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March 1: A Tour through Crochet Country

A Tour through Crochet Country gets off to a fabulous start today with stops to see Jenny King and Shelby Allaho.

Today’s Stop 1: Visit Jenny King Designs

Jenny King is an innovative, fashion-forward crochet designer and yarn shop owner hailing from the eastern coast of Australia. She is well-known for sexy designs that are figure-flattering to women of all shapes and sizes, although she has designed some gorgeous bikinis that won’t be seen anywhere near my body unless I’m holding them up on a hanger!

Jenny recently had a design featured in the 2012 Vogue Knitting Crochet special edition:

Motif Jacket by Jenny King

Motif Jacket by Jenny King
Available on Vogue Knitting

The Colette asymmetrical poncho is one of my favorites of Jenny’s designs. I get compliments on this every time I wear it. Shown below in Red Heart Boutique Treasure:

Collette Poncho

Collette Poncho
Available on Ravelry, Jenny King Designs

 

Today’s Stop 2: Visit Shelby Allaho

Next, let’s hop right over to our Transporter (courtesy of Star Trek) and take a fast trip back across the globe to visit Shelby Allaho of  Stitch Story. Shelby’s website is full of crochet inspiration and useful information.

Her designs are fresh, unique, and full of color and visual interest.

Chinois Scarf

Chinois Scarf by Shelby Allaho
Available in Stitch Story Designs Ravelry Store

Her Tiara Trim, featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet, is a pretty little trim that can be used in a number of ways. Check out Shelby’s blog post describing the many different ways you can use this stitch pattern.

Tiara Trim

Tiara Trim by Shelby Allaho
Available in Interweave Store

Good-Bye Until Tomorrow

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Jenny and Shelby. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring.

Visit Ellen Gormley Visit Nancy Nehring

Our Little Giveaway: Autographed Pattern Postcard

Today’s entries are closed. Winners: Congratulations to Akua and to LeAnna Lyons!

Each day of A Tour Through Crochet Country, we’ll be giving away two promo postcards, one to each of two winners. These are only available at our 2013 consumer show booths, and will be autographed by both of us, Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka, co-owners of Crochetville! The postcard includes Amy Shelton’s exclusive X Marks the Spot scarf pattern.

To enter, please leave a comment below answering this question: What is your favorite type of hook (aluminum, wood, plastic, hand carved, etc.) and why?

The fine print: Must be 13 or older to enter. Entries must be received by 12:00 midnight Pacific time on the date of this post. Winners will be selected by random drawing and notified by email the following day. Void where prohibited by law.

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  • Akua

    As with any adherent/zealot or wild fiber person, there is no way I could choose just one, or even one type. I have a favorite hooks for bullions, and favorite hooks in different sizes. If I’m working large, hand carved wood hooks are my preference but below say L, I like any number of hooks. Happy National Crochet Month!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.glover Jenny Cornell Glover

    My favorite hook is handmade by Furl’s. otherwise, i do enjoy Addi’s hooks.

  • sweetpea0818

    What is your favorite type of hook (aluminum, wood, plastic, hand carved, etc.) and why? My favorite type of hook is aluminum. This is mostly because it is what I was taught with. Also, it is what I always use. I have a wooden hook and it doesn’t flow as nicely as an aluminum hook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.kizis Ann Kizis

    My favorite hooks are my wood from Jimbo

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.hedghes Melissa Hedghes

    I have always used aluminum (and steel), because that is what I purchased when I first started crocheting. I’ve used that set for over thirty years, and I see no reason to buy another (although I have been wondering if the new “ergonomic” type handles are more comfortable).

  • Deborah

    My favorite hook is a Boye , because us girls just love Boye’s that Fit so well in my hands .

  • disqus_IEuEJJhgJq

    My favorite hooks are Boye aluminum. I’d love to try a hand carved hook but haven’t yet. I never cared too much for plastic hooks;I’m always afraid that they will break. I am hard on hooks, I use them so much that I have worn the finish off some of my aluminum hooks. I guess that means I crochet too much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Rimmer/100001147101417 Jane Rimmer

    My favorite hooks are Sonshapes wooden hooks. I’ve purchased from size F up to P in regular hooks, and several Tunisian hooks. They slide so smoothly. Unfortunately, the company has gone out of the hook making business. If anyone finds some on eBay, let me know!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002568231818 Cindy J Worthley

    I use the hooks that I have (and have been buying since I started over 40 years ago…) mostly Boye and Susan Bates and one Hero!

  • Jeanne

    Right now I have mostly my mother’s aluminum hooks, I have gotten a few of my go to sizes with wooden handles, and I love using them, it would be a great privlidge to have a hand carved hook.

  • Cheryl Thoms

    My favorite hook is bamboo. It feels better in my hand and doesn’t seem to have as many little stickie points as the metal ones do.

  • Julie

    I have always used aluminum but here lately I have discovered wooden hooks. They are beautifully handcrafted and fit in my hand very well. I think that I will eventually switch all of my hooks to handcrafted ones.