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 (Crochet News and Benefits)

I was saddened to read a news story about an inmate who intentionally swallowed a crochet hook. However I was glad to know that the prison crochet program would not be canceled. “While it was suspended for a couple of days, Rush said inmates are now being allowed to crochet as usual under supervision. “We can’t punish all because of one person,” she said. “We’ve never had a problem before and I don’t anticipate any other problems.”” This makes me glad to hear since prison crochet programs offer so many benefits!

And of course crochet offers benefits for people in all different types of settings. I was also thrilled this week to read about a teacher who is combining crochet with reading in the classroom. This encourages literacy and also teaches the benefits of crafting! Love it!

Crochet Quote

“I keep my head down, brain fully engaged, hooky hands working as fast as they can. New patterns to work through and the dreaded “hooky maths”, trying to remember to Write It Down! Scribble, scribble, must make pattern notes! Count like fury! Sample and resample, pull back and resample some more, again and again until those rows and shapes and stitches and patterns come right. Making the numbers work. Matching the crochet with the ideas that jiggle and jostle impatiently in my Creative Mind.” – Lucy, Attic 24

Crochet Art

crochet artist

A friend just introduced me to the crochet art of local artist Ramekon O’Arwisters who has a current exhibit in Oakland, CA. Keep your eye on the blog next week for more information about this crochet artist.

wire crochet asawa

“Christie’s offers a Best of Best exhibition in Hong Kong that promises to showcase sterling quality works of art from the Asian fold and Ruth Asawa is a phenomenal discovery.” (news source with a nice profile of crochet artist Ruth Asawa)

crochet art

New crochet and knit art show featuring the work of Ann Tilley

crochet art

@TheFiberFriend on Examiner did a post on VK Live and included a slideshow of some of the work including this crochet art by Ashley v. Blalock

crochet bike

Crochet bike represents “the story of how farmers look after the national park environment whilst supplying natural materials that are manufactured into products.”

crochet lamps

@lastejeymaneje shared the crochet lamps of @naomipaul; see more crochet lamps here

su ami mini crochet ladybug

@molliemakes did a roundup of the crochet art by Su Ami, who I’ve featured in roundups of microcrochet

Crafty Reads

crafty book review

The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects by Hand Make My Day reviewed by @twinkiechan

vantastic book

Lucy of Attic 24 says Vantastic by Fox’s Lane “is a mixture of travelogue, practical advice, recipes and crafting projects accompanied by a delicious selection of photographs and friendly, engaging writing.”

vintage home book

@molliemakes reviewed Vintage Home: Stylish Ideas and Over 50 Projects from Furniture to Decorating by @SMVintage

Crochet Designers

crochet designer

@UCrafter interviews crochet designer Sarah Jane (@sjjack44)

petals to picots

@mooglyblog featured the work of @petalstopicots

crochet shawls

@crochetme explored three different popular styles of crochet shawls, highlighting the work of several different excellent crochet designers

crochet music blanket

Congrats to Illuminate Crochet on the opening of a new Etsy Shop; this music blanket was my favorite find there

Crochet Patterns

crochet mandala pattern

@winkieflash has a new crochet mandala pattern for sale (and there’s CAL for it)

crochet flower square pattern

Crochet Flower Square Free Pattern by Color n Cream

irish rose crochet pattern

Crochet Irish Rose free pattern from @olgalacycrochet who I’m sad to learn is taking an indefinite break from blogging

kids crochet vest pattern

I’m a little in love with this kids’ hooded crochet vest pattern free from @lionbrandyarn

crochet hat pattern

Spring Chick Hat free crochet pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs

crochet hat pattern

Baby Striped and Ribbed Band Hat Crochet Pattern free from My Recycled Bags for PURPLE baby crying awareness

crochet blanket pattern

Ella’s Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern via @ELKStudio_

crochet rug pattern

Little Waves Crochet Rug free pattern by @mooglyblog

crochet necklace pattern

New crochet necklace pattern for sale from Little Treasures

crochet necklace pattern

Garden Party crochet necklace pattern for sale from @stitchstory

crochet beret pattern

Little Red Crochet Mini-Beret free pattern by @twinkiechan

crochet shawl pattern

Scraptastic Shawlette with Crochet Button pattern by @UCrafter (one of her free NatCroMo patterns but only free through end of March ’14).

Crochet Tutorials

crochet edged card

Crochet-edged card tutorial via @repeatcrafterme; a cool new variation on some of the ones I saw when putting together my roundup of crochet + paper ideas

invisible crochet

How to invisible decrease in single crochet by @websyarnstore

crochet shell

Shell Stitch with a Front Post Single Crochet Edging by Interlocking Crochet

crochet shawl blocking

How to Block a Crochet Shawl by My Rose Valley

tshirt yarn

How to Make T-shirt Yarn by @repeatcrafterme

yarn calculation

How to Calculate How Much Yarn You Need by @freshstitches

crochet buttons

How to Crochet Buttons by Cozy Things

needle yarn

How to Use a Needle Threader by @fiberflux

People Who Crochet

elderly crochet

Crocheter Emma Haring turns 104 years old

tween crochet

4th Grader Alison Samudio was interviewed about crochet, which she learned recently from her grandmother after seeing the call for penguin jumpers

crochet soldier

Meet the soldier who learned to crochet in Afghanistan via @lionbrandyarn

crochet art

Illuminate Crochet interviews crocheter Stace Clements

crocheting sanity

How Crocheting Keeps Me Sane via @xojanedotcom, a topic you know is close to my heart!

charity crochet

Charity Crochet: “Using the gift of crochet, Louise Murphy is warming the hearts and heads of many.”

Other Crafty Things

woven wall hangings

@designsponge had a cool roundup of 20 woven wall hangings like this vintage find from @The_Brick_House

embroidered prints

Max Colby’s embroidered prints via @lppshop

cotton yarn

Fiber Lesson: Cotton via @crochetkitten

Special Thanks

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