My Story

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I am thrilled that everyone who uses my crochet patterns or purchase one of my handmade gift items knows they are receiving a professionally written and tested, unique pattern worthy of your precious spare time or a sustainable, all natural gift item, that will last for years.

My grandmother taught me to crochet slippers when I was 8 years old, and I have been crocheting ever since! Don’t ask me how many crocheted baby blankets each of my children have!

Before I created Little Monkeys Designs, I was often disappointed in the lack of creativity in crochet patterns I bought. The yarn used to create some of the finished items I saw on the market disenchanted me as well.

I decided I set out to create the most distinctive and sustainable crochet patterns and pieces for the most eco-conscious individual/crafter in the world. I wanted my crochet patterns to be easy enough for beginning crocheters, but interesting enough to entice the more advanced crafter.

It turns out, the road was more difficult than I imagined.

All natural yarn fibers are a lot harder to unearth than you could imagine! I wanted to utilize only yarns created from natural, unadulterated sources (wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, …) in my patterns and finished items. No synthetic yarns or toxic dyes! If you are going to spend your precious spare moments working on a project or your dollars purchasing a gift, you want it to wash and wear well and last for a lifetime.

Finally, I had success! I found several yarn mills in the USA that create the type of all natural yarn I was looking for.

While, you can use whatever yarn you desire with my patterns, I give you suggestions on yarns to use to make your finished project look spectacular and be a gift worth giving. And knowing how hard these all natural yarns are to find (not at your local Big box store), I have created DIY Yarn and Pattern Kits to make it easy on my customers.

When you purchase a handmade item or kit from me, you can be assured it is created by myself, with organic, quality yarns, and is then packaged and shipped in 100% Recycled Biodegradable Mailers and gift wrap – a truly handmade and eco-friendly experience.

Here are what a few of my customers have had to say about my crochet patterns and handmade gifts:

                     Love the pattern. Fast service and so good to work with. Thanks!

                    Cute boot cuffs and easy to follow instructions.

                    This pattern was very easy to follow along with and the bonnet is so sweet!

                   This item worked out better than I could imagine!!😄😄

                   Amazing quality. Made with LOVE! Pricey but for someone special they will thank you