Hi Crocheters! Meet Lauren Brown from Daisy Cottage Designs.
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!
Read on below to learn about Lauren and her designs before scrolling to the end of this post for a selection of free crochet patterns from Daisy Cottage Designs.
Crochet Designer Feature:
Daisy Cottage Designs
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
My name is Lauren Brown. I’m the girl behind the Daisy Cottage Designs blog and Etsy shop. I’ve been married to my best friend, David, for almost 16 years now and we have 3 daughters. My oldest two daughters (12 and 10) are beginning to learn how to crochet and that’s really exciting for me!
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
When my oldest daughter was born, my mother-in-law gave her the most beautiful crocheted blanket. My daughter fell in love with it, and I was determined that I would learn to crochet. With a whole lot of trial and error, lots of hours on YouTube, and a little bit of help from my mother-in-law, I made a hat for my daughter a few months later. It’s so hard to believe that was over 12 years ago.
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
I think it’s really important to find a way to hold your hook and yarn that’s comfortable to you! When I was first getting started, I got hung up trying to hold my hook and yarn the “proper” way and it just wasn’t clicking for me. When I finally decided to go with what was comfortable for me, I really started to take off!
That and crochet bloggers are usually really friendly people! Reach out on Instagram, YouTube, or via email for help if you’re working on one of their patterns and you’re stuck. Chances are they will have some really helpful tips.
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
There are so many aspects that I absolutely love. I love the planning stage – creating beautiful color palettes brings me so much joy! I also love the repetitive, calming nature of making a crocheted blanket. If I’m tired, stressed, or worried, I find it therapeutic to sit with whatever project is on my hook.
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
My husband is the youth pastor at our church, and I love being involved in that ministry. Teenagers are at such a pivotal point in their lives and I love being able to help them through those (sometimes) turbulent times and see them blossom into adulthood.
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
I started designing soon after I started crocheting. Back then, I wasn’t great at reading patterns and I found the way some patterns were written very frustrating. I wanted to write patterns that were easy for beginners to understand. I also really wanted to create adorable blankets and hats for my little girls.
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I started designing about 11 years ago. My patterns are published on my blog, Daisy Cottage Designs; and I also sell the ad-free PDF files on Etsy and Ravelry for those who prefer print-friendly patterns.
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Typically my inspiration for a project comes from a desire to use a beautiful color palette that I’ve put together – I have so many color combinations just waiting to be turned into beautiful projects. I also really love to create items with great texture that are still quick to make.
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
I love seeing the way that people use my patterns. Whether people are using the pattern exactly as it’s written or changing things up with colors or borders, it makes me so happy to see others enjoying Daisy Cottage Designs patterns!
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
Write everything down as you go. If you think, “I’ll remember what I did here,” you probably won’t. It’s so much easier to write things down as you go rather than trying to have to figure out what you did at the end of a project. Even if you think, I’ll probably never start a crochet pattern blog or shop, just write it down anyway!
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
I have so many goals. I’d love to write a crochet book one day. It’s a busy season of life, though, so I don’t know when that will happen.
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
I love Daisy Farm Crafts – I think it’s so neat how Tiffany and her daughter work together. As a mom of three, it would be a dream come true to have at least one of my daughters decide to work along side me.
I also really enjoy following young designers/crocheters like @hannahdaisycrochet on Instagram. It’s so fun to see them get off to such a great start at a young age. Hannah’s crochet projects are so bright and cheerful – they put a smile on my face whenever they show up in my feed.
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?
Whatever the opposite of a yarn snob is, I think that might be me. While I do make the occasional yarn splurge, I tend to use budget-friendly yarns that are easy for my followers to get their hands on. I use a lot of Paintbox Simply Aran and other readily available acrylic yarns because they come in so many shades.
While I do use the occasional neutral palette, I tend towards bright colors. Most of my projects also include some shade of turquoise because it’s my absolute favorite color.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
Blog – daisycottagedesigns.net
Instagram – instagram.com/daisycottagedesigns
Facebook – Facebook.com/daisycottagedesigns
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Free Patterns from Daisy Cottage Designs
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Hydrangea Blossom Baby Blanket
This beautiful baby blanket was inspired by my favorite flowers. This blanket works up quickly and the stitch looks more difficult than it is!
The Zig Zag Blanket
This beautiful blanket is a fun pattern written in 7 different sizes. While it might look like a traditional ripple blanket, it’s actually worked using the herringbone double crochet stitch. Make a baby blanket or a beautiful throw for the back of your own couch.
The Cottage Comfort Dishcloth/Washcloth
This crocheted cloth pattern has quickly become a fan-favorite. It works up quickly and makes a great hostess gift. Make from a 100% cotton or cotton blend yarn
Easy Crochet Scrunchies
Crochet scrunchies are a fun way to dress up your favorite casual updo. Like almost all of my patterns, this free scrunchie pattern includes a video tutorial.
The Cobblestone Pathways Throw
So far, this is my most popular pattern of the year. The combination of stitches paired with the neutral color palette creates a blanket that is an instant classic.
Easy Baby Washcloth
Sometimes the simplest stitches are the most stunning. This little washcloth (written in two sizes), is a super simple stitch but the texture is absolutely gorgeous!
Dainty Daisy Granny Square
This granny square with the flower center can be used in so many ways. Coasters. Blankets. Purses. Buntings. The possibilities are basically endless.
The Cozy Pom Pom Beanie
This adorable hat isn’t worked like a traditional beanie. If you’ve struggled with hats, this is the perfect pattern for you. Also, it’s 100% adjustable so you can make it in any size!
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