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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


How To Wet Block Crochet Projects

Learn how to wet block your crochet projects with this easy-to-follow tutorial complete with step-by-step pictures. Wet blocking crochet projects is essential for achieving that professional, polished look to your finished pieces and garments.

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Jaelynn Ripple Scarf

Jaelynn is a wide scarf that can be worn as a shawl depending on your style. This is a great and easy pattern to play with different yarn. So if you’ve been saving a special yarn for just the right project, it’s time to take it out of your stash! This pattern truly lets the yarn shine. 

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Four Tips for Crochet Cable Stitches

Hi Amber,

Cables are a beautiful way to add texture and interest to your crochet projects, but if you have never worked a cable before it can be a bit intimidating. Like you, I love the look of crochet cables and in the beginning, I was nervous to try the technique because of how the stitch

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Café Sunshine Cardigan

Timelessly classy, this short-sleeved cardigan is perfect for those invigorating spring days spent at a café or strolling through the park. The yoke is a simple lace pattern worked with interval chain space rows, and the whole piece is worked from the top down.

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Adventure Cowl

Dress up your summer outfit with this fun cowl. The Adventure Cowl is worked in a light weight yarn in bright colors perfect for your bright adventure.

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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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