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Crochet World - - Content - De­sign by Lynn Wa­sylkevych

I started cro­chet­ing at the age of 7 with my ma­ter­nal grand­mother. She was al­ways do­ing some sort of needle­work and I would beg her to teach me to crochet. When I was 13 years old, my fa­vorite teacher taught a group of us how to make beau­ti­ful granny squares and afghans.

I worked in the field of in­te­rior de­sign over a pe­riod of two decades, and have al­ways loved fibers and tex­tiles. Tran­si­tion­ing from one area of de­sign into an­other was chal­leng­ing but very pos­i­tive.

My first op­por­tu­nity to en­ter into the world of de­sign­ing for pub­li­ca­tions was at the Crochet Guild of Amer­ica con­fer­ence four years ago. I at­tended the De­signer “Meet and Greet,” where Carol Alexan­der, An­nie’s ex­ec­u­tive crochet ed­i­tor, took no­tice of one of my de­signs. I was thrilled to be given the op­por­tu­nity to have my Cit­rus Blos­som Purse pub­lished in the sum­mer 2013 is­sue of Crochet! mag­a­zine.

I es­pe­cially love cro­chet­ing all kinds of botan­i­cal mo­tifs and el­e­ments. Ex­per­i­ment­ing with Eastern and West­ern Euro­pean styles of crochet is an­other pas­sion; I think it has opened up a whole new world of crochet de­sign. Crochet of­fers an end­less op­por­tu­nity to learn and try new things, and I look for­ward to the jour­ney

DE­SIGNER’S TIPS

1. Prac­tice tall stitches by mak­ing a swatch with all dou­ble tre­ble cro­chets. This will help when creat­ing the dou­ble layer of poin­set­tia petals. 2. The pinecones are cro­cheted in two lay­ers. The first layer con­sists of sin­gle cro­chets worked in the round to make a ta­pered cone shape (rounds 1—15). Do not fas­ten off yarn. The sec­ond layer con­sists of scales worked in the front loops of the sin­gle cro­chets start­ing at round 15 and work­ing back to round 1. The scales will have space be­tween them, so you will have some slip stitches be­tween each scale and will skip ev­ery other round so there is no crowd­ing of scales be­tween rounds. 3. If you are un­fa­mil­iar with the mat­tress stitch, which is used to en­case the wreath form, re­fer to in­struc­tions given on the Craft Yarn Coun­cil web­site: www.craft­yarn­coun­cil.com.

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