Book Review: Crochet with Love Knots

Long time readers will know that we here at Crochet Kitten are always looking to learn new crochet techniques. One that we've known about for some time but hadn't yet attempted is Solomon's knot, also known as the love knot. Therefore, when we had the opportunity to review the new book from Annie's, Crochet with Love Knots, we knew it was time to give it a go.

Love Knots 1

The primary advantage of love knots is that the tall stitches allow one to work up a given crochet project much more rapidly than with short stitches such as the single crochet. And it produces a delicate, open, lacy fabric.

How to Prevent WIPs from Unraveling

As one can guess from our birthday post, August (and summer in general) is almost always Crazy Time at our house. As a consequence, I realize we've been posting fewer patterns and crochet tips lately, but Crazy Time is coming to an end and we can get finally be getting back to crochet as usual.

One of the things we got behind on was our crochet news. As members of the Crochet Guild of America, we get their free quarterly newsletter. The Autumn 2014 edition (which came out earlier this summer) has a review on a vintage crochet tool from Susan Bates called Clipson Hooks. The gimmick is that there is a clip under the shank of the hook through which you can slip the last loop of your crochet WIP to keep it from unraveling when you have to set the work down. We, of course, were immediately overcome with a covetous urge to scour eBay for any of these such hooks that may remain in existence.

But then it occurred to us that one does not need specialized, hard-to-find hooks to prevent our crochet WIPs from unraveling. All one needs is an ordinary clip-on stitch marker.

When ready to pause your crocheting, remove the loop from the hook.

How to Prevent WIPS from Unraveling