Rose White manages social media for Crochet Today! magazine, where she blogs, tweets, pins, and posts to Facebook and Ravelry. She’s been crocheting since she was 8, knitting since she was 20, and started using computers sometime in between. She shares her San Francisco apartment with her partner and one loom, two guitars, and three spinning wheels.
You may think you’re fond of yarn, but until you’ve worked on a crochet magazine, you have no idea just how much amazing crochet there really is. Looking for crochet-related content for our social media streams brings me into contact with that wide wonderful world.
Crochet itself is easy to describe: You make loops with yarn using a hook. That doesn’t really cover the extremes, though. A tiny deer that fits on a fingertip isn’t quite the same as a massive yarnbomb, despite their family resemblance.
[1. Crochet floor cushion by lacasadecoto; 2. Heart crochet pattern by CAROcreated; 3. One of a kind crochet freeform pillowcase by Svyazka; 4. Matryoshka crochet pattern by ATERGcrochet; 5. Crochet rug by HighForestCrafts.]
Crochet in the home can be a little kitsch (like Matryoshka dolls) or it can be fresh and modern (like a crocheted rug or floor cushion). It can even be art — freeform crochet comes closer to painting than almost any other fiber technique.
[1. Crochet owl mobile by ProudChildCrochet; 2. Pirate ship crochet pattern by skymagenta; 3. Sunflower baby hat by HatAndColdCrochet; 4. Crochet hedgehog pillow pattern by oneandtwocompany; 5. Crochet fox scarf pattern by BeesKneesKnitting.]
Expecting a baby (yours or a BFF’s) makes many of us pick up a hook and yarn. There are more patterns now than ever, so your needs are covered, whether your tastes run toward sunflower hats or pirate ships.
[1. Platform clogs with crochet flower by karenkell; 2. Crochet short pattern by ettygeller; 3. Pineapple lace parasol by babukatorium; 4. "Soren" ribbed crochet cowl by thehouseofhemp; 5. Crochet lariat scarf by yarnisland.]
What stands out most to me these days is that crochet is definitely having a moment. Super stylish details keep crochet on-trend rather than oh-so-1972. Lacy shorts for summer or a chunky cowl for winter — either way, loops of yarn made with a hook want to be part of your wardrobe.
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