Em­brace the colour

We talk clashy colours and elec­tric blues with Esme Crick

Simply Crochet - - GOOD READ - Find Esme at www.rav­elry.com/de­sign­ers/esme-crick and redspar­rowcro­chet.blogspot.com

Liv­ing in Suf­folk with her other half, two chil­dren and “fat grumpy cat, Hank Deluxe”, Esme’s love for mak­ing blan­kets comes from ne­ces­sity. Their house is freez­ing all win­ter, so they hud­dle un­der blan­kets to keep warm! She de­signs all day ev­ery day, and al­ways has a ton of projects on the go.

What’s the idea be­hind the Waves blan­ket?

We had a beau­ti­ful fam­ily hol­i­day on the Nor­folk coast this sum­mer, and my daugh­ter and I took lots of pho­tos of the chang­ing pat­terns on the sea. Those in­ter­link­ing, shift­ing and sparkling shapes def­i­nitely in­spired the de­sign of this throw.

What in­spired your cool colour palette?

This was an in­ter­est­ing process, as the cool palette I used is not my usual place to hang out! I think it is vi­tal for me to ex­tend my colour per­spec­tive as I can get a bit stuck in a par­tic­u­lar colour vibe. I wanted to cap­ture the move­ment of the sea, and the yarn and sub­tle shade changes were per­fect for that.

Tell us about the al­ter­na­tive colour palette

The warm colour swatch is more my nat­u­ral colour palette: I love big, jumpy colours and clashy sim­i­lar tones. It’s amaz­ing how the same pat­tern can look so dif­fer­ent in a new palette! I would have this throw as a real state­ment piece in my sit­ting room, on the back of our big tatty sofa. What do you en­joy about de­sign­ing blan­kets? Blan­kets have al­ways been my ab­so­lute favourite things to de­sign and make. There is so much scope in a large project to go a bit crazy with colour and shape. Also, with a blan­ket, I pick up my hook and I know I am off on a real mak­ing ad­ven­ture – ded­i­cat­ing weeks and weeks of work to a project is very ex­cit­ing for me.

What other blan­kets have you de­signed?

I have made so many! But one of my all-time favourites (and loved by many peo­ple who made it) was my In Liv­ing Colour throw from Sim­ply Cro­chet is­sue 53 (above left). I was read­ing a lot about colour the­ory at the time, and this piece was in­spired by one of my he­roes, colour the­o­rist Josef Al­bers.

Have you made any other cro­cheted items that have a par­tic­u­larly warm or cool colour palette? Hav­ing never been a huge fan of blue, a cou­ple of years ago I got com­pletely ob­sessed with elec­tric blue, which along with a gor­geous cop­per con­trast started ap­pear­ing ev­ery­where in my house. Then a friend of mine was ex­pect­ing a baby, so I made her a Starry Night mo­bile for the im­mi­nent ar­rival. I still look at those shades of blue now and feel over­whelmed by the depth and in­ten­sity of the colours. Colour is a pow­er­ful force, isn’t it?

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