Featured Crochet Designer: Toni Lipsey

Well, we couldn’t let the knitters have all the fun!

Announcing our first featured crochet designer, Toni Lipsey from Columbus, Ohio. From July 6 through to August 5, we will purchase any patterns by amazing Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts available via ravelry, if you purchase the yarn for said pattern at Birdhouse. Added bonus we’ll give you 15% off the yarn purchase. See below for ways to shop.

We were introduced to Toni by Birdhouse regular Teena, a master of crochet and Tunisian crochet and are we ever grateful! Thank you Teena.

Toni designs both regular and Tunisian crochet patterns from cat baskets, throw pillows and baby blankets to stunning tops and cardigans. And while Toni has crocheted since she was a child, it was in 2013 that she started TL Yarn Crafts. Beyond her gorgeous patterns she also shares gems of information on the craft of crochet and on the craft of crafty business on videos and on video podcasts.

The TL Yarn Crafts latest video podcast this weekend is playing as I type this. It’s not just crafts, but audiobooks and Netflix reviews. It’s just like sitting here with a good friend as she chats away. Can I admit, during this pandemic when I’m not getting to see my friends in person, podcasters like Toni are fast becoming my BFFs!?

Anyway onto the designs:

Woman smiling wearing Loveland Shawl
Loveland Shawl
Sandbar cardi

We’re highlighting the Loveland shawl, which is a great starter project if you’ve never done Tunisian crochet before. Toni even has a full tutorial video specifically for this shawl! The pattern suggests a DK weight. We think a variegated with a tonal would be gorgeous, and we have some beautiful DK weight in Malabrigo Dos Tierras

We’re also captivated by some of the monochromatic takes that we’re seeking in the ravelry project feed. Perhaps a little Gherkin’s Bucket would work well for that.

Or check out any of the DK weights on the online shop

The Sandbar Cardi has us reaching for cotton and bamboo yarns and gauging (Toni suggests a light worsted cotton yarn, so we’re think that a neutral in Ultra Pima or for those who love a brighter color some Juniper Moon Zooey might provide the right gauge – just remember to test your gauge. It seems like the perfect cardi for our air-conditioned houses and offices. Perfect for Tucson weather. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sandbar-cardi

But don’t let our choices limit you, Toni has a ton of gorgeous patterns to chose from. Here are some more of our favorites:

And remember from July 6 to August 5th when you shop at Birdhouse Yarns we will purchase the Toni Lipsey pattern for you and give you 15% off the yarn for the project! Schedule a virtual or in-person shopping appointment now! 

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