Rethinking this Crochet Designer Thing

Beautiful Baby - © Beatrice Killam -
Since the beginning of this year, I have been thinking long and hard about what direction I want to take with my crochet business, and I decided to pump the breaks on everything until I figure this out.

I haven’t submitted any designs to publications in a long time (sorry you won’t see anything from me in Interweave Crochet or any other magazine for a while).  One of the reasons for this is that I am revamping how I create my patterns.  Organic crochet design only truly works when I am designing one-of-a-kind items.  Yes, I can document the entire creation process and turn my notes into a working pattern, but I think it leaves more room for errors and actually requires more work.  It’s true that the initial creation process is faster for me because I have a creative flow happening.  I can visualize what I want to make, pick up my hook and yarn, and usually create exactly what I envisioned, but when it time to explain technically how I achieved the design, some things are just difficult to explain in writing for me.  Also, when drafting multiple sizes, some things just don’t work for all sizes, and there may be no work around solution.

This is just one of the thoughts I’m working through right now.  I’ll come back later to add more on this.

Don’t worry, I am not giving up on crochet design.  In fact, I am working on a design for an upcoming project, and as soon as I am free to discuss it, I will share the news.

Also, the AfroStitch Crochet Conference that was held in February was wonderful.  I haven’t been back to blog about it so I owe a post or two about that one.

AfroStitch Conference 2011 – You Are Invited

If you are in the Atlanta area or can make it to Atlanta, come to the AfroStitch Crochet Conference. All stitchers are welcome!


Feb. 26, 2011
Georgia Hill Neighborhood Center
250 Georgia Avenue, Atlanta, Ga.
11am – 5pm

Come meet African-American crochet designers, teachers and enthusiasts who will inspire you to take your crochet to new levels and build community with a hook and yarn.

Rhonda Davis
Crochet Designer
Interweave Crochet Magazine
Cover Design Winter 2010/2011

Afya Ibomu
Crochet Designer & Author
“Get Your Crochet On” and “Fly Tops & Funky Flavas”

Todd Paschall
Crochet portrait artist

Wendi Jones
Crochet Fashion Designer

Eboni Chappel
Crochet Fashion Designer

Cynthia Kindle
Crochet Teacher

Grab your hooks and yarn and come join in day filled with crochet. Wear or bring your best crochet creations for show and tell. Don’t know how to crochet? No worries, let us help you get started.

All ages and skill levels welcomed. AfroStitch is free and open to public, but registration is required. To register, email and be sure to include REGISTRATION in subject line, or call 404.610.8267.

Children less than 16 years, must be accompanied by adult.