Another designer that I admire and enjoy working with is Kristine Mullen of Ambassador Crochet. She was so kind enough to chat with me so that you all could get to know her too!
TBSB: Hi, Kristine! Tell my readers a little about yourself.
Kristine: I am a homeschooling mom of 6 (1 boy, 5 girls). Hubby and I have been married for almost 17 years and we live on a little lake in CT. I have 5 daughters who dance so I spend a lot of hours at the dance studio.
TBSB: At what age did you learn to crochet, and who taught you?
Kristine: My mother taught me to crochet when I was 5, but I didn’t pick my hooks back up until I was in my 20’s and pregnant with my first daughter.
TBSB: When did you start designing?
Kristine: In 2007… I started designing 10+ years ago when a good friend of mine had a preemie, and I couldn’t find a pattern I liked. (Back then there were much less pattern options online). So I set out to design my own and fell in love with the design process.
TBSB: What a special gift that must have been! I am so glad we have so many more options for pattern resources now! What are your favorite things to design?
Kristine: My new favorite is sweaters, but I have a long time favorite of baby blankets. Maybe that’s because that’s where my designing started.
TBSB: Where do you find your inspiration?
Kristine: I don’t have just one place. Usually it’s a person, though. I either know someone’s style, or I search their baby registry for ideas. Then I will try to find a stitch or yarn that might fit in with that person’s favorite things.
This is Kristine’s Oakley Fringe Cowl – I love the simplicity yet detailed look the fringe gives, don’t you? Click here to get the pattern!
TBSB: With regard to crochet hooks, are you on Team Bates or Team Boye?
Kristine: Honestly, I’m Team Tulip, but if I could only use Bates or Boye, I’d choose Bates hands down.
TBSB: You know, I don’t know that I’ve ever tried a Tulip hook, but you’re not the first person that I’ve heard on Team Tulip. What is your favorite yarn weight/brand to work with?
Kristine: I have always worked with #4 – I Love This Yarn! is my favorite – but lately I have been loving the look I can create with #3 DK/light worsted yarns.
TBSB: I think we are twinsies! Hobby Lobby’s ILTY is my favorite worsted weight acrylic too! And I have recently fallen in love with Lion Brand Mandala which is a DK weight…. it is my new fave!
TBSB: Is there a stitch or technique you would like to learn?
Kristine: I have only dabbled in Broomstick lace but would love to have more practice at it because it can create beautiful openwork patterns.
TBSB: What is your favorite tool in your yarny toolbox?
Kristine: Hmmm, probably my I or J hook. I’m pretty simple.
TBSB: What is your most popular pattern?
Kristine: My American Flag afghan (click here to view it on Ravelry)
TBSB: Where can readers go to see your work?
Kristine: I have my own website/blog, which can be viewed here. My patterns are hosted for sale on Ravelry (click here to view Kristine’s Ravelry shop) as well as on Etsy (click here to view Kristine’s Etsy shop.)
I really enjoy the textures and stitches that Kristine selects to create her designs. She has a great attention to detail, which is definitely shown in her Play Ball Sports Fan Set. (click here to buy it on Ravelry.)
Be sure to check out Kristine’s shop… And tell her I sent you!