NatCroMo 2016, March 5: Karen McKenna

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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour


Welcome to Crochetville’s fourth annual National Crochet Month (NatCroMo) blog tour, taking place each day of March 2016. Join us as we take a virtual tour on our passenger steam train, The Crochet Express, visiting crochet designers, crochet-friendly local yarn stores, and yarn companies, and offer some fun giveaways.

Today’s Posts: Karen McKenna | Jude Butterworth | The Yarn Haven | Creative Yarn Source | Daily Giveaway

Want to Chat about the Tour?

Part of the fun of taking a passenger steam train trip is talking with your fellow passengers. This year, we’re providing two locations where our passengers can get to know each other. We’d love to hear about your favorite things you’ve discovered on the tour and see photos of your current crochet projects. You’re invited to join us daily for virtual cocktails/appetizers and dinner. (We’ll be sharing links to some fabulous recipes!)

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Karen McKenna, I Hook Design

Karen McKenna

Crochetville is very proud to have designer Karen McKenna with us today as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). If you’d like to know even more about Karen, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.


About Karen:

I grew up in NJ and learned to crochet from my grandmother at 9 years old. When she passed in 1996 I was given all her hooks and picked crochet up again. I lived in WA for 15 years and now live in FL with my husband of 34 years. I am a Professional member of CGOA, Secretary of CGOA board and a member of TNNA.

Tell us about your favorite travel destination.

Hong Kong and Paris. They are completely different but I love them both. Another destination close to my heart is Ireland.

Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.

An around the world airline ticket, wanderlust.

Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.

Absolutely, I rely on America’s Knitting and Knitmap to find the stores. My favorites are A Good Yarn in Sarasota FL, Churchmouse and Teas on Bainbridge Island WA and Yorkshire Yarns in Lakewood WA.

Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?

Mostly accessories depending on the weather: scarves, cowls, shawls.

Tell us about any crochet projects you take with you when traveling: How many projects do you take? How do you decide which ones to take?

The project that has a deadline comes first. Then small things like gloves and cowls.

Do you have any stories or anything else travel-related that you’d like to share with our blog tour readers?

I’ve been blessed to travel to many places, including 49 of our 50 states. This summer North Dakota is on the list. Travelling is the best teacher, to learn about the world and cultures and yourself (and travel partner).

Visit Karen’s Site: NatCroMo Specials

Visit Karen’s site to enter to win a signed copy of Formal Jewelry.

Formal Jewelry



A Few of Karen’s Designs:

Silver Barefoot Sandal

Silver Barefoot Sandal, in the book Formal Jewelry

I love these silver elastic barefoot sandals with beads. Perfect for outdoor/beach wedding, pool party or the boardwalk. Why not dress up bare feet?



Arched Fingerless Gloves

Arched Cuff Fingerless Mitts, Free

These fingerless mitts are a great season transition pair for those cool spring days or when fall is approaching. Great for those who work outdoors too, such as mail carrier, bus driver, crossing guard.



Ripple Hat and Capelet

Ripple Hat and Capelet, Free

What little girl wouldn’t look special at Easter wearing this Capelet and matching hat? Would look beautiful in red for Christmas too.


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1 thought on “NatCroMo 2016, March 5: Karen McKenna”

  1. I’m trying to find the pattern for the Arched Cuff Fingerless Mitts shown here, but am not coming up with it. The link goes to Cascade Yarns website, and their Search function doesn’t seem to be working.


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