NatCroMo 2016, March 21: Dedri Uys

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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour


Welcome to Crochetville’s fourth annual National Crochet Month (NatCroMo) blog tour, taking place each day of March 2016. Join us as we take a virtual tour on our passenger steam train, The Crochet Express, visiting crochet designers, crochet-friendly local yarn stores, and yarn companies, and offer some fun giveaways.

Today’s Posts: Amanda Saladin | Dedri Uys | Kinga Erdem | Daily Giveaway

Want to Chat about the Tour?

Part of the fun of taking a passenger steam train trip is talking with your fellow passengers. This year, we’re providing two locations where our passengers can get to know each other. We’d love to hear about your favorite things you’ve discovered on the tour and see photos of your current crochet projects. You’re invited to join us daily for virtual cocktails/appetizers and dinner. (We’ll be sharing links to some fabulous recipes!)

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Dedri Uys, Lookatwhatimade

Dedri Uys | Crochet Designer

Crochetville is very proud to have designer Dedri Uys with us today as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).


About Dedri:

Hi.  My name is Dedri and I am passionate about crochet.  I live in England surrounded by a troop of males (my husband, 3 sons, and 1 crazy cat called Kettle).  I was born and raised in South Africa, in a tiny town called Calitzdorp, and I learned to crochet from my paternal grandmother.  I am probably best known for being the designer behind Sophie’s Universe.

Tell us about your favorite travel destination.

South Africa.  More specifically, the Western Cape in South Africa.  When we walk out of the airport and the sun hits us…when we drive to my husband’s parents’ house in Piketberg and see the farm come into view…when we visit my ‘Ouma’ on the family farm in the heart of the Little Karoo…when we see the first glimpse of the sea driving into Jeffrey’s Bay…nothing on earth can beat those moments!

Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.

This is a tough one.  I asked my husband and he said Japan or India.  I would like to drive around America for a year.

Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?

My crochet accessories always take the longest to plan.  I make sure that I have one or two WIP’s (each in an individual organza bag, so that I can see what is inside), and a full complement of hooks (in a hook roll).  I always pack 2 or 3 extra skeins in a different weight to the ones I am using for my WIP’s (usually cotton in contrasting colours) and a note-book, because you never know when a new destination might inspire a new design.  And my camera!  I make sure to pack a good-sized project bag (folded and empty), so that I can unpack my WIP’s into it the moment we arrive.

Tell us about any crochet projects you take with you when traveling: How many projects do you take? How do you decide which ones to take?

Travel destinations make the most amazing and exotic backdrops for photos, so if you like sharing pretty photos of your crochet projects, consider taking one or two small (and usable) projects with you on the trip so that you can photograph them in unusual and unique settings.  My favourite crochet photos are the ones I took on our trip to South Africa 2 years ago when I was working on the Block a Week CAL I was hosting.


Visit Dedri’s Site: NatCroMo Specials

To celebrate National Crochet Month, I will be sharing a voucher that entitles readers to their choice of one free pattern from my Ravelry Store. Visit Dedri’s site to get your voucher!


A Few of Dedri’s Designs:

Sophie's Universe | Dedri Uys

Sophie’s Universe, FREE

Sophie’s Universe is written as a step-by-step crochet-along with plenty of photos and hints.  It was specifically designed to give adventurous beginners the self-confidence they need to tackle other, more complicated, designs. It is a continuous square blanket with lots of floral detail.


Amish Puzzle Ball | Dedri Uys

Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball, FREE

This crochet Amish puzzle ball comes apart into three segments (or rings) that have to be assembled to form the ball.  The chunky design makes it perfect for little hands and inquisitive minds.

Monday Blues Shawl | Dedri Uys

Monday Blues Shawl, FREE

This pattern repeat used in this shawl is relaxing without being boring.  If you are in need of a calming, satisfying pattern, this is the perfect pattern for you.


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2 thoughts on “NatCroMo 2016, March 21: Dedri Uys”

  1. Dedri, I am so glad I saw this today!! Your work is so beautiful and inspiring!! Certainly signed up for your newsletter and to follow you!!! Thank you!


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