It’s time for a little bit of link love. Here were my favorite crochet blog posts from the week around the web:
The Olympics have kicked off and that means so have the Ravellenic Games (formerly called the Ravelympics). There are lots of options for participating in this event which is a Ravelry-based way to connect to your knit and crochet community while challenging yourself. There’s a Get Started Guide on Ravelry to help you out.
Smart Crochet Words
- Q&A With the Crochet Geek. @crochettoday interviewed Teresa Richardson.
- Edie Eckman Classes. The designer shares an explanation of the difference between two of her similar classes – one at Stitches and one on Craftsy.
- Essential Crochet Books for your Library. Dora Ohrenstein shares a great roundup for starting a crochet resource library over at Jimmy Beans Wool. I agree with all her choices but would add Seamless Crochet by Kristin Omdahl and Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner Crochet Border to finish it off.
- How to Weave in Ends. Sarah London offers this photo-rich tutorial. I saw the link over at CraftGossip where JD shared a positive attitude about weaving in ends, which I think is awesome because I’m usually a griper at this stage and that’s not a good way to be. I’m going to adopt JD’s attitude the next time it comes time to weave in ends!
- Get a Craftsy Pal. Get more involved with the @beCraftsy website by signing up to get your own Craftsy pal – a sort of digital craftspiration pen pal.
Beautiful Crocheted Creations
Gorgeous crochet work from Spanish blog Bricoarts
I love the neutral gradient color scheme used on this neat ripple blanket by Cosmicpluto
Thornberry did a beautiful job on her new crochet jacket
I love the buttons and zipper detail on the crochet cardigan by Untangling Knots
Bunny Mummy has finished this lovely colorful daisy square crochet blanket. I encourage you to click through to her post to see more beautiful photos.
New Crochet Patterns
- Amigurumi Zombiebot Pattern. A new free amigurumi pattern from Craft Foxes.
- First Day of School Play Dress. This cute new crochet pattern is for sale on Etsy. I saw the link and supercute pictures for it on Pardon My Chaos.
- New Crochet Flower Pattern. JJ Crochet shares a new free crochet pattern for a flower with a ridged center.
- Star Shaped Facecloth Crochet Pattern. My Recycled Bags usually brings us great plarn patterns but this week there’s a free pattern for a scrap cotton yarn facecloth and I’m adoring it!
- Cozy Gnome Camera Case. What a cute free crochet pattern over at Moogly.
- Pencil Shaped Bookmark. Cute new free crochet pattern from @CrochetSpot.
- Crochet Baby Turban Tutorial. This Mama Makes Stuff has a tutorial for a newborn turban. I want to try to adapt it for my-size since it’s so cute!
Best Crochet Video of the Week
New amigurumi-rich vlog post from The Dope Fiends
- 7 Publicity Ideas for Your Arts and Crafts Business. I loved the practical ideas in this article by @B2Community. I especially liked the suggestion to discuss your business problems and how you are overcoming them. This is a great way to generate conversation in your community to get attention for your business rather than just shamelessly promoting yourself.
- Roundup of Yarncrafting Accessories. @LionBrandYarns shared some fun crochet/knitting/yarn accessories like posters, mugs and pins.
- At the Art Market. Dutch blogger Lindevrousweb shared photos from a local art / craft market. There’s some crochet in there along with lots of other cute things. I love the paper porcupines!
- Purl Soho Photos. One Sheepish Girl took a trip to a yarn store and shared some luscious yarn photos.
And Some Special Thanks
- To @sisterdiane of CraftyPod for her terrific image-only interview of me. It was so fun to think about my answers in terms of images instead of words!
- To Elisabeth Andree and Ambassador Crochet for sharing the news about my new book Crochet Saved My Life
- To Mona Mauri for sharing my post about her work as a crochet artist since the 1970s
- To Moogly for including my post on 20 Ways to Combine Crochet and Fabric in a roundup of top links. The links section on this site is called Unpinning Pinterest – I love that idea of taking what you’ve found in pins and aggregating them to share the direct links.