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About Lyndsey Allen ~ trading as 
Artisan Crochet Designs

Delivering quality technical editing services and workshops in all aspects of crochet

Artisan Crochet Designs was established to share the love of crochet and to improve crafters experience of the craft.

The word Artisan means 'a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand'. Crochet can only ever be created by hand as there is not a machine in the world that has been invented to be able to crochet... unlike knitting and weaving. All crochet is therefore hand made and the word Artisan seemed perfect for my business.

I work with and support crochet designers at all stages of their creative journey. From releasing your first pattern (scary right?), to designers releasing several patterns a year, to publishing companies looking for magazine or full book technical editing services.

A designers' crochet pattern writing style is unique, and I'm all about helping the crochet designer voice emerge. I carefully curate patterns inspired by the designers personal writing style, needs and taste. I use my eye for detail and high-quality processes to consistently deliver first rate tech edit services.

I started to offer crochet tech edit services for designers, including Tunisian crochet.  With my background in complex healthcare analytics combined with my passion and skill for crochet, means I am a successful Technical Editor with a real eye for quality and detail. If you have a pattern or publication you want tech editing, simply get in touch to discuss.

I also teach in-person workshops at my local yarn shop regularly. I love teaching absolute beginners taking their first awkward loops to make crochet fabric and seeing how fast they can progress. The joy of teaching someone enough basic skills to go and make a whole blanket is second to none! 

The intermediate classes I offer cover the techniques you need to take your crochet to the next level. These classes include lots of hints and tips about how to get the best out of your crochet. Workshops include amigurumi toys, mosaic crochet, reading crochet patterns (both charted and written) and garment shaping such as in crochet socks. Who doesn't love cosy crochet socks for autumn and winter months? 

Finally, I teach advanced crochet skills; these classes are not for the inexperienced crocheter! Everyone learns something new even the most experienced in the group. I lead you carefully through the formation of the stitches and techniques so you leave the class being able to complete a full project with your new advanced crochet skills. Classes include Tunisian crochet, Broomstick lace, Hairpin lace, and Freeform crochet... where anything goes!

Workshops are delivered mostly from Kraft Work Yarns in Hartlepool, which provides an enriched learning environment, perfect for inspirational crochet workshops. Click here if you would like to know more about the workshops?


How do I fit it all in? I'm a lover of bullet journaling for creatives, an indispensable tool that helps me streamline my days, capture my random bursts of inspiration, and bring order to the chaos.

Get in touch for more details on workshops or to chat about your tech edit requirements.

Why work with Lyndsey?


2023: The Profitable Crochet Biz

Taught by the acclaimed Carol Ibbetson at Cool Wool School


2022: Crochet Pattern Editing Workshop - an Introduction

Taught by the acclaimed Carol Ibbetson at Cool Wool School

I completed this taster course in February to learn more about Crochet Tech Editing and have signed up for the Complete Crochet Tech Editing course later this year.


2022: International Diploma in Crochet

International Diploma in Crochet - Basic Techniques (Part 1)

Techniques for both traditional and modern crochet designs.
Different types of crochet (broomstick, hairpin, Tunisian)
Reading patterns & solving minor problems
All aspects of crochet fabrics, using thread to chunky thickness of yarn as well as fashion, smooth or textured yarn, be it commercial or hand spun
Experimentation, observation and recording of results.
Taking this knowledge to a new level; those with the necessary skills will then be able (if qualified) to teach.


2020: Crochet Diploma

Centre of Excellence Crochet Diploma with a Distinction.

This extensive Level 3 course (150 hours) covered all aspects of crochet from the absolute basics through to designing crochet pieces and writing patterns. The course also included all the steps needed in setting up a crochet business, building a business selling crochet creations or patterns.

Click the certificate image* to go to Centre of Excellence - you get your first course for only £29.


My Helpful Hints Small Business Directory

Listed in the My Helpful Hints Small Business Directory

Member of the My Helpful Hints Small Business Directory #MHHSBD.
My listing can be found by clicking the logo.

* means it is an affiliated link and therefore tracked to us. If you go through this link and make a purchase it can sometimes result in a small payment or benefit to Artisan Crochet Designs.

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