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Designer Spotlight: Alessandra from Just Be Happy Patterns

By on June 16, 2015



I was so excited to get to interview Alessandra! I am a big fan of her work and I have made my kids several of her patterns. Her design work is beautiful and her story is inspiring.

Tell us about how you got started with crochet.
Alessandra: I learned to crochet from my grandma when I was 8. My mom had passed away and I got to spend a lot of time at my grandma’s house and she found a way to keep me busy!

Where does your crochet inspiration come from?
I feel like it’s kinda random, sometimes from nature, most of the times from my kids, other times from necessity – like my All Purpose Robe, my kids didn’t have a robe, so I decided to crochet them one! robe2_medium2

I’m loving your new colorwork patterns that you have designed lately. Can you tell us about those?
Sure! I have always loved the knitted fair isle look and although I know how to knit, I am still a beginner and very slow at it. So I decided to replicate the fair isle look into my crochet work.

I love the new Colorway Slouch!Colorway Slouch

What is your favorite yarn to work with and why?
This is a hard one! Instead of saying one kind of yarn, I am going to tell you that at the moment I am really into DK weight yarn, I used to be a worsted weight kind of gal, but I am really loving DK and sock weights now, they are great for garments and Spring/Summer designs!

I am curious about Brazil. Since you are originally from Brazil and learned to crochet there, how is the crochet world different from the US? And I would love to hear anything else about Brazil that you want to share
Well, in Brazil there is a lot more crochet thread work, due to the tropical weather I believe. I also think the crochet work in Brazil is really bright and colorful and I also attribute that to the warm weather. In the US though, I feel like we get a chance to make a lot of accessories like hats, scarves, cowls, gloves and use soft and warm yarns. Both different, but equally awesome.

What are your greatest crochet accomplishments?
I feel really blessed to have had my work published in Crochet World Magazine, Happily Hooked Magazine, and Red Heart Yarns. I have won a blue ribbon and craftsmanship ribbon at the Washington state fair. I have also self published a book back in 2009 “Just Be Happy Crochet Hats for Babies and Toddlers” and most recently, four of my patterns were included in the “Crochet for Christmas” book by Salena Baca. I LOVE crochet and I bet you can see that!

What are your most popular patterns?
The Elizabeth Hat has been a popular design of mine since 2013! It’s still one of my best sellers! Elizabeth Hat
The Aztec Scarf  and the Hop, Skip & Jump Mitts are very popular, too! Aztec Scarffingerless_medium2


How does crochet help you?
Crochet has helped more than I can ever express with my words! Back in 2008, I was 9 months pregnant with my first baby and unfortunately my little guy was a stillborn baby on Valentine’s Day. To keep my mind busy, I started heavily crocheting. Counting the stitches helped me with my grieving process and I am forever thankful for that.

How do you balance your work and home life? You have adorable little ones BTW!
Thank you, they are busy but very sweet! I am a mom and wife first, so I do my house work, take care of my kids and then, I find things to keep them occupied so I can crochet. For example, I bring them to the park so they can play with friends, climb and jump while I am watching them play, I crochet.

Anything else that you would like to share with us?
I would like to invite everyone to follow me on instagram, Facebook, blog and Pinterest!
Here are my links:

Alessandra has generously offered a coupon code in her Ravelry shop for our readers!

Use coupon code CROCHETCAFE for 40% off your Ravelry pattern purchase from June 17-June 21.

Thanks for chatting with us Alessandra! It was so good to get to know you and thanks for the coupon code! Woot! Woot! I need more patterns 🙂


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About Emily Truman

Emily is the Assistant Editor at Happily Hooked Magazine and the owner at Em's Corner. She is a WAHM with 4 kids. She has a passion for crochet and sharing the art with others.


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    June 25, 2015 at 11:38 am

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    And certainly, thank you for your sweat!

    • Emily Truman

      June 27, 2015 at 3:20 am

      Thank you!

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