Welcome to our blog tour! Here at Crochetville, we celebrate National Crochet Month with our NatCroMo Blog Tour. This year, we’re interviewing crochet designers, teachers, and hobbyists throughout March and our theme is crochet memories. You can browse all of this year’s blog tour content on our page NatCroMo Blog Tour 2020.
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About Lisa Gentry
Please allow me to introduce our featured designer of the day, Lisa Gentry of LG Yarn Creations. Lisa enjoys designing pretty much anything! You can find her patterns in on her Ravelry page: Designer Lisa Gentry. Today Lisa will share some of her crochet memories with us and we’ll showcase three of her crochet designs.
Lisa’s Special for Our Readers
As a special treat for the NatCroMo Blog Tour, Lisa is offering one of her patterns for free!
Free Pattern – March 7-15, 2020:
Berry Blossoms: Delicate flowers at the neck and hem enhance the graceful shape of this simple top. The body of the garment is created by double crochet stitches, with decorative V-stitches adding flattering shaping. Select a bright color and crochet the perfect top for spring!
♥ Here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/berry-blossoms
Lisa’s Crochet Memories
Would you share with us one of your earliest memories of crochet?
I was raised by nuns in Germany and started crocheting first grade at school. I remember working on a huge floor turtle pillow about 40″ in circumference. I was so proud of it and couldn’t wait to show it off. The nuns got upset accused me staying up every night and crocheting! It took me a while to convince them otherwise. Well I didn’t know I was a fast crocheter at that time.
Would you share with us one of your memories of becoming a crochet designer?
I’m holding the Guinness World Record Holder “Fastest Crocheter” since 2005. In summer 2015, Kathleen Sams asked me if I would like to design for a yarn company. I was so happy about getting my designs published.
Shortly after that, I started designing for more yarn companies, magazines, and Leisure Arts published my first book in 2008, I Can’t Believe I’m Chain Knitting.
Editor’s Note: You can see all of Lisa’s (many!) books published by Leisure Arts on their page Meet the Designers: Lisa Gentry.
Would you share with us one of your most memorable experiences as a crochet designer?
I remember the first time attending the Crochet Guild of America’s yearly conference in 2006. I didn’t expect being such a big deal and was surprised to see so many crocheters. I enjoyed meeting other crochet designers, magazine editors, and yarn companies.
The show will be held in New Orleans from July 22-25, 2020, so I’m planning to attend again after few years.
Showcase: Crochet Designs by Lisa Gentry
Hippy Hop Bunny
Get the pattern: Hippy Hop Bunny (on Ravelry)
About the pattern: Easter will be here shortly, perfect time to work up few of those adorable no sew crochet bunnies!
Get the pattern: Starlight Topper (on Ravelry)
About the pattern: That’s a cute idea to “dress up” your cake domes, candy dishes, or other lidded dishes and pots with a knob.
Sea Glass Shawl
Get the pattern: Asymmetrical Sea Glass Wrap (on Ravelry)
About the pattern: You will love this pattern with a fun way of adding a border motif every 8 rows.
The shawl is designed so the border color matches the body of the shawl. This pattern keeps you engaged and is an interesting project that’s easier than it looks, thanks to the yarn!
Follow Lisa Online
Here’s where you can connect with Lisa online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!
Lisa’s Dog Harley ♥
I was cleaning out boxes of yarn and swatches when my Harley jumped right in the middle of it and try to help out!