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National Crochet Month:
Welcome to Crochetville’s third annual Designer Blog Tour, taking place all throughout March 2015 in celebration of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Each day on our blog, you will find 1) in-depth profile posts for two crochet designers, with a link to their blogs so you can see what specials (free patterns, discount coupon codes, tutorials, etc.) they may be offering for NatCroMo, 2) a daily giveaway post with entries open from 8:00 AM CST to 8:00 AM CST the following day, and 3) during the last week of the month, daily posts from a Crochet Guild of America board member. Join us each day for a new surprise!
Today’s Posts: Amanda Saladin, Designing Crochet | Kathy Kelly | Daily Giveaway | Halos of Hope Hat Collection | Complete Designer Schedule
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Kathy Kelly with us today, March 11th, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
Three Truths and a Lie:
Take a guess as to which of the following statements isn’t true. We’ll let you know which statement is “The Lie” somewhere in this post, so keep reading to learn the truth!
- I love to wake up early and get an early start on the day.
- My favorite vegetable is the artichoke.
- I love gardening.
- I am a jazz musician and composer.
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Kathy’s designs with you.
Lively Infinity Scarf, available for $5.00 on Ravelry.
Also available in the e-book, Fun Scarves: 3 Crochet Patterns, for $10.00 on Ravelry.
About Kathy’s Lively Infinity Scarf: “Here’s a stylish and pretty infinity scarf to show off your favorite self-striping yarn. Instructions for using either DK or bulky weight yarn are included. This is a quick pattern to make, especially if you use bulky weight yarn.”
Starry Evening Shawl, available for $5.00 on Ravelry.
About Kathy’s Starry Evening Shawl: “Perfect to wear on a cool summer evening, this shawl uses a single skein of fingering weight yarn and a large hook to create an exploded lace shawl with beautiful drape, It is lovely made with a sparkle yarn such as Dream in Color Starry or Red Heart Stardust.”
Kathy is not only a crochet designer but also a jazz musician and composer. You can learn more about her music at Kathy Kelly Vibes.
Kathy is excited to be teaching classes at YarnCon, Chicago’s Indie Fiber Fair. Her classes will be on Tunisian crochet and Tunisian crochet in the round. YarnCon is April 18-19, 2015.
When Kathy was in junior high school, she learned to crochet from a book with the help of her mom. She remembers, “We tried to figure it out together. The book just had illustrations, no photos, so it was an adventure to put it all together. We got some of it right and winged the rest. The instructions were to work in the back loop only of the stitches, unlike the current convention of working stitches into both loops.”
“One of my first projects was a small throw,” Kathy recalls, “I made squares of various colors using double crochet and sewed them together. I used a ‘new’ yarn, Caron Dazzleaire, 100% acrylic and I was excited about it. I still use the throw and it has held up really well!”
On Becoming a Designer
Kathy was first inspired to design by a desire to give back to the community. She wanted to offer a free pattern on Ravelry in thanks for all the free patterns she had used. She also began teaching crochet and, in order to help her students learn basic techniques, she wrote patterns. Her first published pattern was a commission for the Chicago Yarn Crawl.
While continuing to teach, Kathy began to publish some of the patterns she wrote for classes. She also designed a second pattern for the Chicago Yarn Crawl. She says, “As I saw my patterns sell on Ravelry I started to focus more on designing patterns for the general crochet community. I’m still in the early stages of my career and hope to continue making patterns as an indie designer.”
The Design Process and Inspiration
When Kathy creates a design, she says, “I like to mull things over, so I usually knock an idea around in my head for awhile before even picking up a hook and yarn. I might start with some swatches or draw a chart, then take some time to consider them, maybe make a few changes before starting a first prototype.”
Kathy gets a lot of inspiration from nature. She observes, “Birds, plants, the colors of sky and land, even the shapes of animals and flowers can be food for thought.”
Kathy’s Advice for New Crocheters:
- “Jump in and try stuff.”
- “Stop and look at your work frequently. You will learn to read your stitches and catch mistakes before you have gone too far.”
- “Get up. Don’t sit too long at one time, stretch, get a glass of water. This can help prevent repetitive stress injuries.”
- “Don’t forget to have fun with it!”
Predictions for the Next Big Crochet Trend
Kathy suggests, “I think textural stitches and color work on wearable items will increase in popularity.”
Some of Kathy’s Favorites:
Below, Kathy Kelly tells us about some of her favorite books.
- “The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein is a great source of information and also offers great Tunisian stitch patterns that can be used for various crochet designs.”
- “Couture Crocet Workshop by Lily Chin has a lot of useful information on shaping.”
- “Crochet Inspiration by Sasha Kagen has beautiful stitches and motifs that really are inspirational and are good building blocks for designs.”
- “Connect the Shapes, Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman shows interesting ways to combine and connect motifs, another good source of inspiration.”
Favorite Hooks: Kathy shares with us, “I love Clover Amour and Clover Soft Touch hooks as well as Susan Bates aluminum hooks. And for Tunisian crochet with a smaller number of stitches I love the Clover Takumi bamboo hooks.”
Favorite Designers: “I love Doris Chan’s designs, they are elegant and I find the lacy stitch patterns very appealing. Carol Ventura makes beautiful designs using the tapestry crochet technique. She has a wonderful website, Tapestry Crochet, that features how-to videos and patterns for tapestry crochet. She also has a blog where she features interviews with various tapestry crochet artists as well as her own patterns. Carol always seems to be doing something interesting and inspiring.”
Favorite Yarn: Wool and alpaca.
Favorite Thing to Crochet: “I love making shawls but also like variety, so whatever I’m working on at the moment is usually my favorite thing. Except when a project isn’t going well.”
Visit Kathy’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Kathy’s blog post today! We can’t tell you what it is and we don’t have a sneak peek today because Kathy says, “It’s a secret!” So you’ll have to visit her blog to find out!
Find Kathy Online:
Crochetville: crochetville.com/community/user/31056-vibeskat (must be logged in to view profile)
Ravelry: ravelry.com/people/vibeskat (must be logged in to view profile)
Ravelry Designer Page: ravelry.com/designers/kathy-kelly
Kath’s Music Website: kathykellyvibes.com
Well, there weren’t quite enough clues in our post about Kathy to figure out for sure which one was the lie, but the truth is that Kathy does not like to wake up early. Sounds like Kathy is a night owl!
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50 thoughts on “NatCroMo 2015, March 11: Kathy Kelly”
Love the beautiful colours Kathy uses in her patterns! Gorgeous work 🙂
I am infatuated with shawls but have yet to make one I am considering the starry evening shawl it is amazing!
I’m a night owl, too. and I remember that Caron Dazzleaire yarn. it was my aunt’s favorite yarn when i came out, and she used it to make things for me to wear. Years later, i returned the favor making some things for her, though I didn’t have the Caron Dazzleaire yarn.
I love the shawl! Very pretty!
Great article.. I love the tapestry work that Kathy has done!!!
Beautiful shawl. I love that yarn.
I love textural designs and am also a night owl 🙂
The Starry Evening Shawl is gorgeous! And I love her tip about stopping to look at your work frequently. That is so important and can save so much time.
I’m a night owl, too! I love music, too, so I love that Kathy is a jazz musician and composer!
Love your stuff!! And I too am also a night owl! I could also sleep all day if I could
The Starry Evening Shawl is just lovely. The colors are perfect!
love the shawls!
I really love the colors on the “Lively Infinity Scarf”! Great designs!
Does your music inspire your crochet designs?
Her designs are beautiful. What wonderful colors in the yarn!
I am glad to read about designers who are new to me.
The Lively Infinity Scarf is my kind of project. I love the look of the Noro yarn.
The starry evening shaw would look perfect for what Im planning to do for my wedding.
<3 Such dainty designs! <3
I really like the colors on that Lively Infinity Scarf. Multicolor yarn is so pretty.
Love the beautiful work of the shawls.
I love that shawl design!
“I love to wake up early and get an early start on the day.” is “The Lie.”
Lovely & creative.
I love the design of the Starry Evening Shawl & the colors of the one she is wearing in the picture.
I really like her designs! The “fooling around” cowl looks like a promising project for me! 🙂
Love these patterns!
I love the Starry Evening Shawl and I will be making this for my daughter for her birthday. Thank you for sharing your wonderful designs with us.
Love the shawl!
The Starry Evening Shawl is gorgeous!
The scarf is amazing…..
Great advice. Thanks!!
That shawl is amazing! Guess I’m buying that one too!
Thank you for all of these interesting ideas to try.
A true artist in more ways than 1! And there is a Con for YARN???
I’m with Kathy, I don’t like getting up early either! Her shawl design is lovely! Thanks for the introduction.
I missed yesterday, so I had to go read up on the designers from yesterday. I am so fortunate to discover throughout this month such talented wonderful designers.
Thank you for your blog. You inspire me daily
Love your lacy designs!
I’m finishing up my very first shawl. I am excited to make more. Love the Starry evening shawl, it’s beautiful. I think it will be added to my growing list of projects I want to do.
P.S. I too am a night owl.
I like her designs
Beautiful Work!!!! I love the shawl!!!!! Would be beautiful for my sister-in-law to wear to her daughter’s graduation!!!
I like the Starry Evening Shawl, I can see the stars in it.
I love, love, love shawls! Can’t wait to try yours out. So pretty!
Great lace shawl. Lovely idea.
I love that you get inspiration from nature, no better color combo’s!