Hi Crochet Friends! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with the Crochet Designer behind the blog Knitter Knotter.
I hope you enjoy these Friday Features, the free patterns you see and the new Designers you get to meet.
Learn more about Arunima, her designs and her crochet business and explore her fabulous Tunisian crochet patterns below.
Be sure to check out her Vajra Infinity Scarf (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:
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
I am Arunima and I have been designing patterns for over 4 years now. Even though I love traditional crochet and I occasionally design patterns with it, I focus on Tunisian crochet patterns mainly.
I am originally from India but I live in Texas, USA. I am a software engineer by profession and I worked in the software industry for about 8 years before I decided to take a break and spend some time with my family (and crochet!).
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
My mom taught me the basics of crochet when I was in high school and I made a shawl as my first project – it was so large that it would qualify as a blanket I now realize 🙂 I didn’t crochet much after that until I started working and wanted to pick up a hobby. I taught myself how to read patterns from YouTube and one project led to another and here I am today. It has been about 10 years since I purchased my first pattern!
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
Break everything down into smaller problems and keep practicing! Every crochet pattern (easy or complex) is made up of individual stitches. If you are going to work on a new crochet project, figure out the stitches and techniques used in it and practice them in isolation before working on the final product. It helps you learn everything you need to know for the project and fix any issues you may have in advance. It is very tempting to jump right in but having a bit of practice avoids frustration and sets you up for success 🙂
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
I love working on large and intricate projects. I end up making a lot of shawls and blankets for this reason!
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
I am a software engineer and I enjoy programming (writing code) a lot. Aside from that, I love to try different crafts. I have tried my hand at tatting, embroidery – on cloth and paper, paper crafts such as paper cutting and quilling, pencil sketching, zentangling among others. I am always up for trying something new.
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
When I started crocheting regularly, I found myself making projects without following a pattern. When I had made a few things, I decided to try publishing patterns for those and that’s what led me to become a designer.
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I have been designing for a little over 4 years now. I publish my patterns on my blog, Etsy and Ravelry mainly.
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find instpiration for your designs?
I look for inspiration around me all the time. Since I started designing, I find myself looking for patterns in fabrics, I notice what other people are wearing, I am constantly thinking about things that I like and how they could be translated into a crochet project 🙂
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
Blankets and shawls are my favorite things to design.
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
There are a lot of things to figure out when you start designing and blogging and I could talk about this for hours!
But, here are my most valuable tips:
1. I strongly recommend figuring out a niche that you can design in (long term) which will help build a dedicated audience.
2. Don’t push learning about SEO for later.
I also want to point out that the crochet designer community is very welcoming so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions. I have never been disappointed no matter who I asked and how basic or complex my questions may have been.
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
I want to be able to make my crochet business my primary source of income and that’s the main goal aside from continuing to explore Tunisian crochet.
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
There are a lot of designers who I admire but a designer who stands out for me is Tatsiana from Lilla Bjorn Crochet – I love her creativity and her ability to combine different colors in her projects. Her patterns are written really well and she knows how to keep things simple even if her designs are complex.
I try to learn from her and focus on keeping my patterns simple. I offer photo and video tutorials to make my patterns as easy as possible to understand.
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 don’t have a favorite, I usually purchase yarn online – I try to get something new every time.
I do gravitate towards lighter weight yarn and I really like the Whirls offered by Scheepjes. I’ve used a lot of yarn from WeCrochet in the last couple of years and I like their Stroll Tweed yarn very much.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
Ravelry Shop: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/arunima-goel
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitterKnotterDesign
Along with some fantastic free crochet patterns, Arunima also has some stunning premium patterns available. One example is the Vajra Infinity Scarf (pictured immediately below). Gorgeous isn’t it?
Get your copy of the Vajra Infinity Scarf Pattern here.
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