Guest Blogger: Designer Ellen Gormley!

Guest Blogger

I met Ellen Gormley through my friend Cari Clement at The Chain Link Conference (presented by the Crochet Guild of America.) Since then Ellen's designed for my yarn line, Sheep(ish), and we've kept in touch through social networking and various industry conventions. I love keeping up with my designer friends' projects and am thrilled when I can share them with our readers. Ellen has a new book out and today she shares how her featured technique applies to a bulky yarn to make quick-and-cool projects. Enjoy!



Ellen Gormley

As a busy Mom of 2 (what Mom isn’t busy?) I love to make quick projects for my family in between my work projects. The quickest and most gratifying projects are ones that I can do in a day or less! A project that is easy to memorize, looks great in a variety of colors, and uses scrap yarn is an ideal project to get me through soccer practices and scout meetings.
Paired with my favorite ‘on the go’ technique, motifs… a project can be built fast! The first project example is the Motif scarf/wrap using 3 colors of Softee Chunky. Pump it up with Bernat Softee Chunky.

The motif, found in my Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook, was originally made in worsted weight yarn and measured about 6”.

It only took 6 motifs in Bernat Softee Chunky and one day to make this fun wrap!

I loved the stitch pattern of the Departure Bracelet from my book, Learn Bruges Lace  and made a one-hour scarf!

Bruges Lace

I stretched the double crochets making them into taller trebles and bumped the side chains up by a few. I used an L hook to turn this simple short row Bruges Lace technique into a lacy-edged scarf.

Look at your favorite stitch patterns with new eyes and see how fast you can turn them into finished projects using Bernat Softee Chunky!

Ellen Gormley is a crochet designer, instructor and author. For more information, check out her blog.


Thanks for the opportunity to play with this fun yarn!

I so enjoyed your post. I am a hopeless procrastinatorI and am trying very hard to at every project that I have started and not completed. I certainly found inspiration here. One of my projects that dates back several years is a granny baby blanket. I guess that will be my next project. Thanks.