Here is this week’s edition of crochet link love, a collection of all of the amazing things our community has shared this week. You’ll find thirty new crochet patterns, links to 60+ crochet heart patterns for Valentine’s Day, some awesome crochet art and more.
Before we begin, a quick reminder that it would really help if you chose to support my work through Patreon. I write up link love because I believe thoroughly in the importance of sharing the beauty of what’s happening in the crochet community, letting people who want to know about new patterns and art get connected with the amazing designers and artists who make it happen. I love doing this. But I won’t lie; it takes hours and hours each week. As do my Instagram highlights, my themed pattern roundups and my posts that delve into the history of crochet. I believe immensely in sharing this work but it’s also costly in time and I’m trying to find a viable way to keep this up after five years of doing it essentially for free. So my solution is Patreon. If you believe in this work and enjoy the links and are in a position to give a $10, $5 or even $1 monthly donation you can make a huge difference in whether or not this work continues. Support Crochet Concupiscence here.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: CROCHET AFGHANS FOR RED CROSS
Red Heart Yarns has teamed up with Red Cross to create the StitchAHug campaign, through which they’ve donated money to Red Heart and also created free knit and crochet blanket patterns that you can use to crochet blankets and donate to The Red Cross. These are given to people in need in times of disaster. Related: If and How We Can Respond to Tragedies with Handmade Items.
There’s more to it than this, too. They share,
“There’s a new Facebook group you may be interested in, focused on crocheting and knitting items for charity. It’s calledStitch a Hug with Red Heart, and everyone is welcome to join. We’ll be sharing our progress as we make items for charity. Whether your crochet or knit, are making things by yourself or as part of a group, are making up patterns or following patterns, you are welcome to join! Share your works in progress and your finished items, and pattern ideas and recommendations, and your stories of making things for others.”
SOMETHING SPECIAL: CROCHET 101 ON KICKSTARTER
Louie’s Loops is launching a Crochet 101 multimedia website and kit to teach beginners how to crochet. This is going to be offered as a free resource. There’s a Kickstarter happening to support that. Rewards including early access to the site, ebooks and books, crochet items, crochet patterns and more.
Little Treasures has been showcasing the work of other great crochet artists on her blog and this week she shared Kukolki, who I adore and have featured previously in my roundup of unique crochet dolls
Beautiful crochet / fiber self-portrait from ReveDreams
Crochet flowers on canvas, art shared by My Experiments with Needle n Thread
Crochet artist Nathan Vincent‘s “work will be a part of an exhibit at the Children’s Museum of the Arts”. The press release says in part, “Often connecting significant personal and cultural narratives, the artists in “Sew What?” move across temporal and spatial boundaries, connecting old and new ideas, just as they provide important links between people, places and ways of life. Bringing together a diverse range of contemporary works, “Sew What?” celebrates the ways in which contemporary artists explore and extend the textile and fiber medium.” He also has upcoming work in Ketchum, ID in an exhibit about gender identity.
CrochetKitten has combined all of her beginner’s guide to crochet tutorials along with two of her beginner crochet patterns into a PDF download available on Ravelry. CrochetKitten also did a post this week on CGOA about what it’s like to be a CGOA member.