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Tian Connaughton


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


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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Silver Mist Crochet Fingerless Mitts Free Pattern

These simple fingerless mitts work up fast. Make for a gift or to match your wardrobe.

Be sure to check out the tour of the Harrisville Mill over in the December issue of I Like Knitting. Want to try your hand at knitting? There’s a free knit pattern for these gloves over on the I Like

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