This summer’s biggest trends are fantastic accessories and home décor items made with natural-colored, plant-based fibers: straw bags, raffia totes, sisal rugs, and jute wall hangings, to name a few. All of you clever crocheters can take advantage of this popularity by crocheting your own bag/tote/rug and replacing yarn with this trendy twine. Here are […]

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How to Make a Crochet Spike Stitch

Add texture and color to your crochet with the fun and easy spike stitch. In its most basic form, you make a spike stitch by inserting the hook in a previous row or round before completing a stitch. The new stitch thus drops down over 1 or more rows, creating a spike of texture and/or […]

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Scarves make great gifts! They’re also great projects for beginner crocheters to learn how to crochet a scarf! By learning how to crochet a scarf, you’ll acquire a skill you can build on and use to make useful homemade gifts for both fun and profit. No matter what you choose to do with the finished […]

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Handmade gifts have special meaning, so when someone you know is expecting, you may wonder what type of gift you can make. Hats and booties both work up quickly, but the baby will outgrow these in what seems to be the amount of time it took to work them or less! So, what could you […]

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A Passion for Pence Jugs

One thing that piqued my interest in Victorian knitting early on was the pence jug. The anonymous author of A Guide for Knitting, Netting and Crochet describes its pence jug as “one of the very prettiest and most useful inventions to be classed under Knitting. The vase-like form, the minuteness, the convenience are all fitted […]

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In the PieceWork special issue Vintage Crochet, Mimi Seyferth introduces us to Jabez William Ridgwell (1874–1957). Jabez learned to crochet granny squares as a part of his rehabilitation after he lost parts of several fingers to shrapnel in the Second Boer War (1899–1902). He crafted a christening blanket consisting of one large granny square. In […]

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The Resurgence of Doilies

If ever there was a time for doilies to make a comeback, it’s now. Sound crazy? Sometime between the 1990s and now, the word “upcycled” made it into your vocabulary. There’s a resurgence of old crafts being utilized in new ways. Just search “DIY with Vintage Doilies” on Pinterest, and I bet you’ll start getting […]

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Looking for out-of-the-ordinary crocheted items? The designs in Cool Crochet: 30 Hot, Fun Designs to Crochet and Wear are not only enjoyable to crochet, but sophisticated and fashionable, too. Projects include sweaters, a terrific coat, an elegant dress, and even a crocheted necklace. Plus, designer Melissa Leapman provides fabulous finishing tips making this volume a […]

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Honoring Australian Crochet Designer Mary Card

If you’re following our blog series Trekking the Globe in Stitches, yesterday we visited Australia. In PieceWork’s July/August 2017 issue, Laura Ricketts pays tribute to an Australian needleworker of note, crochet designer Mary Card (1861–1940). “Mary Card’s Filet-Crochet Café Curtain with Poppy Motif to Make” is Laura’s homage to the stunning filet-crochet work of Mary […]

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Seeking out something special to crochet for a new baby? Look back to the Victorian era for inspiration. Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) has just the project to honor a newborn, a Square for Baby’s Quilt. But wait! There’s no illustration. What does this crochet Square for Baby’s Quilt […]

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