Now that the big holiday rush is over, you might think it’s all calm til summer – but don’t forget about NatCroMo! NatCroMo is National Crochet Month, and it’s been celebrated every March since 2000 as decreed by the Crochet Guild of America “to promote the art of crochet and engage enthusiasts and master crocheters alike!” Here are some great ways to get ready to celebrate NatCroMo2019!
Of course, all you really need to celebrate National Crochet Month is some gorgeous yarn, a hook, and a desire to crochet! But there are some NatCroMo events happening online and in person, you may want to get on your calendar now!
The Crochet Guild of America Crochet Along – The CGOA will be celebrating National Crochet Month with a
Crochet-Along exclusively for members. Andee Graves, CGOA board vice president, has designed a fun neck warmer called the Buttoned Up Neck Cozy that is perfect for all skill levels and just about any medium weight yarn. Board members have worked up five samples of the design in different yarns to showcase how easy it is to get a completely different look just by changing the yarn. The CAL will be hosted on crochet.org. Log into the website, on the left side of the home page under My Profile click on GROUPS and you’ll find the 2019 National Crochet Month CAL to join. We’re looking forward to a fun month with lots of sharing and posting of masterpieces!
Marly Bird’s Tournament of Stitches – The Tournament of Stitches is a mystery make-along and a great way for us to come together as a community and make something that is the same but different. Sound confusing? I hope not. This is a special four-week make-along hosted in the Marly Minion’s group. The make-along starts on March 6th and will go until the end of the month. Each week you will get a new section of the pattern. At the end of the four weeks, you will have a beautiful crochet (or knit – even though it’s NatCroMo, she’s got the knitters covered too!) shawl. Please head to the Marly Bird blog on March 1st for all of the details about this year’s event.
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase – Hosted by Marie Segares of Underground Crafter, she writes “Every day during March 2019, a Crochet Guild of America member will be highlighted. The purpose of the designer showcase is to celebrate our mutual love of crochet, raise awareness of the Crochet Guild of America, and bring new audiences to each participating designer.” I can’t wait to see all the NatCroMo goodies – there will be one from Moogly as well, made with Red Heart Yarn of course!
#HookedOnYarn2019 Instagram Challenge – “An Instagram challenge is basically a series of topics, prompts, or ideas for people to post about on Instagram. There is a different topic for each day, and many of them are intentionally a little vague. It’s always fun to see how different people interpret the prompts!” This one is hosted by Marly Bird, Underground Crafter, and Stitches ‘n’ Scraps – and it’s a fun way to spread the love of crochet on Instagram!
Fiber Flux NatCroMo Beginner Series – Jennifer Dickerson is hosting a learn to crochet event, where she will be sharing a beginner friendly pattern every Monday during the month of March – all using Red Heart Yarns! It’s for people who have never crocheted, people want to brush up on their skills, or anyone who’s just looking for some fun and easy projects! There will be a written pattern plus full video tutorial for each design, and the first post is coming March 1st. There might just be a yarn giveaway too!
And finally, Kathryn Vercillo put together a fantastic list of 25 Ways to Celebrate National Crochet Month – from learning something new to crocheting for charity, so check that out for more great ideas for NatCroMo 2019!
However you choose to celebrate National Crochet Month, make it a happy one, and don’t forget to spread the word about NatCroMo and the joys of crochet!