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We are so pleased to have the fabulous Veronika cromwell of Blue Star Crochet on board as a designer for Box 2 of the crochet society! Find out all about her and her inspiration for the designs she creates – we can’t wait to show you what she has designed for box 2! If you want to get your hands on it you need to be quick as Box 2 closes for orders on July 14th at 8pm sharp! Subscribe Today!
When did you learn to crochet?
Growing up in an era with no mobile phones my mum had to think of creative ways of entertaining, so she taught me to crochet. I used to make a lot of little simple projects when I was a young girl, then I picked up crochet again in my early 20’s exploring more complex stitches and interesting techniques.
And how did that turn into designing your own patterns?
I have always tweaked and adjusted patterns I followed to my own taste, but it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my son Jacob that I started designing my own patterns mainly due to lack of original and nice clothes for boys in shops.
What is your favourite thing to make?
My absolute favourite thing to make are women’s garments and accessories followed by garments for children. Although I do enjoy the occasional crochet blanket or amigurumi.
Which colours do you love working with?
I do tend to enjoy working with current colour trends, but I always find myself going back to colours like mustard, grey, coral and blue as firm favourites.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! It could be anything from a lovely pattern on a napkin or a duvet cover to a colour combination on a poster in a shopping centre. Sometimes just picking up a ball of yarn inspires you with the colour and texture and it naturally wants to become a specific project.
Which other designers do you admire?
I have a real crush on Kat Goldin and Joanne Scrace designs from The Crochet Project, in fact it was a book Hook, Stitch and Give by Kat Goldin that has really got me hooked on crochet again.
How many WIPs do you have?
I have been working on a few commissions for various magazines and yarn companies lately so my WIP pile is not very big at all. The deadlines hanging over my head are useful after all although I do have 2-3 projects that I have started a couple of years ago now and totally forgot which hook size I was using!
Where is your favourite place to crochet?
I mostly crochet at home in the evening when the house is quiet in front of a TV with a nice cuppa and a cheeky biscuit or two 🙂
Who do you like to make crochet gifts for?
I really enjoy gifting crochet creations to my mum as she really enjoys wearing them. I mostly design garments and accessories with a specific person in mind, so it is a really personal and tailored gift for family members and friends.
What piece of advice would you give to a new crocheter?
To mainly have fun with it! It is a lovely relaxing craft and it really shouldn’t bring you stress. The best thing someone said to me was not to compare your beginnings with someone else’s middle, we all started somewhere! Just keep practising and discovering different stitches and techniques, the online crochet community is really lovely and always happy to help.
What are your crochet plans for 2019?
I’m finishing a couple of projects for magazines and then it will be making clothes, blankets and toys for the new arrival as we are expecting our 2nd baby in October.
Where can people find out more about you?