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National Crochet Month:
RaeLynn Orff, AllieCat’s Hats and Crafts
Crochetville is very proud to have designer RaeLynn Orff of AllieCat’s Hats and Crafts with us today, March 8, 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 RaeLynn’s designs with you.
My Fair Lady Hooded Cowl, available for $4.99 on Ravelry
Heaven’s Ladder Ear Warmer, available for $4.99 on Ravelry
RaeLynn learned to crochet about four years ago by reading books and watching YouTube videos. Her very first project was a newsboy hat. She says, “I remember being so proud of myself for finishing it, and even more proud that my daughter claimed it before I even had the ends weaved in. After I became more experienced, I noticed that I had slip stitch where the pattern had called for single crochet. Good thing the pattern only had one round of single crochet!”
RaeLynn tries to create designs with fun textures that will look great when worked up in a solid color or in multiple colors. She also works hard to make sure her pattern instructions are easy to follow. She gets her inspiration for her designs everywhere, often looking at something at thinking to herself that she could crochet that. She says, “Probably a good portion of my inspiration comes from my family though.”
She taught herself to knit before she learned to crochet. The call of crochet is strong, as she hasn’t picked up her needles since she picked up her hook. Every now and then, the knitting needles do call out to her a little, though. She thinks one day soon she may answer their call.
About Her Design Process:
I always preferred to just grab a hook and yarn and create my own things over following a pattern. Mostly becasue I was a really slow crocheter and trying to follow a pattern just made the process that much slower. Later, I realized that not everyone can create things without a pattern so I decided to start writing mine down. It is always a great feeling to see people create items using my designs.
I usually get an idea in my head and go straight for the hook and yarn. I work up some swatches to determine what stitch combinations I want to use for that particular item. Once that is determined I design as I go, I guess you could say, which often involves ripping out several times.
Suggestions for Newbie Designers:
Don’t give up! It can be tricky to get your name out there in a world with so much talent, but networking is key and there are so many people in this industry that are more than willing to help out a fellow fiber artist.
Advice for Newbie Crocheters:
Take advantage of the resources that are available… YouTube videos, blog posts, ect. And if you still need help with something, don’t be afraid to reach out to other crocheters/designers. As I mentioned before, most are more than willing to offer help and/or advice.
Some of RaeLynn’s Favorites:
- Favorite Designers: She says it would be impossible to name all her favorites, but she thinks designs by Ann Mancini-Williams of Glamour4You (also part of our blog tour) are always so amazing!
- Favorite Hooks: Clover Amour
- Favorite Yarn: Depends on her current project
- Favorite Thing to Crochet: Hats!
Visit RaeLynn’s Blog: NatCroMo Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit RaeLynn’s blog post today! She’s offering two specials for National Crochet Month.
1. Giveaway: 10 lucky winners will each receive their choice of any 3 patterns from her Ravelry store. The giveaway will run through the 15th. Winners will be drawn on the 16th. Entry details will be on her blog.
2. All patterns in her Ravelry store will be 50% off for the rest of March. Coupon code will be posted on her blog.
Find RaeLynn Online:
Ravelry: AllieCatsHats (must be logged in to view profile)
AllieCat’s Hats and Crafts Website: http://www.alliecatshats.com/
AllieCat’s Hats and Crafts Blog: http://www.alliecatshats.com/blog
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/raelynn-orff