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March 30: 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 30th day of A Tour through Crochet Country, we’re visiting Linda Dean and Kristin Dragos.

Today’s Stop 1: Visit Linda Dean

Linda Dean is a longtime crocheter, and recently began designing and teaching. Her patterns have been published in magazines including Crochet!, Crochet World, and Crochet 1-2-3. In addition to being a CGOA Associate Professional Member, she also has a CGOA Master of Advanced Stitches and Techniques and is a CYCA Certified Instructor. She lives on a small farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

Linda’s Backed Broomstick Clutch would make a beautiful evening bag. It came out in Crochet! Magazine, Spring 2012, and was her first published pattern.

Backed Broomstick Clutch

Backed Broomstick Clutch
Crochet! Magazine, Spring 2012

 

I love the look of the stitches and the elegance of Linda’s Vineyard at Dawn Shawl, published in the most recent issue of Crochet! Magazine, Spring 2013. This shawl won Second Prize in the Accessories Category at the 2012 CGOA Design Competition.

Vineyard at Dawn Shawl

Vineyard at Dawn Shawl
Crochet! Magazine, Spring 2013

 

Today’s Stop 2: Visit Kristin Dragos

Kristin Dragos is a new crochet designer and teacher. She learned to crochet in 2008 and began designing her own patterns in 2012. So far, her patterns have all been self-published and you can find them in her Ravelry store. Kristin is a CYCA Certified Instructor and is working on her CGOA Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques. She teaches crochet classes at her local Michaels Store.

Kristin’s Beads and Triangles Bracelet really caught my eye! I love crocheting with wire and beads. You can download the pattern for free from Ravelry.

Beads and Triangles Bracelet

Beads and Triangles Bracelet
Free pattern available on Ravelry

 

Kristin’s pretty Shimmery Shells Shawl would make a versatile evening accessory. I love the shiny yarn she used for it.

Shimmery Shells Shawl

Shimmery Shells Shawl
Pattern available on Ravelry

 

See You Again Tomorrow!

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Linda and Kristin. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Karen C K Ballard and Gwen Blakely-Kinsler.

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: Do you have a special bag you always use to store the most recent project you’re working on, or do you have lots of projects around in plastic grocery bags?

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

    I have a few cloth bags I received from a book club that I keep yarn & projects in!

  • Laura Thiele

    I have to Ver Bradley bags next to my couch with my projects plus extra yarn in case I want to start something new.

  • http://twitter.com/vikilynm Vikilynm

    I use any available tote bag or plastic grocery bag. I do want to get a more “professional” bag to carry my supplies.