Hey, that’s me! Let’s Meet the Maker!
I’m Ronni and I’m the hooker, writer,
and reader behind The Hooking Reader.
I write all of the posts you’ll see here, as well as design all of the patterns, templates, labels, and more! I love crocheting and creating, but honestly, I typically get bored after making one of each product. That’s why I love designing. It’s always something new, and it’s always something I’ve created completely on my own. This is also why I love providing other makers with the resources to design patterns themselves. Another passion of mine is books and reading. On the occasion that I take a break from my crochet projects, I love picking up a good book. I always want to tell people about my favorites, so I started writing reviews!
In order to truly meet the maker, you need to know why I do what I do. I’m married and a stay-at-home mom to three children and two dogs. I know how easy it is to get lost in mom and wife mode, and lose YOU. By creating The Hooking reader, my mission is to give moms an outlet outside of wife and mom. I want you to find your passion, and take some time for you, whether that’s with crochet hooks and books, or something else, and you’re just here to hang out with us.
I’ve been crocheting since I was around 12 years old, I think. I started off with the basics; just working up some wash cloths or scarves with simple stitches like single crochet and double crochet. For some reason, they always ended up crooked. As a young kid, I didn’t have the patience or desire to figure out why. I just put it down.
I picked my hooks up now and then, but really dove head first back into crochet after my third child was born in 2018. I wanted some headbands for her, and just didn’t want to pay for the ones I typically see in stores. It went from headbands to baby shoes to dolls and lovies/security blankets. There are many different things I’ve made along the way, and not all of them have turned out how they should. When it came to designing, my heart settled on lovies and stuffies. I love seeing how they come out, and sending them off to homes with loving children (or adults – I don’t judge!)
Graphic Design – Templates, Labels, E-Books & Workbooks for Crocheters
Throughout my adult years, I’ve been in and out of direct sales businesses. While I’ve loved the products I used, I decided that just wasn’t the business for me. However, one of my favorite sides of those businesses were designing the different graphics for parties, or social media posts. I wasn’t quite ready to let that go when I made the transition to The Hooking Reader.
Well, thank goodness that I still operate on social media. I love making the graphics for my social media posts, and taking photos of my products. However, I wanted to do more. When I first started writing my own crochet patterns, I felt like I was looking all over the place to find out exactly what should be in my patterns. I also struggled with finding how to determine certain parts, like yardage used in my patterns.
Going through the design process myself, I found some things I wish I would have had from the beginning, and saw a need/market for these products. This is how my crochet pattern templates and other resources for crochet designers came about. My goal is to make the writing and publishing process quick and easy for designers. Designers do enough work when it comes to the actual design process.
Books & Reading
I’ve been reading since, well, since I could. I always have such a hard time deciding on new books to read. I’m also a very quick reader, and knowing that I need to remember the details to tell others about helps me to slow down and really digest the story. I have a passion for talking about my favorite TV shows and books. By writing reviews, I can save my close friends my word vomit, and my readers can check out the reviews at their time and leisure.
I have beginner-to-easy level free patterns and premium patterns to keep you busy and your hooks moving! If you’re stuck on something, there are crochet tutorials hanging around here, and I always love to help!
Extra Pattern-Writing Resources
One of my least favorite tasks in writing patterns is determining the yardage used. That’s why I created The Ultimate Workbook on Calculating Yardage for Crochet Patterns. This workbook contains detailed instructions on three different methods to use, as well as examples and worksheets.
Crochet Pattern Designers
I have some great resources for you to help make the pattern-writing process faster and easier. Most of my crochet pattern templates come in two forms: Canva or Word/Google Documents. These are pre-formatted to allow you to plug and play, with some slight changes to colors, or moving text around.
Readers & Book Lovers
If you’re just here for the book reviews, awesome! There’s a tab just for Book Reviews. I love to talk about my overall thoughts on the book, my favorite character, and if I would recommend the book.
Stay & Hang Out
I’d love for you to stay and hang out here all day, but I know that can get a little boring if I’m not constantly posting. So, the best thing to do would be sign up for my email list! That way you get all of the updates for when I post new blog posts, when new patterns and products are released, and just when I’m excited about something!