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.
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About Pamela Stark
Our featured designer of the day is Pamela Stark of Sincerely Pam. You can find Pamela’s patterns on her website sincerelypam.com or in her Ravelry designer portfolio or her Etsy shop.
I’m an almost-40-year-old, baseball-lovin’, coffee-chuggin’, home renovation addict. I was born and raised in a mining town in beautiful Northern Ontario, Canada. After moving away for over 13 years, my husband and I packed up the kids and moved back to our hometown in 2019. Best decision ever. My crochet journey began in 2012 when I was looking for something to do while my newborn son napped. I can honestly say that I had NO idea what was in store for me when I first put hook to yarn. What began as a simple hobby has blossomed into passion for all things fiber. I am self-taught, and still learning new tips and techniques every day. I love sharing my designs, helpful tutorials, and products I can’t live without.
Pamela’s Special for Our Readers
Get 60% off all Pamela’s patterns in her Ravelry and Etsy shops using coupon code NATCROMO, offer good March 22-27, 2021.
- Ravelry: Apply the coupon code NATCROMO in your Ravelry cart before checking out: Sincerely Pam Ravelry store
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Pamela’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?
I don’t think that music directly inspires my crochet creativity in that I crochet while listening to music, however, I do listen to it while I am driving, and that seems to be when I get most of my ideas!
Can you recommend one or two songs/pieces of music you find inspirational?
I mostly listen to whatever is on the radio. So a lot of Top 40 kind of music, or whatever my kids ask me to play on Spotify for them.
Design Showcase: The Opening Act
Pattern name: Contessa Cropped Pullover
Get the pattern: https://www.sincerelypam.com/contessa-cropped-pullover-crochet-pattern/
About the pattern: The Contessa Cropped Pullover was inspired by the yarn. This easy-to-construct design features two panels that are seamed together with cuffs crocheted directly onto the garment.
By combining bands of dc stitches, between rows of double picot stitches, there is enough variation to keep a crocheter interested, but is simple enough that a beginner to garments will find this a fun introduction to making clothes.
Pattern instructions are written for women’s sizes XS-6X, with an oversized ease, and includes info on how to lengthen for a longer top.
Tell us about one (or more) of your favorite crochet-related items.
I think it’s safe to say that my Furls hooks would have to be my favorite. I love them so much that I jumped at an opportunity to join their team last summer! I have suffered with carpal tunnel for the past 5 years, and using the ergonomic hooks has really brought my wrist a lot of relief. It also doesn’t hurt that Furls hooks are just so pretty to look at!
Design Showcase: The Showstopper
Pattern name: Daphne Cocoon Cardigan
Get the pattern: https://www.sincerelypam.com/daphne-cocoon-cardigan-crochet-pattern/
About the pattern: The Daphne Cocoon Cardigan Crochet Pattern is a lightweight summer design using fingering weight yarn. This cardigan features a filet crochet type body with a simple picot edging, and is written for ladies XS-5X.
Design Showcase: Designer’s Choice
Pattern name: Addy Lace Cardigan
Get the pattern: https://www.sincerelypam.com/addy-lace-cardigan-crochet-pattern-ladies-sizes-xs-5x/
About the pattern: The Addy Cardigan is a beautifully textured design featuring a simple lace body and contrasting bottom band and cuffs. The simple ribbed button band allows the cardigan to be worn open or buttoned up. Perfect for layering over tanks or sleeveless tops in the warmer months. Written in ladies sizes XS-5X.
Follow Pamela Online
Here’s where you can connect with Pamela online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!
- Website/Blog: sincerelypam.com
- Instagram: @bysincerelypam
- Facebook: @SincerelyPam
- YouTube: Sincerely Pam YouTube channel
- Pinterest: @bysincerelypam
- Etsy: By Sincerely Pam Etsy shop
- Ravelry: Sincerely Pam Ravelry designer portfolio
- Newsletter: Subscribe to Sincerely Pam free newsletter