Crochet Patterns, projects and techniques 2014-09-20T12:06:04Z http://crochet.craftgossip.com/feed/atom/ WordPress jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[I Have Crochet Questions!]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12797 2014-09-15T06:06:27Z 2014-09-20T12:06:04Z cro it girl bk 0814

 

There are hundreds if not thousands of free patterns online for crocheted shawls and fingerless gloves (texting mitts).  I’m wondering how many people actually use these items?  I think most crocheted scarves, caps, sweaters, and afghans are actually used … Read More ...

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There are hundreds if not thousands of free patterns online for crocheted shawls and fingerless gloves (texting mitts).  I’m wondering how many people actually use these items?  I think most crocheted scarves, caps, sweaters, and afghans are actually used and even treasured.  But, I’m curious about the shawls and mitts.  Why?  I never actually see anyone wearing them. (But, I love, love, LOVE the mitts/wristlets in this picture!)

Crochet Bright Blue Yonder Shawl

 

So, I’d like some input here.  Are these just items we enjoy making or are they actually in use by people whose paths I never seem to cross?  And, if they are actually used, what patterns for these two specific items seem to be the most popular.  Are the fancier, lacier mitts more popular than the simpler, more functional looking ones?  Are lacy shawls more popular than plainer ones?  Are triangle scarves more widely worn than rectangles or other shapes? (This is my Bright Blue Yonder Shawl.)

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And, what about crocheted ponchos.  Are those actually worn too?  I know one woman who wears a poncho with a turtle neck that she knitted herself.  It’s a stunner and in a very practical olive green color.

So, please let me know what’s the reality in your family, your part of the country (or world), and among folks you see on a regular basis.  I do know that one of my bonus kids was quite fond of the fingerless mitts I made for him as he is an on-air newscaster and had to be outside in all kinds of weather and still actively function with his cell phone and video camera.  He wore the fingerless mitts inside his heavier, warmer gloves, but took those off when he got to a scene where he needed his fingers to get the work done.  What about you and those you’ve crocheted for or observed?

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Crochet Club Fun]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12813 2014-09-19T02:21:24Z 2014-09-18T16:23:50Z cro pirate hat 0914

 

We had our usual good time at the monthly meeting of the St. Louis Crochet Club last night.  There was a lot of show n’ tell, but some of it was just outstanding and I wanted to be sure … Read More ...

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We had our usual good time at the monthly meeting of the St. Louis Crochet Club last night.  There was a lot of show n’ tell, but some of it was just outstanding and I wanted to be sure to share it with my readers.  Thanks to Ronnie, as usual, for taking these pictures.  That’s Marie modelling the Pirate Cap she made for a Dad and his kid (a pattern from Mommy and Me).

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Marie, one of our newer members and a novice crochet turned out a fantastic version of the Moogly Morroccan Tote.  She made hers in two solid shades of brown – light brown and dark brown – using a third color with a light background and flecks of brown in it to make her version, changing colors every row.  It was smashing!  Marie is working on a yoga mat holder to carry in her tote.  She may be a  novice at crochet, but her color sense is fantastic.  The ripple cap and wristlets are another Marie project from Mommy and Me.

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Then, I got really lucky!  Well, there was the almond bark and cookies on the table.  But, I digress.  Donna Jo made this cute shrug (unknown pattern source although it looks a lot like Carol Wolf’s Palm Beach Shrug) for herself, but it happened to fit me better – so she gave it to me!! I have had this on my PIM (projects in mind) for quite some time.  Donna Jo saved me a lot of time and trouble – and it fits perfectly.  So, she’s my custom fit specialist!

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Other projects passed around the table were socks (knit), a lovely Christmas ball (also knit), a Seraphina Shawl from Janna – just beginning it – another prayer shawl from Rita, a couple of dollie projects from Ronnie, Cathy’s growing (and lovely) Tunisian Christmas Afghan, and my Urban Shells Scarf in progress.  Far less show n’ tell than usual, but still lots of inspiration.

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[What Could We Crochet With Eight Million Feet of Twine?]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12779 2014-09-10T04:45:15Z 2014-09-18T12:44:30Z cro twine ball 0914

This might be the world’s largest ball of twine or maybe the largest is one of the other four pictured here.  Hmmm.  One is estimated to contain eight million feet of yarn.  That’s just under 2,000,000 yards of twine.  Twine!  … Read More ...

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This might be the world’s largest ball of twine or maybe the largest is one of the other four pictured here.  Hmmm.  One is estimated to contain eight million feet of yarn.  That’s just under 2,000,000 yards of twine.  Twine!  At least four individuals or groups have found collecting and rolling into a ball something as simple as twine.

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Have you ever crocheted with twine?  It’s not a lot of fun.  But, the stuff is durable and we could crochet truckloads of shoes or tote bags or rugs or hammocks – or a collection of all the above.

You can (should!) read about each ball as it’s described in an article by Tim Hwang.  One of the balls even has its own Twitter account!  Hwang’s article contains the locations and weights of these balls.  They do kinda look like works of art in a rustic way.  I must admit to being impressed with the tenacity and care with which each ball is treated.

But, back to crochet.  If we could talk one of the owners out of one of the huge balls of twine, what should we make with it?  Use your amazing spidey-crochet-sense and give us your ideas, keeping in mind that twine is typically not soft and cuddly.  Just saying…..

See Hwang’s article here.

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Crochet For A Frozen Princess]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12774 2014-09-09T04:21:05Z 2014-09-16T12:14:18Z cro princess anna hat 0914

 

I think I must be the only adult on the planet who has not seen this movie or even heard the entire song that every little princess (and some princes too) is singing.  But, I am aware that the … Read More ...

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I think I must be the only adult on the planet who has not seen this movie or even heard the entire song that every little princess (and some princes too) is singing.  But, I am aware that the movie Frozen has been an amazing smash hit and that its impact among children of a certain age (could that be all of us?) have fallen under its spell.

Laura has created this Princess Anna inspired pattern and is offering it to all of us for free!  So, if you have been asked, begged, or cajoled to make something – anything – Frozen for your little ones, this is it.  It’s such a pretty hat that even an un-Frozen princess might like it too.  Ahemmmm.  Me, for instance?

Check out Laura’s blog and get this pattern today.

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Crochet A Menagerie]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12770 2014-09-09T03:12:16Z 2014-09-14T12:12:02Z cro menagerie 0914

 

Want to make a stuffed animal for someone special?  You’ll find the perfect fuzzy friend in this collection called Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord.  There are forty different soft and snuggly crocheted animal patterns in this charming collection so … Read More ...

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Want to make a stuffed animal for someone special?  You’ll find the perfect fuzzy friend in this collection called Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord.  There are forty different soft and snuggly crocheted animal patterns in this charming collection so you’re sure to find something perfect.

While these patterns use UK terminology, there is a full explanation of US terminology in the Techniques section of the book.  The book is also divided into three handy sections.  First is patters that require only one color and basic stitches.  The Second Section requires basic color changing – nothing fancy about that.  The Third Section requires more color changes and use of the Loop Stitch.  If you have not done the Loop Stitch before, you’ll need to practice a bit.  But, it’s certainly nothing that requires special talent.

These are the snuggliest critters I’ve seen!  I have often been hesitant to attempt some stuffed animal patterns, but the Techniques Section in this book is thorough, providing great pictures and explanations of how to complete each segment of the animals and join them to recreate these cuddly guys.

What does the fox say?  The fox says that if you want to crochet some fantastic stuffed animals for those special snuggly lovers in your life, you’ll want to get your own copy of this book!

Book Specs:

Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord

Published by David and Charles, 2014

Soft cover, 128 pages with numerous photos but alas no charts

ISBN:  978-1-4460478-5

$22.99 USD

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Joining Crochet Squares – Mystique De-Mystified]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12764 2014-09-05T02:25:33Z 2014-09-12T12:24:42Z cro join as you go 0914

First, as most frustrated crocheters know, not all joining techniques are created equal!  Most are downright ugly as well as being poorly explained in books and online.  Others leave a ridge which I find to be unattractive in most applications.  … Read More ...

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First, as most frustrated crocheters know, not all joining techniques are created equal!  Most are downright ugly as well as being poorly explained in books and online.  Others leave a ridge which I find to be unattractive in most applications.  I’ve tried numerous methods to join squares and have pretty much decided that I will just NOT crochet squares that require my joining them.  I make them and give them away.  I make them and let others join them.  I make them as dish cloths, face cloths, basket liners – anything where I won’t have to spend time joining them.

But, then I saw and read about this technique.  It’s one I can get on board with.  And, in case I can’t make sense of the written instructions (which appear in at least two different versions), there’s a youtube video to assist me.  There’s even a schematic for you visual mathematical types out there.  Typically, if I can both see and read about a technique, I can figure out how to master it.

Further, in this method, there are two options (we’ll call twisted and not twisted), both of which create a very attractive join.  I’m not sure I’ll ever completely overcome my aversion to joining squares, but this technique gives me hope!

This link is a place to start.  You can continue to click through to other sites for a greater understanding of the technique.

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[We Will Never Forget – Long May Our Flag Wave Free]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12786 2014-09-11T04:04:51Z 2014-09-11T09:19:13Z cro us flag 0914 1

September, 11, 2014.

We remain unvanquished.  We remain a free people.  We remain united.  We remain free in Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and justice for All.  Take a moment to remember.… Read More ...

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September, 11, 2014.

We remain unvanquished.  We remain a free people.  We remain united.  We remain free in Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and justice for All.  Take a moment to remember.

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Messy Crochet – All In Fun]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12753 2014-09-03T05:55:11Z 2014-09-10T12:54:40Z cro splash coaster 0814

When I saw these coasters, they made me chuckle.  Only a parent would come up with this idea.  Put the spill down before you even fill the cup with something that can be filled.  You can see this on Etsy.com … Read More ...

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When I saw these coasters, they made me chuckle.  Only a parent would come up with this idea.  Put the spill down before you even fill the cup with something that can be filled.  You can see this on Etsy.com where the coasters are for sale.  Wouldn’t these be a hit at your next party?  Instead of making wine glass charms or those slip on thingies, you just make a bunch of these freeform coasters in every imaginable color and issue one per customer.  No one will lose his/her drink all night (or day).

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This is a completely different take on a crochet mess.  Freeform crochet is a technique you can use to make most anything, use up all kinds of small lengths of yarn, and get really creative without following any rules.  To use as a coaster, you wouldn’t want much texture on the item, but other than that, the crazier the better.  Again, if you make oodles of these, each person gets a unique coaster to identify his/her drink.  I like this idea – as I’m a great fan of freeform crochet.  There’s not a pattern for this.  It’s just a design I ran across online.  The main idea for freeform is that you don’t NEED  a pattern – you just go through a number of stitches, yarn and hook sizes, and create unique beauties.  Try it!  You could even make enough in Christmas colors to offer each guest a unique, but Christmas themed coaster.  I think your guests would be in awe of you – and you’d likely find yourself receiving many requests to make sets of them for gifts.  Such flattery!

 

 

Spill coasters on Etsy.com.

Freeform coaster but no pattern can be seen here.

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Get Batty For Halloween Crochet]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12723 2014-08-29T03:51:35Z 2014-09-08T12:51:19Z cro bat 1 0814

These bats just shout Halloween, don’t they?  And, for the kiddos, we need to have some of these to decorate the house for Halloween.  Remember the Pigeon Lady in Mary Poppins?  I think it would make a cool costume to … Read More ...

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These bats just shout Halloween, don’t they?  And, for the kiddos, we need to have some of these to decorate the house for Halloween.  Remember the Pigeon Lady in Mary Poppins?  I think it would make a cool costume to have an overcoat covered with all kinds of bats to be the Bat Lady.  With Batman so popular, Bat Lady should be a hit!  See the link to this pattern below.

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This cute bat is crocheted upside down since that’s how they hang in nature.  Any dark color yarn would be perfect for this simple project.  Stitch on the eyes with yarn yourself rather than using plastic eyes for safety.  Get a tree branch from the yard, strip it of all leaves, place it in a substantial container weighted with water, sand, or rocks, then hand a few bats to create your Halloween atmosphere.

 

 

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These tiny bats are quoted as perhaps the quickest project ever.  It would take only a few minutes to make each one so you can make a ‘mess’ of them, a flock, school, gathering of bats.  Then, hang them with sewing thread around the front door, porch, or in the house.  They can also be sewed or glued to a sweatshirt to create a seasonal, one of a kind, specialty shirt that you’d pay big bucks for in retail stores.  Cover rips or stains on a favorite shirt and you’ll be very popular with the batty kid.

I know it seems like Halloween is far away – but it’s not.  Not with all the projects we are all trying to start and finish this time of year in time for gifting.  These will work up quickly and will be a hit with the youngsters!

 

Crochet free bat pattern #1.

Bat pattern # 2 – also free.

Tiny bat free pattern here.

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Crochet A Planter]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12657 2014-08-22T05:41:09Z 2014-09-06T12:38:15Z cro spiral planter 0814

Fall is the time to bring in some plants to winter inside.  I have a few on the front porch, including Henrietta, a rhododendron that my daughter started in her dorm room many years ago.  It now resides on my … Read More ...

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Fall is the time to bring in some plants to winter inside.  I have a few on the front porch, including Henrietta, a rhododendron that my daughter started in her dorm room many years ago.  It now resides on my kitchen window sill in the winter and on the front porch in summer.  It has a ‘plain jane’ black plastic pot – a larger version of the one it was ‘born’ in.  Certainly doesn’t match my decor!  So, when I saw this idea, I decided to give Miss Henrietta an upgrade.

This idea also has other applications that are whizzing through my mind. First, this would be a really easy way to cover a bunch of mismatched containers to create attractive accents for you home decor.  And, what about holidays?  How cute would it be to work up some in Christmas colors to hold your flatware for a buffet dinner?  How about filling one or two with ornaments or for Easter, some pastel eggs?

You see how my  mind works??  Crazy, right?  But, we all enjoy smaller projects that can be completed with a single skein of yarn or one that uses up partial skeins.  So, splurge on a single skein of something would look perfect on table to hold your crochet hooks or to hold pens and pencils on your desk.  Make one for a teacher gift and fill it with Hershey Kisses. – or even a plant.

What other ideas do you have for using Ren’s cute design?

Find the free pattern here.  There’s a  nice picture tutorial to accompany the pattern.

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Reverse Color Crochet – A New Technique]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12634 2014-08-22T02:18:58Z 2014-09-04T12:18:40Z cro reverse color bk 0814

The title and subject matter of this newly published book intrigued me the moment I saw it.  At first, I admit to being a bit confused.  I assumed this would be a new technique for creating crochet with different images … Read More ...

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The title and subject matter of this newly published book intrigued me the moment I saw it.  At first, I admit to being a bit confused.  I assumed this would be a new technique for creating crochet with different images on either side of the project.  Actually, the title refers to crocheting an item that has exactly the same image on both sides, having no front or back.

It took some time and study of the technique for me to understand what was new here.  I decided the best ‘test’ would be to share the book and technique with my crochet buddies at the monthly meeting of the St. Louis Crochet Club.  This lively group includes knitters and crocheters of all levels, from novice to self-taught masters of the art.  Ronnie has an especially analytic approach to crochet.  DJ’s approach to any pattern is to find an even more efficient way to accomplish what the designer had in mind.  Others around the table included the shop owner and two employees, one of whom is working on her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts – Textiles.  Then there are the other prodigious crocheters who have been known to adapt a pattern to suit their needs (and understanding) and a few, like me, who see a pattern as a mere suggestion and find myself in over my head from time to time!

So, we all read the instructions in the book, poured over the pictures and illustrations, pulled out our hooks and yarn and each tried our hands at learning the new technique.  It took some doing.  But, finally, following the illustrations more than the written instructions, several created some good samples, demonstrating mastery of the technique.

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The book is an ambitious production, containing designs for 28 blocks and 10 afghans.  The colors are bright and cheerful and I believe the designs will be very popular.   Like any new technique, practice, practice, practice make all the difference.  I would not recommend this book for a beginner, but for a more advanced or a very adventurous crocheter, Reddig’s technique will make a dandy addition to her/his repertoire.

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You can see more photos of more at the Interweave website.  You’ll be enticed to want to give this a try!

Book Specs:

Reversible Color Crochet, A New Technique by Laurinda Reddig

Published by Interweave Press, 2014

Soft cover, 144 pages with numerous color photos, charts, and clear illustrations

ISBN:  9781620333389

List Price is $24.99 USD

 

 

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Kym Terranova <![CDATA[10 Halloween Crochet Patterns]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12740 2014-09-03T23:20:49Z 2014-09-03T17:55:50Z 10 Halloween Crochet Patterns - CraftGossip

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays, and with it come some of the most fun themed crafts!  It’s time to start working on those skulls, pumpkins and ghosts – why not incorporate them into one of these spooky … Read More ...

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Halloween is one of the most popular holidays, and with it come some of the most fun themed crafts!  It’s time to start working on those skulls, pumpkins and ghosts – why not incorporate them into one of these spooky patterns?  Stay cozy in a ghost blanket, wrap your face like a mummy or whip up some cute table decorations.  Or just put on a fancy Halloween top hat to compliment your look.  There is no way to make these projects over-the-top (they are for Halloween after all), so add additional details and just have fun with it.

Boo Ghosts - Talking Crochet

Boo Ghosts – Talking Crochet

Halloween Ghosts Afghan - Maggie's Crochet

Halloween Ghosts Afghan – Maggie’s Crochet

 

Brain Beanie  - candypopcreations

Brain Beanie – candypopcreations

Mummy Halloween Hat - Tara Murray Designs

Mummy Halloween Hat – Tara Murray Designs

 

Day of the dead bracelet - Inside Crochet

Day of the dead bracelet – Inside Crochet

Skull corset top - Annina's Artesanity

Skull corset top – Annina’s Artesanity

 

Halloween Top Hat - Red Heart

Halloween Top Hat – Red Heart

 

Halloween bat - Canadian Living

Halloween bat – Canadian Living

 

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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Tunisian Crochet For Baby – Meet The Author!]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12627 2014-09-03T04:12:44Z 2014-09-02T08:57:59Z 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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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[My Top Five Unusual Christmas Crochet]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12700 2014-09-02T01:53:53Z 2014-08-31T12:23:21Z 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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jd wolfe http://crochet.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Getting Started With Christmas Crochet]]> http://crochet.craftgossip.com/?p=12688 2014-08-27T05:42:00Z 2014-08-29T12:41:49Z 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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