Herdine Cabled Crochet Cardigan - New! November 26, 2020 03:00

 Can a crochet designer have an opus? I looked it up...
One definition of opus is: "any artistic work, especially one on a large scale."

So, yes—a crochet designer can have an opus. And designing Herdine was definitely one for me!

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New Pattern - Jackson Unisex Cap November 29, 2019 04:00

The Jackson Unisex Cap a simple crocheted hat—great for an easy mindless project, or for an adventurous beginning crocheter, willing to learn a new stitch or two.

 

It begins at the center of the crown and is worked around and around in a spiral in single crochet. Then there is one round of increases to establish the front-post-double-crochet stitches. After that point the increases are done, and it's just simple stitching until the hat is your desired length.

The edging is worked by reversing single crochet stitches to work them in the opposite direction—a fancy-looking stitch called "Crab Stitch".
Two of the four pattern pages include photo tutorials, showing exactly where to put the hook for a stitches that might be new to you—such as the front-post-double-crochet stitch.
The pattern is written for 4 sizes, ranging from baby to adult, so it will fit anyone you'd make one for.
It uses a worsted weight yarn, between 120 and 210 yards, which is probably around 50 to 100 grams of your favorite worsted yarn!
This simple stitch pattern will look great in solid and multi colored yarns.

This new crochet hat pattern will be available to my Patreon patrons tomorrow, and will be published publicly for everyone in just one more week.

 

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New Crochet Pattern - Vines and Flowers Wrap May 30, 2016 06:00

Lattice-work, with traveling vines, graced with an edge of flowers, this wrap is simple, fun to make and oh-so-cozy to wear. The Vines and Flowers Wrap (or scarf) pattern is available in the June 2016 issue of I Like Crochet, along with my Rad in Red Tank pattern.

 

About the Pattern:

The center vine section is crocheted  in rows as a rectangle in a simple chain and double-crochet pattern, then the flower border is worked in the round around the edge. The pattern is written in 2 sizes, so you can make a scarf or a wrap.

 

About the Yarn:

My sample is crocheted using Quince & Co.'s Piper yarn—a beautiful blend of mohair and merino, grown, spun and dyed in the USA. It's a super-soft lace-weight yarn that is super nice to crochet with. It has a gorgeous halo that really stands out in this wrap.

 

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New Crochet Pattern - Rad in Red Tank May 9, 2016 06:00

Rad in Red TankThe June issue of I Like Crochet is out! If you subscribe (which I would recommend—they publish bi-monthly, and each issue is PACKED with a ton of great patterns), you can access my Rad in Red pattern. Or, if you can endure waiting, I'll be self-publishing this eventually on this website and Ravlery. But who can wait, really? This top is just too awesome.

 

About the Pattern:

Crochet motifs are a really fun way of creating fabric—especially when they are joined as you go. Changing hook sizes is an easy way to create shaping with smaller motifs at the waist, and larger, looser ones at the hips. Make your Rad in Red as shown, or customize the length into an airy summer dress!

The motif-skirt is crocheted first, then the stitches for the bodice are worked around the top edge of the skirt, with straps growing up off the front, going over the shoulder then sewn to the bodice on the back.

About the Yarn:

I choose Quince & Co.'s Willet for this top because it's such a perfect yarn. It's 100% cleaner cotton, which isn't organic, but not conventional either. Quince & Co. has written up a great blog post all about this cleaner cotton.

Willet is great to crochet with—it's a sport weight, is super soft, but I don't suspect it will pill at all. The stitch definition is beautiful. I would really recommend trying it, but if you want to substitute, I think this top will look great in a cotton, cotton blend or even wool—if you're up for wool in warmer weather. You'll need about 750 (910, 1240, 1450, 1690) yards of a sport-weight yarn.


 

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New Crochet Pattern & Giveaway - Savona May 3, 2016 02:51

SavonaClassic Elite Yarns has just published A Time for Crochet—a book full of crochet patterns. It includes my Savona pattern, crocheted using Classic Elite's Crestone yarn.

 

 

 

 

How it's Made:

The body of Savona is crocheted in the lace pattern as one piece from the bottom up to the underarms. Chain stitches are added for the left sleeve then the left front and sleeve are crocheted to the shoulder. Chain stitches are added for the right sleeve then the back, and back sleeves are worked to the shoulder. Then the right front and sleeve are worked to the shoulder. The back and front sleeves are joined with single crochet.

Then ribbing is worked along the lower edge, button bands, neckline and cuffs by working hdc-blo side-to-side and joining to the body as they are worked. It's a completely seamless crochet sweater!

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A Time to Crochet

In addition to Savona, A Time to Crochet includes seven other patterns, including a poncho, scarf and fingerless mitts. Some of my favorites are Livorno, by Susan Mills—a striped raglan; Bergamo, by Charles Voth—an open cardigan with a lacy front edge; and Alessandria, by Robyn Chachula—a motif cardigan with an elegant split side seam detail.

 

Enter to Win a FREE Copy!

Comment below with what yarn and color you would use to crochet your Savona sweater, and you'll be entered to win a printed copy of A Time To Crochet, by Classic Elite Yarns. I'll randomly select a winner* on Tuesday May 31st, 2016 around noon.

*Winner must live in the continental US to receive the printed book.

UPDATE: Congrats to MJ Johnson who commented: "I would use the mountain top crestone in the plymoth rock hen colorway – beautiful pattern and beautiful yarn!". She won a copy of A Time To Crochet!


New Pattern - Karuna Shrug July 20, 2015 10:13

New for July, 2015!
Karuna is crocheted using motif squares that are joined together as they are being created. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for each motif. Edging is worked around the body and sleeves, with a picot edge, for an elegant touch.

Are you swooning over this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments! I love to hear what you think.


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