Meet Michelle Ferguson, the crochet designer behind Two Brothers Blankets, whose design specialty is garments and accessories for the handmade wardrobe. She loves reading, the beach, and watching college football, and her proudest crochet accomplishment was when she was on the cover of Happily Hooked Magazine!
We’re so excited to talk to you today, Michelle! Can’t wait to get to know you better. You caught our attention with all your great wearable patterns for crochet, and we are super excited that some of your crochet patterns are now available for sale on our site.
One of your patterns caught our eye: The Aspen Tunic. Can you tell us about the inspiration/design process for that pattern?
I love a cute outfit of leggings, a tunic, and boots. So I wanted to create a crochet tunic that I could wear with my leggings and boots. I was also really loving crochet cables and wanted cables to be the feature of this design.
Why did you choose the yarn you chose for this design?
Brava Sport is a really nice sport weight yarn. It’s lightweight so you’re not too warm when wearing it. It is also 100% premium acrylic so it’s very soft and sturdy. Brava Sport is just a really great sport weight yarn for garments.
When did you fall in love with crochet?
I fell in love with crochet about a year after I first learned how to crochet. I was a stay-at-home mama of two toddlers, and I had just picked crochet back up and began to really learn how to create things other than just swatches. It was something just for me. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and pride, even when I was home all day with the kiddos.
What was your first crochet project (and do you have a photo of it)?
I believe my first finished project was a simple scarf in all double crochet and I even added fringe to it! (photo attached)
Wow, that’s pretty great for your first project! What was your first design and how do you feel about it now?
My first design was my Amelia Earwarmer. It is probably the most simple project ever, but I was putting feelers out to see if designing was something I really wanted to do. It is free on my blog now and still does really well, so I’m very happy with it.
How did you get started sharing your crochet designs?
I started out just uploading them to Ravelry and sharing them on Facebook. First, to my own family and friends. Then I created a Facebook business page and used that to reach more people.
What’s your favorite of your crochet designs?
That’s a hard question! I think my all time favorite would have to be my Savannah Sweater. It is chic and classy but so simple! It has such great texture and is quite versatile too!
What do you hope to design in the future, or where do you want to go with your designs?
I absolutely love designing garments and accessories for the handmade wardrobe and will continue to do so. I do mostly tops and sweaters, so it would be fun to venture out a bit and try some other wardrobe items like skirts and/or jewelry!
What’s been the biggest surprise that came out of starting your crochet site?
I think just that feeling I get when I see that people like my designs and can make something that came from me. I still get giddy when people share their projects made from my designs!
Current favorite WeCrochet yarn?
I still love Brava, both sport and worsted and use it often! But there are still so many yarns that I am looking forward to trying!
What is your favorite thing to crochet?
Currently spring/summer tops and blankets!
Biggest yarn/crochet-related pet peeve?
When I get close to the end of the skein and somehow manage to get it tangled around itself as I’m crocheting.
What do you wish you had known when you first started crocheting?
When I first started I didn’t realize there was a right side to the stitches, so for a while I was making all my hats inside out! I wish I had figured that out sooner…like before I was giving them away to friends and family! LOL
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us, Michelle! How can our readers find you online?
They can find me at www.twobrothersblankets.com or on Instagram (@twobrothersblankets) and Facebook (facebook.com/twobrothersblankets).
Find all of Michelle’s WeCrochet designs here.
Find all her Ravelry patterns here.