Evelyn Cowl - A FREE Pattern!

Today I have the great pleasure of announcing my first-ever Free Crochet Pattern!

Broomstick Lace!

Keep up with my New Years Resolution of learning Broomstick Lace!

Pleiades Shawl - Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012

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!

Free Crochet Snowflakes

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 16, 2010

New Business Opportunities in the Bush of Uganda


While in Uganda (Nov. 2010) Chelsea had the privilege of teaching women to crochet.  None of these ladies had ever crocheted before and I was amazed when I arrived 20 minutes later to see how fast many women had learned...they were crocheting evenly and several different stitches.  I enjoyed watching Chelsea's face as she saw how eager these women were to learn. 


Chelsea is busy working on simple designs that theses ladies would be able to make that we can bring home on our next trip to sell here in the US.













This group of women (about 50) survived the 20+ year war in Northern Uganda.  There husbands are dead as are many of their sons.  Most rely on growing grains and distilling them into alcohol (i.e. moonshine) to make enough money to barely survive.  We are striving to provide several income streams for these women.












Crochet Collection is offering one viable income stream for women who wish to improve their lives and the lives of their community and family.












Crochet Collection will continue to take yarn donations of all kinds for educational purposes and helping get this endeavor off the ground.












Thanks so much for your support and encouragement as Chelsea continues to spread the craft of crochet around the globe!

(Chelsea's proud mama)

December 15, 2010

Free Crochet Snowflakes

It's that time of year again! The snow is falling...in LARGE amounts here in Wisconsin! We have an abundance of the beautiful white stuff. It's much different than the beautiful lush green we saw in Uganda 3 weeks ago!

Free Crochet Snowflake patterns happen to be my very favorite right about now...with Christmas coming up next week (gasp, I just said it...and no, I don't have ANY Christmas presents ready!), crocheted snowflakes may be the way to go! Crocheted snowflakes will be treasured for years to come by your friends and family, and can be quite simple to make if you've had some experience crocheting. If you're new to the thread scene, like me, they can be a little more challenging, but I'm always up for one, aren't you?

My favorite free crochet snowflake patterns of 2010 are:

Beautiful Snowflake 1

Beautiful Snowflake 2

Beautiful Snowflake 3

Beautiful Snowflake 4

Beautiful Snowflake 5

Beautiful Snowflake 6

Beautiful Snowflake 7

Beautiful Snowflake 8

Beautiful Snowflake 9

Beautiful Snowflake 10

Gorgeous Snowflake 1

Gorgeous Snowflake 2

Gorgeous Snowflake 3

Gorgeous Snowflake 4

Gorgeous Snowflake 5

Happy Crocheting! I want to go pull out some white thread and get to work now!
Chelsea

November 24, 2010

Uganda...Here I am!

Hi Everyone!!

I'm in Africa. What an AMAZING trip!! So far, I have worked with some women in the capital city Kampala, as well as a group of widows in northern Uganda, teaching them to crochet. Today is my first day having access to internet, but I will be sure to write more about the trip and post more pictures when I come home Monday.

September 28, 2010

It's Time for School!

Hi Everyone!!

Yes, yes, we know that everyone has been back to school for a while now, including myself. I haven't had much time for crocheting between my measly 8 credits of school and working my part-time position at the library!
Guilty Confession: I'm writing this post instead of doing my homework, which is still in major catch up mode from slacking over the wool contest.

But, I just wanted to share something I'm super proud of that I have produced in my Intro to Computer Graphics class! Our class assignment number 4 was to create a CD album cover for ourselves that included a piece of our own artwork. Since I'm not very naturally gifted in drawing or painting I brought out my dress I crocheted for the Make it With Wool contest last month!




CD Cover by ~ChelseaMarieDesigns on deviantART



If you notice, what fills the dots in spots is my dress :) I was able to colorize it in photoshop to match the outlying circle. I'd welcome any critiques you may have!

In the meanwhile...In the spare time that I do have to crochet, I've been designing my first project to teach the women in Uganda! It's coming along quite well...pictures will come!

Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea
P.S. Don't forget to check back often, I've been updating the Yarn counter as I receive yarn! 70 pounds is SO AWESOME!!!!! Thanks everyone!

September 13, 2010

Make it With Wool Results!

Hello Everyone!!
I know you're all waiting anxiously to hear my results from the contest, as well as pictures of my finished garments!

Chelsea's Outfit:
Modeling the Coat!
After the Contest

Coat Removed while Modeling

Flashing my coat lining!

I finished with 1st runner up and received a $50 cash prize :) I don't think the judges liked my trendiness............they said they didn't like Purple and Teal? What's with that?
Definitely my favorite color combination!

Here is a picture of the whole senior division, it was only two of us!
Sara and I. She will be representing WI at the National MIWW
contest this January in Reno, NV.
Cherie's (aka my mom!) Outfit:

Mom created a lovely Cardigan and Dress for her Wool Ensemble! 
Mom's Lovely Outfit
I was so proud of mom! This was her first real sewing project for herself in years! She tackled many things that posed as challenges to her, including zippers! She had to rip and tear a few things out more than once, but she managed to finish her beautiful outfit in just about a week. 
This was mom's first year in the MIWW contest, and she won first place! She will send several pictures, a 3 minute video, and her garments to the Adult National MIWW contest which is being held in WI this December. The winner overall will be flown to Reno, NV in January to attend the National MIWW contest.
Eleanor's (aka my 8 year-old sister) Outfit:
This was my little sisters second sewing project! She made her navy blue skirt with Pendleton wool I won at the MIWW contest several years ago. I designed the skirt for her, and she did all the sewing, as well as serged finishing of her seams, all by herself! She created a fringe hem, and had an elastic waistband. 

She was the youngest competitor at our state contest :)




And here we are! All of the family Make it With Wool girls! 

Until Next Time, where I may just have some sewing tips for you!
Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea

September 07, 2010

We've reached 50!

Hello Everyone!!

I've got exciting news! My yarn pile Is growing! So far I've received 50 pounds of yarn, and it is still coming in steadily. I've got a corner of the living room devoted to "The pile" although it really  needs to find a new home.

Exciting news! The 2010 Make it With Wool contest is THIS Saturday! My outfit is almost done, and it's quite lovely. My look this year is inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, with a modern twist. I have a purple fluffy mohair coat that has a structured but very smooth look. I crocheted a dress from Cherry Tree Hill's Oceania yarn, in the Earths Core colorway. The pattern was inspired by the "Sweet Tea" pattern in Doris Chan's book "Everyday Crochet." I based the top of the dress off of the shirt, and used a smaller and larger crochet hook to shape it. It is quite fitted, and looks great on me. I'm really excited to see everything put together...it's gonna look fantastic. (and it'd be really nice to win this year. I'm tired of spending a ton of time on these outfits...but it just makes me a better sewer!)

I'll update with pictures soon!
Happy Crocheting (and sewing, in my case!)
Chelsea

August 11, 2010

Donations: 20 Pounds and Counting!!

Guess What!!!

Yes, I've started getting yarn donations in the mail!
 Monday I received a package that was absolutely amazing from Shazz009 who saw my request on Ravelry. She sent me 16 pounds of yarn!!! I had to document the "unveiling" of this gigantic package to share with everyone. Her generosity really moved me! 
Lookie at all this absolutely gorgeous yarn! There are miles of amazing name brand yarns that filled this bag. There will be so many high quality products that the ladies can make from them! There are multitudes of wools, alpacas, mohairs...it is absolutely lovely.




To add to the pile of blessings, I got a package from Knitfiend yesterday filled with cotton yarn!! Pastor Moses, who we are working with in Uganda, is visiting us for the next week. While mom was in Uganda last fall, she was able to teach some women who already knew crochet how to make spa cloths. There is no cotton yarn available in Uganda so the women have been unable to make us any cloths. This beautiful package is very timely for us to be able to send yarn back to have cloths ready when we arrive in Uganda this November!

I'm so excited to start getting so many supplies! 20 pounds is a fantastic way to start out in the first 3 days!

Other things going on in my life: Pastor Moses brought along fried grasshoppers (a delicacy in Uganda) for us to sample here in the states. Everyone on our missions team who attended the open house we hosted tonight tried them! I have eaten 5 so far, they taste like oily, crunchy shrimp. Not bad, but it'll take a while for me to consider them really tasty!
I'm also looking forward to a trip to Chicago next week! I'll be spending the week with my best friend, crocheting away on my dress I'm making for the Make it With Wool contest. I'll really enjoy the R+R from my busy summer, but I'm not to excited that I get to start school 2 days after I get home!

Until Next Time...when I may have a picture as proof of my eating grasshoppers!
Chelsea

July 28, 2010

House Cleaning!

Well, It's not really "house" cleaning, because it's more fun! Keep an eye out this week, the Crochet Collection blog will be going through a period of clean up and re-design! After all, we all need change, right?

Just in case you didn't see it in my last post, I'm going to let ya'll know again:
 I'm going to Uganda in November right after my 18th birthday!
Since I know 95% of my blog readers are yarn enthusiasts, I have a special challenge for every one of you! I'm on a mission to change the lives of the poverty struck women there through the amazing art of crochet. Being a crochet designer, I'm always inspired to make new, beautiful things. I can't tell you how many times people ask if they can have something made for them, but I simply don't have the time! I am planning to teach the women there how to make lovely garments, accessories, baby clothes and the like, and paying them a fair wage! I'd like to be able to market the line of clothes I bring out of Uganda to high end boutiques all over the country. As my ground breaking trip, I want to be able to take 750 pounds of yarn with me to give to the ladies.
Here is where you come in, my dear friend! Do you have some yarn in your stash you love, but know you probably won't ever use? I'm believing that I will get my goal of 750 pounds of yarn, donated for me to take on my trip! I know it seems like a large number, but If every one of my regular readers sent 2.5 pounds of yarn, that would be more than enough to fill my bags! Not interested in sending yarn, but want to support my trip? Please send me an email at the address below :)
Questions or comments about my mission trip, or donating yarn? You can feel free to contact me at: princess.of.crochet(at)gmail(dot)com

Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea

July 26, 2010

Crochet Collection goes International - Your Chance to Help!

Hello to all my Crocheting friends!

It's been quite a while since I've posted, I will fill in a few of the blanks that have been missing the past few months!

1. I'm going to College! I've officially graduated from my homeschool classes, I'm finishing the much dreaded math at a local tech college to finish High School requirements. This is my last week of school, I start my math AND graphic design (my major!) classes in late August. I'm excited, but I know it going to be a lot of hard work. I expect a lot from myself academically, my goal is to make the Dean's List this Fall :)

2. I have expanded my knowledge of sewing quite a bit this summer! I made a pageant dress for a little girl I attend church with. I'm also sewing a beautiful royal purple mohair coat for the Make it With Wool contest this September!

3. I'm going to Uganda in November right after my 18th birthday!

Since I know 95% of my blog readers are yarn enthusiasts, I have a special challenge for every one of you! I'm on a mission to change the lives of the poverty struck women there through the amazing art of crochet. Being a crochet designer, I'm always inspired to make new, beautiful things. I can't tell you how many times people ask if they can have something made for them, but I simply don't have the time! I am planning to teach the women there how to make lovely garments, accessories, baby clothes and the like, and paying them a fair wage! I'd like to be able to market the line of clothes I bring out of Uganda to high end boutiques all over the country. As my ground breaking trip, I want to be able to take 750 pounds of yarn with me to give to the ladies.
Here is where you come in, my dear friend! Do you have some yarn in your stash you love, but know you probably won't ever use? I'm believing that I will get my goal of 750 pounds of yarn, donated for me to take on my trip! I know it seems like a large number, but If every one of my regular readers sent 2.5 pounds of yarn, that would be more than enough to fill my bags! Not interested in sending yarn, but want to support my trip? Please send me an email at the address below :)
Questions or comments about my mission trip, or donating yarn? You can feel free to contact me at: princess.of.crochet(at)gmail(dot)com

Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea

May 07, 2010

Spring is Here!

Hey Everyone!
I've taken a long break from blogging, and it's about time I've started updating on a regular basis again! I'm currently preparing to start school in a few weeks, I'm working on becoming certified in website development through our local Technical College. I've been doing a lot of sewing lately too! I'm currently starting on a dress for a 2 year old I go to church with who is going to a national beauty pageant representing Wisconsin!
My Make it With Wool Contest planning has also kicked in. While I was in NYC this past January, I bought all the wool fabric I needed to create my outfit. I'll be sewing pants and an unlined blazer, as well as an awesome mohair coat. I'm going to design a babydoll crocheted top out of 100% merino yarn to go under the blazer. Since my sewing skills still need a little honing, I've been making practice garments from my patterns. This picture is of a hong kong seam which will be accenting all the seams in my blazer.
Crochet designing has slowed a little bit, but I'm ready to pick up the fire again. Inspiration has really struck me lately, I'm ready to pick up my hook with lots of vigor.
I'll be writing again soon, but in the mean while,
Happy Crocheting!
Chelsea

February 25, 2010

Star Dancer Beret

Star Dancer Beret

As first seen inside "Passionate Hookers," this pattern has been re-written in US crochet terms. Made with crocheted cables, this chic beret is sure to grace your winter wardrobe. 

Yarn:
Cascade 220, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.
2 Hanks

Hook:



H/8 (5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge



Gauge:
5 Rnds and 16 Dc = 4 inches

Stitches Used:
Ch-Chain
Dc-Double Crochet
Slst-Slip Stitch
Dtc-Double Treble Crochet
StC-Straight Cable
TwC-Twisted Cable



Notes: 
First Published In "Passionate Hookers"



4.95 PDF Download Only
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February 03, 2010

Easy Crocheting Patterns for Beginners

I am delighted to bring you this original easy crocheting pattern for beginners designed by my Grandma. It is such a great original idea that it is launching a whole new product for my website Crochet Collection.


This easy crochet pattern is a kitchen towel topper. What makes it unique is that it will turn every towel in your kitchen into a crochet top towel. And better yet it does not need to be continually washed and will continue looking good as new!

Also you can use what ever colors match your room and/or your towels. You can put a button on it, or simply make a shorter top over the circle if you have knob handles in your kitchen, or make a self-tie version like the one pictured.

I was able to complete on in about twenty minutes, so if you are looking for a great new gift giving idea, you can whip these out in no time flat.

This is an easy crocheting pattern for beginners because
it only involves single crochet and double crochet stitches.

Kitchen Towel Topper Pattern (self-tie)

Supplies:
small amount of worsted weight yarn
size H crochet hook
3 inch ring - we recommend the Endu-RING

Begin by single crocheting around the three inch ring.  I usually only need about 36 stitches to make is around without the ring showing.  It's okay if you need a few more or a few less stitches depending upon your gauge, hook size, and yarn.  Once you get around the ring, slip stitch to your first stitch.  Then chain 3.  Double crochet into the next four stitches of your ring (completes row one). 
*ch3 and turn (counts as first double crochet) and double crochet in the next four stitches (completes row two). 
Repeat from * until you have 8 completed rows. 
Row 9:  ch4, double crochet into the third stitch, ch 1 and double crochet into the last stitch, turn. 
Row 10 repeat one row at *, do not fasten off. 
Now you will edge your holder.  Chain three, single crochet all around your project.  I usually single crochet into the side of each of the double crochet stitches and when I go around the ring I skip a stitch (for example ch3, single crochet into second stitch all the way around).
Fasten off when you get back to where you began your edging. 
For the self-tie, you need to make a 50 stitch crocheted chain.  Put the tie into the top area of your circle (or just above it in your first double crochet row) and then draw the tie into the two slots you created in Row 9.  Tie in a bow.

What I really like about this project is the versatility.  You can create a seasonal gift, or a very personalized gift in just a matter of minutes.  Also the ring is very durable and should last a life-time under normal use.  We also offer a larger 4 inch ring.  You can make this same project with the larger ring, but of course you will need more stitches to go around the ring.....otherwise the pattern is identical.  If you wish to add a couple more stitches to the double crochet row, you can do that too.  It is very versatile.

You can skip the self tie and make only one hole in the center of Row 9 for a button, or only make a couple of rows with a hole for a kitchen knob to pop through.  There are so many different variations, it's so much FUN!

We will soon have a video on how to create this product. 

For more information on the Endu-RING click here!

More Easy Crocheting Patterns for Beginners

Endu-ring Enduring Extreme Crochet Ring





January 08, 2010

Crochet Magnet

Tonight Chelsea prepared a wonderful "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" (by Julia Childs) menu.  Pumpkin soup baked in the shell, potato and carrot gratin, a trussed roasted turkey and creme brulee.  What does this have to do with crochet you may wonder?  Chelsea's friend Taryn helped with the dinner preparations and after dinner, Taryn joined Chelsea on the couch to receive some crochet instructions.  Not one of Chelsea's friends has escaped "Mastering the Art of Crochet".  Chelsea is a little crochet magnet.....attracting novices from every corner of the earth and turning them into crochet experts.  Several years ago we counted up the dozens of people she had started in crocheting.  Now we've lost track....hundreds is the ballpark.

Keep up the good work little crochet magnet!  Crocheting makes the world a brighter place!

Love,
Mom

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