Welcome to Inside the Crochet Designer’s Mind with Melody of Melody’s Makings
Melody had dreams of being able to work at home and raise her children, so she threw herself into something she loves, pattern design, to make that happen. She has always loved trying new things and designing, but since designing helped her to achieve her goal of staying home with her little ones, she has found an even deeper respect and passion for it than she ever imagined possible. She loves creating, coming up with new ideas, and turning them into real, tangible items. Every one of her patterns is designed with love and she hopes you’ll love them too!
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Same DiNamics Crochet: Tell us a little bit about your crochet experience such as when did you start to crochet and how long you’ve been crocheting?
Melody: When I first started in the world of fiber arts, I was a knitter only. After seeing some of the amazing things you can do with crochet, I decided to pick up a hook and learn some new skills. Now, a few years later, I design most of my patterns in both knit and crochet, and I really enjoy the challenge that doing both offers!
SDC: Who has influenced you either as a crocheter or designer?
Melody: My husband’s Grandmother has been a huge inspiration to me over the years. She’s the type of grandma that makes hand-made gifts for every occasion and makes everyone around her feel truly special. Though she’s never learned to read a pattern, she’s showered her family with crocheted gifts for years. She’s an inspiration in always remembering what’s most important in life and in working towards the type of person I’d ultimately love to be.
SDC: What inspires your crochet designs?
Melody: My kids are huge inspirations for nearly all of my designs. I started designing shortly after my son, Charlie, was born, simply because I wanted to make him some cute things. That desire hasn’t changed, and as he gets older I have to get more and more creative with my designs. I also had a sweet baby girl last year, and I adore being able to design some more feminine, girly things for her.
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.
Melody: I have a few designs that jump to mind right away. My Monster Truck Slippers were designed for my sweet Charlie, and there’s nothing better than seeing him “drive” them up and down the hallways!
I’m also really in love with my 21 Days To Sweater Success Pattern and my Wisteria Cardigan Pattern. These were originally released as Mystery Create-A-Longs so they both include in-depth, step-by-step video tutorials. It’s heartwarming to hear how many people have used them to conquer their fear of garments! Make all the effort that went into the designs SO worthwhile.
SDC: What are your favorite fiber types you like to work with?
Melody: I love to try a little of everything! I’m not sure I can say I’ve ever found my absolute favorite… right now I’m working on a new Mystery Create-A-Long design using some gorgeous cotton… and I’m really enjoying it!
SDC: Are there any sage advice you can give to a new crocheter, and a new crochet designer?
Melody: Stick with it. Nothing in life comes easy, but usually the things you have to push to learn are worth your time!
SDC: This is something most crocheters are curious about, what’s the size of your yarn and hook stash
Melody: I have a pretty decent sized yarn stash… Maybe around 100 skeins? I’ve never counted… though that might change soon, haha. As far as my hooks go, I actually only have 2 of each. I’d like to get more because my couch thinks it’s fun to eat them, and my children think it’s a hoot to carry them away!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this latest installment of Inside the Crochet Designer’s Mind with Melody of Melody’s Makings.
As always, much love and happy hooking!