STITCH & HUSTLE
Michele Costa, the US blogger behind Stitch and Hustle, told us: “I learned to love crochet as a child. I have memories of being in a corner with a ball of yarn and hook and making chains to entertain myself. I taught myself more stitches and by the time I was in my 20s I was fully hooked.
“Fashion inspires me as I am primarily a garment designer. But nature and travel inspire me too. It’s why most of my designs are named after places I’ve visited. For example, the waist and straps of the Mallory Tank take me back to Mallory Square in Key West, Florida, and the way everyone would gather for sunset in the open plaza.
“Having said that, Audrey Hepburn is my muse. As my design arsenal grows I always think of how I can honour her classic style.
“My favourite make is probably my Newport Cardigan – I never take it off! And my biggest triumph so far is my recent collaboration with Manos del Uruguay for the Montevideo Pullover. This is special as I had always admired the company, and the collaboration enabled me to make a garment that I truly believe fits every woman.
“Nothing makes me happier than the messages I receive from crocheters telling me they made their first garment from one of my designs. I save those messages in a folder for those days I may need a little push.
“Here’s a confession: I may or may not always swatch first. Shush – don’t tell on me. Also – I love knitting. Can that be ok?”
Find Michele at www.michelecosta.com or on her blog at www.stitchandhustle.com