Here is this week’s edition of crochet link love where I try to support the crochet community by sharing links to the best of the best in crochet art, crochet patterns, crochet fashion and more from around the web this week.
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Have you seen the Jake’s Blankie CAL by @jessie_athome? It started last month and will continue until early April so it’s about halfway done but you can follow the links to each week’s crochet patterns to get caught up!
Have you voted in the first quarter of The Crochet Awards, yet? Jessie has three patterns up for vote: The Rachel Skirt, the Fall Leaves Wrap and the Unchained Shawl. Give her some support with a vote!
“During this time that is caught between the end of winter and the start of allergy season, I often find myself struggling to find the intrinsic motivation that propels me through summer, and today I found myself taking what I think of as “baby steps” in an effort to generate some crochet mojo.” – Crochetbug
Food art sleep masks by @twinkiechan
@UCrafter reviewed Tapestry Crochet by Renate Kirkpatrick
@annemariesblog mentioned that Tessa van Riet of @Woolytoons Crochet has a book coming out later this year that will include a crochet amigurumi dwarfs pattern set.
Tapestry crochet interview with Liz @PlayinHookyHats by @Ucrafter
Granny Square Crochet Vest by Outstanding Crochet
Topshop crochet dress via The Guardian
Usher in spring with 100+ crochet flowers – links to roundups of flowers and flower patterns for springtime inspiration!
Rainbow crochet blanket pattern for sale from @feltedbutton
Rainbow crochet wrap free pattern from @jessie_athome
Crochet hexagon motif free pattern @sandracherryhrt
Crochet hexie free pattern from Laurel’s Place
Rainbow crochet flower pattern free from @fiberflux
Crochet granny shawl free pattern from Suz Place
Rose crochet shawl pattern for sale from Hopeful Honey
Floral crochet granny square free pattern from @madewithloops
Tulips in a Field crochet hangers free pattern from ByHaafner
Starburst crochet beret pattern free from @bhookedcrochet
Crochet shawl free pattern from @ElkStudio_
Aztec Scarf crochet pattern for sale from @JBHCrochet
Free crochet scarf pattern from @mooglyblog
Cowl wrap free crochet pattern from @SCCelinaLane
Crochet bow ear warmer free pattern @rescuedpaw
Crochet mountains wall hanging free pattern @mamainastitch
Crochet hedgehog appliqué free pattern @crochetspot
Crochet car blanket / playmate free pattern @repeatcrafterme
Chevron crochet egg free pattern from @jahuston
Crochet earth free amigurumi pattern from @SCCelinaLane
Felted pencil bag free crochet pattern with information on wet felting from ReveDreams
Center double crochet stitch tutorial video free @mooglyblog
5 Tips for Getting out of a Crafty Color Rut by Ashley Martineau @becraftsy
Tips on choosing eyes for amigurumi @freshstitches
Crochet News and Info
Vanna White explains in a video interview that she learned to crochet at age five from her grandma then re-learned when she started on Wheel of Fortune, beginning by crocheting baby blankets for friends. Photo is from an old Etsy crochet interview with Vanna.
“67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, supported by Cell C, has announced its drive to produce 21 000 blankets by Tuesday, 21 April and create a world record in the process. In this, the 21st year of democracy, South Africans are encouraged to knit or crochet a blanket.” source
“A crochet blanket measuring 464 square meters created for the victims of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been recognised as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records. Around 11,000 of the pieces have been stitched together to complete the blanket in over two years and it broke the earlier record held by a piece in Kuwait, which measured 306 square meters.” See other crochet world records.
Yarnbomber Ami Zanders had her work taken down by elderly ladies who called it “tacky”. She said she doesn’t mind that because at least she’s getting a reaction!
I admit to a guilty pleasure for crime TV dramas and reality TV shows. Lately I’ve been watching old episodes of Preacher’s Daughters and I spotted this chevron crochet blanket. See other crochet on TV here. See other chevron crochet inspiration here.
How to Wash Yarn via Abby’s Yarns
3 new yarn colors in @idalifestyle yarn shop
Other Crafty Things
Heart Wreath DIY Kit by Cardboard Safari
@coolhunting had an interview with knitwear designer Kim Haller
@apttherapy had a post about craft + culture, a current interior design trend: “The idea is to look for pieces that show how they’re made. Or find pieces that are made in a particularly interesting way, or are made in a way that gives credit or hints at the culture its inspired by. Going for pieces that have a history and richness to them, you imbue your spaces with a lot of interest and detail, not clutter.” “Like this rug from new company Leingrau, for instance, combines traditional crafts, like weaving, knitting, and felting with modern design to produce stunningly beautiful pieces. They’re lovely to look at from afar, they’re even more lovely when you get up close, but perhaps more importantly, these rugs and textiles bring a lot of story into your home with their rich details and materials.”