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Interview with Sonia Gallo from El Gallo Bermejo and crochet pattern roundup

Interview with crochet designer, Sonia Gallo from El Gallo Bermejo and crochet pattern roundup on Underground CrafterI’m sharing the first in interview in this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month series with Sonia Gallo from El Gallo Bermejo. Sonia is a computer engineer and part-time crochet designer living in Madrid, Spain with her family. She loves amigurumi and toys. I’ll also be including a roundup of my 5 favorite free crochet patterns from Sonia’s collection!

Sonia can be found online on her website, El Gallo Bermejo, as well as on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Ravelry, and Twitter. All images are used with permission are are copyright El Gallo Bermejo.

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Interview with crochet designer, Sonia Gallo from El Gallo Bermejo and crochet pattern roundup on Underground Crafter

Sonia Gallo.

Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?

Sonia: I learned to crochet when I was in college (I think I was nineteen or twenty). I was studying computer engineering and was on vacation. It was one of those hot, summer afternoons, and I was bored and looking for something to do. My mother is an excellent crocheter and knitter and so had left some crochet magazines, yarn, and hooks on a table. I started to have a look to the graphics in the magazines and suddenly I though those graphics couldn’t be more difficult than my programming algorithms so I decided to try.


Several hours later, I realized that crocheting was something very relaxing and a very creative process. I started to crochet lots of things during the next five or six years but finally I stopped because I loved crocheting but I didn’t like the things I made (bedspreads, tablecloths, washcloths, etc). I spent several years without crocheting anything at all until one year my sister gave me a monsters amigurumi book as a present. I loved it! I became reconciled with crochet again. A short time after that, my first child was born (Diego, he is 6 years old) and three years later Guille was born (he is 2 years old). With two children in the house I find lots of inspiration and motivation to continue crocheting amigurumi.

Mouse Pin, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

Mouse Pin, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Sonia: After crocheting hundreds of designs by other people, I wanted to create my own designs as an even more creative process. I have always been a bit frustrated because I am an awful painter. And designing an amigurumi pattern is somehow a way to create something “similar” to drawing a beautiful puppet or teddy.

CraftsyUC: Your designs to date are all amigurumi. What do you love about designing amigurumi?

Sonia: What I love about designing amigurumi is that I have two small little children in my house, and the dolls, puppets and stuffed animals are a part of their wonderful world.

Skyler Gray, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

Skyler Gray, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

UC: Your designs are entirely self-published. What do you enjoy about the self-publishing process?

Sonia: I enjoy the fact that I can publish my designs and other people can enjoy them if they want to. I mean, everything depends on me, I don’t have to wait for a publishing house or similar to contact me in order to publish my works. I think this is a very powerful tool we have nowadays.

UC: All of your patterns are available in both English and Spanish. What do you see as the challenges and benefits of writing bilingual patterns?

Sonia: Spanish is my mother tongue, so the natural way for me is to write the patterns in Spanish. And my English is good enough to write a pattern other people can understand, so I always make the effort of translating the patterns to English in order to get to more people (English is the universal language in the crochet world). I would love to translate my patterns to French, but my French is very poor, and I don’t feel comfortable. Maybe some day I’ll try the French!

Doguie the Dog, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

Doguie the Dog, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?

Sonia: In my house, with my two children, of course! For instance, Diego had to study in school about castles for three months. We spent those 3 months talking, drawing and dreaming with castles, knights and princess. So I had the idea to design a castle crochet pattern for my Houses collection and so I did (I haven’t written the pattern yet, by the way, but I have the firm intention to do it). (UC comment: You can find the rest of the patterns in the Houses collection here in Sonia’s online pattern shop.)

Another example of my inspiration is my pattern of Crabbie the crab. Guille, my younger child, is in love with a softie crab – he calls it “caguejo”, which is a phonetic sound for the Spanish word Cangrejo, (crab) – Guille sleeps with “caguejo”, eats with “caguejo”, and “caguejo” is the first thing he is looking for when we get home every day. So I wanted to obtain a crochet pattern of “caguejo”, being the little crab something so important in the life of my kid. And this is how the pattern of Crabbie the crab was born.

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UC: What was the crochet scene like in Spain when you were growing up?

Sonia: Nearly all the moms of my friends (and mine too, of course) used to crochet or knit. And if their moms didn’t use to, surely their grandmothers did. Crocheting was a very common activity.

A Snowman, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

A Snowman, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

UC: How does that compare to the crochet/yarn crafts scene in Madrid today?

Sonia: Today the crochet scene is very different, very few young people know how to crochet. But it is true that in the last few years, things are changing and there are more and more videos, tutorials, and courses for the people to learn to crochet.

UC: Does your cultural background influence your crafting? If so, how?

Sonia: Of course it does. In my memories when I was a child, my mother and my grandmothers were always with a needle and a ball of yarn in their hands.

Blue Ears Bunny, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

Blue Ears Bunny, free crochet pattern in English and Spanish by El Gallo Bermejo.

UC: What is your favorite crochet book in your collection?

Sonia: I have a lot of them. Some of my favourites:

UC: Are there any Spanish- or English-language crochet/crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Thanks so much for stopping by, Sonia, and sharing your work with us. What’s your favorite design by Sonia? You can find all of her patterns here on Ravelry.

#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 7: Farm Animals

Farm Animals Crochet Pattern Roundup - 20 (mostly free) crochet patterns, curated by Underground Crafter

On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! Keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 20 patterns for crochet farm animals. These are great projects for spring and year round! All photos are used with permission and are copyright the respective designers.

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Farm Animals Crochet Pattern Roundup - 20 (mostly free) crochet patterns, curated by Underground Crafter

Chickens

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Cows

Pigs

Sheep

  • Beeetty Sheep by @lanukas: This free pattern is available in both English and Spanish.
  • Chubby Sheep (picture #9) by @UCrafter: This free pattern includes a photo tutorial for the half double crochet popcorn and instructions for converting to a hanging ornament.
Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

I hope you enjoyed this crochet pattern roundup! If you like amigurumi, follow my Amigurumi Crochet Board on Pinterest!

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#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast: Week 2: Softies

#FlashbackFriday crochet link blast by @ucrafter: softies

On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! Keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Here’s an archive of this week’s crochet softies picks! All patterns and tutorials are free unless otherwise noted. All photos are copyright the respective designers and used with permission.

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Gift Pocket Bear, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Gift Pocket Bear, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares.

Tessie Bear, free crochet pattern by Deborah Ziegler.

Tessie Bear, free crochet pattern by Deborah Ziegler.

Owlet Lovey, free crochet pattern by Jessie Rayot.

Owlet Lovey, free crochet pattern by Jessie Rayot.

Logan Baby Pig AmiPal, free crochet pattern by Mary Walker.

Logan Baby Pig AmiPal, free crochet pattern by Mary Walker.

Kaguya Hime Kokeshi Doll, free crochet pattern by The Sun and the Turtle.

Kaguya Hime Kokeshi Doll, free crochet pattern by The Sun and the Turtle.

Gema my kokeshi doll, free crochet pattern by Teresa Alvarez.

Gema my kokeshi doll, free crochet pattern by Teresa Alvarez.

Baby Duck, free crochet pattern by Corina Gray.

Baby Duck, free crochet pattern by Corina Gray.

Puppy Lovie, free crochet pattern by Sara Sach.

Puppy Lovie, free crochet pattern by Sara Sach.

Find more amigurumi books on Leisure Arts!

More Cute Little Animals Amy Gaines

Rainbow Rachael Doll, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Rainbow Rachael Doll, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Napolion Lion, free crochet pattern by Dedri Uys.

Napolion Lion, free crochet pattern by Dedri Uys.

Mike the Monster, free crochet pattern by Stacey Trock.

Mike the Monster, free crochet pattern by Stacey Trock.

Kelly's Teddy and Ball, free crochet pattern by Rebeckah Ferger.

Kelly’s Teddy and Ball, free crochet pattern by Rebeckah Ferger.

Easy Amigurumi Bunny, free crochet pattern by Sara Freisberg.

Easy Amigurumi Bunny, free crochet pattern by Sara Freisberg.

Dog Woobie, free crochet pattern by Posh Pooch Designs.

Dog Woobie, free crochet pattern by Posh Pooch Designs.

Baby Bunny, free crochet pattern by Celina Lane.

Baby Bunny, free crochet pattern by Celina Lane.

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Chenille Stuffed Easter Bunny, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Chenille Stuffed Easter Bunny, free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman.

Leonard & Lucy, free crochet pattern by Deborah Ziegler.

Leonard & Lucy, free crochet pattern by Deborah Ziegler.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of free crochet softies patterns! If you like crochet lace, check out my Amigurumi – Crochet Pinterest board!

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Amigurumi – Crochet on Pinterest.