Crochet Month Designer Interview Series: Get to know Brenda K.B. Anderson!

Brenda K. B. Anderson makes mascots during the day. She cooks, crochets, knits, and belly dances at night. Brenda lives in a little house in Minnesota with her ridiculously good-looking husband and their hairy baby, Mr. Kittypants.

Brenda designs accessories, toys and garments that are fun to make. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today, Knitscene, and Knitting Today magazines, and will appear in several books including: Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living edited by Brett Bara, Stitching in the Stacks edited by Sarah Barbour, and Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World, edited by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman. Brenda is eagerly anticipating the release of her first book this Fall, Beastly Crochet: 26 Critters to Wear and Love.

Click the photo above to see Brenda's patterns for Interweave Crochet!

Get Brenda's crochet tips and tricks in our Q&A session with her below!

BY (Bernat Yarns): What's your favorite type of crocheted item to design and why?

BA: I really like making accessories and amigurumi. They are quick to make and don't require a lot of yarn, so I feel like I can experiment more -- even if it turns out to be a disaster.

BY: What's your favorite piece of crochet advice?

BA: You can use a balloon to block hats to any size. Just inflate it to desired size inside the hat and tie off, spray hat with water, pat into the desired shape, balance balloon on top of mug so it doesn't roll around, allow hat to dry.

BY: What's your favorite Bernat yarn?

BA: Sheep(ish) of course!


Want to win a pair of mitts crocheted by Brenda herself? Tell us what crochet project you're working on right now (or what you plan to crochet next) in the comments of this post, and you'll be entered to win! Entries are open until Friday March 22nd, and we’ll be announcing our randomly selected winner on March 25th.

Love Brenda's mitts featured in our giveaway? You can make your own in Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell using the pattern below!

Mossy Mitts
Designed by Brenda K.B. Anderson

Finished size: One size to fit average Teen or Woman.

Approx 7 1/2”/19 cm long x 8 1/2”/21.5 cm hand circumference

MATERIALS

Bernat Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell (85 g/3 oz; 153 m/167 yds)

Olive(ish) (00019)    1 ball.

Size 5 mm (U.S. G/6) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Yarn needle. 1 button per flower. Needle and matching thread (for button).

Gauge: 16 sts and 19 rows = 4”/10 cm in moss stitch pattern.

18 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in ribbed slip stitch pattern.

Stitch patterns:
Moss stitch pattern:
Foundation chain: Chain any even amount of stitches.
Row 1: Starting with 3rd ch from hook, [1 sl st in next st, 1 hdc into following st] across row, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), [1 sl st into next hdc, 1 hdc into next sl st] across row, turn.
Rep Row 2 until desired length.

Ribbed slip stitch pattern:
Foundation chain: Chain any amount of stitches.
Row 1: 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st into each st across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), 1 sl st into each st across, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until desired length.

Notes: - These mitts are crocheted flat in back and forth rows, and then seamed together. Each row runs from wrist to fingertip edge. Switching from one stitch pattern to the other creates shaping for hand.
- Ch 1 and Ch 2 do not count as a stitch.

Important: Working in the Slip Stitch pattern is much easier if you intentionally make your stitches a little bit loose. Otherwise, you will find it difficult to get your hook into each stitch. Pull up on each stitch just a little more that you normally would to keep them from getting too tight.

INSTRUCTIONS

Mitt (make 2):
Ch 31.

Row 1 (WS): 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, and into each of the next 10 ch, place marker in 11th sl st (to denote a change in stitch pattern), [1 sl st into next ch, 1 hdc in next ch] 9 times, 1 sc into last ch, turn. - 30 sts
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into first st, [1 sl st into next hdc, 1 hdc into next sl st] 9 times, 1 sl st into each of next 11 sts, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sl st into each of first 11 sts, [1 sl st in next hdc, 1 hdc into next sl st] 9 times, 1 sc in last st, turn.
Rows 4-17: Repeat Rows 2 & 3, seven more times.
Row 18: Ch 1, 1 sc into first st, [1 sl st into next hdc, 1 hdc into following sl st] 3 times, ch 6, sk next 6 sts (for thumbhole), [1 sl st into next hdc, 1 hdc into next sl st] 3 times, 1 sl st into each of next 11 sts, turn.
Row 19: Ch 1, 1 sl st into each of first 11 sts, [1 sl st into next st, 1 hdc into next st] 9 times, 1 sl st in last st, turn.
Rows 20-35: Repeat Rows 2 & 3, eight more times. Row 35 is a WS row.
Fasten off with a long tail. Using yarn needle and yarn tail, stitch side seam of Mitt together.

The following technique to join pieces together is recommended because it is much less bulky than most seams and lays flat quite nicely.

Butt the two edges of the Mitt together, with right side of Mitt toward outside. Weave yarn needle back and forth (from one edge to the other) just through the top loop of each stitch. Stop when you get to the end, rotate work 180 degrees, and repeat this process in the opposite direction, taking the opposite path through the top loops. This additional pass will not only reinforce the seam, but it also straightens the seam (it keeps the seam from looking jagged).

Weave in ends.

Flower (make 2):
Round 1: Make an adjustable loop, 5 sc into loop, pull on beg yarn tail to tighten loop. Do not join.
Round 2: [1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] into each st around (5 petals made). Sl st into first sc of round to join.
Fasten off.

Stitch Flower onto Mitt using yarn tails or thread and needle. Stitch button in center of Flower. Weave in ends.

Comments

I am almost finished with Pax by Aoibhe Ni, my first tunisian crochet project. Though I do have about 3 or 4 other projects I need to block and weave the ends in.

My next project will be a crochet tank top. Currently I am working on an Easter Garland and booties for my cousin's baby girl due April 17th.

Those mitts are so pretty! I just finished a set of hats for a gal with alopecia. I am going to be starting on a few fun Chickie hats for some new little babies that joined our extended family recently.

Wow, these mitts will go great with a headband! My mother is the crochet expert in the family but I do tackle simple projects. Working on a nice verigated afghan using Bernat Handicrafter cotton in the Tudor Ombre colour

I am working on a purse, a doily and an afghan

I'm working on MaryJane slippers for my daughter. Those mossy mitts are lovely! I'm adding that to my queue of Things To Crochet! (If you need contact info, my email is: ennadoolf AT gmail DOT com )

I'm new to crochet, but have been knitting for years and now want to add crochet lace edgings to some of my knits.

I am working on skinny mesh scarves in pastel colors to feature in my Etsy shop for spring/summer. Love the Mossy Mitts designed by Brenda K.B. Anderson :)

I just finished making 4 pairs of fingerless gloves, a cowl, a scarf, hat and scarf set, and just started a shawl. These are all items that were given as gifts. I gift almost all of what I make, which is one of the main reasons I crochet. That, and I enjoy it, and have doing it 45+ years. After this shawl, I will be making 1 more shawl, then 2 coaster sets, afghans for the great niece's and nephew's, Bolero's for the great niece's, and baby items for my niece that is due the end of June. I always have a long list of projects that never get done, as it's being added to all the time! :-)

I am currently making Thurlow the Turtle from a Herrschners pattern for Project Linus.

I am working on a baby blanket. Love the pattern on the Mossy Mitts!

I am working on a patchwork "shabby chic" granny square afghan. Say that five times fast! I'm using Bernat Satin yarn in Lapis, Sage, Denim Mist Heather, Grey Mist Heather, Aqua and some leftover yarns. I've started piecing the squares together and I love how it' turning out. I can't wait to give it to my friend, it will look wonderful with her beachy-shabby chic decor.

The mitts are great. I'm finishing a sweater for my brother and working on an "experimental" shawl. Next is a sweater vest for me in a beautiful blue bamboo.

i just made a shawl using two colors; dark green in dc rows and pale orange in different stitches in between; It turned out beautifully and my daughter loves it.

After many years of knitting and not keeping up with my crocheting skills., I am now having to practice crocheting basics and to relearn various techniques. I have been going through my books and and U-Tube has been a big help too. The main goal is to crochet a traditional granny square afghan, and then crochet a lacy lightweight vest. Ultimately, I'd love to make a creative, free form crocheted afghan using many colors and many motifs.

I'm working on baby blankets that are for gifts.

Am almost finished with the second matching afghan for my twin grandsons. They will be going into their big boy beds and the afghans will grace the foot of their beds.

I'm making an afghan out of granny squares for a disabled friend.

I am currently making a tunisian lace shawl and a shell stitch baby blanket

For sure those are super sweet mitts. I just finished Lace Beanie.that turned wonderful in multicolor cotton. I am on Tranquil violet Hat.I will probably had a little decoration as a flower in Flower Hair accessories that will be next for my daughters. My 3 last projects wer knitted...but I am first a crocheter and I saw today in Actuelle magazine ( aQuébec craft Guild) a marvelous "pull ajouré au crochet"....

I just finished making my daughter a super cute owl hat designed by Crochet Owl Hats by Sarah Zimmerman

I will be working on a circular pinapple lace table cloth.

The Beastly Crochet book looks adorable. Critters are fun to make!

Name was suppose to be Boyd

Working on pinapple lace circular table cloth.

I'm currently working on a Spa Cloth in Tunisian crochet using Bernat Bamboo.

I'm currently working on a Spa Cloth using Bernat Bamboo.

I am completing a baby afghan with the shell stich for a nephew and I am making dishcloths and potholders in bright collors for my new kitchen.

Just starting a crochet Aran afghan with size N hook!! So excited! It's beautiful and looks like it will go fast. Maybe all the kids will get one for Christmas?? LOVE the mitts!!

I just finished a bunch of hats for my sister-in-law who recently had ovarian cancer surgery, and am now working on crochet cotton baskets and market bags to sell at the local farmers market when it opens. Then I have Easter stuff to finish as well!

I'm watching gently falling snow beyond my window between finishing stitches on a one-of-a-kind Triforce (Legends of Zelda) throw for my darling niece for her birthday...

I am working on a scarf, and starting a child's cardigan in bernat baby coordinates

I'm almost finished with a mesh scarf for the UCC Rainbow Scarf project using Bernat Mosaic. Brenda's tip for working with the Slip Stitch would come in handy for the pattern I am using.

Like Brenda, I like to work on small projects, and Amigurumi. I have just completed small chickens and baskets for easter and they are pressies for five grandchildren. I have made these with a mixture of yarns, including cotton.

My latest project was a baby blanket, but I have a pattern for a toy bear that I would like to make next. Your mitts are beautiful.

I save all of the yarn leftover from my projects for sweaters and skirts for my granddaughter's dolls. They love them and are easy to put on and remove. Fast and easy.

T'm working on a poncho,hershey kiss hat,baby hats, birthday hat and Care Bear afghan---love the mittens.

My next project with be a couple of pairs of baby booties. At school I'm the Crochet Lady, people ask questions, ask if I could do a project for them, etc. And of course my close friends know they can count on me to whip up a quick gift for them, hence the quickie baby booties!

I'm actually finding it hard to commit to one pattern. I keep trying all these different motifs from different tops( 6 so far...oh dear). HA, maybe these mitts are all I should be aspiring to at the moment...that sounds like a plan ;)

I am currently working on a baby hat and then will be working on a pair of fingerless gloves with a wrist band.

I am working on a Prayer Shawl, in a varied shell pattern, for a friend with breast cancer.

I am working on a Sheldon Amigurumi (doll of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory TV Show) After I finish I will be making a few coffee cup coozies.

I just finished a pair of mittens for my granddaughter - Made to look like a yellow chick with a green bow tie, eyes, beak and pom pom on the outer edges!

Pregnancy seems to be going around, have 6 friends that are expecting, so I am crocheting baby things---sweaters, hats, bibs, blankets, socks.

I am working on dishcloths for Christmas presents this year for my daughter-in-laws and nieces. I am also trying to start blankets for our younger grandkids...that is hard to do since they keep multiplying (we are up to 18 last count). Wish me luck!!!

I'm working on cat beds and toys I crochet for a local animal shelter, and I also mail some to a shelter in Ohio.

I am currently working on a baby blanket, but cannot wait to start these fingerless mittens.

I'm working on crochet earrings for the upcoming summer festivals. These Mitts are adorable though -- I'll have to put them in my to do pile!

I'm currently making a winter hat. Husband adopted my favorite. Next project - arm warmers for daughter.

Hi friends, thanks for the opportunity. On Ravelry i'm in a group that is assigned a challenge and my challenge is Festival Shawl by Lyn Robinson...wow it's quite the challenge. < Michele

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