Get your cup of coffee, and sit in a comfy spot, Crafter. It's time to meet my designer friend, Nicole from Tunisian Crochet Chick!
We are going to sit here, and chat all about crochet. I will ask the questions, and Nicole will tell us all about things crochet. I can't think of a better way to spend my morning!
Nicole: I can't think of a better way to spend my morning, either, so let's talk about crochet until the coffee runs out!!
Ashley: Great idea! I'm curious, what is the first project you ever made, Nicole?
Nicole: My very first project was a Christmas garland when I was 5 years old.
Ashley: What is your all time favorite crochet hook?
Nicole: My absolute favorite, always have it in my purse hook is 6.0mm – Tunisian or regular.
Ashley: What is your favorite yarn?
Nicole: Currently I have two favorite yarns: Alafoss Lopi and Red Heart Unforgettable
Ashley: I'm dying to know why you started crocheting?
Nicole: I started to crochet seriously ten years ago because the winters here in Manitoba are long and cold. It gave me a way to pass the time when I didn't know many people. It was a great ice breaker so I continue to crochet in public. I realized while I was doing it that I was making changes to all the patterns I was using, so I started making my own designs.
Ashley: Where is your favorite place to crochet?
Nicole: If not at home, then I love to curl up on the couch at my local coffee shop, but really, anywhere is my favorite place to crochet.
Ashley: What is your most favorite project you ever made?
Nicole: My favorite project has to be the Ravenshawl that I made for a Ravelry group challenge, The Harry Potter Knit Crochet House Cup. It's done in crocodile stitch with a smokey self-striping yarn, and was embellished with feathers and metal rings. Definitely my favorite piece!!!
Ashley: I'm always curious of this. What is your favorite crochet stitch?
Nicole: Right now my favorite stitch pattern is the Tunisian honeycomb stitch. I am using it in so many things!!
Ashley: What would be your crochet, dream come true?
Nicole: My crochet dream come true would be to get a book of Tunisian crochet patterns published.
Ashley: When did you know crochet was a passion of yours?
Nicole: I knew I needed to pursue this both creatively and professionally when I was getting in trouble at work because I was sneaking crochet every chance I got. That was about 9 years ago.
Ashley: What crochet designer do you admire most?
Nicole: I love Kim Guzman for making Tunisian crochet available to everyone. Her designs are straightforward and she's very approachable. I get a lot of questions from newcomers and so I recommend her online resources to those who are absolute beginners.
Ashley: Do you have any advice for crocheters?
Nicole: Keep on hooking!!! Seriously, our brains are geared to learn. Keep learning new stitches, new techniques – don't shy away from something because it looks intimidating. If you don't get it right away, put it down for a day or two and come back to it.
Ashley: Where can you be found, Nicole?
Nicole: You can find me at Tunisian Crochet Chick!
Ashley: I think the coffee ran out! Alright, you can learn more about Nicole, here.
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It was great to have you here, Nicole! I can't wait to see what other designs you come up with! Make sure to check out Nicole's Hého-Voyageur Inspired Slouchy Beanie for The 12 Months Of Slouchy Hats here on Cream Of The Crop Crochet™.
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Diane Bowton says
I love the mini top hat !! I was trying to make a snowman over a coffee creamer bottle ( it just looked like it should be one ) but I had not figured out a hat . Found your pattern , it is perfect . Thanks for posting it! I will browse your patterns, I’m still a bit nervous about making anything bigger than baby size sweaters. My grandmother taught me how to crochet and knit. I have not done knitting since childhood and the sweater I made myself the turtle neck was too tight and the cable sweater for my boyfriend was huge neck line and big sleeves. But I Love Crocheting!