Hi Crocheters! Today we are having a Meet and Greet with the Crochet Designer behind the blog The Loopy Lamb.
Read on below to learn about Ashley Parker and her designs before scrolling to the end of this post for a selection of free crochet patterns available from The Loopy Lamb.
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:
The Loopy Lamb
Question: Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
I’m a Canadian mother of two. I am a crochet designer, blogger and teacher.
Question: How did you learn how to crochet? How long have you been crocheting?
My grandmother attempted to teach me to crochet as a child and despite numerous attempts at it over the years, I could never quite get it. After struggling with severe post-partum depression after having my son, I found that knitting helped me cope but it didn’t provide enough challenge for me after a while and I really wanted to finally tackle crochet. I took a Michaels class with my Aunt and something in that first class just made everything click for me. I started crocheting anything and everything after that.
Question: Do you have any tips for new crocheters? Any guidance to make them successful at a new hobby?
Have patience with yourself and don’t compare yourself to others. No one’s first project is perfect. My first project was a headband that was big enough to be a cowl but you know what? I was absolutely thrilled with it because I made it on my own. Be kind with yourself and don’t feel that you have to be perfect or become a professional. Everyone’s journey takes time.
Question: What do you enjoy crocheting the most?
I like the relaxation and peace of mind that I get when I’m crocheting. I could have a really stressful day and once I sit down with a hook and yarn in hand, I know that I can give myself a break from all that.
Question: What else are you passionate about (other than crochet)?
I am a bit of a fanatic about birds of prey. I love spending time with them. My husband gets me gifts where I can go spend time with birds of prey and learn more about them. I also love to bake and cook.
Question: What prompted you to start designing?
I started designing soon after learning to crochet but I didn’t know at the time that what I was doing was called designing. I was just making toys that I envisioned in my head. One day someone said to me, “you know, you should teach people how to make these” and I started learning about what a crochet designer was and how to properly design a pattern that people would (and could) make.
Question: How long have you been designing and where do you publish your patterns?
I have been publishing designs since 2018 and I post most of my designs for free on my blog theloopylamb.com. I also occasionally, design for other companies and magazines like WeCrochet, Simply Crochet Magazine etc.
Question: What drives you to create? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I have always had this innate desire to create. As a kid, I remember begging my parents for crafting supplies because I just had this drive to create something. I’ve retained that into adulthood and find inspiration everywhere. It could be something like an animal, a wallpaper or something someone says. Inspiration is all around us and I think we just need to see it/interpret it in our own ways.
Question: What do you enjoy designing the most?
I really like to design amigurumi toys, particularly those made with fur yarn.
Question: What tips would you give to someone interested in designing and blogging?
Don’t just jump into it. Do your research about all that goes into designing and blogging. There is A LOT more that goes on behind the scenes (especially for bloggers) than just making fun things with yarn. If you go into it thinking you’re just going to get to play with yarn all day, you’ll, unfortunately, be disappointed. Designing and actually crocheting are just a small fraction of the work that needs to be done.
Question: What goals have you set for yourself for the future?
I would like to release my first book.
Question: Who are your favorite makers? How have they inspired you?
Gosh, there are so many, it’s hard to pick! I’ll name a couple but I could go on forever on this (lol).
I LOVE Carmen from Annie’s Design Crochet. She is an absolute magician with colour and she always inspires me to get outside of my comfort zone in terms of what colours I would tend to gravitate toward pairing.
Lily Chin has been an inspiration for me for a long time. She always approaches things from a unique perspective and has never been afraid to take risks with her work. She has also had this incredible career that just kind of blows my mind when I think of the scope of everything she has done.
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 love to work with fur yarn. It creates some unreal results and is definitely worth the bit of extra work it takes to figure it out. When I’m using yarns other than fur, I tend to gravitate towards jewel tones. I love colour.
Question: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us?
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Otis the Owl is one of my favourite fur yarn designs. It's a small, hand-held owl that is a great starting point for those wanting to get started with faux fur. I include my tips and tricks for making working with fur yarn easier, as well as a video tutorial for it's feet and beak.Read More
The Happy Crab Mug Rug is a tapestry crochet design available for free on my blog. I love to make and design these little colorwork mug rugs because they have no ends to weave in! I have quite a few of these on the blog but the Happy Crab Mug Rug might be my favorite.Read More
The Wander Often Throw is a fun blanket to play with colour and use up scrap/stash yarn. The blanket is available in the baby size for free on my blog which includes a video tutorial.Read More
Seth the Sloth is another fur yarn amigurumi design that is a favourite of mine. Worsted weight yarn is used to define and add detail to the face and the rest of the pieces are made with fur yarn and simple shaping.Read More
The Crochet Tartan cowl is a fun make using surface slip stitch crochet to create a tartan pattern that is deceptively simple to create.Read More
T-Rex Backpack Buddy is a project that I designed for my son. He was anxious about returning to school after the pandemic and I wanted him to have a friend to take to school with him to help him feel less anxious.Read More
The Pawsitively Cozy Cat Bed is a fun project that shocks people when I tell them it's crocheted. This project was designed in one piece to minimize sewing and uses foam to give it structure.Read More
She is a part of a year-long crochet along that I am running where we make a doll and an advent calendar and throughout the year, I release patterns for various outfits and accessories to fill the advent calendar. Each pattern has a step-by-step video tutorial in addition to the written pattern.Read More
The Comfy Spring Cardi is a one piece cardigan design that is available in sizes XS through 5XL. A video tutorial is available to show you how to do the stitch utilized in this project and it will become a wardrobe staple you'll love to wear no matter the season.Read More
Parker Penguin is another fun fur yarn design available on my blog. Learn how to make this adorable amigurumi penguin with this easy crochet penguin pattern. Using faux fur yarn, you can hardly tell that this is crocheted! It makes a wonderful gift and is cuddley and soft.Read More