Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Variation on the Catena Scarf

When submitting a design idea to a magazine, sometimes things change based on what the editors are looking for. In the case of the Catena Scarf for Interweave Crochet Magazine, the look of the scarf changed because of the yarn choice. When I made the sample, I used yarn that I found available in Kuwait in my local yarn shop, and when they went to choose yarn for the magazine project, they couldn't find anything similar in the brand they wanted to use. 

The original swatch used yarns from the Turkish Nako company: "Sport Wool" & hook size H/8  for the base of the scarf, and "Spaghetti" & hook size N/15 for the surface crochet. 

So if you prefer a little warmer and chunkier version of the scarf, you can switch to heavier loftier yarns. For the original sample, I also chose the two yarns in as close to the same color as I could get, and in the magazine we used two different colors. You could also go the other way and use 2 very contrasting colors for another look.

This sample emulates a shaker knit

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

My Catena Crochet Scarf in Interweave Crochet Magazine!

Winter is an amazing time to crochet, and I am super excited to have a fun scarf pattern in the new Winter 2020 issue of Interweave Crochet! This scarf is such fun to crochet and it includes my favorite technique, surface crochet. You begin by crocheting a mesh base, then you surface crochet into it with a heavier weight yarn, to create a lovely warm textured scarf. You can really be creative with your yarn choices with this pattern!

There are many beautiful patterns in this issue! Head over to the Ravelry Page for the issue to favorite the patterns you like the most!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

More on Using Crochet to Finish Weaving Projects!

I am always finding a way to use crochet in my projects, no matter what technique I am using. I find that it is a great way to finish the edges of a purse. I crochet along the sides so I can make neat seams, and I find crochet is the best way to make fastenings and handles. For this purse, I crocheted two strips, then crocheted them together on the edges to make a strong handle that won't stretch out. I also crocheted a bobble that I stitched to the body of the purse, and I crocheted a fastening loop to the flap of the purse. Because you can insert your hook anywhere, crochet gives you the flexiblity to change the look and shape of the woven piece after it is finished! 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Crocheting on a Cracker...Looking at Snacks with New Eyes!

I thought I had tried stitching into everything in the house that had holes in it, but Crochet! magazine inspired me to try something a little crazy. Crocheting on a cracker! It was a fun exercise in patience in creativity! I had to handle it very delicately, but the cracker was stronger than I thought it would be. After seeing the Facebook post by Crochet! magazine, I immediately wanted to try this and went to my kitchen looking for crackers with holes in them. I was thrilled that I had Tuc crackers on hand,because I was able to embroider the name as well! 

Now, what to do with an embellished cracker? I may try setting it in resin as one of the posters suggested on the Facebook post... Stay tuned!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Playing with Scale- A Larger Stone Crochet Necklace!

One of my favorite pieces of jewelry lately is the Single Stone Necklace. I have really been enjoying wearing it, and one day it occurred to me that it would be fun to have a larger version that would be even more of a statement necklace! 

The original version is crocheted in a sock yarn, and in order to make a larger version, I switched to a worsted weight yarn. I was fortunate to have grey ombre yarn in my stash. It is one of those yarns that I only bought one skein of years ago, and now I wish I had bought several! I followed the original pattern instructions, but moved up to a size E/4 crochet hook. The only other change I made was to slip stitch back into the chain made for the necklace cord, to make it stronger and to match the scale of the stone. I am looking forward to wearing this one!

Original Version vs. New Larger Version


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Free Crochet Lace Patterns!

Hello all, I hope your summer is going well and that you are all enjoying your crochet projects! I just received the news that the crochet enthusiasts at All Free Crochet have featured my Blossom Necklace Pattern in their collection of crochet lace scarves, wraps, tops, jewelry, and afghans.  Summertime is a lovely time to crochet lacey pieces, so head over to their website to check out the entire collection!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Crochet Edging to Finish a Weaving!

I am striving to create useful things out of pieces woven on my lap loom.  I have discovered that I can make a nice sized purse on the loom with the help of crochet! I made this purse recently, as a way to feature some handspun thick and thin Spinerations yarn. I love to use thick and thin yarns in weaving and let the thickness changes in the yarn bring the piece to life! 

When I finished weaving, I took it off of the loom and tied the warp ends to secure it. Then I carefully hid all of the ends at the back because I decided I didn't want to have any warp fringe. Then, I crocheted on the top and bottom edges to give a nice shape to the purse and to make the piece longer.

I also crocheted along the sides of the weaving so the seaming would be easier and neat. The third way I used crochet to make this purse was in making the fastening bobble. I crocheted the bobble, then embellished it with an embroidered lazy daisy, which some of you may know is one of my signature ways to finish off a project!

Before I removed the weaving from the loom and added crochet