Are you ready to have a great month celebrating crochet? I know I am!
March is (Inter)National Crochet Month, and I’m thrilled to share my love of crochet with pretty much anyone who is willing to listen! I’m also excited to kick off Crochetville’s 2015 NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour! Visit Crochetville here to see the daily schedule of blog stops, learn more about the featured charity, Halos of Hope, and find out more about the daily giveaways.
I’ll be sharing my own special gift for readers at the end of this post, so read on for details!
I love celebrating (Inter)National Crochet Month every March, and I know a lot of other crocheters feel the same way. Here’s a list of 10 ways you can spread the love of crochet during March (and all year round).
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Share, share, share!
There’s plenty of eye candy on display during NatCroMo so it’s easy to share! Set up a special Pinterest board, share links on your preferred social media platforms, or create roundups of your favorites on your blog.
I have over 30 crochet boards on Pinterest, including this one you may enjoy!
Do you have a favorite crochet blogger, designer, author, or teacher? What about a crochet-friendly local yarn shop (LYS) or yarn company? Is there a crochet book, hook, or magazine that you love? Show your appreciation by commenting or reaching out on social media, making recommendations to your friends, or writing reviews.
Start a crochet circle in your community
March is the perfect time to start a local crochet circle. Crochet circles are great ways to meet people and have fun together while crocheting.
I’ll be sharing my tips for starting a crochet circle on the blog on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (I was going to share my tips tomorrow, but I’m hosting a giveaway instead, HINT HINT.)
Share your skills
Teach a friend to crochet or host a lunchtime class at work; volunteer to teach children, seniors, or hospital patients; or ask to lead a stitch demonstration at your next crochet guild meeting. You’ll have fun sharing your love of crochet and you may inspire someone else to pick up the hook!
Make a gift
Crochet an unexpected gift for a loved one. To keep the experience stress free, make it a surprise and choose a project you’ll enjoy making!
Wear your own crochet
If you gift more crochet projects than you keep, make something extra special for yourself and be sure to wear it to display your crochet pride!
Donate to charity
Contribute to a local or national charity by donating yarn or hooks, or crocheting blankets, chemo caps, or other items for distribution. Crochetville’s featured NatCroMo charity, Halos of Hope, lists their donation guidelines for chemo caps here. You can find other organizations that accept crochet donations through…
- Crochet Guild of America‘s Crochet for Charity list,
- Idealist‘s Volunteer Resource Center (search for “yarn” or “crochet” in your area),
- Lion Brand Yarn‘s Charity Connection, or
- On my Crochet for Charity Pinterest board.
Always check with the charity to make sure the information is up-to-date before delivering a project.
Crochet in public
Take your hook outdoors and crochet on public transportation, in the library, at a coffeehouse, or wherever people spend time outdoors in your community. Be prepared to chat with strangers about what you’re working on, and don’t be shy about explaining that knitting is the one with two needles.
Learn something new
With all the excitement surrounding crochet this month, it’s a great time to learn something new. Pick up a new stitch, learn a new technique, or even try out a new project to keep up your enthusiasm for crochet.
Geek out on crochet gear
Some of my favorite crochet-themed shops are:
- Cre8tion Crochet, which has awesome mugs,
- Crochet for You, which includes crochet business cards that would make great gift tags,
- Moogly, which has some fun greeting cards,
- Petals to Picots, which has some fun t-shirts,
- Posh Pooch Designs, which features dog accessories, and
- Snappy Tots, which has a whole “Snappy Hookers” section for crocheters.
What other suggestions do you have for spreading the love of crochet during NatCroMo?
I’ll be celebrating NatCroMo all month long on the Underground Crafter with great giveaways, interviews with crochet designers, and more! To start the month off right, I’m sharing a coupon code with my readers:
Use coupon code natcromo15 to download one free crochet pattern or ebook of your choice from my Ravelry shop through Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.