A Few of My Crochet Favorite Things

Learn how to crochet these gorgeous vintage-inspired buttons! Great idea for adding elegance to your sewing.

Crocheted buttons from Crochet Traditions Fall 2011. Photo by Joe Coca.

The word “crochet” never pops into my head without a visual image of my grandfather’s mother sitting in our kitchen crocheting when I was child. If Granny Kane was sitting down, she was crocheting. She crocheted rag rugs; she crocheted endless squares for afghans; she crocheted clothes for my dolls.

So my memories of Granny Kane wielding her crochet hook are at the top of my list of favorite crochet things. They are followed closely by Crochet Traditions, two special PieceWork issues published in Fall 2011 and Fall 2012. Between the two, there are 65 projects to crochet! You’ll find mitts and mittens, buttons, potholder, doilies, collar, baby bonnet, insertions, purses and bags, pincushions, tea cozy, pillows, skirt, shawl, socks, hats, and toys. And almost every form of crochet is represented–basic, filet, tapestry, lace, Irish, Tunisian, and hairpin. And, as with all PieceWork products, accompanying articles provide the historical context for crochet’s rich tradition.

The Sriracha Twinset from Interweave Crochet Spring 2015. Learn how to make this stylish cardigan and skirt set! #crochet

Sriracha Twinset from Interweave Crochet Spring 2015. Photo by Harper Point Photography.



My list of favorite crochet things absolutely would not be complete without including PieceWork’s sister magazine Interweave Crochet. Four times a year, the editors work their magic to bring you the freshest perspectives on contemporary crochet. To the right is an example from the Spring 2015 issue. Get those hooks activated and treat yourself to an Interweave Crochet subscription or download a digital version of Crochet Traditions!