Interview with Shelley Husband

What's the story behind your latest book?
I love to design new square so much! I design a new one at least once a week. I thought many of them suited the style of my first More than a Granny ebook and so I put together a new collection of 20 fun, new patterns to challenge you and extend your crochet skills.
When did you first start desiging?
My first pattern was published in early April 2013. Since then, I have designed many squares and blankets. My brain always has new ideas I must try. I love the challenge of problem solving and making up new combinations of stitches and techniques.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My hubby has said for a long time now I should write a book. I teach crochet workshops and my students enjoy my approach. I think it helps me as a designer to get my ideas out there so I can move on to more designs.
Describe your workspace
I love to be part of the family action, so my workspace is not a craft room away in the house, it's the lounge room couch. I have all my yarn and notebooks right next to me so I can play whenever the mood strikes, which is probably every time I sit.
What is the greatest joy of designing for you?
I love crochet that looks seamless - no obvious joins where rounds begin and end. I love it when I come up with a design that looks great and has that seamless look. I love to come up with new combinations of stitches and techniques to create new and exciting patterns to make.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. I get so much encouragement and support from so many people - it's quite humbling really. What I love most is seeing what folks have made with my patterns. That gives me a real buzz to see how proud they are of their crochet skills.
What are you working on next?
I am always working on new designs. I constantly have long lists of ideas waiting to be tried. Each week, I set aside time to design and I have a large bank of designs just waiting to be released. So what's next is more pattern ebooks and lots of them!
When you're not desiging, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not designing, I will be with my family out and about, reading or cooking.
Do you remember the first design you ever made?
Yes! I could not believe how difficult it was to translate what was in my head and on my hook to words that other folks could follow. I have since re-visited that one and fixed it up ;) It's still one of my most popular patterns.
What is your designing process?
Sometimes, I have an end result in mind and work to that. Other times, I let my hook and yarn play out round by round with no clear end in sight. I always have notebooks handy to scrawl (sometimes illegibly!) what I'm up to.
Published 2016-09-07.
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Books by This Author

Mayan Crochet Blanket Pattern UK Terms
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 9,850. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
The Mayan Crochet Blanket Pattern allows any adventurous crocheter with basic skills to enjoy this master class in crochet techniques. With step by step instructions, ample photos and detailed explanations of unusual manoeuvres, designer Shelley Husband is at your side every step of the way. The directions include round-by-round instructions, standardised international charts and links to videos.
Mayan Crochet Blanket Pattern US Terms
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 9,840. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
The Mayan Crochet Blanket Pattern allows any adventurous crocheter with basic skills to enjoy this master class in crochet techniques. With step by step instructions, ample photos and detailed explanations of unusual manoeuvres, designer Shelley Husband is at your side every step of the way. The directions include round-by-round instructions, standardised international charts and links to videos
Kaboom Crochet Blanket US Version
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 13,950. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
US crochet terms version. Kaboom is a bright, cheery crocheted blanket with a real retro 70’s feel. If you love a bit of colour, then this rainbow explosion is for you. Charts and clearly written patterns along with round by round photos, lots of hints and links to YouTube videos will help you make this fun blanket. Suitable for adventurous beginners. UK terms version also available.
Kaboom Crochet Blanket UK Version
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 13,960. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
UK crochet terms version. Kaboom is a bright, cheery crocheted blanket with a real retro 70’s feel. If you love a bit of colour, then this rainbow explosion is for you. Charts and clearly written patterns along with round by round photos, lots of hints and links to YouTube videos will help you make this fun blanket. Suitable for adventurous beginners. US terms version also available.
More than a Granny 2 UK Version
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 18,440. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
UK Version. Crochet is so much more than the traditional Granny Square. In this follow up to the ebook "More than a Granny", you'll find 20 new, fun versatile 6" crochet patterns you can use to create modern, colourful crochet creations. Charts for each pattern are provided along with detailed written patterns and an extensive stitch dictionary with links to videos of stitches by the author.
More than a Granny 2 US Version
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 18,400. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
US Version. Crochet is so much more than the traditional Granny Square. In this follow up to the ebook "More than a Granny", you'll find 20 new, fun versatile 6" crochet patterns you can use to create modern, colourful crochet creations. Charts for each pattern are provided along with detailed written patterns and an extensive stitch dictionary with links to videos of stitches by the author.
FRAN Crochet Blanket Pattern US Version
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 12,390. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
US Version The FRAN Crochet Blanket Pattern has 5 patterns - 4 small 6" & 1 large 18" pattern. Charts for all patterns are included. The patterns are suitable for beginners as only 3 stitches are used throughout. Links to videos for all the techniques and stitches you'll need to do, extensive hints and tips and round by round photos are also included. Designed for a single colour, FRAN is timeless
FRAN Crochet Blanket Pattern UK Version
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 12,390. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
UK Version The Fran Crochet Blanket is crochet at its most classic. Simple stitches in a single colour combine to create a timeless classic that will add warmth and texture to any room in your home. With step-by-step photos and tutorials, the Fran Crochet Blanket pattern will provide a satisfying experience for any crocheter.
GREG Crochet Blanket Pattern US Version
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - General
USTerms Version. GREG Crochet Blanket Pattern makes an elegant square blanket around 50" across. GREG stands for Grand and Resplendent Endeavour in Gaiety. There are 5 patterns - Tom, Joe, Tim, Ian are all 5" patterns and Bob is 15". Each has their own style and look but they all come together to make an elegant statement piece for your home. Designed for a single colour, GREG is timeless.
GREG Crochet Blanket Pattern UK Version
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - General
UK Terms Version. GREG Crochet Blanket Pattern makes an elegant square blanket around 50" across. GREG stands for Grand and Resplendent Endeavour in Gaiety. There are 5 patterns - Tom, Joe, Tim, Ian are all 5" patterns and Bob is 15". Each has their own style and look but they all come together to make an elegant statement piece for your home. Designed for a single colour, GREG is timeless.
Flowers Abound : 20 Floral Crochet Patterns UK Version
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 19,340. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
UK Version 20 unique and varied crochet flower squares for mixing and matching to make blankets, cushions, scarves - anything you like. Everything you need to know to successfully create every pattern is included, from very detailed instructions with tips to the extensive stitch dictionary that includes links to videos by the author.
Flowers Abound : 20 Floral Crochet Patterns US Version
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 19,290. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
US Version 20 unique and varied crochet flower squares for mixing and matching to make blankets, cushions, scarves - anything you like. Everything you need to know to successfully create every pattern is included, from very detailed instructions with tips to the extensive stitch dictionary that includes links to videos by the author.
Granny Square Crochet for Beginners US Version
Price: Free! Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
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A how to crochet book for complete novices with everything you need to know from how to hold the hook to changing colours to weaving in ends and blocking.
Granny Square Crochet for Beginners UK Version
Price: Free! Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
A how to crochet book for complete novices with everything you need to know from how to hold the hook to changing colours to weaving in ends and blocking.
More than a Granny - 20 Versatile Crochet Square Patterns UK Version
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 15,020. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
UK Version. Crochet is so much more than the traditional Granny Square. In this book, you'll find 20 versatile 6" crochet square patterns you can use to create modern, colourful crochet creations you and your family will love. As well as detailed patterns, the book has an extensive stitch dictionary with links to videos by the author to ensure your success. (US Version also available)
More than a Granny - 20 Versatile Crochet Square Patterns US Version
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 15,000. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
US Version. Crochet is so much more than the traditional Granny Square. In this book, you'll find 20 versatile 6" crochet square patterns you can use to create modern, colourful crochet creations you and your family will love. As well as detailed patterns, the book has an extensive stitch dictionary with links to videos by the author to ensure your success. (UK Version also available)