Hi Crocheters! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with the Crochet Designer behind the blog Pine Tree Crochet.
Read on below to learn about Whitney and her designs before scrolling to the end of this post for a selection of free crochet patterns available from Pine Tree Crochet.
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:
Pine Tree Crochet
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
Hello, my name is Whitney, I am the designer behind Pine Tree Crochet here in Toronto Ontario Canada. I started designing patterns in 2019 and love it almost as much as crocheting.
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
A family friend introduced me to crochet about 10 years ago, and I have been hooked ever since (no pun intended). I started crocheting prayer blankets for those in need and really enjoyed experimenting with different colors and patterns. I still enjoy crocheting blankets, but mainly focus on quick projects I can complete in a day or two.
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
You often don’t know what you are capable of until you try. It takes time to learn how to crochet, stick with it and learn from your mistakes. I have been crocheting for years and I still make mistakes. The great thing about crochet is that you can rip it out and go back a few rows or two. I always think that anything crocheted is uniquely handmade. There is no right or wrong way to crochet. Pick up a hook and yarn and see where creativity takes you!
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
I used to enjoy making blankets the most, but I now love quick cozy crochet creations. Mostly accessories to keep warm during the winter.
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
Growing up in Canada, I have learned to embrace the cold weather and I enjoy skiing and ice skating. I also enjoy kite flying and rollerblading in the summer.
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
I started crocheting prayer blankets for people in need and began experimenting with different stitches and patterns. I then decided to design my own patterns and share them with other crocheters. My patterns are easy to follow and are always beginner to advanced beginner friendly. I like designing patterns and sharing them with fellow crocheters.
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I started designing in the summer of 2019. I share all my patterns on my blog for free and you can purchase an inexpensive pdf, complete with step by step photo tutorials, in my Ravelry shop.
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I find nature truly inspiring and if I have a need for the design, such as a cozy crochet cowl or beanie. You can never have too many cozy crochet accessories in my books. I am also inspired by the color of the yarn. I often pick up a ball of yarn and the color speaks to me. I may not respond right away, but it takes time to create and publish a design.
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
I enjoy making quick crochet accessories in pretty patterns and colors. Matching sets are always fun to wear and gift.
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
It may seem intimidating at first, but ask yourself why do you want to design and what designs make you happy? I think there should be an element of enjoyment, after all, you are the one doing it. Start small and ask as many questions as you can, you’re not the only one that’s just starting on the design /blogging journey! You will of course make mistakes along the way, learn from them and move forward!
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
One day, I have plans to design a garment. Until then, I am quite content designing quick makes for every season.
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
I have a few favorite makers, Ashley from Through the Loop Yarn Craft and Angie from Sassy A’s Specialty Shoppe. I love their designs and they help answer any questions I have about designing and have been so supportive on my blogging journey! I also love to support other designers and help test their new patterns.
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 mostly use worsted weight yarn in neutrals, mostly because they pair nicely with any outfit. I also love to try something bright or bold, outside of my comfort zone. I love seeing the color combinations my pattern testers come up with, they always surprise me. I always include their versions on the blog to help others with color selection when making my patterns.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
Blog – www.pinetreecrochet.com
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Free Patterns from Pine Tree Crochet
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The Autumn Crunch Set includes a cowl, fingerless gloves and a beanie. This set uses WW yarn, works up quickly and looks great in a variety of colors.Read More
The Brisdale Beanie and Scarf are easy crochet patterns that use ww yarn and work up quickly with and easy 2 row repeat. Great for the gift giving season or for yourself.Read More
Grab your favorite skein of dk yarn and create a beautiful textured pattern with the Ridgeline Skinny Scarf.Read More
The Coastal Waves Beanie works up quickly using one skein of Red Heart Roll With it Tweed. Create a matching set with the Coastal Waves Cowl and keep warm this winter.Read More
The Rhapsody Beanie is crocheted with Medium Weight Yarn  and a 5 mm (H) crochet hook. It is available in sizes adult small and medium/large. There is a matching cowl pattern too!Read More
The Autumn Spike Cowl is an easy crochet pattern that uses WW yarn and only 1 skein of yarn. Add some color to your wardrobe with this fun pattern.Read More