About Bonnie Bay Crochet

Bonnie Bay Crochet is a website with a blog, instructional videos, free patterns, and whatever else we think of along the way to promote the art of crochet and serve those learning this wonderful craft.  It is hosted by crochet designer Bonnie Barker and made possible by her brilliant (yet amazingly humble) husband, Craig Barker.  The name Bonnie Bay is actually borrowed from an old blueberry farm in the lowlands of South Carolina, near where Craig was raised and spent many hours working hard on his parent's farm.  



Bonnie started crocheting when she was 7 years old and has been fascinated with yarn ever since. Almost by accident she began looking to becoming published after receiving a call from a woman out of the blue from another state. This lady had seen Bonnie's afghan on display at the county fair and called to ask her for a copy of the pattern.  Since this lady was so interested, Bonnie figured maybe others would be too.  So using a small point and shoot digital camera, she took a few photos and sent them to the only publisher she was aware of:  Leisure Arts. Bonnie had been buying their publications since she was a teen.  Thankfully they liked her designs and sent a contract for 5 afghan patterns (Aran Afghans)!  

Since then Bonnie has designed another leaflet (Noggins & Necks) with Leisure Arts, as well as patterns for Coats & Clark (Red Heart Yarn), Caron International, Cascade Yarns, Crochet World Magazine, Crochet! Magazine and Mainly Crochet.  She is very excited about her new book (due September 2014) called "Contemporary Celtic Crochet!"  She is also a Craft Yarn Council of America certified instructor and a professional member of CGOA (The Crochet Guild of America).

Bonnie is currently a homemaker/home school mom of 5 children (Two have graduated, and the remaining 3 are working on high school classes), and she also cares for her 80+ years young mom. She is a graduate of Hialeah High School (Hialeah, FL), and of The University of South Carolina where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education.  She loves leading worship for preschoolers at her church as well as playing guitar, flute, Irish whistle, loves dabbling in photography, learning about history, and of course doing anything related to crocheting.  Life is full, life is good, God is amazing.