Designer Spotlight

Anne McFarland

Starry Nights Throw
Anne McFarland

Crochet has been a hobby of mine ever since I taught myself how to make a granny square in 1969. I crocheted only sporadically for many years, as I was tending to my family, working fulltime and going to school. However, three significant events occurred that changed my attitude toward crochet, and now I consider it a passion and a new career.

The first event was when I found out that I was going to be a grandmother. I went into high gear and made about 10 blankets before my granddaughter was even born!

The second major development occurred when I bought my first crochet stitch dictionary. I started exploring crochet stitches in earnest, generally making scarves to practice. In the next 3 years, I had made nearly 200 scarves, all one-of-a-kind. I didn't consider this "designing," though. I was just following someone else's directions.

Then, six years ago, the owner of my LYS invited me to design a cowl for the first annual San Diego Yarn Crawl. I accepted the challenge and came up with my first original design, the Flower Trellis Infinity Scarf. Although I still use other designers' patterns, I create my own more and more. I am still in the rectangle phase of designing, but I hope to move to more complex designs soon. You can see some of my designs in my Ravelry and Etsy shops as Mollyanna (on both), and on my web site, My designs are also beginning to show up in crochet magazines, including this one.

My favorite thing to crochet? Anything for my granddaughter, of course!

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