Meet the Designer – Juliette Bezold

Today I would like to introduce you to Juliette Bezold, the designer of the beautiful Tunisian crochet poncho from the June 2017 issue of Crochet World.

We asked Juliette to share with us about her love of crochet and a few tips for crocheting the Setting Sun poncho.

Juliette says, “My lifelong passion for design, especially textile and fiber arts, began in my youth. Though my mother taught me to knit when I was around 8, what I really wanted to learn was crochet, but no one in my family knew how. I taught myself out of a book, and I haven’t put down a hook since!

Design plays a large role in my life. I have a design degree, and my career as an interior designer keeps me on top of the latest trends. I also love to sew, especially elaborate Victorian period costumes. But through it all has been my crochet. Finally I realized that it was time to combine my love of design with my love of crochet and begin a new adventure as a crochet designer!

In my designs, my focus is on wearable crochet: garments and accessories. My favorite items both to design and wear are cardigans. I have a deep love of the detailed and intricate; so my designs are often geared toward the intermediate to advanced crocheter looking for technical interest. I have a particular passion of Tunisian crochet, especially Tunisian lace.”

Here are a few tips from Juliette to keep in mind as you crochet the Setting Sun poncho:

  • Blocking is necessary to obtain gauge for this pattern. It helps to open and stretch out the extended stitches. Be sure to wet-block your gauge swatch before measuring it. Before blocking the poncho will not lay flat, but will appear puckered and gathered. Do not fear, this is normal. It will even out after blocking.
  • I was inspired to create this pattern by playing with self-striping yarn. If you want a wool poncho for winter, find a sport- or DK-weight self-striping yarn. The lengthwise bars will look more like stripes and the bars worked vertically will look more like solid blocks of color. For a variation, instead of Clones knots for the border, add a short fringe around the bottom edge.
  • Clones knots can seem challenging at first. Try to wrap the yarn a little looser around your hook than you normally would so it is easier to draw the hook through all the loops at once when completing the knot.

Juliette’s Tunisian designs are just stunning! If you love Tunisian crochet you may also want to try your hand at her gorgeous Miyabita Cardigan featured in the summer 2016 issue of Crochet! magazine.

Or her pretty Portsmouth Poncho from the winter 2016 issue of Crochet! magazine.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful Tunisian crochet designs with us Juliette! To see more of her stunning designs, check out her Ravelry page.

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