Well, who would have thought it? Crocheting is back in again.

 

I have long been a secret crochet fancier and when I was a poor student, my home was swathed in macramé and crochet style plant pot holders purchased for a few pence from the myriad of charity shops I frequented.

 Crochet is back

 

However as time moved on so did my tastes. I will even go as far as to say that I felt the whole crochet lark was, ahem, a little passé. How wrong I was! This wonderful arty craft is back with a vengeance. I have noticed it cropping up in the wonderfully styled photographs in a plethora of interiors mags and I am truly delighted.
Much of the mainstream popularity of crocheting has been thanks to Erika Knight who kicked off the revival with her books – which are beautifully produced and full of inspiration.

 jewelery box

However, there is also a huge – and I mean HUGE – crochet community on the web.  Here are just some of my favourite crochet -inspired bits and bobs, including a few tutorials to get you started if you are new to all this.
This funky monkey is from Niche Stores – they do a good rang of cute and quirky products that not everyone will have found – a real treat!

 

 

These cushions are a work in practice from a very creative young lady who goes under the name of Moline – check out her amazing designs at Etsy 

 

And if you are after inspiration to create your own crochet clothing, it isn’t all shapeless cardies and beenie hats, Knitboy’s creations stick two fingers up to crochet’s fusty reputation – likewise, Alessandra Hayden’s beautiful bag below is testament to how tasteful a little touch of crochet here and there can be – visit her profile for the full measure of her talent…

 

Beautiful skirt

 

 

 Asian-inspired crochet bag

 

In fact the more I started researching, the more I found. Goodness me!
So here are the pick of the bunch for tutorials and inspiration – all that’s left is to get those fingers crocheting!

 

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Cottage/3606/tutorialpage.html

 

http://crochetme.com/

 

http://www.beehandmade.com/

 

http://moonstitches.typepad.com/moonstitches/2007/11/rhubarb-scarf.html

 

http://applehead.typepad.com/applehead/2008/01/a-good-start.html

 

http://goodhooking.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_archive.html

 

http://www.coatscrafts.co.uk/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/Crochet+Project+-+Corsage.htm

 

http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2006/9/6/vintage-crochet-pot-holders.html

 

http://www.primrosedesign.blogspot.com/

 

http://indiefixx.com/2008/02/26/tuesday-tutorial-stitch-school-with-primrose-designs-a-contest/

 

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