Crochet http://crochet.craftgossip.com Patterns, projects and techniques Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:12:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Tunisian Crochet For Baby – Meet The Author! http://crochet.craftgossip.com/tunisian-crochet-for-baby-meet-the-author/2014/09/02/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/tunisian-crochet-for-baby-meet-the-author/2014/09/02/#respond Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:57:59 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12627 cro tunisian baby 0814

 

This new book is full of goodies for baby, created by best selling crochet designer Sharon Silverman.  I asked Sharon why she chose Tunisian crochet to create these designs.  She kindly offered the following information:

 

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This new book is full of goodies for baby, created by best selling crochet designer Sharon Silverman.  I asked Sharon why she chose Tunisian crochet to create these designs.  She kindly offered the following information:

 

Tunisian crochet can be used to create fabrics and textures that are impossible in regular
crochet. Because the stitches are linked horizontally as well as vertically, Tunisian crochet
does not have the “loopy” look that regular crochet does. Some Tunisian fabrics look knitted or
woven. I am always glad for the opportunity to share Tunisian techniques with other crocheters.
Baby items, including garments, are very popular and seemed to be the logical next step
after my books on scarves and pillows (both from Stackpole Books), and a recent Leisure Arts
title, Tunisian Baby Blankets. Because of their small size, baby projects are the perfect things on
which to practice a new skill. The investment in time and materials is smaller than for a full-size
adult item.
Tunisian crochet stitch patterns seem very well suited to baby items, refreshingly
different from other crocheted designs. Although Tunisian has a reputation for being bulky and
heavy, that’s an unfair characterization. With the right combination of yarn, hook size, and stitch
pattern, Tunisian fabric can be lacy, open, and lightweight. There are a lot of interesting textures
that will appeal to parents and grandparents. The patterns in the book have a variety of styles,
techniques, and skill levels; I think crocheters will welcome the opportunity to try these new
designs. Each pattern has written instructions and at least one symbol chart. Photo tutorials are
also included.
And with new babies entering the world all the time, crocheters always need things to
make for those precious bundles!
About Sharon:
Sharon Silverman is a designer, author, and instructor based in West Chester,
Pennsylvania. This is her seventh crochet title, with several more in the works. She is a
professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and a design member of The National
NeedleArts Association. You can find her at www.SharonSilverman.com; on Ravelry at
CrochetSharon; and on Facebook and Pinterest at Sharon Silverman Crochet. Silverman is also
the author of several travel guidebooks and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. She
currently writes the “Shop!” column for The Hunt Magazine, a Brandywine Valley lifestyle
publication. She and her husband are the parents of two college-age sons

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My Top Five Unusual Christmas Crochet http://crochet.craftgossip.com/my-top-five-unusual-christmas-crochet/2014/08/31/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/my-top-five-unusual-christmas-crochet/2014/08/31/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:23:21 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12700 cro xmas poptop 0815

Upcycle the most ordinary things to create holiday beauty.  This cool ornament is composed of six soda can pop tops and some crochet thread.  Doesn’t come much cheaper or easier than this.  Consider embellishing it by stringing on some pretty … Read More ...

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Upcycle the most ordinary things to create holiday beauty.  This cool ornament is composed of six soda can pop tops and some crochet thread.  Doesn’t come much cheaper or easier than this.  Consider embellishing it by stringing on some pretty crystal beads or paint with a bit of glitter to add some pizzazz.  Make a batch in an evening.  See pattern link below (which has now been corrected.)

cro xmas hat outrageous 0814This is one outrageous hat that might appeal to someone on your Christmas gift list.  You can buy it ready made on etsy.com for $58.00 or create something similar with a beanie pattern and some mini Christmas ornaments from the craft store.  This would be a hit when paired with the Ugliest Sweater, guaranteed to win the contest! OTOH, if you’re an attention seeker (or love one), this may well be worth the asking price.  It’s certainly one of a kind.

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This little ornament is unique.  Make it tonight!  Make it in bright colors or more muted colors.  Embellish with stars and glitter or leave as is.  Any way you make this, it will receive complements.  It’s so cute! It reminds me of a Hershey Kiss.

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There’s no youngster (or young at hearster) on your gift list who wouldn’t love a pair of these Monster Eyed Slippers!  Not only will they keep your toes warm, they’ll start all kinds of conversations on Christmas morning.  Nuf said.

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Finally, everyone can use package toppers.  These are cute and will work up quickly.  They would also work as oversized earrings, a necklace, appliques for sweatshirts, or to dangle from thread in the windows for all your passersby to see.  Make them just like this or brighter and more cheery.  Either way, they’ll be fun and look great on packages – their intended use.

Check here for the free pattern for the PopTop Ornament

Link to the outrageous hat on etsy.com

Get the free pattern for Monster Eyes slippers here.

Package topper free pattern can be found here.

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Getting Started With Christmas Crochet http://crochet.craftgossip.com/getting-started-with-christmas-crochet/2014/08/29/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/getting-started-with-christmas-crochet/2014/08/29/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:41:49 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12688 cro xmas afgh 1 0814

I know it’s likely way too hot where you (and I) live to even think about Christmas crochet, but it’s time.  Unless you want to attempt to crochet around the clock once the calendar hits December 1, 2014, you need … Read More ...

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I know it’s likely way too hot where you (and I) live to even think about Christmas crochet, but it’s time.  Unless you want to attempt to crochet around the clock once the calendar hits December 1, 2014, you need to plan ahead.  For me, that means starting on the largest projects first.  So, this is probably the easiest one first. We’ll call it #1.  It’s basically a large rectangle that starts from a simple center motif.  Great for any crocheter who has learned basic stitches and knows how to change colors at the end of a row.  Note, I’m a fan of knotting off at the end of rows.  Purists are not.  For information on the pros and cons of both, please check elsewhere.

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#2 Afghan looks like a simple ripple – until you see the ends.  They make those pretty rounded ends which are just unusual enough to make this a splendid holiday afghan.  Convert the colors you see to some antique looking Christmas colors like hunter, maroon, and ecru.  What a beauty you’ll have made!

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Then, since I’m such a fan of the round ripple, I found this colorful sample for you.  The pattern is not given, but I’m a fan of Smooth Fox’s pattern, so you can find the link to it below.  Any harmonious combination of Christmas colors would work well, resulting in a special afghan from baby size to one large enough for a couple to snuggle under on the sofa by the fireplace.  Anyone got the hot cocoa?

Probably the best idea is to pull out your favorite afghan pattern, gather some skeins of scrumptious Christmas colors, and work up a afghan that will become special to you and likely considered an heirloom by your children or grandchildren.  The point is, we gotta get going on these now if we are to have them read for the holiday season.  So, dig out the yarn and get busy!

 

Links to free patterns.

Afghan #1

Afghan #2

Afghan #3 (a good substitute for the one for which no pattern source is available)

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Crochet An Amazing Lace Wrap Shawl http://crochet.craftgossip.com/crochet-an-amazing-lace-wrap-shawl/2014/08/27/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/crochet-an-amazing-lace-wrap-shawl/2014/08/27/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:56:13 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12680 cro leaf shawl 2 0814

When I first saw this shawl, I was immediately intrigued with the unusual shape of it.  You can see that better in the second photo.  I wasn’t quite sure how it would remain situation on my shoulders, but, as you … Read More ...

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When I first saw this shawl, I was immediately intrigued with the unusual shape of it.  You can see that better in the second photo.  I wasn’t quite sure how it would remain situation on my shoulders, but, as you can see from the second photo, the seemingly abstract shape is actually well balanced.  I love the ripple effect edge that doesn’t require any special stitch work.  I think it’s an amazing design.

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As I browsed further through designer Sara’s site, Posh Pooch Designs, I found one interesting project after another.  Free patterns, unique ideas, lots of goodies for pet lovers.  This gal must spend all her waking hours designing and creating things for her animals and her humans!  And, look how creative she is!  I’m impressed.

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I also liked the looks of the Linked Up Cowl.  Of course, one could use any color combination desired, but I love the choices she has made.  This would make a great gift for a fashionista or anyone living in a colder climate.  Choose a really soft, plush yarn and you’ll have a cowl worthy of a queen (or me if you want to send it my way ;-)

I’ve not included any of her pooch designs here because there are just too many of them.  You can check them out for yourself.  I’m sure you’ll be equally impressed with the variety of projects offered.  And, not just for pooches.  There are wash cloths, purses, and even a fanny pack.  Not sure I’ve ever seen a pattern for a crocheted fanny pack.  There’s plenty here to keep you browsing for quite a while.  Check it out!

You can find the Lace Pumpkin Wrap (shawl) pattern here and the Linked Up Cowl Design here.

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Bumpy Stitch Scarf – Free Pattern (My Adaptation) http://crochet.craftgossip.com/bumpy-stitch-scarf-free-pattern-my-adaptation/2014/08/25/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/bumpy-stitch-scarf-free-pattern-my-adaptation/2014/08/25/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:41:30 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12668  

 

 

 

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So, I’m pretty much in love with this stitch pattern.  As soon after surgery and the post operative wound infection I was able to pick up my crochet hook and scarf, this pattern was exactly where … Read More ...

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So, I’m pretty much in love with this stitch pattern.  As soon after surgery and the post operative wound infection I was able to pick up my crochet hook and scarf, this pattern was exactly where I went.  I grabbed 4 small skeins of yarn from my stash – two skeins each of mixed green variegateds – looked up this free pattern, and set about making a scarf.  I actually wanted to make a baby afghan, but feared I didn’t have enough yarn to make one in my minimum size of about 36X36 inches.

I really like the way this scarf turned out.  It’s about 8 inches wide and over six feet long.  The shades of green in the two skeins blended well as the pattern revealed itself.  There are a couple reasons this stitch is so versatile and useful.  First, it’s easy to remember.  That’s a huge plus for me.  Second, it works equally well with almost any size yarn.  Third, it’s highly adaptable and works well for the original baby afghan, the shawl I made using the stitch, and now, a great scarf.  Fourth, and finally, it produces a very soft, cushy feeling fabric.  It’s very cuddly.  Everyone wants to project as I’m working on it (as I crochet in public).

For the original pattern, please see the link below.  For my variation to create this scarf, here goes:

Row 1. Chain 27, crochet in fourth stitch from hook (sc, hdc, dc), skip 2 stitches, [sc, hdc, dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches] across to hdc in last stitch.

Row 2. Chain 2, turn. In first dc of previous row (sc, hdc, dc), skip 2 stitches, [sc, hdc, dc in next dc, skip 2 stitches] across to hdc in last stitch.

Row 3 and on: Chain 2, turn, repeat row 2 until your scarf is the length you want.  Tie off and weave in ends.

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If you like my pattern, you’re sure to like the original project even more.  Click here to get to it.

And, if you want to see the shawl I made using this pattern, check it out here.

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“It Girl” Crochet http://crochet.craftgossip.com/it-girl-crochet/2014/08/23/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/it-girl-crochet/2014/08/23/#respond Sun, 24 Aug 2014 01:10:28 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12645 cro it girl bk 0814

Don’t you love the unique wrist warmers on the cover of this new book?  I love the symmetry as well as the swirl effect the designer has created.  This is just one of 23 patterns for accessories in this book.  … Read More ...

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Don’t you love the unique wrist warmers on the cover of this new book?  I love the symmetry as well as the swirl effect the designer has created.  This is just one of 23 patterns for accessories in this book.  They range from scarves, mittens, and caps to more fashion forward looks like a chunky belt and these impressive knee socks.  I’m in love with these socks!!

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If you’re a shawl fan, you’ll find several lovely projects in this book.  They are lacy and delicate and include some surprising elements.  There are several purses, displaying an array of techniques.

Back to those mittens, caps, and scarves.  You’ll find a variety in this book that will please everyone on your gift list.  I’m especially fond of the Op Art Reversible Scarf, with it’s bold geometrics on one side and lattice look on the reverse.  The caps, scarves, and mittens can easily be mixed and matched to create even more beautiful sets.

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These patterns are fresh and youthful – but not cutesy and just for youngsters.  Yarn and color selections can easily move a pattern from sophisticated to casual, from flashy to serene.  The yarns chosen for each design are typically available at your LYS or from an online vendor of finer yarns, but substitutions with mass marketed yarns are easy to make as each pattern contains the often rarely found yarn size (#2, fine, for instance).  I wish all patterns contained this useful bit of information.  This book also contains really detailed charts, some with color added, making them easier to follow in a complex pattern.

If you enjoy crocheting fashion projects, this book is for you.  It would make a great gift for a fashionista or anyone interested in adding fashion forward accessories to her wardrobe.

Book Specs:

It Girl Crochet by Sharon Zientara

Interweave Press, 2014

Soft cover, 135 pages

ISBN: 9781620330968

List Price $22.99 USD.

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Let’s Dish Crochet http://crochet.craftgossip.com/lets-dish-crochet/2014/08/18/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/lets-dish-crochet/2014/08/18/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:48:14 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12574 cro dish v stitch 0814

 

I will begin teaching crochet to the middle schoolers where I volunteer in a couple of weeks.  So, I have been on the look out for dish cloth patterns that I could use to teach the basic crochet stitches.  … Read More ...

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I will begin teaching crochet to the middle schoolers where I volunteer in a couple of weeks.  So, I have been on the look out for dish cloth patterns that I could use to teach the basic crochet stitches.  We’ll practice tension and counting stitches, but we can still produce a useable dish cloth even if the edges and the shape aren’t perfect.  What mom will complain when a kid brings home her/his first crochet project – even if it’s not perfect?

This first pattern is from Fabi and uses a single crochet V stitch (see link below).  So, I think I’d teach it first without changing yarns.  That comes later.

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Alexis  Middleton created these very cute Pineapple Dish Cloths.  See link to her pattern below.  These would be very cute and decorative in the kitchen.  Might be a bit ambitious for beginners, but if it sparks their imagination, they will be willing to work a bit harder.

 

 

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Here’s another one that looks fairly easy and works up nicely as shown in the variegated yarn (always my fave!).  This pattern is from the ‘dishclothdiaries’ which sounds pretty much like my life ;-)  Cleaning is not my favorite thing!  I think the only problem a beginner would have with this pattern is with the border.  But, I like the border so if the kids make the whole dish cloth, I think s/he’d be ready to attempt the border.  Or, we could just work single crochets around to stabilize.  Pretty much will depend on the kid.  See the link below.

If you have a link to any other simple dishcloths (or face cloths), please feel free to share a link or pattern source.  I want to engage these kids minds and fingers.  Crochet is so therapeutic that I believe it will be a very valuable skill for kids of middle school age to learn.  Once they master the simple stitches, we’ll move onward and upward.

 

 

Links:

Fabi’s V-stitch dishcloth

Alexis’ Pineapple Dishcloth

Dishclothdiaries Dishcloth

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Another Crochet Giveaway Winner http://crochet.craftgossip.com/another-crochet-giveaway-winner/2014/08/17/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/another-crochet-giveaway-winner/2014/08/17/#respond Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:35:51 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12621  

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Jessica D Won this with the following entry, chosen at random:

I would make the little football outfits first. Zip code is 16833

Jessica,  please email me (crochet@craftgossip.com) with your snail mail … Read More ...

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Jessica D Won this with the following entry, chosen at random:

I would make the little football outfits first. Zip code is 16833

Jessica,  please email me (crochet@craftgossip.com) with your snail mail info so I can get the book in the mail to you.

Thanks to all who entered.  Stay tuned for another Giveaway soon!

 

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Alien Vs Lovey Crochet http://crochet.craftgossip.com/alien-vs-lovey-crochet/2014/08/16/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/alien-vs-lovey-crochet/2014/08/16/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:44:13 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12586 cro meat boy 0814

 

Is this an Alien or a Lovey?  Depends on your status as an Earthling or a kid, I guess.  I love the simplicity of this pattern and how it could work up to make a very special huggable gift … Read More ...

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Is this an Alien or a Lovey?  Depends on your status as an Earthling or a kid, I guess.  I love the simplicity of this pattern and how it could work up to make a very special huggable gift for your favorite tot.

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This little pink one looks more huggable – especially for a little girl.  But, since these could be worked up in any color or even stripes or blocks of color, they could be made to please any little huggable kid, right?

Add a flower or not.  Use plastic eyes for older kids or just stitch them with yarn for the younger kids.  Stuff them with fiberfill or alternatives like old pantyhose, shredded up old foam pillow form, or well worn (but laundered, of course) socks.  I’ve heard of people using clean dryer lint to stuff plush toys.  Please DO NOT use dryer lint.  It’s very highly flammable and could easily burn up in a flash, causing permanent harm.  So, no dryer lint, okay?

You can find both these patterns here.  Just scroll down to see both patterns.

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Fastest Crochet?? http://crochet.craftgossip.com/fastest-crochet/2014/08/14/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/fastest-crochet/2014/08/14/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:50:39 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12581 cro fastest afghan 0814

On All Free Crochet, they call this the World’s Fastest Crochet Afghan!  Really?  I don’t think so.  Okay, I’m not a fan of mile a minute patterns.  Not only must I crochet 2 things that are just alike, I have … Read More ...

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On All Free Crochet, they call this the World’s Fastest Crochet Afghan!  Really?  I don’t think so.  Okay, I’m not a fan of mile a minute patterns.  Not only must I crochet 2 things that are just alike, I have to crochet even more.  In this case, it’s TWELVE things that are just the same.  Not happening.

I can think of several different patterns that I could work up in far less time than I’d ever get this one made.  I’m not saying this afghan is not attractive.  It is – although I’d probably choose other colors.  If you like mile a minute patterns, this might be for you.  But, I believe I can crochet a diagonal crazy stitch in less time.  I think I could work a simple double crochet with 2 or 3 strands of yarn and have a full sized afghan in a weekend.

What about you?  What’s your favorite quick crochet afghan pattern?  Share a link with us if you have one or the pattern source so we can all learn to make a very quick gift when we need to.

Here’s the link to the pattern should you want to try it.

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Crochet Giveaway Winner – 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches To Crochet http://crochet.craftgossip.com/crochet-giveaway-winner-100-colorful-ripple-stitches-to-crochet/2014/08/12/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/crochet-giveaway-winner-100-colorful-ripple-stitches-to-crochet/2014/08/12/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:05:43 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12604 cro ripple book 0714

 

My readers haven’t been very helpful lately!  No one – not one person – emailed me asking me who the winner of the July Giveaway was!!  It completely slipped my mind.  So, I guess you want to know, right?… Read More ...

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My readers haven’t been very helpful lately!  No one – not one person – emailed me asking me who the winner of the July Giveaway was!!  It completely slipped my mind.  So, I guess you want to know, right?

It’s Kelley with this entry (chosen at random):

My neighbor boys (elementary and middle school) love and wear all the time the simple double crochet bracelets that I made for them. They actually requested them. I don’t have a pattern, just chain a circle, then double crochet in the chains. Fast and easy.

zip code – 40217

So, Kelley, please email me (crochet@craftgossip.com)  with your snailmail info so I can get the book to you.  Thanks to all who entered.  I got some great ideas of items that boys will enjoy crocheting.  And, my August Giveaway winner will be announced soon, so stay tuned for another new Giveaway in a week or two.

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Arkansas Crochet http://crochet.craftgossip.com/arkansas-crochet/2014/08/12/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/arkansas-crochet/2014/08/12/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:54:46 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12566 cro grey goat 0814

This is a picture of Pearl, the pet rabbit of a very cozy, cute yarn shop in the historic downtown of tiny Van Buren, Arkansas.  While I was in the shop a few weeks ago, I also got to meet … Read More ...

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This is a picture of Pearl, the pet rabbit of a very cozy, cute yarn shop in the historic downtown of tiny Van Buren, Arkansas.  While I was in the shop a few weeks ago, I also got to meet Pearl’s human, Margaux, one of the yarn artists that operate the shop named Grey Goat Fibers or Who’s Got The Button.  Still kinda confused about the names.

So, how did I wind up in a yarn shop in Arkansas?  It’s all because of a husband and his love of trains.  There’s a great 8 hour round trip rail excursion that runs between Springdale, Arkansas and Van Buren, Arkansas.  My husband and I took a long weekend to ride the train across the beautiful countryside of northwest Arkansas.  If you’ve never been, you should go.  Eureka Springs is a high light in that area as is the Crystal Bridges (free art museum) in Bentonville.

We had a three hour ‘layover’ in Van Buren during which we ate lunch, walked the old down town streets, and did a bit of shopping.  When I saw the yarn shop, I wasn’t even sure it was open.  My very tolerant husband seated himself on a bench while I tried the door and gained entry to this charming little shop.

You can see more about it on their Facebook page as I didn’t take any pictures myself.  If you’re in those parts, be sure to stop in and say hello.  They support local farms and crafters, including selling fleece from locally sourced Wenslydale, Gotland, and Icelandic sheep.  And, NO!  I’m not going to learn to spin.  No!  I’m sticking to buying the yarn.

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Crochet Tube Socks http://crochet.craftgossip.com/crochet-tube-socks/2014/08/10/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/crochet-tube-socks/2014/08/10/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:23:49 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12556 cro tube sock 0814

These crochet tube socks can be found on Ravelry.com along with the free pattern to create them.  I have made oodles of my tube socks using my own pattern that I want to share with you.  However, I have no … Read More ...

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These crochet tube socks can be found on Ravelry.com along with the free pattern to create them.  I have made oodles of my tube socks using my own pattern that I want to share with you.  However, I have no pictures of them.  I give them all away and forget to take pictures.  Mine are worked up in all double crochets or half doubles.  I’ll share the pattern with you here.  They’re super easy to custom size and make far better slipper socks than socks to wear inside shoes.  You’ll see.

 

If you get cold feet, use two strands of yarn, either two worsted weight or one worsted weight and one sport weight.  I have used acrylic or superwash wool.  My slipper socks go in the washer and dryer.  So, be sure to check your yarn label.  This is not a great scrap project because you don’t want to have a bunch of joins/knots in the body of the project.  They are not comfy to walk on, ya’ know.

 

The pattern is simple.  You chain 9 and join to form a chain using the magic loop method so you can completely close up that chain 9 ‘hole’.  You can use any yarn with a suitable hook. You’ll want to crochet fairly tightly or you’ll have holes in the body of the sock which will let in cold air.

1. After your chain 9, join, you’ll chain 2 and half double crochet in each chain around, chain 2, turn.

2. The net row, crochet 2 half double crochets in each hdc = 18 hdc

3. The next row is* 2 hdc in the first two hds then a single hdc in the next hdc*.  Repeat the * to * around.  Chain 2, turn.

4. Now, you can continue with hdc’s or switch to double crochets.  If you want a really snug sock, change to single crochets.  You’ll continue to increase each row (6-9 rows for most feet) by following the pattern in row 3.  Remember to chain the appropriate #before turning – 1 chain for a sc, 2 for hds, 3 for dc

5. Once you’ve crocheted to reach the widest part of the foot across the toes/ball of foot, you can stop increasing and continue to crochet rounds in the number of stitches of the widest part of the foot.  This works great for any size foot.  If you have a really wide foot, you can increase to the width you need.  For a narrower foot, you’ll increase less.

6. Continue in pattern until the slipper sock/tube sock is the length you want.  For a slipper sock to wear around the house in winter, I like to reach mid calf.

Note:  This is not a true sock pattern since it has no short rows to create a heel.  This pattern just creates a tube that will fit each foot perfectly if you measure as you go.  To add some charm to your pattern, change to a decorative stitch once you’ve crocheted in the previous pattern the length of sock that equals the length of the foot.  If you do want to change colors, wait until you’ve crocheted past the heel of your sock where the joins/knots will not be troublesome to the wearer.

The inspiration for my own slipper sock pattern came from these socks created by Dot Mathews.  I do make these as baby gifts as the typical baby sock fits only for a brief time as baby grows and I hate to see raw flesh exposed to the cold winter when the legs of toddler jeans get pulled up as they are held or are playing.  My eldest son (now 36 years old) had store bought cable knee-high socks like we used to wear with our fake kilts when I was in high school a hundred years ago.  But, I don’t think those are available any longer (for toddlers and babies).  So, I make them.  They look like a rather humble gift til mom learns the benefits of longer socks on the tots legs!  So, I just worked on a simple version for adults or older kids.  My pattern is very flexible and works up in an evening.  Great stocking stuffers to start right now.

 

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Crochet A New Stitch http://crochet.craftgossip.com/crochet-a-new-stitch/2014/08/08/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/crochet-a-new-stitch/2014/08/08/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:37:14 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12546 cro pine tree 0814

Have you discovered the site that sends you an email every day to teach you a new crochet stitch?  I think it’s totally amazing!  While I do not necessarily have time every single day to practice a new stitch, I … Read More ...

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Have you discovered the site that sends you an email every day to teach you a new crochet stitch?  I think it’s totally amazing!  While I do not necessarily have time every single day to practice a new stitch, I like seeing the patterns or motifs.  I certainly like having such a useful reference so handy on my laptop or tablet.

The site offers patterns also. And a blog.  And videos to follow for each new stitch.  And free tutorials and online classes!  It’s easy to sign up for their daily or weekly newsletter that will update you on all their offerings.

I’ve also been pleased with their particular selection of patterns.  You can find a gazillion sites online to show you how to chain, single crochet, etc.  But, beyond Crochet 101, there has been a need online (and in English) that uses a multifaceted approach to teaching more complex stitches and motifs.  If you learn better by seeing, or reading, or doing, this site has you covered.

Should you also do that craft that uses only the one stick, the same stitch resources are available on the same site.  I’m a confirmed crocheter, finding knitting to make me tense rather than relaxed.  But, there are clearly many ambicraftous yarn users our there.

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You can try your hand at the Fairy Shell stitch.  If nothing else, the name is enchanting!

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The Mock Popcorn Flower is a great way to use the popcorn stitch.  And, if you’ve been reading my post for very long, you know how I love crocheted flowers.  Working up a bouquet of these in a variety of colors would be so pretty.  Great scrap project!

There are a lot of other goodies on this site.  You’ll get hooked just like I am!  So, go on over and sign up for that newsletter so you don’t miss any stitch news.

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Chart Your Crochet http://crochet.craftgossip.com/chart-your-crochet/2014/08/06/ http://crochet.craftgossip.com/chart-your-crochet/2014/08/06/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:36:12 +0000 http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12526 cro princesses 0814

Do you have a Disney fan in your life who would love to have a collection of their lovely Princesses?  If so, you might want to check out Cuddleup-creations.com to see all their patterns including this one of the Disney Read More ...

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Do you have a Disney fan in your life who would love to have a collection of their lovely Princesses?  If so, you might want to check out Cuddleup-creations.com to see all their patterns including this one of the Disney Princesses.

Their patterns are not free, but the intricacy and the vast selection of charted designs will have you dizzy with possibilities!  To be clear, I have not personally used any of their designs.  Right now, I have a huge WIM list and a very long crochet To-Do List.  But, I’m definitely bookmarking the site that offers such a diverse collection of patterns.

Here are a few others of the many designs they offer.  They also sell yarn and crochet hooks.  And the graphs range from easy ones like the soccer ball to much more intricate designs.

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I think by now, you get the picture!  If you are in the market for a charted (graphed) crochet design, this site is certainly worth checking out.

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