Hi Crocheters! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with the Crochet Designer behind the blog Lulo Stitch Co.
Read on below to learn about Terri Ann Ward and her designs before scrolling to the end of this post for a selection of free crochet patterns available from Lulo Stitch Co.
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:
Lulo Stitch Co
Meet Terri Ann
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
Hello! I’m Terri Ann, the designer behind Lulo Stitch Co, where I design and share free crochet patterns with a modern appeal. I love minimalist design and clean lines. A lot of my designs feature simple or beginner-friendly stitches and neutral colors. I design everything from size-inclusive wearables to accessories and home accents. Aside from this, I am also a mother to two wonderful young children (who inspired the name Lulo Stitch Co) with my husband and I live in Toronto, Canada.
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
I learned to crochet and knit as a child from my mother and big sister. For a long time, I focused my fiber-arts energies toward macramé and then set it all aside when a whole separate career took off and kept me busy. Eventually, I started a family and had time at home again where I rediscovered my love of crochet and everything fell in to place! I love crochet for many reasons, most of all that I find it so meditative and peaceful. I find the reward of the finished product exhilarating because I made it! I love knitting as well, but my mind can wrap itself around crochet so much better and even now, I still learn new things every day. I have been designing since 2018 and have been sharing my free patterns since 2019.
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
The one main thing I always tell new crocheters is that you don’t need to be discouraged. There really are only a few stitches and everything else you see is just a variation or modification on those few stitches. That helps to put a new crocheter’s mind at ease because they can process the ideas in small bites and they quickly figure out that amazing things are attainable with this art form.
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
I love crocheting wearables, sweaters, dresses and tops. There are so many options with styles, cuts, yarn, colors and stitches. I adore making a good cozy blanket as well, but the love of the challenge means the garments and wearables are my favorite thing to crochet.
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
I am also very passionate about the environment and living an eco-friendly lifestyle. That is part of the reason I also enjoy crochet as an art form because I can choose sustainable yarns and indulge in ‘slow fashion’ instead of environmentally damaging ‘fast fashion’. A lot of my designs have practical use with organic materials and that’s how I can often mesh my passions together.
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
When I started designing, it was because I saw pictures of a few items I liked and wanted to make. I made them, with my own twists and tweaks and quickly realized that, if I just wrote it down, I could share it with others. Then my mind began reeling with ideas for what I wanted to make and how I would make it and I realized that this was a new path I could go down, to design and share and spend my days with yarn 🙂
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I have been designing since 2018 and publishing since 2019 on my blog lulostitchco.com
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
What drives me to create is my own swirling mind! Even as I close my eyes at night, I am envisioning items and projects and thinking of textures and methods. I can’t turn it off! So I release it all in to the world as patterns I share with you and then move on to the next nebulous idea swirling around in my head. I find so much inspiration around me, from what I see on others’ sites, to Pinterest and even in the items of clothing I see people wearing every day around me. Some of my best designs have been inspired by a girl in a sweater dress at a bus stop as I passed by. Inspiration is always with me, I just have to keep my eyes open and seize it.
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
I enjoy sweaters. Especially as a plus-sized woman, a nicely cut and fit sweater means everything. As such, I try to design more with plus-sized women in mind keep my patterns size-inclusive. A good cozy and well-tailored sweater is everything to me.
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
My tips for designing would be to write down everything as you go. Don’t rely on yourself to remember because something might slip your mind. Like myself, I’m sure most of you have multiple WIPs and keeping track of small details can help you when it comes time to write your pattern. As for blogging, my main tips are to write what you love, write what you know and pay attention to SEO.
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
I have another filet crochet project swirling in the mists of my mind that I would like to accomplish soon, it’s my main summer goal. There are so many beautiful options with filet crochet and so few patterns which are simple enough and beginner-friendly enough. I hope you all keep an eye open for it on my blog before summer’s end!
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
I love everything from Two of Wands, Whistle & Ivy, Evelyn & Peter, Lakeside Loops, Joy of Motion, Sincerely Pam, Hooked on Homemade, Two Brothers, Knot Yourself Out, Stephanie Erin, Make & Do Crew and of course, Oombawka Design!
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?
While most of my recent designs are in a particular brand of yarn to use up my enormous stash, I do prefer to work with chunky yarns in soft, natural fibres or blends and I gravitate most to neutral, earthy colors. One of my favorite yarns to work with recently is the Michael’s brand Loops & Threads, Charisma chunky yarn. I did a blanket with it and it’s soft and scrumptious, slides nicely on the hook and has nice drape to it.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
I would love it if you would all take a look at my blog and patterns at lulostitchco.com and hopefully you will find a project that speaks to you. If you do, don’t forget to share a finished pic on my Facebook (Lulo Stitch Co) or Instagram (@lulostitchco) and would be so thrilled if you would follow me on any and all platforms and sign up for the newsletter on my blog so you can be notified when I publish new patterns. Thanks all for your time and attention!
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Free Patterns from Lulo Stitch Co
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A chunky textured throw blanket perfect for a Sunday afternoon book and cappuccino session.Read More
A luxe textured cotton wash cloth perfect for exfoliation.Read More
An oversized cowl that can also be worn as a hoodie, complete with pom-pom drawstring.Read More
An adorable textured basket pattern that comes in 2 size options.Read More
A trendy retro-inspired sweater with 3/4 sleeves and a cinched waist.Read More
A gorgeous sweater dress featuring a deep ribbed hem, 3/4 sleeves and a boat neck style.Read More
A gorgeous striped bed runner with fringe that will help your bedroom oasis feel even more luxurious.Read More
A table set with a clean, elegant border.Read More
A roomy & cozy cowl turtleneck pullover with textured features.Read More
A baby blanket with a bobble heart motif that makes a great gift for any mamma-to-be.Read More