Hello and welcome to the launch of Crochetvolution! I am so very excited to show you what I have been working on this year. It has been a dream of mine to begin a free crochet webzine for years, but the timing has just never been right.
You see, a long time ago, in a land far, far away, I got my start designing crochet patterns for a webzine called CrochetMe. (Those little puppets on the left were my very first submission, in fact.) You may have heard of it – or, if you’ve been around long enough, you may remember it. I loved CrochetMe. I submitted a project to almost every issue after my first project was accepted, and I learned a lot. I learned how to properly format my patterns, and how to write them so that they could be understood. I learned a great deal about how to photograph my work – what made one picture ‘good’ and another one unappealing. I had a lot of fun.
Nothing lasts forever, though, and CrochetMe was no exception. Kim got a job at Interweave (you can thank her for turning Interweave Crochet into a beautiful quarterly publication, by the way) and CrochetMe was no longer published as a mag. The designers and writers that had been contributing to it drifted off to their own projects and successes. I started a personal crochet site where, using the skills I’d learned with CrochetMe, I began to publish and sell my own patterns.
Eventually, though, it became clear to me that something was missing. A community project, if you will. A place to feature and focus the work of crocheters around the web for everyone to see. A place for people to get started and for new talent to be recognized. How I missed the anticipation of a new issue coming out! Someday, I thought, I would publish my own webzine. Now, finally, it is time – and this is the result!
This first issue is small, but I am so proud of everything that is in it. Every pattern, article, and photograph represents hours of effort from crocheters like you. It’s only with your help and support that this venture can succeed! Whether you’re a designer, a writer, a crocheter who’s proud of your work, or you are a designer selling your patterns independently, you can have your work appear in the next issue. If you’ve checked out the submission requirements before, please look again! Some details have changed.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the issue. I know I enjoyed putting it together.