I come from a long line of knitters, and have always been mortified by my inability to get the hang of it. But on a spring break trip back home in March 2011 my mom (who is a terrific knitter) taught me to crochet and well, I pretty much took off from there! I’ve hardly gone a day without stitching since.
In February 2013, I made the leap from hobby to job (or perhaps jobby?), finally opening an Etsy shop to sell my crocheted creations. I also began selling finished objects made from my original designs at craft fairs in Southern California. That, as it turns out, is a great way to meet fellow crocheters! Though I had posted a few patterns for free on Ravelry before, it was the encouragement of the crocheters I met at fairs that led me to begin selling my patterns on Etsy.
I design all of my patterns myself, and test them as much as possible to work out all the kinks. Once the pattern is ready to head out into the world, I do a professional-style layout with lots of detail, including pictures, charts, tips, and how-tos. My patterns are written using American crochet abbreviations. I put loads of work into designing the patterns themselves, but I also spend hours making sure everything looks clear and extra-beautiful for you! I do sometimes post FO’s I’ve made from my own patterns on Ravelry, but I don’t rate, gauge the difficulty of, or favorite my patterns -- I’ll leave that for you.
Please note that the patterns offered are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. I do not allow the sale of items made from my patterns -- I already sell them myself online (finished objects, as well as some of my patterns), and so the patterns I offer for free are for personal use only.
Thanks for looking! And if you want to learn more about me and my journey into the world of crochet, please check out my website, www.smallandgreat.com.