The yarn master

One of my life’s missions is to encourage young people whenever I can. The uber-talented and creative young designer I’d like to introduce to you is an absolute wizard with yarn and you need to meet her!

Introducing Rachel Greenhill

Photography by Cassie Greenhill

Rachel is the 21 year old daughter of a very dear friend of mine from college, Sharon McCombs. I’ve watched her grow up alongside her sisters, Cassie and Madison, through pictures and posts by her Mom. Rachel has been actively creating with yarn since the 8th grade. She started by looming and making scarves. (I bought one of her beautiful scarves in 2014 and still have it. It’s one of my absolute favorites!

Sharon tells me when Rachel was younger, it was suggested she try to find something to keep her hands busy because she had developed a habit of scratching her legs till they bled. She had been doing it since 3rd grade and no amount of therapy helped her. So she started with a loom making scarves. From there, she began to teach herself how to make different animals. That morphed into her designing her own original patterns using Excel.

This past summer Rachel had a booth at a local craft festival. She sold her creations there. Sharon and the girls went to hang out with her a couple times and brought their beloved dogs. Pippin clearly adores Rachel.

Currently she creates a lot of original pieces. She takes on custom orders for people, creating crocheted animals in the likeness of their pets (she has even made her Mom a miniature version of Pippin, as well as Zoey, their cherished dog who passed away a couple years ago). Last Mother’s Day she made her Mom a blanket with Pippin’s likeness on it! In the last year Rachel has made an R2D2 and she’s created characters from popular TV shows.

Rachel has gotten the attention of the cast of Chicago Fire, Michael Myers (Halloween), Darci Lynne (ventriloquist who won Season 12 of America’s Got Talent), and Alex Hirsch (animator for Disney’s The Owl House and Gravity Falls).

Rachel with actress Kara Kilmer, who plays Silvie on Chicago Fire. She made a doll of each character and gave them to Kara to distribute!

David Eigenberg who plays Herman on Chicago Fire posted this on Instagram. There have also been postings of her dolls showing up in certain places on the set! It’s been so fun to see where they will pop up.

Rachel with Darci Lynne backstage after they saw her show.

Rachel made a character from the Owl House and sent it to Alex Hirsch.

Rachel with Michael Myers, from the Halloween movies.

Rachel’s latest endeavor was to have her creations displayed on the shelves of a local store, which is filled with the work of local artisans. In addition, she also pattern tests for other crocheting designers to help them perfect their patterns before they are posted online or published.

Recently, I saw her post the photo below on Instagram. Can anyone guess which one I bought on the spot? It just arrived yesterday.

Who recognizes this funny guy?

Cheeto was the first to come and meet Hugsy!

Rachel created the iconic Hugsy without a pattern. The quality is absolutely amazing! I’m truly very impressed — and thrilled to have a “Rachel Greenhill Original” in my collection!

Rachel will graduate from Aurora University in the spring with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing (she’s made the Dean’s List the past 3 semesters). She was accepted into the Master’s Program at Aurora, where she plans to pursue a degree in Digital Marketing and Design. She’s not only talented and supremely creative, she’s also ambitious with great things ahead in her future!

If you’d like to follow Rachel or order some of her amazing creations for your kiddos or grandkids, here’s where you can find her:

Instagram is @knitwit18

Etsy is RachelsKnitShop18

  1. Love this post! Always wonderful to see youngins moving on up and this one so talented!

  2. Love this Kim and it’s timely. I was in our local knit/craft shop looking at crochet patterns (I’m a beginner). They had a book there of crocheted dogs and animals that I fell in love with. What a great hobby and now profession for this young woman. It has obviously become very popular with people. Of course anything handmade is the best!

  3. Wow, Rachel is really talented! As someone who has been knitting for the better part of 2 decades, I’m immensely impressed with her designing talent, especially in the world of crochet. I can design a quilt, no problem. But I have never been able to design knitwear. It’s not an easy thing to do, and she is crazy talented. Kimberly, I’m so inspired by your generous spirit and your enthusiasm to teach and encourage people. You’re part of the reason I became a quilting instructor. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!

  4. Very interesting and delightful to view.

  5. Beautiful designs. I would love one of my cat that crossed to rainbow

  6. I’m so glad you highlighted this amazing young lady’s creations. Her talent makes her a true crafts artisan.
    We are blessed to have her in the crafts community.
    Thanks again for sharing her artistry with us.

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