Thursday, March 2, 2017

National Crochet Month 2017

Thanks for making the KnitDesigns by Tian stop on the NatCroMo 2017 blog tour.

If you are a regular reader of the KnitDesigns by Tian blog, welcome back. I am so glad to see you again.

If you are new to KnitDesigns by Tian and found me through the blog tour, hey, glad you're here. Keep reading for a free pattern. 

For those who don't know me, here is a quick intro about me: my name is Tian. I am a crochet and knitwear designers, a crochet and knit technical editor, working mostly with magazines and yarn companies, and business coach and consultant, helping crafters to turn their hobby into a profitable and sustainable full-time business. Feel free to email me if you want to chat about your hobby and goals.

Why we crochet?
For many, crochet is a simple craft to pass the time while binge watching the latest series on Netflix. For some others, it's a job, creating samples and/or designs for publication. For me (especially lately), crochet is a way to show creativity, individuality, and love. It is a way to express how much I care.

Recently, family friends experienced a tragic home fire where they lost everything they possess and one of their beloved pet. While we are all thrilled that the family made it out of the situation safely, we are deeply saddened at their loss and the emotional scars the children will endure.

Of course insurance will replaced all their material possessions but as a friend, how do you show them that we care and are thinking about them? Immediately I knew I had to crochet the family an afghan, one that is big enough for the parents and both kids to snuggle under on the couch (when they have one again) to read books and watch tv. 

I just finished the afghan and it will be off to it's new family before the week is out. The afghan I made roughly followed the Granny Stripe Afghan by Attic24 using 9 cakes of Bernat Pop! available at most Wal-Mart store (yes, I bought yarn from a big box store, and it won't be the last time. Don't judge me. The colors are great and the yarn is perfect for a family with young kids and pets). This is such a quick project, it shows off the color change of the yarn (and looks great, even when I place wacky colors next to each other), and definitely big enough for all 4 of them.

Why do I crochet?

That's why I crochet. To give comfort and show love. Crochet is a way for me to give a hug, even when we're apart.

With every stitch is a memory. And with every row is wish. 

So, why do you crochet? Leave a comment below to share.

Free Pattern for National Crochet Month 2017

To celebrate National Crochet Month, I am giving away a free copy of my Harwinton Easy Lace Boomerang. Afghans are not the only way to give a hug. Often I do stoles and shawls. You can too with this pattern.

To get your coupon code for a free copy of the Harwinton Easy Lace Boomerang shawl, click here to subscribe to {The Weekly Yarn.

The coupon code will be emailed to you immediately. Don't wait to use. The coupon code expires at 1AM EST, March 4, 2017.


Until next time... Stitch On!Tian
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* Why we crochet?

** To get the coupon code for a free copy of my Harwinton Easy Lace Boomerang shawl, click here.

*** The charity {The Weekly Yarn} is supporting for the month of March is Afri(K)que, a non-profit empowering women and girls. A portion from total profits from my Ravelry pattern sales will be donated at the end of the month.
**** Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start? Unlock your Inner Designer: How to start designing (course + workbook) is available for immediate download on Etsy. Get your printable PDF copy here. 

Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start?

Click here to get your printable PDF copy of Unlock Your Inner Designer: How to start designing (course + workbook)  

Need more 1:1 help than the course + workbook, email me to talk. I'll help you get it! 

I am dedicated to giving you the tools and confidence to knit and crochet what you want on your terms.


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  1. Tian, thank you so much for being part of Crochetville's NatCroMo Blog Tour again!

    1. You're welcome. This tour has been a lot of fun so far and I can't wait to see what the rest of the month brings :)

  2. Hi Tian, thanks so much for celebrating NatCroMo 2017 again and so generously! I am already subscribed to "The Weekly Yarn," which arrived in my inbox yesterday (3/2/17) at 5:00 A.M. CST with your poignant and inspiring message. I'd love to follow your example of caring by stitching up your gorgeous shawl for a friend. Although it seems to be working for a few people, I can't seem to get the coupon code to work despite several attempts. I add the pattern to my cart. I then add and apply the code which seems to be accepted except the price doesn't change. Clicking the "checkout now" button redirects to PayPal. Any thoughts? I'm IvandaVGV on Ravelry. Thanks!