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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…

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…

Interview with Embroidery Artist Jessica Merle

Typically this blog focuses only on crochet but occasionally there is an artist working in another area of fiber arts that has so much talent that I just have to share. That’s the case with South African artist Jessica Merle, a multidisciplinary artist working in embroidery, ceramics and other media. Much of what she shares in this interview will resonate with readers who have turned to crafting to get through a tough time, foster a sense of connection with previous generations and express themselves creatively. She also discusses how working in a traditionally gendered craft (whether that’s embroidery or crochet) becomes performative, offering opportunities for social commentary, personal growth and community healing. Her work touches on important themes of trauma but what she offers is a place not only for discussion but also for inspiring hope and recovery. The photos shown throughout this post are the body of work Jessica created…