Pets can’t knit or crochet, but as Jennifer Cirka and other owners know, they tend to be very “supportive” of any activity involving yarn. Jennifer will sit on the couch with a crochet project in hand and her “big, goofy Greyhound,” by her side – at least that’s how they start. More often than not, they end up in a photo-worthy position!
It might sound awkward, but this arrangement seems to be working for her design process. In August, she released 16 patterns in a new book called “Easy Weekend Crochet Hats: A Ski-Style Collection for the Entire Family.” The collection includes Blue Diamond, a cozy cap crocheted in our Vintage yarn. While still an easy pattern, Jennifer added some cabling in the front to challenge beginners.
How long have you been crocheting?
I have been crocheting off and on since I was little. My maternal grandmother taught me the basic chain and single crochet stitch, but never really what to do with them. I remember making very long chains and working in circles a lot. When I graduated high school, I picked up a “teach yourself to crochet” book and learned a lot more.
Did you make this hat for anyone in particular?
No, but everyone says it looks great on me! I may just keep it for myself.
How did you decide on the yarn?
I love blue, but I wanted a particular shade. I found it in Berrocco Vintage!
What’s your favorite project you’ve ever made?
I made a shawl that should soon be released by Cooperative Press. It’s made from a very fine mohair yarn with tiny seed beads throughout. It took forever to crochet, but it turned out amazing. I’m saving it for my daughter for when she gets married. I’ve even told my husband that, should the house catch on fire, it is one of the things that MUST go with us!
What’s your favorite thing about crochet?
I love the challenge of recreating something I’ve seen in a store as a crocheted item.