Featured Designer & Free Pattern Review!

It all started with the listing on Ravelry for this beautiful Granny Heart Free Pattern from Crochet Tea Party. I liked the free pattern so much, I made a few up and then decided to contact the designer, Deborah, thus resulting in today’s post!

Featured Designer Pattern Review The Hooked Haberdasher

Featured Designer Interview Q&A with Deborah from Crochet Tea Party:
Q: Tell us, Deborah, how long have you been crocheting?
A: I have been crocheting for about 12 years, but before that I was an ardent knitter. I love fibre textures, and both crochet and knitting offer this in mounds.

Q: Who taught you how to crochet, Deborah?
A: Although my mother and my grandmother are expert crocheters, I taught myself with a little “How to” book from the local library. This was long before the days of YouTube videos. Crochet just worked/clicked in my head. The logic of the craft is fascinating. Also, crochet work has more immediate feedback than knitting (for me). It grows quickly and can be finished quickly. If there are mistakes, these in most instances by rectified quickly or overlooked or blocked out later.

Q: What inspires you, Deborah, to craft your crochet designs?
A: I love motif crochet. Almost anything that is worked in the round – granny squares, hearts, hats, and especially mandalas. There is almost a beautiful arab-esque quality to working in the round that is rhythmic and creative. Another thing that inspires me is good yarn. When you have a good yarn in your hands, it almost aches to be created/formed into something of beauty. I work a lot with mercerized cotton yarn.

You can find Deborah and Crochet Tea Party with these social media links, Crochet Tea Party’s Website, Crochet Tea Party on Facebook, Crochet Tea Party’s Ravelry Pattern Store, on Twitter, on Pinterest, and Instagram! Visit any or all of this wonderful designer’s social media links and be sure to add the Granny Heart to your favorites and queues on Ravelry!

The Granny Heart is a free download on Ravelry, and I promptly downloaded the PDF pattern and went to town making a few Granny Hearts from Crochet Tea Party’s free pattern. For my projects, I used Omega Sinfonia which is a mercerized cotton in sport weight, category 3, along with the suggested hook size of a G/4.00mm. The pattern is well-written, with both written and color chart detailed instructions , easy to follow, resulting in a beautiful Granny Heart! Stay tuned, as Deborah has plans for a square using her Granny Heart, enabling us to make afghans, coasters and well… anything you would use a square for!

Making the Granny Heart Motif The Hooked Haberdasher

I then took out my trusty steam iron, some clean towels and blocked my motifs. Because I used a mercerized cotton yarn (Omega Sinfonia), I knew I could use the iron on high heat and full steam, hovering approximately 2″ over my hearts and not ruin the fabric. If you choose to use an acrylic or synthetic blend yarn, you will want to use the “dry” heat method of blocking and cover your project with a damp towel and use a lower heat setting on your iron, one appropriate for synthetic blends. While the motifs were still warm, I shaped them and let them cool to set, keeping their perfectly blocked shaping.

Blocking the Motif The Hooked Haberdasher

I sincerely hope you enjoyed the Featured Designer & Pattern Review with Deborah from Crochet Tea Party and her free pattern and free Ravelry download the Granny Heart – Thank you so very kindly, Deborah!

Wishing you all a “Granny Heart” Happy Valentine’s Day!

♥ ~ Wendy

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About thehookedhaberdasher

I was blessed with two dear Grandmothers who were wonderfully gifted and loved all the arts of handcrafting. At their knee, a wee little blonde girl learned the fine art of crochet under their wise and talented tutelage. Now that little girl has grown up and enjoys a lifestyle that affords me the time to put hooks, yummy yarns and fibers back into my hands, returning to the joy and fun of the art of handcrafted crochet. I am awed by the talent and creative patterns of modern new designers, but still enjoy the beauty of vintage patterns as well. My mind and hands are never idle, designing and handcrafting stylishly beautiful, practical, cozy, comfy, sweet and cute wearables and loveables for old and young alike. As a very detail oriented artist, I design and crochet with love, embracing the virtues bequested to me by those two beautiful Grandmothers.

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