I started crocheting many years ago now, when my kids were still just toddlers. From my very first time searching the very new internet for patterns, there was Maggie Weldon. She began designing for the public in 1981 and has hundreds of patterns to her credit. I remember when she was one of the only designers working on fresh new looks for those who wanted to crochet.
Because Maggie Weldon has so many patterns to her credit I will try to limit my remarks to three areas, baby afghans and layettes, adult accessories and ponchos, and children's toys. Maggie Weldon has designed something for every room in the house in multiple styles so there is no way I could adequately cover her work.
Maggie Weldon shares her background with us on her Ravelry page here. Its quite a success story and very encouraging. Anyone looking for a little inspiration need look no further than Maggie's Crochet. It is her story that inspired me along the way when I first began my journey in fiber arts. She is a prolific designer and successful business woman. I am not a designer as such though I do come up with my own novel designs I do not sell them. Maggie Weldon has been her own "boss" for many years and continues to maintain her independence!
Maggie Weldon tells the story of a baby bunting that she created for her son which inspired her design career. Therefore, I thought it was only fitting to begin with Maggie's Crochet baby patterns. The sheer volume of baby patterns on maggiescrochet.com is just outstanding. Something for every level of crocheter, to suit every style. The prices are more than reasonable for the quality of pattern you will find from Maggie Weldon's years of experience. One of my absolute favorite patterns is the "Lemon Drop Layette". Two patterns for the price of one. One for a baby boy and one for a baby girl. Consisting of a Jumper and hat with bow for a girl or a pair of overalls and hat for a boy plus a blanket pattern it is 100% adorable!! All of you who read this blog regularly know I love color so of course I found patterns on Maggie's Crochet that I find too cute for words. When color comes together with an owl pattern? BONUS! Check out the way too cute for words "Owl Afghan and Pillow Set". I LOVE this set!! Okay one more before I completely go into a cuteness overload the "Frolicking Frogs, Afghan, Pillow and Toy Crochet Patterns" are so much FUN! I think this could be made for either a boy or a girl because these frogs are just so darn happy :) Of course take a look around for yourself I am sure you'll find Maggie's Crochet a great place to find a great gift for a baby shower, coming home present, or Christmas gift.
Naturally maggiescrochet.com has some excellent patterns for adults too. Infinity scarves are still a hot accessory. Certainly for those who live in cooler climates they can really have both function along with fashion! Maggie Weldon has some really sharp Infinity Scarf patterns listed on her page. For instance this collection of "Thick & Quick Infinity Scarves & Cowl Crochet Patterns are a great example". Texture, with warmth always a great idea and it doesn't hurt that they work up super quick! Hats in my part of the world, Northern New York are a fashion and survival staple. When you combine hat and mitten patterns with the words "Super Easy" that's a winner! Here is the link to the "Super Easy Hat and Mitten Set Crochet Pattern". Unisex, and warm. That's fantastic! Last but certainly not least the poncho. A staple of wardrobes since Martha Stewart popped out of prison wearing the "coming home" poncho. (kidding) Seriously though I always liked the poncho and was super happy when they came back in vogue. My favorite of the ponchos on maggieweldon.com is the "Sea Breeze Poncho". The open mesh pattern makes it light enough to wear even when its fairly warm outside while still giving your outfit a bit of a splash of color.
Now I turn the blog over to toy maker extraordinaire T.k. Wilson.
Where has this woman been all my life?! For starters, she has some of the best 18 inch doll clothes I have ever seen. Her Hippie Wardrobe would look simply darling on American Girl's 70's character Julie. She also has a 1950's outfit that would be perfect for AG's Mary Ellen, the newest historical character. For other 18 inch fun we have this cunning little Picnic set perfect for a fun time with your favorite dolls. I mean look at it, it's got PB and J sandwiches! How cute is that? Maggie's great innovation is this T-shirt dress for 18 inch dolls and their girls. It's made from an actual T-shirt, that's pretty cool! Finally, we have this adorable tea set perfect for sharing, and it's washable, no less.
We want to thank Maggie for sharing her talent with the world and you, our readers for taking time out of your day to check in with us!
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