Two Simple Shapes Makes Crochet Cardigans, Tops & Sweaters

My dear friend Salena Baca is back on the Yarn Thing podcast. This time she is share about her brand new book and all of the other amazing things that she is working on. There is so much to catch up on and I hope you will join us for a great conversation about crochet, business, and her new crochet book.

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About Salena Baca

Salena Baca crochet author and teacher at the ACA

Salena Baca learned to crochet before grade school and has been wildly obsessed ever since!

After crocheting “in the closet” most of her life, Salena burst out after finding Ravelry in 2009. Learning that an entire world of crocheters were available to connect with was life-changing. It determined her next career move; crochet design and networking.

She began designing patterns that appealed to her style, and has formed platforms such as Salena Baca Crochet, the Design Wars Challenge, Happily Hooked MagazineThe Pattern Pack, and the American Crochet Association.

She’s published over 200 patterns, has very strong ties in the crochet and fiber arts community, and is the author of Crochet for Christmas and My Crochet Closet. Salena currently lives with her family in Oregon.

Listen to the Show

Want to watch live on YouTube? Be sure to tune in at 10am MST on the Marly Bird YouTube channel. If you can’t watch live that is okay, just catch the replay for your chance to win. Towards the end of the live show you will hear how to enter to win some amazing prizes from our guests.

Find Salena online in the following locations

American Crochet Association Website
Salena’s Ravelry Page
Salena on Facebook
Salena on Pinterest
American Crochet Association’s YouTube Channel

Shop Salena’s books

Crochet books by Salena Baca

Crochet for Christmas
My Crochet Closet
Crochet in a Day
Two Simple Shapes = 26 Crocheted Cardigans, Tops & Sweaters

Salena’s Past Episodes

This is not Salena’s first time on the Yarn Thing Podcast. We are so happy that she could come back again. She was on the show for the first time to talk about her Craftsy class, Modern Crochet Afghans: Color & Texture and the last time she was on she talked to us about the ACA (American Crochet Association).

We couldn’t just stop with two episodes with Salena! We all love her so much that we also had her on the show to talk about her previous book, Crochet in a Day. We also got a first listen about her new class over at the ACA, which is always adding wonderful new classes!

American Crochet Association Classes

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  1. Claudia says:

    Simple Shapes.

    I really enjoyed the live podcast: I’m checking out the American Crochet Association right now and already joined Selena on Facebook!

    Marly, I love you! I met your work because I wanted to learn Knitting. I can safely say that you and your mom taught me how to knit! Thank you! Good luck in Indiana. The midwest is awesome!

  2. Carri Benson says:

    Great podcast Marly and Selena! Would love a copy of Two Simple Shapes! Looks like this book is full of awesome patterns!

  3. Martha Alvarez says:

    Thank You for introducing me to Celena Baca This is the book I need to crochet wearable clothes made with simple shapes !!

  4. Debbie Carter says:

    I too have put the book in my Amazon wish list, Simple Shapes can be totally amazing and rock where even my teenage granddaughter would love to wear. Thank you for a wonderful podcast great as always.

  5. Colleen Storzek says:

    Loved the episode, have decided this year to up my crochet skills. Thanks for simple shapes. I’m looking forward to making some fun wearable garments.

  6. knutsie says:

    First before I forget Simple Shapes.
    Really enjoyed podcast with you both. I’ve crocheted for decades when designs were limited, this was my reason for switching to knitting, even though I enjoyed crocheting more. Excited to see the crochet world has arrive to their rightful place in the fiber world. Crochet will be recognized more, through designers like you. Thank you and keep up the great work!!

  7. Maureen says:

    Simple shapes. Looking forward to seeing designs made with Lion Brand yarn. Glad Sale a was on the broadcast to share her information. Maureen

  8. Karen Leslie says:

    My very first podcast. What a beautiful b ook and host Selena. Marly you are so sweet. Enjoyed every minute. Simple Shapes on the replay

  9. Frances F says:

    Two simple shapes looks like a great resource to have.
    I’d love the opportunity to win this
    Blessings from New Zealand

  10. Rachel King says:

    I love that this book was the topic for today’s podcast, I just ordered it from my local library system yesterday out of curiosity! Simple Shapes is the way to go for pattern designing!

  11. verna bradshaw says:

    Simple Shapes looks like an awesome addition for any crocheter. I would love to make my first wearable. Loving the Goldenrod Cardigan looks like I could make it…and some others!

  12. Penny Hebert says:

    Truly enjoyed watching the two of you today.You can tell that you inspire each other and are great friends. What else can I say, except Two “Simple Shapes”. 🙂

  13. M Lu-Fann Stewart says:

    OMG! the podcast was just like 2 girls friends hanging out having a conversation about their favorite things…. The patterns in this book looks simply beautiful.
    Simple Shapes –
    Keep Crocheting/Hooking/Knitting/crafting & have a Thankful Tuesday/week. Enjoy!

  14. Margaret Mumaw says:

    The 2 simple shapes book looks like just the sort of pattern collection that is right down my alley – classic, simple, but varied enough to be really interesting.

  15. Grace Gerritsen says:

    I was waiting for the end of the video to order the book but will wait to see if I win first. I have crocheted for many years but have never crocheted clothing for myself. I just recently decided to try making some tops for myself. This book certainly came at the right time for me!

  16. Vickie Akers says:

    Love the idea of Two Simple Shapes. I’ve been intimidated to try making wearables, but this looks like it will be a great help.

  17. Cathy Dodson says:

    I enjoyed listening to the podcast with Salena looking forward to ordering the book Simple Shapes this will be my first book on crochet patterns, I been crocheting for about four years, thanks again.

  18. Teresa Janecek says:

    The concept of using simple shapes to create stylish sweaters and tops is very appealing to me! I can’t wait to get a copy of Salena Baca’s new book, Two Simple Shapes = 26 Crocheted Cardigans, Tops & Sweaters!

  19. Barb turcotte says:

    Simple shapes. I can’t wait to try out some of those patterns. I very much enjoy salena’s Patterns. I’ve tested multiple times for her and they’re written so very well. Thank you for all you do Salena And Marley Bird! Xo

  20. Carleen Roberts says:

    Even though I already preordeed and just received my Kindle version I would love to win a physical copy of Salena Baca’s new book: Two Simple Shapes = 26 Crocheted Cardigans, Tops, and Sweaters. The patterns are so clever and the photography is stunning!

  21. Lea Josephson says:

    Late to the party but if the giveaway is still open I’m interested as it sounds like a fantastic book. Simple shapes.

  22. Bonnie L Lawrence says:

    Simple shapes. What a clever concept and the examples shown were interesting. Especially loved that cardigan. This is similar to the basis Jeanne from “On the Hook” podcast uses for her wearable crochet.

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