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!

Merced Cowl by Stephannie Tallent

Our friend Stephannie Tallent designed another winner with the Merced Cowl. This cowl actually came out last year, and we have been sending it out on our custom trunk shows for Cumbria Worsted ever since. Usually, we get to see Stephannie at TNNA, but sadly we had to sit this January's show out. We thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit this knitter favorite! She gets right to the fun stuff with this one. No ribbing, just cast on and jump right in!  

The effect is a cowl that's both classic and decidedly modern. Cumbria is a great yarn for texture - it's strong with a 3-plied structure that makes cables pop. The resulting fabric is light but warm with a crisp hand that isn't crunchy.  

 

This cowl is a great example of personal, fun knitting and now that winter has set in, knitting for fun as well as warmth is the way to go. The Merced Cowl takes one skein of Cumbria and is shown above in Appleby Castle.  I think it would look dreamy in Windermere, fantastic in Buttermere and perfectly luxurious in Castlerigg.

You can buy the Merced Cowl on Ravelry. Be sure to check our stockist page to find the nearest LYS who carries The Fibre Co yarns. I'll be casting on this weekend but I'm going to have trouble choosing which shade of Cumbria I will use. Which color would you knit it in? Let us know in the comments, and we'll choose one lucky winner to receive a skein of Cumbria in the color of their choice! We'll announce a winner on Friday at 4pm at the bottom of this post!

We love seeing projects made with The Fibre Co yarns and Kelbourne Woolens patterns.  Share what you're making by using the hashtags #madewiththefibreco and #kelbournewoolens.

-MLK

UPDATE: Congratulations to Carolyn! I hope you will enjoy your skein of Coniston! Keep you eyes out for an email from us.