Do you subscribe to any crochet magazines? I recently got a really great deal from my credit card rewards program that allowed me to sign up for subscriptions to a bunch of the crochet magazines. I’ll admit, I’d never checked them out before, but the deal was so good that it was worth it to me to take a risk on getting them. So far I’ve gotten five magazine issues in total and I have to admit that I’m a little bit disappointed by them.

I was surprised to discover that crochet magazines don’t really have many articles in them. They have pattern after pattern, which is great, but I think of magazines as something that I can read and without any articles in them the magazines aren’t designed to be read. Some, of course, are better than others.

So far I’ve received magazines from four of the subscriptions:

  • May and July issues of Crochet!
  • The May/June issue of Quick & Easy Crochet
  • The June issue of Crochet World
  • The Spring issue of Interweave Crochet

Of the four I am most pleased by Interweave Crochet because it does have articles and yet doesn’t skimp on the patterns. The issue I have has 25 springtime patterns along with articles on broomstick lace tools, kids crochet tools, kid-friendly yarns, a few brief DVD and book reviews, an article on how to sew on buttons and an overview of the crochet art tree cozy project by Carol Hummel that I’ve mentioned previously on this blog. This i a lot of information about crochet and what I expected from a crochet magazine.

The other magazines may have an article here and there (they all seem to include quick crochet book reviews) and Crochet! has a humorous article on the last page of each magazine but for the most part they are patterns only. And they’re good for what they are, I’m not denying that. I guess I just tend to be a more wordy kind of gal.

Thoughts?

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7 Comments

  1. I think tradtionally, crochet magazines have been mostly patterns. My gripe is that the ones published now are all heavy on clothing designs, something that I am not interested in. I guess I am showing my age here when I say I really miss the old Annie’s Crochet Newletter and Magic Crochet magazines, both of which are no longer published.
    Kathryn, I have to tell you that I think your site is the best place I have found to get information on all things crochet. Maybe you should publish a magazine!

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Ann – Thanks, that’s definitely something to think about!! I always love finding old copies of those vintage crochet magazines, too. :)

  2. I subscribe to Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today and Inside Crochet, and enjoy all three. I think that they do the mix of patterns and articles quite well, and I’ve crocheted things from all of them. I do like the clothing designs, so they suit me, although I can always find some great accessories and homeware in them if need be.

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Lara – Thanks for providing an alternative perspective to mine. Glad to know that some of those magazines are truly being enjoyed by the crochet world!

  3. It’s not dedicated solely to Crochet, but I really like reading Piecework Magazine. Lots of articles related to history of knitting, crochet, etc.

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Misty – Thanks for the heads up – I’ll see if I can check that one out!

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