I’m excited to share my first NatCroMo interview today, with Rebecca Langford, the crochet blogger and designer behind Little Monkeys Crochet. Rebecca recently launched a new venture, CrocheTrendy, a free crochet pattern directory focused on trendy and chic patterns. You can learn more about CrocheTrendy in this one minute intro video.
Rebecca can be found online at Little Monkeys Crochet, on Facebook, Pinterest, Ravelry, and Twitter. In addition to the CrocheTrendy website, you can also find CrocheTrendy on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. All images are copyright Rebecca Langford and used with permission.
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Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet?
Rebecca: I was a graphic and web designer at the time, and was hired by a friend who owned a crochet business to build a web site on which she could sell her crocheted creations. I spent a lot of hours on that site, looking at all of the amazing and adorable things she was making, and decided I wanted to learn, too! So I bought some basic supplies and watched a ton of YouTube videos, and that’s how I learned.
UC: What inspired you to start designing?
Rebecca: I figured out pretty early on that I enjoyed coming up with my own designs much more than following someone else’s. I started writing them down, and it was my husband who encouraged me to start publishing them in blog format.
UC: Although you have a lot of variety in your patterns, you definitely have a lot of neckwear. What do you enjoy about designing women’s accessories?
Rebecca: I love scarves and cowls! I love to wear them, so I think that’s why I love to make them. I think they’re also a great beginner project, and a very appealing project for the younger crochet crowd, which is my target audience.
UC: Where do you generally find your creative inspiration?
Rebecca: My little sister and my nieces are my biggest inspirations. They are teenagers who love fashion, so my goal is to design things that they would wear.
UC: You just launched a new free pattern directory, CrocheTrendy. Can you tell us about it and how people can connect with it?
Rebecca: Crochetrendy.com is a new pattern directory filled with patterns from today’s trendiest designers. Crochet obviously spans a very large demographic, but I wanted to concentrate this more on the younger crocheters out there, who want patterns that are young and fresh. I didn’t see anything out there that compiled them all into one place, so I decided to make it myself. If anyone is interested, they can register for a free account at crochetrendy.com or visit us on Facebook.
UC: What is your favorite crochet book in your collection?
Rebecca: Is it strange that I don’t actually own any crochet books? Honestly, I think that it stems from the fact that I’m a mom of two young boys and can barely find time to design my own patterns, let alone make someone else’s! If I were to buy one, however, it would definitely be Dedri Uys‘ Amamani Puzzle Balls, because they’re adorable and way out of my realm of expertise.
UC: Do you have any crochet/crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?
Rebecca: Too many to list! Among my top favorites are All About Ami and Moogly. However, I’ve always been the type who searches Pinterest for what I need, so that’s exposed me to all kinds of wonderful bloggers and designers.
UC: How are you celebrating NatCroMo this year?
Rebecca: By crocheting as much as I possibly can! (But then, that’s no different than any other month for me!) I’ll also be releasing a couple of new patterns on my personal blog, and working hard to continue to promote Crochetrendy.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story, Rebecca! We look forward to seeing CrocheTrendy grow!
If you enjoy cowls and scarves as much as Rebecca, you may want to check out my Crochet Neckwarmers Board on Pinterest!
I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through March, 2015.