Hi Crocheters! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with the Crochet Designer behind the blog Nana’s Crafty Home.
Read on below to learn about Tonya Bush and her designs before scrolling to the end of this post for a selection of free crochet patterns available from Nana’s Crafty Home.
This post includes just a small sampling of all the wonderful patterns, tutorials and projects she has available for you online. Be sure to check out her social media channels for even more goodies!
Crochet Designer Feature:
Nana’s Crafty Home
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
I am a crochet pattern designer sharing crochet patterns at Nana’s Crafty Home since 2017. I grew up in Michigan and my family moved to Kansas while in high school and I still make my home there today. Married with 2 children, 10 grandchildren, Lucky the cat and Loki the dog. On the weekends you will find my house bursting with children and animals! I previously worked in customer service and then primarily the healthcare field as office manager of Family Practice clinics.
I enjoy spending time in the kitchen, reading and watching period dramas and mysteries (while crocheting, of course!).
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
I have been crocheting now for 43 years. We had a very close family friend that was a master crocheter, knitter and seamstress and she lived just down the road from us. I had 4 younger brothers at the time and my mother wanted me to have something I could do without my brothers underfoot. I would go to my “Aunt” Dorothy’s every week to learn all she could teach me. Some of my best childhood memories are poring over the new issues of the Annie’s newsletter each month with her and deciding which patterns to try!
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
Don’t give up if you are struggling with a new stitch or technique! Keep practicing, find a designer or teacher that you can understand and follow easily. There are so many online resources now for those starting out with crochet!
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
I really enjoy crocheting cowls. They can be made with usually just one or two cakes of yarn, they work up quickly so you can have a finished project more quickly and they will keep someone warm! A wonderful way to share a warm and beautiful item with a loved one!
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
I love to read murder mysteries, historical novels and non-fiction historical books. I am currently learning how to play the ukulele which is so much fun and so relaxing!
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
I wanted to start my own business by blogging and even though I had never designed anything yet I decided to start learning how to design and write up patterns to share with others.
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I began my design business in August of 2017 and share my patterns at nanascraftyhome.com.
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I have 10 grandchildren and they are a great source of inspiration for me! I also love pretty things and spend a lot of time perusing fashion magazines for color and design inspiration.
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
Cowls are so much fun – can be made with just one or two yarn cakes and they work up so quickly, too! A wonderful way to share the gift of warmth without the worry of “will it fit?”
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
If you enjoy crocheting and are self-motivated to work hard you can be successful! Learn, learn, learn! Take classes and do research on how to get started.
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
I would love my crochet business to be successful enough to support my husband and myself traveling more throughout his retirement!
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
Ashlea of Heart Hook Home inspired me to start my business. I had been following her and watching her business grow for awhile and was excited to begin my own crochet business journey. She really focuses on making her designs accessible to crocheters at any level and I really appreciate that!
Question: Do you have a favorite yarn you like to use when you are crocheting? What colors and fibers do you gravitate toward when choosing your yarn?
I love a lot of different yarns and it really depends on the type of design I am working on. Most of my designs are made with acrylic yarn. I tend to gravitate to self-striping yarns like Lion Brand Mandala for wearables.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
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Free Patterns from Nana’s Crafty Home
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The Gnome Towel Topper is so fun and just plain adorable! These toppers work up quickly with scrap amounts of yarn. Perfect for gift giving, craft shows or to Gnome up your own home.
A 3” ring is crocheted into the hat so the the towel is removable for easy washing! So you can make your topper out of any yarn you have on hand - cotton or acrylic. Change up the colors for year round gnome fun.Read More
This scarf works up so quickly and easily with a one row repeat. Made from just two rectangle pieces for very little sewing! Pockets are created by folding up the edges of one rectangle and the hood is created from the second rectangle which is sewn to the main body of the scarf.Read More
This lacy scarf crochet pattern features a c2c crochet stitch which means you will be working this scarf on the diagonal from the bottom up. This variation of the standard dc c2c (corner to corner) crochet stitch would be a great place for c2c beginners to start! A simple project with easy stitches and no need to decrease!Read More
This lacy modern twist on the V stitch is worked in a two round repeat. This pattern has one round of standard V-Stitches followed by a round of single crochet and ch-3 spaces. For the next round, the V-stitches are then worked in those ch-3 spaces from the previous row. This creates a lacy, unique stitch with lovely drape!Read More
This crochet blanket with a woven look is so much fun to make in a unique stitch. This stitch may look difficult but only uses single, double and chain stitches used in combination. The unique placement of the dropped double crochets into skipped stitches from the previous row gives this stitch its woven appearance.Read More
This stunning addition to your home decor is beautiful in contrasting colors but would also look fantastic in a single color throughout.
This stitch sampler style blanket uses a combination stitches to create lovely textural interest throughout.Read More
A fun pattern that has a unique look provided by the shell like puff stitch! Easy and works up quickly. This bag will be your summer beach or market place go-to bag!Read More
So adorable and easy, this panda c2c throw would make the perfect unisex baby gift!
Made with the mini (hdc) corner to corner (c2c) crochet technique for an approximate finished size of Width: 27” x Height: 33” . Could be made larger by using the double crochet (dc) c2c technique.Read More
This pot holder works up quickly and easily in seamless single crochet rounds with two rounds of sunflower petals added at the end.
Double thickness for the center of the sunflower makes this pot holder durable and functional.Read More
A stitch sampler style blanket as a loving homage to all things fall! Learn new stitches including the Sunflower stitch with all of my complete photo and video tutorials for each stitch!Read More