NatCroMo 2015, March 14: Michelle Ferguson

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National Crochet Month:

Welcome to Crochetville’s third annual Designer Blog Tour, taking place all throughout March 2015 in celebration of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Each day on our blog, you will find 1) in-depth profile posts for two crochet designers, with a link to their blogs so you can see what specials (free patterns, discount coupon codes, tutorials, etc.) they may be offering for NatCroMo, 2) a daily giveaway post with entries open from 8:00 AM CST to 8:00 AM CST the following day, and 3) during the last week of the month, daily posts from a Crochet Guild of America board member. Join us each day for a new surprise!

Today’s Posts: Luz Mendoza, Luz Patterns | Michelle Ferguson, Two Brothers Blankets | Daily Giveaway | Halos of Hope Hat Collection | Complete Designer Schedule

Michelle Ferguson, Two Brothers Blankets

Crochetville is very proud to have designer Michelle Ferguson with us today, March 14th, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).

Michelle Ferguson | Crochet Designer

Michelle Ferguson, Crochet Designer

 

Michelle’s Designs:

If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Michelle’s designs with you.

 

Paisley Poncho Sweater | Michelle Ferguson

Paisley Poncho Sweater, available on Ravelry for $5.00

“The Paisley Poncho Sweater looks like a poncho but functions like a sweater! It’s versatile, customizable, and super warm and cozy!”

 

Celtic Weave Pillow Cover | Michelle Ferguson

Celtic Weave Pillow Cover, available on Ravelry for $5.00

“The Celtic Weave Pillow Cover uses the beautiful Celtic Weave stitch to create a beautiful decor for any home. Made with light worsted weight yarn this pillow is elegant looking yet soft and cozy.”

 

 About Michelle:

Her Crochet Beginnings

Four years ago, Michele taught herself to crochet with a book she bought at Walmart and YouTube videos. Her first project was an earflap hat for her son. She’s come a long way since then and is very proud of going full-time as a designer and being successful at it.

Becoming a Designer

Michelle tells us, “I started creating things on my own without a pattern and was encouraged by my fellow crocheting friends to write up the patterns for the items I was creating. So I gave it a go and found it to be very successful. After a year of doing both designing and custom orders, I found that I loved the challenge and freedom of designing so much more. So this year I made the decision to go full time with designing and so far it’s been wonderful!”

Her Design Process

Night | Day“A design idea usually comes to me in the most random of times,” Michell shares. “It’s usually early in the morning or late at night when I should be in bed instead of up designing something! Then I decide what yarn and hook size I want to use, create the item all while taking tons of notes, and then type it up and send it to testers. During the testing process I get good photos of the design, do lots of editing, and make any changes needed that my testers and I find. Then after all that the pattern finally gets released!”

Inspiration

Michelle’s friends and family give her design inspiration. She comes up with project ideas that make her think, “Oh, that would be cute on my son,” or “My mom would love that.” She says, ” I like to design things that any member of the family would love.”

 

Some of Michelle’s Favorites:

Favorite Hooks: Yarnology hooks from Hobby Lobby.

Favorite Yarn: “I love Hobby Lobby’s I Love this Yarn, Red Heart Soft, Lion Brand’s Heartland, and Bernat Softee Chunky! I usually stick with worsted weight yarn when I’m designing but have used others too.”

Favorite Thing to Crochet: Sweaters.

Favorite Designers: “Pam from Sincerely Pam is amazingly talented and such a great person too! Jennifer from A Crocheted Simplicity is so very talented and another designer I look up to! Paloma from La Tienda De Paloma is also a very inspiring and talented designer!”

Predictions for the Next Big Trend in Crochet:

Michelle suggests that coats might be the next big trend in crochet. She says, “I’ve seen a few new ones coming out that are amazing!”

Advice for New Crocheters:

Michelle shares with us, “The crochet community is huge and such a wonderful group of people! I would definitely try to find other crocheters either in the online community or in person that you can relate to and learn from.”

Advice for New Designers:

Michelle recommends, “Do your research, be creative, and go for it!”

 

Visit Michelle’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek

You will definitely want to visit Michelle’s blog post today! She is offering a coupon code for 50% off all of her patterns through March 16th, so hop on over to her blog to get the code. In addition, her Catherine Slouch hat pattern is now FREE indefinitely!

Visit Michelle's Blog | Two Brothers Blankets

 

Find Michelle Online:

Blog: twobrosblankets.blogspot.com

Ravelry Designer Page: ravelry.com/designers/two-brothers-blankets

Ravelry Profile: ravelry.com/people/MommyFerg02  (must be logged in to view profile)

Facebookfacebook.com/TwoBrothersBlankets

Twitter: twitter.com/TwoBrosBlankets

Craftsy: craftsy.com/user/1448860/pattern-store

Etsy: etsy.com/shop/TwoBrothersBlankets

Instagram: instagram.com/twobrothersblankets

Pinterest: pinterest.com/mommyferg02

 

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Credits: Icons via icons8.com and iconsmind.com. Night/day image by basketman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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