Hi Crocheters! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with Christine Naugle from SweetPotato3Patterns.
Read on below to learn about Christine and her designs before scrolling to the end of this post for a fun selection of free and premium crochet patterns from SweetPotato3Patterns.
Christine shared a pattern with us too! You can check out her fun Vintage Flip Cap pattern right here for free:
The Vintage Flip Cap is a unique design that speaks volume! The short styled cap sits just above the ears with a long bill that flips upwards.
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Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
Hi, I am Christine, the owner and designer at Sweet Potato 3 Patterns. Not only am I a crochet enthusiast, but I am a Mom to 3 amazing kids, wife to a loving husband. We are a very outdoorsy family and spend our time white water rafting, downhill skiing, kayaking, sup, biking and playing with our dog.
I have been designing crochet patterns since 2012. My goal at Sweet Potato 3 is to create innovative crochet designs that teach new techniques and skills, improving your abilities to be confident in your finished projects.
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
My great grandmother taught me to crochet when I was in elementary school (I really don’t want to do that math-LOL). I loved working beside her on projects, our biggest project was when we made match blankets when I was in 7th grade.
I kind of quit crocheting while in high school and college, but quickly picked it back up when my sisters started having babies. There is something so special about giving a handmade keepsake and I knew crochet was how I could do that. I picked it up and couldn’t put it down. A few years later, I started designing and haven’t looked back.
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
If your learning to crochet, find some people who you can turn to for questions and help. It is exciting to learn something new but if you get stuck on something it is easy to just give up. So find a fun support group, if you can’t find anything local, find a group on social media.
I would love to personally invite you to join my crochet group on Facebook. It is a lovely group of people who are passionate about crochet and they are a great resource for helping solve crochet related questions, share inspirations, works in progress and just have a lot of fun. Come join my SP3 Crochet & Conversation group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SP3CrochetConversation
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
Looking back over the years since I began designing my own crochet patterns there have definitely been different types of designs. I started off doing mostly newborn photography props. As the years went on, I started to focus more on hats, scarves, wraps and cowls. I then branches out into blankets for babies and for the home.
Honestly, I really enjoy doing a little of everything. It is fun to mix in small projects between the bigger projects. I enjoy the variety and think most of you do as well.
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
That is a tough one, I feel like my life intertwines a lot. I love volunteering and doing charity work. In fact, I meet my husband while volunteering with the youth at our church. I used to help out in the schools a ton when my children where younger as well. Most recently, I have had a chance to organize an amazing charity event that I actually get to combine my love of crochet with.
About 7 years ago, my Uncle passed away from Cancer. This was such devastating news for everyone who ever met him. A week later I had organized a Crochet Cancer Challenge, I gave away free hat patterns to anyone who was willing to make a hat from the pattern to donate to a cancer patient. I host this event every October and last year had over 50,000 hats donated. You can find more information about the challenge here: https://sweetpotato3.com/crochet-cancer-challenge/
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
When I started crocheting I tried following many different patterns and found many of them confusing. So, I just started writing my own. I was selling finished items in my Etsy shop and had so many people contact me asking where I found my pattern. I saw this as a sign that I had a unique style that people liked.
I released my first pattern and sold so many that in less than 6 months I switched my Etsy shop from completed items to only crochet patterns. I also found that designing is my true passion.
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I have been designing crochet patterns since 2012. I have some designs for free on my blog, as well as, premium patterns in shops on Etsy, Ravelry, Love Craft and Ribblr. I also have a few published books with Annie’s and Leisure Arts.
You can find Christine’s shops below:
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I find inspiration at the most random times. It is funny what can inspire you, usually just a walk into town and I’ll see something that catches my attention. It can be anything from a color combination, texture or an actual item to design.
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
Most recently, I think I would have to say blankets. I love trying to come up with something unique from what is already out there.
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
Just do it, jump in and commit to a lot of hard work up front. It can be tough sometimes but if you truly have a passion for it, you will be so happy you did it. Give it some time and don’t expect overnight success. Be true to yourself, show who you really are and people will respect and enjoy that!
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
My goal has always been to have time for my family and have something that is just for me. This job allows me to be there for my family at anytime. It also allows me to do what I love, to work at the pace I want and meet amazing people. I guess my goal is for that all to stay the same, and if it does, then I am one lucky lady.
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
There are so many that I have admired and looked up to. The first ones that pop into my mind are: Sincerely Pam, Marly Bird, Briana K, Bliss This, Sek Handmade.
I think I look up to them not only because they have such amazing crochet designs, but because they are such welcoming, kind and friendly people.
Question: Do you have a favorite yarn you like to use when you are crocheting? What colors and fibers do you gravitate toward when choosing your yarn?
I mentioned earlier that I love designing a variety of items. Well, the same holds true for yarn, the more variety the better. I do tend to use colors found in nature, more muted and neutral colors in my designs.
Beautiful Crochet Designs from SweetPotato3Patterns
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Worsted Weight Yarn, Crochet Hook Size I (5.50 mm) & Crochet Hook Size H (5.00 mm)
Yarn Needle/Scissors/Measuring Tape
These 5 blanket designs are unique because they are interchangeable. Pick one of the animal silhouettes and crochet that from a graph, then select the textured side panels-this is tricky because they are all full of a rich texture. Lastly, pick one of the 5 corner squares to make your blanket one of a kind. These are truly a masterpiece and you will want to keep it for yourself.Read More
Materials: The pattern is designed so you can customize it to the size you want. Any weight of yarn and use the hook size recommended for that yarn.
The Woven Basket is a fun and useful crochet project. Not only is this a free pattern, but it includes a photo and video tutorial to walk you through the steps. Customize your basket to the size you want and use up any yarn you have on hand, this is a great stash buster crochet pattern.Read More
425 yards of Worsted Weight Yarn, Crochet Hook Size I (5.50 mm)
Button 1 1/2", Scissors / Yarn Needle / Measuring Tape
The Winter Wishes Scarf was my #1 selling pattern in 2020. The scarf has a rich texture in it's stitches, but the best part is that you only have to crochet half the scarf because it wraps around your neck and is secured with a button/keyhole. The scarf works up fast and is gorgeous in solid or self striping yarns.Read More
All pieces are made with Worsted Weight Yarn
Hook and other materials vary depending on piece you are making (see my blog link for more specifics)
This design doesn't need much of a description because just looking at it, you can see how darling it is! The sleepy bears all tucked in for the night with a unique blanket crochet texture. This set comes with the baby blanket, a lovey size blanket and the stuffed teddy bear (all designs can also be found individually). There is a video tutorial available to walk you through the unique textures of the blanket as well as one that shows you how to invisibly sew on teddy bear appliques.Read More
Finer Worsted Weight Yarn, Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm) & Crochet Hook K (6.50 mm),
Scissors / Yarn Needle / Measuring Tape
Everyone can use a cute handbag/clutch and this design is the ideal size for a quick run to the store, a stroll download or an evening out. The stitches were carefully chosen to make this clutch sturdy (your not going to get holes from stretching in it), the simple yet elegant triangle closure make it cute and flirty! A fun accessory you will love.Read More
DK Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook Size I (5.50 mm)
Scissors/Yarn Needle/Measuring Tape
Everyone loves a touch of Vintage Charm and that was my hope when I designed the Vanessa'a Scarf and Cloche. Each piece features a beautiful texture in the main body of the hat and the scarf that keeps you warm, then they are adorned with a beautiful and bold scallop accent to add that vintage touch.Read More
Worsted Weight Yarn, Crochet Hook Size I (5.50 mm) & Crochet Hook Size K (6.50 mm), Scissors / Yarn Needle / Tape Measure
These are for all you music lovers out there. The modern twist on traditional instruments make these blankets show stoppers. The contrast of the split silhouettes is striking. Are you hoping for something other than the piano, violin or guitar-wait no longer! I just released a new expansion pack that includes 10 more instrument designs, find them all here: https://sweetpotato3.com/music-to-my-soul-expansion-pack-crochet-pattern/Read More
This tutorial allows you to customize the yarn/hook/size/etc. So be creative and have fun.
The popular twist headband/ear warmers are so easy to make (even though they look tricky). Follow my tutorial on how to customize any stitch into a twist headband. Also, included is a free tutorial on how to make the sample shown using the mini bean stitch.Read More
Worsted Weight Yarn, Crochet Hook Size K (6.50 mm),
Stitch Markers (4), Scissors / Yarn Needle / Measuring Tape
A warm and cozy cowl make in a classic hounds tooth pattern. But, that's not all, this cowl features a hidden pocket. Just slip those chilly fingers in to warm them up, the hidden pocket cowls are not just stylish, but useful too!Read More
Finer Worsted Weight Yarn, Crochet Hook Size H (5.00 mm) & Crochet Hook Size J (6.00 mm), Scissors / Yarn Needle / Measuring Tape
This is a little older design but one of my favorites. The Beer Thirty Mitten Cozy is the design and make and give the most. One mitten is a traditional mitten, but the other one has a built in cozy! This is perfect for tailgating or early morning soccer/baseball or evening football games. I know you know someone who would love this (beside yourself anyway 😉 )Read More