Phyllis Serbes, Featured Crochet Designer

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 Phyllis Serbes

Please allow me to introduce our featured designer of the day, Phyllis Serbes of Many Creative Gifts. Phyllis designs all types of items, but recently she has been concentrating on baby items. You can find her patterns in her Ravelry store. Today Phyllis will share some of her crochet memories with us and we’ll showcase three of her crochet designs.

Phyllis’s Special for Our Readers

As a special treat for the NatCroMo Blog Tour, Phyllis is offering all 50% off all patterns in her Ravelry store. Go to Phyllis’ blog post to get the coupon code — and enjoy a one-time 50% off your total purchase through April 5th (11:59 PM EDT).

Phyllis’s Crochet Memories

Would you share with us one of your earliest memories of crochet?

I remember so vividly sitting in my aunt’s living room, crocheting clothes for my Barbie doll. I still have the turquoise blue with white trim filet crochet poncho we made her.

Would you share with us one of your memories of becoming a crochet designer?

Well, this memory is an example of how sometimes you need an objective eye to advise you! I had been making baby shower gifts for friends, which led to special orders (remember Etsy’s Alchemy?). And one day, my husband said “you’re never going to be able to make enough stuff for people, why don’t you write down what you’re doing so that others can make it too.” Well, duh.

Would you share with us one of your most memorable experiences as a crochet designer?

Oh, it definitely has to be when I submitted a project idea to Inside Crochet magazine on a whim, thinking I’d never hear from them, but they wanted to publish my pattern! In fact, I had a few patterns published, and it was such a compliment that, one Christmas, when the package with the sample in it to England got delayed, the editor herself crocheted my pattern for the photo shoot!

Showcase: Crochet Designs by Phyllis Serbes

Clownie the Crochet Clown Doll

Get the pattern: Clownie the Crocheted Clown Doll (on Ravelry)

About the pattern: My signature crochet item is Clownie, and if you want to follow his adventures, please join his Facebook group, ClownietheCrochetClownDoll, and watch for his appearances on my Instagram page. I hope to have some friends for him soon!

Spumoni Baby Sweater

Get the pattern: Spumoni Baby Sweater (on Ravelry)

About the pattern: Wrap your baby girl in this Italian-ice-cream-inspired sweater that’s easy to make from top down, all in one piece.

Flower Petals Baby Sweater

Get the pattern: Not yet available

About the pattern: This baby sweater is a custom order for a friend’s little girl, but I hope to write up the pattern soon. It’s actually a combination of a knitted raglan top portion with a crocheted skirt portion.

Follow Phyllis Online

Here’s where you can connect with Phyllis online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!

Many Creative Gifts

Above: Logo for Many Creative Gifts

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