International Crochet Day

September 12th is International Crochet Day! We never need an excuse to crochet, but it’s nice to take a day to celebrate the craft that brings all of us so much joy. You can celebrate in hundreds of different ways, but here are a few of our favorite ways to make today all about crochet.

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1. Give someone a lovely crocheted gift. We suggest the handy Vintage Hot Pad from our Fall Issue. You could also wrap a cute trinket in a cool crocheted gift bag. Both are free patterns that stitch up quickly, so you can make one for everyone you love.

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2. Learn a new skill. We love learning interesting new stitches and techniques, so why not celebrate by taking a class or tackling an intriguing pattern you’ve been thinking about? If you love the Hobo Bag from our Fall Issue (and how could you not?), the Daily Craft TV has put together a helpful video class that will walk you through the steps of creating this cool vintage-style purse. Our Fall Issue also offers a beginner’s guide to Tunisian crochet to help you master this popular and easy-to-learn technique.

Treat bags3. Buy some fabulous new yarn! Go ahead and splurge – it’s International Crochet Day! If you can’t make it to the yarn shop today, click over to our Yarn Guide to drool over some awesome fiber finds. If you’re planning on crocheting along with us as we make the Pumpkin Treat Bag in October, today is the perfect day to purchase your kit.

Mother bear4. Crochet something for charity. The Mother Bear Project and Project Linus are two wonderful organizations we love working with.

ocean waves] 5. Crochet with a group of friends. If none of your friends crochet, teach them now. The Ocean Waves Scarf is the perfect pattern to get a new crocheter hooked for life.

We’d love to hear how you’re celebrating International Crochet Day. Even if you’re simply spending a bit of time checking out new patterns or yarns, take a moment to appreciate crochet as a fun and useful craft that has an amazing power to bring people together.

Crochet the Hobo Bag – Video Tutorial from Daily Craft TV

The Hobo Bag, from our Fall 2013 Issue of Love of Crochet, is an adorable purse you’ll love to carry. It’s the perfect size for everyday wear, and the combination of flowers and granny squares gives it a cheerful vintage feel.

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Learn to crochet this fun bag with a video tutorial by Daily Craft TV! You’ll crochet along with designer Ashley Briggs as she walks you through the steps of creating the base squares and flowers. She gives detailed instructions on joining each motif and even creating a template to add a fabric lining to your bag. After following along with this video you’ll crochet a fabulous, personalized bag sure to get plenty of compliments. The best part is that when your friends ask you to crochet one for them, you’ll be able to view the tutorial as many times as you like if you want to follow along again!

Click here for the video tutorial.