Crochet Designer Interview: Nichola Griffiths' Caitlin Zigzag Shrug
Here at Crochet Foundry, we LOVE working with all the talented crochet designers that we have the privilege to showcase in our magazine. In this Designer Interview series, we'll get to know some of this month's issue's designers. Today we're talking to crochet designer Nichola Griffiths, who contributed the Caitlin Zigzag Shrug crochet pattern featured in our December 2023 issue.
How did you learn to crochet?
I picked up crochet after receiving a thoughtful gift of crocheted baby blankets from my grandmother. YouTube tutorials became my classroom, guiding me from the basics to tackling written patterns.
Can you tell us a little bit about what inspired your design for this month?
The inspiration for my Caitlin Zigzag Shrug was simple yet practical—my perpetual battle with feeling cold. Designing a versatile shrug that transitions smoothly between seasons became a personal quest for comfort and style.
What were some challenges about designing this piece?
Grading posed a significant challenge as this was my first garment design. Fortunately, a wonderful designer friend, Joanne, generously shared her expertise, guiding me through the intricacies of achieving the perfect fit.
What is your favorite crochet technique or stitch pattern?
I'm passionate about filet and colorwork, which is evident in my designs. Constantly exploring new colorwork techniques keeps both me and my audience engaged—I try to steer clear of boredom at all costs!
How do you hold your crochet hook?
I am very much a knife holder. I also prefer to use ergonomic, chunky-handled hooks to ward off joint pain during marathon crochet sessions.
What are a couple of fun facts about you?
My favorite color is purple, I have an unabashed love for chocolate, and my favorite crochet recipients are my three lovely daughters.
How can our readers find you on social media?
Connect with me on Instagram @elimee_designs, YouTube @elimeedesigns, and Facebook ElimeeDesigns.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Exciting news! A collaborative crochet-along blanket pattern, featuring designs from ten fantastic creators, is coming on January 1st. Follow me on social media or join my newsletter for exclusive sneak peeks starting late December!
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