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 this week’s links …

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Something Special

knitting and crochet blog week

The 5th Annual Knit and Crochet Blogging Week by @Eskimimi is coming up in a couple weeks, starting May 12. I’ll be joining in with #KCBW5. I’ve also just joined in Red Berry Crochet’s 52 Week Crochet Blogging Challenge.

Crochet Quote

I love how crochet unites people from many different places. I’m not just talking about geographic locations. Crochet unites people of all different ages and backgrounds, too. I’ve met and connected with so many amazing people through crochet who I never would have known otherwise. There are so many talented people out there! It’s incredible. I love seeing what others are creating. It’s like a positive escalator of mutual passion that lifts all of us up.” – Illuminate Crochet who shared the work of Carol Wolf this week

Crochet Art

crochet food

Crochet Fruit and Veg by L is for Love; reminds me of these yummy food crochet artists

embroidered rocks

Felted, embroidered rocks for sale from crochet artist Emily Barletta

Crochet and Craft Books

crochet hats book

Mommy & Me Crocheted Hats: 30 Fun & Stylish Designs for Kids of All Ages is on its book tour and had a number of reviews including @CrochetWithDee and Not Your Granny’s Crochet

tunisian crochet ebook

@crochetme is offering a free Tunisian eBook, 7 Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns Plus Tips on Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitches and How to Tunisian Crochet

crochet stitches book

@crochetkween reviewed The Big Book of Crochet Stitches: Fabulous Fans, Pretty Picots, Clever Clusters and a Whole Lot More by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss

sewing book

@foxslane reviewed Sew Together Grow Together by Trixi Symonds of Coloured Buttons

rag doll craft book

Emma Lamb reviewed My Rag Doll: 11 Dolls with Clothes and Accessories to Sew by Corinne Crasbercu as part of its @CraftCreateUK blog hop

Crochet Fashion

designer crochet dress

Outstanding Crochet shared this Oscar de la Renta crochet dress

crochet fashion

@vogueknitting shares a sneak peak of their Crochet Fashion issue; congrats to @elevenhandmade who points out what an honor it is to be published in Vogue next to Kaffe Fassett

People Who Crochet

elderly crocheter

Ada Setser has been crocheting blankets for 70+ years!

woman crocheting

Mary Rauch only started crocheting 2 years ago but it’s important in her life. Despite having macular degeneration, she crochets about one shawl per week.


@UCrafter interviewed knitwear designer and photojournalist @GaleZucker and I learned she also used to crochet

bunny mummy crochet

@SimplyCrochet_ interviewed Bunny Mummy

crochet kween

Kristi Simpson interviewed CGOA founder @crochetkween

susie hewer crochet

World record marathon crocheter Susie Hewer writes about crocheting to link people with dementia

Crochet Patterns

crochet socks patterns

@KRWknitwear is now selling the crochet socks patterns from her Crochet Rocks Socks book as individual patterns through Ravelry; she’s offering a discount through 4/30/14

crochet baby hat

Crochet baby elephant hat free pattern by @RepeatCrafterMe on @AllFreeCrochet

crochet beret free pattern

Free crochet beret hat pattern from Cats Rockin

crochet poncho pattern

Crochet poncho pattern for sale from @sandracherryhrt

crochet booties pattern

Loopy Love crochet booties pattern free from @mooglyblog

crochet mandala pattern

Picots and Petals Crochet Mandala Pattern for sale from @winkieflash

crochet scarf pattern

Free crochet scarf pattern from @ElkStudio_

crochet flower pattern

Quick and Easy Crochet Flower Pattern via @aboutcrochet

crochet cushion cal

Crochet Cushion CAL via @mypoppetshop

Crochet Tutorials

granny squares

ReveDreams has put together a terrific complete guide to granny squares; worth bookmarking and sharing! Related: Color n Cream shared a beautiful bsaic granny square tutorial.

crochet plastic canvas

How to Crochet on Plastic Canvas on Portuguese crochet blog Falando de Crochet spotted via @craftypod

linked double treble crochet stitch

Linked Double Treble Crochet Stitch via @crochetspot

crochet griddle stitch

Crochet griddle stitch by @mooglyblog

Crochet Tips and Info

lily chin join as you go crochet

@crochetme shares some ideas from Lily Chin about what you can do with join-as-you-go crochet. I also loved reading about how excited String Theory Crochet was to discover this technique after 50 years of being a crocheter (thanks to an @insidecrochet blanket pattern) … I love how crochet can always offer us something new!

crochet stitch markers

My Rose Valley explains how she used stitch markers to help her when her crochet stitch count was off and her project needed partial frogging.

crochet sweater drape

@crochetspot explains drape

Crochet News

marrakech crochet retreat

The Marrakeck Crochet Retreat is happening this week, photo via Wood and Wool Stool; there’s another one in the fall. I’m excited for @idalifestyle who is attending and I’m hoping she brings back loads of photos.

knit and crochet show

@CGOABoard Knit and Crochet Show is scheduled for this July 23-27, 2014, in Manchester, New Hampshire

Other Crafty Things

knitted food

Knitted comfort food by Jessica Dance and David Sykes via @thebolditalic – reminds me of these yummy crochet comfort food artists

missoni fabrics

I’m loving the new fabrics from Missoni for their 60th Anniversary (via @domainehome)

tapestry yarn art

And I’m in love with Maryanne Moodie’s Tapestry Yarn Art (@houseofmaryanne) via @jealouscurator

craft space

@apttherapy asked people – Do You Have a Dedicated Craft Space? I loved reading the answers and it reminded me of the article I did recently @lionbrandyarn about Creating a Sacred Crafting Space

diy project

Fabric Covered Photo Mats DIY via @designsponge

broom handle knitting

Broom Handle Knitting by Will Grimm via @knithacker

Special Thanks

  • To @YarnBombingLA for accepting my contribution to their Put a Ring On It project
  • To @OOAKindness for sharing the link to my Happily Hooked magazine feature
  • To @EmmaVarnamUK on Twitter for saying in response to my request to review her upcoming crochet book: “You are an absolute legend – so it is a huge privilege to have you look at it”
  • To Phyllis Serbes on Facebook for highlighting this knitting news article and saying, “Oh, Crochet Concupiscence has been sharing the health benefits of crochet and knitting forever”.

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  1. Thank you for linking my scarf!

  2. Thanks for sharing my work!

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