Your Crochet & Knitting Editor, Angela, has been getting to know blogger, vlogger and crochet guru, Sarah-Jayne Fragola from Bella Coco – one of the most-followed crocheters on YouTube
Tell us a bit about how you came up with the idea for Bella Coco
It kind of happened naturally. I didn’t set out with the intention of what it is today; I just wanted to share my skills.
You talk about everything from crochet to beauty – how do you decide what’s coming up next?
I very much like to talk about things that I feel passionate about at the time. I also like to listen to my audience and find out what kind of things they would like to see.
Where does your passion for crochet come from?
Instagram! When I first got an Instagram account, I would see people creating beautiful blankets and I thought I would give it a go myself. I then became addicted to the whole process of starting with a ball of yarn and creating something with it.
You share a lot of helpful stitch and technique tutorials online, but do you have a favourite pattern to work from?
My favourites constantly change but one of my all-time favourites is the Bobble Stripe blanket. It’s a project I started a few years ago and then forgot about until I did a Facebook live video and was showing everyone my WIPs (works in progress). I decided to complete it whilst pregnant and it was the first thing I made for my little girl.
What advice would you give to our readers who are picking up their crochet hooks for the first time?
Be patient! It can take a few attempts to get it right. Even now I have to take my time when trying something new. The hardest part is getting comfortable holding your yarn and getting your tension right. Once you’ve mastered that, you’re away!
Yes it is! I still feel shocked and honoured to win awards. It’s easy to forget how many people are seeing my work when it’s just me sharing my passions from my home.
Your daughter has become a familiar face, but has motherhood had any effect on the types of projects you create?
Since having Ella, I’ve had more requests for baby items. I’ve tried to keep a mix of things on my channel but it has been fun creating tiny things for babies. I love quick-building projects at the moment though; chunkier yarn and larger stitches help me create something fast in my limited time.