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Happy Crochet Week!

This week is National Crochet Week! I’m so excited to be celebrating my favorite hobby in today’s blog post.

I was in fifth grade when my grandmother taught me to crochet; because I am left-handed and she is right-handed, we sat facing each other on her living room couch and I mirrored each movement she made. It didn’t take me long to pick it up, and I’ve been an ardent crocheter ever since!

Knitting and crocheting have experienced a popular comeback in recent years that foreshadowed the current DIY revival, so there’s no shortage of great inspiration on craft-related blogs and Pinterest boards. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite crochet patterns and eye-candy, so get your hooks ready!

Building Your Stash

It’s so true, isn’t it? I have a trunk full of yarn, and who knows if I’ll ever be able to use it all up in my lifetime—but that doesn’t stop me from getting more when I see a skein (or two, or three…) that catches my eye! That’s why I love browsing the craft aisle at my local Tuesday Morning. They have a variety of yarn at amazing prices just begging to be turned into something handmade. Many times, they have yarns that I have never seen at other big-box craft stores, which I especially love—I know that I can use them to make something really unique!

Think Outside the Afghan

Don’t get me wrong—I love to crochet afghans! I’ve got a couple in the works right now, in fact. And if you’re looking for some new afghan patterns, visit the Tuesday Morning “Calling All Crocheters!” Pinterest board for links to some of my personal favorites.

But I love crochet’s versatility. Break out of the rectangle and try a few of these different crochet projects!

Crochet a bouquet of flowers to spruce up a basic tote bag.

Or if you’re on a roll with the flowers, try your hand at a spring-y wreath!

Wire and beaded crochet is becoming a hot new trend in the DIY jewelry world. Isn’t this necklace amazing?

Give a thrift store lampshade a new look with crochet! This would be great for a craft room and shabby chic and rustic decors.

It’s so easy to crochet baskets of all sizes and materials to coordinate with your home’s décor! Whether you use yarn, jute, twine, fabric strips, or even plastic bags, crocheted baskets and bins are the perfect way to help organize your home with style.

In fact, I was so inspired by this fabric baskets that I decided to make one myself!

I began with a bundle of Anna Griffin fabric fat quarters that I picked up at Tuesday Morning recently. I love the vibrant colors and patterns in this bundle! I’m redesigning my craft room/office and I think these fabrics are going to complement my new style perfectly.

I started by tearing the fat quarters into strips.

I knotted the strips of the first pattern together and began crocheting a circle for the base of my basket.

Once I got the size of the circle where I wanted, I started a new color for the body of the basket.

I just kept working my way up until I reached the height I wanted, and finished the basket off with some handles!

This little basket will be a nice catch-all on my desk.

I’ve never crocheted with fabric before, and I have to admit that it took me a while to get used to it. I had a hard time at first keeping the fabric right-side-out to show the pattern, but I eventually got the hang of folding the fabric just so as I crocheted along to keep the fabric pattern visible.

Whether you’ve never tried crochet before or are a seasoned pro, I hope you’ll pick up your hook this week and have fun with this tried-and-true craft. Do you have a favorite pattern or project that you’ve completed? I’d love to see them, so please share them with us on the Tuesday Morning Facebook page or our National Crochet Week Pin Board!

In the meantime, happy crafting!