Crochet Cuties: African Flower Cushion, Sandals and a Blankie

Look at these pretty FOs that I found online

She has a photo tutorial that you can follow because the blog isn’t in English.

The pattern looks so simple but the color choice is excellent and it looks so cute.

african flower rainbow cushion cover
This one is from a flickr photo and there’s no pattern linked but it is so nice and it looks like she just made the flower and then continued a DC on the back post hexagon.

Crochet Cuties: Designer Edition {Julie King}

Instead of the usual crochet cuties post, I will be posting about the designers who create these cuties.  There are so many wonderfully talented and inspiring artists out there and I am always curious about them.  I also love that most designers have a distinctive style about them

Today’s designer is Julie King, she designs really cute hats and adorable amigurumi.  Isn’t that Elefoof so cute?

Avenue C Slouchy Hat Loricus the Elefoof Fruit Cozies
Avenue C Slouchy Hat
Elefoof Fruit Ipod Cozies

 


How do you introduce yourself to total strangers?
I’m Julie! I make stuff & I blog about it!
What inspired you to first start crocheting?
I think it was because I wanted a scarf but rather than buy one, I wanted to make it myself. I’m like that with a lot of things. Being a crafty person, I always feel like if there’s any chance that I could possibly make something myself, I usually feel compelled to attempt it!
How did you get into designing crochet?
Designing my own patterns has always come naturally to me. When I was a kid, I would look at craft catalogs and design my own patterns for things (plastic canvas & cross stitch) based on the photos because I didn’t have the money to buy the pattern/kits. Eventually I started making my own sewing patterns by tracing clothes I owned. When I learned how to crochet, it was just natural to me to make up my own patterns.
Do you have a favorite yarn?
Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart Soft Yarn, Naturally Caron Country to name a few!
Where do you find inspiration for patterns?
For amigurumi, I usually just design whatever I think is cute. Sometimes I’ll see a drawing and think, “that would make a perfect amigurumi!”. I designed a mouse based on a Christmas card illustration. My hats have always been something that I’ve designed because I wanted to wear it myself. Sometimes I look at catalogs like Free People or Urban Outfitters for style inspiration.
Do you have a secret crochet tip for beginners?
The internet is your friend! If you ever get stuck on something, don’t worry! There are so so so many tutorials out there that can help you. I love learning new things on YouTube!
What is your favorite pattern that you have designed?
Probably my Pineapple Coconut Slouchy hat because I find myself wearing it more than any of the others! I think I have it in like six different colors now. Every time I make one to put in my shop, I end up keeping it for myself! 😛
Pineapple Coconut Slouchy Hat

Is there another craft that you would love to learn?
I’d love to be really good at painting and drawing! I get so inspired when I look at artwork and I really wish I could express myself that way. I also wish I were better at knitting. I learned it after crochet and I’ve never gotten good at it because I’m too obsessed with crochet to ever trade my hook for needles!


If you want to see more of Julie’s lovely patterns check out her website or Ravelry Page.

Crochet Cuties: Designer Edition {Sylvie Damey of Chez Plum}

Instead of the usual crochet cuties post, I will be posting about the designers who create these cuties.  There are so many wonderfully talented and inspiring artists out there and I am always curious about them.  I also love that most designers have a distinctive style about them

Today’s designer is Sylvie of Chez Plum.  She is the designer behind Babouches (there is also a baby version), Roselette and Isabeau (yes a knitting pattern but it is so pretty) and so many more really pretty things.

ChezPlumCollage

 


 

 

How do you introduce yourself to total strangers?
I’m Sylvie, french and lucky mum to 2 great little girls. I am fascinated by wool and yarn, and have been ever since I was a little girl. After knitting for years and years, I discovered the fantastic crafting community online and started selling my own knitting and crochet patterns in 2005 under the name “ChezPlum. I am very lucky to be able now to take my fibery endeavours one step further, and organise workshops here in the french Alps to share my passion with other like-minded people.

What inspired you to first start crocheting?
The pretty projects which just couldn’t be replicated with knitting, such as those wildy colored crocheted blankets (think “Babette”..) . Nobody around me could crochet, so I taught myself with videos and books. I never looked back, crochet is now my favorite craft ! I love how you don’t have to plan ahead every single step as you would with knitting, and how crochet allows you to work in about every direction. Total freedom !

How did you get into designing crochet?
I’m not very good at following other people’s patterns, and often feel like it will be faster and easier if I design it myself exactly like what I have in mind. Of course it’s not true, and probably takes me much longer than following a well-written pattern. Also, I like to feel like the time spent on this “hobby” of mine should not be completely lost: by turning it into a pattern, I feel like it’s worth it.

Do you have a favorite yarn?
Noro yarns are probably my favorite ever yarns. I don’t have a very sensitive skin so that I can wear it in garments, and am totally in love with those color changes.

Where do you find inspiration for patterns?
Inspiration is just everywhere. In a fashion magazine, in a garment I love, in a vintage doily … I like the challenge to turn this vision into a doable crochet project.

Do you have a secret crochet tip for beginners?
Explore crocheting in the front loop only, for better drape and thinner crocheted fabric. I hardly ever crochet in both loops any more, except for pieces that really need support.

What is your favorite pattern that you have designed?
Hum, … somehow it’s always the last one that I designed… But also because they are my most popular, I’d say the Roselette top and my very-last cardigan, Jehanne, with the long hood as for Ermeline. It’s in the final stages of testing and I can’t wait till I release it officially ! 🙂

What word do you wish you had invented?
hmm..can’t think of any word right now. Maybe “oser”: dare to explore new things and directions !

Is there another craft that you would love to learn?
I already learned to spin and dye my own yarn, crochet (!), sew and wet-felt and needle-felt… I can see weaving on the list but am not so tempted so far. That may change, who knows ? In an ideal world where everything was possible though, I’d love to do ceramics again, and maybe metal work.

 

 


If you want to see more of Sylvie’s lovely patterns check out her website or Ravelry Page.

Crochet Cuties: Rabbizdesign

I found Rabbizdesign while browsing through flickr and totally fell in love with the designs over there. They’re so cute and would make perfect gifts for kids as well as adults

Amigurumi Airplane of Love

 

Amigurumi Monkey Family

Crochet Cuties: Baby Bibs

I am going to have to make a number of baby gifts in the coming few months and what is cuter and faster than a sweet baby bib.

Frog Bib

This one looks so cheerful and funny, LionBrand also have lots of really nice ones too

So-Simple Baby Bibs

Simple and classic can never really go wrong

Blossom Baby Bib

Something a little more girly for your little princess.

Fancy Bib
Baby Bib and Flowers

If you have been here long enough you should know that I am a sucker for interesting textures.

Round Baby Bib

And I saved my favorite one for last.  I just think it is so sweet and elegant in an understated way.

Crochet Cuties: Pillows

Pillows felt like a natural progression after pin cushions last week.  Throw pillows can add the most interested visual details that make your home feel more personal and cozy, especially if you made it yourself.

Circle In a Square Motif Pillow

The circle in a square motif is one of my favorites.  I love that you can also make a matching throw or afghan too.

Double Take Pillow

The texture is interesting on these pillows.

Ribbony Pillow

I have to confess, I liked this one because of the tassels.  I don’t usually like tassels, but these were cute.

I Felt Square
I Felt Square Pillows

The design calls for felt but I would love to make these using linen instead.

Quilt Inspired Square and Pillow
Quilt Inspired Crochet Pillow Pattern

I love this quilt square and never thought I’d see it in crochet.  Such a nice idea.

Crochet Cuties: Cardigans for big girls

Many people assume you can’t crochet an adult garment because it would be too stiff or might end up looking like a potholder.

I guess the next patterns dispel that myth.

Cropped Crochet Cardigan Front C3 Crochet Crop Cardigan

I love the asymmetry of this cardigan and the four buttons at the top.  I also love that it has two different textures that add visual interest to an other wise solid colored cardigan.

Caron photo: barcelona jacket Barcelona Jacket

Airy and Breezy but so elegant.  It also looks like it is complicated less but it’s not really.

Crochet Wrap Crochet Wrap Top

I have a secret.  I love wrap tops.  In a previous life (when I had a job and didn’t have the C section scars) I owned tons of wrap tops.  This one was a no brainier for me.

Chevron Lace Cardigan (Blocked) Chevron Lace Cardigan

Chevrons are so in these days, but this cardigan is a timeless piece that would be a great addiction to any wardrobe

Filigree Cardigan

This cardigan has  such a pretty silhouette that could flatter so many body types.  Feminine and cute and would work well with a dress, skirt or a pair of jeans.