Hi Crocheters! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with the Crochet Artist and Designer behind the blog Blue Star Crochet.
Read on below to learn about Veronika Cromwell and her designs before scrolling to the end of this post for a selection of free crochet patterns available from Blue Star Crochet.
Be sure to check out her Adelaide Lace Sweater (premium pattern) design too, it is also listed below, just before our free pattern roundup and it is stunning!
This post includes just a small sampling of all the wonderful patterns, tutorials and projects she has available for you online. Be sure to check out her social media channels for even more goodies!
Crochet Designer Feature:
Blue Star Crochet
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
I am Veronika, crochet designer and blogger behind Blue Star Crochet. I have started designing in 2016 for UK crochet magazines and yarn companies. In 2020 I started my own blog https://bluestarcrochet.com where I share lots of free crochet patterns, tutorials and pattern collections.
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
I was taught to crochet by my mum when I was a young girl. I was a kid in era with no phones and tablets so mum used crafts to occupy my mind and hands. I have fallen in love with crochet at a very young age and have been “hooked” since.
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
Enjoy the process of learning and do not compare your beginning with someone else’s peak! We have all started with a wonky granny square that have spiralled out of control.
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
I love crocheting modern and wearable garments and accessories for women and for the rest of the family too.
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
I have recently bought a sewing machine and made a couple of projects. I love how quickly you can make an item from start to finish! Plus the fabric stash will look fabulous right next to the heaps of yarn!
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
I was always a rebel and have never followed a pattern down to the last instruction. I have always enjoyed tweaking and adjusting, exploring new techniques and experimenting with different ways to achieve the shape I wanted to make. When I was expecting my first son, the lack of cool boys’ clothes in shops has led me to turn to my trusted yarn and hook and make a few items for him. My first ever design – Tunisian Crochet raglan cardigan – was published in UK magazine! That has given me the taste for designing and writing patterns and I have not looked back since!
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I started officially in December 2016, you can see all my designs in my Ravelry shop https://www.ravelry.com/designers/veronika-cromwell. I share free crochet patterns on my blog too https://bluestarcrochet.com.
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I love experimenting with different stitches, constructions and techniques and that alone drives me to create something new and share the pattern with others. I get inspired by latest fashion trends that I try to combine with classic modern look to create a timeless staple pieces that can live in your wardrobe forever.
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
I love designing women’s crochet garments, especially sweaters and cardigans.
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
Do it! If you are still only thinking about it, do not wait any longer! You do not have to be perfect, it is a journey and your audience will enjoy the journey with you!
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
I would love to publish a physical book one day. Something to proudly display on the top shelf!
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
I love designs from Make And Do Crew, Sewrella, TL Yarn Crafts, Megmade With Love to name a few. They elevate crochet to another level and make it super modern and cool to be a (crochet) “hooker”
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 love experimenting with different fibres and textures. I gravitate towards thinner yarns like fingering or sports weight yarns. I love using muted grown up colours and find myself happiest when I am using mustard, vintage pink, grey or blue.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
I would be over the moon if you would like to share my crochet journey with me, the best way to keep up with what I am up to is via my newsletter https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5fa1d2fe2a5607446aea4c09. However, do not hesitate to connect with me via the social media platforms too:
Along with some fantastic free crochet patterns, Veronika also has some stunning premium patterns available. One example is the Adelaide Lace Sweater (pictured immediately below).
The Adelaide Lace Sweater is a simple yet very effective design creating an interesting neckline. It is seamlessly worked in round so it doesn’t require any sewing. Buy this premium pattern here.
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Beautiful spring inspired crochet sweater with lace front panel. The sleeves are 3/4 length. Super lightweight and comfortable sweater to wear in the warmer months.Read More
Easy crochet raglan style sweater crochet pattern for kids. It has been designed in four sizes 6, 12, 18, 24 months.Read More
Beautiful Montana Winter Crochet Sweater Pattern features the larksfoot crochet stitch on the rectangle yoke. The sweater is worked top down starting at the neckline.Read More
Beautiful rectangle crochet shawl perfect for autumn as an essential accessory.Read More
Beautifully light and airy lacy crochet cardigan that is perfect for spring/summer season. The cardigan uses a lovely yet beginner friendly lacy crochet stitch.Read More
What is a coatigan you ask? It is a crochet coat and cardigan hybrid! It has the warmth of a coat but the lightness of a crochet cardigan! It is the perfect transitional piece for the weather in between the seasons!Read More
Emsam pullover is a Tunisian crochet pullover design using the Tunisian knit stitch. The pullover is finished off with a ribbing using standard crochet. It has been designed as a size inclusive design ranging from XS through to 5XL size.Read More
The Peafowl Feathers shawl has a slightly different construction starting with creating a triangle motif working around all 3 sides of the triangle. The border is then added to 2 sides of triangle to increase the width.Read More
The Sideways Crochet Jumper is a lovely fitting jumper designed in sizes from XS through to 5XL (chest circumference from 76cm to 158cm). It has been designed to an actual body measurement as the way it is worked and the stitch used create a stretchy fabric that contours the body.Read More