Designer Spotlight

Cherie Bernatt

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Cherie Bernatt

While I was in elementary school my mom taught me to crochet, and by middle school my first full-size afghan was finished. By the time I was in my thirties and had a family of my own, we were settled in Florida, where the heat made traditional afghans, heavy sweaters and winter hats almost useless. And yet I still wanted to crochet—it relaxed me! So, I experimented with thread crochet and loved it! I began designing earrings, necklaces, lace-weight tops, inserts and anything else that could be made with thread and still be enjoyed in a warm climate. Of course, I still played with yarn, but my love of thread just made sense.

Through the process I discovered I love designing as much as—if not more than—crocheting itself. So, I started Crochet Mon Cherie, began sharing my patterns online and in print, and started my career as a freelance designer.

Today, my favorite parts of crochet are hosting crochetalongs (the crochet community is so fun and supportive!) and admiring a finished project—what a feeling of satisfaction! I am currently working on the third volume of my earring collection, and I still get totally excited every time I finish a new design!

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