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About Vashti Braha

Celebrated DesigningVashti Crochet Teacher and Designer

My name, Vashti Braha, might be familiar to you. My crochet designs have been published in magazines and books since 2004, including:

Of course, my own blog features my designs and crochet fashion news on a regular basis.

Award-winning Crochet Designs (click a pic for more info)

designingvashti crochet Weightless Tunisian Stole
Weightless Tunisian Stole
designingvashti crochet tokyo jacket
Tokyo Jacket
designingvashti crochet pullover shrug
Pullover Shrug

Five Peaks Shawl published in Interweave Crochet magazine, Spring 2010 issue

designingvashti five peaks shawl
Five Peaks Shawl
designingvashti five peaks shawl
Five Peaks Shawl Closeup
designingvashti five peaks shawl
Five Peaks Shawl Class Project Beginning

Popular Crochet Patterns In Every Category

designingvashti Satin Pillow Stitch Necklaces
Satin Pillow Stitch Necklaces
designingvashti baroque Thirsty Twists Rug
Thirsty Twists Rug
designingvashti baroque tabard
Baroque Tabard

Perhaps we met at a Chain Link crochet conference of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), for which I taught “Designing Trendy Crochet” classes and served on the board of directors for 4 years. I also attend other national events such as Stitches, and yarn industry trade shows for members of TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) and CHA (Craft and Hobby Association).

CGOA 1999 Directors
CGOA Directors for 2009, L to R: Penny Sitler (Exec. Dir.),
Amy Shelton, Marty Miller, Vashti Braha, Carol Alexander,
Rita Weiss, Drew Emborsky

I love meeting crocheters at national events, at local yarn shops, and online.

You can also click the following links at the left to connect with me at Ravelry, Twitter, Facebook and  LinkedIn.

Vashti's Subtropical Paradise

I live and work at home in a subtropical paradise with my husband and son who are fans of my crochet passion. They help make the DesigningVashti crochet website and pattern shop a pleasure.

Peacock family in my driveway

Peacocks roam freely in our neighborhood and sometimes I can’t resist blogging or tweeting about some of the other exotic wildlife here also.

I know I have an unusual name, and my husband is partly responsible for that (smile). I’m often asked what my background is, and if “Vashti” is a Russian or Indian name.

My parents are both from southern Ohio. My father’s background is Irish and my mother’s is English, French, and German. “Vashti” is actually an old name from the Bible (it occurs briefly in the Book of Esther). Now you know!

Early Crochet Start

My mother taught me how to crochet when I was nine. This was in the 1970’s in rural Wisconsin. The nature crafts show called “Hodgepodge Lodge” was my favorite TV show, and our favorite store was LeeWards Creative Crafts. My mother, sister, and I learned most of the fiber-related crafts like spinning, knitting, weaving, tatting, crewel, needlepoint, cross stitch, and beading. I dyed my own handspun wool with marigolds from my flower garden. At the age of 12 I created my first business of custom-made macramé necklaces with fine linen cord.

Crochet has always been my favorite hobby. From the moment I learned how to crochet I felt I’d acquired a super power. I imagined that it would be one of my survival skills if I were suddenly dropped into the middle of a jungle -- I could crochet a hammock, basket, fish net, rope, and clothing.

Contact Vashti

To contact me about your crochet questions and concerns, or for shopping issues (purchasing, downloading, printing, billing, etc.) please email me at

In order to provide the best quality of help to the most crocheters, email and online forums are also available, and are a great way to reach my support staff and me. Thank you for your understanding.

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