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Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet
This week we interviewed Krissy with Krissy’s Over The Mountain Crochet. Get ready to meet this lovely lady…
Hi, I am a mother of 5 and grandmother of 4. I live in a very country setting between two mountains in West Virginia. Serving my Lord Jesus Christ is number one in my life, then creating beautiful things, whether it is through crochet or sewing keeps me sane and happy. I feature free crochet patterns, a few sewn items and recipes on my blog, https://krissysoverthemountaincrochet.com/
When did you start designing?
I started designing around 2005, when I was a part of the Ebay Boutique community. Then when Ebay raised their rates we all made a mass exodus to Etsy. I was selling and creating handbags, children’s boutique clothing and pageant wear, along with crocheted accessories. Then I started getting requests for the patterns to my crochet designs and I thought, “What have I got to lose?”
Do you have a blog? If so, when did you start that up?
I do have a blog. I started it 2.5 yrs ago. https://krissysoverthemountaincrochet.com/
What was your initial plan with your blog and designs?
I wanted to share what I create with others.
How have your designs and designing process evolved?
I started designing crocheted hats as well as baby clothes. I then moved to household items and garments.
What designs do you specialize in?
I don’t really have a specialty.
Do you have a favorite few stitches you like to use or do you always try to do new ones?
I do love the cross stitch, but I use a little bit of everything.
When you come up with an idea, does it come first from yarn you have or do you find yarn to fit the idea?
A little bit of both.
When did you start crocheting?
My grandmother showed me the basics when I was a little girl. After I was married I picked it back up and worked with what she taught me.
What made you decide to become a designer?
I think I have always been a designer, but didn’t acknowledge myself as such. I made all of my children’s clothing when they were small. I made their coats, frilly dresses, boys suits. As well as clothing for my husband and I. When the children didn’t want me to sew for them any longer I was sooooo sad. I found ebay boutique and that filled the void. I never thought of myself as a designer until recently. I have to create something or I become so sad.
Are there any crochet techniques/stitches you wish to learn this year?
If I have the time, I would love to learn mosaic crochet.
What are your biggest crochet challenges and how do you plan on overcoming that?
Not having enough time, and I have no idea how to correct that one.
Have you ever lost your crojo and how did you overcome that?
No…I always have a desire to make something new.
What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?
Please relax and enjoy the craft.
Play with your yarn often, and enjoy the dream’s you have for your skeins.
Don’t be ashamed to ask the price you want for your creations, when someone asks you to make something for them. Always ask for payment in full plus shipping for custom orders, unless it is family and friends, then ask 50%.
Free Patterns from Krissy
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Last week’s Hooking With: Lakeview Cottage Kids
Did you participate in the Hooked on Summer Event Week 2? This one was sponsored by Carroway Crochet
For this event Sara and I brought you the lemon drops kitchen set. It was a four part set with one part being released each week during this event. Week one featured the potholder. We hope you love our Lemon Drops Kitchen set as much as we do!
These patterns were so cute that when the event finished we decided to keep the post and turn it into a round up for you. Lots of these patterns are still available for free on the designers’ blogs so you can still make some of them for free!
How this round up works:
1. Check out the round-up post and have a look at the patterns available,
2. Click on any pattern photo that you would like to download – this will bring you to the designer’s blog post (or direct to Ravelry if they do not have a blog).
3. check out the pattern on the blog and decide whether you would like to purchase the pdf version!
Return here and repeat steps 2-3 for as many patterns as you like!
Are you ready to check out the patterns that featured during week 2?
We hope you enjoyed the patterns that featured in the Hooked on Summer Week 2 event. Dont forget to share them with us on social media or on our FB page!
For the next two weeks in June we are participating in the Summer Stitch Along. This is week 3 (15th – 21st June 2020). It’s an event that gives free PDF patterns to you that you would have otherwise had to pay for!
How it works:
Each week there will be several designers each offering you a FREE PDF pattern which you can get at any point during the week (it runs Monday-Sunday).
Each Monday we will post a round-up of all of the patterns for that week. It will work much like our previous round-ups:
1. Check out the round-up post and have a look at the patterns available,
2. Click on any pattern that you would like to download – this will bring you to the designer’s blog post.
3. Find the DOWNLOAD FREE PDF PATTERN button on the designer’s blog post – this will take you to Ravelry. The button will look like this:
4. Add the pattern to your Ravelry cart and enter the coupon code ‘SUMMERSTITCHALONG’ before checking out.
Return here and repeat steps 2-4 for as many patterns as you like!
Every Monday in June the patterns available for the Summer Stitch Along will change so make sure you come back and check which patterns are featured each week! We will have our round-up posts in the ‘don’t miss’ section of our homepage.
Got your Code? Know what the special button looks like? Then lets get to the fun stuff!
The Sunshine-y Hanging Towel by Sunflower Cottage Crochet
We have been asked for more kitchen designs so we have obliged! This pattern was designed especially for this event and released officially on 15th June for this round-up. Have you tried the N stitch before? If not you are sure going to want to! Its a gorgeous stitch and quite easy. Our pattern includes a link to our video tutorial on how to do the N stitch. Find out more about this pattern here.
The Rainbow Fringe Bag by Carroway Crochet
What a colourful design! Its perfect for the summer and is a great stash / scrap buster! Check out this pattern here.
Palm Tree Key Chain by Through the Loop Yarn Crafts
This pattern only uses 12-15 yards of worsted weight yarn! Its super cute and a great gift idea for fathers day! Check it out here.
Houndstooth Sunglasses bag by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’
Have you tried the houndstooth stitch yet? It may well be worth a try if you haven’t and this pattern is perfect for it. It’s a large glasses case that uses worsted weight yarn and measures approximately 5” x 7”. You can find out more and get the link to the pattern here.
Crochet Flower Motif Coaster by Made by Gootie
I love the look of this motif coaster. I also love the ideas that Agat has to use it!! That afghan is stunning! It requires a 3mm hook and sport or dk weight cotton. Check it out and grab the pattern here.
Ice Cream Cone Appliqué by Raffamussa Designs
If you have been following the Summer Stitch Along then you will have seen all of the gorgeous appliqués from Raffaella! So far she has given you an apple and a strawberry. This ice cream is just as cute!! Find out more and get your pdf version here.
Rainbow Mandala Hanging by Hanjan Crochet
This pattern is perfect for the garden or the home! I love Hannah’s designs. I guess the only questions to ask is what colours will you use and where will you put yours? Check it out here.
Blossom bookmark from Fosbas Designs
This bookmark is quite an elegant design and is perfect for giving as a gift. A bookmark is essential for any student or book lover and this one will take you no time to make! Talk about a super quick project! You can find it here.
Ear warmer with bow tie by Fosbas Designs
Fosbas Designs decided to gift you with another FREE PDF Pattern this week with this mummy and son headworker and matching bow tie! How cute is that?? And there are not many patterns that you can get for mummy and son combos. Check it out here.
Easy Striped Tote Bag by No Hooks Given
The easy striped tote bag pattern is a great one for beginners. It’s a good size to hold whatever you may need for a day at the beach. Or use it as a market bag. The stripes are really effective on this one. You can find it here.
Sweet Stripes Freeze Pop Holder from Green Fox Farms Designs
These are so cute and I love the appliqués that Lisa has used on them! They are a great summer addition for any family and easy to customise to suit the personality of whomever you intend to use them! You can find out more here.
Sunrise Chevron Wrap by Creations by Courtney
This is a wrap with a difference. The chevron shape actually makes it easy to wear and it looks fabulous on. This is another great pattern for a beginner to try out if you have wanted to try a chevron …. go for it! You can find the info and pattern link here.
Mermaid Dreams pillow by Needle Klankers
This pillow looks great striped or in one colour so is a great stash buster and scrap buster! The stitch used looks like mermaid scales. Its perfect for any mermaid lover. Check it out here.
We will be back for week 4 next week! Don’t forget to share your patterns with us on Instagram by tagging @sunflower.cottage.crochet.too