Kathryn Vercillo

Kathryn Vercillo, contributing writer
Kathryn Vercillo

Kathryn Vercillo is a freelance writer and crafter with expert knowledge in the craft of crochet. She has designed crochet patterns and written articles for a range of online and print publications.

You can connect with Kathryn on Facebook and Instagram, learn more from her website, or email her at kathryn.vercillo@gmail.com.


  • Author of the books Crochet Saved My Life, Hook to Heal, and Mandalas for Marinke
  • Monthly column writer for Happily Hooked, digital crochet magazine
  • Additional publication in dozens of crochet/yarn blogs, sites, and magazines
  • 9+ years writing professionally about crochet


Kathryn Vercillo has been a blogger/author for more than a decade, writing across a diverse range of topics. She has been writing about crochet since 2011. At that time, she launched her crochet blog, Crochet Concupiscence. At its peak, it received more than 600,000 unique monthly page views. Kathryn successfully sold this blog in fall 2017. In its place, she publishes a subscription-based crochet newsletter through Patreon.

Kathryn is also widely published in the broader world of craft blogs and magazines. She writes a monthly column called Crochet Heals for Happily Hooked digital magazine, where she has also contributed crochet patterns and stitch tutorials. She has contributed regularly to Interweave Crochet Magazine, Craftsy's crochet blog, and the blogs for yarn companies Red Heart Yarns and Lion Brand Yarns. She has been writing for The Spruce since 2014.


Kathryn's education in social work and the mental health field have contributed greatly to her understanding of how crochet can help people to heal. She has an AAS in Social Work with Youth Emphasis from Pima Community College, a BAS in Public Agency Service with Community Service Emphasis from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Psychological Studies from CIIS in San Francisco.

Awards and Publications

Kathryn's book Crochet Saved My Life (2012) combines intense personal stories (including her own battle with depression) with researched information to show how crochet has helped people heal through a diverse array of conditions including depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, and chronic pain conditions. Focused on, but not limited to, the craft of crochet, this book really demonstrates how craft is therapy. Kathryn followed this book with Hook To Heal (2015), a set of 100 creativity exercises for crocheters to engage in personal growth. This was followed by Mandalas for Marinke (2017), a book from a curated crochet art project of the same name, designed to raise awareness about depression and suicide as well as the healing powers of crochet.


About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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