Blogs You Need to Read Now - 2017 Edition
From crochet crafters with colourful tendencies to knitting loving Texans and edgy Cardiffian crocheters, see the 5 craft bloggers you may not be following yet, but definitely should.
Last year we featured Five Blogs You Need to Read Now (see here) and over 2016 the bloggers only grew and grew and we continue to adore their creative and colourful content. For 2017 we’re introducing you to five additional blogs you need to have bookmarked. From quirky crochet crafters to exquisite knitwear designers these bloggers are key to inspiring your needles and hooks this coming year.
Searching for online knit-spiration, it’s easy to get lost in the wonders of Ravelry and Pinterest. When you finally look up from your tablet, you realise you’ve spent hours scrolling through social media feeds – and you’re still aimlessly looking for inspiration, with no idea what to get on your needles or hook. Completely defeating the point of the original reason you justified your time out to sit down and explore.
Well that’s what we’re here for – to find you the ultimate hubs of inspiration. So read on for blogs to bookmark in 2017…
Who: Dutch born. Amsterdam-dwelling crochet blogger Atty van Norel.
Why: Through her writing its apparent Atty is truly passionate about crochet; with innovative ideas on using up oddments of yarn and intricate designs (all available for free!), Atty’s blog is a hub of inspiration. A Scheepjes blogger Atty focuses on creating with the stunning yarn produced by the iconic Dutch brand. Crafting since the age of eight Atty has a life of experience with the craft and her tutorials are engaging and easy-to follow. With colourful yarn inspired snaps it’s easy to see why Atty already has a following of 24.8K on Instagram.
Who: Cardiff based crochet cool man, Matthew Spiers
Why: We hail all men who craft and this quirky character is not shy about his creative hobby. An all-round exciting blog Matthew of One Man Crochet writes about his crafting adventures from visiting yarn fairs to showcasing his wonderfully eccentric costumes he wears at festivals. With a selection of free patterns from contemporary accessories to cute cuddly toys his designs appeal to a variety of crafters. While Matthew isn’t continuously blogging, we think there’s big things to come from him in 2017 and we’re sure his eclectic designs will ignite inspiration for you.
Who: British crochet designer and craft addict Catherine Bligh.
Why: Catherine first caught our eye with the Demelza blanket, a spectacular CAL launched in 2016. Using bright and bold shades of the ever popular Stylecraft Special DK, alongside a beautiful floral design how could this CAL not be a hit? Taking inspiration from daily goings-on Catherine’s designs are brought to life not only by design but by colour too. Kicking her blog off in August 2016, Catherine is a newbie when it comes to blogging, but her talented craftsmanship and passion towards crochet gleams through in every post and her shining success so far is only the beginning.
Who: American on-air host and knit and crochetwear designer Vickie Howell.
Why: When it comes to crafting Vickie is the queen – a multi-talented crafter who knits, crochets and designs. Vickie’s passion for creativity is apparent through her presence in the craft world. A TV host, author, blogger, the list goes on – Vickie is a true pioneer in the knitting industry, her engaging social media activity and in-depth tutorials are only a handful of reasons we are hooked. With over 100k Facebook followers and 15.3K Instagram followers Vickie is already a big hit in the U.S and with no signs of her slowing down, we’re sure 2017 will be the year she takes the UK by storm.
Who: Tatsiana, a Belarussian working and living in the Czech Republic.
Why: A down to earth and humble character, Tatsiana’s crochet creations take inspiration from her surroundings and the beautiful landscapes she has visited. From yarn reviews to tutorials to free patterns Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World is packed full of practical and pretty designs along with invaluable crochet knowledge. Another Scheepjes blogger, Tatsiana works closely with the brand to produce beautiful designs worked up in an array of their scrumptious yarns. Often working in peaceful and calming hues Tastsiana’s classic designs have a contemporary and fresh feel to them.
We hope you’re inspired by these five as much as we are!