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The Designer Edit: Marly Bird

Author of gazillions of knit and crochet patterns, teacher of millions on her YouTube channel, and Yarn Thing podcast, meet Marly Bird, crafter extraordinaire!

I fell in love with yarn at a young age. I can remember being in 2nd grade making finger knit necklaces with rainbow Red Heart Super Saver yarn while I was at recess. Yarn is magical to me because It can create so many things with it. 

I love to design sweaters and accessories. When I do get a chance to sit and knit or crochet for fun I am usually knitting a hat or socks or crocheting  a cowl or shawl. And before you ask, I don’t love one more than the other. To me, knitting and crochet are both my love. 

Before my business really took off I had more time to really dive into the design process and really (over) think about the minutiae of the design. Now, I usually  look at the yarn I have on hand and dive in to the swatching process. Once I get the right stitch pattern and yarn combination I will move on to the design. Sometimes the stitch and yarn want to be a cowl and other times they want to be the perfect cabled cardigan. I don’t really know until I start to draw things out and see what I like.

Over the years the yarn I like to use has changed because of where I am in my life. Meaning, right now I am crunched for time and like to make things with some instant gratification so I gravitate to worsted weight yarns or thicker. Whereas just 5 years ago sport weight and fingering weight yarn were my absolute MUST HAVES. I wonder what it will be in another 5 years?  

Tune in and listen to the LoveCrafts Show to hear Marly in person, as she chats to Merion and Jamie about her yarn journey! We love Marly's blog at, and there are so many amazing videos and tutorials to watch on her fabulous YouTube channel!

About the author

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Merion Willis

Merion Willis is Craft Editor at LoveCrafts. A lifetime knitter and crafter extraordinaire, Merion believes “making and mindfulness go hand-in-hand”. She is certain she was a maker straight from birth, never stopped pestering her mother to make things as a child, and now she champions every craft there is! A keen baker, gift maker and passionate advocate of home made, Merion is also co-host on The LoveCrafts Show, the podcast which sees her and Mr X Stitch chat to craft influencers about the benefits of learning a new skill, and how to stitch away stress through crafting. (opens in a new tab)