LindaPermannSan Antonio, TX, US
My crochet patterns have been published in Stitch and Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker, Knit 1, Adorn, and Vogue Knittings On The Go: Grannies. I also contribute to Sew Simple, Craft, Interweave Crochet and more. I was the founding Craft and Decorating Editor of Adorn magazine and delight in all kinds of crafts. See what I’m up to at http://www.lindamade.com/wordpress.
craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, holidays, home decorating, jewelry making, knitting, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing
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Member Since: 03/24/2008
The classic granny square is a major foundation piece of many crochet patterns. Here is an easy-to-follow tutorial for a basic double-crochet granny square. Once you've mastered this simple pattern piece, you’ll be ready to take on all kinds of great crochet projects.
If you want to make a pom-pom without the fuss of tools, use nothing but your own two hands and follow these steps.
Gather your baubles, fabric scraps, and felt and crochet this super-simple garland. Even beginners can succeed at this one!
Bunches of soft leaves in pretty autumn colors will make a great accent to your Thanksgiving table. Here's how to crochet them, step by step.
Crochet flowers are fast, easy, and perfect for embellishing almost anything. Learn how to make a basic two-layer flower with this step-by-step tutorial.
Here's a quick, easy, and eye-catching gift: a texturized scarflet made from an old wool sweater.
Craft Japanese with this cute dish scrubbie pattern. I'll show you how to make it, step by step.
When your kids are bored this summer, why not sit down with them and create some pretty, new jewelry? This inexpensive project will challenge their creativity.
Let a little light in with curtain tiebacks. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how. )
Fill up your tree with these quick and cute holiday ornaments—they make the perfect canvas for embellishments.
Keep the kids entertained and use up your yarn scraps at the same time with this fun sea creature craft.
Keep your ears warm and your forehead itch-free by lining your hat with a fleece band. I'll show you how, step by step.
When you can't find the perfect closure for your knit or crocheted garment, there's only one thing to do: Do it yourself!
Dress up your dowdy flip-flops with scrap yarn and a button embellishment!
Delight your kitten with a catnip-stuffed fish on a string. This project will only take you about a half hour to make. A free pattern is also included.
Okay, so it's almost Christmas Eve and you STILL don't have all of your presents made? Here's a super-quick project to the rescue!
Get crafty for your mama with these cute, springy brooches made from jumbo rickrack.
Hosting a shower or celebration soon? Save some of your crepe paper to make these gorgeous paper flowers!
Put an end to disposable dust cloths with this clever reversible Swiffer sock. One side is flat, the other loopy, so you can use it wet or dry.
Dress up your day with a pretty handmade fascinator! You can wear this instead of a veil, or wear it in place of the veil at your reception.
Here's an easy DIY wedding project that is quick and doable, and a great way to incorporate some heirloom lace.
Why waste cupcake toppers on cupcakes? Use them to make these pretty place cards and your guests can take a fun memory of your party home with them.
If you're looking for a fun and inexpensive way to accent your knit and crochet bags, check out this great tutorial by blogger Jesse Breytenbach.
If you're a fan of freeform knitting and crochet, here's a great source for inspiration—even better, it's updated weekly.
Betz White shares this simple sewing project just in time for summer.
Build your own necklace with crochet motifs, pearls, and dangling chains. You could switch the colors and beads for an everyday ornament, too!
Have you ever wished all of your clipped patterns could be in one lovely book? Well, now they can!
Roman Sock shares a tutorial for making these sweet, bobbley flowers.
Whip up some crocheted flower squares that you can piece into a pillow, throw, scarf, or whatever you like!
Margaret Wertheim, a founder of the Institute for Figuring, discusses her coral reef project, crochet, and hyperbolic space in her presentation at the TED conference.
See the results of artist Jennifer March's collaborative tree project, "Interdependence."
Here's one more crafty solution to wean you off of your disposable products.
Here's another use for your recycled jeans: a hanging clothespin bag to encourage you to air-dry your clothing when possible.
Combine a few choice fabric scraps with pieces cut from old pants to make a durable, cute bib for baby.
Check out these amazing ascots, cuffs, belts, and more from etsy seller Lillian Asterfield.
Check out Vickie's great suggestions to keep knitting (and crocheting) without breaking the bank.
When you're seeking inspiration for crafts that involve recycling and sources for sustainable materials, check out this awesome blog.
If you bought too many Easter eggs this year and still have loads to cook, check out this awesome tutorial on making Spring Time glittered egg ornaments.
The more you look for something specific, the more you find it. Here's another fantastic inspiration point for crafty recyclers.
Here's another incentive to using your bike inestead of your car: You can look cute while you commute.
Many of us have made the switch to cloth grocery bags, but what about those flimsy produce bags we're still using (and trashing) each week? Here's how to make your own reusable versions for less than $1.
Here's another ingenious use of a plastic soda bottle, and step-by-step photos make it easy to duplicate.
Designer Nicole Deponte crafts stunning ascots, cuffs, and more from old neck ties.
Don't miss the premiere of Faythe Levine's documentary on the rise of Art, Craft, and DIY, this weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
Using a brown paper sack as her inspiration, blogger Pretty Penny shows us how to make our own reusable lunch sack.
This is one of the cooolest reuse ideas for plastic bottles that I've ever seen.
Button up your look with this bold headgear.
Blogger Attic24 shares this colorful tutorial on how to make a pretty flower brooch.
The latest issue of Knit on the Net is up, and it's all about glamour!
Take a patchwork pincushion to the next level with stacked button embellishments and a crocheted border.
Here are a few more of my favorite sellers of handmade buttons.
If you're seeking the perfect fasteners for your handmade projects, check out the gorgeous work of Buttons by Robin.
March is National Crochet Month, and crocheters across the web are celebrating by doing a bit of freeform crochet each day.
Kristin Nicholas, knitwear, embroidery and textile designer, has a great new video tutorial on her website that explains the often frustrating French Knot stitch.
Get out your pearly buttons and embroidery floss and whip up these pretty woven coasters.
Depending on where you live, there's still a good amount of cold weather ahead. Here are three pretty scarves to crochet if you're sick of what you've been wearing.
If you like to take your dog on long walks, chances are you need to carry a few grocery bags with you to take care of business. Here's how to make a cute crochet carrier to tote the bags in.
If you're thinking about selling your work online, check out this great roundup of different selling sites.
If you need a place to store your treasures, check out these HOLD jars from NestingEmily.
I've been hanging out in Austin, TX for the past few weeks and finally had the chance to visit a much talked about yarn store: Hill Country Weavers.
Here's a quick and easy project you can complete in time for Saturday—pretty lace valentine cards.
Do you have a stash of pretty yarns...but only one skein of each? Here's a great link list to ideas for projects that only use one skein.
If you're looking for something new to crochet or knit, check out the free pattern boutique at NaturallyCaron.com.
I love how blogger Thimbleanna added a crochet border to her vintage Valentines.
Using just a few fleece scraps and basic braiding, you can whip up a tug-of-war rope toy for your puppy in minutes!
Blogger Cassi Griffin shares a step by step tutorial for making crocheted hearts.
Give your stained, logo-ed, and tired totes a makeover by adding a strip of patchwork fabric. This is a great way to use up your scraps to make a bag so cute you'll never forget to bring it with you to the grocery store.
Etsy seller ArnyM turns trash into treasure via craft.
Use the boring buttons that you can't help but hang on to to make a sweet set of crochet coasters.
What better way to celebrate today than with a crocheted portrait of Barack Obama?
StitchDiva.com's Jennifer Hansen shows us how to crochet and frame a mesh panel, making a gorgeous and easy-to-use jewelry hanger. Knitters, there's a version for you, too!
Combine fabric strips and clothesline to make these sweet fabric bowls. Here's the step-by-step tutorial!
Artist Jennifer Marsh is back again, and this time she's covering a tree in Hunstville, Alabama. Here's how you can participate.
Add a bold but delicate touch to a once-frumpy hoodie by appliquéing it with a store-bought doily.
If you're looking for a treasure trove of free knit and crochet patterns, this is it!
Artist Allyson Mitchell reclaims abandoned textiles to create modern art.
Material Whirled sells handspun yarn by a number of designers, all in the same spot.
Start saving your pop tabs—with a little crocheting action, you can transform them into wintery snowflakes.
Crochet designer Doris Chan muses on the top 10 gifts for crocheters.
Don't panic—there's still time to whip up a few gifts in time for the holidays!
Etsy seller AndFurthermore makes these dainty yet modern clocks from vintage plastic doilies—they're the perfect gift for your favorite crafter.
Top off your gifts for guys with this hip yet simple crochet pattern by Suzanne Steiger.
This holiday, give the man in your life the present of always knowing where his keys are. This super-easy catchall makes the perfect place to stow his daily necessities.
Here's a great online tutorial showing you how to edge a baby blanket in crochet. Edge a large piece of fleece in manly colors instead, and you've got an almost instant gift for guys.
Kristin Nicholas shows us how to make our very own villages from birch, pine cones, glitter, and stuff you have around your home.
Decorate your tree with darling holiday stockings from Doris Chan—each is made from a granny hexagon motif.
Even if the temperatures aren't dipping below freezing, you can set up a wintry scene in your home.
Check that special fashionable someone off of your list with this gorgeous free pattern from Sophia Kessinger.
Make your napkins festive with a simple crochet edging. You can also use this technique on coasters or a table runner for a rich holiday setting.
I changed some things but used the general idea to make my own felt ornament. I machine sewed the frame together, with the photo inside, to hold it in place.
Alice of FutureGirl shows you how to line any handmade bag with this step-by-step tutorial.
New Web Magazine Twist Collective has a selection of beautiful patterns to knit (and one free one to crochet!).
Patchwork Pottery shares a tutorial for printing your own fabric labels.
Congratulations, we're almost finished. I'll lead you through the buttonhole band, tricky seaming, and the final finish!
Without Seams shares a pretty lace patterned cowl just in time for fall.
Hats are a great holiday gift—they're quick, inexpensive, and relatively easy to customize.
This week we'll be wrapping up the majority of the crocheting as we complete the hood for the baby hoodie.
Etsy Seller MuntedKowhai mingles crocheted lace with baubles and chains to make these sweet necklaces.
This week we'll focus on making and edging the sleeves for the baby hoodie. It's not too late to get started!
Inspired by embroidery, Dutch design house Demakersvan weaves beauty into a fence.
Roman Sock offers a free tutorial to make this super cute eye mask.
Support women in Rwanda and get knitting designer duds at the same time with this annual fundraising auction.
This week I'll take you through making the two sweater fronts and I'll illuminate the sometimes tricky concept of reverse shaping.
Did the political debates leave you wanting more? Host your own with these presidential candidate finger puppets.
Bernat "Glow in the Dark" yarn does what the name implies—and it's perfect for treat bags and costume accents this Halloween.
Join me in a five-week crochet-along where I'll take you through all of the steps to making your own baby hoodie. You'll be finished with plenty of time to spare and one holiday gift checked off your list.
Check out Lion Brand's library of free patterns for Halloween ideas.
Artist Devorah Sperber creates masterful artworks without even taking thread off of the spool.
This free pattern from the Crabby Crafter works up quick and makes a great gift for the holidays.
Here's how to create fancy textures while felting wool. No knitting or crocheting required!
New recycled yarns from Coats and Clark make being "green" even easier.
Peruse this great tutorial on winding your own center-pull balls without the use of a ball winder.
With a few scrap materials and a ready-made doily, you can fashion a chic little bowl to hold your notions.
These cute wall decals will remind you of your love of crochet in a hip, modern way.
For a wonderful selection of diagram-based stitch pattern instructions, check out MyPicot.com.
Here's an ingenious idea from MyRecycledBags.com.
Send your unfinished crochet and knitting projects to be a part of Kristina Wong's upcoming show, "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
The Wardrobe Refashion blog is a great place to find all sorts of inspiration, like this recently posted crochet collar/dress.
Check out this spooky curtain made entirely from filet crochet!
Follow this tutorial to make your own pretty produce bags from doilies and fabric.
Create a unique monogram or other design using crossed embroidery stitches and a canvas made of single crochet.
If you liked the idea of recycling newspaper into yarn, here's how to spin it yourself.
Etsy Seller Jessysprkle spins unique yarns from unexpected recycled materials.
Keep your crochet hooks corralled with a pretty hook case. This version starts with a store-bought place mat to make it quick and easy, perfect for beginning sewers.
Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs shares a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet (and line!) your own pretty bag.
Now that you've gone through and assessed your stash, it's time to decide what to keep and what to let go. If the thought of parting with your dear fibers horrifies you, read on for some encouragement.
A series of crochet classes at the Denver Museum of Art yielded this, the (unofficial) World's Longest Crocheted Scarf.
While you're watching this week's coverage of the Olympics, knit or crochet a scarf for a Special Olympian.
Use this easy Design Sponge tutorial to make your own yarn wrapped vase in colors to suit your style.
Eliminate static cling and work through your stash in one fell swoop with these eco-conscious felted dryer balls.
To celebrate my recent move, I'm doing a monthlong series on how to get your stash organized and under control. Click for tips on getting started.
If you've yet to hear of Myra Wood, be sure to check out her website for super textural crochet creations.
Cover up your boring brown buttons with crochet! They make a great finishing accent to hats and sweaters, but they also look great on noncrocheted garments.
Knitting Daily TV is offering this gorgeous wrap pattern for free! Get a head start before the show airs.
Look at these adorable stuffies made by Etsy seller Sweet Nellie. She combines multiple techniques and materials to make them truly unique.
Now is the perfect time to make an eco-friendly bag to carry to the farmers' market. This quick stitch tutorial will have you working up mesh in no time.
Knitter Vickie Howell is seeking crafter profiles for her latest book. Here's how to submit your profile for consideration.
Check out Etsy's handmade Portrait of Susan Gibbs, the owner of Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm, a yarn farm operating on the CSA model.
For inspiring crochet designs, techniques, and book and yarn reviews, check out the Crochet Insider, a hidden gem on the web.
Fashion designer Giuliana Testino works with Peruvian women to create masterfully crocheted garments.
If you followed last week's tutorial, you should have a bouquet of sweet flowers at the ready. Here are a few ways to make them unique.
Try crocheting this quick summer cuff designed by Robyn Chachula!
If you've never been inspired by Filet Crochet, check out these amazing sculptural pieces by artist Inger Carina.
If you're looking to "try before you buy," check out this free pattern from Uncommon crochet.
There's still time to enter this crafty video tutorial contest!
Even if you've only mastered the chain stitch, you can still make funky summer jewelry. All you need are a few inexpensive supplies and about 30 minutes.
If you've got a pile of fabric or linens that leaves you feeling uninspired, try crocheting them into a colorful rug. I'll show you how to turn the fabric into "yarn", step by step.
Resurrection Fern is at it again with another great crochet tutorial.
Artist Jennifer Marsh recently unveiled her latest installation, a covered gas station in Syracuse New York. She hopes the work of fiber artists from all around the world will make people think about our dependence on oil.
In this video interview, Jennifer Marsh explains the World Reclamation Art Project's mission to cover this New York gas station in order to bring attention to the world's oil dependence.
Check out this video of Crochet Artist, Jennifer Marsh's newest installation, a covered gas station in Syracuse New York. This project was done in the hopes of bringing attention to the world's dependency on oil.
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If you're always staying up late to find personal crafting time, invest in good lighting to save your eyes (and your projects!).
ABC news interviews Crochet Today Editor Brett Bara about how crochet is generating its own buzz.
Artist Emily Barletta uses crochet as one of her many methods to construct intricate surfaces.
In this latest installment of Crochet as Art, meet Amy Long, an emerging fiber artist who's exploring bodily systems and interconnectedness in an untraditional medium.
The Lion Brand Notebook mentions some great ways to keep things inspired and fresh when knitting with a group.
The bobble is one of my favorite stitches—it's puffy and cute and adds a lot of texture to any piece. Here's how to stitch it.
If you're looking for the perfect gift, check out these gorgeous jewelry designs by Esty seller Precious Meshes.
Step outside of the crochet box and learn how to make this dazzling beaded pendant using craft wire and your favorite beads.
Meet Helle Jorgensen, an awesome crocheter who delights in the magical realism of everyday objects. In this interview, she shares her inspiration, crochet habits, and what’s next.
Resurrection Fern has a great tutorial on how to make super sweet crochet covered rocks.
Inspired by a crochet covered tree in Toronto, crafters in Fitzroy Australia invented their own tree species: Magnolia Doilli.
Crafting and being earth conscious seem to go hand in hand. Now, a new campaign to raise awareness of carbon dioxide reduction is sponsoring a crafty contest!
Artist Nina Katchadourian started repairing spider webs as part of her art project in 1998, only to have her repairs refused by the spiders.
Looking for a way to give back? Need that burst of inspiration that comes when you’re crocheting for someone else? Check out this crochet charity link roundup and get stitching.
Confession time: Until two years ago, when I made my first blanket, I rarely blocked any of my crochet creations. All of the wonky squares finally made me realize what this easy technique could do for my stitches.
Sometimes the smallest hooks can be hard to hold. Here are a few easy ways to up-size your handles for a more comfortable grip.
Give granny squares a chance! Colorful inspiration on Flickr makes these traditional squares glow.
The crochet makes the bag—but so does the handle! Check out some of my favorite places to find funky handles.
Be inspired by artist Aurelie Mathigot, who creates soothing, delicate environments with crochet.
Want to treat yourself to a crafty delicacy? For fiber artists, there’s nothing more satisfying than one-of-a-kind handspun yarn. Here are some of the best shops on the Web.
Does your yarn seem to be taking over your living space? If it’s time to use up some of your stash, here are five ways to get inspired.
If you’re prone to marathon crochet sessions that sometimes leave your hands achy, try adding these stretches to your crochet routine.
Are you one of those people who can never remember the sizes of hooks you already own and just buy a brand-new one for every project "just in case"? Ask yourself, do you really need 16 size-J crochet hooks? Here's a solution that keeps me from buying the same tools over and over.
It seems like everybody’s doing it, right? Amigurimi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting cute toys in the round. These delightful little projects are quick, easy, and a little habit-forming.
I happened to be working at Soho Publishing while Sasha Kagan’s book was being produced, and I remember the sheer excitement about all of her beautiful colorwork. If you’re a crochet novice, you’ll find Kagan’s use of color to be absolutely aspirational. If you are a seasoned pro, this book offers you the opportunity to be re-inspired by every loop you make.
If you’re looking to find the pulse of modern crochet, several of today’s crochet designers also happen to be—you guessed it!—bloggers. This interview with Robyn Chachula will be one of many featuring crochet-related blogs to watch. In my opinion, there aren’t enough crochet-related blogs, but more seem to pop up as I keep looking.
When I first saw this adorable free crochet pattern from the collaborative efforts of Orange Flower and Chick Pea Sewing Studio, I loved it for three reasons: easy construction, super-affordable yarn, and plenty of options for customization.
Think stitch gauges are only for knitters? Think again! Here are three ways crocheters can use this handy tool.
Artist Joana Vasconcelos uses crochet to transform manufactured items into incredible works of art.
Using stripes in your designs opens up a whole new world of opportunities- it's also a great way to combine different colors and textures for fashionable results. Follow this tutorial for a quick refresher on changing colors seamlessly.
Here's a great way to hook-up (pardon the pun) with other like minded crochet enthusiasts for inspiration, pattern ideas, and a little splash of encouragement.
Do you like to experiment with creating your own blocks and motifs? Looking for your first design break? Get moving and enter the Crochet Today design contest-- the deadline is April 30th.
It is so easy to crochet in the round and I've found that it truly is one of the most enjoyable crochet techniques. Learn the basics as you go while making these pretty coasters.
If you buy just one book this year for fabulous and indispensable crochet tips, I highly recommend Jan Eaton's “200 Crochet Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets”.
I'm so excited to be sharing crochet tips, techniques and inspiration with you! I've been crocheting for over six years and I love it. I'm excited to share some of my expertise, and learn a few things from you too!