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  11. Hi I would love to know if you could tell me the name of the stitch used on this Russian site and on this Portuguese (I think) video. I have been looking for a pattern for this and cannot find one with the name of the stitch. Any help would be deeply appreciated.


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  15. I had a miscarriage last summer (7 months ago) at 11 weeks. I was completely devastated. I read many, many blog posts about healing from miscarriage, and 1 of them suggested crafting such as knitting or crochet. I made my husband a huge knitted scarf. It helped focus me, and sometimes I cried when I was knitting. My friends were making blankets for babies in the NICU, and I decided to make blankets to donate for bereaved parents. It was hard, because I bought yarn labeled “baby,” but I told myself it was to keep me from avoiding the pain of grief. More than productive, it felt important. It was spiritual. I would think about the family, holding their baby in the hospital in the blanket I was making, and what I would say to them, what they were going through. I felt connected to this family that I may never know. I cried, and I spoke to my baby while crocheting. I think crochet provided a safer space to grieve. I brought the blanket to the dr’s office, where I was depressed being around the pregnant women after my loss. When I got pregnant again, I worried about the new baby, and I brought the blanket on the train and to the dr’s office. Sitting in the office for sometimes more than an hour, I could end up ruminating about my fears, and the crochet helped me focus on breathing, staying in the moment, and the reality that there was nothing I could do, and that I didn’t know anything yet. This weekend, I washed the cat hair and cat dander out of the blanket and little tiny hats, and put them in a plastic bag to protect them from our cat mistaking them for a squirrel. I edited the letter to the bereaved family, and I will give it all to the leader of the support group this week. I’m really proud of myself for finishing the blanket and hats, and for facing my grief in a healthy way (most of the time), instead of drinking it away or eating bad things. I got more rainbow yarn (rainbows are gender-neutral and more interesting than green and yellow), and I’m making another blanket, because the grief doesn’t go away, even with a new pregnancy. I think without crochet, and without using a yarn labeled “baby,” I would have ended up dealing with my grief in unhealthy ways.

  16. @StephK Thank you so much for sharing your powerful, important story. I am so touched. Hugs!!

  17. i printed a crochet pattern ,I first had to translated from Dutch to english,THis word “Knob” and “hstgm’ dbstgm’ and is there a differnece between “Bud stitch and Popcorn?
    Really appreciate any in put,I have tried searching and the “lm” i found is a chain stitch!
    Thank You

  18. sonjalv I’m not sure Sonja. I know that there are similar stitches to popcorn (cluster, bobble) but I’m not actually sure what bud stitch is.

  19. I have just discovered your web page and I really like it. Thank you for your information.
    Mara Tricot,

  20. Is there a way to shorten a chevron crochet afghan from the bottom? The first 30 rows are wide stripes of color, but now I want the stripes to be narrower. Can I remove half the widths of two wider bands of color and somehow graft them back together in narrower stripes of color? In other words, I could use the Kitchener stitch to graft stripes together if this were knitting. Is there an equivalent technique in crochet?

  21. Thank you. I thought I was the only one using crochet as therapy.

  22. RolgaYogaCikitsa

    I’m seeking a vegan alternative for wool – specifically to make dryer balls. any ideas on what natural fibers shrink or meld together when washed & dried like wool does? many thanks

  23. RolgaYogaCikitsa Hm, that’s a good question. I’m not sure what vegan yarns felt like that but I’ll ask my social networks and see if I can find an answer!

  24. you have a pattern that features the purple flower granny square afghan along with various squares listed as a free pattern from bernat. yet when you click on the link , it does not take you to the pattern. :(

  25. knghtwolf1971 It looks like the pattern you’re referring to is in this post: … Unfortunately, I wrote that post in 2012 and it seems that the link has changed since that. Yarnspirations doesn’t seem to have that pattern anymore and I can no longer locate it online anywhere.

  26. knghtwolf1971 If the link doesn’t take you to a pattern you can go to the site and use the search section for the pattern. If that doesn’t work you can ask if it is in their archive. Not finding a pattern seems to be a problem for many yarn sites.

  27. My charity is called Rylee’s Hope.
    We are in need of crocheted or knitted baby blankets ( boy, girl and neutral) hats (premie, micro premie and newborn sizes) dresses, burial gowns, etc. if you have any other ideas please let me know!
    Address to send items to is : 7223 Taylor’s ferry road, Bessemer Alabama 35023.
    There is no deadline, I try and donate at lease every couple months.
    Here is my page if you would like to go check it out:)
    I lost my daughter Rylee Brooke on February 8th, 2014. I received a box while in the hospital and it truly means the world to me. That is why I started this charity to give back to others that unfortunately are in the same position as I was.
    I am donating to Brookwood women’s center in Birmingham Alabama. Every donation will be listed on a card inside the box and on our page. Anything you can do will greatly be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to help us and the families going through this!
    If you have any other questions just ask!:)
    Thank you again!

  28. Catherine Arango

    yes, i purchased one of your crochet patterns for a navy afghan and it was not sent to my email. I went to check on it and print it but it hasn’t been sent.
    It was a naval afghan with a anchor on it .
    thank you
    cathe arango

    • Hi Catherine,

      I do not offer any patterns for sale. I link to a wide variety of other people’s work in an effort to share the beauty of the crochet community through my blog. Perhaps you followed one of my links to a seller and then purchased from there? I hope that you can locate the maker of the pattern and get your situation worked out.


  29. Hi…

    My name is Monica and I have a Master’s from NYU. For my Master’s thesis, I did a study on The Therapeutic Value of Quilting. The results of my research were in part exactly what I thought they would be. The extent of effect quilting had on my responders was far beyond my wildest expectations!!! There were a few reasons people quilted that a lot of quilters shared. The top reasons included instant gratification–when people are not feeling their best, it’s good for them to see that they are able to create something beautiful. The feeling that they are able to do for someone else since most of the time quilters make for others. And the biggie was it is had to feel bad when you’re making something so beautiful for someone else–who isn’t feeling all that good!
    So my thought is that any one of the fiber arts–or anything made by hand–has definite therapeutic value!!

  30. Crochet…. brings out the best in me. I am very much a giver by genetics and heritage. When I cannot give something in me dies. We moved to the backwoods of Alaska. My husband dream and my nightmare. It has been a very lonely journey. I have always been crafty. I started to crochet again and give most of it away to the homeless shelters. My husband saw the good it brought out in me and now he buys most of my yarn and frequents the second hand stores for yarn. I love it. I rarely am lonely now. I just think of the next person who might wear the item I am making.

    • Thanks for sharing that Barbara. I’m so glad that crochet can be your friend in this way! And it’s a great gift to the people who are able to wear what you make. Those threads connect us.

  31. I would like the pattern for the crochet swiffer cover,

  32. Hello Kathryn

    I have been working with a brilliant Crochet artists named Gina Gallina for about two years. In 2013 we did a project called #Yarnography and on the 28th we will be launching a new installation called #Yarnolutionary. I thought you might be interested in seeing her work. Please let me know if I can connect you.

    Here are some links:

    This is a video I did in 2013 to publicize our #yarnography exhibition:

    Here are photos of that work:

    Here are a couple of the #yarnolutuonary images. More are on their way:

    • Thanks Jeremy,

      I saw the exhibit via Twitter and definitely think it looks interesting. I have a mention of it going into my Link Love roundup on Saturday. I’d love to do a full post about all of the work that you’ve done together.


  33. Hi,

    I love your blog, it is one of my favorites! Unfortunately some months ago your site was suddenly atomatically translated into Dutch. The result is horrible and practically unreadable. I cannot figure out how to turn this off. It only happens on your site. Does anyone have any suggestions? Or is it caused by some setting on your site I have no inluence on? Can somebody help please? Thanks!

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