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Designer Spotlight: Dogwood Beanie by Kendall Nahorniak

Kendall Nahorniak learned the basics of crochet when she was 8 years old, but she didn’t do much with her skills until a couple of years ago. And it wasn’t long before she was designing popular patterns of her own.

Kendall’s Dogwood Beanie is a warm winter hat with lots texture. The main section of the hat is crocheted in a dark brown shade of Berroco Comfort and features cables, which were designed to mimic the twisting branches of a dogwood tree. The hat also features clusters of popcorn stitches to represent blossoms. These sections – along with the trim and pompom – are crocheted in a cream color, which pops against the dark background.

Get the pattern: Dogwood Beanie

Find the yarn: Berroco Comfort

Dogwood Beanie by Kendall Nahorniak
Dogwood Beanie by Kendall Nahorniak

How did you come up with this design?

I fell in love with the combination of the brown and cream colors of Berroco Comfort yarn. The brown reminded me of bark from a tree so I decided to look to nature for inspiration.

What’s your favorite project that you’ve made?

My favorite project is my Scrunched Cables Cowl. It gets a lot of use protecting me against the freezing cold wind here in Wyoming.

What do you like best about crochet?

My favorite thing is that crochet allows me to create any shape. It’s so versatile! People ask me when I will learn to knit and I say “when I’ve learned everything there is to learn about crochet,” which I assume won’t be for a long time.

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