Welcome to Inside the Crochet Designer’s Mind with Brie of Cream of the Crop Crochet.
Cream Of The Crop Crochet™ is founded by Brie. She grew up in the suburbs, watching relatives crochet, and wished she knew how to take a crochet hook and yarn, and magically turn it into something special! In 2012, Brie was looking for a new experience, and something fun to do. You guessed it! She learned how to crochet as a hobby, and soon turned a hobby into Cream Of The Crop Crochet. Brie hopes everyone who comes to Cream Of The Crop Crochet enjoys her patterns as much as she does. Happy hooking!
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SDC: Tell us a little bit about your crochet experience such as when did you start to crochet and how long you’ve been crocheting?
Brie: I started to crochet when I was just a teen in 2012 because I wanted learn something new. I started out as an Etsy shop as most of us designers did, and became a designer as I got more comfortable with crochet. Designing is so natural to me. I just found where I fit into the crochet world early.
SDC: Who has influenced you either as a crocheter or designer?
Brie: In my family, we have generations of crocheters and I wanted to learn as well. But as a designer, I would say the whole crochet community has inspired me to become better, push the limits, and think outside of what ‘crochet’ is. I love the freeing feeling that being a designer is. You don’t have to ‘follow in the lines’, when you’re a designer. You do what you want, and find your unique way to touch the crochet community.
SDC: What inspires your crochet designs?
Brie: I’m a go with the flow kind of person, so what I like and how I feel is what gets made. For example, I have always loved babies. Their little fingers, toes, and giggles are too cute; so you will find lots of baby stuff.
SDC: As a designer, it’s pretty hard to chose what your favorite design is, but, is there one or two that you really enjoyed creating? Tell us little about it and leave links to where they can be found.
Brie: Oh, this is hard! It’s probably my Penguin Ear Warmers. One day I was brainstorming what else I could make an animal and all of a sudden ear warmers came to mind. I love how simple it is to make, yet so cute!
Penguin Ear Warmers: http://www.creamofthecropcrochet.com/2015/12/penguin-ear-warmers-pattern/
The second would probably be the Round Slouchy Hat. My grandmother gave me this mint colored yarn, and I had no idea what I could make out of it. So I just started a circle, and it just flowed out from there. Ever since it has become one my most popular designs. 🙂
SDC: What are your favorite fiber types you like to work with?
Brie: I love finding the beauty in anything natural, so I would probably have to say any natural fiber yarns. Wool, alpaca, cotton, silk, etc. although since I go through so much yarn, it gets a bit expensive to always use natural fibers. Which means I have to use a lot of acrylic for free patterns.
SDC: Are there any sage advice you can give to a new crocheter, and a new crochet designer?
Brie: I know a lot of people give this advice, but that is because it works! Don’t give up! My mother actually started teaching me how to crochet when I was about 7, but I just didn’t understand it then. Later, when I was a little older, she showed me the chain and single crochet… Well, let’s just say I haven’t needed her help since. It just clicked. Definitely, don’t ever give up on it. It is worth all the pain in the beginning, and eventually it will feel like breathing.
For a new designer, I would say don’t ‘follow the rules’. Have fun, do what you want, don’t worry about what other have to say, stay strong, and ignore ALL the hate mail. You will be glad you did!
SDC: This is something most crocheters are curious about, what’s the size of your yarn and hook stash?
Brie: Oh boy! Let’s put it as my cat even has her own set of crochet hooks to play with. I keep different hook sets all around in pouches so I’m never without a hook. Okay, I’m back! I counted them for you…108 hooks and hopefully will be expanding with more tulip and furls hooks soon. 🙂
Now on to yarn…Well it is always grow and will probably triple soon. I have 3 huge shelves with hundreds of yarn skeins and cakes, and my 2 overflow baskets have overflowed. Other than that, you will find a skein here and there and everywhere. 🙂
Let us know what you think. I hope you’ve enjoyed this session of Inside the Crochet Designer’s Mind with Brie of Cream of the Crop Crochet
As always, much love and happy hooking.