Spotlight: Midwest Crochet

PhotoGrid_1423059026101As handmade items have become all the rage, we thought it would be fun to feature a designer who has gone beyond the basics and created pieces that can even be seen on celebrities in Hollywood.

Michelle Costa was born and raised in NYC- spending much of her childhood in the Bronx. She’s been crocheting and knitting since her fingers were big enough to hold a hook, and she now owns her own business, Midwest Crochet, where she creates pieces for people all over the world.

Michelle sent us a fabulous shawl and hat to review and we absolutely loved it. Featured above is the The Isaac Boho Shawl in Plaza Sparkle White and the Isaac Plaza White Slouchy Beanie with pom pom to match.

We also wanted to ask Michelle a few fun questions about how to get started with crocheting and other fun tidbits..

When did you first learn to crochet?

I think since I was about 5. I remember always loving yarn. At first I could only make chain stitches so I would make chains as long as I could in every color.

 

What are some of the most fun pieces you’ve made- any that were out of the box?

I am super excited about the new Molly Four Way – it’s my new masterpiece to take you into spring. It’s everything from a scarf to a sarong. A truly year-round accessory. So much fun to design and so far it’s being received really well.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to learn to crochet? What materials do they need to start with?

My biggest advice is to have fun! I’m self taught. LOTS of mistakes but still LOTS of fun. All you need to start is a crochet hook and some yarn! There are some amazing YouTube videos now, which were not around when I started. So it’s easier than ever to grab some yarn, a hook and try some new on a rainy day.

 I also sell my original patterns and designs through my crochet blog www.crochetbymichele.com as well as talk about my process and give tips.
What is your biggest selling item?
My Brimless slouchy hat, is my best seller every year, and in fact was a total accident. I was trying to make a beach bag. But I kept losing count of stitches and ended up with a hat. I then tweaked the design and voila – the Brimless Slouchy Hat was born. I can’t keep them in stock when winter hits.

Do you do custom orders for items other than what is listed on your site?

Yes! I actually LOVE custom orders because it’s a chance to create something special for someone. I make baby props for photos shoots and keepsake gifts for new moms as custom orders. It’s really fun and special to me because I know that item is becoming part of someone’s story. Part of their memories. That’s a very special part of my job.
I take custom requests through the contact page of my website www.midwestcrochet.com
Thanks Michelle for giving us some insight into your world of design and be sure to check out Midwest Crochet!

 

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