March 9: A Tour through Crochet Country–National Crochet Month

This is the 9th day of A Tour through Crochet Country, and we’re going to visit Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant.

[button link=””]Today’s Stop 1: Visit Dawn Cogger[/button]

You’ll be in for a treat when you visit Dawn Cogger’s blog today. She’s been blogging since May 2011. In addition to regular crochet content, her blog also chronicles her experiences as she has moved through the CGOA mentoring process toward becoming a crochet professional.

Dawn has self-published two patterns on Ravelry. Her beautiful Poinsettia Afghan was published in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Crochet Today. Her camera belt bag was published in Crochet Gifts to Go, published by Annie’s on February 19, 2013. Dawn also has an Etsy shop where she sells finished crochet items.

The Poinsettia Afghan would be a wonderful gift for anyone who loves decorating their home for Christmas.

Poinsettia Afghan
Poinsettia Afghan
Crochet Today Nov/Dec 2012

Stuart’s scarf is worked with a beautiful laceweight alpaca yarn.

Stuart's Scarf
Stuart’s Scarf
Available on Ravelry


[button link=””]Today’s Stop 2: Visit Angela Whisnant[/button]

Angela Whisnant is a married mother of 5 living in Raleigh, NC. Her two children still at home keep her busy, but she is still able to find time for her work as a crochet and knit designer. She has self-published a number of designs on Ravelry. She also recently had her first design published in the February 2013 issue of Crochet World magazine.

I love the mitered squares of the Reader’s Shawl.

Reader's Shawl
Reader’s Shawl
Crochet World February 2013

My hands are often cold, even in summer air-conditioning, so I’m always on the lookout for new fingerless mitt patterns. Angela’s Fall Mitts pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry.

Fall Mitts
Fall Mitts
Free Download on Ravelry

Remember Project Night Night!

Don’t forget to think about lending your support to Project Night Night. Whether you choose to spend the month making a blanket or two for a homeless child or make a financial donation, we appreciate any support you can give to this worthy organization.

After you send in your donations, don’t forget to update our NatCroMo charity total spreadsheet. We think it will be fun to see just how much love and caring “the power of the hook” can send to the homeless children supported by Project Night Night.

You can find all the details on how to make donations and how to add those donations to our group totals in our main A Tour through Crochet Country post.

Remember CGOA

If you’re not yet a member of the Crochet Guild of America, won’t you consider joining? Whether you are a crochet hobbyist or a professional, as a member of the organization you can have the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping keep the art of crochet alive for future generations. Dues are only $35 a year!

If you can’t find a local chapter near you, we will be starting a cyber-chapter for Crochetville after I return from Stitches South, so probably sometime in April. When we start the cyber-chapter, I’ll be sure to post here on the blog. Subscribe to our blog RSS feed so you won’t miss the update!

Good-Bye Until Tomorrow

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Dawn and Angela. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers.

[button link=””]Visit Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten[/button] [button link=””]Visit Renee Rodgers[/button]

Our Little Giveaway: Autographed Pattern Postcard

Today’s entries are closed. Winners: Congratulations to Deborah and Rivkahkay123!

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 first crochet project you remember making?

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.

9 thoughts on “March 9: A Tour through Crochet Country–National Crochet Month”

  1. My first crochet project? I was about 10 years old and I made a blue headband. I sewed little pearls on it and some elastic in the back. I remember it had some unintentional decreases, but I wore it anyway.

  2. I did my first project when I was 12. It was to crochet a beanie, but, I knew nothing about increases so it came out looking like an ice cream cone. LOL I have certainly come a long way since then as I am now in my 60’s. Yes I have figured out when to increase.

  3. My first crochet project was a white shawl in high school, increases in the middle, the middle didn’t line up right when I was done, which my teacher pointed out to me. I give it to one of my children for play clothes and they had so much fun with it.

  4. Mine was a crocheted poodle. It consisted of numerous pieces of simple crochet stitches that had to be sewn together. My great aunt had taught me how to crochet, but not the names of the stitches. My sister got a gift of a kit to crochet the poodle. She wanted the toy, but not to do the work. I offered to attempt to crochet it for her. It seems to me there were instructions for the stitches, but it did not use standard notation. I was able to complete the toy, but still did not know how to read patterns.

  5. My First project was a scarf made from Red Heart Mexicana when I was 9 yrs old in double crochet. My Mom taught me to crochet, and We both are still crocheting today. I now make all kinds of clothes , including hats, mittens, sweaters, slippers, etc. in all kinds of stitches


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