Meet Dedri Uys
Dedri Uys is a passionate crochet designer and blogger. She is best known for her Amish puzzle ball designs, which are modular stuffed toys perfect for baby gifts. Of these designs, my favorite is the Gregor Rhinosaur. Dedri is also well known for her gorgeous free blanket design Sophie’s Universe, which was made available in a popular crochet-along this spring. You can see a portfolio of all of Dedri’s designs on her Ravelry designer page.
Left to right: Gregor Rhinosaur, Sophie’s Universe, Sophie’s Universe close-up.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about how you came to be familiar with puzzle balls?
A: My mom made us some when we were children ( fabric ones) and then my mom’s friend sent me a link to a fabric one. I was too lazy to get my sewing machine out, so I decided to crochet one instead.
Q: Can you describe your first crocheted puzzle ball? Did it look anything like the designs you went on to publish?
A: The plain Amish puzzle ball (free pattern here) was my first try and first design. It is the basis on which all the puzzle animals are created.
Q: How did you go about developing your first design? Did you have any experience with amigurumi?
A: Not really. I’d made 3 vehicles (car, tractor, and digger-loader), but I was very much a beginner designer when I made the ball.
Q: What one piece of advice would you give someone trying one of your designs for the first time?
A: Read carefully and trust the pattern! Sometimes written instructions don’t make sense until you actually make them. Most of the people who get stuck with the design do so before even casting on a stitch. I have learned to follow a pattern blindly (regardless of what I think it should say), before making any judgements. If it still doesn’t make sense when I’ve worked it up, that’s a different matter. But sometimes patterns take a little faith.
Dedri has generously offered to give away a copy of her book, Amamani Puzzle Balls! To enter, comment below and tell Dedri which of her patterns is your favorite! Then, click here to submit. The giveaway ended on Wednesday, August 6 at 23:59 PST.