Esther from 'Happy in Red' explains how she got into crochet, and tells us about some of her favourite projects!

Hi, I am Esther: a 30-something from Utrecht, The Netherlands, and your colourful host on Happy in Red. During the day I am a journalist and editor, and by night I magically turn into a crazy crafter. As a girl, I used to watch my oma’s (grandmother’s) wonderful crochet projects, but I was just too restless to learn it myself. That moment came a couple of years ago, unfortunately not guided by my clever grandmother, but by Youtube, library books, a 5mm hook and a ball of the most splitty yarn I ever came across. Crocheting became my ultimate haven, and a relaxing escape from a sometimes very demanding job and social life.

If anyone would wake me in the middle of the night and tell me to crochet them something, I’d probably start working on a blanket. There is something amazingly therapeutic about getting into the flow of crocheting a blanket. I’ve made blankets in ripple stitches, granny squares and funky retro designs, using perhaps unusual, yet fun and vintage inspired colour combinations.

Crochet blankets make the ultimate heirlooms. My hexagon blanket, made in Scheepjes Stonewashed, is still one of my favourites. Another project dear to my heart is my bobble stitch scarf that’s been keeping me warm for a number of winters, now.


................Hexagon Blanket

....................Funky 50's Blanket

.................Crochet Spike Stitch Blanket


If you’d like to see more free crochet and sewing patterns, hop on over to Happy in Red or follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

Happy crafting!