Buy the Best – To Cast Off Chemo

Special Ebay auction to benefit alternative cancer treatment to be held October 2-11, 2015.


For two weeks in October, 2015, fabulous yarn, fantastic knitting and crochet needles, patterns, books and much more will be available through an eBay auction to benefit Cast Off Chemo!, a nonprofit effort to raise funds for a clinical trial for a cancer treatment that wouldn’t involve chemotherapy. The complete list can be viewed at the Cast Off Chemo! website,, starting in September with new items to be listed as they become available.

Yarns from Skacel, Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts, Berroco, Tahki Stacy Charles, Mountain Colors, Imperial Stock Ranch, Trendsetter Yarns and others will be listed. Denise Interchangeable, HiyaHiya and others have donated knitting needle and crochet sets. Subscriptions from major yarn industry publishers will also be available. Sweater wash, totes, online classes, and other surprises are also to be included in the listing. A special, custom-dyed, sport weight Superwash merino-nylon blend yarn in a luscious hibiscus-watermelon color will be listed, with supporting patterns on Ravelry, will also be offered at a very special price.

“We are grateful to have such generous sponsors and contributors from the craft industry,” said Susan Sullivan, Auction Coordinator. “All the funds raised will go to the goal of raising $1 million for a clinical trial that could make a huge difference for those with breast cancer and other cancers.”


Dr. David Krag, a research surgeon at the University of Vermont, has a promising immunotherapy treatment that must go to clinical trials before it can be FDA-approved. The technique uses the patient’s own antibodies to fight off the disease. Dr. Krag previously discovered the sentinel node tracer technique, which reduces the need for radical mastectomy and enables needle biopsy procedures. He is very committed to finding an alternative treatment for cancerous tumors.

Cast Off Chemo! is a program under the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund, a nonprofit created by a family member of one of Dr. Krag’s patients. All donations are tax deductable.

“I lost my mother to cancer,” said Cari Clement, Cast Off Chemo’s Lead Coordinator “Haven’t we all lost someone we love to cancer? Isn’t it time we had more treatment options? If everyone who knits, crochets or crafts sent in $1, we’d far exceed what Dr. Krag’s team need’s”

Over 50 knit and crochet patterns are already available for $5 each on Cast Off Chemo’s Ravelry page, with all proceeds going to the cause. New patterns are uploaded weekly, often daily.

“We have some amazing designers who are supporting the cause,” Clement said. “Now we just need to make sure knitters and crocheters know about our Ravelry page.”

No one involved with Cast Off Chemo! accepts any funds for their work. It is an all-volunteer effort.

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The Crochet Experience of a Lifetime

Crochet and Ireland – can you imagine a more perfect pairing? When we think of Ireland, we immediately think of all the beautiful Irish crochet lace that was created from the mid-1800’s to the early 1900’s and is still crocheted today by a few talented artisans.

The rich heritage and history of Ireland just beckons exploration and we have a perfect way to see this beautiful country.

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What better way to travel than with other crocheters to enjoy all the wonderful sights and sounds of Ireland, including the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney Castle, and Kylemoor Abbey and Gardens. There will be time for sightseeing on your own as well as a visit to a farm to see sheep-shearing, learn about wool production, and make delicious Irish scones. We’ll even learn traditional Irish crochet from a local teacher!


Annie’s guest instructor, award-winning crochet designer Jennifer Ryan, whose unique Celtic crochet designs are inspired by Ireland, will share many of her beautiful designs and teach classes throughout our the trip.

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Jennifer says: “I have always loved Ireland since my first (and only) trip there when I was a teenager. Our family is filled with Irish heritage and our hearts are filled with a love of everything Irish – the music, dance, artwork, food, countryside, accent and fun-loving people. I am very excited to have this opportunity to visit Ireland and enjoy this incredible experience with others who also love to crochet. It will be wonderful to be in the land that inspires many of my crochet projects.

And to make the trip extra special, Ellen Gormley, editor of Crochet! magazine will be your tour escort for the entire trip!


We hope you will join us for Annie’s first crochet tour to the Emerald Isle, June 24-July 3, 2016, for 10 incredible days touring Ireland with your crochet hooks in hand!

Reserve your place now! Go here to sign up for the trip!

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Autumn Inspiration from Crochet World

As the days of summer slowly come to an end, our thoughts turn towards autumn and cooler days.

When the leaves begin to display their brilliant hues of red, orange and yellow and the morning chill brings a crispness to the air, we begin thinking about crocheting projects that provide warmth for our family and friends. There is just nothing like snuggling up in a crocheted afghan with a warm cup of tea or coffee and a good book on a cool autumn day.

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Today we would like to share with you one of the gorgeous afghans from the October 2015 issue of Crochet World. The Valley Vineyard Throw designed by Margret Willson is one show-stopping work of art. Beautifully colored motifs in fun-to-work shapes come together in one harmonious pattern that is sure to bring compliments.

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We asked Margret Wilson to share her inspiration for her afghan designs and a few thoughts about crocheting the Valley Vineyard Throw.

Crochet World: Your crochet afghans are always so inventive and different. How do you go about designing an afghan?

Margret: Afghans have always been a favorite since they are like a blank canvas and sizing is not such an issue as with garments. Depending on the structure, it begins with pencil and paper or yarn and hook. Motif designs like the Valley Vineyard Throw usually start out with a sketch and then just trial and error until the pieces fit. I like to play with shapes and crochet is very forgiving with regard to making the elements of a design fit. You can always fill in any gaps with smaller shapes or by the joining method itself. Or, don’t even worry about filling in the gaps and just “let there be lace”! One-piece afghans are more likely the result of experimenting with different colors and stitches to see what happens. I used to rely heavily on stitch dictionaries, but now try my best to use them more as a jumping-off place in an effort to create original stitch patterns.

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Crochet World: Any tips that would be helpful to our readers when crocheting the Valley Vineyard Throw?

Margret: Don’t overthink it. (I’ve already done that for you!) The written pattern makes it seem more daunting than it really is. The motifs themselves are not difficult. It’s the joining that makes the pattern seem complicated, but after joining the first few rows of leaf motifs, it will be instinctive. Consult the assembly diagram to understand how the leaf motifs are arranged. For the pattern to make sense, it is important to begin the joining round in the given space and to join the motifs in the given order. The surrounding leaf motifs must be joined before attempting to join the filler circles and squares, otherwise there will be nothing to join them to.

To purchase a digital or print version of the October issue which includes the Valley Vineyard Throw and 18 great patterns for fall, click here.

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It’s Time to Vote!

The Crochet Awards, which brings us the Flamies awards each year, is now sponsoring events which feature different types of crochet each quarter. The first quarter of 2015 celebrated the best of crochet apparel and the second quarter garnered votes for the best crochet accessories.

Voting is now open for the 3rd quarter awards focusing on crochet for the home, including categories for the best throws, doilies, rugs, pillows, table settings and more. There are many beautiful designs which all deserve an award, but we hope you’ll vote for one of our favorites!

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Jennifer E. Ryan’s beautiful Mandala Wall Art has been nominated in the wall hanging category and we hope you cast a vote in her favor! Her colorful design was featured in the June 2015 issue of Crochet World which is still available here.

The Crochet Awards strive to showcase the best of crochet, focusing on artistic and creative excellence, while promoting the art and craft of crochet to the wider public.


The Flamies, which began in 2009, are the annual ‘Oscar Awards’ of the crochet world. Crochet World magazine was honored to be the winner of the Best Crochet Magazine for 2014!

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Trending on Pinterest from August 2015

Are you a Pinterest fan? Pinterest is a fun way to find and save inspirational ideas on just about anything and everything!

We look at Pinterest to see what is trending in crochet and to keep track of what is currently popular. It is always inspiring to see all the beautiful crochet that is getting noticed and pinned!

Today we’re sharing a few things that have been trending this past month from Crochet World magazine, our online newsletter, Talking Crochet, and this blog.


This sweet heart motif from a past edition of Talking Crochet newsletter has been very popular recently. You can still find the instructions here.


This post on how to make a magic loop from November 2014 still continues to be one of our most popular posts on this blog.


Another free pattern from Talking Crochet newsletter that remains very popular is the Colorful Carryall, which is a perfect place to store all your crochet hooks. The cover of the case features the star stitch, which is fun to work.  Watch this tutorial and then find some scrap yarn and make yourself a new case for your hooks!


And if you love scraps, you’ll love this color afghan! You can find the free pattern for the I Love Scraps Afghan here.


And, this one has been trending just in time for Halloween! You’ll find the free pattern here.


We hope you enjoy sharing and pinning these current crochet trends on your Pinterest board!

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