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Meet the Author

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Hello, my name is Millie and I'm rather excited as I have just had my first book published! I taught myself to crochet about 5 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child and became hooked (excuse the pun!)

Tell us a bit about the book?

The book is crammed with over 30 crochet patterns and a complete step by step guide to all the stitches and techniques needed. It's suitable for a complete beginner but also contains some more challenging projects. Patterns include hats for adults and children, mittens, gloves and scarves, gorgeous patterns for homewares and plenty of ideas for gifts! All with a modern twist!

What was the inspiration behind it?

I love crochet and wanted to share my love with others. the patterns are all inspired by things I would want to wear or have in my home. My inspiration comes from all over including books and magazines, fashion and the world around me!

Which is your favourite project?

I think my favourite pattern is the London skyline cushion. I loved coming up with a pattern to depict the iconic view of London in crochet! It was inspired by my daily commute to work on the train into London!

What is your craft space like?

I am utterly spoilt and have a converted attic which is my 'studio'. It's an amazing space to work and I can be as creative (messy!) as I like and I have filled it with items that inspire me and that I love!

Have you always been creative?

I have always loved being creative and have a particular love of textiles! As well as crochet, I knit, sew, embroider and love to create! I'm not much good at drawing...but there is always time for me to practice!

When did you first start crafting?

I started crafting as a child and the first thing I remember making is knitting a scarf. It was rather holey and decreased in size along the way as stitches were dropped from memory!

Who are your crafty heroes?

I love Amy Butler's designs and fabrics. The gorgeous bold prints are so lovely!

Where do you find inspiration?

I get inspiration from all over but my children inspire me on a daily basis. My daughter in particular has a real eye for design and will tell me if something is good or bad!
I collect vintage crochet patterns and I love giving things a modern interpretation!

What's next for you?

I am just starting to work on some crochet classes with a Tunbridge Wells, Kent based project called Freckles and Fire. I'll be teaching people how to crochet and sharing my love with others!

Publisher's Description

This is the first book from gorgeous British crochet brand Ruby and Custard and the perfect beginner's guide to crochet. Learn all the essential stitches with clear step-by-step photography and try over 30-easy-to-follow patterns to make beautiful and stylish accessories you'll love to wear and make for loved ones.

There are patterns for adults, children and babies, for your home and for special occasions. Projects include beanie hats, berets, cowls, gloves, scarves and mittens for grown ups; themed, fun hats, scarves and mittens, play accessories and toys for children; and gorgeous rattles, mobiles, blankets and cuddlies for babies. You can also make cute home accessories, including Christmas decorations, that make the perfect gifts - if you can bear to part with them! This book will become your go-to crochet guide for years to come.

Once you've tried the basic pattern, have fun customising designs yourself with your favourite colours and wools - this book shows you everything you need to know to master crochet and create bespoke creations.


Susan E.
Susan E. · Willington, England, GB
Very much a novice at crochet , so this book would really help meLove