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About Beth Ann Hulevitch
Please allow me to introduce our featured designer of the day, Beth Ann Hulevitch of Beth A Crochet. Beth enjoys designing toys and doll clothes. You can see her designer portfolio on Ravelry, and you can purchase her patterns and handmade crochet creations in her Etsy shop, BethACrochet and on eBay, mycrochetland. Today Beth will share some of her crochet memories with us and we’ll showcase three of her crochet designs.
Beth’s Crochet Memories
Would you share with us one of your earliest memories of crochet?
When I was eight years old, I remember having an intense urge to learn how to crochet in the round. So I asked my mother to teach me. She taught me my first stitches while sitting at our kitchen table. I made a very ugly duckling, that did not resemble a duck at all, but I loved it just the same. I was very thankful for the opportunity to learn my first stitch, single crochet.
Would you share with us one of your memories of becoming a crochet designer?
When I started designing my first project, it was for my firstborn daughter. I searched for patterns for certain clothes that I wanted for her but could not find them anywhere. This was a blessing in disguise because it gave me the incentive to make my own.
Would you share with us one of your most memorable experiences as a crochet designer?
As a beginner in the crochet designing area, I was terrified to actually try to submit something I made to any magazine or blog or anywhere and I did not have the first notion of where to begin. In a dream, I got this idea to crochet a heart, without too many details in the dream that I could remember upon waking. Eventually, I designed an afghan called “Unity Heart” (pictured below) that I finally had enough courage to enter into Herrschners Grand National Afghan Contest which is an annual contest; I won Honorable Mention in the Juvenile category in 2014. It was my first published design and I will never forget the excitement and joy of that day. I chose Herrschners because I remember my grandmother, my mother, and my aunts had been ordering from their catalogs throughout my entire life, so I wanted to carry on the tradition in my family.
Showcase: Crochet Designs by Beth Ann Hulevitch
Unity Heart Afghan
Get the pattern: Herrschners 2014 Award Winning Juvenile Afghans
About the pattern: This Unity Heart afghan was my first creation to be published as a designer. My goal was to provide a design that everyone would enjoy. My grandson, Zachary James, who was four years old at the time, loved watching me crochet all the bright colors. While I made this afghan, I taught him his first crochet stitches.
Hooty Owl Key Chain
About the pattern: As a key chain collector since I was five years old, as well as a Crochet World magazine fan, being able to actually be a designer in my favorite magazine was a real treat. Crochet World magazine has been delivered to our house my entire life, now my design and name are inside their magazine. It was truly a wonderful day when I saw my design in the magazine the first time. My goal was to please the general public of crochet artists who loved owls and key chains as much as I do.
Learning Blocks for Tots
Get the pattern at: Learning Blocks for Tots (on Etsy)
About the pattern: As a mom blessed with three children and three grandsons, creating pieces to help children learn and have fun is something I love to do. Aside from games, such as tic-tac-toe, checkers, and bowling games, I also created these blocks to help children learn. These blocks teach not only the alphabet, but also texture from the letters themselves being sewn onto the blocks, they also teach colors, shapes, and emotions. My goal with this design was to help children learn the basics of reading and have fun playing while learning. With these blocks, older siblings such as my grandson Garrett can help teach his younger brother Xavier to read in a much more fun way. When my grandsons are not tossing these blocks around the house, they are really learning.
Follow Beth Online
Here’s where you can connect with Beth online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!
More About Beth
After losing my job of 30 years, one year ago, being able to create a shop on Etsy, with my crochet designs, has really been a life-saving opportunity. This is the banner I put together with the help of my daughters — a compilation of a some of my creations.