Simply Crochet - - GOOD READ - Mar­garet Hu­bert Web­site: www.mar­garet­shook­sand­nee­ Rav­elry: www.rav­­sign­ers/mar­garet-hu­bert

With a ca­reer span­ning more than 30 years, New York de­signer and au­thor Mar­garet has writ­ten many knit­ting and cro­chet books, plus she reg­u­larly teaches at yarn shops, re­treats and events. “I learned to knit as a child, but didn’t learn cro­chet un­til the age of 19. Early on, I al­ways wanted to ex­per­i­ment, chang­ing con­ven­tional stitches, adding my own touches.”

This didn’t al­ways trans­late eas­ily to com­mer­cial de­sign­ing. “I’m afraid I drove tech ed­i­tors a lit­tle mad, be­cause I didn’t fol­low the ‘norm’. I even­tu­ally learned to write in­struc­tions to fit pub­li­ca­tions’ for­mats and learned that my way ac­tu­ally had a name. They call it ‘freeform’.”

Mar­garet has been an in­no­va­tor. “I have fig­ured out a way to write in­struc­tions for freeform gar­ments. Some crit­cis will say that it is no longer freeform if you write in­struc­tions, but I feel peo­ple need a lit­tle push to get started. A good friend, Pru­dence Map­stone of Aus­tralia, (also a freeformer) dubbed what I do ‘freeformish’.”

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