Hi, my name is Christina Rinaldi-McClelland, and I run Knotted Mom. I was mesmerized by crochet as a small child watching my grandmother whip through projects at lightning speed, but I didn’t begin to crochet for myself until I was pregnant with my first child. My first project was a little bunny lovey that is quite pitiful to look at now, but I was so proud that I could create something for my daughter to keep and eventually pass down to her own children. With that one project, I had found my forever hobby in life.
Fast forward several years later to marriage and baby number two: I had been a stay-at-home-mom for the last three years. There’s always this incorrect preconceived notion that you must be financially well-off to be able to stay at home with your children. While I’d love to say we were millionaires or even middle class, the reality is that we made sacrifices and scraped by just like everyone else. I began to work harder at my crochet skills and took on freelance writing from home to stretch our money further. If I could make a sweater with just a few dollars that looked like one from a designer store selling for $30 or more, I was going to do it.
I began to write my own patterns to share with others in 2014 under the company name TipTopTotsPatterns (what a tongue twister, don’t know what I was thinking). I was inspired by other designers, like the Velvet Acorn and Lalylala. I thought that I could create designs that others would be interested in purchasing. Well…the struggle! The biggest problem I was wrought with was finding reliable pattern testers that would actually get back to me after giving them the pattern for free. With only a very small following and so many rules to follow on social media crochet community pages, it was hard to achieve this.
After a year of pouring my time into this venture, I’ve decided to change the entire way I run my business. I’m now receiving more orders for physical items handmade by myself than people purchasing my paid patterns. I don’t see this as defeat, but a learning experience which I have grown from. I see this as a way to freshen up the whole crochet community.
On this very website, I will bring you my own personal blog posts with free patterns, helpful tutorials for all levels of crochet, and I may even expand to film my own YouTube video tutorials after a while. Please feel free to comment on any posting you land on here. I love to read everyone’s opinions, help those that need some guidance, and check out pictures of your own crochet creations. So what are you waiting for? Happy hooking!