In my travels across the web I sometimes run into the COOLEST designers. This week while surfing Etsy I found The Hat & I crochet.
Another great designer who LOVES color and designs for children. Two great things that go great together.
The storefront for The Hat & I really captured the attention. The bright colors and well done photographs made me stop in my tracks.
The store owner and artist is Marken. Marken has a real talent for combining color with interesting designs that capture the imagination. Plus she has a super cute model :) She has an ability to use color and shape to turn ordinary items to crochet gold. :)
As I said I found the Hat and I on Etsy. However, Marken is also on Facebook, Craftsy, and Ravelry. The wonderful thing about the Hat and I Crochet is that the designs are fun for children without being boring to crochet or repeating the same old hackneyed ideas. Color, wimsey, interest, combinations that are well thought out and not overly complicated. Funny faced frogs, adorable owls, and as the name implies hats galore! Marken has really created a niche for her designs. So adorable!
Marken takes the designs to the next level, not simply selling the same thing over and over but reworking the patterns to develop projects that would sell to a larger audience. You know how I love that out of the box thinking. Take for instance the owls and cats. Same basic shapes but very different look. I like that the design can be used so many different ways. From appliques to handbags there is literally something for everyone.
Two of the designs that caught my eye were hats that really were quite unique. A bowler hat pattern (SUPER CUTE) to fit eight different sizes and a boater hat also designed to fit infants to adults! A summer weight hat and a winter hat... quite proper :)
Of course color color and more color at The Hat and I. I think the blanket patterns are marvelous. I really enjoy all the different ideas and designs that went into the blanket patterns at the The Hat and I. Marken designed 23 blanket patterns! All different, all completely adorable, like the "Follow Your Heart" Afghan pattern. Not leaving out the animal lovers this "Bunnies R Us" pattern. The stunningly beautiful "Baby Love" afghan is really not to be missed. I'm just loving Marken's designs!
I will be purchasing some of the patterns from "The Hat And I for and upcoming project. I hope you will look the shop over and take a moment to drop Marken a note to thank her for her gorgeous work.
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