Back Page: Instahook

In the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, the Back Page features bits of crochet done by some of your favorite designers. Did you suss out who did what? Check below for the answers!

First, a bit about how this magic happened: I was curious what would happen if I asked a few designers to crochet something on the fly. 

So at the Crochet Guild of America's Conference in Indianapolis, I cornered approached a few designers. I had in hand a bag of yarn and my bodacious request: Could you crochet a thing? By the time you leave? Please?

And they did! All of them were thrilled that they didn't have to write a pattern. It was just designer + hook + yarn.


This bit of freeform design was whipped up by Gwen Blakley Kinsler aka Crochetkween (full disclosure: She had to leave early, so she scored some beads at home to add a signature touch.)

Here's what Gwen says about her design:

  Freeform is the "no rules" method of crocheting. Because of the innate capabilities of craft to be worked in any direction, you can be free to create your own shapes. The colors and textures of today's beautiful yarns often lead the way to some sensational results as in this example.

Gwen, founder of the Crochet Guild of America, is quite dedicated to the art of crochet. Her most recent book is The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists, profiles of crochet artists and their work.





This motif was designed by Edie Eckman, Motif Designer Extraordinaire (check out her recent Connect the Shape Crochet Motifs, available in a Kindle edition perfect for crocheting on the fly.)

Here is Edie on her design:

Challenge: To incorporate a small amount of a light weight variegated yarn with a heavier weight solid yarn and use the best properties of both.

Answer: Use the solid yarn as a backdrop to highlight an overlay of colored yarn created with front post stitches. The post stitches sit on top of the background, where the smaller diameter of the yarn is not as apparent.

This bit of whimsy is by Tammy Hildebrand, who has an advanced sense of fun.

Here is what Tammy says about this Suessian sculpture:

Don't you love the feeling of fantasy and magic; a world of make-believe with no rules? My whimsical little flower captures that feeling. I picked a few favorite colors and just created, twisting and turning in no particular manner, just enjoying the creativity and freedom to let the flower come to life all on its on.

You can find Tammy's garment designs on the cover of the Spring 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet and in the Interweave store.


Ah, yes! Kathryn White at her threadie best!

Here's what Kathy says about this lovely motif:

The Rose square was done in size 10 Lizbeth threads that I purchased there at the convention. I was such a happy lady to find so much thread to tempt me. I used three colors,  Antique Violet medium for the offset 2 layer rose, a variegated green for the leaves and edging  and a variegated ecru. I did a rough sketch, then I  let my hook and the thread have the joy of creating it. I had a blast designing this square, as it is the sort of thing I dearly love to do, so it made my time at convention even more enjoyable. Creating with thread is when I am the happiest.

You can find Kathy's awesome Chinese Dragon Shawl in the Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet. Her Love Is a Rose Shawl, featured on the cover of the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, is available as a kit.



Who carries a hairpin loom around with them? Kimberly K. McAlindin, that's who.

Here's what Kimberly says about this piece:

I am transfixed with hairpin lace! I love how each strip comes off the loom looking the same. Depending on your manipulations of each loop or group of loops the final result can be different every time.

Kimberly loves exploring new ways with crochet. Check out her charming short-row Seafoam Shawl. And find more of her patterns in the store.

btw, if you meet Kimberly in person, it's mack-uh-LIN-den.

Were you surprised by this one?

What a joy it was to give Lily Chin a bit of yarn and find her creating something all different like this. It has a ikat look, she notes. And she gave it a name: When One Door Closes Another One Opens. Do you see it? She closes off one part of the tube by setting up a foundation for the next part.

You can find pages of Lily's crochet and knit designs in the Interweave store.


It was inspiring to me to see these pieces as they evolved. Not a one was what I expected. And all the designers were thrilled to make a thing without regard to pattern or sizing.

What about you? Are you ready to sit down with yarn and hook and see what happens? We'd love to see your photos! Send a photo to or post in the members gallery. We can't wait to see what you create!

Happy crocheting,


p.s. Have you been to a CGOA conference yet? If not, see if you can fit it into your life! It's pretty wonderful—full of classes, professional development, and terrific designers. Oh, and there's yarn. Of course. The next conference is in October in Concord, NC. You can learn more here.

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