Two new sites for crocheters have recently had their grand openings and I hope you’ll take the time to check both of them out.
The first site is one started by David Burchall and is called Slip Stitch Crochet. The site provides instructions on slip stitch crochet and will provide videos and patterns as they become available. David is also investigating to see if crochet hooks with more pointy ends can be made available, as they are more useful for working with slip stitches. The site is a work in progress, but already contains an excellent start on basic stitches, how to read slip stitch instructions, increasing and decreasing, and the following complex stitches: Flat Stitch, Stockinette, Seed Stitch, Basketweave, and Ribbing. Keep an eye on this site as it continues to grow.
The second site, Crochet Soiree, will be launched by the time this issue is published and is from Leisure Arts. The site is meant to bring those who love crochet together along with patterns, designers, yarn shops, and more. The site provides forums, crochet terms, free and for sale patterns, crochet-specific supplies for sale, tips and tutorials, the ability to upload your crochet projects and yarn stash, and and the opportunity to create and participate in challenges. As it looks right now, the site seems to be setting itself up as a competitor for Ravelry, but just for crocheters and is more conventional in design. However, the site is more interactive with blogs, interviews, polls, etc., plus designers that work directly with Leisure Arts to provide content.
If you find new sites supporting crochet or you are launching a new crochet site, please use the contact page to send me the site URL and information describing the site. Sites must be either newly launched since the last issue of Crochet Uncut or will be launched after the upcoming issue.