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March 22: A Tour through Crochet Country

You’ve arrived at A Tour Through Crochet Country! During March 2013, Crochetville is hosting a daily designer blog tour in celebration of National Crochet Month. Each day, we visit the blogs of one or two crochet designers, who share something with us — a free crochet pattern or tutorial, a peek into their studio or a-day-in-the-life, a coupon code, or something else special. Join us each day for a new surprise!

On our 22nd day of A Tour through Crochet Country, we’re visiting Erin Boland and Jenny King.

Today’s Stop 1: Visit Erin Boland

J. Erin Boland is a crochet designer who likes to use a mix of simple stitches and uncomplicated construction, yet produce an exquisite item. Her patterns have been published in crochet magazines and Mary Maxim catalog. She learned to crochet from her grandmother, and the tradition of crochet spans many generations in her family.

Erin’s Triple-Thick Potholder looks lacy and beautiful, yet is very thick, made from three separate layers.

Triple-Thick Potholder

Triple-Thick Potholder
Published in Crochet! Magazine, July 2011

 

Erin’s Non-Stop Cowl looks perfect for the unpredictable spring weather we’re having!

Non-Stop Cowl

Non-Stop Cowl
Available on Ravelry

 

Today’s Stop 2: Visit Jenny King

Jenny King, who hails from Australia, is energetic and fashionable, and it shows in her designs. Jenny creates stunning fashions that look fabulous on an array of body types and sizes. Jenny teaches crochet locally and internationally, she writes for books and magazines, she self-publishes her patterns, and she has a yarn shop! I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet Jenny at a CGOA Chain Link 2011 in Greensboro, NC. She is such fun!

I have long-admired Jenny’s Orange Beaded Bag. I love how the yarn and bead colors pop with the black.

Orange Beaded Bag

Orange Beaded Bag
Available on Ravelry

 

The Silver Trinity Cardigan is another of my favorites from Jenny.

Silver Trinity Cardigan

Silver Trinity Cardigan
Available on Ravelry

 

See You Again Tomorrow!

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Erin and Jenny. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA.

Remember Project Night Night & CGOA

Project Night NightWe would love your support for our blog tour charity, Project Night Night, which donates comforting nighttime packages to homeless children. You can help by making and sending new crocheted blankets (50” x 60” or smaller) and/or making a financial donation. If you contribute, won’t you please use our form to help us keep a blog-tour tally?

Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)Our blog tour is also promoting another non-profit, the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). All designers participating in the tour are Professional or Associate Professional members of the CGOA. If you’re not a member yet, there are so many reasons to join!

Our Little Giveaway: Autographed Pattern Postcard

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: Does your crochet (items, colors, fiber, etc.) change with the seasons?

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.


All photos used with permission or under the Fair Use Exclusion of US copyright law.

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