I have to say, I try to be really thoughtful in the designers I choose for my Unallied Artist Blog. I try to pick the designers that are generally well thought of and have good reviews on Ravelry, Facebook, Etsy, ect. Somehow, I managed to overlook Laura Eccleston? How did that even happen? Happy Berry Crochet's Laura Eccleston has designed for some of the top fiber arts companies in the world yet passionately maintains her independence as a freelance artist (as you will see if you read her blog). She's a mum, writer, designer, traveller, and all around amazing businesswoman. With 128 designs available on Ravelry alone, we better get started with our Happy Berry highlights!
First, I do want to say that if you appreciate Laura Eccleston's work she does have a patreon account through which you can support her free patterns. She does spend a great deal of time offering free patterns and tutorials on YouTube.
All of you know by now I am very much "hooked" on making clothes for kids. Generally I look for designers who create pieces I think my friends would like or might consider ordering from me. Some of my friends do knit or crochet but in the case of gifts they order from me so that they aren't "discovered" LOL. Laura Eccleston creates both toys (which I don't cover on this blog because my daughter is the expert) and clothing for infants up to teen sizes. Patterns that range from whimsical to vintage, and everything in between. I am always on the look-out for great hat patterns because I use them in my charity work all the time. Let's look at a few of my favorite Happy Berry creations hats.
I make a lot of baby gifts! Some of the kids who were very young when I first moved to the Northern Adirondacks now have babies of their own. I like to make something that suits each family... well I try. Sometimes I miss the mark. However Happy Berry Crochet couldn't possibly miss the mark with her clothing designs.
Adults and teens have a plethora of cool hats, fingerless mitts, and tops to choose from. My favorites... well all of them but I'll share a few :)
Many of my readers like to create blankets for friends, family, and charity. Blanket squares are perfect for seasonal gifts. Happy Berry Crochet has several really festive and fun designs.
There's no question Laura Eccleston is one of today's top designers. Thankfully she's still very much a Freelance artist so she controls her own work. Thank you Laura for the fantastic website and patterns. Don't forget if you use one of Happy Berry's free patterns there is a paypal link to donate a "thank you" tip. The few patterns I've highlighted today are only a fraction of Happy Berry Crochet's collection. Check out the rest, and consider joining the 56,334 members on the website!
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.