Kathleen Berlew

Kathleen Berlew crocheted her first project--a crooked potholder made with gray rug yarn--when she was seven. Thankfully, her skills and design style have evolved since then. In her crochet designs, she loves combining colors and textures to create accessories and home décor items that are eye-catching, interesting, and accessible to crocheters of all skill levels. She appreciates the meditative aspect of crochet, and enjoys the process as much as the finished product. 

Kathleen's crochet designs have appeared in Crochet!, Crochet World, Annie's special newsstand issues, and Craft Ideas magazine. She also designs cross-stitch and hand-sewing patterns, which you'll find on her blog and Instagram.





Projects by Kathleen Berlew

Meadow Melody Pillow

Poppies, asters and daisies flourish across this petal-powered pillow, infusing your space with the freshness of a spring garden. Create an oasis of blocks with this scrap friendly project that features crochet floral appliqués crocheted and sewn separately onto the subtly textured pillow front. Perfect for a weekend project, this design offers an easy yet rewarding experience for crafters of all levels.

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Enchanted Gingerbread Dreams Pillow

This charming pillow is brought to life through a combination of intricate crochet techniques, resulting in a stunningly realistic appearance. The attention to detail is evident in every aspect of this design. A beautifully crafted row of shell stitches adorns the bottom edge of the roof, providing an enchanting finishing touch. Surface slip stitch stripes add depth and character, accentuating the roof and creating the illusion of charming windows. The eave is cleverly fashioned to resemble a peppermint stick, while the door is adorned with a wreath, capturing the quintessential holiday spirit. Additionally, gumdrop appliqués are crocheted separately and lovingly attached to the finished piece, adding a sweet finishing touch.

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Wanderlust Shawl

This shawl’s eclectic palette of earthy tones, bright blue and magenta inspires dreams of travel. Perfect for layering, it’s a versatile accessory that will take you from late summer to early fall.

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Dolly Diamond Weave Pillow

A repeating pattern of double crochet post stitches creates this pillow’s distinctive diamond design. Bulky weight chenille yarn provides strong stitch definition and plush texture, while large pom poms in a complementary worsted-weight yarn add a textural contrast.

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Ocean Sunrise Throw

This beachy throw gets its airy texture from solid and openwork rows of double crochet ripple stitch. The striped pattern, worked in a dozen sea and sunrise colors, is framed in white double crochet with fun shell “tassels” on the short edges.

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Tequila Sunrise Wall Hanging

This fun wall hanging evokes the colors and textures of the Southwest desert that’s perfect for adorning your living room wall. Bands of single, half-double, double, and treble crochet create the waves of sand, while the rising sun is worked intarsia style in clusters against a sky-blue background. Post-stitch cacti are worked separately and appliqued to the finished piece — feel free to have fun with your placement here! Finally, add some fringe to the design’s bottom edge to make this piece complete.

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Campfire Cowl

Herringbone double crochet worked in joined rounds gives this chunky cowl a plush, bias texture that’s both beautiful and warm. The top edge is finished with an openwork round that creates textural contrast. Worked in super bulky yarn with a Q hook, this design can be finished in just a few hours while you sit by the fire.

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Cayenne Throw

Pattern, texture, and color come together in this breezy gold and burgundy throw. Openwork panels and a treble crochet border frame a central field of diamonds that float between chain-stitch bridges. The result? Pure perfection in blanket form.

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Florence Scalloped Clutch

A row of pretty scallops accents the flap of this vintage styled clutch. A chain-stitch loop and vintage button provide the bag’s closure and add an elegant touch. Simple to stitch in a single panel of worsted-weight coral cotton yarn, this project is ideal for summer stitching and accessorizing.

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