link love crochet

After a month long Link Love hiatus (during which I featured links to some of my favorite crochet bloggers and designers instead), the weekly roundup of terrific links has returned. You’ll find links to the best of the best in crochet art, crochet patterns, crochet fashion from all around the web this week.

Sponsor Love

rainbow granny square crochet blanket

A shout out to the wonderful @jessie_athome who shared some great stuff on her blog this week including the rainbow granny crochet blanket pattern above that she created for Red Heart Yarns. She’s also about to launch a MCAL (mystery crochet along) and MKAL (mystery knit along) that will run until September.

Something Special

crochet mandala pattern

Maya from The Little Treasures created a free crochet mandala pattern in honor of Wink and the #MandalasForMarinke remembrance project

Crochet Art

yarnbomber podcast

Have you seen that Yarnbomber launched a podcast? He’s interviewing lots of great crochet artists including London Kaye.

amigurumi crochet art

@GeekyHooker is hiding adorable little crochet characters all around San Diego’s Comic-Con this weekend. Via @TwistedSifter. Thanks to Esther for the lead on this one.

crochet art

Crochet artist Mandy Greer is raising funds for an art project outdoors at a beautiful monastery. She says in part: “In several of the aged maple, birch and oak trees we’ll be creating a lacy cavern of grays and silvers – inspired by a memory of a tiny dome-shaped cave called Sönghellir we visited while on residency in Iceland with our family–made of shredded old clothes and wool yarn acquired from small, ethical sheep farms both in Washington and the Catskills region of NY.”

crochet yarnbomb bike

50+ bikes have been yarn bombed in celebration of Pan Am Games in Milton. They can be seen all around town. Photo of Marina Snider by Eric Riehl/Metroland Media Group

crochet fish art

Crochet artist Kate Jenkins will be creating an entire fish counter made from wool, wit and plenty of sequins for her latest exhibition which will be opening at Alexander Palace at the Knitting and Stitching Show October 7th-11th

Crochet Books

crochet lookbook

@repeatcrafterme and @mooglyblog both featured the 2015 Yarnspiration lookbook (Country Mouse and City Mouse) which includes both knit and crochet patterns for kids.

crochet books

@NYACrochet shared her crochet book collection which includes Creepy Cute Crochet, 201 Crochet Motifs, Crocheted Socks and more.

crochet toys

@cgoaboard posted several new crochet book reviews this week including Playtime Stackers

crochet mystery books

Knit and crochet mystery author Betty Hechtman was featured on the Marly Bird podcast

Crochet Health

crochet health

Steel and Stitch shared a beautiful post about Marinke. Excerpt: “I have crippling health anxiety which is overwhelming; fear, terror, depression, they’re all things that come unbidden and daily. But crochet has honestly helped me through, and continues to do so. The rhythm is soothing, getting lost in counting endless rows and rounds. When I’m getting worked up and distraught, I can pick up my hook and yarn, and the feel of it starts to work it’s magic straight away. It can bring me peace, often when nothing else can.”

crochet health

Lee writes, “My daughter wearing her Dad’s first mindfulness crochet creation. I practice mindfulness as a way of reducing work stress, a friend showed me an article about mindfulness knitting and I applied it to crochet”. – Photograph: Lee Payne/GuardianWitness

Crochet Fashion

crochet wedding dress

Tania Jennings spent about 1000 hours crocheting her own wedding dress. See wedding crochet inspiration here.

Crochet Designers

crochet hat patterns

@jessie_athome did a designer roundup featuring 9 crochet hat patterns by Woolly Wormhead

Crochet Patterns

crochet shawlette pattern

Crochet shawlette free pattern @mooglyblog

rainbow crochet blanket pattern

Diagonal Rainbows Corner to Corner Crochet Blanket Pattern free from @UCrafter

tunisian crochet dishcloth free pattern

Tunisian crochet dishcloth free pattern from Stitch and Unwind

crochet sunglasses case free pattern

Sunglasses case free crochet pattern @molliemakes

crochet bookmark free pattern

Thread crochet bookmark free pattern @fiberflux

crochet collar pattern

Vintage Irish Crochet Collar pattern for sale via Outstanding Crochet

cordial yarn crochet market bag free pattern

Cordial yarn crochet market bag free pattern @bhookedcrochet; she also did a yarn review of Cordial

crochet mitts free pattern

Rock Star Mitts free crochet pattern by @jessie_athome

crochet puff hat

Puff slouchy hat free crochet pattern by Cream of the Crop Crochet

crochet flower crown

Dainty flower crown free crochet pattern @JBHCrochet

crochet sheep square

Bobble stitch crochet sheep square free pattern @repeatcrafterme

crochet bow tie

Crochet bow tie free pattern @annemariesblog

crochet recycled bag pattern

Plarn crochet purse pattern free from My Recycled Bags

crochet puff stitch square

Crochet puff stitch square free pattern @olgalacycrochet

eggplant crochet pattern

Free crochet pattern for felted eggplant from Little Wendy Crochet

Crochet Tutorials

finger crochet

How to Finger Crochet, my tutorial @redheartyarns

tall stitches crochet tutorial

How to crochet double treble, treble treble, quadruple treble and quintuple treble crochet stitches, my tutorial @patchworkposse

rainbow crochet phone cord tutorial

Rainbow crochet phone cord tutorial from @JBHcrochet

Crochet Tips

tall stitches crochet

How to maintain tension when crocheting tall stitches @patchworkposse

crochet hands

Tips and techniques to avoid hand pain from Stitch and Unwind; see more info on hand pain here

Crochet News and Info


Hello Hart did a post of interesting facts about crochet, many related to the history of crochet

Yarn Things


Illuminate Crochet reviewed Jilly Laceweight Yarn from Dream in Color yarn in a special colorway hand-dyed exclusively for A Good Yarn (@knitsrq)

ombre yarn colors

@redheartyarns did an Ombre Color Suggestions article as a follow up to my post on How to Crochet an Ombre

Other Crafty Stuff

discarded vhs tape

Artist Philip Ob Rey uses discarded VHS tape to make amazing art that is set against the stark background of Iceland (via Flavorwire); you can also crochet with VHS tape

Special Thanks

mandalas for marinke

I want to give a special thanks to every single person who has commented on my posts around the web about Marinke and shared the #MandalasForMarinke project. I haven’t had a chance to collect all of the amazing links to the things that people wrote about on their own blogs but I’ve read as many of them as I can find and appreciate each of you so much for honoring her this way and spreading the word about the project. Hugs to each and every one of you. You are all appreciated.


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