Hi Crocheters! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with the Crochet Designer behind the blog Made with a Twist.
Read on below to learn about Pam Grice and her designs before scrolling to the end of this post for a selection of free crochet patterns available from Made with a Twist.
Be sure to check out her Chelsea Earflap Hat (premium pattern) design too! It is listed below just before our free pattern roundup and it is really pretty (and a top craft show seller).
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:
Made with at Twist
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
Hi, I’m Pam from Made with a Twist designs and Crochetpreneur®. I’m a crochet designer and business coach as well as a psychotherapist and intrepid homesteader. My husband, Kevin, and I live in the mountains of Colorado where we’re building our dream home and operating our own yarn factory (aka raising sheep). We have four grandkids and are building this farm as a playground, school yard, and legacy for them.
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
I’ve been crocheting since the age of 10 which is almost 50 years now! I learned at the feet of my mom and grandmother but was too stubborn to let them teach me. Instead, I grabbed some Leisure Arts booklets for crochet stuffies and learned by looking at the pictures of how to make the stitches. From that point on, I’ve just loved the art of crochet and always have a skein of yarn and hook close by.
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
Give yourself some grace. It takes time to learn a new skill and even longer to perfect it. Remember to always count your stiches – this will help you tremendously and save you from ripping out all those beginner triangles that were meant to be squares. And don’t be afraid to rip things out (which we call ‘frogging’) and try again. This is how you learn…and from there, the sky is the limit!
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
I love quick projects. I just don’t have the attention span for working on project that take days or weeks to finish. So, hats, scraves, and home decor are kind of my thing.
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
I love all forms of creativity and love learning new things. Other activities that I love are reading, genealogy, travel/camping, and cooking.
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
When I first started my crochet business, I was a product seller but I quickly learned that the profit margin from selling products and the work that goes into creating vast amounts of inventory and/or working on made-to-order projects just wasn’t my thing. So, I gave designing a go. I love being able to create fresh takes on existing products and the almost-passive income makes designing a better fit for my busy lifestyle.
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I’ve been designing since 2014 and publish on both Etsy (https://madewithatwist.etsy.com) and Ravelry (https://ravelry.com/designers/pam-grice). I also share lots of free patterns and premium pattern intros on my blog at https://madewithatwist.com.
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I think like most designers, I just have a natural inclination to create. There are always ideas running around in my head just begging to find their way to the hook and keyboard. My inspiration comes from my customers. I just love creating patterns that will help crochet product sellers to make sales and profits. So, naturally, my designs are typically quick and easy to produce…and reproduce…in order to create inventory that customers will love and that will bring in a great profit margin. Of course, they’re great for non-sellers, too!
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
I love designing quick, super chunky fashion accessories. In particular, I love making hats – coming up with new designs and design features, like earflaps, bun hats, hoods, etc. is really fun for me.
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
If you want to become a designer it’s important that you understand the basics of pattern writing…designing is so much more that simply creating the finished piece. Now that most designers are selling online, you’re not just a designer but a copy writer, a photographer, an editor, a marketer, and a blogger. Blogging can feel like such a big task but there are sites like Squarespace and Shopify that make it easy to both start a blog and host your own shop. Just take it one step at a time…don’t let overwhelm scare you away from learning and taking those first steps and (shameless plug) I’d love to help you with all the free resources I have for crochet business owners over at my Crochetpreneur blog (https://crochetpreneur.com), YouTube channel (https://youtube.com/madewithatwist?sub_confirmation=1), and free Facebook group for crochet business owners, Crochet Business Chat (https://facebook.com/groups/crochetpreneurs).
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
My future goals include less designing (sadly) and more helping crochet business owners and others to become as profitable as they want to be. Entrepreneurship is a means to both financial and personal freedom as well as impact and my passion is to help women to create a life they love by harnessing the power of entrepreneurship as a means of fulfilling purpose. So, in the near future, I’ll be spreading my wings from crochet business coach to business mentor to a wider range of female founders and CEOs. In this way, I’ll be able to expand my own impact while helping others do the same. You can learn more about that at Pamela Grice Coaching (https://pamelagrice.com).
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
Oh my gosh, there are so many that it’s hard to name just a few. Mostly, I am in awe of makers who do the kinds of things I would never do because they’re so time consuming and intricate. In particular, I love the garment designs from Michelle at Two Brothers Blankets and Thomas at Gregory Stitch, that amigurumi designs from Kati at Hooked by Kati, and the gorgeous blanket squares from Justine at Polly Plum/Every Trick on the Hook…and so many others!
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?
In the past, most of my projects were made with Lion Brand Hometown USA or Wool-Ease Thick and Quick since they work up so quickly and my customers love how soft they are. Now that I’m doing more for-fun crochet, I’m gravitating toward 100% cotton – when you live on a farm you need hearty, versatile, and strong fibers that last and cotton has been the way to go for my aprons, market bags, and storage baskets. Then, once my sheep are sheered and their wool is spun, I’m sure that will be my favorite. I’m just so excited about being able to take their wool from the field to the closet and to share it with my crocheting friends, as well.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
You can find Crochetpreneur on
and my blog (https://crochetpreneur.com).
Along with some wonderful free crochet patterns, Pam also has many premium patterns available. One example is the Chelsea Earflap Hat (pictured immediately below).
The premium pattern for this hat includes sizes for age 3 through adult large. The project requires a 9 mm crochet hook and approximately 90 yards of super-bulk (size 6) yarn. It works up in just over an hour and a customer favorite. Get your copy here.
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This super chunky neck warmer is a quick-to-make gift for you or someone you love. It is requires a 10 mm crochet hook and 260 yards of super-bulk yarn. I used Lion Brand Mandala Thick and Quick (3 skeins).Read More
The Karen Strong Beanie was designed to honor a friend who lost her battle with cancer. The soft Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn makes it so soft and perfect for anyone whose head is particularly sensitive. Use a 9 mm hook and the grit stitch and you can work this hat up in about an hour.Read More
The McKenna Beanie is such a hit and a great transitional design to wear between summer and fall and winter and spring. Add a pompom for a trendy, gorgeous design. Made with Lion Brand Hometown USA and a 9 mm crochet hook.Read More
This is the bun hat that went viral in 2017 with over 16,000 patterns and 2,000 hats sold! Now, you can make your own. Use Lion Brand Hometown USA or your favorite super-bulky yarn and a 9 mm crochet hook to whip up this had in about 60 minutes.Read More
This cowl is simply gorgeous and can be styled in a variety of ways. Make it with a 9 mm crochet hook and Lion Brand Hometown USA or your favorite super-chunky yarn.Read More
This bolero works up more quickly than you might expect with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. It's the perfect little jacket to keep your shoulders warm and it's a great layering piece for both dressy and casual outfits.Read More
It's one of my most popular craft fair products and it takes less than an hour to complete. Make yours with a 10 mm crochet hook and Lion Brand Hometown USA in a myriad of colors and your customers will be saying, "Take my money!"Read More
This basket is just adorable and works up so quickly. You can use it for your succulents or as a Christmas ornament. It's so versatile. Make yours with a 9 mm crochet hook and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.Read More
Use a 6 mm crochet hook and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick...add a styrofoam cone and you have an amazing doorknob basket to decorate your home for May Day or any day of the year.Read More