Today I have the great pleasure of announcing my first-ever Free Crochet Pattern!
Keep up with my New Years Resolution of learning Broomstick Lace!
Have you ever had a secret you wish wasn't a secret? That's how I always feel about my designs that are in the transit period between acceptance and publication!
Snowflakes, Snowflakes, Snowflakes!! I'm seeing snowflakes in my sleep we have so much snow. So, what's a girl to do? Why......crochet snowflakes of course..
December 30, 2008
December 23, 2008
Looking for some great projects to start off the New Year? Check out these beautiful Free Crocheted Pineapple Doily Patterns! They're so pretty, I want to make them all myself (but then where would all the time go for making my resolutions come to pass?)
Crown of Pineapples Doily
Wow, a real stunner. Definitely not for the faint of heart!
Easy Pineapple Doily
Like the name states, much easier than the last!
Glorious Gray Pineapple Doily
Granny's Antique Pineapple Doily
Free Crocheted Pineapple Doily Pattern
This one is very unique looking, and it's an oval shape.
Pineapple A L'Orange Doily
Have fun with your free crocheted pineapple doily patterns!
December 20, 2008
Since I never finished the blogging I was going to do about Interweave Crochet, I'm just going to go ahead and share pictures from my trip =D
Ellen Gormley's Beautiful driftwood cap
Drew Emborsky's Diamond Cable Pullover (trust me, this one looked much better in person than on a model!)
I'm wearing the pretty little dolman designed by Annette Petavy, with maniquin dearest wearing the lovely spanish moss coat designed by Tracy St. John
December 19, 2008
Secondly, I'm sorry for the long blogging break! School kept me very busy this Fall, and when I wasn't working on studying, I was crocheting!
So, with only 11 days left in 2008, I've started thinking of New Years resolutions...Crochet style!
- I want to be published in at least 2 crochet magazines (I better get on that if that's gonna happen this year!)
- I want to be published in at least 1 crochet book
- I want to design at least 1 garment to sell online
- Design lots (maybe 10?) of accessories
What about you? What are your crochet style new years resolutions?
November 12, 2008
Now on to the best part of that birthday (besides being legal to drive!) was the second part of my birthday present from my parents...A year long membership to the Crochet Guild of America! Now, you may be asking, "What's the use of a membership there?" Well, the biggest part of my wanting membership there is they have a very unique program for their members. Once you are a member in good standing, you can fill out an application to become a Professional member. The prerequisite for such a cool title is that you be working as a professional (making part or all your income off of crochet) in the crochet field for at least 2 years. While I haven't been crocheting on that professional level yet, CGOA also offers an Associate Professional status. What is very interesting about being an associate professional is that you may request a professional mentor to further your learning as a crochet designer (or whatever it is that you want...there are many things besides designing!). So, what did I do? Yup. I applied.
Ok, so I wrote the above about 1 whole month ago, and I've had great success in getting a mentor, and she's already helped me so much! I applied to a magazine with an electronic submission, and she showed me how she does submissions of that kind, and offered to let me copy her layout for my own business.
Thank You mom and dad for the best birthday present EVER!
October 31, 2008
Now, I'm interupting our normal crochet with a bit of something for the historical fashion lover. Sense and Sensibility patterns is now selling ePatterns! They have all of their Regency era patterns for sale in this online printable format, and also the Edwardian Apron. If you'd like to look (and please do, their patterns are SO incredibly beautiful!), you can follow this link: Sense and Sensibility ePatterns
Until Next time!
October 25, 2008
- Being published in at least 2 crochet magazines
- Being published in at least 1 crochet book
- I'm going to design at least 1 garment, and sell it online
- I'm going to design at least 10 accessories to sell online
- Writing on this good ol' blog 2-3 times a week!
September 23, 2008
Happy Interweave Crocheting - and go check out a copy of IC for yourself!
September 22, 2008
While Kim was giving her walk Through of the new Fall Interweave Crochet magazine, she talked a little bit about the submission process at Interweave Crochet. Right now they have the call for submissions out for the Summer 2009 issue (which you can find here), which sounds so great!! If I had a little more time in my schedule right now, I'd definitely put something together. Things that Kim always looks for in a submission are:
- The Swatch. The reason Interweave Crochet doesn't accept electronic submissions is because Kim wants to be able to see what the finished crocheted product is going to feel like, how it drapes, the thickness of the fabric, and if it has a "this definitely isn't your grandma's crochet" statement to it.
- The appropriateness of the item for the season (again, read what they're looking for in a submission before you start dreaming!).
While this isn't the best picture in the world of the beautiful Northern Dreams Pullover, There will be a much better picture in the Knitting Daily Gallery! Yes, I modeled this for the gallery, and if it were just a tad bigger (We determined that I should either try a very slightly bigger yarn and next size crochet hook, or just a bigger crochet hook, as the next size is TOO big!), it'd be PERFECT!! I'm SO DEFINITELY making this sweater!!
September 21, 2008
Here is a picture of myself with Sandi Wiseheart
Me with Kim Werker!! I can't wait for my next opportunity to see her!
September 16, 2008
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July 07, 2008
Crochet, according to ABC News, is now "in!"
They even interviewed Crochet Today! Editor Brett Bara!
Just kinda exciting, maybe that will make a few more people interested in crocheting!
p.s. You may be excited to hear that I'm about 1/2 way through my sweater coat...pictures are to come!!
June 28, 2008
I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the past month, June has absolutely sped away from me, but it has left me with a prized Finished Object: The Cardi Wrap! Thank you to my little brother Jacob, for taking the pictures for me!
Some eye candy for you:
Here is a rather silly picture of me showing my "wings," or the wonderful length of the wrap.
So, I guess I should say I'm very ashamed of my major procrastination, but I can also say I'm very proud of the gorgeous wrap!
So, I didn't tell everyone the last time that they should watch the roads: They have a new hazzard on them now...which is ME! I earned my drivers permit back in May! I've finished my drivers ed classes, and have 4 more hours of drivers instruction with my instructor, and about 3-1/2 hours of observation time left. I drove with my mom, and 2 brothers today. Jacob (11), was freaked out, and told mom that I needed to pull over and let her drive. Lets just say that he didn't get his wish, and made it home in one piece =)
May 31, 2008
Congratulations to Aunt Kathy, who suggested the name!
A HUGE thanks to everyone that submitted a name, I really loved them all, and it was SO hard to choose only one!
Enjoy the new podcast, I'll spend some time learning how to work it and actually get an episode up! In the meanwhile, you can check out the site for the podcast at:
One last note: I got my driver permit this week! I'm really enjoying getting to drive. It's very exciting, but it's a big responsibility at the same time!
May 23, 2008
Have you taken the time to check out my great new pattern? The Kaleidoscope hat is available on Ravelry, or at my website, Crochet and Knit Hat Patterns.
NOTE: Since writing this blog post, many of the patterns have become unavailable. I have updated the links so they all work on Google Chrome as of 12-15-10.
May 20, 2008
I'm happy to announce that I am starting a podcast directed toward teen crocheters and knitters. I'm currently still in the beginning stepping stones, as I'm having troubles figuring out a name that is very catchy, yet perfect for teens. So, I'm having a contest! Leave a comment on this post with your name for the podcast, along with your blog address or email, and if I choose yours, I'll send you 150 yards of beautiful Pinkish Purple-y sparkly 100% hand spun (yes, by me!) and hand dyed (by mom!) wool yarn! Now who wouldn't want to try for some of that? I'm including a picture of the pre-spun roving. The pictures do not(!!) give justice to the beauty of this wool!
Be sure to tell your friends about it!
Now, to help you on with another clue from my last post! I had a giggly fun time on an interview for this podcast. You're still going to have to wait for more info, but you're more than welcome to guess!
Happy Name-Thinking and Podcast-Guessing! And don't forget to take the time to crochet, in the meanwhile!
May 14, 2008
My hint for you:
I am going to be an interviewee (lol, is there any other way to say that?!) on a podcast, but I'm not saying which one until...later.
That was supposed to be my big surprise, but now I've got one that's even better!! My business has it's first original pattern for sale!! Yes, the long awaited Kaleidoscope Cutie is availible for sale as soon as my website gets fixed. If you use Internet Explorer, I think you could probably get in there and buy it, but Firefox is a no go at this point. So, the link! You can get your very own copy of Kaleidoscope cutie at Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns. Or, if you're on Ravelry, you can purchase your very own copy
And get this: until May 21st, you can get Kaleidoscope cutie 10% off!! Yes, that's right, I'm lowering my original price of $4.95 to $4.45 for ONE week!! Get your pattern while the sale lasts! Don't forget to tell your friends!!
May 12, 2008
- Vanna's Afghans A-Z
- 50 Sensational Crochet Afghans and Throws
- Herrshners Blue-Ribbon Afghans
- 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match
- The New Granny Square
- Geometrics: A New Way to Crochet
- 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns: Exciting Patterns to Knit and Crochet for Blankest, Afghans and Throws
Don't forget to check back on Wednesday for a special announcement...one you're not gonna wanna miss!!
May 11, 2008
Simple (very elegant) Teapot Cozy
I'm going to keeping my eye out for more crochet pattern teapot cozies!! I hope you enjoy the few that I've given for now =)
Have a happy Mothers Day, and a great week!! Wednesday I'll be announcing something very, very neat. Be sure to stay tuned!!
May 08, 2008
Our hat pattern has a name at last! Thanks to everyone who sent me name suggestions, I had a very hard time picking the winner.
The pattern is just about finished with all of the testers, and I am hoping to have it available for purchase this month. Yes, yes, I know, It was supposed to be done back in March, but I don't think I knew the loops I was going to be thrown for! I had many difficulties writing the pattern, and even then, my pattern needed much morphing with my testers. I'm very thankful to have it almost complete and off my mind. Does anyone know that you could get 24 different hats out of this one pattern??
Be sure to stay tuned for more updates!
I'm also going to be announcing something VERY exciting next week...be sure to come and find out!!
Happy Crocheting =)
April 30, 2008
Now, to fill in on some of the missing details concerning my Cardi Wrap! I only have about 3 inches left on the LAST panel!! HURRAY!! I'll finish it up tonight on a good movie, and sew it together tomorrow morning or afternoon.
Not much else new, BUT, I did send in an audition for Cathie Filian's new Untitled Teen Craft Show! If you want to read more about the casting, read HERE! What did I audition for?? Well, crochet of course!!
I have my first Fiddler on the Roof practice tomorrow evening, hurray! I'm very excited about it.
April 24, 2008
How to crochet for kids involves an adult who is willing to sit alongside a child. The adult must hold the yarn for the child while they learn how to use the crochet hook. I usually recommend using a G or H hook and worsted weight yarn for a beginner. Once the child has mastered a chain stitch there are a few projects they can work on with an adults help.
One project would be a hair scrunchy. The child can crochet all the chain stitches, and the adult can make the single crochets onto the hair band. This example uses 10 chains, but yours can have more or less chains. You can even vary the lengths of the chains or use a variegated yarn if you wish. I would avoid novelty yarns (unless it is a ribbon yarn) because they are harder for a new beginner to work with.
You will squish the single crochet stitches together (really squish them on tight) and finish off when you have the number of single crochets on the hair band that you want.
Another simple crochet project for a beginner is a book mark.
Leaving about 5 inches of yarn to work with on your ends, allow the child to make 6 or 8 or 10 inches of chain stitches. Then thread beads on your ends and tie off with knots.
This example only demonstrates one bead, but it is nice with several beads on the ends. How to crochet for kids means teaching them in steps and allowing them to create something simple they can be proud of. The yarn holding generally comes when they are movitated to crochet more than the adult has time to sit with them, Just be sure to demonstrate how you are holding your yarn everytime you put the yarn on your hand. They will eventually get it!
Another idea is to chain a necklace. You can thread beads onto the yarn before you begin and scatter them evenly through out the necklace. Or you can just crochet a long chain and add a pendant to it. I know you are probably more creative than I am and can come up with more ideas than I have listed here.
Please leave me a comment if you have found this crochet tip helpful and if you have other useful patterns for very very beginning crocheters (mostly chain stitch!)
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April 15, 2008
My Mom saw my bag and promptly asked me to make her one. I know when I have it finished and people see my bag, I will get more requests. It's very cool and unusual. That's why I made one for me!
Leave me a comment about what you think of this bag. I am thinking about adding the pattern to the Crochet Collection website and possibly offering it as a kit. The kit would most likely need to retail for about $39.95, but all the fabric strips would be cut for the project. If I include fabric for lining the bag and a manufactured handle, then the kit would probably run more in the $49.95 range.
You can visit the website at Crochet Collection.
April 14, 2008
You may have wondered what ever became of that wonderful Cardi-Wrap that was supposed to be done by Feb 24th. Well, Today's the day I've come to you with an answer! I am about 85% done with it now. It has been much more labor intensive than I ever thought it would be, and I am itching for it to be done! I have finished the back, 1 front panel and 2 sleeves. I am currently about 1/5th of the way done with the 2nd front panel. After that is finished, all I have left is to sew in my loose ends, stitch it up and add the sleeve ruffles. Here are pictures of what I have completed at this point:
2nd front panel - Still a WIP
In the past week I also tore out all progress that I had made in my Crochet Today Sweater Coat. I was very unhappy about it, as the pattern wasn't as clarified as I would have liked it to be, which made my row ends uneven. I knew if I didn't tear it out and fix it, I'd never wear it, be proud of it, or win a blue ribbon at the fair! So now as soon as my darling wrap is finished, I'll be plugging away with it!
I've been underway with planning for my Make it With Wool entry! I'm still staying on the plan of my last MIWW post, but I'm finding many more patterns to my suiting now! I've been looking for the "perfect" fabric for my sewing parts (boy, do you know how hard it is to find really pretty wool fabric? It's nearly impossible!), and thinking about the top that I can't decide on for my Sweater Coat Ensemble. I've had much fun and frustration in this process!
I also have more exciting news! Today while I was on Ravelry, I stumbled across a post in the Teen Knit and Crocheters group. The young lady who posted it was looking to expand the knitting magazine that she had created in the past. She was looking for other teens to submit patterns, be editors, and be column writers. I volunteered to be the crochet column writer, and crochet pattern editor. Who knows, this could be my crochet magazine career launcher =)
So things have been very busy in my part of the world! And we finally have beautiful spring weather here, we're supposed to be in the mid 60's tomorrow!! Hurray!
April 10, 2008
How to Crochet a Dishcloth
You will need worsted weight cotton yarn and a crochet hook (H, I, or J are fine)
Make a chain about 12 inches in length.
You can decide if you want your dishcloth to be single crochet, half double crochet or double crochet. Just pick one and stick to it.
Row 1: if you pick sc, begin in your first stitch -- if you pick hdc, begin in the third stitch from your hook -- if you pick dc, begin in the fourth stitch from hook
Make your stitches all the way across, then ch 1 for sc, or ch 2 for hdc, or ch 3 for dc, turn
Row 2: In BACKLOOPS ONLY, If you are using sc stitch, then begin sc stitching in the very first stitch and go all the way across, if you are using hdc stitch, or dc stitch, then your chain counts as your first stitch and you begin crocheting in the second stitch (remember BACKLOOPS ONLY)
Continue making Rows identical to row 2 until your washcloth measures 12 inches.
You could adjust this pattern to make your dishcloth bigger or smaller, but I like to make them a bit bigger because I throw towels in the dryer and my cotton dishcloths tend to shrink.
I hope you enjoy learning how to crochet a dishcloth. Bookmark my page and let me know how your dishcloth turns out!
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April 09, 2008
This crochet market bag pattern will give you ideas for variations in your bag which will inspire you to create one-of-a-kind bags for yourself. The basic premise: to create a flat circle for the base, then extend your base upward an inch or so, and fill the rest of your bag with a mesh that will stretch with your bag's contents. It will be pulled back together at the top with handles added. There are several techniques to do this. I have experimented with many different techniques and will give you what I think works the best for me. (I'm in the process of getting this written out.)
First though, the benefits of using a crochet market bag.
- You are saving natural resources by going "green" and not adding more plastic bags to our country's landfills.
- Wide handles distribute the weight of your bag and do not cut into you hands like plastic does.
- The mesh bag sides expand with your contents.....perfect for adding a couple more items to your bag!
- Weave in the bag is small and most grocery store items will fit in this bag without falling out of the holes
- Weave in the bag allows you to fold these bags up tight and carry many along with you to the store
- Flat base allows for easier bag filling
- Flexibility.....can be used for the market, the pool or beach, your carry along crochet project, and so much more!
- Washable bags
- Unique! People will definitely notice your bags!
We will post the pattern as soon as it is finished!
April 08, 2008
came yesterday. It was like Christmas in April!
Below is pictured just one of the grab bags. The cost for each grab bag was only $2.19 and with postage was approximately $3.00. We figured each item (including postage) cost about 50 cents. Everything looks very nice to work with.
We are planning to use this yarn for making eco-friendly market bags to sell at craft shows. We are also planning to use these yarns, along with Lily Elite Cotton yarn, pattern, and crochet hook to make up "Make your own Market Bag Kits." We plan to sell them on our website, Crochet Collection, and at craft shows. I did a little research earlier on themed gift baskets (which are very popular) and plan to put several of those together this year!
This is our first big effort using cotton yarn for knitting and crochet. Usually we use acrylic yarn, or 100% wool yarn, so it is a nice change.
April 04, 2008
The handles I didn't want too long, because I didn't want that to contribute to the stretch of the bag. I like these handles because a heavy load of groceries in a plastic bag, cuts into your hand and hurts. These handles are wide enough to help distribute the weight of groceries.
Really, designing your own grocery mesh bag is easy. Make a circle for your bottom, and then chain mesh sides, and bring it back together at the top.
How unique will your next shopping experience be?
April 02, 2008
Floral Crochet Square
I will look for more great floral crochet motifs to add to this post!
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April 01, 2008
My daughter and I joined our new local crochet guild. They constantly receive donated yarn that members can take home to crochet and knit for charity. The last meeting I fell in love with this green TLC Wiggles Yarn. I knew it would make the cutest hat!
I had some left over bright variegated yarn from another project and decided to use it for the top and bottom edging. I have enough yarn left to make an accompanying scarf. I wish I could see the look on the face of the youngster who will get this!
Please visit our website Crochet Collection.