Monday, August 31, 2015

A Fabulous Yarn Can Make a Simple Pattern Luxurious

I am using two silk blend yarns and they are making a simple pattern wonderfully exciting.

This is one of my current projects. 
I am teaching an intermediate crochet class at 'Strings Attached Yarns' in Dayton. 

We are using one of my published designs "As You Like it Wrap". I designed it a couple years ago for Coats and Clark. Here is a link to the free pattern: 

"As You Like It" is exactly what I meant when I designed this wrap. The pattern repeat is very easy so you can play around with color or yarn texture changes to suit your fancy. It is the perfect pattern for practicing yarn changing. (It always happens at the end of a row to so have no fears) Now the published pattern was worked with a tied yarn type so there are no instructions for changing yarn but it is just this easy-----

---Yarn Change ---In the last stitch of the row before the color change insert the hook in the 3rd chain of the 'chain 3 to turn' of the previous row, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook, (1/2 of the dc made) snip and drop the expired yarn, (leave a 4" yarn end) and yarn over with the new yarn and draw it through the last 2 loops on hook. -

 (Now I like to work over my expired yarns rather than sew them so I use my hook to draw them into the next stitch to anchor the ends the work over them across the row--if there are chain spaces to skip I draw the yarn ends through them so that they don't show) Continue working the rows in the new color or yarn scheme   

I hope you will try it in something soft and wonderful. Add some mohair, silk or cashmere, work the main body in wool blends or alpaca. I am sure you are going to love adding this wrap to your fall or winter wardrobe. As a fashion statement it is going to be wonderful. 

 I am going to enjoy wearing this wrap all fall and winter. Adding a brooch or shawl pin will be the perfect touch for accessorizing.

[Note it is easy to increase the length of this warp by maintaining a multiple of 3 + 2 in your beginning chain]

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Blog Tour for 'Colorful Crochet Lace'

Mary Jane Hall's newest crochet pattern book 'Colorful Crochet Lace' is beautiful and so informative.
If you would love to learn to work crochet lace garments this is a wonderful place to start.

Follow the blog tour

 Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour Schedule
  1. Knit Crochet Craft – Vickie Howell (Mary Jane will be Vickie's guest blogger that day, kicking off the tour 8/4)
  2. Outstanding Crochet – Natalia Kononova (review and promotional giveaway 8/5) +photos of her project
  3. Bonnie Bay – Bonnie Barker (review, interview, and promotional giveaway 8/6) She's making a project
  4. Crochetville – Amy Shelton (she'll show the Au Naturel Top she made, review, promotional giveaway 8/7) Amy made the Au Natural Cropped Top and will share her pictures
  5. My Little City Girl – Alla Koval (she'll show the Juliette Scarf she made , interview, and review 8/10). Alla made a project which she will share.
  6. Yarn Thing Podcast – Marly Bird (author interview podcast 8/13)
  7. Hook & Needle Designs – Lisa Gentry (8/14)
  8. GoCrochet – Ellen Gormley (review and author interview) (8/17)
  9. Turquoiz Blue – This is Crochet - Turquoiz Blue (8/18)
  10. Cute Crochet Chat – Jocelyn Sass (review and promotional giveaway 8/19)
  11. Hot Lava Crochet – Tammy Hildebrand (interview, review, and promotional giveaway 8/20)
  12. The Crochet Architect – Susan Lowman 8/21
  13. Crochet Renee – Renee Rogers 8/24

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For Throw Back Thursday - A free Pattern


Made in water resistant nylon this bag is great for summers wet enjoyments.
The double parquet stitch pattern is interesting, an easy one to make and gives strength to the body of the bag. The bottom is worked in slip and single crochet stitches. 

First published in the March 2011 issue of Crochet Magazine it is now available as a free download from ' A free membership to the site is required with you email address but there are thousands of patterns to enjoy.

I am sure you will love having this one available for summertime fun. 
For this one click this link:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Seaside Wrap Free Pattern

How Cool is This! My latest pattern From Crochet World Magazine is among the Featured Patterns

I really enjoyed making this wrap. I can be worn multiple ways. The large hook with fine thread makes for a lovely open mesh design.  The Colors of the 'Gem' DN Serenity Garden 
yarn just pops with excitement, it is like a party; a summer good time.  
However my pattern tester used 'Spring Water' and the garment is Fabulous in the Blues. So pick you favorite color and create a little excitement of your own. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Giveaway: Win one of two Tulip Etimo Rose crochet hooks is giving away two Tulip Etimo Rose Crochet hooks. It is so easy to enter for your chance to win this great hook from Tulip!
Giveaway: Win one of two Tulip Etimo Rose crochet hooks. Enter now through 8:00 PM central time on Monday, May 12, 2014. International entries are welcome!
Enter on Facebook through this link (or our giveaway tab):




I was so excited this morning to find my patterns on the RedHeart site. I had to post them straight away.

The first is a light weight sweater with 3/4 sleeves in RED HEART® Boutique Midnight® yarn. The tonal change in the yarn married so nicely with the change in stitch pattern in the different rows. Way Cool.

Here is the link for the free pattern.

 The Second is an easy easy wrap that you can make longer or shorter / wider or more narrow. Hence it's name "As You Like It". The yarn is an exquisite multi-texture.  RED HEART® Boutique Magical™. 

Here is the link for this one.

I hope you enjoy making them for you wardrobe as much as I enjoyed making them.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

2014 National Crochet Month Blog Tour

Once again we are participating in the Blog Tour sponsored by Crochetville.

This year the spotlighted charity is
Halos of Love

 They distribute caps and hats to cancer patients in 450 cancer treatment centers in the US each month. They accept donations of crocheted, knitted, and sewn hats. If you are interested in donating hats or money to help get the caps and hats distributed, please visit their websiteThey can be contacted at website link, Facebook page

I want to give you as many of my free patterns as possible so I  have busied myself today locating links to my published designs. They were published in Magazines and books and some are now available as free patterns from the companies that acquired them. So please click the link , and find some lovely things to create. They are also on my Ravelry page with links where applicable. If you would care to rate them and add pictures of your finished projects, I would be thrilled to see them.

For taking time to visit my blog I have a couple more free patterns for you. In additions to the ones already available on this site and at the links above I am adding: 
For a limited Time -
Spring Daisy Scarf’ - found at this link  
Floral Broach Hook Minder’ - found at this link  

Please follow the entire tour and I am sure you will learn many new techniques, acquire some lovely patterns, enter fun drawing and have a fantastic time. I encourage you to remember to click on the link to Halos of Love and do what you can for our friends and family coping with cancer.