Box 33 designer – Vicki Roberts

Hi! What are you up to today?

In real life there’s always so much going on!  Today my children go back to school, so after the chaos of getting everyone out of the front door and a dog walk, it’ll be a bit of tidying after the holidays, followed by some pattern writing up.  I hope to have a little time crocheting this afternoon, finishing some commissions.

What is your favourite type of project to crochet?

Since learning how to continuous join as you go, I’m absolutely addicted to it! I’ll use it for anything I possibly can now, so Starburst granny squares, hexagons, normal granny squares

Where’s your favourite place to Crochet?

I have two favourite places, one is the comfy corner of the sofa with great natural light, where I can still keep an eye on everything in the house, while listening to whatever is good on Netflix.  The other, is the ice rink where my kids play ice hockey, as I can sit under the item I’m making keeping warm!

Which of your crochet projects are you proudest of?

A few projects spring to mind, one is the Summer Crochet Wreath I’ve just finished writing up the pattern for, the Honeycomb cardigan that involved so much maths (methodical repeating patterns in 9 sizes!) And my first ever published crochet design in a magazine, the seeing circles bag.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced with your crochet?

For me, it’s always the competing priorities of creativity and freedom vs. magazine and blogging deadlines.  I love designing, and really have to make sure I write everything down as I make it, as I tend to get carried away crocheting the item, and have to go back to work out what I did.

What’s the best piece of crochet advice you’ve ever received?

If making a blanket, do the foundation chain with a larger hook.  So simple but it will stop that tight chain making the blanket wonky.

The theme of this months box is Books & Spells, if you could cast any spell what would it be?

I know my husband would want it to be a shrinking spell for my yarn stash!  I think it’s probably go for some magic ears which allow me to still listen to a conversation while I’m counting stiches – right now I cannot multi-task on this.

Do you have any big crochet plans coming up?

With the world returning to normal, I’m beginning to restart some of my crochet teaching activities, and I’m looking forward to seeing someone get the hang of their first granny square.  Projects wise, I’ve got a couple of sweater designs in my head, I need to get made and written up.

Where can people find out more about you?

My blog, offthehookforyou.co.uk has got everything I’m up to, from my crochet patterns to crochet tutorials, and my magazine work. There’s also links to my Instagram @offthehookforyou and plenty of pinnable ideas on there so it’s a good place to look.

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