You’ve arrived at the annual NatCroMo Blog Tour! What is that, you ask? It’s a virtual celebration of National Crochet Month with new blog content daily throughout March, including featured crochet designers, free patterns, discounts, giveaways, and more.
This year our theme is The Crochet Concert and we are celebrating music as creative inspiration. Each featured designer’s showcase will include an “Opening Act” (a quick or easy pattern); “Intermission” (the designer’s favorite crochet tools, yarn, or books); a “Showstopper” (an impressive or unique pattern); and “Designer’s Choice” (any pattern of the designer’s choice).
See all of this year’s tour here: NatCroMo Blog Tour 2021.
About Lorene Eppolite
Our featured designer of the day is Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet. Be sure to vsit her blog today to read her post celebrating National Crochet Month! You can find Lorene’s patterns in her Ravelry Designer Portfolio.
Lorene Eppolite is the designer behind Cre8tion Crochet. She has been designing since October 2012. She loves to create fun and easy crochet accessories and garments. Lorene strives to make her designs to be achievable for any skill level. Just because it is easy, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Lorene is also the COO of Furls Crochet, the worlds leading manufacturer of luxury crochet tools.
Lorene’s Special for Our Readers
To celebrate National Crochet Month, I will be sharing two of my favorite crochet patterns, both inspired by music. First up will be my Rolling in the Deep Infinity Scarf which can be styled in multiple ways. Next will be my Hump De Bump Beanie, available in two sizes. Free for a limited time: March 19-31, 2021, get them here: https://cre8tioncrochet.com/happy-national-crochet-month/
Lorene’s Creative Inspiration
Is music a source of inspiration for your crochet creativity? Or do you listen to music while you crochet? If so, tell us about it. If not, what is something else that helps fuel your creative inspiration?
Music has always been a source of inspiration for me. Whether it simply be a way for me to relax and calm my mind or to provide direct inspiration to create. Sometimes just the title of a song can inspire a design. Music has always been and will always be a large part of my creative process.
Can you recommend one or two songs/pieces of music you find inspirational?
The two songs that directly inspired the designs I am sharing with you to celebrate NatCroMo are the titles of my designs. “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele is a soulful, moody piece that inspired the fun chevron pattern. The ups and downs of Adele’s voice are mimicked in the stitch pattern and the colors I chose are opposites on the color wheel which further impact the deepness of the design.
The second pattern was inspired by my favorite band of all time, Red Hot Chili Peppers. I have been listening to, and loving, this band for over 30 years. Their music encompasses so many styles from funk to jazz to melodic to soul all the way through rap and rock. No matter the mood I am in, they always have a song that is perfect for me at the time. This particular hat was inspired by one of their more upbeat songs, “Hump De Bump.” This song translates into this design with it’s fun texture and bright color changes.
Designer Showcase: The Opening Act
Pattern name: Galactica Beanie
About the pattern: This Two-Toned Crochet features a knit look stitch for the main body with an accent of fun stripes in a raised st. This unisex crochet hat is designed for all and looks great on all genders.
Tell us about one (or more) of your favorite crochet-related items.
I love all crochet tools. I am also the COO of Furls Crochet which means I get to work with the best of the best in luxury crochet tools. My newest favorite tool is the Lucet Fork, which is an easy way to create beautiful i-cord. My current favorite hook is the Odyssey but the Streamline Swirls are a close second, the colors are just so much FUN!
Designer Showcase: The Showstopper
Pattern name: Brighter Days Crochet Lace Cardigan
Get the pattern: https://cre8tioncrochet.com/crochet-lace-cardigan-brighter-days/
About the pattern: Perfect for Spring and Summer, this bottom-up cardigan features an elegant teardrop stitch design that will keep you cool. The Brighter Days Crochet Lace Cardigan can be customized to your specific styling options in both color striping, length, and the big question… to fringe or not to fringe? You can’t go wrong with what you choose as you’ll have the perfect spring and summer garment.
The Brighter Days Crochet Lace Cardigan comes in sizes S-5x. Also available in children’s sizes 2-16 (size 16 is comparable to a women’s XS)..
Designer Showcase: Designer’s Choice
Pattern name: Balsam Alpine Cowl
Get the pattern: https://cre8tioncrochet.com/free-alpine-stitch-triangle-cowl/
About the pattern: The Balsam Alpine Cowl features soft peaks and valleys made using the textured Alpine Stitch. Its cowl neck adds a warm element to the design for comfort and style.
With it’s contrasting texture of raised stitches in the main body and edging, this textured triangle cowl is a striking accessory that will complement your wardrobe. The illusion of peaks and valleys made by the Alpine stitch give this cowl a distinct and fashionable design.
Lorene ♥ the crochet community
I love community, especially the crochet community. I do my best to be a good steward in this industry and to help all those who I can to also find their place in crochet. I’m honored to have helped many people create successful crochet businesses, whether it be as a designer, as a tech editor or as a virtual assistant, helping people find their place is always a priority for me.
Follow Lorene Online
Here’s where you can connect with Lorene online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!
- Blog: cre8tioncrochet.com
- Instagram: @cre8tioncrochet
- Facebook: @CrochetedCre8tions
- YouTube: youtube.com/user/cre8tioncrochet
- Pinterest: @crochetcre8tion
- Ravelry: Lorene Epolite / Cre8tion Crochet designer portfolio
- Newsletter: Subscribe to the Cre8tion Crochet free newsletter