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Jillian Hewitt of Spin a Yarn Crochet
"Grab your hook, stay awhile, and let’s make cute things together." -Jillian, -Spin a Yarn Crochet
Jillian Hewitt is the owner, blogger and designer of the Spin a Yarn Crochet blog. When not crocheting, she works as a full-time practicing lawyer (to fund her yarn habit). Jillian is based in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.
So, Jillian why did you get into blogging in the first place?
I started blogging in March of 2017. At that time, I had been crocheting for a few years and, while I adored crocheting gifts for family and friends, I found myself becoming more interested in the design aspect of crocheting. I began drafting and designing my own patterns and, after that, the next logical step was to share those designs on the off-chance that other crocheters out there might be interested in making some of the same types of things as me!
Your blog has definitely become a treasure trove of all things cute! My daughter just adores the unicorn ragdoll I made her from your free pattern!
Click on the image below to see her Ragdoll Unicorn Free Crochet Pattern!
You make some of the most original ragdoll designs out there! What made you interested in amigurumi?
Thank you! Amigurumi has always been an important part of my crochet journey. I taught myself to crochet in 2013. As most beginner crocheters often do, I started out with a simple project to learn with; a crocheted ear-warmer. Once I had (sort of) mastered the basics, I started exploring all the wonderful crochet patterns available out there and became smitten with amigurumi.
I immediately jumped (head first!) into crocheting amigurumi and, as my second ever crochet project, I crocheted a little amigurumi owl. I didn’t own any of the specialty materials that you would typically use for amigurumi at the time, like stuffing or safety eyes. I used buttons for the eyes and some old fabric for stuffing (as you can imagine, he was a bit lumpy…but still adorable). I was hooked!
Here are two of my personal favorites! Click on the images below to get the free patterns!
Which one of your own patterns is your favorite? And why?
This is such a tough question! I don’t think I could ever choose one. I like different patterns for different reasons. For example, the Ragdoll Harry Potter (and friends) pattern is near to my heart because I am such a big Potterhead, and I love seeing how much joy HP fans have found in making these patterns for themselves or as gifts.
The Ragdoll Mermaid comes to mind as well because she was such a pleasure to make and photograph (that hair!); I remember how the pattern seemed to just fly off my hook and onto the paper. Then there are the patterns that I love for their simplicity; easy but satisfying makes, like the Pocket Fox (absolutely no sewing involved!), the Hammerhead Shark, which always seems to be a crowd pleaser at baby showers, the Ragdoll Unicorn, and my Butterfly and Bumble Bee amigurumi. Simple, adorable, and classic.
Click on the images to get the free patterns!
What advice your best advice for someone who wants to tackle amigurumi for the first time?
For anyone looking to begin designing amigurumi, I suggest starting out with a sketch. This is how I start all my designs and, for me, it’s the best way to visualize the shapes, proportions, and unique details of any design.
Also, don’t be afraid to make changes! I keep an eraser very close by whenever I am starting a new design; there’s often lots of erasing and re-sketching as I go. It’s far better to stop, frog some rows if you must (or even start from the beginning sometimes!), re-sketch, and re-try throughout the design process to get a design that you are satisfied with, than to push through that little nagging feeling and end-up being less than totally happy with the final result.
Finally, don’t be afraid to let some designs go. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not able to bring an idea to life exactly the way you visualized. Not every design is going to be a winner and it’s okay to acknowledge that a particular design just isn’t working (it’s a tough lesson but one I’ve learned many times over!) Each design is a learning experience, after all!
What does 2019 hold for Spin a Yarn Crochet?
I can’t say for sure what 2019 will hold for the Spin a Yarn Crochet blog but I’m certainly planning for there to be lots more crocheting, more patterns, and more amigurumi, all with some new adventures thrown in!
I am definitely looking forward to seeing your new patterns in 2019. I can't wait to see what trends you come up with for all of us to enjoy!
A huge thank you to Jillian for taking time out of her busy schedule to participate in this feature! I highly recommend following her social media to get a random dose of cuteness in your news feed! If you like any of her free patterns and want to support her you can always buy the ad free pdfs on her Ravelry and Etsy!
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