March 26: A Tour through Crochet Country

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 26th day of A Tour through Crochet Country, we’re visiting Susan Lowman and Michele Maks.

[button link=””]Today’s Stop 1: Visit Susan Lowman[/button]

I’m so glad I get to write about Susan Lowman today! She is one of my absolute favorite people to see at crochet conferences. Susan is The Crochet Architect, “building designs one stitch at a time.” In addition to being a crochet designer, Susan is also a technical editor and teacher. She teaches locally in her community and nationally at CGOA conferences. She is a member of the CGOA Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the CGOA Masters Committee. Susan is a self-proclaimed threadie (“a crocheter who prefers to work with crochet thread and a steel crochet hook”). Among other things, she has designed some amazing necklaces using crochet thread and beads or buttons.

It is so difficult for me to choose just two of Susan’s designs to show! Here is one of her beautiful crocheted necklaces that was a very popular seller when we had it in our consumer booth in 2012.

"Faux" Tatted Necklace
“Faux” Tatted Necklace
Available on Ravelry


The beautiful Sorrel River Tunic is a very flattering design. I have seen Susan wearing it herself and she looks lovely in it.

Sorrel River Tunic
Sorrel River Tunic
Available on


[button link=””]Today’s Stop 2: Visit Michele Maks[/button]

Michele Maks was a freelance knit and crochet designer for many years before she became editor of Crochet World magazine in 2008. She is no longer editor and she is learning to live with the disability of MS. She was raised in New York and was once a dairy farmer in Maine.

First Beret and Scarf is a great project for a beginner, and it’s available free from Red Heart.

First Beret and Scarf
First Beret and Scarf
Available free on


This Color Blocks afghan is so pretty! I love blue and brown together.

Color Blocks
Color Blocks
From TLC Tender Lovin’ Afghans
(Coats & Clark)


See You Again Tomorrow!

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Susan and Michele. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton.

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: Where do you store your yarn and crochet supplies?

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.

All photos used with permission or under the Fair Use Exclusion of US copyright law.

4 thoughts on “March 26: A Tour through Crochet Country”

  1. I also have a craft closet and a craft wall outside the closet. It’s time to sort out the “explosion” that happened over the holidays and get ready for next Christmas.


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