JANNE KLEIVSET

Simply Crochet - - HOOKED -

Janne from Joy of Mo­tion told us: “I learned cro­chet from my grand­mother when I was young, but I didn’t re­ally love it at the time. How­ever, I re­learned it to­gether with her right be­fore she passed away and at that time I was hooked! The love of cro­chet grew even more as I dis­cov­ered how to de­sign my own cro­chet pat­terns and es­pe­cially when I de­signed my first sweater.

“When­ever I de­sign some­thing new I ab­so­lutely try to chal­lenge my­self and learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence. One of my top achieve­ments would be the Flavus cardi­gan or the Bruma dress pat­tern from last year, as it chal­lenged my cro­chet knowl­edge and pat­tern-writ­ing skills.

“So much has changed since de­sign­ing my first cro­chet pat­tern up to now. My pas­sion for de­sign has driven me to take it on as a full-time ca­reer and, even though it’s scary at times, all the small achieve­ments are worth it. My big­gest pas­sion is de­sign­ing gar­ments, but all the maths has been a big chal­lenge. My so­lu­tion has been to start de­vel­op­ing free-to-use yarn cal­cu­la­tors to help me and hope­fully oth­ers with their chal­lenges. I’ve cre­ated them in a way that cro­cheters can also use them to help com­plete their makes.

“I rarely have de­signs planned out be­fore I start, I go where the yarn takes me. I of­ten end up with sev­eral new ideas from just one new project, as I dis­cover other ways I could use that tech­nique or stitch and then I want to make them all! I also go back to pre­vi­ous de­signs to get in­spi­ra­tions for new pat­terns.

“It took nearly two years to find the con­fi­dence to share my de­signs and to model them my­self, but my con­fi­dence has grown.” Find Janne on­line at www.joy­of­mo­tion cro­chet.com and on Pin­ter­est as joy­of­mo­tion.

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