NatCroMo – Make a New Crochet Friend

Say hello to a new crochet friend during National Crochet Month

One of the activities that the Crochet Guild of America suggests for this month is to make new crochet friends so I want to say a quick thank you to everyone who has been sending me tweets and DMs with links to your crochet projects. I love it when we share.

This is the reason why I am really loving Pinterest. For those of you who have not made it there yet, we are sharing our projects and lots of other things that we find fun and interesting.

Keeping with the spirit of sharing, in the next two posts I will showcase two places online where we can continue to celebrate and share the crochet love.  Until then, take care.

About turquoizblue

I love to design crochet fashion, accessories and home décor using traditional techniques to create contemporary designs. My designs have been published in Interweave Crochet and Crochet World magazines, and more designs are coming in future publications. I am currently designing my own line of patterns. Please visit my website at www.ThisIsCrochet.com and register to receive news and updates about my crochet designs. Google+

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day from This Is Crochet

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope we all get to share some sweetness with others today. Even better if we get to share some crochet love in the form of a crocheted gift.

I crocheted a cute pink headband for my granddaughter. She wore it half a day, and a doll and then a teddy bear wore it for the remainder of the day. I wanted to get a picture of her wearing it, but now it has disappeared into the mysterious black hole. Thank goodness headbands are quick to make so I can make more.

February is American Heart Month. It’s a good time for us to evaluate the diets and exercise habits of ourselves and our families so we can keep our hearts healthy. There are lots of fun Valentine’s Day and heart-related projects on Ravelry like hats, scarves and dishcloths.

Because this is a leap year, we get an extra day this month. I believe that February 29th should be declared “Bonus Crochet Day.” What do you think?

Pinterest

Have you joined Pinterest yet? For those who don’t know, Pinterest is a place online where people can create virtual pinboards to collect, organize, and share interesting images and links. If you are already there, I would love to check out and follow your pins. My pins can be found here.

About turquoizblue

I love to design crochet fashion, accessories and home décor using traditional techniques to create contemporary designs. My designs have been published in Interweave Crochet and Crochet World magazines, and more designs are coming in future publications. I am currently designing my own line of patterns. Please visit my website at www.ThisIsCrochet.com and register to receive news and updates about my crochet designs. Google+

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My Favorite Sites for Free Crochet Patterns

First for Women Magazine asked me what were my five favorite sites for free crochet patterns for their December 7, 2009 issue.

Here are my favs:

Top 10 Free Crochet Pattern Websites

My Top Five (Ten) Free Crochet Pattern Websites

1.       Crochet Pattern Central
www.crochetpatterncentral.com
Crochet Pattern Central is an online directory of thousands of links to free crochet patterns of all levels.  In addition to the patterns, CPC has links to tutorials and stitch instructions.

2.       Berroco
www.berroco.com
Berroco is a yarn company that also offers free patterns featuring their yarns.  The patterns are stylish and contemporary, and they range in level from this cute Stanley doll, http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/stanley/stanley.html to this jazzy Aruna sweater, http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/aruna/aruna.html.

3.       Ravelry
www.ravelry.com
Ravelry is an online community for fiber lovers to keep track of patterns, yarn, tools, etc.  There are also messageboard forums, a newsletter, and groups.  Users can list their own designs to share or to sell.  There are several thousands of free patterns on Ravelry.  New ones are added everyday.  Visitors have to join to participate.  There is a small waiting period to join, but it is more than worth it.

4.       Lion Brand Yarn
www.lionbrand.com
Lion Brand Yarn has thousands of free crochet patterns for adults, babies, children, teens, pets and the home.  Visitors must register in order to view patterns.

5.       Crochetville
www.crochetville.com

The Crochetville messageboard community features a Free Original Patterns forum.  Members of the community share their original designs.  This is a great place to try new patterns, and there is the added benefit of being able to ask the actual designers your questions.

Honorable mentions:

Naturally Caron, http://www.naturallycaron.com
Interweave Crochet, http://www.interweavecrochet.com/projects.asp
Stargazer’s Crochet, http://home.inreach.com/marthac/links.html
Yarn Lover’s Room, http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/antiquecrochet.html
Free Vintage Crochet, http://www.freevintagecrochet.com

Do you have any favorite sites for free crochet patterns?  If you do, please leave a comment and share them.

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About turquoizblue

I love to design crochet fashion, accessories and home décor using traditional techniques to create contemporary designs. My designs have been published in Interweave Crochet and Crochet World magazines, and more designs are coming in future publications. I am currently designing my own line of patterns. Please visit my website at www.ThisIsCrochet.com and register to receive news and updates about my crochet designs. Google+

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