We sat down for an interview with Sabrina Somers, author, and creator of Pokémon Crochet. Sabrina talked to us about creating her latest book, and her route into crochet.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Sabrina. I live in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) with my husband Mark, our son Sven who turns three next month and our five months old daughter Milou. We have two cats named Timmie and Sheila who love yarn even more than I do.
Tell us a bit about your new book?
Pokémon Crochet is a book that every Pokémon fan needs. It contains patterns for 20 different Pokémon. The patterns vary in difficulty level, but even if you have never crocheted before you will be able to bring your favorite Pokémon to life.
What is your favourite project/technique featured?
I’m very proud of Magikarp. I thought it would be one of the hardest to create at the beginning but he turned out so cute.
What was your route into crochet?
It all started in 2014 when my husband bought me an Amigurumi book as a gift. It taught me all the basics to crochet a stuffed animal. After following several patterns I felt confident enough to create my own designs.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I follow many designers on Instagram and see the most wonderful creations, but this is more to get in the mood for crocheting. For me the inspiration comes actually from things that are not made out of yarn. When I see something I like on TV, in a book or in a shop for example, I imagine how I can turn it into an Amigurumi.
What is the most challenging thing about being a crochet designer?
Creating something unique. You kind of work with the same stitches and techniques as others, but the combination of it makes the difference.
Sabrina is also the proud author of Pokémon Crochet Kit, which includes all the materials needed to make Pikachu, and patterns to create 5 other Pokémon including: Eevee, Jigglypuff, Vulpix, Snorlax and Psyduck.