Meet Carol Rupprecht – the creative mind behind Sweet Potato Crochet Creations! She moved from Pennsylvania in 2011 to eastern N. Carolina with her husband and 2 children. Mother to a 3 year old boy and 9 mo. old girl, Carol says she likes to play with polymer clay, mainly to make buttons to add to her finished items. She plans to learn how to knit and more Tunisian stitches this year.
I think it’s safe to say that Carol knows what it’s like to be a beginner at crochet, which is SO important for pattern designers! It certainly helps to remember what it is like to BE a beginner when writing patterns for those who may be beginners themselves.
Carol is so eloquent and has such a big personality that I think showing her to you through her answers is the best way for you to REALLY get to know her. I feel like editing her candid self out of this is a mistake! I hope you enjoy meeting my friend just as she is today!
- How did you learn to crochet?
I started crocheting when I was first pregnant with my son about 4 years ago when I was 22 I wanted to be able to make him a bunch of cute things to wear, so I went out and bought a crochet hook and a skein of yarn (variegated, yikes! not a great type to start out with! haha), and searched for videos on YouTube. I learned the basics from watching videos and am self taught for the rest, including how to read and understand written patterns. My first project was a square, and to be honest, it was more of an hourglass shape. Counting stitches is important!!
- How long have you been designing? What inspired you to begin designing?
I have been designing patterns since the beginning of 2015. Before I began to design, I was a tester for multiple designers (still am!) and this helped me understand the basic process of pattern writing and how things needed to be written to be understood by the reader. As I got more confident in my crochet abilities I began to wonder if designing was something that I could do. I certainly had a lot of ideas, but could I make them work out how I had them in my mind? I decided to give it a shot and haven’t looked back! I am still learning things as I go, but as a crocheter, you never really know everything there is to know and continue to learn something new as you work in your craft.
- Who supports you the most in your crochet?
Definitely my husband and my grandma. My husband doesn’t know how I can even do what I do. He doesn’t understand it, but knows that I work hard and is proud of me for doing so. He always tells me ” I have no idea what you do to make the things you make. You just put a stick and some yarn together and magic happens” My grandma on the other hand, has been crocheting for years and only makes afghans, doilies, and the occasional hat. I have encouraged her to learn more things and introduced her to Ravelry so she can branch out a bit. She is beyond proud of what I make and loves what I do with different stitches.
- Who/What inspires you most of your designs? How do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in lots of things! Different clothing at stores help spark ideas of items or shapes of items that I want to make. I also have a small collection of stitch books that I look through if I am ever in a rut, and I often get inspiration from just looking at different stitches. I also have a couple of patterns with people’s names included in them. Those patterns were made or designed specifically for that person and were inspired by them.
- What is your favorite yarn type/brand? Why? Is that different than what you choose to design with and why?
I’m not sure if I have a favorite brand of yarn. There are still tons of types that I’ve yet to try out. I am quite fond of Loops and Threads Woolike. It is a weight 1 yarn and comes in some great colors! It is also super soft and CHEAP, which makes it even better. I also enjoy working with Red Heart Soft. I love how it feels and the color options that it offers, along with the variegated that can be paired with some of the solid colorways.
- What is your favorite hook type/brand? Why?
Clover Amour-H hook/5 mm. This is my favorite brand because of the rubber grip on the handle. They are beyond comfortable to use. My hands and wrists are never sore after I switched to these. My second favorite hooks are Susan Bates.
- We rarely get a chance to crochet for ourselves, if you could have any crochet item as a gift, what would it be? Or do you mostly design crochet items you would like to have
Seriously? Make me a blanket! Because I will never make one for myself. I don’t have enough patience to make one larger than a baby blanket, and I rarely make those! Most of the other items that I design are things that I would wear or use myself though. I wouldn’t design something that I didn’t like myself. I think doing that would take all of the fun out of designing.
- Best fix when you’ve lost your crojo?
I always like to look through stitch books to try and get my brain back into gear! Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I know right before my daughter was born I was in a huge crochet funk and didn’t even want to pick up a hook. After she was born, I didn’t even have the chance to crochet for over a week, and by that time I was itching to crochet. It’s so funny that sometimes when you have the time to actually do something, you don’t want to do it, but as soon as that time is taken away from you, you want to have that time back to be able to do the things you didn’t want to do only days or weeks before!
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