You’ve arrived at the annual NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour 2022! It’s a virtual celebration of National Crochet Month with new blog content daily throughout March, including featured crochet designers, pattern showcases, free patterns, coupons, discounts, giveaways, and more. This year’s theme is Pawprints on Our Hearts, so we’ll talk about our pets – furry, feathered, and scaly!
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Today’s featured designer on our NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour 2022 is Jennifer E Ryan of Celtic Knot Crochet. In addition to showcasing some of her crochet patterns, for our theme, Pawprints on Our Hearts, she tells us about her mini-dachshund named Sadie.
We appreciate our NatCroMo designers so much! They’ve so graciously shared their time (and often a special goodie) with us, let’s show some love! Some ways to do that are to like, follow, and shop! ❤️
- You can visit Celtic Knot Crochet on social media: Facebook | Instagram
- You can shop Celtic Knot Crochet patterns: Etsy
Jennifer Ryan is an award-winning published crochet designer with a specialty in combining Celtic Knots with crochet. Her crochet designs can be seen in several crochet publications and on her blog, “Celtic Knot Crochet”. Jennifer’s favorite items to create and design are mandalas, jewelry, wall hangings, and recycle projects. She believes that all crochet garments are wearable art and the perfect way to showcase your skills and passion. Jennifer loves to teach crochet (and will be teaching 6 classes this coming summer at the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) conference in New Orleans), the Russian language and Drama Classes. She is also a busy homeschool mom that also loves to kayak, rollerblade, spend time outdoors, and photograph wildlife.
Tell us about your pets!
I have a mini-dachshund named Sadie. She is 10 years old and so much fun! She loves to wear all kinds of costumes and sweaters and we love to see her in them. My family has always had dachshunds so I can’t imagine myself having any other kind of dog. Sadie enjoys playing with a ball, catching snowballs and opening presents. She loves to drop her ball down our basement stairs and then bark until someone gets it for her and throws it back up the stairs for her to ‘fetch’. Then she drops it down the stairs again and repeats the whole process… she would do this all day if we allowed her to! Sadie is often a model from some of my crochet designs – here you see her enjoying the sunshine on the Colorida Hammock Blanket project (a free pattern on my blog).
To see a fun video of a “Day in the Life of Sadie” (and all of her cute and funny antics/clothes) check out my Instagram account.
For some FREE crochet patterns for your pet, browse the images on my free patterns page. (You’ll see the Mini-Puppy Rose, the Doggie Bomber Hat and the Lacy Dog Collar.)
Favorite Crochet Reference
What is one of your favorite crochet reference books or websites that is one of your go-to sources for crochet information?
I love “vintage” crochet books that are a mix of stitches and projects. I enjoy browsing thrift shops and used book stores to find these treasures to add to my collection. I also have several crochet pattern booklets from my grandmother that were published in the 1930’s to 1950’s. They are filled with inspiration and beautiful stitches/projects.
Design Showcase: Celtic Pocket Shawl
Pattern name: Celtic Pocket Shawl
About the pattern: The Celtic Pocket Shawl is an easy crochet pattern that uses basic stitches to create a one-of-a-kind shawl. Project features 2 Celtic Knots (one on each pocket) and 1 large Celtic Knot across the back – all 3 are the same design and easy to weave with the enclosed clear and actual-size diagrams.
This design also comes with a free video tutorial to help you with some of the stitches and with the diagrams and weaving the Celtic Knots.
Design Showcase: Twilight Shawlette
Pattern name: Twilight Shawlette
Get the pattern: https://celticknotcrochet.com/2021/09/crochet-shawl/.html
About the pattern: The Twilight Shawlette is a lovely lacy shawl with a large and eye-catching scallop edging sure to turn heads wherever you go.
You can wear it over your shoulders or around your neck for 2 different looks.
As a fun addition to this pattern, I wrote a blog post about how I put it all together and experimented with the stitches and shape which you can read about here: Crochet Design Journey.
This pattern is available for FREE on my blog at the link above,
(You can purchase an ad-free printable PDF of this pattern in my Etsy Shop here: Twilight Shawlette.)
Design Showcase: Celtic Motherhood Necklace
Pattern name: Celtic Motherhood Necklace
Get the pattern: Celtic Motherhood Necklace on Etsy
About the pattern: This Celtic necklace is quick and easy to crochet and would make a wonderful gift for Mom this Mother’s Day. The project uses simple stitches, a small amount of supplies and basic jewelry techniques.
The Celtic Motherhood Knot features 2 hearts intertwined – symbolic of the connection between a mother and child.
For more Celtic necklace projects, check out this blog post.
Jennifer’s NatCroMo Special
Jennifer will be offering a discount code for her Etsy shop – 20% off – March 11-March 31 – with a coupon code your can get on Jennifer’s NatCroMo blog post. (Discount valid 3/11/2022 @12 am through 3/31/2022 @ midnight.) Coupon valid in Jennifer’s Etsy shop, Celtic Knot Crochet.
Follow Jennifer Online
Here’s where you can connect with Jennifer online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs, sales, events, or other good stuff!
- Website / Blog: celticknotcrochet.com
- Instagram: @celticknotcrochet
- Facebook: Jennifer Ryan
- YouTube: Jennifer E Ryan
- Pinterest: @celknotcrochet
- Etsy: Celtic Knot Crochet
- Ravelry: ravelry.com/designers/jennifer-e-ryan
- Newsletter: Celtic Knot Corchet
We hope to see you again tomorrow on the NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour 2022!