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Welcome to our blog tour! Here at Crochetville, we celebrate National Crochet Month with our NatCroMo Blog Tour. This year, we’re interviewing crochet designers, teachers, and hobbyists throughout March and our theme is crochet memories. You can browse all of this year’s blog tour content on our page NatCroMo Blog Tour 2020.
About Christine Naugle
Please allow me to introduce our featured designer of the day, Christine Naugle of Sweet Potato 3. Christine designs a little bit of everything, lately it has been blankets for home & baby, scarves, shawls, wraps and hats. You can find her patterns in her Etsy, Ravelry, LoveCrafts, and BluPrint shops. Today Christine will share some of her crochet memories with us and we’ll showcase three of her crochet designs.
Christine’s Special for Our Readers
Christine says, “All of our communities are now facing a pandemic of coronavirus and the unknown of what to expect.
“As crocheters many of us are looking at the encouragement of ‘social distancing’ as a way to catch up on our WIPS. As difficult as this time can be, let’s try to focus on the good that can come out of it. To help you out on starting some fun and exciting new projects, I am offering 30% off my entire shop on Ravelry and on Etsy.”
- No Minimum order!
- No code Needed!
- Good through the end of March!
“Enjoy a little shopping time at home, order some of your favorite yarn (or even better, use up some of your stash) and start a new spring crochet project, or start on your Christmas list!”
Christine’s Crochet Memories
Would you share with us an early memory of crochet?
“For me, the love of crochet was passed down from my Great Grandmother. She was amazing and I will never forget how her hands would work with the yarn and thread to create amazing pieces of art that are still treasured by all those that were fortunate enough to receive one of her masterpieces. After teaching me the basics and my skill set increased my Mom bought two blanket kits. Whenever I would visit my Grandmother we would work on our blankets together. My Mom still has my Grandmother’s and I still have mine; it is dated and not what I would call pretty, but I will cherish it forever.”
Would you share with us a memory of becoming a crochet designer?
“I was crocheting newborn photo props in my Etsy shop. I had a photographer who I had worked with on multiple custom orders who asked for a soccer ball hat. I searched high and low for a design that wasn’t a hat with black shapes sewn onto it and could not find it (this was 8 years ago). So, I sat down and figured out exactly how to make hexagons and pentagons to seam together into a hat. The photographer loved it and shared the image with me. I had so many requests for a pattern that I sat down and typed it up. It sold like crazy and it was so rewarding, I started writing up all my patterns and focused on designing, I haven’t looked back since.”
Would you share with us one of your most memorable moments as a crochet designer?
“As a designer, you are always searching for something new that hasn’t been done. Almost exactly three years ago to the date I started a baby blanket mystery crochet-along. I was nervous since it was my first CAL and wasn’t sure if people would want to do a big project, however, after the first few days and the blanket started taking shape the feedback was so encouraging. We continued to work on pieces of the blanket and in the end there were close to 100 Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Blankets that were all so unique and unbelievably darling. That pattern is still one of my top sellers and I love how it teaches new crochet techniques and lets crocheters customize the blanket with other animals.”
Showcase: Crochet Designs by Christine Naugle
Interchangeable Wildlife Blankets
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About the pattern: “The Interchangeable Wildlife Blanket is a new collection of 5 blankets. Each blanket features a distinguished animal silhouette that is framed with eye-catching textured panels and corners. The panels are made with different cables or stitch variations that create a rich texture. The corners are squares with varying looks from more basic to detailed motifs. The fun part about this ebook is that you can interchange the pieces between all 5 blankets. Pick your favorite animal, then pair it with the textured panel piece you love the most and finish it off with a small corner square. Each blanket can be unique and personalized just for you.”
Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Set
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About the pattern: “The Sleep Tight Teddy Bear set is the design I talked about earlier. The blanket is made up using some fun stitches, there are many video tutorials to help out along the way including one that shows you how to sew on appliques so the back side of your crochet pieces still looks flawless. The set includes the blanket, a lovey (small blanket) and the stuffed teddy bear. You can purchase these patterns individually as well. Since the release of the set I have also designed a coordinating Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Hat and a Sleep Tight Pocket Pillow, these designs can also be found in my pattern shops.”
Vanessa’s Vintage Cloche and Scarf Set
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About the pattern: “The Vanessa’s Vintage Cloche & Scarf were designed when I was asked to make a chemo hat for a friend who loves vintage clothing. The design came out stunning and I had to make a coordinating scarf. The scarf is designed with a keyhole so it is less bulky and adds to its unique look.”
Follow Christine Online
Here’s where you can connect with Christine online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!
- Website/Blog: SweetPotato3.com
- Ravelry: Sweet Potato 3 Designer Portfolio
- Etsy: Sweet Potato 3
- Pinterest: My Sweet Potato 3
- Facebook: Sweet Potato 3 Patterns Page
- Instagram: @mysweetpotato3
- YouTube: Sweet Potato 3 Channel
- Newsletter: “Subscribe to Sweet Potato 3’s Newsletter to stay up to date on all things crochet. Don’t miss any new releases, sales or other crochet fun. When you sign up you will also receive the Twist Headband pattern for FREE.”
Thank you for joining us on the Crochet Memories NatCroMo Blog Tour today! We hope to see you again tomorrow!
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