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I’m a designer, writer, teacher and singer.  I have published five books on crochet, the most recent a reference book called The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop.  My designs have been published in just about every crochet magazine, as well as in several pattern collection books.  I enjoy writing here at Crochet Insider, and currently co-write the newsletter Talking Crochet for Annie’s.

One of my particular interests is the history of crochet, a lamentably neglected field — I hope to change that! If you want to learn more right now, please check our Archive pages for some fascinating reading!

I started crocheting during the Age of Aquarius, that is, in the 1970s, and made some pretty things without really knowing what I was doing. Then I put down the hook for twenty-five years while I pursued a career as a singer. For ten years I was the solo singer of the Philip Glass Ensemble (view our Videos page to see an old clip!). If you google my name and add “soprano”, you’ll find some of the recordings I’ve made. My performing life has given me excitement, travel and much more to be thankful for.  Now I teach singing at Wagner College in Staten Island, and privately in my home.

I live in Manhattan on the upper West side, across the street from the Museum of Natural History and a block from Central Park. The neighborhood has many chic boutiques where I can’t afford to shop, and where I see fabulous fashion, which often inspires my crochet. My one room studio apartment, where I also teach singing, is filled to the ceiling moldings with music and yarn.

Pictured here are some of my older designs. If you want to see more, please visit my ravelry page.

Thanks so much for visiting, and come back often for new patterns, videos and tutorials.

All best, Dora

Posing under umbrella with crocheted fringe, for summer 2007 issue of knit.1. Photo courtesy of Soho Publishing; Lion Brand crochet cotton
Becoming Bikini from Passion for Fashion

Big Fans Shrug from Passion for Fashion

Caribe Coverup from Passion for Fashion

Designed for Skacel Knitting

Katherine Vest, Interweave Crochet January 2010

Romantic Halter, available in our shop!

Anna Jacket, Creating Crochet Fabric

Lucia Scarf, available in our shop!

Published in Interweave Crochet 2010