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National Crochet Month:
Karen McKenna, I Hook Design
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Karen McKenna of I Hook Design with us today, March 23, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
Karen has been a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America for just over one year. She says becoming a member of the organization is the best thing she has ever done for her crochet career.
Three Truths and a Lie:
Take a guess as to which of the following statements isn’t true. We’ll try to let you know which statement is “The Lie” somewhere in this post. If we just can’t work it in, we’ll post the truth at the bottom of the post!
- Karen is a member of Mensa.
- She got married in Hawaii.
- Karen has lived on both coasts, in Washington and Florida.
- She grew up in New Jersey.
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Karen’s designs with you.
These barefoot sandals are perfect for beach weddings, pool parties and prom weekends down the shore. Made using single crochet and pre-strung beads with silver elastic cord that is usually available in beading section of most local craft stores.
Gorgeous fingerless mitts made using Cascade Yarns Heritage 150 Paints.
Getting Off to a Good Start
Karen’s grandmother Sophie taught her to crochet when she was only nine years old. The first project she made with her grandmother was a hat made from five granny squares. Karen has been crocheting steadily since 1996.
A Design Career Is Begun
Karen was the only crocheter in a knit group that met in Poulsbo, Washington. She received lots of encouragement from the other members, who were all knitters. She sold some of her finished items from her own designs locally. Then she submitted a design to Cascade Yarns and sold her first pattern. She’s been hooked on selling patterns ever since!
Karen really enjoys designing practical items, especially items that an be used in different ways. The Purple Mountain hat found in her book, Elegant Fashionable Chic Accessories to Crochet, is also a cowl.
Sources of Inspiration
Karen finds her main sources of inspiration in fashion, nature, and colors.
Her Greatest Crochet Accomplishment
Karen says her greatest accomplishment to date is having her first book published by Annie’s: Elegant Fashionable Chic Accessories to Crochet.
About Her Design Process:
It never starts the same. Sometimes it starts with the yarn that says “make this with me”, sometimes it’s a fashion inspiration, or out of a need.
Fun Story from the Crochet Industry:
Advice for New Crocheters:
Ripping over and over again never stops, but you learn from each rip. Challenge yourself to new stitches and techniques, it will do wonders for confidence.
Some of Karen’s Favorites:
- Favorite Crochet Books: Margaret Hubert’s Complete Photo Guide to Crochet and The Granny Square Book, Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet, and a vintage Harmony Stitch book she found in a used bookstore
- Designers: Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka at Crochetville, Melissa Leapman, Mary Beth Temple, Karen Whooley, Kristin Omdahl, Mikey and Dan from The Crochet Crowd
- Favorite Hook: Amour by Clover and ChiaoGoo Flexible for Tunisian
- Favorite Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage line (150, regular and silk) and Venezia line (worsted and light); alpaca blends and cotton blends
- Favorite Thing to Crochet: Gloves and mittens
Visit Karen’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Karen’s blog post today! She will be offering two giveaways, each for a signed copy of one of her books: Elegant Fashionable Chic Accessories to Crochet published by Annie’s and Formal Jewelry published by Leisure Arts.
Find Karen Online:
Crochetville: auntkaren4 (must be logged in to see profile)
Ravelry: auntkaren4 (must be logged in to see profile)
I Hook Design Blog: http://ihookdesign.blogspot.com
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/karen-mckenna
Karen is NOT a member of Mensa.
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