Simply Crochet - - HOOKED -

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.mich­ele­ or on her blog at www.stitchand­hus­

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