My designs are often inspired by what I see around me or even online, I love to spend time on Pinterest to see what other people are doing. I have visited many different crochet designer websites and downloaded many patterns mostly off sites like Ravelry, Etsy or Craftsy.
Creating patterns has always been appealing to me, simply because I would love to share what I have learnt. Often I have made an item and have then been requested to make another larger or smaller, and so writing down these instructions for myself became a given. Remaking popular items became much easier, and slowly friends started asking for advice on how to make some of the items I was making, and so creating patterns has really evolved for me. I have created some of my best patterns just by getting an idea from a photo.
Being creative has always been a part of me, now being able to share what I do in a clear and simple way has brought me so much joy. It is always so wonderful to see others using my designs truly a compliment to me in every way.
My patterns are available online from my on Ravelry store. All of them are run through a testing process and I am always happy to give customer support. The best and easiest way to contact me is on Ravelry.
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Everything you see something in my shop was designed by me with a lot of love and care and I really hope that you enjoy.
Here is a peek behind the scenes here at Coconut crochet. After the birth of my son Kai three years ago I realised I needed to do something creative, especially when he was taking his afternoon naps. I really loved to do mosaic work however the constant clipping of the glass and tiles didn’t seem like the perfect option of keeping my creative juices flowing.
One afternoon Granny arrived home with a size 5.5mm hook and a ball of blue yarn with an edition of step by step crochet. Ok so I quickly became familiar with using my hook and reading the basics of patterns. Once I had tapped into Ravelry Etsy and Craftsy I was blown away by all the options of different patterns out there. Purchasing patterns is almost as addictive as purchasing yarn. My first purchased pattern was of a snail photo prop set awww….like so adorable.
Just after Kai’s second birthday we found out that we were expecting another little baby. Nine months later our daughter Paige was born. I had slowly grown more confident with making crochet new born baby photo props, and this was the perfect time to showcase some of my work. You can find Paige on the website modelling my very first snail set. Ok… ok so all the babies on the website are very cute, I have been very lucky to work with some fantastic photographers Elleanor from Ellenaor photography and Beverly from Beverly Joubert photography. They are so brilliant at what they do and both are great at capturing those special first moments.
Coconut Crochet has become such an important part of our family, and every day is a new journey of creativity. I can honestly say that I couldn’t have done any of this, if it weren’t for my awesome supportive husband who has always believed in my crochet dream.
Plus he has also always kept my yarn stash full so really grateful for that too.
Having a baby is such an exciting time for the whole family. It was the most exciting thing I ever experienced and I am sure it’s like that for most people out there. Over the last few years creative photography has really become so popular and the ideas are really endless.
If you can imagine it chances are it can be made. I work closely with local photographers and there are so many different variations of what can be done to bring out the very best in your first memories with your little one. From baskets to mats, beanies to overalls every individual story can be told. These are the precious moments that pass by so quickly; we know that you would like to treasure them forever so the greatest of care is taken when creating these special items. We use top quality yarns for the very best effect.
It is such an interesting part of the business having had two of my own children I can often relate to mommy’s who are expecting. We always like to design items that will suit you and your little one the most. There are many things to consider when choosing a theme for your photo shoot; we work with talented photographers who always have inspirational ideas.
And not to worry as soon as your photo shoot is said and done we have many different ideas of what to do with your precious little photo prop. I have seen the best photo of the shoot framed in a box next to a puppy beanie really enough to melt your heart. A mohair baby wrap boxed and gifted to granny to wear as a wrap, and one of my personal favourites was, twin baby elf hats donated to the preemie ward at our local hospital, a really kind gesture to some one less fortunate.
We are all unique in our own way and because of our differences we sometimes require our own designs. Inspiration is all around us and here we are passionate about creating beautiful things using beautiful yarn, it is amazing to see the gorgeous things you can make with your hands.Textures and colours really come to life.
Coconut Crochet has always strived to create the right item for the right individual at the right moment. This is the part of the business which allows you to be creative with me. All ideas are really welcome and you are included in the whole process which gives you the opportunity to choose your own colours as well as types of yarn that we use.
Every single situation is entirely different and we recognise that every design should be unique and of the highest quality. Whether you choose to have a custom baby photo prop made or even a blanket. Whatever your need is, you can enjoy watching you own ideas come to life. Here at Coconut Crochet you’re every wish can absolutely come true. The simple more elegant designs have so far been very popular; however we are always ready to tackle the more complicated designs.
Developing new ideas and designs are always exciting and we look forward to working with you, whether you are five years old with a minion beanie request or a photographer wanting the most adorable baby bunny outfit.
Authentic handmade items are becoming very popular and we fortunately live in a time where we can stay connected to trends out there, and we also like to keep in contact with designers around the world. This really inspired me to start a weekly blog where you will be able to download free patterns as well as watch new informative tutorials.
Hats and Beanies.
My very first crochet project I attempted to crochet was a monster beanie with three horns. I found this free pattern online
This toddlers beanie is very colourful and something I intended for my son to wear for winter. After making it and taking a few pictures of it then sending it to a friend, I immediately started getting orders. The rest should you could say is history. We make all sorts of children’s beanies anything from minions to monsters and owls to kitties. This is where you can really get creative. Children often even have their very own requests. We really love creating children’s beanies they are so practical and can be worn so often.
Here is a really wonderful beanie pattern for the awesome hello kitty beanie, a winner with most little girls, I have even had a mommy and daughter set request which turned out to be so adorable.
And here is the link to a classic new-born baby beanie, an awesome pattern if you want to make something really quick and easy. It’s the really perfect present for a baby shower.
These are just a few of the really awesome crochet designers out there that I like to follow. If you follow my weakly blog post I will keep you informed on what is trendy within the knitting and crocheting community, and this will be an awesome opportunity to watch some really great tutorials.
Ok so here are some really great yarns to try for children’s beanies. Elle Gold, also a few other great options would be yarn from Vinnis. The Nikkim range is 100% Cotton Yarn, it is hand-dyed and balled. This hand-dyed product gives my beanies and hats a unique marbled effect. Cotton is durable and washes well also they stock such a wide variety of wonderful, vibrant colours.
The bamboo and cotton blend give a really unique looking product and the quality is truly outstanding. So I can honestly say that I really enjoy using cotton and cotton bamboo blends that can be worn in warm and cold weather.
My first Amigarumi baby toys
Amigirumi. as per wikipedia
Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting smallstuffed animals . The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese wordsami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.
Before the birth of my son in 2013, I never knew anything about amigurumi. I discovered these beloved crochet soft toys while looking for crochet projects to start while my little boy was sleeping. As I was just a beginner I was unsure I would be able to make any adorable creatures myself, but I decided to attempt it anyway, and wow what can I say it’s hard not to fall in love with this form of crochet.
You can let your imagination run wild with ideas when you start making these. I find myself wanting to make one for every occasion, a birthday Christmas, Valentine’s Day any possible occasion deserves its own amigurumi. I started with a humble little brown teddy called Tommy the Teddy. Tommy is by no means perfect but I am so proud to have made him. I decided to download a simple free pattern I found on the Pinterest site of a little koala bear. And voila Tommy slowly came to life.
Few words of advice however, let your first amigurumi toy be a simple one. There are many free patterns however, I have had the best results with buying patterns, I find when I buy a pattern it is always clear and easy to follow, and wow the variety is just amazing. Your project will invariably be of an outstanding quality if you go this route. And you won’t find yourself frustrated halfway going, what on earth do you mean?
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