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Kollage Square Crochet Hooks Review

I was thrilled to get a chance to try the new Kollage Square crochet hooks from Louet. These crochet hooks have square wooden handles that are designed to be ergonomic to prevent or reduce hand pain and make for more comfortable crocheting. Here are the things I quickly discovered I liked about these newly-relaunched crochet hooks: Lightweight Wooden Handle I was surprised to discover how lightweight these crochet hooks are. Typically when I have used ergonomic crochet hooks they are heavier than basic crochet hooks, and although their shape is nice, I don’t like the extra weight. That’s not an issue with the Kollage Square crochet hooks; you get the thicker handle without any added weight. Shaping to the Handle I have found several ergonomic crochet hooks in the past that allowed for great grab on the handle but didn’t have the thumb rest that basic crochet hooks have. This…

Box Stitch Crochet (book review)

The corner-to-corner crochet stitch has been trending recently but it isn’t a new stitch. Like with most things in crochet, it has been around for a long, long time, although it was previously known better as “box stitch”. In fact, in the introduction to Box Stitch Crochet, author Corinne Freeman shares, “My interest in the box stitch started many years ago when, at a family gathering, my cousin learned this stitch from our grandmother who was blind.” Both in the past and more recently this stitch (also called C2C) has been used specifically to work from one corner of a square blanket to another. Although a few designers have used the stitch more creatively, it hasn’t been common to see crochet accessories based on box stitch. Corinne Freeman has done just that with her crochet book – Box Stitch Crochet: Use the Corner-to-Corner Stitch in New Ways to Make 20…

Wool and the Gang Handy Dandy Jumper (crochet kit)

I was happy recently to be able to try one of the new crochet kits from Wool and the Gang, featuring their Crazy Sexy Wool, a yarn that I love. I previously used that yarn when working with their Circle Game Cushion Kit. While it’s great for a cushion, it’s even better for clothing because of how super cozy it is. An Oversized Crochet Sweater Pattern Like the Rose Cardigan Crochet Kit, the sizing on the Handy Dandy Jumper is particularly oversized. If you like clothing that is super comfy, the kind that you can just snuggle yourself into, then this is the kind of thing that you will like. I adapted the sizing a little bit for myself because I’m particularly petite and it was still a bit large on me, but I like having a good large sweater around the house for chilly days (reducing the need to…

My Crocheted Closet (book review)

My Crocheted Closet: 22 Styles for Every Day of The Week is a collection of contemporary crochet clothing patterns suitable for different seasons. The collection is from Salena Baca but incorporates crochet patterns from many other designers as well. As Salena shares in the introduction, “they have taught me so very much about color, texture, material, style and fit as these elements relate to the perfect crochet garment.” You can see attention to each of these details across all of the crochet patterns in this collection. My Crocheted Closet begins with a thumbnail photo table of contents, allowing you to see right at the start what crochet patterns can be found in the book. You will notice at a glance that there is great variety in style. There are several different styles of crochet shirt patterns including tanks and tunics, as well as crochet patterns for a vest, skirt and…

Crochet Shawls Roundup + Pattern Giveaway

Crochet designer Jessie Rayot has been on a wonderful kick recently of making patterns for shawls and wraps, which is certainly perfect to keep us all cozy as the weather gets warmer. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of her crochet shawl patterns. Later in this post you’ll be able to enter a giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice – knit or crochet, shawls or other designs. Take a look …. 7 Crochet Shawl Patterns Here are seven of my favorite crochet shawl patterns that Jessie has designed: All Together Now Crochet Shawl Free Pattern The thing that I love most about the All Together Now shawl is that has a really unique type of construction. The shawl is made in four pieces, certainly something you aren’t used to seeing, which gives you the chance to try something new that might inspire your own…

Design your own crochet projects (book review)

Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney is so much more than a crochet pattern book, although it does include 18 cute crochet accessories patterns within its pages. Subtitled “Magic Formulas for Creating Custom Scarves, Cowls, Hats, Socks, Mittens and Gloves”, this is a workbook that provides you instructions and space for working out your own unique designs. If you have ever wanted to be a pattern designer – or if you would just like to be able to create a few of your own unique items – this book is the guide that you need. And don’t worry if you’re a little unsure about crochet math; not only does this book teach you its ins and outs but it comes with a link to an online crochet calculator that will help you with the numbers. How This Crochet Book Works Design Your Own Crochet Projects teaches you how…

Annie’s Signature Autumn Glow Crochet Pattern Collection

I have really been enjoying the seasonal crochet pattern collections from Annie’s Signature Designs. Much like the world of fashion, these are collections of patterns that fit a theme and are released periodically throughout the year. The designs are timeless in the sense that they can be used again and again and really do translate to additional seasons across the years but each collection as a whole evokes the mood of the season in which it is released. I’ve previously shared their Spring Breeze, Summer Love and Autumn Bliss collections, and I’m happy to share that now that fall is almost here we have another one: Autumn Glow. Lead crochet designer Lena Skvagerson shares, “My lifelong love of working in yarn makes me so excited and proud to present this Autumn Glow Collection. Traversing the globe from traditional Nordic heritage to boho Californian influences, a thread is woven through this collection,…