Sunday, February 27, 2011

Celebrate National Crochet Month!

Since March is National Crochet Month, why not try your hand at crochet? Easy to learn, fast to do, and versatile, this craft has its origins in the 19th century. It lends itself well to airy summer items, lacy scarfs and shawls, blankets, 3-D toys and hats, and much more!

The library system has plenty of helpful books on crochet. Some beginner titles include Crocheting for Dummies and The Happy Hooker: Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet. The “One Skein” books contain some very pretty crochet patterns. A new addition to our collection is Crochet Master Class which goes over different methods such as Hairpin and Broomstick lace. We also have some DVDs on crocheting. And if visual aids are your thing, you can also find many tutorials on YouTube.

A growing trend in crochet and a source of modern, beautiful patterns are Japanese crochet books. The books can be on the pricey side,but there are two sites with free Japanese patterns available - Pierrot and Clover. Pierrot has some patterns translated into English. Crochet charts are universal, however, which makes it easier to read foreign patterns, and there is a great translated help guide on

There are also lots of free crochet patterns available at Pictured here is "birds of a feather" You can search for patterns based on popularity and difficulty. There is also a group called “Learn Crochet” which can help with any questions you may have.

And If you decide to try your hand at crochet, there are lots of craft group get togethers in the library system, where you can share your work.

Written by Tracy, a Cherry Hills Library staff member & talented crochet artist.

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