hook to heal cover

I am so thrilled, proud, excited to announce that the book that I’ve been working on for nearly three years is now complete and ready for purchase on Createspace, and on Amazon as both paperback and Kindle (More buying info at bottom of this post.)

Hook to Heal

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Hook to Heal is a set of approximately 100 creativity exercises designed for people who crochet to use the craft to improve their lives in myriad ways. There are chapters for the following:

  • Crochet for mindfulness
  • Crochet with affirmations
  • Crocheting to “let go”, to release yourself from negativity and external pressure
  • Crocheting for self-care and building self-esteem
  • Crochet to embrace a sense of adventure
  • Facing fears through crochet
  • Creating abundance with crochet
  • Crochet for improving relationships
  • Crocheting to give back to the world around you
  • Crochet to find balance
  • Crochet for artistic development

Each chapter shares my thoughts on the topic, influenced by my own experiences, my graduate studies in Integral Counseling Psychology and my continued research with people who benefit from crochet. I’ve worked with each of the exercises myself and found them to be helpful. I truly hope that these exercises will benefit others.

No Crochet Patterns

I want to be really clear about what this book is and is not. There are no crochet patterns, crochet tutorials or photographs in this book. It’s a crochet book but it’s not about learning how to crochet. Instead, it’s about learning how to take whatever crochet skills you do have and using them to improve various aspects of your life. If you’re familiar at all with The Artist’s Way series by Julia Cameron, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp or The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin then you’ll have a sense of the style of book that inspired me as I was working on Hook to Heal.

Buying Hook to Heal

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Hook to Heal is an independently published labor of love. It took me a lot of work and a lot of heartache to make this book happen. I’m an indie author and did every step myself. If that type of process is something that you believe in and want to support, then the best place for you to purchase the book is through Createspace, because that’s where I’ll get the most back in royalties. BUY IT HERE.

That said, the book is also available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.

Spread the Word

If you believe in the power of crochet to heal and you believe in my work, it really helps when you spread the word. I am working on putting together a press kit this week; email me (kathryn.vercillo – gmail) if you are interested in receiving a copy of the press kit to do a post on your blog.

Other great ways to spread the word include sharing it on anywhere on social media, telling people about it, mentioning it in any forums that you’re on and doing a review if you do receive a copy.


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I am so, so thankful to everyone who has given me support along the journey of creating this book. It’s initial stages were published through Indiegogo funding and my fabulous supporters there had to face many delays because of changes I didn’t know I was going to make (a process I share in the book). So many people lent their support to say that they believed in this work and wanted me to take my time with it. This meant so much. It still means so much.

I’m nervous to release this book to the world. I’m worried that it’s “not enough” and all of the other fears that artists have when it’s time to show the work. But I believe in the heart of it. It may not be perfect, but it’s ready. It has helped me to be able to process my experiences through the work of crochet, and I genuinely hope that something in this title will help you as well.



San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. Christine Harrison Reply

    I’ve just bought my copy on Kindle! Really looking forward to seeing what you’ve come up with – I’m sure it will be very worthwhile!

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thank you so, so much. I really hope that you find something inspiring in it! HUGS

  2. Kathryn, this looks fantastic, Congratulations! I shared on Ons Hekel, and wil be putting this on my Christmas wishlist ;-)

  3. Congrats Kathryn! I will certainly spread the word! Will write you asap for the press kit.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thank you so much for the support! I’ll make sure to add you to the list for the press kit. HUGS.

  4. LitlBits2015 Reply

    Wishing you the best of luck with this book. Kathryn.

    And wishing you and yours a Blessed upcoming Christmas Season…
    and Blessings throughout the New Year.

  5. LitlBits2015 Reply

    You do so much for the crochet community! You give us SO MUCH! and I want to personally THANK YOU for all that you do!
    Your inspiring Crochet Concupiscence blog provides enough inspiration for a lifetime!
    I can only imagine how much of your time is spent doing this…and writing books as well?
    These are inspiring!
    crochet HAS saved my life. Because of serious back injury, and resulting inability to be as physically active as I’d ilke, I am forced to spend countless hours in the recliner!
    If I didn’t have something like crochet to keep my hands – and my mind occupied, I do believe I’d have literally lost my mind by now.
    Crochet HAS saved me because it does keep my mind actively engaged and my hands are much “happier” having something constructive to do. I was never one to spend hours just watching the TV! Makes me feel like a Zombie….
    in comes crochet – and out goes insanity!

  6. I liked you so much better in the beginning of your blog. You provided one crochet pattern with a story that went along with it. Then you started just throwing a bunch of patterns on, then patterns by other people, then stoies from other people. It has become more about making money than helping other people. I just have trouble relating to you now. When your stories and patterns came in singles form you were so different. I could relate to the stories you shared and loved the single patterns. Now the stories you share aren’t even the same. You seem so full of yourself now. I realize we grow and change with our experiences, but it isn’t even about you half the time anymore. So I unsubscribed because your changes have not been for the best and while I’m still racked with pain I have found other blogs that still stick to being small and intimate, and counseling us like one on one instead of one and thousands. If you return to your old format, and money making isn’t number one I’ll return, but I don’t think that will happen. Money and greed are powerful and I guess now they are taking your pain away instead of intimately sharing with us.

  7. I purchased my copy for my Kindle for your .99ยข offer. I went out and bought my journal and am really looking forward to starting it. Thank you so much, Kathryn for writing this fantastic book. I loved “Crochet Saved My Life.”

    • Kathryn Reply

      Oh thank you so much! I really hope you’re able to get lots out of it!

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