A-Glamping We Will Go: 5th Annual National Crochet Month Blog Tour
Want to Chat about the Tour?
Part of the fun of glamping is the daily round-up around the campfire, chatting and stitching with friends. We hope you’ll join us in our NatCroMo Facebook group, where we’ll be sharing daily camping recipes, campfire songs about crochet, and so much more! We’d also love to hear about your favorite things you’ve discovered on the tour and see photos of your current crochet projects. You’re invited to join us daily for virtual cocktails/appetizers and dinner. (We’ll be sharing links to some fabulous recipes!)
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Kim Harvey-Nash, Kims Colourway
I have always been a creative person and since rediscovering crochet when I was pregnant with my second child, I haven’t looked back! A day isn’t a day without a bit of crochet. I am still relatively new to designing crochet patterns but I really enjoy the freedom to create something that has a lot of texture and different types of stitches.
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
My spot to crochet is on my own sofa, with my project bags next to me that act like cushions and a cube footstool that I hide more wool inside!
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
My favourite thing I have designed was the Mandala Maze blanket (see Kim’s featured patterns below for photo). I love the texture and each row is different. I just love the sample I made in rainbow colours. A close second in line was the Fresco Blanket, which was my first blanket design and it’s the pattern I go back to the most when I want to make blankets for charities.
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
I usually take a name of a place, a flower or someone I know to name some of my designs. The Laurent Blanket was named after my nephew who was born just as I had released the pattern and I had designed it for him as a gift. The Cambridge Blanket is a memory of when I took my best friend to Cambridge when she came to visit the UK for two weeks. The Freesia Patch Blanket was named after a flower that is native to South Africa, which is where I originate from.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
My most popular pattern is the Petals In The Wind Blanket, which is a simple yet beautiful pattern with raised ruffles that remind me of petals from flowers.
To celebrate National Crochet Month, I am giving a copy of my most popular pattern, Petals in the Wind, to you for FREE from March 18 to March 25, 2017 from Ravelry only. Use the code “natcromo” to get your copy.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Fresco Blanket, $6.00
The Fresco Blanket was designed using different stitches to make a beautiful baby blanket. There is a lot of texture to this blanket with ruffles and raised rows.
You can make the blanket in one solid colour, or use a variegated yarn to break up the solid colour. There are 2 options for a border for this blanket – one is lacey and perfect for a girl and the other is a straight edged border that is great for a boy or to keep it neutral. The completed blanket does not lay completely flat, which is what I wanted when I designed this pattern. It is supposed to be a bit ruffled and pleated.
2. Freesia Patch Blanket, $5.40
The texture on this blanket is beautiful and it works up quite quickly. Use many different colours to use up your stash or stick to one variegated yarn to show the texture. This would make a lovely baby blanket, or add more squares to make the blanket into a throw or a bedspread.
3. Mandala Maze Blanket, $5.40
This beautiful circular blanket is full of different stitches and texture. It is designed to be frilly and does not lay flat. Make it in as many different colours as you like or just one neutral colour for the perfect gift.
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