Normally on Saturdays you will find this spot filled with lots of terrific links to all of the great crochet stuff from the week. However, for the month of June I’m taking a link love break. I’m using that extra time to do some intensive book writing as well as to enjoy some vacationing with my little sister. Link love will resume as normal in July. (If you don’t know why I think love matters, read this.) In place of link love, each Saturday in June is going to highlight five different crochet designers that I love.
1. Vita of Mon Petit Violin
Free granny square crochet + fabric dress pattern by Mon Petit Violin
Mon Petit Violin is a beautiful crochet pattern brand from designer Vita Apala. Vita is also the author of Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet: 30 Stylish Shoes, Booties, and Sandals to Crochet for Babies. I love the designs that she creates because they have a nostalgic, romantic influence but are definitely contemporary and cute. Her blog shares pattern announcements, sales info and various crochet tips.
2. Karen of KRWKnitwear
Cassandra’s Love crochet afghan pattern for sale from @KRWknitwear
Karen Ratto Whooley is a crochet designer with eight books under her belt and a crochet instructor through Craftsy. I wrote about her blog back in 2011, when she had released a book of crochet socks, a niche of the craft that still remains under appreciated! I still enjoy following what she does and this year have especially enjoyed the pattern releases she’s highlighted on her blog.
3. Marly Bird
Long double crochet linen stitch tutorial free from Marly Bird along with a free crochet cowl pattern to practice the stitch
Marly Bird is the voice behind the Yarn Thing podcast where she regularly interviews terrific folks in the crafting field including, for example, crochet designer @jessie_athome. Her blog provides updates about her podcast episodes as well as tips, tricks and patterns for knitting and crochet.
4. Heather of Pink Milk
Anemone free crochet pattern from Pink Milk
Heather is a mom of two who shares her crochet patterns on Ravelry as well as through her blog Pink Milk. Her patterns are soft and pretty, with feminine charm and pastel colors. In addition to sharing her patterns, she uses her blog to talk about her life, which is always enjoyable to read about. She writes, “My blog is my very own corner of the internet where I can drape as much crocheted bunting as I please.”
5. Rohn Strong
Rohn Strong offers crochet sweater pattern tips @crochetme
Rohn Strong is a knit and crochet designer who learned crocheting in 1996 when he was just a child and then picked up knitting ten years later. Four years ago he quit his other work to focus full-time on craft design and teaching. He is a knitwear book author with an interest in needlecraft history. His blog shares what he’s up to in the world of crochet and knitting.