June 4, 2012

Stacey Trock Interview

If you read the title, you'd know that this post is an interview about crochet designer, Stacey Trock. ;) You may recognize that name from her books, Crochet Softies and Cuddly Crochet. Have you seen her blog or Etsy store? Her blog has great crochet advice, tutorials, and tons more. Her Etsy store has cute amigurumi patterns and DIY kits, so you can make your own adorable creation. Links...

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(click on each picture to go to the Ravelry pattern page)
Me: Thanks for coming! How long have you been crocheting, and how did you learn?
Stacey: I learned to crochet when I was about 6 years old... my mom taught me the basics of chainging, sing crocheting, increasing and decreasing. As I got older, I learned more advanced stitches from books from the library (it was before the internet!).

Gordon (aka Sting) the Jellyfish
Me: You have a surplus of amigurumi patterns, but what else do you like to design?
Stacey:  Hahaha...a surplus! That's a fantastic way of putting it :) When you design as a business, there's a long way in between coming up with a design and getting that design ready for publication. A published pattern needs to be tested, edited and photographed. So, even though I design lots of things (for myself, personally) not as many make it as published patterns. I've designed hats and little children's clothing in knitting, and I've always dreamed up new things for crochet. I love designing things for kids... new ideas for crocheted afghans are always coming to me!
Salty the Crocodile
Me: What's your favorite design of yours?
Stacey: I'd have to say that Nelson the Owl is one of my favorites. Everyone seems to love him, and it makes me so happy to see the versions that others make! I'm also a sucker for snails... so both Milton (in my book, Crocheted Softies) and Martin the Snail are person favorites.
Easy Peasy Socks for First-Timers
Me: Do you have any other hobbies other than knitting/crocheting?
Stacey: I do! I love sewing and almost any other crafty thing you can think of... I'd dabbled in tatting, locker hooking, beaded flowers... variety is the spice of life! I also like baking, running and doing yoga.
Maple the Moose
Me: Do you have a favorite yarn brand to work with?
Stacey: Oh, it's so hard to choose! I love Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud and Chloe: they're organic yarns in fabulous colors. I also always have tons of Ella Rae Classics (a nice 100% wool yarn) on hand for my stuffed animals. Shepherd's Wool is another fabulous yarn.... 100% American-process merino.
Tuskegee the Walrus
Me: How many WIP's do you have right now?
Stacey: Not too many, actually! I have 2 amigurumi WIPs in progress (I usually only have one, but I'm waiting for some to come in the mail!) and one knitting project. My knitting project is for fun... a pair of socks that are portable and fun to knit on the go.
Zork the Alien
Me: What's your inspiration for your designs?
Stacey: I wish I knew! I know it sounds trite, but they just come to me! I'm absolutely in love with cartoon-y style that you'll see in a lot of Japanese books/designs... nice round circular shapes and bright colors. My designs are mostly 'cartoony', so funnily enough, real life animals aren't a big inspiration for me. Of course, I adore animals, but my designs aren't typically motivated by animals I see out in the real world.
Stretch the Giraffe 
Me: Do you have a favorite technique to use?
Stacey: The sloppy slip knot! I began doing it by accident... but it's really a quick and easy way to begin crocheting amigurumi. A lot of people find techniques such as the magic ring confusing or difficult, so I'm always teaching newbies about the sloppy slip knot. :)
Mr. Crabby
And now for a coupon code giveaway! Like the other interviews, I'll be having a giveaway to win a Ravelry coupon code to pick out one of Stacey's patterns for free. To enter, just comment below! Remember to give an email (or if you have one, a Ravelry username, and then you can just message me it), so she'll know who to send it to. The giveaway will run from today, June 4th to June 11th.

Thanks a bunch Stacey for the interview and giveaway! I realize that the patterns above are almost all patterns from her book, Crochet Softies. Oops!



  1. I came here from Stacey's twitter :-) Great interview!! I always love a chance to get another freshstitches pattern for my library - thanks for the giveaway! (I'm on Ravelry as Scientknits)

  2. I also came from Stacey's twitter! I've made two of her designs so far, and they are rather addicting. Instead of buying gifts this Christmas, I'm making huggable amigurumi for everyone, and to get another pattern would be awesome! My Ravelry is holliejolly. :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  3. Also came over from Stacey's twitter! Nice Interview! I'm a HUGE fan of Freshstitches' patterns... and have a goal of getting every one of her patterns. Getting a free one would sure help me (and my wallet with that goal!). I'm Staceycrochetst on twitter and NMStacey on Ravelry.... but well Stacey knows who this Stacey H is! :-)

  4. Very nice interview.
    I also came here from Staceys Twitter.
    Fell in love with cuddly amigurumi when I discovered Staceys online classes at Craftsy. She's a great instructor.
    Her patterns are easy to follow and fun to make :)
    My Ravelry name is Ferretmania

  5. Awesome interview! I just found Stacey a few days ago, and followed her on twitter. I love all these adorable crochet critters. My name on Ravelry is Liasha :)

  6. I love Stacey's patterns. They are all wonderfully written and turn out amazingly cute! :) I recommend her patterns to everyone! My raverly name is princesstori.

  7. I love Stacey's patterns, have a brontasauras as a Wip right now :) Would love another pattern. Great interview hun! Katelavin on ravelry

  8. I love Stacey's patterns! They are all so adorable!
    My Rav name is foodhorsescrochet. (:



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