Designer Christine Marie Chen

Designer Christine Marie Chen was the guest on The Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird today. MBwithChristineMarieChenChristine was a guest at Marly Bird’s Designer Dinner and responded to an invitation to all the lovely attendees to share what’s new with them on the show.

Christine is a mostly self-taught knitter; she started with crochet as a child specifically granny squares. As an adult after her son was born, she went to a local library for a free class, to learn knit & purl to work up a scarf. She continued to use the library’s resources to learn more about knitting through books. Eventually she wandered into a Local Yarn Store who was recently without a teacher and offered to help.

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Free Crochet Shawl: No Stopping Me Now

This free crochet shawl pattern is one that I designed as a free pattern giveaway at the Marly Bird Meet and Greet while attending the Knit and Crochet Show, 2015. I wanted to use a yarn that I love working with in two color-ways that I just KNEW would look great together. After playing around with several stitch patterns I finally decided to use a pattern that I absolutely love. Lo and behold, you can now see the ‘No Stopping Me Now’ Shawl [Read more…]

How to Crochet: Blushing Shells Cowl

Learn to Crochet the Blushing Shells Cowl, a FREE PATTERN! Free Tutorial by

Blushing Shells Cowl by Diane Moyer is just one of the many wonderful free patterns over at This cowl is made with their brand new yarn called Infinity and I just LOVE IT!

This video sponsored by Red Heart but all the views are my own. So when I tell you that I seriously loved working with this yarn I am not kidding you. I enjoyed working on the step-outs for this video more than I should :-) Honestly, I can’t wait to wear my sample of this cowl because I know people will be complimenting me on it!

Now, you too can make this fun and fast cowl. With the free crochet pattern and the free video tutorial taught by me, Marly Bird you will have nothing but success.

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Bijou Basin Ranch Giveaway

BijouBasinRanchGiveawayThis Giveaway is for 3 hanks of Bijou Basin Ranch, Lhasa Wilderness Yak Yarn, Canvas Project Bag and a 16 oz bottle of Allure Fine Fiber Wash! Oh, and a FREE SHAWL PATTERN (coming soon)!

DETAILS: This giveaway is open to anybody around the world and ends 8/3/15 at 12:15am MT.

To enter:

1. Share this video publicly with your friends via facebook/twitter/tumblr/pinterest. (very important as I will check to see if I can find your share)

2. Leave a comment on this video (comments on the blog post will NOT count) and be sure to include where you shared the video so I can see! (very important as I will use the number generator to choose the winner from the comments)

3. Lastly, be sure to smash that like button and Subscribe to the Marly Bird YouTube Channel!

That’s it! Once you do all that, check out some of my other videos here on the Marly Bird Channel.

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