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National Crochet Month:
Jenny King, Jenny King Designs
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Jenny King with us today, March 31st, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Jenny has been a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) for about 12 years.
Three Truths and a Lie:
- Jenny married her husband 11 months after meeting him for the first time.
- When Jenny enrolled at college to study to teach Home Economics, she had never threaded a bobbin.
- Jenny drives a vintage Austin Healy car.
- When Jenny first traveled to USA from Australia by herself for a CGOA conference 17 years ago, she slept with five people she had never met before.
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Jenny’s designs with you.
Jenny has been crocheting for over 40 years. She was taught by her aunt. Jenny’s first project was a bun cover for her hair like ballerinas wear. When Jenny was 30 years old, she taught her mother to crochet.
Becoming a Designer
Jenny says, “I think i have always been designing, I just didn’t know that was what it was initially.” When she was just 15 years old, Jenny designed her own range of bikinis, which helped pay her college fees until she was 21. She started self-publishing pattern books in Australia over 17 years ago, and has since self-published 13 books. Then Jenny began designing patterns for Annie’s and has done seven pattern books with them.
In the book Crochet Master Class, Jenny was the master of woven crochet. At the time that book was published, Jenny was best known for her Tartan/plaid afghans. Today she is probably best known for her Bavarian crochet.
Jenny is also skilled at designing beautiful, fashionable garments that are easy to make. Jenny says, “I love and constantly design crochet clothing and specialize in garments for curvaceous women. In the future my legacy will be Get Squared for Perfect Fit. This technique is in a video format and allows garments of any style to be made with any weight yarn and to be guaranteed to fit and flatter any size women without a wordy pattern. It believe it is truly revolutionary.”
You will be amazed by Jenny’s Get Squared technique. This video is a quick overview of what you can do with Get Squared. Once you watch it, you’ll be so curious for more! You can sign up for Get Squared on Jenny King Designs.
Jenny shares with us, “I see designs in my mind’s eye and work at them over and over again until they look like the picture in my mind.” She admits she is a bit of a perfectionist. She also goes shopping and buys garments that makes her look good and then translates that shape into crochet. She seeks out clothing styles that are new and interesting.
Jenny says, “When I’m designing I like to use my crochet hook to emulate what I would call designer knits.” Other times she embraces “the beauty and delicacy of crochet lace to create garments.”
Jenny lives in a tropical place, so bright colors are an obvious signature of her designs. She says, “I look for color combinations that make my heart sing and translate that into my designs.” In addition, Jenny tells us, “I like my designs to be a bit quirky.”
Greatest Crochet Accomplishment
When asked about her greatest crochet accomplishment, Jenny is torn between two: (1) her crochet wedding dress, which finally got into Vogue Crochet after 30 years of dreaming about it and (2) being part of The PANEL Panel at Stitches last year.
When asked about a fun story, Jenny says seeing Tammy Hildebrand crochet with her feet has to be one of the funniest things she has seen. Tammy once broke her arm, and rather than wait until it healed, she figured out how to crochet with her feet. What a great skill to have!
Jenny tells us, “I sew my own range of ‘Jenny’ dresses and module pieces that work well as a backdrop to my crochet garments in non-iron, ready-to-wear, travel pieces.”
Advice for New Crocheters:
Jenny suggests, “Remember when you first learnt to ride a bike. It didn’t happen straight away and you had help. Keep asking for help. Knock on doors until someone opens up. Crocheters love to share. And don’t point out a mistake. Most people wont even know it is there unless you tell them.”
Advice for New Designers:
Jenny shares, “I love what I do and would never want to do anything else, but it probably won’t make you rich. Get computer savvy, write a business plan and go the CGOA for the best advice and contacts in the world.”
Next Big Trend in Crochet
Jenny believes we are heading into the new crochet revolution. She says there will be crochet like we saw in the 1970s: “hippie fringing gypsy boho style.”
Some of Jenny’s Favorites:
Favorite Hooks: The discontinued Clover crochet hooks without the handle.
Favorite Yarn: Jenny loves all the natural fibers: cotton, silk, linen, wool, mink, yak, and quivet, but she’s allergic to alpaca. Jenny adds, “Some are too warm to wear here in the tropics but they feel so lovely.”
Favorite Thing to Crochet: Jenny’s favorites are definitely clothing — or necklaces, or accessories — “anything to make a person feel lovely.”
Favorite Designers: Jenny’s favorite knit designers: Hane Faklenberg, Sally Melville and Jane E. Slicer-Smith — Jenny says they all explore interesting clothing shapes and colorways. As for crochet designers, Jenny loves the work of Doris Chan and Yumiko Alexander.
Visit Jenny’s Blog: NatCroMo Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Jenny’s blog today! She is offering a great story behind this little crocheted birdie, as well as a FREE pattern for it. Don’t miss out on this cutie!
Find Jenny Online:
Ravelry Designer Page: ravelry.com/designers/jenny-king
Ravelry Profile: ravelry.com/people/mudjimbagirl (must be logged in to view profile)
The truth is that Jenny does not drive a vintage Austin Healy car.