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Tian Connaughton


I am the crochet and knitwear designer, and tech editor behind KnitDesigns by Tian. I live in a small town in Western Massachusetts with my fantasy author husband, Daniel and son, Aidan. Teaching is at the heart of how I approach design. While my style tends toward classic shapes and silhouettes, my designs are intended to provide learning opportunities featuring interesting and unique details. I blog about crochet, knit, and design at knitdesignsbytian.blogspot.com.

Projects by Tian Connaughton


McIntosh Sweater

McIntosh Sweater

Head outdoors in a cozy sweater with accents of deep McIntosh Apple red. You’ll want to cozy up with this sturdy cardigan all season long.

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On the Fringe Tank

A simple tank is made complete with a flirty yarn loop fringe. Crocheted in a neutral yarn, this tank can be paired with pretty much anything in your wardrobe to create a flawless outfit.  It’s the perfect versatile piece to add to your closest this season.

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Berry Colada Top

Turn a simple tunic into a unique work of art with gorgeous floral hexagon motifs at the neckline and side slits at hem. Using cotton thread, this tunic is lightweight and comfortable for summer evenings.

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Go-To Gingham Bag

Take a simple crochet bag to the next level with this easy technique. The classic gingham style looks stunning in blacks and grays and pairs well with spring pastels.

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Goodbye Rules, Hello Freeform Crochet

What would it be like if you could paint with yarn? Would the yarn flow from your fingertips in the way that paint flows onto canvas? Would colors and shapes appear at the stroke of a crochet hook and would you be able to break rules like a true artist? Pablo Picasso is credited with saying, “Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.” Once you’ve learned the “rules” of crochet, the doors to freeform crochet are wide open.

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Flawless in Fleurs Cloche

You don’t have to compromise style when it comes to this classic hat design. Featuring a blue and white checkered pattern and a folded up brim, the hat is made complete with a bright yellow flower.

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