Rohn Strong has a NEW Craftsy Class

Rohn Strong has a new Craftsy Class and has returned to the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird to tell us All About It! We love Rohn and Chasewhen Rohn comes to visit because there is always lots of laughter when we are together.

Rohn shared that his North Carolina house is a busy place. First there is the dog, Chase, who appears in lots of Rohn’s social media posts. He’s very handsome and very much loved. About a year ago, Rohn’s mother-in-law passed away suddenly. As can happen when we’ve had such a shock, he began re-evaluating what he really wants to be doing.  As he loves crochet and knitting, but it’s not everything he loves. He also (you’ll know this if you’ve been following him) cooks and he looks for fun and healthy recipes and shares them. Rohn’s demonstrated he has a talent for drawing, lately botanical illustration. With this in mind, Rohn shared that he is working on a new self-published lifestyle magazine and his husband, Harrison, has been doing all the photography. The magazine, named Hyacinth, will focus on everything Rohn’s focused on (makes sense!) like crocheting, cooking, the artwork.  It’s first issue in July will have four crochet shawl patterns, recipes for the current season’s produce and demonstrating his techniques for the botanical artwork. Future issues will be about his Crocheted Socks, Rare Breed Yarns and other things that he’s concerned about and hopes others have these interests, too.

One of the people that Rohn admires is Martha Stewart. Learning that she wakes at 4am inspired him to get up a little earlier, so while he works from home, he gets up at 6am, starts to work at 7, working until 7 at night on crochet. Then he cooks until some of his favorite tv programs (like ‘The Bachelor’) when he must have a crochet hook in his hand. He realizes he’s blessed to be doing what he loves to do.

Here is Marly’s link to Rohn Strong’s Crochet Sock, Essential Techniques Class. Marly brought up that it’s really hard to imagine a benefit to crocheted socks. Of course, as crocheted sock RS Crochet Socksadvocate, Rohn can give us wonderful tips: first being open-minded is important. They are never going to be like knit socks, the fabric created is different from knitted. He believes they are quicker ~ he can do a crochet sock in about 5 hours where knitted takes 8. It fills that need that crocheters have to do anything that knitters can complete. The yarn matters, he recommends acclimating to crocheted socks by wearing a dress sock underneath for the first few times. He speaks of Linked Stitches, extended crochet stitches (discussed single vs double crochet) which can give the stretch, elasticity in both directions, that socks need.

Rohn also is an online instructor with Annie’s which produces Knit & Crochet Now that Rohn has been involved with the last couple of seasons. Learn Tunisian Crochet Colorwork, Learn to Crochet Easy Hats, Learn to Crochet Socks are the three classes available online. So far. The techniques he shows are wide and various, and hopefully gives us the method that works for us.

We can follow him at his website RohnStrong.com, which includes an active blogFacebook page, Ravelry Designer page (spoiler alert: All his patterns are on sale right now to celebrate his 5th anniversary as a designer!), Instagram, and Twitter.

Rohn was able to share with us that he has a book coming out in 2017. Interweave contacted him with the idea of creating a crochet sock book, Step into Crochet. He tells us it has everything anyone needs to know about crocheting socks. He is appreciating working with a team on this, having done self-published books previously. A lot of the decisions are still left up to him, although often he is anxious about his first Publication, he is working with a successful publishers. His book will be beautiful and we will be watching for it!

The behind the scenes video is also available at Marly’s Facebook page.


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  1. Mindi Giles says:

    I really enjoyed the show today. I have never crocheted socks before. You have inspired me to give it a try Rohn. I also am interested in checking out your magazine. Can’t wait!

  2. Chris Lopez says:

    Loved hearing Rohn talk about his new magazine. I’m very into knitting socks but have never tried to crochet them!

  3. Audrey says:

    After knitting many pairs of socks, Rohn inspired me to crochet a pair. Best of luck with the new magazine.

  4. Kathy M. says:

    Loved this week’s episode. I have knitted lots of socks. I plan on expanding my crocheting skills by learning how to crochet some socks.

  5. Carmen Nelson says:

    My sister & I first learned how to crochet in the round as a young girl. We created foot sized ovals, and magically they turned into slippers overnight by the nanny who taught us. Today I love knitting socks, and why not add crochet socks to the crafting arsenal!?!

  6. Suzanne says:

    Rohn has an infectious laugh and I can only imagine that he conveys that joyfulness in his classes. I have yet to crochet socks but it like to give it a try. More than that, I’m eager to see Hyacinth when it is released.

  7. Robin says:

    I am so inspired by Rhon’s crochet socks class and all the knitting bloggers socks, I should soon have a drawer full of bi-craftual socks. I love Rhon’s teaching style and his designs. Thanks Marly for another fun interview. Robin

  8. Michelle says:

    I have crocheted only 1 pair of socks. They were for my best friends 50th birthday. They looked beautiful but not very comfy. I would love to try Rohn’s techniques so my crocheted socks could look and feel lovely. Thanks gang for a fun interview.

  9. Rachel Catherine says:

    Marly and Rohn were great together! I got really excited hearing about his new sock book, I am definitely interested in his classes about crochet socks too!

  10. Jill H. says:

    I love to knit socks, but since my love of crochet is a lot older than knitting, I’d love to learn to crochet socks too.

  11. Jackie Watson says:

    I have followed Rohn’s career for a long time and it is wonderful to hear him on your podcast, Marly. I am looking forward to crocheting some socks!

  12. Belinda says:

    That was a great interview. I recently learned to knit socks. I would love to learn how to crochet them also.

  13. Jessica says:

    I have crocheted a few pairs of socks but always have trouble with them being too tight around the ankles or sliding down my ankles. I can’t wait to check out Rohn’s book & class on socks. I got to take a class from him at Stitches South and he is fabulous.

  14. Ashleigh Eden says:

    I always love hearing Rohn on the podcast! I really admire his passion about so many things, crochet socks and otherwise. His magazine sounds fantastic!

  15. Wendyu says:

    I’ve tried knitting socks. I’ve tried crocheting socks. I’m refining the fit for my large feet but can’t get over the textural feel of the crochet socks. So I make crochet slipper socks.

  16. Kaleena Davis says:

    I can’t wait to see the shawl patterns with space cadet yarn. I just joined Rohn’s crochet socks group on fb.

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