Tunisian Simple Stitch Two Together (Tss2tog)

Insert hook under next 2 vertical bars, yarn over, pull up loop.


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  • Do you have favorite patterns? You know, one of those designs that work up quickly, make excellent gifts , and always manage to find a way into your closet as well. One of those patterns for me is the Orchard Mitts design by Chelsea Norquay. I own two
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  • My craft room is filled to overflowing. Along with the sewing machine and a couple boxes of fabric, I have filled every inch of wall space with bins and containers of yarn. Why do I need that much yarn? A wide variety of yarn constructions are available
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  • Celebrate Craft Yarn Council’s I Love Yarn Day is on Friday, October 11! Check out these fabulous offers from our partners and click on the link at the bottom to post a reply to the I Love Yarn Day blog post on CrochetMe.com for a chance to win
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  • Two-hundred crochet stitch patterns. Colorwork, lace, texture, stripes, puff stitches, cables-there is something for everyone! The design ideas are crowding against each other as I flip through the pages of the Crochet Stitch Dictionary . Each stitch
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  • Do you ever wish you could major in crochet at college? Think about it. You could take classes like Sweater Design 101 and Afghans and Beyond. Homework assignments would be much more fun. Which would you rather do, crochet at hat or write a fifteen page
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  • Are you looking for the perfect crochet baby afghan? I have several friends with little ones arriving the first of next year. As I am looking through crochet blanket pattern options, I am asking myself "What are the important things to look for when
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  • I have been in love with Bruges lace from the moment I laid eyes on The Road to Bruges (see photo below)--a simple scarf that had an elegant drape and, I was assured, an easy pattern. Still, I struggled to wrap my mind around how the band of solid stitches
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  • Come join us in the Crochet-Along for the Boulder Bolero by Doris Chan ( Interweave Crochet Fall 2013)
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  • The mountains here have already received their first couple of snow storms and the early chill in the air is reminding me of winter storms that knock the power and heat out. A few years ago, after a nasty autumn snow storm knocked out the power, I left
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  • You've made baskets of hats and several afghans, but you've yet to tackle your first crochet sweater. Or you're looking for a fast and easy sweater pattern to whip up the perfect cardigan before fall's cool weather and fashion settles
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  • They sit there innocuously--a couple skeins of yarn, a crochet hook, and a yarn needle. Will they become something useful, something unusual, something cute, or something creepy? All they need is the perfect pattern and a dash of inspiration. Big Mouth
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  • Isn't it great when you stumble across one of those "go-to" patterns? You know what I mean, the projects that are not only fun to do, but also easy enough that you can crochet away during any spare moment. Well, the Seafoam Shawl by Kimberly
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  • Everyone loves receiving handmade gifts! They are a gorgeous example of your love and friendship. A handmade present allows you to choose the perfect pattern, the perfect color, and the perfect yarn for an individual-so much more fun than picking a mass
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  • Over the last couple of months, I have had the opportunity to explore and play with Craft Daily . Access to a professional crochet instructor at any hour of the day or night is the perfect fit for my hectic, stress -filled life. I can bookmark my favorite
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  • Fall is just around the corner, but temperatures here refuse to budge out of the 80s and 90s. Where are the chilly days when you can pull out your favorite jackets and accessorize with the perfect cowl, scarf, or shawl? The newest issue of Interweave
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  • Who made what on the Back Page of Interweave Crochet 2013?
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  • Do your crochet projects transport you to a new fantastical location? When you close your eyes while working on a colorwork project, can you imagine the sun and sounds of East India? As post stitches twist into cables can you feel the nip of the wind
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  • In order to understand how crochet garments are created, it is important to see the stitches. A detailed stitch diagram will give you a better picture of how increases and decreases are worked and how stitches combine to create an intricate lace design
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  • When you're working tapestry colorwork, you may come across a place where you'll need to work backwards to get the effect you're looking for. Just such a case occurs in the Great Wall Pullover , by Moon Eldridge, in the Fall 2013 issue of
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  • Surface single crochet is a great way to embellish your stitchwork. In the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, Shelby Allaho's lovely Obi Scarf uses it to very fine effect. The scarf is worked lengthwise in double crochet, and surface single crochet
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  • The Saoirse Stole, designed by Doris Chan, is not only an innovative mix of crochet stitch patterns; it is an excellent example of how one garment can be styled in a multitude of ways. Saoirse Stole, Interweave Crochet Fall 2013 Close up of both stitch
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  • The Asquint Skirt, designed by Annie Modesitt, is bursting with vibrant colors that work surprisingly well together. Using purple as the base, Annie splashed in chevrons of green, vanilla, golden yellow, and blue to make a beautiful palette just right
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  • Explore rich cables and terrific textures in the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet . Crocheters of all levels will learn something new with bold spins on technique and construction, as well as a critical look at varying crochet hook structures. All together, you'll find 19 designs you need to
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  • School has started, routines are starting to settle in, and it is time to begin crocheting for fall. It's my favorite time of year! Every fall I choose a new crochet technique or unique construction to explore. Check out some of these innovative crochet
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  • Let's go ahead and admit it, we all have an embarrassingly large collection of yarn stuffed into every nook and cranny of our home. It can really be a wonderful thing to have such varieties at your fingertips when crochet inspiration hits, but if
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  • As a child, I used to experiment with dying yarn with my mom. We used powdered drink mixes and even experimented with natural dyes a couple of times. Those brief experiences left me with a fascination for transforming a clean white skeins of wool, silk
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  • During the Civil War, there were two types of crochet projects. There wast the plain shirts, socks, hats, etc that were utilitarian and made in great abundance to be donated to soldiers and the needy. And then there was fancywork. I think we could all
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  • Crochet buttons for your next crochet project.
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  • Crocheters are a passionate group. Not only do we always carry a work in progress, have a computer and file cabinet full of patterns, and always "need" another skein or two of yarn, but we love to share our knowledge with each other. Learn how
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  • Have you ever designed your own project or modified an existing pattern to reflect your own sense of style? With the right stitch pattern you can create something intriguing in the simple rectangle of an afghan or a ipad cozy. Smooth Wave Stitch Pattern
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  • I didn't even have to open the new Mollie Makes Crochet to fall in love with a pattern. The Hexagon Motif Blanket on the cover is stunning! Hexagon Motif Blanket While the motifs appear to be circles, they are actually hexagons. The center of the
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  • I know it is barely the middle of August, but my mind has already turned to fall crochet and afghans. Crochet afghans can be crocheted in any shape, from the traditional rectangle to hexegons, octagons, and circles. And this blank canvas is the perfect
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  • I'm not sure which is larger, my bag collection or my button bin. Maybe that's why I am always excited to find a new crochet bag pattern that fastens with a fabulous button. Attaching buttons to crochet can be a little trickier than sewing them
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  • Do you love the look of lace, colorwork, Tunisian, cables, or unique crochet construction? There is something for everyone to love with the Chain Reaction Afghan! This crochet afghan is the perfect opportunity to learn a new stitch or technique. \ Chain
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  • One of the most common questions I am asked in regards to crochet sweaters is, "How do I know what size to crochet?" Crochet pattern sizing is usually given in bust measurement sizing. And you can't simply try on all of the sizes to see
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  • One skein projects are immediately satisfying, often finished in only a day or two and the perfect gifts for friends, family, or your own wardrobe. Single skein projects are also the perfect opportunity to play with a new yarn. And Boutique has a shelves
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  • Sometimes called "knot stitch," "hailstone stitch," or "Solomon's knot," the love knot is a fascinating and unique crochet lace stitch. They create a unique loft and drape that is both elegant and fun. While it may look
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  • I have a good friend who used to greet me every Wednesday morning with, "Happy Hump Day!" It always brought a smile to my face and made the middle of my work week just a little easier to get through. This week I wanted to create something to
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  • Many crochet patterns begin something like, "Chain 29, single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain across." When I gave my sister her first crochet lesson, we purposely ignored these first two lines of the pattern. Why? Because
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  • In an effort to clean out my stash, I have been seeking crochet projects based on yarns instead of the other way around. Though this method necessitates more sleuthing and usually some compromising (or creativity), I tend to enjoy it! Gidget Tee, Interweave
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  • Like many crocheters, my craft room is filled with not only crochet hooks and yarn but also fabric and sewing machines, beads and wire, a spinning wheel and fiber, and needles and knitting patterns. I would love to explore mixed media, though I'm
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  • Hundreds of individual flowers, leaves, shamrocks, grapes, and other motifs delicately connected by a series of tiny knots and chains. I have always loved and been fascinated by the beauty of Irish crochet. Historically this technique has been used to
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  • Yesterday I received my copy of Mollie Makes Crochet in the mail. With a collection of patterns from a range of talented designers, I think I have a new favorite how-to crochet book. Not only are the 20+ crochet patterns an inspiring mix of classic granny
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  • In the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, Doris Chan has a lovely little cropped cable cardi we call the Boulder Bolero. We love it so much that we're doing a Crochet-Along with it. Come join us! Meanwhile, let's take a closer look at those
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  • In the past, summertime would signal the slowing of my crocheting. I certainly didn't want to sit around in the sweltering heat with an afghan or worsted weight sweater draped across my lap! When the snow and chilly temperatures went away, so did
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  • The building blocks of crochet, motifs perfectly combine structure and lace, and are the perfect components for sweaters, scarves, shawls, and more. Crochet motifs can also be the perfect technique for crocheting squares, hexagons, circles, and more.
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  • Crocheted afghans are the perfect way to add a little pop of color to your décor. There are so many options available, from colorful motifs and stripes to mosaic and tapestry crochet techniques. Have you ever tried tapestry crochet? With this technique
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  • Design a hat! Win a prize!
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  • Hot temperatures and humidity are here again. It's time to pack the crocheted sweaters and hats away in the back of the closet and wait for the cooler temperatures of late fall and winter. But maybe not. Known for its lace, crochet is the perfect
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  • Many Tunisian stitches , including Tunisian knit stitch, create a thick, solid, and warm fabric that is perfect for full-coverage garments and winter accessories. Tunisian crochet also has more elasticity than regular crochet stitches, making it the perfect
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  • So, this really started with a feng shui of my desk. I was simply relocating Crochet at Home by Brett Bara from its vertical holding place on the desk to the shelf with the other crochet books. Then it opened up, I swear to golly, right to the watermelon
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  • Scales, feathers, or armor, the crocodile stitch has become a popular technique to create 3-D crochet stitches that mimic the delicate strength of shapes found in nature. This intriguing stitch has steadily increased in popularity and is used in more
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  • Every year, we look forward to the weekend in June where fiber lovers follow the Big Thompson River to Estes Park. It's a lovely drive, and an even lovelier destination. This year, my coworkers/friends/neighbors (below from left to right: me, Toni
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  • The weekend of June 8 and 9 was the Estes Park Wool Market, my very first fiber-related festival! I drove up on Sunday and arrived around 10:30AM. Despite my worries, plenty of parking was available and none of the merchandise appeared to be picked over
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  • Like most crocheters, I have always been fascinated with lace. There are so many different techniques for creating lace. Many crochet lace techniques mimic lace created with bobbins and thread. The history of both how these techniques came into existence
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  • Summer officially begins tomorrow, but warmer than normal temperatures and sunny skies have already left me with two lobster sunburns and a longing to lounge beside the pool. Finding the perfect warm-weather crochet project can be a bit more difficult
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  • This week I decided to reorganize my crochet books, making sure the beginner crochet books were together and the crochet pattern books were organized by pattern type. I will admit that this process took far longer than it should have. I kept stopping
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  • If you are a fan of Knitting Daily TV, watch for a new face next January. Vickie Howell will be joining us to share her love of fiber arts and introduce us to new designers, authors, and techniques. Vickie is both a knitter and a crocheter , and you might
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  • I am always on the lookout for a quick and easy stitch . In last winter's issue of Interweave Crochet I was reintroduced to the linked crochet stitch. This is easily one of my favorite stitches. Fast and simple, the linked crochet stitch combines
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  • With temperatures edging toward record breaking highs, summer is here with a vengeance. It's time to put away the wool sweater patterns of winter and pull out some fun new lace crochet projects. Perhaps try a new lace technique such as filet crochet
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  • Hello Crocheters! When bombarded with irresistible crochet projects, I find the best solution is to just start. Dive in. So I did. Join me? Solar Wrap by Daniela Nii I'll be making the Solar Wrap, designed by Daniela Nii. It's an adorable motif
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  • Last Friday, Kristin Omdahl joined us to talk about her newest book, The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders as well as share some great tips for crocheting trims and edgings. The idea for this new book of motifs, edgings, and trims came
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  • We have our winners! Congratulations to Louise, Kay, and Judy on winning the free subscription giveaway to Craft Daily . This fun new site has hundreds of hours of crochet, knitting, jewelry making, mixed-media, sewing, quilting, and other craft videos
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  • As the new Assistant Editor for Interweave Crochet , I am excited to become part of the community here on Crochet Me! Moving to Colorado only a few weeks ago, I am astounded by the surrounding beauty of the mountains and vast blue skies. Cincinnati was
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  • Did you ever play with blocks when you were a little kid? I loved building boxes, towers, and colorful geometric designs. The possibilities were endless. I guess I never outgrew my love of building blocks; I simply combined it with crochet. Banjo Bag
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  • We have extended the deadline! Hurry, and enter for your chance to win! Whether it is a simple crocheted flower, a fun or funky hat, an innovative bag, or an eye-catching scarf, crochet accessories are the perfect addition to any outfit. Fire Flower Hair
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  • Tunisian crochet returned to the spotlight a few years ago, and accessories worked with Tunisian simple stitch and yarn overs peaked my interest. This fascinating crochet technique seemed to be a cross between crochet a knitting, picking up a loop for
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  • Father's Day is in just over two weeks. I have to admit that this one kind of snuck up on me. So I dove into my stash to find the perfect patterns for quick and classic Father's Day gifts, just in case you were in the same boat. Sometimes finding
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  • Details on the Pop-Hop Sleeves by Natasha Robarge ( Interweave Crochet Summer 2013)
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  • Details on the Ennis Shawl by Vashti Braha ( Interweave Crochet Summer 2013)
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  • The Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet is filled with floaty crochet lace, perfect for hot days. Explore the Solomon's Knot with eight stunning designs, guided by Vashti Braha's clear, gentle instruction. The 23 delicious designs include tunics, shawls, jewelry, tops, and a skirt, as well
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  • The Coral Reef Project continues to grow at a special show at the Denver Art Museum.
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  • Details on the Ventura Vest by Robyn Chachula ( Interweave Crochet Summer 2013)
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  • More silk yarns to love!
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  • Have you ever found yourself searching for a practical Toilet Tidy or Night Cap Antimacassar? No, me neither, but I love to read the vintage patterns, peruse the project images, and learn about the popular crochet fashions of the late 1800s. I have crocheted
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  • Have you checked out Craft Daily yet? I already have a long queue of how-to workshops to watch and beading, spinning, knitting, and weaving techniques to try. Now it is simply a question of time. With the announcement of Craft Daily, we are also having
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  • Whether you work the crochet trim first, last, or as an edging on a store-bought or knitted piece, the right trim or border give your project eye-catching appeal. You can also modify most patterns, adding a crochet edging of your choice or substituting
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  • Winters can be cold here in the Wyoming and Colorado area. Sweaters buttoned to my neck, warm scarves, and wool hats are the staples of my wardrobe. But in a matter of days we seem to have moved from snowdrifts and woolen sweaters to lawn mowers and cotton
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  • They say you are never too old to stop learning. And despite going on 10 years of studying and educating myself about crochet for work and pleasure, I am still amazed at how much I have yet to truly explore. Top-down seamless crochet for example. This
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  • Yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, piles of fabric, drawers of beads, bags of roving-you can find a little bit of everything in my craft room. This love of multiple crafts also means my bookshelves are overflowing with books on crocheting, knitting
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  • Interweave Crochet is the perfect resource for innovative and fashionable crochet sweater designs. Within the category of crochet sweaters, there are a wide variety of construction options. Lauren Sweater by Mimi Alelis The crochet pullover is a very
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  • You can crochet with anything! I have seen multiple examples of projects crocheted from plastic bags and t-shirt fabric. Last year Interweave Crochet 's editor Marcy Smith undertook a project to crochet with cassette tapes . I will even admit to a
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  • Are you ready to take the next step in your crochet journey and create with advanced crochet stitches like linked crochet, hairpin lace, or crocodile stitch? The newest Crochet Me free eBook uses images, illustrations, and text to share ten advanced crochet
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  • We all have that stash of leftover partial skeins somewhere in our craft room or stashed in a closet or under the bed. Sometimes it's just a few yards of yarn in a color we just love too much to get rid of and sometimes it is a partial skein that
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  • Spring weather has finally started to peak through the clouds here and the buds are beginning to emerge on the trees. Spring's warmth has had a late start this year but I am ready to pull out a few new crochet accessory patterns. For the variable
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  • From an eye-catching afghan of hexagonal motifs to an owl bunting and apple-slice coasters, Brett Bara's newest book has the perfect home decor pieces to add a touch of crochet to your home. Many of the quick and easy patterns also make ideal house
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  • Today is Earth Day, a day when almost 200 countries worldwide demonstrate their support for environmental protection. With Earth Day coming a week the U.S. tax deadline, I have been researching ways to save money on yarn, including methods of recycling
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  • Editors' Note: Even sitting by myself on my couch with a cup of hot chocolate and my crochet, I know I am not alone. I am joining crocheters across time and across the world, finding comfort and joy in the same stitches and sometimes the same patterns
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  • If you do not already follow Interweave on Twitter, @InterweaveNews , what are you waiting for? This is the perfect place to find out about all of the latest company news, from new products and patterns to giveaways and free downloads across all of our
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  • I still remember my graduation day. I remember the excitement of finally finishing and my excitement for the future. I also remember the fear. Now I had to find a full-time job and become a "real" adult. But I felt the support of friends and
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  • In the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, there is a fabulous clutch bag by Brenda K. B. Anderson, the Calypso Clutch . My first thought when I saw this crocheted bag was "MUST MAKE!" My second thought was, "But there's SEWING
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  • What makes an heirloom? Is it the quality of the workmanship, the type of project, the age of the piece, or the crocheter? My definition of a family heirloom changed dramatically after reading an excerpt of Of Heroes, Hooks, and Heirlooms in the May/June
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  • In just over a month, we will celebrate one of the most important people in our lives-our mothers. My mother was the person who introduced me to crochet; she also showed me how to really pay attention to nature and taught me the names of birds and flowers
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  • When it comes to crochet bags, one size does not fit all. But do not despair. This simply means that you need a closet full of bags, purses, totes, and satchels for every occasion. And while you are choosing the perfect size, from an evening clutch to
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  • One of the advantages of crocheting your own tops and sweaters is the ability to modify them to flatter your figure. Need a little more room in the bust without affecting the circumference of the waist, or, like me, is there always too much fabric at
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  • An understanding of how a crochet top is constructed can not only open your eyes to the amazing possibilities but also help you create better fitting garments. And understanding of top-down construction versus side to side will help you decide which construction
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  • It seems like they are making yarn out of just about anything these days. When I learned to crochet in a small town, I only had access to a few yarn fiber types. There was the thrifty and accessible acrylic, cool crisp cotton, and lovely warm wool. Now
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  • Celebrate crochet all year long!
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  • The appeal of a crochet project is made up of three parts. First is the silhouette or construction of the project. Next is the crochet stitch or fabric used. And finally there is the yarn choice. The yarn choice can drastically change the look and drape
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  • Last week I asked you which crochet hat I should make first. Thank you for all of your feedback! The clear favorite was the Lady Sybil Cloche, followed by the Bear Lake Hat. I love this hat too, and I think I have the perfect yarn for it. But I just moved
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  • In the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet , you'll find some desperately cute little flowers designed by Karen Hooton. These fancy thread blooms can be used to adorn tresses or dresses—we show them both ways in the issue. These blooms are
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  • Have you heard about the 2013 Beans for Brains Scholarship program from Jimmy Beans Wool? Graduating seniors undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students in any course of study are encouraged to apply. And we all know finding financing to
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  • I am always looking for crochet stitches and techniques that lend a touch of elasticity to the finished crochet fabric. Fabric with stretch creates great shaping, especially around the waist, and is imperative for crochet patterns that require stretch
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  • Crochet hats are probably my all-time favorite crochet accessory. They keep me warm when the winter wind picks up and are the perfect touch of warmth when you need just a little bit more than a jacket on a chilly spring morning. And the fact that you
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  • Learn the "hoisting" method of bead crochet.
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  • Crochet lace can create amazing shawls and wraps in light fingering or lace-weight yarns. But I love when the delicate stitches of lace are worked in thicker DK or worsted-weight yarns and crafted into garments and accessories. To me, the contrast between
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  • After crocheting for over forty years, Lily Chin has learned a trick or two-how to manage loose ends, create the perfect beginning chain, and speed up your crochet just to name a few. And in her new workshop, she shares over seventy of her best tips and
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  • Do you have a touch of the Irish in you; or do you just enjoy celebrating this festive occasion? It's time to pull out the green yarn and crochet a fun accessory or garment for St. Patrick's Day. And a gorgeous forest green hat, sweater, or skirt
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  • Turning stash yarn into a bunch of beanies, part 2.
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  • The Boteh Scarf is one of the most popular crochet scarves ever published by Interweave Crochet . This simple motif scarf reminded designer Kathy Merrick of Persian carpet Boteh (Old Persian for "cluster of leaves"). This classic motif can look
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  • Put this vegetarian in the slow cooker to give you time to whip up the apron from Vickie Howell's Parenthook column in the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet .
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  • I adore color! There are very few colors that I don't love, but when it comes to combining multiple colors in a single project, I will admit to some intimidation. So I couldn't wait to watch Kathy Merrick's Colorful Crochet workshop. Tips
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  • Turning stash yarn into a bucket of beanies
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  • The stitches in Lily Chin's Swan Lake shawl ( Interweave Crochet Spring 2013 ) move just like a stage of dancers, swaying to and fro, then linking arms and turning. It works up just like a dance as well, once you get the hang of it. Here's a quick
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  • Cottons, silks, linen, and ribbon—are you ready for spring crochet? I love the gossamer lace of spring cardigans and shawls. They walk that delicate balance between the warmth of the summer sun and the chill of winter. And there is something about
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  • In the Spring 2013 Issue of Interweave Crochet , we use a lot of yarns with constructions that you may not have used before: chainette, ribbon, ladder. One such yarn is this wonderfully chunky ribbon yarn called Opus from Universal Yarns . Lily Chin uses
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  • Like many states in the United States, we are just coming out of a late winter snow storm. Ice and slush coat the roads, and I want to huddle up next to the fire with a warm afghan (crocheted of course) and my next crochet project—a cotton crochet
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  • Gorgeous garments designed from intricate crochet motifs, textured sweaters covered in crochet cables, and innovative finishing techniques—Robyn Chachula has designed her best book yet with Blueprint Crochet Sweaters . Each of the sixteen innovative
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  • Lily Chin has been crocheting for about 25 years, and along the way she has learned unique tips and tricks that make crocheting easier. It doesn't matter how many years you have been crocheting, there is always a new tip out there. Lily Chin Crocheting
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  • Popping down the farmer's market for a few fresh vegetables, on your way to a fabulous weekend in the country, or perhaps just headed out to do a bit of shopping? Don't forget your crocheted bag. Our free crochet bag eBook has a crochet purse
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  • The Gloriana Bracelet, by Karen Hooton ( Interweave Crochet Spring 2013 ) is built off of a central spine of bugle beads. The beads are joined using a double needle ladder stitch, which is most easily worked using two bead threader needles, but it can
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  • As a child I wanted to study and try everything. I wanted to know why you could see animals in some clouds while other simply created wispy lines in the sky. I wanted to learn to bake pies and ride horses with my mom and to learn to weld and chop wood
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  • Valentine's Day is only a week away. That leaves just enough time to whip up a quick crochet gift for a special someone in your life. There's nothing like a handmade gift to communicate how important someone is to you. To give you a little bit
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  • I love teaching friends to crochet hat patterns ! They are quick projects, don't rely heavily on sizing, and are the perfect way to learn a new crochet technique or begin designing your own unique projects. Chullo Hat by Ellen K. Gormley The most
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  • The Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet is brimming with light lacy layers. Explore crochet techniques-Bruges or beaded crochet or textured crochet stitches-or get hooked into instant gratification with shawls, dusters, cardigans, tunics, and skirts. Discover thread crochet with elegant crochet jewelry
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  • As with many of the crochet techniques, filet crochet was created to mimic lace . The lacemaking art of filet (sometimes called lacis ) was worked by creating a mesh of squares before filling in some of the squares with weaving to create a design or picture
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  • When I was a teenager, my family and I would use wool roving to create felted balls. They were about the size of a tennis ball and were loved my toddlers and teenagers alike. They were the only balls my mother actually approved of us throwing at each
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  • You have finished your Tunisian crochet project, but your piece looks more like a scroll than a bag or a sweater. Don't panic. Tunisian crochet has a distinct tendency to curl, especially projects worked in Tunisian knit stitch. With a few simple
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  • January 2013 is almost over. How are your crochet resolutions coming? My number one resolution this year is to save money, and if I can combine a little thriftiness with a lot of crochet I am thrilled. That's why I am so excited about our Resolve
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  • The year was 1918 and the United States was in the middle of World War I. Women busily worked up socks, sweaters, balaclavas, blankets, and gloves to send to the troops overseas. But they also managed to find some time to create "comforts" for
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  • Find dynamic styles as well as timeless classics in the Winter 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet. Art Nouveau gets a twist with stylish crochet patterns inspired by Downton Abbey. Winter whites go ethereal in lightweight yarns for a bit of layering warmth. The Essential Pullover presents three different
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  • The Bargains and Blowouts sale is going on now in the Crochet Me Shop! In addition to incredible markdowns, this weekend only you can save additional 15% when you use coupon code EXTRA15 at checkout*. Now is the time to grab that crochet book, DVD, magazine
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  • Cables sweaters and cold winter days are like bread and butter. They are the perfect, comforting mix. Over the last five years, Interweave Crochet has shared beautiful examples of crochet cables garments. And in that time, crochet cables have come a very
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  • It's here! The new issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012 is in the Crochet Me Shop , and I can't wait to get started. Many of these quick accessories are great introductions to new techniques like broomstick lace and reversible intarsia
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  • Ready for the colors of autumn? The Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet explores a range of crochet color techniques, including tapestry crochet, mosaic crochet, Fair Isle and more. Projects feature designs by color guru Kathy Merrick, as well as Carol Ventura, Doris Chan (with a Rockin' Red Dress
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  • Crochet Traditions Fall 2012, a 148-page special issue from PieceWork magazine, explores the rich variety and techniques of crochet with 28 patterns for mittens, a skirt, hats, a shawl, bags, socks, and more. Companion stories frame projects in their cultural or historical context. In addition to this
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  • In 2003 Midori Nishida was captivated by the traditional Turkish craft of oya (or decorative edgings) that she saw at the Turkish Embroideries Oya Exhibition. This encounter with the delicate edgings of Asia led to an amazing journey across Asia in search
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  • Have you ever tried to crochet a project from a vintage pattern and your finished piece just didn't look right? You followed the instructions as closely as possible considering their decidedly sparse nature, but the piece you finished just looks out
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  • Looking for crochet patterns that echo current trends, but also have long-term wearability? We've got them in the Summer 2012 issue. Lacy cover-ups are perfectly suited to poolside or summer parties. Retro stripes grace crochet tops and dresses. Explore the Turkish edgings called oya , and adorn
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  • Hi Everyone! We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of the Crochet Me and to let you know about some updates to our Community Rules and Guidelines . The social media landscape has changed a lot in the last five years. You
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  • Spring is an ideal time to whip up a few crochet projects for the babies in your life. I have a new niece and several friends with little ones on the way, so as I sat down to decide what new crochet patterns to add to this fabulous free eBook, I kept
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  • My crochet pattern queue used to be filled with patterns that boast classic silhouettes and subtle texture. But in the last few years, my queue has expanded to include bright colorwork, unusual and mod silhouettes, crochet jewelry, and more. Crochet Necklace
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  • I love cashmere and lambswool, delicate lace and elegant high necklines, and the perfect row of buttons. All of these little details can combine to create phenomenal garments and accessories for adults, but they don't necessarily work as well for
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  • It might not be the fastest crochet hat I've ever made, but I am a fan. The Best Guy Hat Ever is worked entirely in slip stitch crochet. Because the slip stitches are so short it takes 32 rows to make 4 inches of fabric and a hat in slip stitch needs
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  • Several of the innovative afghans in the book Unexpected Afghans draw inspiration from traditional quilt patterns, joining strips of color as you would strips of fabric. The Cabine De Dentelle Afghan, the Peerie Baby Blanket, and the Bethlehem Star all
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  • A couple of days ago I picked up a copy of Jewelry Stringing (one of Interweave Crochet 's sister publications). What I found were pages and pages of beautiful and simple bracelets, necklaces, and jewelry that would certainly complement my current
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  • A note from Toni: I can't wait to watch the new Knitting Daily TV Series 900 . Each episode is a chance to learn new crochet techniques, tips, and tricks. KDTV Producer Annie Bakken has joined us to share what crocheters can look forward to this year
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  • Recently a coworker emailed me with a crochet question that had been baffling her. What is filet crochet? She had searched the term in the Crochet Me Shop and found a bulky weight scarf, a sportweight tank, and a stunning wool shawl. And while she appreciated
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  • As an artist and crafter, I love the process of transforming a luscious hank of yarn into a finished garment, accessory, or home decor item. It's like magic! Designing my own crochet patterns or modifying existing patterns for the perfect fit is often
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  • Tunisian crochet is much more than a fascinating new crochet stitch or a design to try. And you don't have to be an experienced or even an intermediate crocheter to pick up a Tunisian crochet hook and create something amazing. Tunisian crochet is
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  • Finding the perfect hat for the outdoorsy men in my family can be a bit of a challenge. They aren't looking for frills or embellishments; they want a utilitarian stocking cap that will keep them warm on a chilly spring afternoon in the mountains.
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  • Among the many great techniques we showcase in the Spring 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet is chain stitch embroidery. Designer April Garwood brings this technique to light in her Plaid Skirt , a fun, flirty garment with endless possibilities for color
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  • Chiyo the Mouse was originally crocheted with worsted weight for her modeling debut on the pages of the Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi Calendar. She is an adorable embodiment of the imagination and playfulness we admire in children, with her balloons and bright
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  • Behind the scenes at the Interweave Crochet Spring photoshoot.
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  • Spring is here, and I am excitedly going through my collection of crocheted hats and scarves. I know that may seem backward. Hats and scarves are for winter, right? But Colorado winters necessitate bundling up in a heavy down coat and those wonderful
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  • It's hard to find a pair of perfectly fitting socks—not too wide or too loose around your foot, the heel sitting at exactly the right height. I have small feet, but children's socks are too small and women's socks are too big. Maybe
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  • We crochet for many reasons, to create, to relax; or maybe we crochet as a result of our general yarn obsession. Some of us were taught to crochet by a grandmother or mother and have a more personal connection to the craft. But in conversations with other
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  • In this DIY age, fashion has become an outlet for self-expression. As crocheters, we craft our own garments and accessories, fully guiding the look of the finished project, from yarn color to fit. The resulting piece communicates who we are. Through crochet
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  • My crochet queue is filled with crocheted shawls . Each shawl design and type has a unique beauty and an ideal use. Instead of the perfect shawl, I think that we all need the perfect closet full of shawls. When designing my shawl wardrobe, I would separate
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  • Any time you have to change colors or join a new yarn to your work, you're creating ends-those pesky detriments to finishing your work quickly, and often the culprit of unfinished objects. If you're participating in the Meadow Shawl crochet-along
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  • It's a crochet shawl, made of Nazli Gelin thread, and designed by Kathy Merrick. Of course this means I have to make it, right? It's the perfect recipe for happy stitching. If you'd like to join in the Meadow Shawl crochet-along , head to
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  • As temperatures increase and those around me sport T-shirts as they walk down the street, I am finally forced to admit that it is time to pack away my warm crochet sweaters. But I am far from altogether eliminating crochet garments from my spring and
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  • I first caught a glimpse of the amazing projects in Unexpected Afghans the end of last year, just before the photo shoot, and have been anticipating the release of this innovative book of crochet afghans since that day. There are a large number of crochet
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  • I've crocheted with steel hooks, aluminum hooks, wood hooks, and long Tunisian hooks into the edge of fabric and around metals bangles. But did you know you can crochet with a loom? I look forward to the in-depth technique articles and accompanying
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  • With the warmer temperatures and sudden ability to open all of the windows in the house, I have been bitten by the spring cleaning bug. And the room that needs the most attention is my craft room. But there is a distinct obstacle to spring cleaning my
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  • The simple chain stitch is the first crochet stitch most of us learned. We worked this easy stitch, yarning over and drawing through the loop on our hook, until we had created a string of chains that could stretch from one end of the house to the other
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  • I love jewelry almost as much as I love crochet. So when you start talking about crocheted jewelry, I am immediately ready to pick up my steel crochet hook and thread. Tatiana's Earrings and Cuff by Robyn Chachula Crocheted jewelry has many advantages
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  • Once the temperature hits the 70 degree mark, I pull out all of my spring skirts and dresses. Frolicking in the sunshine with a twirl-y skirt or dress on is one of the true joys of summer. We just had our second straight week of 60 and 70 degree days
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  • Many of us have accidentally felted our crochet projects, but felting crochet is a great technique to create sturdy bags and warm garments and accessories. Felting is also a great technique for beginning crocheters, as the crochet felting process disguises
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  • Last week I invited you to vote for the amigurumi who would star in our National Crochet Month Crochet-along. And the winner, with 50% of the votes, is Sir Stephen the Bunny! This little guy has been on my queue for quite a while now, and I am looking
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  • I need to make a birthday present . . . stat. We've all been there—that birthday, baby shower, or holiday seems months away until it is next week. First I panic, then I reach for a hook and skein of yarn and start crocheting a circle. My favorite
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  • For me, crochet is not a hobby or simply a skill, creating works of art with fiber and a hook is a passion. My project queue would take at least a hundred years to complete, and it is still growing. I tend to point out crocheted lace on friend's store
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  • Spring 2011 Yarn Spotlight: Three more cotton-blend yarns!
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  • I love exploring traditional crochet techniques, and Bosnian crochet is my latest fascination. This traditional slip stitch technique is enjoying renewed interest, but there is still plenty of stitch exploration to be done. You can find out more about
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  • You have probably heard of Bosnian crochet, though perhaps you know of it by one of its many other names, including Dutch knitting, shepherd's knitting, pjoning (Norwegian), smygmaskvirkning or påtning (Swedish), gobelinstitch (Danish), or schaapherderssteek
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  • Today is the first day of March, and you know what that means. We are beginning National Crochet Month! And what better way to celebrate than with a community crochet-along. I wanted to choose a project that everyone could make, so I narrowed it down
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  • I am always excited when friends or relatives announce a new addition to their family. I love the exhilaration in their voices and the glow in their faces. I feel my own thrill of anticipation as I contemplate the perfect crocheted baby gift. There are
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  • Crochet is unmatched in its ability to create incredible lace. Working lace weight yarn or thread in a combination of chains, shells, double crochet, and other crochet stitches creates a gossamer web of fabric that would, in my humble opinion, make a
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  • Polka Dress in Crochet I have always had a particular fascination with vintage crochet patterns from the 1800s. This was an era when handcrafted art was used in everyday life and when most young ladies learned to crochet. Crocheted cuffs and collars as
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  • A fabulous crochet top , a stunning knee-length skirt, a sweet baby sweater, a charming hat , or a cozy afghan —we all have a brilliant idea for a crochet pattern or project we want to design. So pull out the sketches you have been making, and let's
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  • One of my favorite features from the Winter 2011 issue is the first edition in our exploration of crocheted socks. Prior to this issue I had never attempted to make crochet socks before. Mostly, it was because my first attempt at handmade socks was to
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  • Are you learning how to crochet or looking for a few tips on crochet stitch basics ? Let's start with the basics. Every crochet project is built from a series of cleverly placed crochet stitches. And a solid understanding of the crochet basic stitches
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  • Happy Valentine's Day from Interweave Crochet!
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  • In the last few years, I have begun to explore the many techniques associated with yarn. You can spin your own yarn. With yarn you can crochet, weave, and knit. Just as many of my crochet projects are inspired by the yarn itself as are chosen because
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  • If February has a color, I would say it is red-from deep burgundy reds to bright candy apple reds. During February we wear red to promote women's heart health, and red is the color most frequently associated with Valentine's Day. Red is a color
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  • Are you looking for the perfect quick crocheted gift ? I love the easy Felted Trivet and Coasters from Gifted by Mags Kandis. You can quickly whip up several sets in a couple of evenings, and these fun circles are perfect for crocheting newbies. The felting
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  • Project 40/40 at Fort Bema in Poland According to a translation of their blog , project 40/40 is a joint venture between the Bemowo District Office and the Outdoor Art Foundation in Poland. Fort Bema was built was build near Warsaw in the 19 th century
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  • Crochet a sweater with five skeins of yarn. Yes please! I am always looking for ways to stretch my yarn a little farther. And I found my excellent tips and exquisite patterns in Robyn Chachula's new book Simply Crochet . Robyn shares with us Float
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  • I love making hats ! With the arrival of each new issue of Interweave Crochet , I browse the pages for new hat patterns. And I know that I am not alone. Crocheters whip up dozens of hats . Atomic Hat, Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 We crochet them while
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  • Make the Aslan Shrug in 2 hours and 51 minutes!
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  • I have a bit of a bag obsession. I own more bags than anyone should possibly be able to use, but I never seem to lack for a crochet project to carry in each one. So I was excited to watch Knitting Daily Episode 809, Carry-All. In this episode, Kristin
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  • If you know anything about author and designer Kristin Omdahl, you know that she's constantly working. It seems as though she never puts down those crochet hooks and knitting needles! When one book is off to the printer, she's already working
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  • For several years, the Moorish Mosaic Afghan has waited impatiently in my queue as I gathered my yarn—a few skeins from this project, a couple from that project, a left over skein donated by a friend. The color design of this crochet afghan makes
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  • Stepping Stones Cardigan by Kristin Omdahl The best thing about shopping off the rack is that you can try on multiple sizes to find the best fit. The worst thing is that frequently none of the sizes really give you that perfect fit. That perfectly tailored
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  • I agree with Josi Hannon Madera. I love the crocheted spike stitch. This eye-catching stitch allows you to quickly create beautiful colorwork, and learning how to crochet with spike stitches is easy. Spike stitches are created by inserting the hook in
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  • I reveal my stash in a how-to post about taming your feral yarn collection
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  • Weave in ends as you go, as in the Abelia Jacket ( Interweave Crochet , Winter 2011) to save finishing time. Often times, the difference between a good-looking finished crochet project and a great-looking one is neat and clean finishing techniques. One
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  • Pinata Bag, Interweave Crochet Fall 2010 When you were a child, did you have a shape-sorting toy that taught you to recognize shapes? Mine was a round sphere with shapes cut in the side, and you slid identically shaped pieces into the cutouts. The circle
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  • I love scarves! This single accessory can totally transform an outfit, add warmth on a cold morning, and highlight the versatility of stitches and patterns available to crocheters. And with the stunning variety of scarf designs and styles available, I
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  • Afghans, as far as the eye can see, blanketed the concrete steps of a beautiful white church. I was intrigued and amazed by this photo when I saw it on Pinterest. Following the link brought me to a newspaper article with several more amazing pictures
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  • A shawl is the perfect accessory! With a crocheted shawl, you can add a touch of sophistication, ward off the cold, or let someone know that you care. In this exciting free eBook, we have compiled five beautiful shawl patterns, including an elegant and
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  • Winter is my favorite time of year to crochet. The change in the weather brings with it an excitement and the desire to work with different yarn fibers and crochet stitches, and I seem to have more free time to craft. But this time of year also means
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  • When you are choosing the perfect yarn for a project, one of the most important factors is fiber content-is it from a plant or an animal? Yarns made from plant fibers such as cotton and linen can be perfect for summer garments and accessories with their
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  • A review of last year's goals (ouch!) and some new (easier) ones!
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  • Cheers to the New Year! I crossed the finish line for this year's handmade holidays, albeit huffing and puffing (I found myself packing my suitcase with as-yet damp shawls tucked between old pillowcases, and feverishly stitching the last rounds of
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  • One of my resolutions this year is to spend more time designing. Like many of you, I have at least a million project ideas in my head, scribbled in notebooks, and dancing tantalizingly around each skein of yarn. Once you have chosen the type of project
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  • Pucker the Goldfish Happy New Year! The first few weeks of the New Year are always so invigorating. Everything seems fresh and new and anything seems possible. It's in these first few weeks that we create New Year's resolutions. And the best resolutions
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  • I have embellished my jeans with crocheted embellishments and handstitching. It is a great way to add a your personal style to mass produced jeans. Today I read a blog post by Jennifer, the Beading Daily editor. I think I may have to add a bit of beading
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  • December is a wonderful month filled with celebrations and gift giving . This year I gave my mother a project bag, several luscious skeins of worsted weight alpaca, and the promise of teaching her how to read a pattern. She has knitted and crocheted from
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  • As I get ready to face 2012, I am looking back at my 2011 New Year's resolutions . Last year I wanted to explore join-as-you-go motifs with the Moth Wings Shrug. I crocheted this beautiful lace shrug for a friend to wear at her wedding, and I love
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  • The Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi Calendar has been a wonderful project to work on. Each little crocheted creation has won me over with its personality and story. Amigurumi make wonderful gifts for baby showers, children's birthdays, or for the any adult
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  • Fancywork Cloche, Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011 This holiday season has been magical. The beautiful holiday lights still twinkle in the crisp Colorado air. And the chill lets me indulge in one of my favorite things: crocheted hats . Crocheted hats
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  • The New Year is almost here, and it is time to hang up the new calendar. I already have my Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi calendar up. Pucker the Goldfish provides such a bright start to the new year. And we have created several other ways to share our love
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  • When I walked in the door of my parent's home for the holidays this year, I was greeted by several crocheted Santa doorknob covers. My nieces had been decorating and had found a box of old Christmas decorations. They loved adding these antique decorations
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  • One of the things I love about this time of year is the feeling of new possibilities. Sólás Caomh , Interweave Crochet Spring 2009 Just before the beginning of each new year, I choose a new stitch or technique to learn. This time I am intrigued
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  • Quick gift ideas!
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  • On a dark, rainy Saturday the February I was 27, in 2004, I wrote a rant and put it on the internet. It was my first experience creating something on the newly social Web. The thing I ranted about was the paltry representation of crochet online, and I
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  • A couple of weeks ago I gave you a recipe for a snowflake in a hurry . Really, you can be done in while you take just a couple sips of latte. These snowflakes can be done pretty darn fast. Probably in a half a latte's time. All of these snowflakes
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  • Crochet is captivating in its beauty. Hundreds of little stitches are combined in millions of possible arrangements to create a final a final work of art, whether it is a lace collar of intricate thread crochet or a simple hat to keeps a child's ears
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  • While compiling the Simple Crochet Patterns from Crochet Me: 5 Free Easy Crochet Patterns eBook, I fell in love with the Organic Cotton Washcloth for Babies. It looked so simple and quick but at the same time luxurious and pampered; the perfect last minute
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  • We use them to carry delicacies from the market or to hold our latest crochet projects, as purses or carryalls—well, to tell the truth, we use them for just about everything. I'm talking about crocheted bags. These brilliant accessories are
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  • The Interweave Crochet Winter 2011 issue preview post went up last Friday, and we have loved hearing your responses-which projects are your favorite, photography ideas, and more. I am fascinated by the myriad of ways the internet now provides for us to
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  • As the year draws to a close, I find myself busily rushing to holiday parties and filling my evenings with last minute crochet projects. There are so many friends in my life that I want to see and thank this time of year. Many of those friends are here
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  • Have you ever chosen one favorite item of clothing and then selected the remainder of your ensemble around that one piece. This past week I dressed to match a collection of crocheted hats and scarves . You see, we just experienced the coldest week so
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  • In general, I tend to be someone who grudgingly accepts change, in life as well as crafting. It's sort of like trying a new food for the first time. I may be unsure, but when I try it and like it I always think "Why haven't I tried this sooner
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  • Who says lace is just for summer? In this issue, we explore lace for winter with several big, bold winter lace designs and a handful of fine lace designs, to add a light touch of lace to your burly winter garb. And socks! We have three ways to make socks, including fabulous Pamir slip-stitch socks. Maire
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  • We all love simple, quick projects! Whether you are just learning to crochet or have been crocheting for fifty years, easy patterns are the perfect go-to projects for traveling, keeping your hands busy while chatting with friends, and gift giving. In
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  • You feel a special sense of excitement when you finish a project. The minute the last end is woven in and the project has dried from blocking, you want to show off the finished item. As a member of the Crochet Me , you can show your work to crochet friends
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  • Tunisian crochet, sometimes known as Afghan crochet, has found a strong foothold in crochet fashion, and I am thrilled. I love the sturdy thickness of Tunisian fabric and the gentle rhythm of the stitches. Tunisian crochet designers are busy experimenting
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  • As crocheters, we can appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating a finished project. Then when that time and effort is combined with the cost of materials, it is easy to see that we crochet because we love to crochet, not because it is a cheap
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  • I needed a super-quick package-topper. I mean, quick. So I rummaged though my stash of yarn bits and found a little flower. (I know, right? Who has a little flower in their stash? I bet you do) Anyway, I would show you a picture of the little flower,
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  • The internet is a wonderful medium for sharing our crochet creations, and sites such as Etsy and Ravelry offer venues for selling finished projects as well as patterns. But on the internet a buyer can't pick your crocheted hat up and feel the softness
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  • Robyn Chachula's new book Simply Crochet: 22 Stylish Designs for Everyday will be released in print on December 7th and is available as an eBook right now. Robyn Chachula and the other contributing designers decided to celebrate this new release with
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  • My new antique lace collection, and a mystery.
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  • Creating a fabric identical to knit but with a crochet hook, the Knook is a fascinating tool from Leisure Arts. Almost two months ago, I decided to try this innovative technique out for myself. I was impressed. The resulting fabric did indeed resemble
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  • You know of Pinterest , right? It's a website that functions like an online corkboard – you can "pin" images you like to it, organized by folders and tags. Best of all, you can follow other people and see what they're pinning.
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  • Crochet shines in projects created with rows of beautifully intricate motifs, and recent techniques in joining as you go have made the finishing process less tedious. Now Kristin Omdahl introducing a motif technique that also eliminates most of those
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  • Last Minute Gift Ideas Interweave Crochet Fall 2009 Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays are quickly creeping up on us. If you are looking for a few last minute gifts , or want to spoil yourself without stressing your checkbook, I would suggest checking out
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  • Greetings All! As I head into Thanksgiving and the holidays, thoughts about gift-giving go into overdrive. This year I FINALLY started making gifts early enough to have something handmade for everyone on my list. Most of the credit goes to Accessories
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  • There is nothing cozier than a hand made afghan draped over the back of the couch, folded at the end of your bed, or tucked around you for an afternoon nap. My favorite afghans are those made up of individual motifs, like the Seaside Throw by Rhonda Davis
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  • Have you seen the Rapunzel scrarf on the cover of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012 ? The braided texture is stunning! This scarf will make an eye-catching acccessory this winter. I already have more WIP projects than I should, and I am busy crocheting
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  • Three renditions (so far) of the Seafoam Shawl by Kimberly K. McAlindin from Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011
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  • Seafoam Shawl, Kimberly K. McAlindin Crochet shawls are the ultimate universal-wear garment—one size fits all! They are the perfect accessory for everything from blue jeans to evening wear, and shawls present a great opportunity to learn a new stitch
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  • I'm usually not a fan of decorative cozies. I like objects to be as they are – why cover up toilet paper? Isn't it, you know, supposed to be in the bathroom? But sometimes the cozy is elevated to art. Like this spare-tire cozy Maryse saw
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  • Tatiana's Earrings and Cuff I spent the weekend pleasantly working on gifts. I have several friends with babies due in the coming months, and I am once again attempting an entirely handmade Christmas that. This year I have set a goal to have the gifts
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  • PieceWork magazine has announced its annual Excellence in Needle Arts Pincushion Contest ! First place winners will be chosen in each of 5 categories, including crochet, knitting, beading, needlework, and lace-making/tatting. Come join the excitement
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  • Welcome to the first official Interweave Cro chet Accessories 2011 CAL! For the kick-off of what's sure to be many CAL's from this amazing issue I'm inviting you all to join me in making...drum roll please...the Fancywork Cloche by Simona
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  • Amigurumi is a Japanese word that translates as dolls that are either knit or crochet. Crocheted amigurumi have something to offer everyone, from a baby's fascination with textured stuffed animals to an adult's love of whimsical crocheted creatures
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  • I fell in love with Betty's Button-Up Mitts while we were putting together the Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 issue. I had made several pairs of mitts from a variety of patterns already, but these mitts had something more, perhaps a bit more
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  • Remember when I dyed that silk lace yarn with tea? Well, this is what I had in mind when I was prepping those lovely fibers! It is the River Walk Wrap by Sharon Falkner, from our Summer 2011 issue, and I've been itching to make it since the day it
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  • Looking around my bedroom this morning, I realized something was missing-crochet! Despite my passion for the craft, there isn't a single piece of crocheted home decor in my bedroom. Now I have found the perfect piece in Kim Werker's book Crochet
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  • A review of ten marvelous novelty yarns.
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  • Roy the Gardener, by Brenda K. B. Anderson Ellie the Giraffe, by Gina Reneé Padilla Chiyo the Mouse, by Mamta Motiyani Lovey the Lovely, by Allison Hoffman Pucker the Goldfish, by MK Lee Don't you adore the amigurumi featured in the Crochet
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  • As a child I loved snow days. The world was white and fresh. Schools were closed, and we spent the day indoors crafting and playing. I learned last Wednesday that snow days can be just as much fun as an adult as they were in 3 rd grade. On Wednesday Colorado
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  • After all my concern about not having enough time to make my kid's Halloween costume, it came out way better than I'd ever hoped! My friend found an outfit that matched the hat perfectly, which made the whole thing way more exciting for me. (Owen
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  • Blueberry Trellis Hat The hat , the perfect single-skein project, is the quintessential cold weather accessory. One of the most popular handmade gifts , a hat is a great way to learn a new technique. I love to crochet hats, and now there are five new
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  • For this special issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011 , we have a special blog about the behind-the-scenes action. Editor Marcy Smith and Assistant Editor Sharon Zientara teamed up to tell all. From Marcy: Sharon was in London during our photoshoot
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  • This super special issue is the largest issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories ever! With more than 59 brand new projects, you'll be crocheting well into the new year and beyond. In addition to 14 one-skein projects, the issue includes a slew of stash-busting projects. For beginning crocheters,
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  • Small though they are, accessories enrich our lives in many ways. Their most practical purpose is to provide warmth, but really, accessories are a style statement. With more than forty brand-new designs for accessories, as well as tips and techniques to help crocheters of all skill levels complete the
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  • In this issue, we ease you into autumn with twenty smart designs that offer both challenges and quick gratification. Combine broomstick lace with a shell pattern; turn Tunisian on its side in an entrelac pullover; twist tiny cables into hats; try a top-down raglan for a child. Begin your own Clones lace
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  • We all have them: a single skein of yarn left over from a sweater project, 2 skeins we fell in love with at the LYS and had to take home, 3 or 4 skeins we bought for a project that is no longer at the top of our queue. They wait patiently in bins and
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  • The Northern Dreams Pullover by Julia Vaconsin is a perfect winter sweater. I love the colorwork yoke and the simple, solid body created with single crochet through the back loop only. This sweater is intended to be work with negative ease, giving shaping
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  • Snuggled up on my couch on a cool fall evening, wrapped in a warm afghan (crocheted, of course), with an old musical on TV and a crochet project on my hook, is my idea of a perfect evening. I love the scene in Singing in the Rain where Gene Kelly performs
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  • A few weeks ago, when I was gearing up for the Chain Link conference, I really wanted to sport new crochet. I perused the Fall 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet and opted for what looked like the fastest crochet garment in the issue: The Oak Wrap by Doris
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  • You can never have too many sweaters! Cotton short-sleeved sweaters are perfect for summer or pair them with a long-sleeved shirt for spring and fall. Nothing is better than a warm, cozy cardigan on a chilly winter evening. And a beautiful sweater is
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  • Every Friday night, give or take, I grab sushi with my friend Marianela and then we go to the stitch night at our local yarn store . We've been going for about a year, and the ritual has become one of my favourite parts of the week. The regular yarn
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  • About half of the projects in my queue are motif-based. Motif patterns are quickly memorized and make great travel projects. Many patterns now provide instructions for joining each motif to previously worked motifs before fastening off, eliminating seaming
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  • Happy I Love Yarn Day everyone! In honor of this very special day, I wanted to share a bi t abo ut my love affair with yarn and some of the fruits of my recent yarn pilgrimage, er...vacation, in the UK. Like many of you, I grew up exclusively using acrylic
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  • Marmalade Skies Afghan , Interweave Crochet Spring 2010 Have you ever spotted a beautiful colorwork pattern and loved every detail except the colors? Whether they are simply the wrong shades for your coloring or the colors of an afghan or home decor item
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  • Remember the advice to never start a new pattern late at night? I'm pretty sure I gave that advice myself during the last crochet-along. Too bad I didn't listen to myself. I had the first base triangle about a third of the way done when I realized
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  • The Knook, it looked like a crochet hook with a tail, and I was intrigued. This new tool from LeisureArts allows you to knit with a crochet hook. The Knook Beginner Set includes three bamboo crochet hooks in sizes G (4 mm), H (5 mm), and I (5.5 mm), three
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  • Ten years ago a quick trip to the boutique on the corner was my preferred method of obtaining a last minute gift. But since then, the number of gifts I need for friends, family members, and coworkers has increased and my budget has tightened. I think
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  • I confess to being a bit of a fashionista. I've always had my eye on runway shows and glossy magazines. However, I also strongly believe that fashion should be wearable and affordable. It's a very small part of the population that can rock some
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  • I am an equal opportunity sweater lover. I love wool, cotton, silk, and alpaca sweaters. My queue is filled with colorwork, Tunisian, cabled, and uniquely constructed sweaters to crochet. And then there's the variety of sweater types to choose from
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  • I had a day of reckoning earlier this week. Four weeks to Halloween. No costume for my kid. The need to make my kid's costume. Having no idea where to start. So I thought. My kid's crawling and standing, but not yet walking. He won't go trick
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  • I am thrilled to see crochet worn by the people I walk past on the street, on the fashion runway, and in clothing stores. A variety of traditional crochet techniques, such as Tunisian crochet, thread crochet, and tapestry crochet, are benefitting from
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  • I love learning new crochet stitches and techniques. Sometimes I simply grab a hook, yarn, and pattern, then spend hours of trial and error trying to teach myself. More often, I search for an expert. And while my busy schedule frequently means I can't
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  • In the Fall 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet , the Yarn Spotlight shines on six alpaca yarns. Here we review three more alpaca yarns. Alpaca is a fine choice for people allergic to wool, because alpaca does not secrete lanolin, the substance that most
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  • Knitting Daily TV just wrapped up taping for the next series on Public Television, full of crochet know-how and patterns. Each episode includes a Crocheted Corner segment with expert Kristin Omdahl, focused either on fine crochet designs and patterns
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  • A couple of weeks ago, PieceWork Assistant Editor Karen Brock stopped by my office to show off the Korsnäs sweater that is featured in the newest Knitting Traditions . The middle sections of both the bodice and sleeves are worked in a knitted Lice
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  • The Fall 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet is on bookshelves in local yarn stores, newsstands, and on its way to your mailboxes. We are so excited to finally be able to share the innovative projects in it with you! Interweave Crochet 's Editor Marcy
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  • Fashions never really disappear. They may lay dormant for years before they are resurrected by fashion designers eager to find the next big trend and put their personal touch on it. And each time a "new" style hits the runway, I love to look
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  • I'm barely finding time to work on my scrap granny squares , but that doesn't mean I don't want to use every spare ball of yarn I can find to make a granny ripple . I mean, right? This is irresistible. Source: blog.craftzine.com via Rachel
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  • Kids crocheted projects are small and quickly finished; they are an ideal stash-busting project, using only a few balls of yarn, and the diminutive recipients are just old enough to appreciate the thought that goes into a handmade gift . Toddler garments
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  • I know that many of you live in warm climates. You crochet with fine-weight yarns and can wear lace garments year-round. I will admit to a touch of jealousy. I love lightweight crochet-lace shawls, shells worked in intricate stitch patterns, and garments
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  • In celebration of Interweave's Stash Buster sale (you know about the sale, right?), I took some photos of my in-progress stash organization. Inspired by Lee Meredith's coffee-can yarn storage , I saved formula canisters for the last eight months
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  • We won! I know, you didn't even know we were entered into a competition, but congratulations. As I'm sure you have heard, we are in the midst of our StashBuster sale over at the Crochet Me Shop. You will find DVDs, magazines, books, and patterns
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  • International Crochet Day is Monday, September 12! That gives you a little time still to plan how you will celebrate and even some great gift ideas . Here are ten ideas to get you thinking. 10. Teach someone to crochet. Reinforce your teaching by hooking
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  • Are any of you currently working on the Moth Wings Shrug ? If not, I would not hesitate to recommend this elegant piece. Last spring I participated in the Moth Wings Shrug crochet-along and made this beautiful crocheted shrug in Nazli Gelin Mocha with
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  • Breezy Hat by Linda Permann I feel that fall nip in the breeze; the leaves are beginning their shift to fall shades, and even though it is not quite cool enough for hats and jackets, I have already started pulling yarn from my stash for several new hats
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  • Betty's Tunisian Tee by Tram Nguyen , from Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 The instant I saw Betty's Tunisian Tee by Tram Nguyen, from the Fall 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet , I knew I had to make this luscious silk top. I love the strong lines
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  • Take a look inside the Fall 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet !
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  • Roy the Gardener Several months ago I made a new crocheted friend. (Yes, I did just write crocheted friend, not crochet friend.) And I would like to introduce him to you. Meet Roy the Gardener. He has beautiful green eyes, large white teeth, two green
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  • A couple of weeks ago I picked up my box of scrap yarn and started crocheting granny squares again. "Again?" you ask. "When were you crocheting granny squares?" Um, apparently it was over four years ago that I started crocheting granny
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  • Even as the temperatures continue to swell into the 90s, and we scramble to fit one more mini-vacation in this summer, meteorologists are predicting a colder-than-average winter for many areas throughout the world. I guess that means I will need to start
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  • Several times I have tried my hand at bead crochet rope projects. I love the luxurious sparkle created by spirals of beads joined together with single crochet stitches worked in thread. These beautiful jewelry pieces are actually seen quite frequently
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  • The Chain Reaction Afghan, a yearlong online and print venture, links the work of professional and emerging designers in a single twenty-square afghan. We asked designers to create squares that embodied their distinct styles. These ten patterns were published
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  • It wasn't too long ago that you could find a stack of sweater pieces gathering dust in the corner of my craft room, waiting to be assembled. Seaming scared me. I know I am not the only crocheter who has feared the seam. But I wanted to wear the finished
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  • In March of this year, Kristin Omdahl and I sat down for 13 six-minute conversations about crochet, each one for a different episode of Knitting Daily TV. In front of us were several people, a few bright lights, and one big honkin' camera (plus a
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  • We pay homage to the dainty doily in this issue with 23 fresh designs for summer. Learn the history of the doily and crochet modern interpretations in shawls, tunics, bowls, and jewelry, as well as a bag and a tablecloth. Cardigans and pullovers featuring delicate pattern stitches are perfect for warmer
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  • We've all heard of shaken baby syndrome, and new parents hopefully have discovered there's a campaign to spread awareness of how dangerous it is to shake a baby , and about the period of purple crying – when an infant cries inconsolably
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  • If I could plan the trip of a lifetime, I would visit the British Library and see the textile collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, stop in Ireland and Russia to study lacemaking, and go on to Turkey to see traditional oya edgings.
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  • In this occasional series, I'll tell you about crocheters (and yes, a knitter or two) I meet in the wild.
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  • I felt a moment of panic last week as I slipped my petal pullover on for a first look. I had just finished the final shoulder seam, and I couldn't wait to get an idea of what the top would look like. I crochet the size 37 ½" size but modified
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  • One of the crochet techniques I am currently learning is Bosnain crochet. This technique uses slip stitches worked in the front or back loop of the stitch below to create a braid or a woven fabric. If you've never heard of Bosnian crochet, it may
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  • The exact origins of crochet remain a mystery. We have only theories and suppositions about the first projects created. Were the first examples of crochet blankets, hats, mittens, or lace, and who were the people who first discovered the beauty of crochet
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  • Well, the month of July was filled with projects. I designed and stitched a (top secret) piece for our forthcoming Accessories issue, made a shawl for my bff's birthday, and finished a set of coasters for my house. I learned how to do double-ended
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  • What's wrong with this picture? It's the first week of August, temperatures are soaring into the 90s and 100s, and I am immersed in Christmas preparations! No, I haven't bought a tree, and the lights are still packed away in their boxes. Instead
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  • Combine one ball of thread and a couple ounces of beads; work with steel crochet hook; join to edge of scarf, shawl, coat, jeans, or shirt; and wear. That is the basic recipe for beaded crochet garments, accessories, or home decor items. And like most
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  • Tips to prolong the time between washing and reblocking your cherished crocheted goods.
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  • Crochet flowers inspire creativity. You can use them to personalize hats, bags, sweaters, and more. They are quick and easy to whip up and a resourceful use of those luscious yarn scraps you just can't bear to toss. I've been creating a bouquet's
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  • I was first introduced to linked stitches by the Interweave Crochet Spring 2009 issue, which included the Forest Flower Pullover (at left) and a tutorial on working linked stitches. Linked stitches eliminate the gaps often left between tall stitches,
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  • If you’re anything like me (and I suspect you are) most of the projects you make are gifts . Crafty people have a generosity of spirit that’s second to none. I think it’s why a lot of us pick up our hooks in the first place; I know it’s
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  • I am so excited for Season 700 of Knitting Daily TV . In this season, Interweave Crochet Editor Marcy Smith joins Kristin Omdahl for a special feature on the Chain Reaction Afghan Project. Associate Producer Annie Bakken joins us to share more information
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  • My cousin Lisa is in town for a couple of weeks, and the other night she asked me what the difference between knitting and crochet is. (She's a scarf knitter.) The ensuing discussion led to the pulling-out of books, my gentle nudging about how cool
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  • Click for a free eBook and learn tips to make the Tunisian Cables square.
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  • I have always dreamed of finding more time to design garment patterns. Designing your own crocheted sweaters can give you a remarkable chance to become your own designer-creating a unique garment through yarn, stitch pattern, style, and embellishment
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  • I am only several rows in and anxious for my first chance to wear my own version of the crochet lace Petal Pullover. If you want to join the crochet-along there's still time. And before you begin, let me keep you from repeating my first mistake. Since
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  • When I walk into a clothing store and spot an adorable cardigan, I immediately find it in my size and head for the dressing room. But when I spot a pattern for a magnificent crocheted top, determining if the design is a good fit for my body type becomes
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  • A note from Toni: Since 2004, Interweave Crochet , has offered designs with inventive constructions, modern uses of historic techniques, and innovative designs since its creation. Now the best twenty designs have been compiled in one book. But how do
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  • Well, the dust has finally settled at Casa de Kitties and Yarn (aka my new house). Now that the boxes are all unpacked, I can go about the business of getting those finishing touches in place; the things that make a house a home. One such thing became
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  • Textures, colors, techniques such as Tunisian or broomstick lace, stitch patterns, inventive constructions, and embellishments are a few of the methods we employ to make our crochet work interesting and eye catching. And while I crochet primarily for
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  • Last week the temperature in my house reached a sweltering 85 degrees. As I looked from my thermometer to my latest wool crochet project, I realized two things. First, I need a new air conditioner, and second, I need to start a new summer project. So
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  • My friend Lisa 's been crocheting the Alpine Frost Scarf , by Amy O'Neill Houck from the Winter 2008 issue of IC, for ages now. She's not quite done yet, but she brought it over to my house last week to use my blocking board. By blocking most
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  • Handmade meets high-tech
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  • I have an evolving list of hobbies I want to start and crafting techniques I want to sample. When I was about fourteen I tried weaving on a kind stranger's loom. This beautiful craft is still on my list, waiting for the day when I set down my crochet
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  • Lacy loveliness and fabulous projects for children are the hallmarks of this issue, with twenty-five bright designs for spring. Learn left- and right-handed broomstick techniques as well as new Tunisian techniques, then use your newfound skills to create beautiful garments. Check out our new definition
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  • I spent this past weekend at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire which, contrasted with the massive World Maker Faires in the Bay Area, New York and Detroit, was fully run by members of the DIY community here in Vancouver. Note, though, that it was hardly
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  • Easy crochet hat patterns are my go-to project. I make at least 5 hats for every other project I manage to complete. They make incredible presents that recipients of all ages love; there are an infinite variety of patterns; and they are fast. Consequently
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  • Success! Well, so far. This morning, I removed the skeins from their tea bath, squeezed out the excess tea, rinsed them off in a bowl of warm water, squeezed out the rinse water, and laid them out to dry. The color should appear a bit lighter when dry
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  • Okay folks, are you ready for the cutest crochet-along EVER?!? Join me in stitching the first official Crochet Me amigurumi CAL, Owlivia and Little Livvie from our latest issue, Interweave Croche t Summer 2011. This is a great beginner crochet project
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  • What is it that draws you to a particular skein of yarn; is it the luster, the weight, or perhaps the color? Color is my number one determining factor. A beautifully colored skein will immediately draw me across a room or inspire a hundred project ideas
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  • I'm taking the risk of dyeing some fine yarn with ingredients found in my kitchen...
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  • One of the most important parts of a garment, whether crocheted, sewn, or knitted, is fit. But fit can also be one of the most difficult components of a top to get just right. That's why I adore ribbing. The elasticity in crocheted ribbing gives you
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  • Come join the Chain Reaction Afghan Project Crochet-Along! The Chain Reaction Afghan Project was born a year ago. A merger of professional and amateur designers, it features 20 squares and a border that appeared in Interweave Crochet magazine over five
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  • What inspires a crochet design? When I am choosing my next crochet project, I always consider when and where I want wear it. Living in Colorado, I find myself wearing sweaters most of the year. Designer Kristin Omdahl lives in Florida I asked her to tell
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  • A farewell to a legend in the crochet world.
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  • My favourite kid-oriented music to listen to with Owen is an album nerd-rock band They Might Be Giants put out called Here Comes Science . My favourite song, by far, is Meet the Elements — this one song, alone, has me planning to make at least half
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  • I have crocheted with linen, bamboo, cotton, wool, and even milk protein fibers. Next on my list is crocheting with wire. Yes, it's true! You can actually crochet with wire. The resulting piece has an organic appearance with not entirely uniform stitches
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  • I recently moved house, and as many of you cat owners know, they do not take very kindly to change. In past relocations, one of my cats (Mrs. Robinson) has found such good hiding spots that it’s usually a good week before she allows herself to be
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  • Vintage crochet patterns fascinate me. There isn't a great deal of written history about crochet, but I love to read the amazing personal stories and tales passed down through families, and see the few items that have survived both time and use. My
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  • I've finished my first Dahlia Shawl! Here are some pictures and helpful hints.
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  • In the Summer 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet , we pay homage to the dainty doily. Dora Ohrenstein explores the history of these mathematical wonders rendered in threads. And our designers interpret the doily in designs for the 21st century. You'll
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  • Check out three crochet threads.
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  • A solid understanding of the basics of crochet is the building block of learning how to crochet. Whether you have been crocheting for twenty years or twenty minutes, it is this foundation of basic crochet stitches and tips that allows you to learn new
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  • Taking a crochet project along on a long trip is a great way to keep busy during travel time or spend a few hours relaxing. But chasing a ball of yarn when it rolls under the airplane seat in front of you or realizing you forgot your scissors can make
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  • May is almost over and June is just around the corner. What does that mean for me? Well the suitcases are coming out of the closet, and I'm filling up my gas tank. It's time for a vacation. And the most important item to pack is a good travel
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  • I have finished the Moth Wings Shrug, and I love the lacy look and join as you go construction. The sleeves in particular are cleverly constructed. But I will admit it took me several minutes of pondering and tearing out my first attempt to join the first
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  • As I continue to try and challenge my crochet skills, one designer I find myself turning to for innovative technique and construction is Knitting Daily’s own crochet expert, Kristin Omdahl . I’ve said before that I need small projects that
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  • My last brief post seems to have struck a chord, and though I'm inclined to avoid discussions involving absolutes when it comes to crafts and arts, I think it's time for a juicy, responsible and well-mannered argument. Consider me to have just
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  • The Ocean Pearls Cardigan is a great choice for all body types. ( Interweave Crochet Summer 2008) Apple, pear or tomato? Sounds like food you'd find in the kitchen, not descriptions of body types! And does it really matter what type you are? When
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  • Join us while we crochet the Dahlia Shawl!
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  • These little finger puppets are BFFs (best friends forever)! The cute little finger puppets were pointed out to me a few days ago, and I know several little girls who would love creating adventures for each of these tiny puppets. The little blue puppet
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  • I am currently fascinated with mosaic crochet. A few weeks ago, I didn't know where to begin with this innovative technique. The colorful and textural patterns look complicated, but after watching Lily Chin's new workshop DVD I am amazed at their
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  • Tahki recently held its Cotton Classic Colorplay Challenge, with winners selected by readers of the Interweave communities. And, lucky us, the winning scarves were featured guests at our recent Crochet photoshoot. Everyone on our photo team was agog with
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  • Did you see this article in the Fashion section of the Times yesterday? Graffiti's Cozy, Feminine Side . Looking beyond the annoying gendered bit, it's an awesome article about yarn bombing . In the Times ! It excites me a great deal to see crochet
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  • Many of us crochet scarves , shawls, or wraps as gifts, donating them to organizations or presenting them to loved ones. Kristin Omdahl first began crocheting wraps for family members when she was living overseas. "When I was six thousand miles away
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  • As the weather warms up, my search for great crochet projects shifts from sweaters, afghans, and wool to lace , cotton, and thread. Early this week I could again be found browsing the internet for the current crochet trends and great examples of crocheted
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  • We crocheters have always known crochet was chic. But the fashion industry has finally caught on. Crochet is garnering lots of attention on the runway these days and chicly showcased in fashion-forward skirts, dresses, blouses, purses, shoes, hats, and
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  • I am very grateful to crochet for a lot of things, and one of those things is how well it lends itself to any genre. You can have antique or ultra-modern crochet, or very serious artistic crochet, or silly crochet...any kind at all. This post is going
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  • Well, we’re knee deep into Spring here in Colorado. Most of my heavy wools have been stowed away in favor of linens and cottons. Rich fall colors have been traded in for more honeyed tones. But my favorite color for Spring and Summer over any other
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  • For months I have been searching for the perfect crocheted bag to make. Something large enough to carry my current crochet projects while showcasing the beauty of crochet. And, I will admit, I was looking for something quick and easy but that would be
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  • My mother passed on to me the inability to sit still. Whether watching a movie, traveling, or visiting with friends, her hands were always busy spinning, knitting, or crocheting. And as soon as I was old enough, she attempted to pass her skills on to
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  • Tips for packing crochet on your travels
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  • Strands of crocheted post stitches step around and behind each other in an elegant dance. The steps create the swirls of a crocheted cable. But like the steps of a dance, learning just where to place your hook when working cables can take a bit of practice
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  • Crochet is a thread that connects daughter to mother, crafters across continents, and the past to the present. The annual PieceWork Lace issue explores those connections as well as connection forged through lace creation in other crafts such as Carrickmacross
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  • This blog is a bit of a plea for help. As I have previously mentioned, I am doing a lot of crocheting right now. In addition to being surrounded by oodles of great patterns here at Interweave, recently family circumstances have serendipitously given me
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  • Before I met Lily Chin several weeks ago, I had never heard of Mosaic crochet. I could guess that the technique involved more than one color, my dad creates mosaic Damascus with multiple colors of metal, but I wasn't sure how to translate that knowledge
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  • I geek out over antique crochet. I've been known to go into an antique shop and stare at a doily for what my husband describes as "longer than the person spent making it." So when I go visit my husband's aunt Betty at her ranch in Wyoming
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  • I first learned about back loop only crochet stitches from Interweave Crochet several years ago. This basic crochet stitch provides additional stretch to stitches, making it perfect for children's garments such as the Summer Blues Baby Dress.
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  • We here at Interweave Crochet are super pleased to announce that we have won the Flamie for Best Crochet Magazine for 2010 . This is the third year we've been honored with this award from the Crochet Liberation Front , and this year we're especially
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  • Crochet appliqué's—they add fun and fantasy to children's garments and accessories. You can create lions, tigers, dinosaurs, or dragons. In Baby Blueprint Crochet , Robyn Chachula adds an adorable dinosaur to her Callum pullover and
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  • I once attempted a baby blanket constructed of individually crocheted squares. The squares are still sitting, unjoined, in a bag somewhere in my closet. Why are they sitting almost forgotten in my closet instead of draped over the end of a crib somewhere
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  • I love crochet flowers! They're so quick to create—all but the most complex can be completed in less than an hour. These pretty projects present a brilliant opportunity to use up the last little bits of leftover yarn—such as the final
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  • So what made it into the suitcase ? The Moth Wings Shrug , the Cool Wave Shawl , AND the Dahlia Shawl (the Sera Lace Top hopped in the suitcase as an FO). Just before I left, I decided to change up the yarn for the Dahlia Shawl—I wasn't loving
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  • Confession: I am in a state of yarn lunacy. I was crazy for yarn even before I started working at Interweave, but now that I’m constantly surrounded by all these amazing designs and fibers I’ve got the fever! As a result, many little crochet
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  • Yesterday I finally bought a new bookshelf to house my crochet library. The small three-shelf oak bookcase I've used since my early teens had held up admirably beneath my ever-growing piles of craft books. And since I have a list of new crochet books
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  • Somewhere, in a box in a dark basement or nestled amongst the dust bunnies under a bed, we all have it... our first sweater. I found mine while I was moving, and I felt mixed dread and affection. The dread, because it really isn't a very pretty thing
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  • So many projects, so little suitcase space!
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  • Sprout Chains Shawlette is finished with a bit of bling.
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  • When I was a little girl I loved the simple patchwork quilts my mother lovingly constructed of scraps of fabric cut from clothing I had outgrown. Each square, carefully organized into a colorful pattern, held a memory-the family trip to Mount Rushmore
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  • Ty Pennington has me all excited about a new studio, ever since I got a glimpse of his studio in the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios . I got to looking around at my "studio". Maybe it looks a lot like yours. Take a peek: Marcy's
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  • Greetings, Crocheters! As my first blog post as the new Assistant Editor for Interweave Crochet, I thought I’d share a little bit about me and how I came to Interweave. First off I am a transplant from the Midwest having been born and raised on
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  • Pluck New Spring Patterns at the Interweave Store.
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  • Spring has warmed the air considerably, but here in Colorado there is still a cool nip in the air. I have resolutely placed my down coat in the back of the closet, but a jacket doesn't seem to always be quite enough. That's where hats come in
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  • Moving is a very crazy business. Moving with a three-year-old is just plain nuts. If I didn't have the yarn room to look forward to, I'm not sure I could have put up with the rest of the madness! In any case, things are busy and internet is intermittent
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  • Spring officially began last Sunday, and the weather here in Colorado complied with balmy temperatures in the high 60s. I guess that means it's time to rotate the clothing in my closet and the projects in my crochet queue. As I imagine many of you
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  • Check out what the Doublestitch Twins are up to with Red Heart Yarns.
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  • The main body of the crocheted scarf is finished, but you want to add that extra flair, a bit of attitude. Have you ever tried adding corkscrew fringe? This embellishment is quick, easy, and brings a smile to almost anyone's face. And I haven't
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  • Do you spin? If not, you might want to explore this fine art. I love the magic of turning a pile of fluff into a long strand of fiber. And if it's colored fluff, all the better. I love to see how the colors blend and twist. I like to play around with
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  • A pattern to make your very own iPad cozy
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  • I stopped into, digitally that is, the Jimmy Beans Wool website for a quick stroll through the crochet products section. A couple of hours later I am still compiling my wish list and debating whether I need the della Q Lilly Crochet Roll in pink or brown
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  • What's your clever use for swatches?
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  • My first real crochet project was a lap blanket comprised of different colored stripes. Each stripe was worked in a different crochet pattern, from bobbles to lace, which I found in an old booklet of afghan stitch designs. The stitch patterns didn't
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  • Today's the day for working on green crochet projects!
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  • Have I mentioned how much I love cotton yarns? I'm sure it must have come up at some point. For years every project I made was crocheted with cotton—cotton blankets, cotton hats, and cotton dresses. Since then I have learned to appreciate the
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  • Help me decorate my crochet studio!
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  • So, how many of you rushed out and bought a new iPad last week? Well, I did! But not the iPad2— I got the first-generation iPad, because it was on sale! I also got the standard-issue Mac cover for it, because I like to protect my new investments
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  • About two years ago I picked up my first Tunisian crochet hook. At the time I had never heard of Tunisian crochet, but I was fascinated by this technique and gamely picked up the extra long hook. The first Tunisian pattern I worked was the basic Tunisian
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  • Crochet is gaining presence on the web thanks to support from crochet-loyal companies.
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  • Red Heart Yarns is turning 75 this year! A lovely 75-year-old I know threw the biggest party of her life (so far) when she turned 75. Red Heart Yarns is doing the same. But instead of asking for presents, they're celebrating by giving away presents
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  • Crocheted lace highlights the endless beautiful possibilities of crochet. Worked in any yarn from the finest thread to bulky weight, lace crochet is perfect for both warm and cool weather projects. In this new eBook, Learn Beautiful Crochet Lace Techniques
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  • Fun ideas for what to do with crocheted motifs.
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  • Three great yarns for young crocheters.
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  • Preview the Spring issue of Interweave Crochet .
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  • Crocheting for a good cause makes the world a better place.
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  • Join our Cool Wave Shawl crochet-along!
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  • Babies and young children are some of my favorite people to crochet for. The projects are fast, use less yarn, are a great way to learn a new technique, and the recipients are thrilled-even if you lost count of your rows and one sleeve did end up slightly
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  • Join me in crocheting Sydney's Sideways Socks!
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  • So, you may recall that I made the Sprout Chains Shawlette several weeks ago (the pattern is in Crochet So Fine by Kristin Omdahl). More about it here and here . It took me just a week to finish. And it was so satisfying that I immediately started another
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  • Today kicks off National Crochet Month. An entire month devoted to my favorite craft! We are really excited around the Interweave Crochet and Crochet Me office. So for this month, we will be blogging every day. So stop in for techniques, reviews, and
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  • Generations of women in diverse cultures have used crochet edging to communicate emotions or decorate their clothing and accessories. In Turkey these decorative edgings are called "oya" and are used to decorate beautiful scarves which are often
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  • My coworkers would all cheerfully point out that I am addicted the cotton yarn. Invite me into a yarn shop, and I will gravitate to the skeins of crisp, shiny cotton. And despite the 2 ½ bins of cotton yarn at my house, I can always use more.
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  • Choosing colors for a multicolored crochet project can be both difficult and enjoyable. This is especially true if you are substituting colors. After seeing the top 10 pantone fashion colors for women this spring I will be doing my share of substitution
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  • From Marcy: I own five pairs of red shoes. Everyday shoes, dress-up shoes and a pair that's particularly well-suited to puddle-jumping. Just putting them puts pep in my step and throughout the day they give me energy. Such is the power of color. The
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  • Make Time for Crochet Every Day, with Knitting Daily TV "Crochet" Daily TV: 13+ Crochet Corners Airing on Public Television Don't be fooled by the title Knitting Daily TV . Each episode includes at least onelengthy segment on crochet. Plus
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  • Happy Valentine's Day! As a single teenager, I was never very fond of Valentine's Day. Then I learned that this special holiday provided me with the opportunity to celebrate my love for anything. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I propose
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  • I will never get tired of making lace. I think nearly everything is better if it has just a bit of crocheted lace sticking to it. I always have at least one lace project in process, and I often find that all of my current projects are lace. Of course, that means that my blocking boards and wires are
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  • Dora Ohrenstein talks about the motivation for her designs. And we start a new Crochet-Along!
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  • I am counting the days until this weekend. This weekend is practically a national holiday-Super Bowl Sunday. For weeks we have all been inundated with advertisements for party platters and football inspired memorabilia. I will confess, however, that in
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  • It's cold out there! I've (briefly) set aside my shawls for sweaters.
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  • When I learned to crochet which was, um, a while ago, Tunisian crochet was not even on the radar. Back then, it was called Afghan stitch and it was used to make afghans. Period. Interweave Crochet first featured Tunisian crochet in its inaugural special
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  • The Sprout Chains Shawlette joins the FO list!
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  • I love hats! No really, I'm not just saying that; I have hats stuffed into every corner of my closet. I have bowler hats, newsboy caps, baseball hats, and I'm on the lookout for a good top hat. But my favorite hats to make and wear are crochet hats. The 8 Free Crochet Hat Patterns: Crochet Hats
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  • A free pattern for a sock-monkey-inspired bowl.
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  • My go word in the new year is proactive . This is an overarching goal to guide me through the year, and it fuels all those New Year's Resolutions I mentioned in an earlier post. And here's your mission, should you choose to accept it: Join in
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  • The holidays are over, and I am planning my crochet projects for the coming year—of course I’m sure I’ll add a few projects from the next issue of Interweave Crochet . I’m also looking at my crochet library and what books, magazines
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  • April Garwood, the creative mind behind the lovely Spring Creek Jumper in the Winter issue of Interweave Crochet , has worked up a tutorial for the jumper. In it, she provides a step-by-step photo tutorial on working the first round of the skirt, which
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  • Dear Kristin, It was lovely seeing you in California at TNNA (The National Needlearts Association, of course). I hope your sprained ankle is on the mend. So, I don't think we've talked about this thing I have with Crochet So Fine . These lovely
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  • This week a good friend called me and offered to trade crochet lessons for massage time. Her proposal sounded like a win-win situation to me-I make a new crochet buddy and get a relaxing half-hour massage. Tonight is our first lesson.
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  • Julia Vaconsin burst onto the crochet scene in 2008, with lovely, wearable garments that beg to be made just for you. Her designs have graced the cover of Interweave Crochet in Winter 2008 and Summer 2009. Of late, she's been busy raising three children
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  • Sarah's craft resolutions for the new year.
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  • Marsha of Texas writes in with this great stash-busting idea. Here's Marsha: One way I've found to destash is to sort all of my little leftovers by colors that go together--complementary, analagous, anything that looks good together. I don't
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  • In response to Six Ways to Wear a Shawl, Simmie from Israel offers a seventh way, with pictures! Here is what Simmie wrote: In response to your newsletter- I have a different way to wear a crocheted shawl. Any shawl, any size rectangle can be worn asymmetrical
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  • For the past couple of years, my Crochet Resolutions for the New Year have been all about you. And, frankly, this works for me. Because making you happy makes me happy. So, here are my Top Resolutions for 2011, as channeled through Beatles song titles
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  • To me, January 1 represents a clean slate, the opportunity to start anew. Every year on that day I feel as if I can accomplish anything. During the last two days of the old year I spend some time creating goals for the coming year.
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  • How do you properly embellish an accessory for a young girl? This year I discovered just how much my nieces, 5 years of age and under, love crochet flower motifs.
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  • eMags are the magazines of the future, and a great meduim for preserving crafts that might otherwise vanish into history.
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  • Great crochet tips by Kristin Omdahl on DVD.
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  • Sometimes the holidays sneak up on me. How about you? At any rate, sometime in late November, I noticed that we had an orange goblin thing on the front door and, really, it was high time we embraced the winter holidays. Last year's all-natural wreath
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  • Wool season is here! With apologies to our wool-allergic readers, we've explored the merits of various washable wools in various price points. (For the wool-sensitive, you may find that the treatment that makes the fiber washable also makes the wool
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  • I love baby crochet patterns for several reasons: Their small sizes make them a great way to try a new technique or construction method, I seem to always be in need of a baby gift, and crocheted baby patterns are quick projects. Plus they are just so cute.
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  • Preview designs in the Winter issue of Interweave Crochet
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  • When I started shaping my own holiday traditions as a young adult, we had a big fat Scotch pine with empty boughs. So, at our first holiday party I began a new tradition. I took a Polaroid shot of each guest and hung it on the tree. By the end of the
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  • Come join me! I'm crocheting Lisa Naskrent's Midsummer Night's Shawl with Crochet Me members.
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  • Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Some are purchased, some handmade, and some intangible. The best gift I ever received was given to me by my mother during my childhood years—a desire for knowledge. She also gave me a crochet hook and a set of
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  • Author Robyn Chachula is hitting the Internet highway and going on tour all month long to promote her new book, Baby Blueprint Crochet , And you can join in! Get the inside scoop and join in on some fun conversations and giveaways. Start following along
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  • Scarves, shawls, wraps to make really fast or really slow.
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  • You'll only need a few moments out of your busy day to finish up some holiday crafting.
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  • PieceWork features exquisite crocheted Orenburg lace shawl.
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  • I fell madly in love with scarves just over a year ago while shopping with a friend one night after work. We spotted a salesperson who had a scarf elegantly knotted around her neck. Something about the way she wore that scarf, not simply as a neck warmer
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  • I love Carmen's Jazz Scarf!
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  • 5 Free Crochet Patterns for Beautiful Handmade Gifts Who doesn't love a handmade gift? This collection of crocheted gifts has something for everyone on your list. The simple crochet patterns in this eBook, 5 Free Crochet Patterns for Beautiful Handmade
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  • The story of my crocheted mitts.
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  • Some of you have wisely been crocheting gifts all year long, so right about now, you're sewing buttons on the sweater that is your final present. For the rest of us, time is clicking away on holiday crochet. I've rounded up some speedy gifts that
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  • Rhonda "TurquoizBlue" Davis has done a photo tutorial with step-outs on the felting a assembly of Eliza's Felted Bag from Interweave Crochet Accessories . You'll find it here . Enjoy!
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  • Here's an update on the 2012 Amigurumi Crochet Me Calendar!
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  • I used to really enjoy the process of choosing, signing, and mailing holiday cards. In this era of instant email and Facebook, the past few years my card sending has dwindled to a scattering of last minute notes mailed to grandparents, aunts, and uncles
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  • From Marcy: I am in an awkward stage in life: I have no babies in the house! Sometime last week, it seems, all my babies turned into teenagers. This is all the more sad because Robyn Chachula's Baby Blueprint Crochet really makes me want to make baby
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  • You have seen the results of my Vest Quests, now it is time to embark on your own! Here's a handy guide to designing your own custom-fit vest.
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  • Chain Reaction Afghan Project: Giving More to Others Crocheters are givers. We just can't help ourselves. That's why we love the Chain Reaction Afghan Project, designed for the very purpose of making an afghan (or two) to give away. The Chain
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  • I want to thank you. It's easy to encourage someone else to take a little time and crochet a project as a gift for themselves, but I can attest that it's a little more difficult to actually spoil yourself.
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  • Crocheters love to make things for other people—friends, family, or charities. I'd say that for every project I make for myself, I make five or six projects for someone else. And with the holiday season fast approaching and several friends getting
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  • I hope you've all been able to look through the Interweave Crochet Accessories issue! Carol Ventura has blogged about her tapestry-crochet project, Ekaterina's Shawl , including detailed photos on how to work the fringe. You'll find it here
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  • Four versions of the Lacy Cables Scarf from Interweave Crochet Fall 2010
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  • Some ideas for turns motifs from the 2010 Interweave Crochet Calendar into gifts.
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  • Accessories are the perfect way to bust stash and make some fantastic gifts.
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  • A sneak peek at the special Crochet Accessories issue.
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  • As the temperatures begins to dip, my mind turns toward crocheting sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, and jackets. I have several projects waiting for me to pick up my hook.Some are saved in my queue; some sit patiently in my UFO basket, and others wait
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  • Free eBook! 6 Free Crochet Bag Patterns
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  • If you were to flip through my closet you would find a large number of blue garments. I have always loved blue and luckily it looks great on me. Some of you may already know what colors look great on you or, like me, a look through your own closet might reveal a distinct color palette.
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  • From Marcy: The cover of Crochet So Fine by Kristin Omdahl is one of the most beautiful covers I've seen on any book ever. The cover garment truly makes you want to pick up your crochet hook and make one of your own. I've seen the Petals Wrap
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  • My gift-giving list for the coming holidays is growing! After penning a comprehensive list last week of friends and family (it currently numbers 21), I perused my yarn stash, choosing yarns in appropriate colors and fiber contents for each person on the
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  • I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that my father had surgery at Johns Hopkins this summer. I spent two weeks in Baltimore with him, my mom and (for some of the time) my brother. (It's really hot in Baltimore during the summer. I'd forgotten
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  • Find the perfect pattern for holiday gifts.
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  • There is a great conversation going on in the comments on my e-newsletter this week ! Here are some more tips based on your questions and comments. As several people mentioned, some types of alpaca stretch more than others, and will stretch more in certain
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  • I share a few projects where yarn and pattern did not play well together.
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  • The simplest of stitches yields the most fascinating designs.
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  • Exploring a box of treasures.
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  • Excited by the prospect of showcasing both crochet and jewelry, five of us gathered in the photo studio across the street, each with a crocheted item, a beautiful piece of jewelry, and a single prop.
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  • The excitement of wearing a handmade garment for the first time! You all know the excitement to which I am referring.
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  • For the rest of today, all the books and many of the products in the Interweave store are on sale during our Customer Appreciation Sale. This is a great time to fill out your crochet bookshelf. Here, I've highlighted some products I have on my shelf
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  • Take a look at how stitch diagrams can help you crochet, and take a look at Robyn Chachula's soon-to-be-released book Baby Blueprint Crochet .
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  • The 2011 Special Olympics Washington State Winter Games are in March 2011. The folks there are on a mission to give a hand-stitched scarf to every athlete, as they have in years past. The group is still organizing itself, but their site is now updated
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  • A review of Manos del Uruguay Lace and Filatura di Crosa Nirvana.
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  • Send us your cutest amigurumi!
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  • When crochet takes over, sometimes a person needs an intervention.
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  • Hey, there's knitting in my crochet magazine!
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  • Several years ago I discovered a set of simple stitches called foundation stitches, that changed the way I crochet.
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  • Back in early July, I had the great fortune to attend the Crochet Guild of America 's Chain Link Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire. This is a very fun conference, filled with crocheters of all stripes, from very avid hobbyist crocheters to longtime
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  • When a pattern calls for a fancy yarn, sometimes you need to substitute one that is easier to find or more afforadable. The best way to substitute a yarn is to know how to calculate the wraps per inch. Here's how!
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  • Welcome to the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet! In this issue, we play with yarns from thin to thick and everywhere in between. The gorgeous cover sweater, the Sage Jacket by Dora Ohrenstein, is an elegant sweater that can be dressed down beautifully
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  • Like many of you I am a multi-crafter. I crochet, sew, knit, spin, and even find a little time for scrapbooking, sculpting, and DIY upcycling (recycling an old item into something new and different). And some of my favorite craft projects are quick and easy little gifts.
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  • Free eBook! 8 Free Granny Square Patterns
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  • If you have never crocheted a pair of socks, now is the time to pull out your sock yarn and hook. Socks are a great travel project, and you can easily have a couple pair finished before the cool breezes of fall arrive. Crocheted socks also make a thoughtful and unique gift with minimal yarn use; the
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  • From Marcy: When I first saw this crochet sample book, with crocheted pieces sewn to fabric pages, I wanted to go straight home and make my own. How delicious is this? Sitting on the coffee table, it's as much a history of a needleworker's life
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  • Stitch guides are a great place to look for inspiration in designing your own crochet patterns. Take a look at the similarities between stitch patterns used in the Fall 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet and the ones outlined in the Harmony Guides Basic Crochet Stitches.
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  • One of joys of crocheting is that we can make garments that are just right for us. We see not just a pattern, but the pattern's potential. Take, for instance, the Peaseblossom Tunic from the Summer 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet. Just lovely, you
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  • From the moment we started trying this tunic on, it became a fast favorite. No shaping is worked in this lacy creation. The negative space of the stitch pattern and inherent give allows the shape of the tunic to mimic the shape of your own body, highlighting your figure.
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  • Some people like the sight of a big pile of dirt—little boys, for instance. They love dirt. But Denver recognizes that not everyone is so inspired by seeing dirt. Thus the Union Station Construction Fence Project was born. The Denver Office of Cultural
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  • Where do you find crochet inspiration? Do you find it in the fashion magazines you leaf through at the supermarket, from your latest issue of Interweave Crochet , or from natural or architecture?
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  • My early issues of Interweave Crochet are pretty well-loved. Marked with sticky tabs, they are showing the signs of frequent page-flipping and maybe a drip of coffee or two. The most worn pages are the ones focusing on techniques. The early special issues
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  • Learn new crochet techniques on Crochet Corner with Kristin Omdhal.
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  • I am All. About. Crochet. 24/7. But that doesn't mean I get to crochet all the time. Like you, I have to balance my crochet time with work time—editing, writing, what-notting. But the projects in the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet were
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  • Another CAL update ...
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  • From Marcy: Kristin Omdahl translates her lovely Florida landscape into exquisite crochet designs. Her latest book, Crochet So Fine , has more than 20 projects—pullovers, cardigan, jackets, capes, shawls, scarves and more—worked in fine laceweight
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  • An icy blast for a hot day.
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  • A little update on our Crochet-Along.
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  • A sneak peek into the next exciting issue of Spin Off magazine!
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  • Crochet as Comfort
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  • Amigurumi is a Japanese art form that translates to crocheted or knitted stuffed doll. We just call them fun. The amigurumi world is filled with creatures of all shapes and sizes. Once you make an amigurumi, you might just get hooked. Here we give you
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  • I am always on the lookout for a great crochet pattern. If you’re like me, you have hundreds of patterns flagged in books and magazines, stuffed in folders, and PDFs stored in your computer. But this weekend I found a few more, and these are quick and easy to find in one place—on the Knitscene
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  • Looking for a nice project to work on while sitting on the porch waiting for a cool breeze? We've got just the thing, over at the second Crochet Me Crochet-Along: It's the Autumn Romance Pullover by Annette Petavy. I've done my swatches &
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  • For the next two days, Interweave has buckets of books on sale, making this a fine time to fill your shelf with crochet pattern books and design reference books. I cruised through the list of sale books and highlighted half a dozen books I love and have
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  • Storytelling: At Interweave we all see ourselves as storytellers, from the moment we choose a submission, to the photo shoot, to the choice of a projects name. The photo shoot is a wonderful opportunity for us to transport you into a story of your own.
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  • Crochet-Along No. 2: The winning pattern for the second Crochet Me crochet-along is the Autumn Romance Pullover by Annette Petavy ( Interweave Crochet Fall 2007). You can find this pattern in the Interweave Store or on Volume two of our new CDs of back
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  • Take a look at some hot summer styles that beat the heat!
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  • Have you struggled to make your amigurumi cute? Like, really cute? Well struggle no more! Howie over at WooWork has kindly broken down the fundamentals of cuteness . C ute-a-pillar , by WooWork on Flickr
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  • Oh, I am soooo excited about our latest crochet treasure! You can now get back issues of Interweave Crochet, all the way from the special supplement in 2004 through 2007, in a two-CD set! All of these issues are sold out, so this is your only opportunity
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  • I am so excited! I just emailed the call for submissions for the Spring 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet. That is how things work in the publishing world; as Spring 2010 draws to a close on June 21st our minds are on the Spring 2011 issue. If you're not on the submission email list, don't worry
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  • amigurumi pixie in the pot 3 , by kasetomomaru on Flick r In case you're feeling a little stuck with your crochet, behold the inspiring work of Japanese crocheter kasetomomaru on Flickr . His work is a great reminder of an unoriginal idea Tom Waits
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  • Motif. Whether you are brand new to crochet or an experienced crocheter, you have probably heard and likely used the term. As I was watching Kristin Omdahl's workshop video Innovative Crochet: Motifs , I was struck by the versatility of this crochet design.
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  • The May Hat almost didn't happen (and please, disregard the fact that it's actually June—it was a late May trip). If it weren't for a wicked band of thunderstorms, I might be telling you that I just didn't have it in me to make a
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  • We've been on quite a few adventures together over the years, dear Crochet Me friends. And now a grand, new adventure looms before me, and I could really use your help. Fire up your imaginations and your bookmarks folder! Here's what's up
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  • I love all fiber sports. And like many of my colleagues here at Interweave, I have admired Interweave products since long before I began working for Interweave. Interweave Knits is a favorite—not least because it was in the Fall 2004 issue of Interweave
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  • Kim Werker chats with us about her Flamie-Award-Winning book Crochet Gifts.
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  • Sometimes, simplicity thrills me. So it is with the crocheted washcloth. There's something so gratifying about starting and finishing a project in a single sitting. Or if you can't take even that kind of deadline pressure—if you're done
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  • Kristin Omdahl's book Wrapped in Crochet (Interweave, 2008) has lots to offer those in search of both innovative and traditional methods for creating fabulous fashions.
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  • Baby crochet patterns are very satisfying! For one thing, they're small, so you can exercise your crochet creativity pretty fast. Moms always appreciate crochet for babies—they know that it arrives with extra love. And if your crochet baby sweater
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  • After I settled in to my window seat on the first leg of my flight to the home office, I pulled out my daughter's version of the Ocean Pearls Cardigan, which we're working on over the in Crochet-Along . After I'd done a row or so, a voice
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  • Sarah and I have been blocking our versions of the Moss Fern Wrap by Kimberly McAlindin ( Interweave Crochet Fall 2009 ). Sarah used blocking wires to block her shawl. If you have these wires, you already know how to use them. If you don't have blocking
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  • Tips for the essential final step to making lace: blocking!
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  • I live in Eastern Time and work in Mountain Time. But really I work in three time zones: Past, present and future. Along with the rest of the Crochet team, I help you enjoy past issues of Interweave Crochet , let you know about present Crochet Me goings
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  • Anyone can Crochet Lace When I first began to crochet, I really wanted to make lace. I love the elegant airiness and lightweight intricacy of handmade lace. However, as a beginning crocheter, I put it off as something to attempt when I got "good
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  • It's a slow-starting week for me; I can't seem to wake my brain up. I hope you're having an easier time of it! Perhaps this will help, regardless. There's a whole Flickr group for Crocheting African Flowers. The pattern is in the discussion
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  • A note from Marcy: For thinkers and threadies*, PieceWork is a crocheter's dream. Tucked in among the lovely projects and textile histories in the magazine, you will frequently find crochet gems. And in the current issue focusing on lace, you don't
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  • Prompted by your questions on the construction of the Forest Petals Shawl and my own fascination with the shawl's playful use of negative space, I pulled out a couple of skeins of yarn and a Tunisian hook and started chaining.
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  • We're working on the Ocean Pearls Cardigan over at the Crochet-Along . Come join us! Here's what I've learned from swatching for this sweater. Here we have a mess o' swatches. At upper left is Misti Alpaca Handpaint Baby Suri Silk . in
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  • Hey, if you haven't heard, we're busy over in the forums making a sweater together. It's the Ocean Pearls Cardigan (it's in the Summer 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet. If you have the issue, fabulous. If not, you can buy it here or buy
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  • With just 10 days until Mother's Day, my mind is buzzing with ideas for crafty Mother's Day gifts to celebrate the mothers in my life. You're probably doing the same, trying to find the perfect gift for your mother and grandmothers, adopted mothers, and the many mothers around us, be they
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  • Last week on the Make and Meaning blog, I wrote about crafting on autopilot – that's how it feels when my hands take over and my mind takes a break. In many ways it's my favourite kind of crafting. It's a special kind of obsession, really
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  • In my mother's drawer of cherished Mother's Day presents are several tissue-paper-and-pipe-cleaner roses and too many sets of napkin holders cunningly crafted from spent toilet-tissue rolls. Also in there are little crocheted doodads, flower pins
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  • We’ve talked a bit about where your inspiration comes from…but now what do you do with it?
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  • Motif projects can be so intimidating because of the whole assembling step. But there's a better way: Joining motifs as you go. No stack of motifs waiting to be assembled. Instead, there's the excitement of watching a project change and grow as you join the motifs.
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  • Yes! For the second year in a row, all you crocheters out there voted for Interweave Crochet as the Best Crochet Magazine. The Flamies are awarded by the Crochet Liberation Front for extraordinary work in crochet—sort of like the Oscars do for work
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  • I love it when Twitter folks point me to links they like. This morning, Dale McGladdery told me about Smashing Magazine's The Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet . Looking through the round-up of lovely crocheted, knitted, felted and sewn things
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  • So, we've been hanging out together for a while now, but we still haven't gotten together to crochet. What's that about? Let's change that. We can't all get together in a room (that would have to be a mighty big room!), but we can
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  • Robyn Chachula was at the front edge of the crochet revolution, making her debut with a pattern on the CrochetMe Web site in 2005. She had two designs in the groundbreaking book CrochetMe: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution (Interweave 2007). In 2008
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  • Tunisian purl stitch, Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian knit stitch, and more. If you haven't tried Tunisian crochet yet, don't wait another week. We've created nine new Tunisian crochet technique videos to walk you through the process.
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  • A crochet scarf may be the perfect project. In addition to being supremely portable, it is an excellent way to experiment with new crochet stitches. And scarves make excellent presents—for yourself or someone else. Here we give you eight free crochet
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  • When last we chatted , I was deplaning with a partially done hat (The Hot Cross Slouch Beret by Jennifer Appleby from our Free Crochet Hat Patterns eBook .) Maybe when you were a kid, your mom would say that if you didn't finish your meatloaf and
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  • As crocheters, we can sometimes spend weeks, months, or even years with a single project. It's just part of the fun. But every once in a while, it's nice to sit down and crank out some instant gratification.
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  • If you've been following the Well-Traveled Hat series , you know that I aim to make use of my "found" travel time to make a crochet hat , then give it away. This month's hat is particularly well-traveled. About my trip out to the home
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  • Last Friday afternoon, my daughter came home and said, “My teacher is having a baby. Can you make her a present I can bring in Monday?” Sure, why not? While I was stitching away though, I thought, “How swell would it be to have a stash
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  • One of our favorite designers, Kristin Omdahl, skillfully wears the hat of crochet expert on the public television show, Knitting Daily TV . Kristin joins us today for a behind the scenes peek at the taping of a fiber filled series!
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  • It's more than an afghan — it's a Chain Reaction! What does that mean? Well, recently, I went to our local blanket-making day for Project Linus, which donates handmade blankets to kids in need, in hospitals, safe houses and traumatic situations
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  • My first opportunity to view the Spring 2010 projects modeled and styled was at our Spring photo shoot on January 4th and 5th. That's right, a spring photo shoot in the middle of winter.
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  • Spring is here! Out in the yard, I see daffodils, as well as purple and white crocuses. Leaves are budding on the tips of branches. Cardinals are chasing each other from tree to tree. But the surest sign of spring is the new issue of Interweave Crochet
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  • If you have ever worked a project in more than one color without fastening of, you know how quickly your yarns will twist around each other and how frustrating that twisting can become. If you are new to working with 2 colors, hopefully we will be able to save you the angst. Here I am working the Lotus
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  • With all of the information on colorwork this week, I thought it would be interesting to explore the technique of changing color, especially in the middle of a row.
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  • I love color. So, it's no surprise that pretty often I pull Kathy Merrick's Crochet in Color off my bookshelf. My copy of the book is festooned with sticky notes (you know those stickies, right? The ones that holler out, “I want to make
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  • Crochet edgings are a quick way to add a finishing touch to just about any kind of fiber project, whether it's felted, knitted, woven or crocheted. Here are a few things to consider when working a crocheted edging.
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  • Are you totally ready for Spring? This has been a long, cold, snowy winter just about everywhere, and I am ready to crochet things that are light and airy and just saturated with sunshine and flowers. We've just sent the Spring 2010 issue of Interweave
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  • In my continuing series of the Well-Traveled Hat , I present the February Hat. I'm all ready with a super chubby yarn called Schulana Grande , distributed by Skacel (100% wool, color 42 turquoise). I'm using a suitably chubby hook, an Addi size
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  • We're all about spinning this week at Interweave Crochet. I just recently began learning to spin. And as I embark on my spinning journey, I appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into one skein of yarn. I have a lovely skein of yarn hand spun by my mother, who has been spinning for 20
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  • Kids, I made a boo boo in my last post. Annette Petavy had actually emailed me with the info about the designer of the Swedish Olympic team's hats a couple of days before I saw Bernadette@Finally Teatime 's comment. In my headless-chicken state
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  • As Hugh McGuire tweeted to me the other day as I collected information about the Swedish Olympic team's hats from people all over the world, " And they say citizen journalism doesn't work ." Posh. Crochet Me's own Bernadette@Finally
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  • It was in aught-four that I first learned to spin. I was writing a newspaper series on the journey of wool from sheep to finished product. Along the way I learned to clean, dye, spin and weave wool, in addition to knitting and crocheting the yarn I made
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  • Mere hours after the Olympics Opening Ceremonies last week, I started hearing from people who want to know more about the hats some members of the Swedish team wore during the procession. I snapped this photo today while walking through Whistler Village
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  • No two women are built exactly the same. We are each unique, special, and wholly unlike any other woman on earth. Normally I would say this is a blessing, but when it comes to creating perfectly fitting garments it can be a curse. Most crocheted garments are designed to fit the industry created normal
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  • My friend emailed me a link to this outstanding TED video of Margaret Wertheim discussing crochet's role in mathematicians' understanding of hyperbolic space and her project with the Institute for Figuring to create a crocheted coral reef . I
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  • Today we're debuting our new free eBook: 6 Free Crochet Hat Patterns: Crochet Hats with CrochetMe . I love hats—both making them and wearing them. The quick and easy styles are perfect for take-around projects. And the engaging patterns are
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  • Felting: it's a word that inspires delight and fear, excitement and apprehension. If you have never felted before, there are a few things to remember, and I'll share some good, felting beginner friendly projects.
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  • So, here's a thing I didn't tell you about the airplane trip : I was not a happy camper until about midway through making that hat (another case of crochet altering one's mood ). Here's the deal: I got up at o'dark-thirty to take a
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  • You'd think giving myself a month to crochet a wee amigurumi groundhog would have provided time enough that I'd finish the project without rushing. Oh, friends. How long have you known me? Surely long enough to know without my stating it that
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  • Here in North Carolina, we're hunkered down awaiting a big snow (we actually spend more time preparing for snow than watching it snow). So I'm all ready to snuggle into the couch and work on a scarf while watching Kristin Omdahl's Crochet
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  • Like many of you, I have begun exploring a series of Tunisian stitches I had never before believed existed. I played with the Twisted Tunisian Simple Stitch when the Aubrey Jacket pattern arrived. The V pattern formed by the stitches is an intriguing texture. Recently I have begun hearing two questions
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  • This is the post in which a guy named Rex continues to exert his influence. On my January trip to Colorado and California and back, I embarked on Hat No. 2 in the the Well-Traveled Hat series. Here I'm all set up with Patons Classic Wool Roving in
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  • Kim Guzman has highlighted, in this innovative classic, one of the greatest advantages of the crochet art form. You can work a crochet stitch into any part of any previous stitch. This virtue can sometimes make a crochet patterns appear more difficult than it really is. Join me as I explore this faux
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  • Hi! I hope you've had a chance to visit the new CrochetMe site and start getting settled in. I know it can be tricky at first. When I first moved into our new house two years ago, I often found myself standing in the kitchen, arms akimbo, wondering
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  • What do you think of the new look? We've had a makeover here at the CrochetMe enewsletter. And even better, we've had a makeover at CrochetMe.com. We have a fine community center at CrochetMe.com. But you know how things get a bit cluttered over
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  • I imagine we have all been there. You sit down in a quaint coffee shop or bookstore, pull out your latest crochet project, and relax as the yarn slides through your fingers and the project forms before your eyes. But as you reach for your scissors to fasten off, you realize they are in another bag or
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  • In the Interweave Crochet Winter 2009 issue , Yarn Spotlight focuses on different yarn options for the Painted Turtle Afghan by Edie Eckman . Here is another yarn option: Silky Mohair Lion Brand Yarn details: CYCA 1 (super fine), .88 oz, 231 yd. 70% super
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  • Last week, Toni told you about the elements of a successful submission to Interweave Crochet >. This week, I'll give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at what can happen to a submission after it's accepted. Sometimes we accept submissions
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  • In today's CrochetMe More enewsletter, I wrote about how a neckwarmer became the fabulous cover ruana. Another garment in the Interweave Crochet Winter 2009 issue that underwent some reconstruction is the lovely Katrina Shawl by Lisa Pflug . Here
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  • Over the years, lots of people have asked me if I know of a way to make decreases less pronounced in amigurumi (those adorable dolls). Unfortunately, I had no tips to give except to work those sc2togs very tightly. But now I'm very pleased to have
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  • Happy New Year! There is something so wonderful about the start of a new year. The world seems to be giving you fresh start, a chance to try something new. January is of course the month many of us sit down and write a list of goals we want to accomplish
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  • I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and the beginning of a fantastic new year. At a time when we take stock of our year and make fabulous goals for the next, I decided to embark on a new hobby. Somehow I am sure that 2010 will have more hours in
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  • TaDa! The Marcy version of the Moorish Mosaic Afghan from the Interweave Crochet Fall 2009 issue is done! I changed up the colors a bit, as you can see. I also left off the triangular motifs, and let the edges follow the shape of the motifs. I finished
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  • Happy New Year's Eve! This has been a whirlwind of a year here at Interweave Crochet. Somehow, between Jan 1 and Dec 30, we produced 85 brand-new crochet designs! (Do you have your new issue of Interweave Crochet? It hit the newsstands yesterday!
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  • So, I set about to do a simple task: Make a Hiking Hat for my sweetie for Christmas. My husband makes a living writing about hiking, biking and backpacking. Even here in North Carolina, he needs something to keep his noggin warm while he's working
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  • Yeah, I frogged it . Stay tuned.
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  • So, I pulled my ornaments down from the attic. I opened one box and found this: It looks like something Tim Burton dreamed up! It's supposed to be a snowflake, something I crocheted, um, a looong time ago. It has several companions, all equally warped
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  • Wow, how times flies. We are gearing up for the Spring 2010 photo shoot even as I browse through the photos from the Winter 2009 photo shoot. It was quite a memorable shoot with wonderful people, fabulous projects, and an indecisive Mother Nature. The
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  • It's that time of year when holiday projects monopolize all of our time. Grandiose, carefully handmade crochet gift ideas fill our thoughts and every spare minute because if you are like me there is never enough time to finish all of the projects
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  • I'm on the second-to-last motif for the Moorish Mosaic Afghan : It's shaping up to be a beauty, isn't it? I peeked at the card for the final motif. It changes color every round. A fun one to end on! How are your motifs coming along? Marcy
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  • Boy howdy, people! The Winter issue of Interweave Crochet is so stuffed with great designs that it's hard to know where to begin. It seems best to start with that fabulous Sunset Ruana on the cover. This Tunisian entrelac design by Sharon Falkner
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  • The inspiration for this blog came from a guy named Rex. On the last leg of my October flight, from MSP to RDU, I was scrunched in the middle seat. The window seat was still vacant moments before they closed the door. Hope springs eternal. Then a tall
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  • So while I've been considering your nearly unanimous advice to leave my granny square blanket as is (you do know that a pillow out of a different colour won't match the blanket, right?) (yeah, I'm leaning toward starting the blanket over)
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  • I'm chugging right along on Lisa Naskrent's Moorish Mosaic Afghan from the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet. Look here: Only four more large motifs to go! I have several small squares motifs to work up, but a road trip this weekend should
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  • I love when the new project samples for each issue of Interweave Crochet appear at the office. I wore the Pink Lady Scarf for at least 2 hours before boxing it up to send to the tech editor. A couple of weeks ago, I spied a beautiful rose beret on the
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  • There is a certain wonderful danger to working in the Interweave building. I have read access to all of the samples of all of the projects featured in the recent issues of Interweave Crochet , Interweave Knits , Knitscene , and all of the special issues
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  • A few enewsletters ago, I gave tips for finding small bonus projects in the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet . One of the projects was doing the first few rounds of the Leaf Peeper Hats and turning them into coasters. Well, the time has come to give away
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  • So I got it in my head a few weeks ago that it would be fun and relaxing to make a giant granny square out of some lofty super-bulky wool yarn I had around. I gathered it all up and found I had around 500 yards of the stuff: one skein each in grey and
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  • Happy Thanksgiving! To celebrate this day of abundance, I'm giving you a present—thanks to a 13-year-old boy who learned to crochet little scarves for Beanie Babies. Here's the story: Shortly after my last enewsletter, about scarf patterns
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  • In our Thanksgiving Crochet Me enewsletter—What? Are you still not getting this weekly trove of tips and techniques? Sign up now—I tell about a reader who wants to make a scarf for his girlfriend. The scarf he wants to make is the Retro Striped
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  • Looking for a few stash busters that make great, quick gifts or elegant gift or accessory for the holiday season? The possibilities are many and varied, calling for anywhere from 1 skein to 4 skeins. And each issue of Interweave Crochet continues to add
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  • Cables, crochet cables! I love the texture and homey elegance of crocheted cables. I have admired them from afar, played with creating cabled swatches for work, but never taken on a crochet cabled garment or accessory. I figured it was about time to jump
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  • Just can't get enough of the Moorish Mosaic Afghan ! I have about a dozen more motifs to do (one is partially done). But, since I have limited yarn here in Colorado (curses again on not packing more yarn!), I decided to start putting the motifs together
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  • Dudes. I am so busted. For a little context, first read this blog , where I extol the virtues of a little yarnwork to soothe frazzled nerves whilst on an epic travel day. Where I talk about I finished up four motifs for the Moorish Mosaic Afghan . So
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  • It's presstime in Loveland, which means this editor hit the road today. Sock-it-to-me fog in Raleigh, NC, and snow in Denver conspired to make this a challenging travel day. Lots of delays and cranky co-passengers. The delays were unpredictable and
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  • Here in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, folks wear scarves mostly as fashion accessories. In Colorado, folks wear scarves to stay warm. So I discovered when I went for the Winter photo shoot in early October, when the Front Range had an unreasonably—er
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  • In today's CrochetMe More enewsletter, I allow as how I don't have a crocheted scarf to call my own. I'm working on fixing that. Look: This scarf began life as a swatch for a project in Interweave Crochet 's forthcoming winter issue (Wait
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  • A French woman who owns a company that provides tailoring and stitching work to high-fashion houses is suing Chanel, alleging they stole one of her company's crochet designs. Carmen Colle filed the suit over four years ago and it's just going
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  • I am a crocheter obsessed. When it comes to crochet projects, I often eagerly take on a project. Then it falls by the wayside in favor of another new project. It's a hazard of the job. There was every chance that the Moorish Mosaic Afghan by Lisa
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  • Check this out. Etsy seller WhiteFly casts actual vintage lace in sterling silver, then molds it into a bracelet cuff . Start saving your pennies now. (via @etsy )
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  • I have begun my countdown—so many gifts to make and so little time until they need to be mailed or delivered. I want gifts that can be completed quickly but that don’t look like quick projects but like a gift of my time. With the cold winters
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  • It is that gift-giving time of year again, when I pause and remember all of those people who are dearest to me—parents, siblings, grandparents, and close friends. As each new issue of Interweave Crochet arrives and I leaf through the pages I tell
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  • Sometimes a hat is just a hat. Sometimes it can become coasters, too. And in a sweater, you might find a scarf lurking. What's all that about? Well, if you've leafed through the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet, you probably noticed the special
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  • Last week, Kim Werker wrote about some cool wall art: Framed doilies . So, I thought I'd introduce you to my dining room walls. It started with a ball of sangria-colored thread, a copy of the Harmony Guides Crochet Stitch Motifs and a bit of stress
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  • Choosing a Variegated Yarn They create color variation and patterns spontaneously without the need to physically change skeins of yarn. As I began playing with different variegated yarns for this week’s newsletter, I began exploring a few of the
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  • Crocheting with Variegated Yarn I love variegated yarn, the way the colors morph into each other, and combine or contrast in the stitches. I recently received a copy of Kathy Merrick’s new book, Crochet in Color: Techniques and Designs for Playing
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  • maya*made's doily display is about the coolest wall art, ever. [via Modish ]
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  • A couple of weeks ago, I was at a B&B in Edenton, N.C., chatting with a quilter I'd just met. She was thumbing through the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet (yes, I just happened to have a copy at breakfast ...) She was saying she really couldn't
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  • In this week's enewsletter, we talk with Lisa Naskrent about her design inspiration for the Moorish Mosaic Afghan , featured in the fall issue of I nterweave Crochet . The brilliance of this crocheted blanket is that every motif is worked in a different
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  • Sister Diane just linked to these potholders by Flickr user amorabrancasilvestre . See? Even potholders can be outstanding. It's been a long time since I've felt so inspired! UPDATE : The pattern for these is free. It's called the Starburst
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  • Maybe you, like many readers, were taken by the Spice Market Tunic in the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet . Then you scanned over it and got as far as tss FwP . What's all that about? It's about Tunisian crochet. It bears a striking resemblance
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  • Tunisian crochet. When I saw this fantastic fabric for the first time I was, well I guess I’d say I was hooked. There is something about the uniqueness of the fabric that fascinates me. That first garment was the Bam Boo Cardigan from Fall 2007
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  • In the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet , Yarn Spotlight focuses on cottons and what each kind is best suited for making. The swatches are worked in the delightful wattle stitch. Here's a bonus review: Hope worsted weight Kollage Yarns , 100% organic
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  • So, here's a cool thing to do today: Bloggers and Interweave authors are opening their studios for the first-ever Open Studio Virtual Online Tour! You'll find details and a full list of participants here . Be sure to check out the studio of crochet
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  • Have you seen the Fortune Cookie Bag in the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet ? Very clever, I think. And the size is just right for a wallet, phone, keys. But maybe you want to carry a little more—or less. Here are some options. Bigger and smaller. When
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  • We hope you've had a sneak peek at our new Fall projects . We're pretty excited about the collection and hope you are, too. Our goal, as always, is to give you that feeling we know so well—discovering a project that you're just itching
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  • It's that time of year again. The preview for the Fall 2009 issue is up, and I can finally share my excitement over these creatively inspiring projects. As I helped find the perfect necklace to accent the rich orange and elegant Tunisian pattern of
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  • The morning of the photo shoot dawned crisp, cool and a little bit foggy. I had, unfortunately, not taken the time to check the weather, but the day before had begun cool and quickly warmed to a sizzling 90 something degrees. Erroneously assuming today
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  • Lea Redmond does some pretty nifty things with words over at Leafcutter Designs . After mastering the feat of creating the awesomest tiny letters people can have customized (I gave one to my husband on our last anniversary), she's turning her attention
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  • Just because you have a blanket doesn't mean you have to use it. Apparently, it was cold in Melbourne, where Cate appeared at the opening of Screen Worlds at ACMI Here's the story . If you're thinking of trying this at home, consider first
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  • Editor's Note : One of the things I love about designer Kathy Merrick is that she has energy to spare. A few weeks ago, we gave you a preview of her pattern in Crocheted Gifts by Kim Werker. This week, we give a preview of her new book, Crochet in
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  • So here's a curious thing about that purple crochet hook . The pattern for the project I'm working on recommends an H / 5 mm hook. The yarn I used recommends a knitting needle size of 5-6 or 3.75-4 mm. Frequently yarn balls give only knitting
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  • Today, I'm in the garden doing this: In the washer is a crocheted wool bag felting itself. How about you? Do you have any crochet in your weekend? Marcy
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  • Have you ever tried tapestry crochet? With this technique you can create anything from simple motifs to elaborate images using multiple colors. Tapestry crochet usually involves only single crochet, so it is accessible to a beginning crocheter. One key
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  • While I would love to see one, I have never seen a ball of yarn large enough to create an entire sweater or a skein with perfectly placed color changes, so you never have to join a new ball of yarn. When I first learned to crochet, I didn’t know
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  • OK, I've been back in North Carolina for a week now, and I really didn't mean to leave you hanging about the whole hook thing . But I came right back to bonding with my computer and working on three more issues of Interweave Crochet. So, here's
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  • Check out this awesome crochet desktop background from Dudecraft . He's giving it away for free for personal, noncommercial use. Because he rocks! "We make our own," indeed.
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  • A really nice stitch marker is a good thing. Sure, you can use a paper clip or a piece of string, but a hand-crafted beaded stitch marker makes the whole process of creating crochet even more pleasant. Crochet markers can do lots of things: mark the beginning
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  • OK, I'm heading back into the air tomorrow. Wish me & my crochet hook luck. I have on hand none of the fine tools you recommended, but I might be able to whip up a crochet chain to wear it. And, yes, I could just tuck it into my crochet bag—which
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  • As I have written these last few newsletters, I have begun to appreciate the beauty and functionality of the stitch diagram to a greater level. For anyone who is just joining us, here is a brief refresher. A stitch diagram is essentially a picture of
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  • Today (which I'm assuming as you read this is Tuesday, 25th August, since I'm writing this so late on Monday) we're going to have a live Twitter event with lots of the designers from the new Crocheted Gifts book. I'll start out asking
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  • A shout-out to the folks in Rows 20-24 of AirTran flight 301 from ATL to DEN for helping me avert a in-flight near-disaster. The story really starts last month, when I was traveling to Colorado for the Fall photo shoot (I know—it’s something shooting
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  • OK, so I really did update you on my life last week. But then my blog was eaten (insert little sad emoticon here). But, as it happens, my life this week looks a lot like the blog I posted, so I can show you what I'm still doing: I'm filling in
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  • Note from Marcy: We love the new book Crocheted Gifts by Kim Werker. We love it even more when we get to hear the story behind a project. Kathy Merrick joins us today to tell us about the Swirling Bag, one of four projects she designed for the book. Even
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  • Two weeks ago, we scratched the surface of working with stitch diagrams, which is essentially a picture of a crochet pattern. In a stitch diagram, each stitch is represented by a character. The characters are arranged so that you can see the order of
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  • I miss you all when I'm sitting here working away, without time to talk to you. So I've decided that rather than starting up a conversation every week, I'll aim to have a little chat every day or two. I'll just let you know what I'm
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  • Balbinka the guinea pig in a crocheted hat. There are no words. Click over to pyza*'s Flickr set for more. [via Cute Overload as pointed out by @avgjanecrafter ]
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  • I've been working the Shawlette in Chains by Kristin Omdahl from Crocheted Gifts by Kim Werker. Here are a few more tips: For the first tip, I drew from a quilting technique called, actually, chain piecing. You use it to sew together a series of shapes
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  • My relationship with fiber began with crochet. I had a long affair with quilting, then knitting. I enjoyed dalliances with spinning, weaving, and felting. We're all still friends. So, when I recently faced a challenge with my first love, some of my
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  • In this week's enewsletter, I talk about learning how to do the most basic crochet stitch–chaining–all over again in order to make the Shawlette in Chains by Kristin Omdahl in Crocheted Gifts by Kim Werker. I'm using laceweight for the project
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  • In this week's enewsletter, I'll be writing about finding the right tension for making chains. If you're not signed up for the enewsletter, just click on the brown rectangle over to the right of your screen. Then come back Thursday for more
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  • In which I transform a UFO to an FO, with the help of Harmony Guides: In a recent enewsletter, I fessed up to creating a great swath of purple fabric that thought it wanted to be a sweater before I stashed it in the Denial Drawer. When I recently unearthed
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  • Can you believe that I have been crocheting for 15 years, and I have never made an anigurumi? I know, I can’t believe it either. If you haven’t explored the abilities of CrocetMe, I would suggest browsing through the pattern section. You can
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  • ... what on earth do you do with yarn? I know many of you live in places where summers are hot . I live in a place where summers are mild . Which makes this record-breaking heatwave we're having out here in the Pacific Northwest an unusual and, frankly
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  • Learn to Read Crochet Stitch Diagrams Crochet is a wonderfully creative process. Because you usually have only one working loop, you can work your next stitch in several different places. Of course, this marvelous feature can make writing or following
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  • Maybe you're not like me. Maybe your gauge is always spot on and the vision you have for your garment works perfectly. Maybe you don't have a box of false starts and “Good golly, what was I thinking?” portions of garments. Maybe you
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  • If you're anywhere near Sheboygan, Wisconsin, before the end of the year, make sure you visit the John Michael Kohler Arts Center to see Xenobia Bailey 's crocheted art. Faythe Levine snapped these photos today. Oh, to be able to see the exhibit
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  • I take after my mother in many ways. Whenever she tries a new recipe, she always follows the recipe instructions faithfully the first time. But then her mind fills with ideas for customizing the recipe, whether for practical purposed or personal taste
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  • A wonderful friend of mine found out a few months ago that she is pregnant. Squealing with excitement at the news, I began thinking of what gift I could make for the new little one. In a stroke of perfect timing, I received an advance copy of Crocheted
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  • One of the behind-the-curtain wizardries of the magazine is selecting yarn colors for projects that are harmonious without being all matchy-matchy. Our in-house color expert provides a palette. Then I select yarns that work best for both the project and
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  • Another Idea for My Project Notebook In last week's newsletter I extolled the virtues of a crochet project notebook. I'm a fairly recent convert to the project notebook, but I'm hooked. Recently I found an old pair of sandals from several
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  • I love to tinker with my crochet: length, waist shaping, bust shaping. And, if I'm not altering a pattern for a better fit or greater utility, I am creating my own designs in my head. Unfortunately the alterations or designs all too often stay in
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  • After a month that started with a long trip and ended with five days of festivities for our friends' wedding, I'm only now getting back into the swing of my normal daily routine involving things like email, blogs, well-timed meals and normal sleep
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  • When I was in Manhattan a few weeks ago I was delighted to come across the "9th Street Fence" guerrilla knitting project at the PS122 Gallery at 150 1st Avenue. Crocheted webs and knitted tubes adorned the wrought-iron fence that was surrounded
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  • WPI: If it sounds like so much crochet alphabet soup to you, don't worry. I didn't know what wraps per inch (wpi) meant until a couple of years ago. Now I figure wpi for all of the yarns used in the Interweave Crochet patterns. Along with the
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  • For several weeks, we've been exploring this notion of where to put the hook to create different textures. Working in the back loop only (blo) produces a dense-looking fabric with a ridged appearance and quite a bit of vertical stretch. Working front
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  • Today we wrapped up our discussion of crocheting in the front loop only (flo) and back loop only (blo) to produce different fabrics. This washcloth features a stitch that utilizes both the front and back loop of the same stitch to create a sturdy fabric
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  • Hey crocheters, Our Summer issue of Interweave Crochet features a beautiful summery pattern, Dolores . This is a great summer piece, easy to layer over a tank or swimsuit. It's made up of Solomon's Knot, which is a lovely, lacy stitch that works
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  • Wimi had a blast checking out the yarns and people at TNNA . Here's a little bit of what she saw. Here with her new Peruvian crocheted friend, Smith, Wimi is under the spell of a new acquaintance. She declined the offer of a beer, but regrets that
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  • Wimi is napping (girl needs her beauty sleep). Soon, she'll post her report from TNNA.
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  • For each issue of the magazine, we bring the garments to life during a photo shoot. The photo shoot is one of the craziest and most gratifying few days of a magazine's production process. By this point I have seen the pattern and likely tried the
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  • A few weeks ago, we introduced our discussion of just where to put the hook to make fabrics with variable stretch and appearance. Inserting the hook under both loops of the stitch produces a sturdy fabric suitable for a variety of projects. But inserting
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  • Have you ever found a pattern that instantly intrigued you? You immediately set about finding the perfect yarn in the perfect shade, and you could just envision the completed project. Settled into the perfect crocheting location, you dug through your
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  • You all have the best ideas! I asked you what button to use for the cardi and you chose -- no buttons! So I made ties: I attached the yarn at the top of the body, right under the motif yoke. I chained 50, made a 3-stitch bobble in the second chain, then
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  • Here it is! My version of Kristin Omdahl's Forest Flower Pullover, from the Spring cover of Interweave Crochet . The surprise is that it's a cardi! (You can't see this all that well because Peggy Sue there is a few sizes smaller than I am
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  • In our past few enewsletters, we have shown you how to take your measurements and read a schematic, then compare those figures for a perfect fit. We talked about darts and side shaping to make the waist and hips fit. Now, let's say the 38-inch bust
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  • I'm in the final stages of putting together the Forest Flower Pullover by Kristin Omdahl, featured on the cover of the Spring 2009 Interweave Crochet. I started this way back in April , but you know how things go -- projects pop up that you just have
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  • In our enewsletter, CrochetMe More, we're exploring what happens when you crochet in the back loop only (blo)or front loop only (flo). (Not getting the enewsletter yet? Pop over to the right there and click on "Get Our Enewsletter") Working
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  • I'm in love with this series of crochet-covered sea stones by Margaret Oomen . It's such a lovely juxtaposition. [Photos by knitalatte11 ; found via some stream of clicking beginning with a tweet from Sister Diane ]
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  • You're just itching to crochet that sweater, but the waist is too big and the bust is too small, even though the hips are just right. What to do? Well, because of our earlier enewsletters, you have your measurements in hand and you've compared
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  • The seasons have changed, but we here in Colorado seem to have jumped directly from Winter to Summer. My wardrobe has performed the same leap from snowboots and wool socks to sandals and skirts. The wool and alpaca yarn has temporarily been tucked into
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  • Because of my work in the industry, I've considered crocheting and knitting to be my primary hobbies for a long time. Really, though, I've been a fiction reader since I was a kid. I pretty much always have a book on the go. I've envied people
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  • In our CrochetMe More enewsletter, we have started a series on where to put the hook to create different fabric effects (if you're not signed up for CrochetMe More, head on over to the right side of your screen and click on "Get Our Enewsletter"
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  • A lot of newbie crocheters are confused about where exactly to put the hook when they're making a stitch. It's a great question. Even experienced crocheters can learn a little something about it. Where you put the hook when you crochet makes a
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  • A little while ago, I wrote about a couple of baby hats I made especially for twin boys. To help Mom & Dad out, I crocheted their initials and attached them to the wee loops at the top. Well, those babies keep coming! I made a little hat for a baby
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  • Little thread, tinier hooks, wait let me find a magnifying glass. I love crochet lace. The delicate intricacies of the stitches and patterns of lace drew me to this exciting art form when I was a child. One of my first projects was a doily. The stitches
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  • We're still hooked on this loopy topic of where to put the hook. A couple of weeks ago we saw how crocheting through the back loop only makes a ridged, stretchy fabric that is really outstanding in the Big Bow Cardigan . Crocheting in the front loop
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  • Designer Kristin Omdahl loves math. I do not love math. This difference creates a perfect match. Math is the foundation of some really smart patterns that produce really lovely results, but I want someone else to do the math. That's where Kristin
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  • Flickr user Inger Carina 's caption to this photo of her lace-crochet work is, "For the record; I don't like guns." I love the juxtaposition of fine lace and firearms, and I imagine it's a meaningful one whether you're a fan
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  • Hey Gang! Welcome to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Wimi is on a quest to find fiber. She was intrigued by the Carolina Thread Trail, but it turns out that was something entirely different. She was all gaga at the big buildings: And here at the newly
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  • Apple, pear or tomato? Sounds like something you'd find in the kitchen, not descriptions of body types! And does it really matter what type you are? All you want to do is crochet a garment that fits. Let's learn how to take proper body measurements
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  • In my latest sporting venture, laceweight meets heavyweight. Specifically, I was sitting in the bleachers watching the women from Carolina take on the women from Duke in lacrosse. Facing a laceweight deadline (really, there are so few jobs in which one
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  • Two weekends ago my mother braved the unpredictable Spring weather to drive down and visit me for the weekend. My love of creation through fiber was first fostered by my mother, so we had to plan a trip to at least one of my LYS. My mother chose Shuttles
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  • When we launched the CrochetMe More enewsletter a couple of weeks ago, we asked you to fill out a survey so we could get to know you a little better. One thing we asked is why you crochet. More than half of you crochet for creative fulfillment. Well,
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  • A couple of weekends ago I spent a few days in Portland, Oregon. There to see the west-coast premiere of Handmade Nation , the documentary about the indie craft movement, I ended up enjoying the best crafty weekend in the history of my life. After touring
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  • Hey, fellow crocheters! Some of you are already receiveing our swell new enewsletter, CrochetMe More. Designed to make your crochet life even more fulfilling, the weekly note gives news you can use as well as tips and techniqes to help you learn even
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  • He's about average size with rather short, floppy ears; black button eyes; a pert, pink nose that rarely twitches; and a cute little vest. Sir Stephen is an easy amigurumi pet in most aspects. He joined the Interweave Crochet family with the Summer
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  • Have you got a good idea for us to cover in the CrochetMe More newsletter? Let us know at our forum . See you there! Marcy
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  • I love linked crochet. I can't explain it, but there's something about the stitch that simultaneously slows down and speeds up the process. The linked treble stitch, for instance, takes longer to make than double-crochet. But when you're done
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  • This is the first of our weekly eNewsletters, designed to help you stay up to date on happenings on CrochetMe and Interweave Crochet . If you are already a member of CrochetMe, you know about the interesting forums where you can chat with other crocheters
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  • What inspires you to begin a particular, spectacular pattern? I find inspiration everywhere. Maybe it's a picture in a pattern book or magazine, a stunning top I catch a glimpse of when I am strolling downtown or trolling the internet, perhaps it's
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  • Last week we taped the third season of Knitting Daily TV, and in between segments, chatting, snacking, knitting, and crocheting, I took some photos. This season will start airing this coming summer. Have any questions about what goes on behind the scenes
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  • Hi! Sorry we missed one another for a few days last week because of our technological sabbatical. It's good to get back into the crochet chatter! This week we'll be launching our new eNewsletter. Look for it to arrive in your mailbox this Thursday
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  • Hi! I am so excited to begin blogging on CrochetMe and sharing my adventures in crochet with you. I have been crocheting for about 15 years, first teaching myself to crochet while sitting in my parent's living room. My mother is a very competent knitter
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  • Hello All! So glad to be aboard here at Crochet Me! I'm looking forward to a long and happy friendship both online and in print as editor of Interweave Crochet. And let me just say: Yes, I do crochet! And I knit and spin and weave and bead. And I
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  • I think cozies are dumb. I like things to look like what they are, even if what they are is a roll of toilet paper propped on the lid of the tank or an ugly, worn out vacuum cleaner. If I'm going to crochet something useless, I want it to be useless
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  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is coordinating the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF). Their website is fairly dry and totally fails to excite, but I heard Linda Cortright, the editor of Wild Fibers magazine, speak
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  • DSCF0408 , originally uploaded by jillvedge . No words needed, eh?
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  • Last night I picked up a crochet hook for the first time in weeks, and it felt very, very good. When I was at the TNNA trade show a couple of weeks ago I scored a few skeins of one of my favourite yarns: Blue Sky Alpacas Mélange, a 100% baby alpaca, super
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  • First there was the crocheted hyperbolic plane , then the coral reef . Now, crochet finds its way into the study of human biology in the form of " anatomically correct fabric brain art ." Artists Marjorie Taylor (a developmental psychologist
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  • This is a transcript of the recorded interview . Kim Werker in her Jayne Cobb Hat Kim Werker : Ok. We're recording now and I'm here with Joss Whedon. I'm Kim Werker from CrochetMe.com. So, Joss, Captain Hammer—four sweater vests, really
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  • The rivalry between knitters and crocheters is "an age-old war, like the vampires and werewolves," Joss Whedon told me. If only I'd known he knew that when I was preparing to speak with him last month. Now I'm just left wondering why
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  • I have some huge, exciting news! CrochetMe.com has been acquired by Interweave . As most of you know, I have been working at Interweave for the last couple of years as editor of Interweave Crochet . The sale of the site is not related directly to my work
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  • What would it be? Let me know by 5PM Pacific Standard Time tomorrow (Thursday, 13th November 2008). If I—*cough* "hypothetically" *—have a chance, I'll pick one or two to ask. * I don't consider anything to be certain, and that's
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  • Over at Interweave Crochet , we've put together a free e-book of gift patterns just for you, and just in time for holiday gift-making. Read more about it my Knitting Daily post . I hope you enjoy it!
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  • Your winning bid on fabulous knit and crochet designs can help 1,200 Rwandan women buy yarn, learn business skills, create 100% sustainable knitting businesses and raise their incomes up from less than $1 per day. Items made by favourite designers are
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  • We're in Cleveland this week taping the second season of Knitting Daily TV . I've been Twittering and tumbling from the studio today, posting photos and wee audio clips (ok, just one clip) from our first day taping. You can subscribe to the feed
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  • How are you celebrating? Julie posted a great round-up of festivities .
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  • Lansing, MI, here I come. Sandwiched between the next taping for Knitting Daily TV and the Folio Show , I'll spend a day at Threadbear Fiber Arts launching the Fall '08 issue of Interweave Crochet . We'll have a trunk show, and I'll talk
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  • Artist Kristina Wong needs our help, and it's help that should be pretty easy to give. Why? Because all she needs is for crocheters and knitters to send her an unfinished project we know we'll never finish. Here are the deets, in her words: Your
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  • Just gotta say how totally in love with the internets (and with you) I've been this week. So. much. fun. If you're looking for an update, I don't have one yet. But word about Whedoncraft is spreading, and even touched down in the mainstream
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  • I'm so not letting this Whedoncraft thing go. So to add some fuel to the fire, I made myself a Jayne hat last night (crocheted, of course, which isn't so true to the knitted original but sure is true to trying to catch Joss Whedon's attention
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  • Knitting Daily TV is starting to air in some locations! Your local public television station (in the U.S.) might not pick it up today, but check your listings to see if it'll start in the next few weeks. I'm so excited!
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  • Kids, CrochetMe.com—nay, the entire online crafts community—needs your help with something that could be so much fun, I can't even find words for it. We need you to help us get Joss Whedon's attention. Who's Joss Whedon? We know
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  • It's that awesome time of year again: Interweave's having its hurt book sale ! Hurt or overstocked books are 50-75% off until July 18th. Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution is among them, at 50% off. Won't you save a copy from
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  • Tonight I got an email that's left me doubled over laughing. I can't sleep because I keep giggling. I could send another reply to the inquirer and ask about the context, but I thought it might be a fun creative exercise to throw this open to the
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  • Tomorrow evening— Monday, 23rd June at 9pm Eastern (that's 6pm Pacific, so I won't even be sleepy)—I'll be on Mary Beth Temple's Getting Loopy call-in podcast show. Have a listen, wontcha? And call in with questions. I've never done
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  • Well. Will the bad blogger please stand up? No, sit down. It's me. Yikes. To push through the shame and guilt, I'm taking a figurative deep breath and this is what's spilling out of my feverishly typing fingers all at once: Anyone going to
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  • An update in three parts. Part the First You've perhaps noticed some inconsistency in our server upage in the last few months. I've discussed it here before. The good news is that we've put our finger on the problem; the optimistic news is
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  • Save the Date : Thursday, May 29, 5:30-8pm Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Residents' Dining Hall 800 South Halsted Chicago, IL The book launch includes an official book-signing event and runway presentation featuring the designs from Double Stitch
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  • It's no secret here that I'm a sci-fi fan. As such, I occasionally read the blog of best-selling author John Scalzi . Recently, he posted a few of his favourite Amazon.com 1-star reviews of his books, and discussed that, really, he's okay
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  • Author and crochet designer Mary Beth Temple (look for a design from her in the summer Interweave Crochet ) has started a new Blog Talk Radio show about crochet . Her first guest is Amy O'Neill Houck , and the show is really great. Check it out!
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  • Looks like a new online crochet mag is in the works, to launch on 15th June (the editor is already writing a blog ). I'm psyched to see so much more online crochet content in the works!
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  • Knitting Daily TV Taping - Overview : kpwerker What a week! It's amazing what an evolution five days can involve. I posted all sorts of photos from our Knitting Daily TV taping on Flickr , if you want a pictorial overview. The show will start airing
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  • Crochet flowers - Myosotis sylvatica : LISUI's Ok, I lied. I'm not in Ohio yet. I'm up early in an attempt not to be terribly jet-lagged tomorrow morning. I'd thought my flight today was super early, but I was wrong. So I just set my alarm
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  • Preparing : kpwerker Consider my Icelandic Turtleneck in a bowl after washing evidence of my impending trip to Ohio for Knitting Daily TV taping. My nails are done, my hair is coifed (which shouldn't be taken too literally—my hair: I do not coif it
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  • Model Citizen Scarf WIP : kpwerker Not much to say today. Just a pretty picture.
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  • In the last couple of months, this site was down about a handful of times. Each time it was for an understandable technology-related reason, but taking a higher-level perspective makes the inconsistency in service frustrating and unacceptable, and I can
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  • I don't really use Facebook all that much, but given it's the greatest thing since sliced Myspace , I thought it would be fun to create a Crochet Me page there, so all y'all can become a fan and then—I don't know what. What do people do
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  • MY BOOK! : skamama Hugs to Julie —CrochetMe.com designer and tech editor extraordinaire—whose second book, Uncommon Crochet , is coming out next month! I had the pleasure of receiving a galley of the book a few months ago, and I'll reiterate here
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  • Crafting 365 - Day 56 : thomcatdesigns Check out Cme member craftnerd 's Super Mario Bros. blanket-in-progress (as found on our forum ). I hear the doot-doot-doot song in my head just looking at it! She made a Space Invaders purse, too! As for the
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  • A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking to Marly of the YarnThing podcast. She brought up several topics including what I'm looking to accomplish through Interweave Crochet , how the submission process works, CrochetMe.com , and more.
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  • I'm unplugging for the weekend! It doesn't happen often, and I'm looking forward to it (with, you know, that kind of gnawing trepidation that precedes such things). To honour the event, a question for you. Leave a comment with the following
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  • UPDATE : The preview of the Spring 2008 Interweave Crochet is up. I hope you enjoy! Kids, I missed CrochetMe.com's fourth birthday! It was two weeks ago. Happy birthday to us! Also, I'm over a third-of-a-month tardy in shouting out National Crochet
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  • I'll believe it when I see it (or, more realistically, when people tell me about it), but it looks like Microsoft will make the next version of their dreadful web browser web-standards compliant . That's right, Internet Explorer 8 is going to
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  • Ok, so it's not a huge number of links. But they're good ones. Wishing it were Saturday already (heh), our favourite admirer of the day wrote quite nicely about crochet on her blog. From there, I discovered that none other than the Yarn Harlot
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  • At long last, dear readers, I'm ready to blog all about my recent travels. I was delayed a bit by my aforementioned food poisoning and going to press on the spring issue of the magazine (the former did not make the latter very easy for my colleagues
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  • Greetings from Colorado, where I'm trying my hardest to think straight after being sicker than I've ever been. On my newly sophisticated diet of Gatorade, chicken soup, and tea, I'm plugging along preparing the spring issue for press. All
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  • I've never been to Minnesota, so it's pretty surreal that the twenty-four hours I'll spend there this weekend will mostly be spent in a hotel and a huge mall. Tens of thousands of folks are expected to come to the huge event , and if you're
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  • south park afghan finished : sukigirl74 What's open in my Firefox tabs today? Here's what's open in my Firefox tabs today: This hilarious Tunisian crochet South Park afghan (above). I wish they were looking at each other, a la The Brady Bunch
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  • Yesterday, the folks over at the Lion Brand YarnCraft podcast interviewed The Friday Night Knitting Club author Kate Jacobs. To follow up on the theme of social crafting, they gave a shout-out to several online yarn communities, including this here one
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  • Slate's Green Lantern column yesterday tackled the question of the relative e-friendliness of purchasing a wool sweater vs. a cotton t-shirt . His coverage is just as relevant to the question of yarn. He glosses over a lot, but this piece is a great
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  • breakout pillow 01 : jackrabbit.etsy.com My favourite video game, ever. Christine of jackrabbit.etsy.com rocks my world!
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  • Oh, man am I on a finishing kick ! Back in April of last year I was overwhelmed with excitement for the Crochet Me book . As such, I printed out a heavily marked-up copy of Chloe Nightingale 's Icelandic Turtleneck pattern, ordered a bag of Rowan
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  • Boteh Scarf : kpwerker The high from finishing my ripple blanket last week coupled with several consecutive days of sunshine has put me on a project-finishing spree. Behold, my finished Boteh Scarf [Ravelry]. In my continuing quest to champion crochet
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  • Fin. : kpwerker Started: 27th February 2007 Finished: 16th January 2008 All odd balls from my stash (or, yeah, added to my stash in the last year). 5mm hook. It's slightly wider than a double bed, and long enough to cover me comfortably from neck
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  • So, TNNA . As always, Clara Parkes has written up a great recap over at Knitters Review. My take can be summed up in four points: Yarns are trending lighter-weight, which is great news for crocheters. Lots of new DK and sport weight yarns are coming out
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  • Did you see it? I missed it. Want to make one? The so-called BICO baby/toddler cardigan is a very popular first-garment project since it's so simple and small, and I know for sure it's an adorable and quick project cuz I've made one and loved
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  • I'm heading down to the TNNA trade show this morning, for three days of non-stop yarn action, chatting with fab crochet professionals, a class I'm teaching on crochet in the LYS*, and new boots that make my heart sing (and don't make my feet
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  • Boteh Scarf : kpwerker I lied a little yesterday when I updated my last post to say I'd fixed the RSS feed problem I'd inadvertently created. I didn't mean to lie. So. Now I'm pretty sure the feed is fixed, and I'm also pretty sure
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  • Have I ever mentioned how dark winter is in Vancouver? Beyond being a wee bit North, although far south as far as the rest of Canada is concerned, the cloudcover is brutal. I think it's out to get me. I've had a bugger of a time getting work done
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  • I hate resolutions. I prefer to let time pass and then look back to see what sorts of funny new habits I formed. 2007 was a year of habits I'd prefer to break. Although I see no particular problem with starting crafts projects and never finishing
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  • Ah, the holiday season. I still have thoughts to crochet or knit gifts for my in-laws, even though I know it's practically impossible for me to do so at this point, even overlooking the wee detail that Hanukkah is well underway. As things are shaping
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  • Seriously. For how else would I miss KnitMap ? What a brilliant site!
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  • The book tour, she is over. And what a delight to wrap it up at Unwind with Cecily ! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember this lovely woman's name. She was really jacked up about crochet, and her enthusiasm was totally contagious
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  • Well, kids, I've just had a surreal experience. It's not because I'm sitting in a frustratingly-perfumed hotel room in Burbank as I write this (really, what's up with "deodorizing" a room with perfume? Gag ). It's because
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  • The fabulous Sandi asked me to write a guest post on Knitting Daily today, and I took the opportunity to very loosely gloss over one of my major talking points this season (and to show a couple of sneak peeks from the winter Interweave Crochet ). From
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  • Doug & Gordo , originally uploaded by kpwerker . I made these guys so long ago and couldn't post them that I forgot to post them when the book came out! Der. So, meet Doug (green) and Gordo (blue). These guys are a good study of gauge, as each
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  • It's been a long time since I fell victim to such a thing, but I lost my long, grand blog post about the second part of my Denver trip to a pesky doesn't-automatically-save blog tool and my thankfully-now-finally-replaced-because-it-was-on-its
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  • As usual, it would seem, I am behind. And as usual, I think my excuse is valid, and I hope you'll agree. After having such a fun time in Portland last weekend (I suppose this is now considered two weekends ago, really), I flew to Denver, whereupon
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