangle bunting pattern via @creativejmom

crochet shrug free pattern

Simple shrug free crochet pattern from @lionbrandyarn

crochet scarf pattern

Free crochet scarf pattern from @myhobbyiscroche

crochet flower corsage

Crochet flower brooch pattern by Made with Loops

crochet flower pattern

Free crochet flower pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs

crochet flower bouquet

Crochet flower bouquet pattern by @repeatcrafterme

crochet flower square

Crochet flower granny square pattern free from @aboutcrochet

crochet coaster pattern

Color n Cream has a new crochet coaster pattern for sale

crochet baby hat pattern

Baby Kisses Crochet Hat Pattern from Cats Rockin

Crochet Tutorials

crochet velocity shawl

How to Crochet Tunisian Even Stitch by @AGMode via @crochetme

crochet embroidery

ReveDreams offers a four-part tutorial for embroidering on crochet, spotted via @CraftGossip

bpdc stitch

How to Work the Back Post Double Crochet Stitch (Photo + Video Tutorial) via @fiberflux

chainless starting crochet

Chainless Starting Treble Crochet by @mooglyblog

crochet granny squares

How to De-Stash and Donate Your Yarn by @AFeistyRedhead on @becraftsy

Crochet Tips

“Why spend all that time stitching a garment, only to stop short of making it look great! Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment off perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size, and in some cases can even mask your mistakes.” – Patty Lyons, via @mamas2hands

crochet magazine cover

@crochetme offers some crochet tips for the @elevenhandmade crochet top on the Interweave magazine cover, such as starting with a foundation chain

finger crochet

@planetjune recommends finger protectors for knitters and crocheters

crochet pooling

@artlikebread has an article on @crochetspot providing information on color pooling in crochet work

Craft News and People Who Crochet

surgeon crochet

Surgeon Dr. Mark Stelzer shares his love of crochet

knit you

@lastejeymaneje shared Knit You. “Knit You is a brand of clothing and accessories created by the Link Association. The products are handmade by volunteers and residents at institutions that care for senior citizens and Alzheimer’s sufferers. 100% of the profit from sales is distributed to the participating institutions.”

charity crochet

Kings Point Crafters. sew, knit and crochet for charity. “Formed in 1975 the Krafters donate handmade lap robes and afghans to the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa and other items to the SCC Emergency Squad and Samaritan Services as auction items for fundraising events. In the past, donations also have gone to Metropolitan Ministries for the homeless and to area nursing homes.”

charity crochet

Elizabeth Walker crochets for prremies; so does the Yummy Mummys group

library knitting group

Libraries are expanding their offerings. Knit and crochet groups are one way. I’d suggest they consider starting some crochet book clubs!

refugee crochet

New Beginnings Artisans, a group of about 20 refugee women from Nepal, Afghanistan and Ethiopia led by volunteers, meets once a week to create homemade items to sell — things like jewelry, purses and soaps.”

crochet interview

Illuminate Crochet has a great interview with Jenn Wolfe Kaiser

mainly crochet

@poetryinyarn interviewed Michele Maks who is behind the new Mainly Crochet subscription pattern site

Other Crafty Things

yarn

New one of a kind yarn from @websyarnstore. “We’re thrilled to indroduce this colorful, one-time-only yarn to celebrate WEBS’ 40th Anniversary this year – it’s our own Valley Yarns Huntington, hand dyed by Lorna’s Laces in their scrumptious colors! Valley Yarns Huntington is an extremely soft, machine washable sock yarn that’s definitely not just for socks. These 100-gram hanks contain 436 yards!” Made in Peru, dyed by @lornaslaces

sheep shearing

Juniper Moon Farm shared shearing day

mighty ugly creativity book

@kpwerker shared a nice post called Taking the DIY out of Business, about hiring the right help when needed in a small business. This week she also shared her experience at the Craftcation event.

patons silk bamboo

@crochetspot reviewed one of my favorite yarns: Patons Silk Bamboo

Special Thanks

  • To Lupey Loops for linking to my article on mohair yarn pros and cons in her great comprehensive article on working with mohair.
  • To Illuminate Crochet for including me in the list of crochet blogs she loves. She says, in part about Crochet Concupiscence, “wow where do I begin? This blog is like the vortex of crochet. It has it all: news, patterns, ideas, art, fashion, everything! Kathryn updates really frequently so there’s always something new going on. She’s really good at bringing together all kinds of crochet related stuff from all over the web, from the obscure to the super popular. Her round-up posts are amazing too and make it easy to find what you’re looking for whatever that may be.” Others on this great list include @futuregirlcraft, @freshstitches, @gocrochet, @repeatcrafterme, @twinkiechan and more so I’m in great company!
  • To Sussle for awarding me a new scholarship for my efforts sharing crochet and crafts on their site. I am proud to be their first two-time winner and to be sharing my love of our craft there.

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Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

6 Comments:

  1. jodiebodiecrochets

    Thanks for the mention Kathryn – and thanks for allowing me to share your mohair information on my collation of everything I have learned about mohair. As I was reading your blog post, I found myself nodding in agreement with your descriptions of why people like and dislike working with mohair and your simple explanation of the different grades of mohair is very useful and accessible unlike some of the more technical information out there.
    I am glad you also mentioned Illuminate Crochet above – I read that post during the month and found myself nodding again (but more vigorously) with Sara’s review. “Vortex” is a great word – love it – and she’s right! 😉

  2. Great post full of awesome links. Thx for including me.
    Kristin

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  4. Thank you so much for including my stop sign! Love all the links (especially planetjune’s finger protection – what a great idea!)

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    Thank you and keep up the awesome posts!

  6. Annoo Thanks for the support

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