Crystal Marin, Featured Crochet Designer

You’ve arrived at the annual NatCroMo Blog Tour! What is that, you ask? It’s a virtual celebration of National Crochet Month with new blog content daily throughout March, including featured crochet designers, free patterns, discounts, giveaways, and more.

This year our theme is The Crochet Concert and we are celebrating music as creative inspiration. Each featured designer’s showcase will include an “Opening Act” (a quick or easy pattern); “Intermission” (the designer’s favorite crochet tools, yarn, or books); a “Showstopper” (an impressive or unique pattern); and “Designer’s Choice” (any pattern of the designer’s choice).

See all of this year’s tour here: NatCroMo Blog Tour 2021.

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About Crystal Marin

Our featured designer of the day is Crystal Marin of ChristaCoDesign. Be sure to read her blog post today celebrating National Crochet Month! The best place to get Crystal’s patterns is her Etsy shop. You can also find them in her Ravelry designer profile.

Hi I’m Crystal, the designer and blogger here at ChristaCoDesign. I enjoy creating crochet and knit patterns that are simple to make and easy to love.

Crystal’s Special for Our Readers

Get 30% off patterns in ChristaCoDesign Etsy & Ravelry shops for the entire month of March! No coupon code needed (on Etsy, the discount will show on each listing; on Ravelry, the discount will show in your cart).

Crystal’s Creative Inspiration

Is music a source of inspiration for your crochet creativity? Or do you listen to music while you crochet? If so, tell us about it. If not, what is something else that helps fuel your creative inspiration?

I love listening to uplifting and encouraging worship music while I crochet. Find a few quiet moments to practice my craft and lift my spirits is a joy.

Can you recommend one or two songs/pieces of music you find inspirational?

Still Rolling Stones by Lauren Daigle

Design Showcase: The Opening Act

Pattern name: Skinny Summer Scarf

Get the pattern: FREE pattern!

About the pattern: The Skinny Summer Scarf crochet pattern is lightweight and lacy. It’s just perfect for anytime of year. Crocheted simply, with double crochets and uses just one skein of Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton yarn, it will be your new favorite piece.

I love a good crochet skinny summer scarf pattern, which is really an all season piece. When you crochet a scarf from cotton yarn it allows for a more breathable-warm weather friendly scarf. Bonus, this scarf is made in crochet mesh, which works up super fast.


Tell us about one (or more) of your favorite crochet-related items.

My absolute favorite tool is Furls ergonomic hooks. I love the feel of the handle in my palm as I crochet. The Odyssey is my current favorite hook.

Design Showcase: The Showstopper

Pattern name: Sunset Cowl Neck Sweater

Get the pattern: FREE pattern!

About the pattern: The Sunset Cowl Neck Sweater is a fitted crochet pullover with the coziest cowl neck. The Trinity Stitch lends this crochet sweater its gorgeous texture.

Easy to wear everyday or dress up for an evening out. This sweater is so cozy and comfortable. The stitch features really pop in the light colors.

Design Showcase: Designer’s Choice

Pattern name: Lilla Shawl

Get the pattern: FREE pattern!

About the pattern: The Lilla Shawl is a free, beginner crochet pattern. It’s an easy triangle shawl that’s perfect for Spring and Summer. This crochet shawl pattern includes photo tutorial.

The Lilla is a relaxing crochet pattern. The 3-row repeat is simple to remember. Beginners and seasoned crocheters alike will enjoy the lightweight Lilla Shawl.

Crochet designer Crystal Marin of ChristaCoDesign wearing her own design, Positano Hat (FREE pattern).

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