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Hooking With Ashley Edmonds of Through The Loop Yarn Crafts
Welcome back to Hooking With! This week we interviewed Ashley Edmonds of Trough the Loop Yarn Crafts:
Hello! I’m Ashley Edmonds the creator and yarn artist at Through The Loop Yarn Craft. My life in a nutshell can be a bit chaotic at times! I like to focus on quick and modern designs, so busy crocheters can create more with the time they have. I know for me it’s often hard to get more than 20 minutes at a time!
This crazy life I have as a wife and mom of 7, who also happens to have a non-crochet related full-time day job. This really does get the inspo going for those short-term commitment, long-term gain projects!
I live on gorgeous Vancouver Island where I was born and raised and absolutely love it! I love to get outside and enjoy our beautiful ocean and rain forests with my family. I love movies and books and especially coffee and wine!
I have always been a creative. I was a ballet dancer for most of my youth. I started my first ‘business’ selling beaded jewelry when I was 10, and had a cake decorating business in the early 2000’s. Now, though, I feel like I’ve found my “home” with crochet and crochet designing! I simply have been loving the journey and cannot wait to bring more quick and modern designs moving forward!
When did you start designing?
I started designing just over a year ago in early 2019 and published my first pattern in September 2019.
Do you have a blog? If so, when did you start that up?
I do! My Blog officially launched October 2019. I have wanted to blog for years and was so excited to finally get one started!
What was your initial plan for your blog and designs?
I wanted to have a place where I can share my designs for free and talk about all sorts of crochet related topics. I love to talk, I love to write, I love to teach, and I love to learn so I thought it was a great place for it all to come together!
How have your designs and designing process evolved?
My designing has definitely been getting refined! I have learned so much over the past months! I have recently started adding stitch tutorials as well, and I’m hoping to add YouTube tutorials soon. (I just have to figure out all the techy stuff!)
What designs do you specialize in?
As I mentioned, I’m ‘hoping’ that my love, well need, for the quick projects that are still fab shines through. My aim is create designs that can still sell and make great gifts but not take weeks or more to complete.
Do you have a favorite few stitches you like to use? Or do you always use new ones?
I love, love, love finding and learning new stitches, but a few of my faves are the Feather Stitch, V-Stitch and Half Double Crochet! I love to play with different stitch combinations as well to create amazing texture! I’m big on texture too!
When you come up with an idea, does it come first from yarn you have, or do you find yarn to fit the idea?
Both! It all kind of depends sometimes a yarn will spark an idea or sometimes I hunt for a yarn to be the perfect match for my idea.
When did you start crocheting?
The very first time I picked up a hook and yarn and made my first chain was in 2018! Its just clicked and I was sooo hooked!
What made you decide to become a designer?
I loved the creative freedom. I also loved the idea of being able to share my creations with others. It brought so many of the things that make me me together that after my first design I knew it was just in my veins!
Are there any patterns not your own that you just love?
Soooo many!! It’s probably easier to list the fave designers though, because I love pretty much their entire collections! I love Two Brother’s Blankets, Bliss This, E’Claire Makery, A Knotty Habit, Leesa’s Knotty Corner, Rosy Birch Designs, Made With A Twist…..I could seriously go on and on!!!
Who/what inspired you? Does this still inspire you? Why?
I’d say my original inspiration came from my children, being able to create things for them really got me started. My inspiration does still come from them of course, but I think it’s also from some of the amazing and talented maker friends I’ve made! The encouragement and support they give really is just so inspiring, that flame never goes out!
Of your patterns, which is your favorite, and why?
That’s tough! But since I’ve had an obsession with sock monkeys forever, I’d say the Monkey Around Collection.
Are there any crochet techniques/stitches you wish to learn this year?
I really, really want to have a go at Tunisian Crochet!
What are your biggest crochet challenges? How do you plan on overcoming that?
My biggest challenge is finding the time to do all the things! I really have to focus and prioritize but really I wish I could do it all – all at the same time and never ever stop!
Have you ever lost your crojo, and how did you overcome that?
I have, and it is the worst. I find getting on Facebook or Instagram and scrolling through all the amazing crochet pics helps get the inspo flowing again and get me out of a slump.
What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?
- Always, always, always count your stitches!! Even when you don’t think you need to DO IT! It might be a pain and feel like you’re spending too much time counting but it saves A LOT of time when you don’t have to go back and frog 16 rows!
- Good hooks make a big difference! Not every hook is for every person, try some different ones until you find your fit. A good hook match can really boost your outcome and your confidence!
- Take your time and be patient. You can do it, maybe not in this moment, but keep trying and you’ll get there! This can go from learning to crochet to just learning a new stitch or new technique!
Ashley has provided a link for you to try out her patterns:
The Monkey Around Beanie Free Pattern
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A Christmas collection of patterns wouldn’t be complete without a tree skirt! The Robin’s Christmas Tree Skirt goes perfect with the Robin’s Blanket and Robin’s Stocking patterns and coordinate perfectly for your home.
I designed this while my dad was in his final stages of colon cancer, which is why it’s named after him. He did pass from the cancer on November 14th–a most difficult time for me and my family. So you can see why naming this Christmas set after him is very important to me.
There were quite a few tweaks to be done to this as Helen was working it up because I had written the bulk of it, but got distracted with all that was going on to add in the finishing touches such as the panel for the ties and the border. Thank goodness for Helen! She finished it up and wrote it up for me!
A Lot of Texture
This pattern features just the right amount of texture, which looks like little berries, to make the look complete. To me, it looks classic yet timeless. You can work this up in as many colors as you like, or pick just one. I chose to use the colors Autumn Red, Cream, and dark green in Caron Simply Soft yarn. I feel that the Autumn red is a much better red for Christmas, as it is richer instead of being so bright.
Some other suggestions would be to use icy blues and crisp white if you like the snowman and snowflake Christmas look. Or light to medium grays with white for the neutral Christmas look. The possibilities are really endless!
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You will need #4 weight yarn of your choice and a 5mm hook. We used Caron Simply Soft as it has a nice sheen to it however, I am aware that not everyone likes this yarn. I actually prefer to use Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek yarn which is the equivalent to Caron Simply Soft however, Red Heart Soft is another great alternative, as well as Lion Brand Heartland yarns. Using Caron Simply Soft, I used 2.5 skeins of cream, 1 skein of Autumn Red, and 1 skein of the dark green.
This is not a super fast project, so be ready to spend a few hours working on this! I think it took me a total of 6 hours, working off and on, to get this done. Helen works a lot faster, but I think it still took her some time to finish.
The pattern is written in US terms and is easy to read and follow.
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Our Pattern of the week, featuring the Wattle Stitch–free crochet pattern–Wattle Stitch Handbag
Along with our Stitch of the Week, we’re including a Pattern of the Week that goes with the corresponding stitch of the week. This week, it’s the Wattle Stitch and this is the handbag pattern to go with it!
We like to include these as a free pattern to you, so that you have something to make with that new stitch you just learned.
These patterns are also usually small and do not require a lot of yarn or time to do. We hope you enjoy this pattern and the Wattle stitch as much as we do!
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- less than 140 yards of worsted weight cotton
- 5mm hook
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Tapestry needle
My bag was 7 inches x 8 inches
- dc–double crochet
- sc–single crochet
- ss–slip stitch
- FSC – foundation single crochet
- Written in US terms
- Ch1 does not count as a stitch
The wattle stitch consists of a [sc, ch1 and a dc] all into the ch1 spaces of the previous row.
We have a how to video on our YouTube channel that will show you exactly how to do this stitch. You can find it here
FOUNDATION SINGLE CROCHET–
This is a really nice alternative to using a chain to start and, in my opinion, will give a much better finish on the vast majority of projects.
You can find a good tutorial on how to do this here:
Row 1— FSC 36.
Working along the bottom of the fsc row you have just created sc across 36 stitches and ss to the first fsc you made.
Row 2— Ch1, sc around, ss to join (72 stitches)
For Row 3— Repeat row 2
Row 4— Ch1, *[sc, ch1, 1dc] in the same st, sk2* rep between * and * around, ss to first sc
Row 5— Turn, ss Into the next ch1 sp, *[sc, ch1, 1dc] in the same st, sk2* rep between * and * around, ss to first sc
Rows 6-19— Repeat row 5
Rows 20-22— Ch1, sc In each st around, ss to join (72 stitches)
Row 23— Note: this Is where you create the handles
Ch1, sc In next 10 stitches, ch15, sk15, sc In next 22 stitches, ch15, sk15, sc In last 10 stitches. SS to join
Row 24— Ch1, sc in each st around and 15sc in each ch15 space. SS to join.If you find that your starting stitch has moved around whilst you have been working – It happens to a lot of people! – then lay your work flat before doing this row, work out where the middle 15 stitches are on both sides of the bag and use stitch markers to denote the first and last. SC around to the first stitch marker, ch15, sc from second stitch marker to the third marker, ch15 and sc from the fourth marker to the beginning of the row. ss to join.
FO, weave in ends. Embellish as you please 🙂
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