CGOA 2019 Conference Educators
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Scheduled Educators – 2019 CGOA Chain Link Conference


The 2019 CGOA Conference will be held July 10-13 in Manchester, New Hampshire. July 11-13 Education (Thurs, Fri, Sat)


We've assembled a fantastic group of internationally famous crocheters who have worked in the yarn industry for many years as designers, instructors and authors to teach crochet classes at the Conference.


2019 Scheduled Educators Bio’s

Robyn Chachula

Robyn Chachula is the author of Modern Vintage Crochet, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, Unexpected Afghans, and Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia. Her work has been featured in Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Love of Crochet, Vogue Crochet and more. She was one of the crochet experts on the PBS show Knit and Crochet Now! She teaches crochet online at both and All her crochet inspiration comes from her little “office assistants” while out and about in Pittsburgh, PA. Stop by to see what she has cooked up recently. 

Lily Chin

Lily M. Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for nearly 35 years, as a designer, instructor, and author of 8 books on knitting and crochet. Her DVD's and online classes are fiercely popular. She has looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collections of designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi, and her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models. She was named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting. She is regularly cited in media across the U.S., including the Late Show with David Letterman, Martha, CBS Morning News, CNN, HGTV, and more. Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13.

Linda Dean

I am a self-taught crocheter that enjoys creating and designing new ways to put stitches together. I enjoy crocheting, finding it as my relaxation and rejuvenation time. I believe that the work through of a piece is just as important as the finished product; if you don’t enjoy the journey the destination isn’t as wonderful as it could be (and it may never get finished!). I have been teaching since passing the CGOA Master’s Program in 2010, and designing for publishing since 2012, and have been active with the Crochet Guild of America currently serving on the Board of Directors. I am a Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor and teach regularly at my local yarn shop in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just east of Sacramento, while restoring the home that my great-grandfather built with my husband and kids. Check out my journey at

Edie Eckman

Edie Eckman is a best-selling author, teacher, designer and editor who loves both knitting and crochet. She teaches around the country and online at and As a teacher, designer and technical editor, Edie is on a mission to ensure that pattern instructions are as clear as possible to the greatest number of knitters and crocheters possible. She is a lifelong learner, and considers her students the best teachers ever. Her books include The Crochet Answer Book, and Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, and others. Find her at

Jenny King

Jenny King is Australia’s most published international designer, pattern writer and teacher with 20 pattern books and 3 videos to her name. She has had designs in all major magazines in the UK, USA and Australia since 2001. Jenny is the only crochet designer worldwide to have designs published in Vogue Knitting Special Crochet edition, Interweave Crochet magazine and Crochet! 3 years in a row. Jenny is probably best known for her appearances on the TV show Knit and Crochet Now. She considers herself extremely blessed to have made her obsession her profession.

Melissa Leapman

With over 1000 designs in print, Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely-published American crochet and knit designers at work today.

Leapman is the author of several bestselling knit and crochet books, including Cables Untangled, Mastering Color Knitting, and Knitting the Perfect Fit (all published by Random House). She's is the author of The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook (Random House/Potter Craft, 2013), a comprehensive knitting stitch dictionary which includes favorite patterns gathered over her more than 25 years in the industry. It’s the go to book for professionals and lay persons alike.

Two crochet books launched in 2016: Melissa Leapman’s Indispensible Stitch Collection for Crocheters and Designer Crochet Accessories.

Susan Lowman

Susan Lowman is a well-known crochet designer, technical editor and teacher. She enjoys experimenting with new crochet techniques and sharing her enthusiasm for crochet with her students. Susan is a patient, encouraging teacher with 13+ years of experience and in-depth, detailed class handouts. She is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher/Instructor and loves seeing the light bulb go off in her students’ heads when they “get it”! Susan has taught 4 online crochet classes with Annie’s. She has been crocheting for 40+ years and has over 200 published crochet designs in various crochet techniques. Susan also enjoys the challenge of technical editing for various books, magazines and designers. She owns and operates her website,, where she shares her crochet knowledge through blogging, crochet tutorials and her self-published crochet patterns.

Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer E Ryan is an award-winning published crochet designer who has many years of teaching experience with all ages in a wide variety of art and academic settings. Her crochet designs can be seen in several crochet publications and on her blog, “Celtic Knot Crochet”. Jennifer's specialty is combining Celtic Knots with crochet and was excited to travel to Ireland with Annie’s and Craftours as the celebrity instructor in 2016. She also enjoys all of the creative possibilities there are with large scale "yarn graffiti". In July 2014 and 2019 she designed and implemented the yarn bomb projects in honor of CGOA's 20th and 25th anniversaries during our conferences in Manchester, NH. You can see all of her work at

Sharon Silverman

Author and designer Sharon Silverman is passionate about crochet. Her fashionable designs, crystal-clear instructions, encouraging demeanor, and unparalleled professionalism have endeared her to crocheters and editors. This former travel journalist and technical writer has written fifteen crochet titles (so far) for Stackpole Books and Leisure Arts. Sharon was a featured guest on HGTV's "Uncommon Threads" and has created large-scale crochet installations for museums. She loves to teach! Sharon has taught at venues from local yarn shops to national conferences, and is an instructor for Annie's online classes. She and her husband are the parents of two grown sons.
Mary Beth Temple Mary Beth Temple is an author/designer/teacher of crochet, knit, and sewing topics. With more than 300 designs to her credit she’s the owner of the independent pattern company Hooked for Life Publishing, and has written more than a dozen books about craft. Her teaching takes her all over the US for a variety of conferences, and UK/EU stitchers know her from her appearances on Hochanda television. Check out for more on her work and her social media! Mary Beth is a New Jersey native and lives in coastal North Carolina. She is a video host for Yarnspirations, and several websites including FaveCrafts, AllFreeSewing, and ILikeCrochet. She is also recording new episodes of her long time crochet podcast Getting Loopy.