ColLINKtion: The Scarlet Letter


For this week’s ColLINKtion, I chose Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.” Kind of depressing, I know, but I thought it would be challenging to find crochet patterns that emulate the novel.

To my surprise, I found a ton and had to actually narrow it down to just eight. After searching, I again realized that we’re still obsessed with items and images that are simultaneously puritanical and sexy, innocent and seductive. Things haven’t much changed since Hawthorne’s day.

I like Hawthorne, but I must say that I like his short stories better than his long fiction. Is anyone with me on this one? “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Young Goodman Brown.” Anyone?

One of my favorite quotes from “The Scarlet Letter,” though, is regarding Pearl, Hester’s illegitimate offspring. Pearl basically asks her mother if she’ll have a scarlet letter on her breast when she grows up. Hester tries to redirect the conversation but then reflects, “She wanted—what some people want throughout life—a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanise and make her capable of sympathy.”

Weird that Hawthorne’s saying we want the deep grief. Do you agree?

Well, one thing is for sure. Whether we want it or not, it comes for us. I know what mine is. Do you know what yours is? If not, it probably hasn’t come for you yet. I’m sorry to say that it probably will. But it won’t break or embitter you unless you let it. If you deal with it properly, it’ll turn you from a wooden puppet into a real boy — a painful process that comes out all right in the end.

Can anyone relate, or is it just me?

Anyhow, you can mull over your profound thoughts while crocheting any of these lovely Hester-inspired patterns.


1. Poppies and Pearls by Melody Maria Fulone (I found a ton of “scarlet” and “pearl” combos!)

2. “Scarlet Flower” Brooch by Lyubava Crochet (Remember the symbolic use of roses in the first chapter?)

3. Dangle Earrings by Nez Jewelry

4. Hooded Scarf, Scoodie by Melissa Grice

5. Boot Cuff, Boot Toppers with Lacy Edge by Pearl Hegedus

6. Romantic Ruffles Collar by Mamta Motiyani

7. Scarlet Skinny Scarf by The Sunroomuk

8. Rose Ring by Janette Williams {FREE!}


Do you prefer to talk to people about your deep grief or work it out alone?


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