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 Linda Dean
Our featured designer of the day is Linda Dean of Linda Dean Crochet. Be sure to visit her blog today to read her post celebrating National Crochet Month! The best place to find Linda’s patterns is in her Ravelry store.
I am a self-taught crocheter who enjoys creating and designing new ways to put stitches together. I enjoy crocheting, finding it as my relaxation and rejuvenation time. I believe that the work through of a piece is just as important as the finished product; if you don’t enjoy the journey the destination isn’t as wonderful as it could be (and it may never get finished!). I have been teaching since passing the CGOA Master’s Program in 2010, and designing for publishing since 2012, and have been active with the Crochet Guild of America currently as Past President. I am a Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor and teach regularly at my local yarn shop in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just east of Sacramento, while restoring the home that my great-grandfather built with my husband and kids.
Linda’s Special for Our Readers
To celebrate National Crochet Month, Linda is offering a free pattern! Learn how to work Tapestry crochet by creating Music Block. It is a block that can be used for many things including as a donation to Warm Up America, all in a process to enjoy a Crochet Concert. Visit Linda’s blog post today to get this free pattern!
Linda’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?
Music is one of many inspirations to my creativity. I am a child of the late 80s and early 90s music styles that result in all trends that mash up for different outcomes. When my music playlist can jump from Def Leppard to Garth Brooks to C & C Music Factory and then skip to Metallica then to a classical from William Tells Orchestra and Run DMC and Pearl Jam, I can create energetic pieces, and designs that soothe.
Can you recommend one or two songs/pieces of music you find inspirational?
I have always enjoyed the Overture to “William Tell” in its entirety… but that could be from the Bugs Bunny cartoons of my youth.
Usually any song that get my foot tapping can cause my mind to find interesting patterns.
Linda Dean’s Designer Showcase
The Opening Act
Pattern name: Diamond Scales Beaded Fingerless Gloves
Get the pattern: Diamond Scales Fingerless Gloves
About the pattern: This is a fun quick project that takes just a bit of yarn and a couple of beads….
A fast, fun, and rewarding project looks great with any bead and yarn combination. The beads are pre-strung, and the gloves are worked flat, then seamed together. The stitches create a lot of stretch allowing these gloves to fit a wide array of sizes.
Tell us about one (or more) of your favorite crochet-related items.
I have many favorite crochet-related items…
1) Goodies Unlimited Solid Lotion Bars… really help me to keep my hands moisturized without being greasy.
2) Lickin Flames Shawl Pins… lately I am hooked on their magnetic backed pins…they are beautiful pieces of art.
3) Brittany Hooks… I enjoy how they feel in my hand.
4) Lisa Souza Yarns… they colors are stunning and the fibers are luscious, they always feel good in the hand.
Pattern name: Phoenix Poncho
Get the pattern: Phoenix Poncho
About the pattern: This free pattern, is worked from the neck outward, this is a poncho that easily adds a bit of flare to any wardrobe. The simple stitch pattern lends to great coloring pooling and a fabulous drape. It is like a little hidden gem that seams to have wings set at the corner. It is stunning.
Pattern name: Cobblestone Wrap
Get the pattern: Cobblestone Wrap
About the pattern: A simple pattern lends to an elegant drape and stylish wrap. Perfect for the warming weather, and able to dress up even the most casual of dress the Cobblestone Wrap is one that you will love! I have had several students work this design with a wide verity of yarns, and each of them has been a visual success.
Follow Linda Online
Here’s where you can connect with Linda online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!