Announcing the Winners of Crochet Summer Crochet Something 2018!

The mission of our Crochet Something Contest was simple:

This non-competitive contest is a great opportunity to spend the summer trying something new, or finally challenging yourself to make that thing you’ve always wanted to make. This feel-good contest is meant to be a fun way to gather more people to the craft of crochet.

We had so many fantastic entries, and we want to thank everyone who played along. 
We are ALL WINNERS! But, there are actually only 6 prize winning categories:

• Best Garment
• Best First Crochet Project
• Best Art/Sculptural Work
• Best Doily
• Best Home Decor (afghan, pillow, tea cozy, bathmat, etc.
• Name your own category (anything that doesn’t fit into one of the previous categories, bonus points for a funny, yet tasteful, category heading)

So, without further ado, and starting from the top, we have...

Garments

The runners up were Kehinde Knits' crocheted cable(!) sweater, Karen Peacock's crocheted sampler sweater, and meeCrochet's beautiful and ethereal mohair lace shrug.

And the winner of the BEST GARMENT category is Karen Peacock!

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Congratulations, Karen. You have won a set of Pompom Quarterly issues featuring crochet and some fun PPQ merchandise!

Thank you to the wonderful folks at Pompom Quarterly for donating such a great prize! And thank you to our lovely runners up! Wonderful work, everyone!

Best First Crochet Project

All our judges were in agreement on this one, and the winner is Angela G, whose first amigurumi stole our hearts!

Angela wins a set of Brittany birch wood crochet hooks (sizes D-J) and a Soak travel sized assorted 5-pack. This set includes 1 each of the popular Soak scents Celebration, Fig, Lacey, Pineapple Grove and Yuzu.

How about a big round of applause to Brittany and Soak for the lovely prizes? 👏👏👏

Best Art/Sculptural Crochet

It came down to a battle between two of Heidi Quick's whimsical creations and Leah McGlone's contributory square to an amazing crocheted mural for the Marian Anderson Rec Center in Philadelphia. 

And Leah takes the win! Check out her post to learn more about this totally inspiring crocheted mural organized by Love Across the USA.

Thank you to Knit Collage for providing the prize for this category! The Hibiscus Moon Shawl is wearable work of art!

Best Doily

There was no contest for this category. Linette nailed it! Linette crocheted a cool-as-heck spare tire cover for her new Jeep. It's so freaking cute!

Congratulations, Linette! We're so happy you were inspired to crochet something this summer!

And thank you to to our judge Sara Dudek, editor of Interweave Crochet, for the prize for the Best Doily category - a year's subscription to Interweave Crochet

Best Home Decor

Constance Oakes and Juanita were both in the running to take the win for this category. Contstance's granny square blanket and Juanita's Kawung Motif cushion both impressed our judges.

But Juanita's pillow took the win! We all loved the composition of this piece, and the design by Atty van Norel is just so cool!

Juanita wins a kit from judges Kay and Ann of Mason Dixon Knitting for the Station Wagon Blanket

Thank you for your participation, ladies! It's been fun crocheting with you and your readers this summer. 

Name Your Own Category!

This category was a lot of fun, and again, we were all in agreement. There really was only one category that this creation could have fit into, and it definitely needed to win.

Jocelyn Tunney, owner of O-wool, crocheted a fly bonnet for her horse! We are so happy that our contest inspired her to pull out her crochet hook and make something truly...special? Hahaha! Well done, Jocelyn.

Jocelyn wins a kit to make the Boxy Tee, including our very own Scout yarn and a KW Anniversary Tote bag!


Thank you again to everyone who participated and made this year's Crochet Summer a blast! We will see you next summer.

Now, on to fall knitting!

Crochet Something Contest: Best Doily!

I. Love. Doilies.

I love them so much that I gave them their very own Crochet Summer Crochet Something Contest category! I think they are what really, honestly, led me into the craft world. My grandmother had some amazing doilies in her apartment that she, her mother, and her sisters had made over the years and I was mesmerized by their intricate and lacy twists and turns. They were eternally feminine, yet endlessly practical. They were the catalyst that led me to insist my grandmother teach me to crochet, though she was a hesitant and terrible teacher. 

Follow this Ravelry link to look at pages and pages of the best of modern doily crocheting, including the designs above by Grace Fearon, Julia Hart, Viktoriia Gul, Johanna Lindahl, Zoya Matyushenko, Lynn Koultas, and Olga Poltava.

Usually when we think "doily," images of those fussy, frilly, white cotton bits that may have covered your Great Aunt Myrna's house, like this:

AND I THINK THAT'S JUST GREAT!

Do you have a love of doilies as well? Share your story in the comments! 


In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of our Crochet Summer Crochet Something Contest (CSCSC):

THE CROCHET SUMMER CROCHET SOMETHING CONTEST!

This non-competitive contest is a great opportunity to spend the summer trying something new, or finally challenging yourself to make that thing you’ve always wanted to make. This feel-good contest is meant to be a fun way to gather more people to the craft of crochet.

There are six categories:
• Best Garment
• Best First Crochet Project
• Best Art/Sculptural Work
• Best Doily
• Best Home Decor (afghan, pillow, tea cozy, bathmat, etc.
• Name your own category (anything that doesn’t fit into one of the previous categories, bonus points for a funny, yet tasteful, category heading)

Each category will have one winner, with many superlative-laden runners up. EVERYONE is a winner with Crochet Summer! Post your entry on Instagram by August 31st with the hashtag #crochetsomethingcontest2018 and you could WIN!


Crochet Summer: Why I Am a Crochet Teacher

We are joined on the blog today by a special Crochet Summer guest, Liz Kaplan. If you are a Mason Dixon Knitting fan (and if you're not, you should be!) you may already be familiar with Liz and her crochet skills. She is a contributor to MDK, as well as a crochet instructor in Oakland, CA. 


I’ve been looping yarn around sticks ever since I was a young child. It was something to do.

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I crochet and knit, and personally do not find one easier than the other although, I know that some people do. I knit when I want to make a garment and I crochet when I want to more freely manipulate colors, direction, texture and shape. It’s not that you can’t crochet a well-fitting garment or create sculpture with knitting, it’s just not how I choose to do so. (For inspiring tutorials and patterns for comfortable and well fitted crocheted clothing, check out one of Dora Ohrenstein’s books.)

I began teaching crochet for two very practical reasons; I needed a source of income and there was a surfeit of knitting teachers. Crochet became my niche. Ten years ago, I was working at a local yarn shop - alas, now closed - and came upon Lucy at Attic24. I got hooked on her cheery use of color and crazy detailed, illustrated instructions.

I began teaching granny shapes - circles, squares, flowers and more. It made me happy to create and to see the pleasure and delight it gave to my students. I went heart crazy around Valentine’s Day and gave everyone heart garlands. On Christmas I gave away snowflake ornaments (and some leftover hearts)!

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I genuinely enjoy teaching because of the challenge it presents.  The soon-won-success of turning a novice into a capable creator had me hooked (pun intended). For the record, some of my most challenging students have been experienced knitters. I think, as is the case for learning most new skills, you have to really want to learn how to crochet to get it. The first five to thirty minutes can be quite frustrating. How does one hold the hook, the yarn, keep the tension and still keep anything flowing freely? I promise, I will stay until you know how to create a piece of cloth. I’ve never had to stay past the three hours of my intro to crochet classes.

And often, my students come back for more.

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If you're in the bay area, you can find Liz teaching at A Verb for Keeping Warm, Busy Stix, and various special events around town. Follow her on Instagram @lkstitches.

Did you learn to crochet after being a knitter? How was the learning curve? Tell us your story in the comments!