March 19: A Tour through Crochet Country

National Crochet Month

You’ve arrived at A Tour Through Crochet Country! During March 2013, Crochetville is hosting a daily designer blog tour in celebration of National Crochet Month. Each day, we visit the blogs of one or two crochet designers, who share something with us — a free crochet pattern or tutorial, a peek into their studio or a-day-in-the-life, a coupon code, or something else special. Join us each day for a new surprise!

On our 19th day of A Tour through Crochet Country, we’re visiting Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

[button link=””]Today’s Stop 1: Visit Julie Oparka[/button]

Julie is the current president of the Michigan Stitchin’ Time chapter of the Crochet Guild of America. She has designed many patterns for ladies’ accessories and for the home that she has self-published on her website, Red Berry Crochet. Her Abstract Art Felted Scarf was featured in the October 8 issue of Crochet World magazine. Julie also has a new book that will be released on June 11 titled Crochet-opedia: The Only Crochet Reference You’ll Ever Need.  In addition to being a designer, Julie is also a Certified Crochet Instructor, having completed the Craft Yarn Council of America’s certification program.

I think this little chicken family is just too cute. These adorable chickens would be perfect to include in a child’s Easter basket.

Chicken Family--National Crochet Month
Chicken Family
Available on Ravelry

I just couldn’t resist a pattern picture that also had a beautiful cat in it. I think I may just have to make some of these mice for my own cats. The pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry.

Swirly Mice Toys
Swirly Mice Toys
Available on Ravelry

[button link=””]Today’s Stop 2: Visit Cari Clement for CGOA[/button]

Cari Clement is the current president of the Crochet Guild of America. Please check out her post on the CGOA blog today as she shares why CGOA is important to her and why it should be important to every crocheter.

Cari has a long and varied career in the crochet industry. She is currently editor of Crochet 1-2-3 and Knit 1-2-3 magazines. From 2003 to 2012, Cari was the Creative Director for Caron International. Cari was also the founder of and a director for Rwanda Knits, a charity that provided knitting machines, instruction, and business training to low-income women in Rwanda. The charity was so successful that the women formed their own cooperative union, Ingenzi Knit Union, which is now a successful, profitable, independent business. Prior to working for Caron, Cari was president and co-owner of Bond America, manufacturer of home knitting machine.

If you’re looking for a project that’s a little different, look at Cari’s Tulle Rules necklace.

Tulle Rules--National Crochet Month
Tulle Rules
Crochet! magazine Winter 2011

I love the colors of this Sao Paolo Purse which can also be used as a case for carrying your hooks and crochet tools.

Sao Paolo Purse
Free download from


See You Again Tomorrow!

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA.

Remember Project Night Night & CGOA

Project Night NightWe would love your support for our blog tour charity, Project Night Night, which donates comforting nighttime packages to homeless children. You can help by making and sending new crocheted blankets (50” x 60” or smaller) and/or making a financial donation. If you contribute, won’t you please use our form to help us keep a blog-tour tally?

Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)Our blog tour is also promoting another non-profit, the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). All designers participating in the tour are Professional or Associate Professional members of the CGOA. If you’re not a member yet, there are so many reasons to join!

Our Little Giveaway: Autographed Pattern Postcard

Each day of A Tour Through Crochet Country, we’ll be giving away two promo postcards, one to each of two winners. These are only available at our 2013 consumer show booths, and will be autographed by both of us, Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka, co-owners of Crochetville! The postcard includes Amy Shelton’s exclusive X Marks the Spot scarf pattern.

To enter, please leave a comment below answering this question: What is the next thing you plan to crochet?

The fine print: Must be 13 or older to enter. Entries must be received by 12:00 midnight Pacific time on the date of this post. Winners will be selected by random drawing and notified by email the following day. Void where prohibited by law.

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8 thoughts on “March 19: A Tour through Crochet Country”

  1. Just letting you know, I’m still reading everyday, but not commenting since I already won a post card.
    Since you asked…the next thing I will be crocheting is a shrug for my daughter to wear to the middle school morP (prom backwards) this Friday night. I found out yesterday that her strapless dress does not meet school dresscode (and they follow school dress code for the dance…ugh!). Heading out to buy the yarn tonight!

  2. Enjoy reading the crochet tour, look forward to more in the future. Putting together something someone else started but don’t have their pattern, good thing I am figuring it out by looking at the different crochet rolls already done.

  3. I’m thoroughly enjoying the crochet tour! It’s so much fun “meeting” the the designers. I just finished a scarf, so I think I will start a blanket tonight. I also have some small projects for Easter that I’ll sneak in.

  4. I have enjoyed the tour sooo much. Really love the chicken family. The next thing I plan to crochet is an afghan for a church function.


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