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National Crochet Month
Jennifer Pionk, A Crocheted Simplicity
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Jennifer Pionk of A Crocheted Simplicity with us today, March 5, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Jennifer’s designs with you.
Nautical Knots Beach / Yarn / Tote Bag, available for $5.00 on Ravelry
This pattern comes with instructions for making 2 different sized bags/totes, and it’s easily adaptable to make custom sizes if you’d like an even smaller tote.
Women’s Slouchy Slipper Boots, available for $5.00 on Ravelry
Jennifer says, “I am in LOVE with everything about these slipper boots! The fit is FABULOUS…I have had several comment about how comfortable they are! The versatility is great too…create several different looks with one pattern. And let’s not forget how stylish they are. They’re perfect for gifts, but let’s not kid ourselves…you’ll need to make yourself at least one pair!”
Just over three years ago, shortly after moving 10 hours away from her family, Jennifer realized she needed something to do to keep her mind busy. She purchased a “Teach Yourself to Crochet Kit” that included a book, a couple of hooks, and a ball of cotton yarn. She sat down, worked her way through the book stitch by stitch and page by page, and the rest is history!
Jennifer’s first project was supposed to be an earflap hat. However, it was her first time working in the round. She wasn’t very familiar with joining rounds and was unsure where to place the first stitch of each round and where where to join so her stitch count didn’t increase. As a result, her hat grew to epic proportions! She couldn’t bring herself to throw away all her hard work, so she transformed her creation into a doll carrier for her youngest daughter, who still uses it to this day. What a creative solution to an unexpected problem!
If you’re familiar with Jennifer’s patterns, you’ve probably realized that she enjoys using a particular stitch pattern or technique to create a set of coordinating patterns. Her first line that gained popularity was her Chasing Chevrons line. She has since come out with other pattern lines, such as Perfectly Plaid, Sweet & Sassy, Houndstooth, and Knit-Look.
Jennifer feels her greatest crochet accomplishment to date is when she was contacted by a well-known publisher and asked to submit designs for publication. She now has a book of five designs that will be published in 2016.
Advice for New Crocheters:
Sitting in an architectural design class in college, I heard my college professor ask, “How do you eat an elephant?” We all looked at him with glazed over eyes and he answered, “One bite at a time.” Although he was referring to designing a home, that phrase has stuck with me since. My advice for a brand-new crocheter is to constantly push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Continually push yourself to learn something new. “How do you complete a pattern that is above your current level? One stitch at a time.”
Some of Jennifer’s Favorites:
Favorite Designers: Other alumni from the Design Wars challenge
Favorite Hook: Clover Amour
Favorite Thing to Crochet: Never the same thing twice!
Visit Jennifer’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Jennifer’s blog post today! She’s giving away a set of her very favorite Clover Amour hooks! She’s also going to make her latest crochet design available for FREE for one week!
Find Jennifer Online:
Ravelry: Jennifer Pionk
A Crocheted Simplicity blog: http://www.acrochetedsimplicity.com
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/jennifer-pionk