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Meet Veronika with Blue Star Crochet!

Hello and Happy Friday!! I’m so excited today for you to meet my Featured Friend, Veronika Cromwell with Blue Star Crochet! Veronika is an amazing crochet designer and I’m so happy to introduce you to her!

Veronika was “taught the very basics of crochet as a young girl by my mum who is a keen crafter. I fell in love with it instantly and proceeded to make everything crochet - pencil cases, handbags, bracelets and gift them to mum and all my friends. For the first couple of years all the projects were done in single or double crochet. When I picked crochet back up again in my early twenties, I bought a couple of crochet magazines and was in awe of all the different projects, stitches and techniques you can do with crochet. I started researching different stitches and techniques online, watched some tutorials and started following a few crafty crochet designers online. Armed with the knowledge, I started playing around with different stitch combinations and exploring different ways to achieve certain looks I was going for.”

“I set up Blue Star Crochet Company in December 2016; That’s when I started designing for magazines and yarn companies. In May 2020, I decided to branch out and set up Blue Star Crochet blog where I share my free crochet patterns and tutorials. I have always been a rebel when it comes to crochet. I don’t think I have ever followed a pattern without adjusting it or changing things. This has taught me a lot of basics and how crochet techniques and stitches work. When I was expecting our first son, I made him a Tunisian crochet cardigan and wrote a brief pattern. I submitted the design to one of the UK crochet magazines. The editor absolutely loved the design and she decided to publish it in a national magazine! And, that’s when I got the designing bug and went onto being published in all 3 major UK crochet magazines.”

I asked Veronika what inspires her to continue designing, “Firstly, it is my love for the craft. I find it really therapeutic to sit down and take some quiet time to crochet and create something beautiful and useful. I love making things to gift to others too and many of the finished projects I design I give away to brighten up someone’s day! Secondly, it is my audience that drives me to keep designing projects they love. I am over the moon when I see people working on projects using my patterns. I love all the progress shots they share and it’s kind of like waiting for your grandchildren to be born!”

Veronika hand picked a few of her designs to share with you. Click on any of the images below to be directed to that design on her website. And, she has a special offer for you! For the Working Girl Cardigan ad free pdf, follow the button “Download on Ravelry” on the blog, coupon BSCCFEATURE21 for 50% off the pattern. This offer expires 23rd February 2021 23.59 GMT.

What’s Veronika’s favorite aspect of being a designer? “When I was at school, I was really good at math, history, geography; but when it came to being creative, I always struggled. I admired my classmates that could draw, sign or play instruments. I never really considered myself to be the creative type. So, when I rekindled my passion for crochet and started designing, I really surprised myself. It gave me a sense of accomplishment. I really love being able to be creative and express myself through art and craft rather than facts and numbers.”

Currently, Veronika is working on a “coatdigan- a coat and cardigan hybrid. It has a large faux fur collar, it comes down to just above the knee and I am in love with it already. I am hoping to finish it just in time for the warmer weather when you can wear it instead of a coat.”

I asked Veronika what would be her biggest tip to share with a new crafter? “I get asked this a lot! The best advice I was given is ‘not to compare your beginning with someone else’s middle’. We all started with that first wonky granny square, so don’t get discouraged by the work of people who have been crocheting a long time. Enjoy the process and the learning journey.”

Veronika is originally from a beautiful central Europe country Slovak Republic and currently lives in Cotswolds, United Kingdom with her “very supportive, yarn-winding husband Darren. We have been together for 14 years and married for 8 years. We have two beautiful sons. Jacob who is 6 years old and Cole who is 17 months old. When I was growing up, we always had pet dogs and I really miss having one now. I would love to get a puppy again, so we are waiting for the right one to come along. My all-time favourite breed is Doberman.”

In addition to the fiber arts, Veronika has some other fun hobbies and I asked her to tell me about them, “I bought a sewing machine a couple of years ago, and I love the fact you can start and finish a project the same day! I have made a couple of project bags and really loved it! I got Cricut Maker machine for Christmas, so that’s a whole new different world of craft to explore! Watch out for crochet memes on mugs and T-shirts everywhere, ha-ha! I always used to get a lot of compliments on my hand writing so I have recently invested into some calligraphy pens and worksheets to practice.”

Random facts! Veronika strongly dislikes “cooked tomatoes. My favourite animal is flamingo and I used to have a videotape of Dirty Dancing film that I wore out because I watched it so many times! I’m thankful for digital technology because ‘nobody puts Baby in the corner’!”

To check out Veronika’s designs, please visit her at the links below & show her some love:

Thank you for joining me today to meet Veronika. I do hope that you visit her website (and sign up for her newsletter!) She has so many lovely patterns and fun information on her site. Until next week, happy crocheting!!

💕 Stacy J


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