February 21, 2012

February Interview: Linda Permann

To start this blog post off, I'd like to say that my knitting goals in life are as follows:

1. Start my own yarn store.
2. Interview Linda Permann.
3. Meet Anna Hrachovec
3. Crochet a snake.

And today, I can cross number 2 off the list! I've been given the honor of interviewing my favorite crochet designer, Linda Permann. Linda has multiple designs in the magazine, Crochet Today! and other magazines. She has also written two crochet books, Crochet Adorned and Little Crochet. Now for the interview!

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(Click on each picture to view the Ravelry page)

Me: Thanks so much for being here! How long have you known how to crochet, and how did you learn?

Linda: I've been crocheting for over 10 years. I learned as a kid, but nothing past chains, and I started again after college. I taught myself from a free pamphlet I got at a knit-out. It took me a long time to teach myself!

Peanut Butter
Me: Do you ever have more than one project going on at the same time, or just one at a time?

Linda: I often have more than one project going on at a time, but I try to really focus on only one at a time and then when I know where I'm going with it I'll start another. I'd say I generally have 3-5 projects going at any given time and I really like to finish things. I might have a total of 2 UFOs in my stash right now, I don't like that stuff lingering around!
Soft Owl Pillow
Me: What's your favorite yarn to use?

Linda: I have so many favorites! I've been doing a lot of designing with Malabrigo lately and that stuff is heavenly. I'm a bug fan of sock, DK, and sport weight yarns for crochet, and I'm a sucker for anything hand-dyed. MadelineTosh Sock is another favorite of mine, and I always go to Brown Sheep when I want to make something sturdy and colorful that holds it shape.

Birdie Mobile
Me: What's your favorite (okay, maybe top three) thing you've made?

Linda: Some of my favorite things that I've crocheted and designed are my Peanut Butter Cardigan, Stellar Beret, and Thunderstorm Bag. My favorite crocheted thing that I didn't design is my Garden Path Shawl designed by LilyGo. I really took the time to get it right and it was worth it!

Raspberry Beret
Me: You have a lot of designs in the magazine "Crochet Today!" How long have you been designing for them?

Linda: I've been designing for them pretty much since Day 1. I used to work at Soho Publishing, which launched the magazine, and at the time there weren't a lot of people designing for crochet. They knew I could crochet and asked if I would write patterns for the things I made, so I did! And now here we are!

Hooded Capelet
Me: How many WIP's do you have going on right now?

Linda: I have 3 things on the blocking mat that just need finishing/tweaking, one thing I'm crocheting on, one I need to finish the pattern for, and 2 just-for-fun-don't-care-when-I-finish scarves. So, 7?

Crafty Disguises
Me: Do you have a favorite technique to use?

Linda: I like bobbles and post stitches. I like to create textures and cables in crochet, and I like to burst the myth that crochet is limited or lesser-than as a craft. 

Me: What's your most favorite thing to crochet?

Linda: Hats. I love hats- they only take a skein of yarn, they are worked in the round (which means the right side is always facing you- making cabled designs easy to get a grasp on), and it's okay to have fun with a hat.
Ribbed Cardigan
Me: Do you have a favorite crochet book, or website?

Linda: I'm partial to the two I've written, Crochet Adorned and Little Crochet. ;) My hands-down all time favorite book is Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet. While not all of the projects are my speen, it was the first book I found with a lot of useful beginner info and diagrams to accompany the stitch dictionary. I love that. I also love looking at Japanese crochet books for design inspiration, I think with diagrams, they can make more complex designs that can't easily be explained in words.

Pill(ow) Popper
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Well, that's the interview! Thanks again Linda. Check out Linda's blog, Lindamade, and more awesome projects here.

And now for a giveaway! Linda has kindly offered a Ravelry coupon code for the winner to pick out one of her patterns, so comment below to enter. The giveaway will start today, February 21, and continue through February 28, when I announce the winner.



  1. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

  2. it's such a nice feeling when we can scratch one of our goals off- thanks for the giveaway ;)

  3. Great interview. Linda is one of my favorite designers (I have several of her patterns on hooks now!)

  4. Great interview! Linda is one of my favorite designers and according to her answers we have quite a few things in common. =D

  5. Terrific interview! I love Linda's Stellar Hat and Peanut Butter cardi and hope to crochet both someday. Never enough time!

  6. Great giveaway! The peanut butter cardigan is in my list of projects.

  7. Linda is pretty awesome- Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Thank you for the interview. Linda is one of my favorite designers as well. :)

  9. Congratulations on a great article. Linda is awesome!

  10. Great interview on a great blog. May all your fiber arts dreams come true!

  11. This is such a great interview! And thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  12. Thanks for the interview. I have 2 little girls, so Linda's book Little Crochet is my favorite right now. I also tapas her blog and follow her on FB and Twitter. Would love to win and buy either a hat pattern or the Peanut Butter Cardigan pattern for myself.

  13. KnittingBelle From RavelryFebruary 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    That was a really great interview. I love the designs in crochet magazine and usually when I look to see who the designer it, it's Linda.

    Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize.....now get busy on that snake! :)

  14. YAY! Give-a-way.. !

    Awesome! I love peanut butter!



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