Crochet Blog to Watch: Crochet By Fayecomments (3) May 7th, 2008
For my first crochet interviewee, I chose Robyn Chachula of Crochet By Faye. Robyn has been crocheting for about six years, but her design technique is very unique. She’s a structural engineer by day, and she uses AutoCad in her design process. Says Robyn: “ I use the drawing software to map out my design before I crochet or write it. The software allows me to simulate any increases or decreases I want to make, by moving around the crochet stitch symbols. I then take that and write up the direction; then, I finally crochet it. If I see I want to do something different while I am crocheting, it is much easier for me to go back and edit my first take since I don’t have to hunt through the written directions…. It’s not too different from modeling a building. In structural design, we lay out every detail down to the bolts, then write the specifications, and build the building. Whenever there is an issue in the field, we can use our plans to re-immerse ourselves in the details.”
In fact, Robyn has written a new book called Blueprint Crochet: Modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter, which contains instructions that are all in stitch diagram form. The book, due out September 1, 2008, will be full of wearable contemporary designs that include everything from earrings and accessories to sweaters and boleros.
As far as her stash goes, Robyn tells a likely story. It is “too big. It never really seems to get smaller, yet I have been trying. Right now, it fills half of our guest room. So that’s at least one entire wall of shelves that are probably 7 feet high—sad really. Every year, I try to donate huge bins of it—and I swear, it multiplies—because I have yet to see it get smaller.” You can bet it’s chock full of superwash wool, one of her favorite fibers.
Check out Robyn’s Web site to see some of her designs (see the image of the awesome crossover top) and catch up on her blog to see what’s next. When asked about her favorite (if you can call it that) "craft-astrophe," she replied:
"One of my favorite mishaps was when I tried on a project my cousin helped me crochet, and the pockets ended up at the shoulders instead of the waist. That was a major design 'oops.' But I didn’t let it lick me, and I cut a new pocket at the waist and closed up the one at the shoulder. When I was done, I thought others may find it interesting so I created a tutorial on how to move holes in crochet. I find that I make mistakes all the time, and if I put on my thinking cap, there is always a way to solve them."