Saturday, November 22, 2014

Let's Play Favourites! with Darleen Hopkins

Our guest today is Darleen Hopkins (DarleenHopkins on Ravelry,, a crochet designer from the United States.

You may have seen some of Darleen's designs in Crochet Today!, Crochetvolution, Tangled, Crochet 1-2-3 and ILikeCrochet magazines and can recognise her signature fun hats and beautiful blankets.

Let's play favourites!

1. Which of your designs is your most favourite?
Patchwork Baby Kitty Blanket - a kitty and the warmth of a blanket are purrfect. : ) The pattern was inspired by my youngest son.

2. Which of your patterns would be your favourite recommendation to a novice crocheter?
Shells of Love - an easy pattern with easy stitch repeats. Choose three gorgeous colors to really make a statement.

3. And which one would be such to a more experienced crocheter?
Whispers, Shawl or Shawlette - unique hook placement creates the amazing texture in this beautiful shawl.

4. What is your most favourite part of designing?
Being able to see my vision recreated by others is very satisfying.

5. Favourite crocheting technique?
I've been wanting to try a variety of techniques-for now, my favorite stitch is hdc.

6. Favourite yarn brand/yarn type?
In the past I've mostly worked with worsted or aran weights. Now I'm enjoying lighter dk or sock weights. Unfortunately animal fibers are irritating to me so I prefer to work with cotton or cotton blends.

7. Favourite place to crochet?
In the comfort of my home listening to the sounds of my family.

8. Favourite colour combination?
Blues and greens-colors that reflect the grass and the sky together.

9. What are your (favourite) designing plans for 2015?
More shawls, more hats. You can never have too many of either - and a little fun in between.

10. Is there a designer-GAL participant, whose designs you favourited most of all?
Erica Mount - her color work is phenomenal.


  1. Great interview! I love Darleen's Board :)

  2. Thank you so much for this interview! It was a lot of fun : )

    1. Thank you very much! It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your work too!