Holiday Gift Roundup for Crocheters

Monday, November 16, 2020

The holiday season is fast approaching and shoppers have shifted into high gear when it comes to preparations. As a crocheter, you've probably already started making gifts.

Let's take a moment, though, to think about what YOU might want. What ends up on a crocheters wish list?

Here are just a few creative and fun ideas.

Yarn Bowls

To keep yarn tidy while working on your next project, choose a handmade yarn bowl. Lots of choices, including wooden and ceramic, abound on Etsy. This one comes from Maid of Clay Ceramics. Any bowl can be personalized with up to 9 letters.

Handmade Crochet Hooks

This one can be a bit tricky because crocheters can be picky about their hooks! However, a little luxury in your toolbox never hurt at all! Check out these shops...


Yes, buttons! Imaginative buttons make a fabulous stocking stuffer or small holiday gift for any crocheter. They come in all shapes, sizes and materials. You'll find lots of interesting choices on Etsy, like the metal button at the bottom from SmartParts.

Stitch Markers

A crocheter can NEVER have enough stitch markers. Just a simple search on Etsy gets you a wide variety of choices including clay, glass, beaded and wood. Here are a few shops to check out:

Project Bags

Every crocheter I know has multiple WIP's at the same time. What better way to keep them organized and ready to hit the road than with a project bag. Three Bags Full and Binkwaffle both have a wonderful variety of prints and sizes, with expert detailing and stitching. 


For some beautifully drawn, fun fiber artwork, visit Sheep Incognito by Conni Tögel. Her shop includes sheep themed prints along with other items like mugs, calendars and totes.

Yarn-themed Paraphernalia

What about a yarn-themed phone case? TeeAvan has a vast array of phone cases, along with other items such as t-shirts, project bags and, yes, leggings!

One last thought...

Show a little retail love for our fellow handmade entrepreneurs by shopping at small businesses and Etsy shops this holiday season. Support those who make our jobs as crocheters easier and a bit more fun. We need each other!  

Debra Field

June Quarterly Crochet-Along

Friday, May 8, 2020

We are so excited to write to you today to announce the June Quarterly Crochet-Along.

Whether you've never participated in a CGOA CAL before or joined us every time, you won't want to miss this unifying new project taking place in a fun new location with an all new Crochet-Along team!

While we can’t spill all the details about the June CAL just yet, we can say that for the first time ever, the Quarterly Crochet-Along will have you crocheting an amigurumi with fellow CGOA members! We can also say that the pattern we have selected is both timely and meaningful.

Convinced? There’s more.

We’re taking this opportunity to move the Quarterly Crochet-Alongs to an all new private Facebook group. We strongly feel that with Facebook being the easiest to navigate and most widely used social media platform, moving our event there will allow for even more of you to join in on the fun!

To participate in the June CAL, get exclusive pattern tips and information straight from the designer, and enter to win super cool prizes, please join our new private Facebook group, CGOA Members CAL Crochet Along Group, at the following link:

You will be asked to enter your CGOA membership number and agree to the rules in order to be admitted into the group. Your membership number can be found on under Members & Membership Renewal & View/Print My Membership Card.

Yarn requirements will be released on May 15, and the pattern will will be revealed on June 1.

Join us on Facebook today to get to know your fellow CAL crocheters and our new team!

The Quarterly Crochet-Along will now be led by CGOA member Julie Desjardins, with help from fellow members Lauren Venettozzi (Pattern Tech), Trisha Ankaraju (Graphics), Gwen McGannon (Social media), and Bobbie Matela (Prizes).

We're excited to crochet with you in June!!

Your CAL Team.

Build Better Garments with Body Basics by Lindsey Stephens

Friday, September 27, 2019

Title: Body Basics
Author: Lindsey Stephens
MSRP: $29.99 USD (e-book)

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

I received a free review copy of Body Basics and Schematics Templates, from The Lindsey Life. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

Do you like to crochet garments? Have you ever thought of designing your own, or adapting a pattern to fit better? If so, you need Body Basics! Keep reading for a special discount code on this e-book.

Cover of the book Body Basics. Shows a woman's hands measuring a crochet swatch with a tape measure.

About Lindsey 

Lindsey Stephens, the author of Body Basics is a brilliant tech editor with a gift for math. I've had the pleasure of working with her, and she really knows all the little tweaks that can make a pattern more accurate, and easier to read. She's also a CGOA member and a wild, wacky, wonderful friend :)

A woman wearing a head covering and sweatshirt in a parking lot with trees in the background

Diving Deep

Body Basics is the ultimate guide to sizing garments. It's not a quick reference, a size chart or a formula. It's an in depth discussion of how sizing works, and how to make it work for you.

Lindsey explains which measurements matter and how they work together to fit actual bodies. The math of calculating stitch and row counts is not the main focus of the book. Rather, it teaches you how to manipulate measurements to create the shape and fit you want.

Easy to Read

There's a lot of information, but it's easy to navigate with lots of helpful diagrams and charts, plus highlighted tips and notes as well. The ebook includes a clickable table of contents so you can easily jump to the section you want.

The first section talks all about width measurements, followed by a section on length measurements. Lindsey goes through each measurement, one by one, and explains how slight variations can change the fit and overall style of a garment.

Table of Contents from Body Basics by Lindsey Stephens

Focus on Tops and Sweaters

Body Basics focuses on the upper body, for tops and sweaters. It does not include sections for pants or skirts, but many of the same principles discussed throughout the book can be applied to those measurements as well.

Get the Bundle! 

The review copy I got came with a bonus book of Schematic Templates. This invaluable resource is a series of labeled schematic drawings. The measurement lines are indicated, but no measurements have been written in. These schematics are a great starting point, and combined with Body Basics, they make the ultimate garment design workbook. 

Cover of Schematic templates by Lindsey Stephens

As of the time I am writing this, Schematic Templates comes FREE with your purchase of Body Basics! You can also buy it separately. 

Save $5! 

Lindsey has generously given me a special coupon code to share with you. Buy the Body Basics bundle and enter the code CGOA at checkout to get $5 off your purchase. This coupon code is valid through 11:59pm Eastern Time on October 17th, 2019, so hurry and get yours now! As always, Please be sure the discount shows in your cart before completing your purchase.

2019 CGOA Fashion Show

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Were you able to attend the fashion show at the CGOA Chain Link Conference last week? We had a very full show this year, with 58 items!


We didn't have an official video this year, but Lauren Venettozzi recorded most of it and shared the video on Facebook.

All the amazing photos you see in this post were taken by Bonnie Barker of Bonnie Bay Crochet Photography, with the help of her daughter, Becky Bluebush.

Below is a list of all the items that were displayed at this year's fashion show. If a pattern or more information about an item is available online, I have added a link to that information.

Many of these patterns are not yet available but will be soon. If you know of any other links that become available or are not included here, please leave a comment and I will add them in.

Special thanks to Red Heart for sponsoring this year's fashion show again, and for all the fabulous prizes. Tamara Kelly and Marly Bird, both with Red Heart, were our MCs.

I'd also like to thank all the amazing crocheters who submitted projects, and all the volunteers who made the show possible. The models are listed in the line up below, and our other volunteers were:

  • Photographer: Bonnie Barker and
  • Garment Manager (and emergency model): Laurinda Reddig
  • Door Monitor: Christine Bitner
  • Timekeepers: Lauren Venettozzi, Julie Marz, and Candace Pisterzi

I hope I haven't forgotten anyone, and I can't wait to see you all again next year!

2019 CGOA Fashion Show Lineup:

Group 1


Crocheter / Designer


Coral Ranuculus Vest Gwen Buttke McGannon Gwen Buttke McGannon
Trade Winds ShrugMarette Whitney Marette Whitney
Pineapples on ParadeTammy Hildebrand Willow Hildebrand
Palm Beach PonchoJoan A. Davis Julie Desjardins
Sand Dunes Drift Away Wrap Sarah Sullivan Sarah Sullivan
Rhythm of Shells Cowl Andee Graves Creusa Gilmore
Garden by the Sea Poncho Joan A. Davis Shari White
Seaglass Tank Top Carolyn Calderon Kristin Lynn, Lyndall Reeve, Sara Huntington
Mykonos Susan Sullivan Susan Sullivan
Hello, Yellow Crochet Top Yarnspirations Design Team Allison Herron

Group 2


Crocheter / Designer


Red sweater set Deborah Hamsho Shari White
Floating Diamonds Shawlette Andee GravesAmy Daraghy  
Pot PourriMargaret Hubert Susan Lowman 
Tunisian Flower Garden Sweater Carolyn Calderon Karen Pankiw
Floral Fantasy Headdress & Woodland Shawl Marette Whitney Marette Whitney
Simply Iris Blanket Wrap Sarah Sullivan Sarah Sullivan 
Red Cable CardiganChris LeachChris Leach
Maraksesh Express with Freeform Crochet Beret and Mitts Barbara Hynes  Barbara Hynes 
Rhythm of Life Alpaca Sweater Susan Walsh Susan Walsh
Off-Center Triangle Shawl Diane K. Moyer for Red Heart Allison Herron

Group 3


Crocheter / Designer


Dark Side Lace Jacket Creusa Gilmore Creusa Gilmore
Kaleidoscope Shawl Shari White Shari White
Tunisian Triangles Cowl Dela Wilkins Dela Wilkins
Sister Act Shawl and Shrug Marette Whitney Marette Whitney
Red Hot Little Mama Tammy Hildebrand Willow Hildebrand
Filet Cabled Cardigan Amanda Saladin Amanda Saladin
Doilies Refashioned Various / Cari Clement Gwen Buttke McGannon
Jewelweed Shawl Sue Perez Sue Perez
Lattice Poncho  Dixie Fairies Dixie Fairies
Color Block TunicYarnspirations Design Team Allison Herron

Group 4


Crocheter / Designer


Remembering Babi's Shawl  B.J. Licko-Keel Julie Desjardins, Amy Daraghy 
Frosty Lace Cardigan Susan Lowman Susan Lowman
Once and For All, a Vest Deborah Day Deborah Day
Striped Shawl in WOBBEL technique Dela Wilkins Dela Wilkins
Chevron Cardigan Pattie Aaron Regina Venettozzi
Penny's Cotton Cardi Sandy Walker Sandy Walker
Plus Size Coraline Top  Pamela MacManus Pamela MacManus
Dress (natural beauty) Yvette Jiggetts Yvette Jiggetts
Bernat Women's Curvy Crochet Cowl Pullover Yarnspirations Design Team Laurinda Reddig

Group 5


Crocheter / Designer


Daisy Chain Cardigan Susan Walsh Susan Walsh
Boho Blossom Poncho Carolyn Calderon Karen Pankiw 
Floral Garden Dress Gwen Buttke McGannon Gwen Buttke McGannon
Copperleaf Tunic Sue Perez Sue Perez
Red Orchid Shawl Sharon DeCaroRegina Venettozzi
Prism Poncho Shari White Shari White
Psychedelicized Puro Ilo-takki Barbara Hynes Barbara Hynes
Takotsubo shawl Dela Wilkins Dela Wilkins
Japanese Cardigan and Tote Susan Lowman Susan Lowman
Bernat Origami Crochet CardiganYarnspirations Design Team Allison Herron

Group 6


Crocheter / Designer


Golden Circles Cardigan Juliette Bezold Creusa Gilmore
The Eternal  Love Wrap Shari White Shari White
Sunset pullover-poncho Julie Desjardins Julie Desjardins
Sunset on the Water Willena Nanton Willena Nanton
Miami Magic Nights Joan A. Davis Regina Venettozzi
Downtown After Dark Shawl & Purse Andrea Kraus Andrea Kraus
Dress (jade dress) Yvette Jiggetts Yvette Jiggetts
Two-Rectangle Sweater Marty Miller for Red Heart Allison Herron
Rockabilly Swing Dress
  (Design Competition Winner)
Nancy Nehring Katie Winegarden


Photos courtesy of Bonnie Bay Crochet Photography

Only 1 week left!

Monday, June 24, 2019

The 2019 Chain Link conference is fast approaching, and there is only 1 week left to get those entries in for the fashion show.

If you are a member and attending the conference, please consider entering something! The fashion show is low key and fun, and your entry does not need to be your own design. 

We have made some changes to the entry process this year. The entry form is entirely online and is due by June 30th.

I hope to see all your lovely projects in the show!

Book Review - Crochet in a Day

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Title: Crochet in a Day
Author: Salena Baca, with Danyel Pink and Emily Truman
MSRP: $24.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

I received a free review copy of Crochet in a Day from Stackpole Books. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

Do you like crochet projects that work up quickly? Get your quick crochet fix from Crochet in a Day!

Salena Baca is the author of My Crocheted Closet, which I had reviewed some time ago.  In Crochet in a Day, she joins forces with two other talented designers, Danyel Pink, and Emily Truman, to bring you a whopping 42 projects. All of the projects are designed to work up in a day or less.

The first half of the book focuses on wearables. There are hats, headbands, shawls, mitts, and more. There's even a cute pair of slipper socks.

One of my favorite designs in the book is this Dreamy Poncho. It's a simple pattern that really does work up quickly, but looks so lovely, lacy and elegant that it looks like it took forever.

The last half of the book focuses on home decor, featuring washcloths, baskets, table linens, and other decorative items. This hanging herb holder is reminiscent of classic macrame plant holders, and would brighten up any kitchen. 

I also love the chunky, Fast Track Basket. One can never have enough baskets. Of course, the only logical thing to fill a yarn basket with is...more yarn! 

There are so many more beautiful patterns in this book than I can show you here. If you're a crocheter who likes to have a finished object every time you sit down to crochet, this is the book for you.  

You can enter to win your own copy of Crochet in a Day! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Stackpole Books. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US. The winner will be contacted by email and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Central Time on June 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Book Review - Wildlife Cable Afghans

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Title: Wildlife Cable Afghans
Author: Leisure Arts
MSRP: $9.99 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

I received a free review copy of Wildlife Cable Afghans from Leisure Arts. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

Bring the great outdoors inside with these Wildlife Cable Afghans! I love the modular, "choose your adventure" concept of this book.

First, pick the animal you want. There are patterns for a bear, moose, wolf, and deer. Each of the animals has a colorwork chart for the main section of the afghan. Finish off the section with a decorative, crossed stitch border.

Next, choose your sides and corners. With 4 of each, you can create a truly unique look. These trim pieces are where the cables really shine, adding loads of texture. Make all 4 sides the same, or all different, it's entirely up to you!

You can enter to win your own copy of Wildlife Cable Afghans! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Leisure Arts. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US. The winner will be contacted by email and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Central Time on May 31st. Hurry and enter below! 

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