You’ve arrived at the annual NatCroMo Blog Tour! What is that, you ask? It’s a virtual celebration of National Crochet Month with new blog content daily throughout March, including featured crochet designers, free patterns, discounts, giveaways, and more.
This year our theme is The Crochet Concert and we are celebrating music as creative inspiration. Each featured designer’s showcase will include an “Opening Act” (a quick or easy pattern); “Intermission” (the designer’s favorite crochet tools, yarn, or books); a “Showstopper” (an impressive or unique pattern); and “Designer’s Choice” (any pattern of the designer’s choice).
See all of this year’s tour here: NatCroMo Blog Tour 2021.
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About Susan Heyn
I’ve been crocheting since my mother taught me when I was about six years old. I had a craft store for many years but closed about seven years ago to focus on designing and selling on line in my Etsy shop. Surprisingly, my best selling items on Etsy aren’t crocheted, but printed favor ribbons. I have been selling my crochet designs on Etsy, Ravelry, and LoveCrafts. I’ve also had designs published in I Like Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet World, and Red Heart Yarns (now Yarnspirations). I love using texture in many of my designs and have lots of designs that are great for selling at craft fairs, which I hope will happen again soon.
Susan’s Special for Our Readers
Susan’s Creative Inspiration
Is music a source of inspiration for your crochet creativity? Or do you listen to music while you crochet? If so, tell us about it. If not, what is something else that helps fuel your creative inspiration?
Sometimes I like to listen to music on Pandora while I crochet. I like a variety of country music, especially classic country like Charlie Daniels, Wille Nelson, and Johny Cash, as well as a mix of pop and classic rock like Billy Joel and Bon Jovi. Basically things that are fast-paced so I can crochet quickly, especially if I’m working on a deadline.
Designer Showcase: The Opening Act
Pattern name: Popcorn Stitch Towel Topper
Get the pattern: Crochet Popcorn Stitch Towel Topper
About the pattern: This is one of my most popular designs. It uses worsted weight yarn to create a topper for a kitchen towel which has been cut in half and blanket stitched across the top to create a hemmed edge. You then crochet into the stitches to create the topper. These are super popular to sell at craft fairs.
Tell us about one (or more) of your favorite crochet-related items.
If you know me, you already know that I love crochet books, especially stitch dictionaries. One of my favorites is Dora Ohrenstein’s Crochet Every Which Way Stitch Dictionary. This book not only gives you the stitch pattern, but also tells you how to do edge shaping and internal shaping for most of the patterns. There are also charts as well as written directions for everything.
Designer Showcase: The Showstopper
Pattern name: Cascading Shells Shawl
Get the pattern: Cascading Shells Crochet Shawl Pattern
About the pattern: This top down shawl can be made in any sport weight yarn, it was originally made with Interlacements Zig-Zag yarn. It is a fun easy to work shell pattern that works up quickly.
Designer Showcase: Designer’s Choice
Pattern name: Crochet Messenger Bag Tote
Get the pattern: Crochet Messenger Bag Pattern
About the pattern: This is one of my newest designs. Roomy crochet tote with long handle is perfect for running errands or carrying around your current crochet project. Use worsted weight yarn to crochet this bag. You will make 12 hexagon motifs and sew them together to make the bag. It has a long handle, but you can adjust the length if you prefer a shorter handle.
Follow Susan Online
Here’s where you can connect with Susan online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!
- Instagram: @knotjustcrocheted
- Facebook: @KnotJustCrocheted
- Pinterest: @KnotJustCrocheted
- Etsy: KnotJustCrocheted Etsy Shop
- Ravelry: Susan Heyn – Ravelry Designer Portfolio