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  • Despite the foot of snow we were just buried under, it is the budding trees and warm weather that makes me think of blankets and afghans. During the winter I gravitate towards hats, cowls, and mittens I can quickly whip up and wear. The warm weather allows
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  • Motifs, whether they are square, circular, octagonal, or granny, are the building blocks of crochet. You can join them to create sweaters, shawls, bags, scarves, and more. I love crocheting motifs, but I dislike joining stacks of them. This last step
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  • Crochet tops, sweaters, and cardigans aren't just for cold weather. We have compiled eBooks from several of my favorite designers to share with you some fun and unusual crochet patterns that illustrate their individual view of the possibilities of
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  • The combination of structure and lace, I love crochet motif projects. For smaller projects, I sometimes enjoy crocheting stacks of motifs and then joining after I am finished. These are perfect travel projects. But for something larger than a small purse
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  • We haven't seen the last of snow and freezing temperatures here, but I caught my first glimpse of spring flowers a couple of days ago. It was a tiny pansy peeking out from brown foliage; its brilliant purple and yellow colors representing the optimism
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  • The weather might be warming up in your area or you may be getting ready for the next frigid blizzard (the weather can be so fickle this time of year), but it is always the perfect time to start on your next crochet afghan. Whether you are creating a
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  • When I was first introduced to Tunisian crochet, it was the traditional Tunisian simple stitch that I learned to crochet with. Then I moved on to Tunisian knit stitch and Tunisian purl stitch. All of these stitches, when used exclusively or in conjunction
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  • Lauren Sweater with single crochet ribbed collar. A recent blog on knitted ribbing has prompted questions on crochet ribbing. While some crocheters do still work knitted ribbing on their crochet projects, crocheted ribbing is gaining popularity and can
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  • Interweave Crochet Spring 2014 features 20 projects to welcome warm weather. From scarves and wraps for the cooler end of the season to lacy tops and tunics to ease in summer, you'll find the right project to crochet. Learn the best way to hold your crochet hook, and then explore techniques from
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  • Every crocheters needs several drawers of crochet bags . That's my story, and I'm holding to it. You really do need a different bag design for a trip to the market, an afternoon of shopping, or a special evening out. Or at least that is what I
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  • The world blanketed in a fresh blanket of frozen white, the way the sunlight sparkles like off each unique crystal, and the crispness of the air: these are the reason why I love winter sports. In truth I participate more in snowshoeing and sledding than
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  • We all need a crochet beanie with a bit of spunk in our collection. You know, something that is fun or colorful or architectural or just plain silly. These hats bring a smile to everyone's face, including our own, while keeping our ears and heads
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  • A eye-catching crochet accessories can take an outfit from pretty to wow! Add a pop of color, a bit of bling, or a conversation starting piece with some simple crochet pieces. In our new free eBook, Free Crochet Accessories Patterns for Crochet Headbands
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  • They are the perfect fashion statement for fall, winter, and spring temperatures. Small and quick, they are the perfect accessory on which to learn a new technique or stitch. They are the perfect easy gift. And most importantly for me this week, crochet
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  • Winter's cold temperatures have left me evaluating my winter accessories. While I could always use more hats (they are just so fashionable), I realized I need a couple of cute pairs of crochet gloves . Something that is light enough to allow me the
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  • We have said goodbye to 2013 and hello to the New Year. I am so excited to begin 2014. It is so full of goals, dreams, possibilities, and new crochet patterns. Crocheted accessories, sweaters, Tunisian crochet designs, and innovative patterns and silhouettes
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  • With patterns equally at home at a log cabin in the mountains, a fabulous coffee shop in New York City, or any place in between, Yumiko Alexander's new book, Rustic Crochet , utilizes cunningly simple stitch patterns and modern silhouettes to create
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  • Moorish Mosaic Afghan What can I say about 2013? It has been a crazy year full of moments I never want to forget and days I am glad to leave behind. I am sure many of you could say the same thing. But it has been my crochet that has remained constant
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  • When the weather turns chilly, there is nothing like slipping on a warm pair of socks or slippers. In the last few years, sock crochet patterns and slipper patterns have increased in popularity. With this resurgence, designers have created patterns using
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  • Whether you are looking for a quick gift, fast addition to your wardrobe, have the perfect skein of yarn you can't wait to use, or like projects you can begin and finish before growing bored, you will love single skein crochet patterns. In an effort
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  • As I walk down the street or to my neighborhood coffee shop for a warm cup of hot chocolate, I am reminded how much digital has become a part of our lives with cell phones, tablets, iPads, and computers. But I love the feel of a book or magazine in my
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  • "Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse The stocking were hung by the chimney with care . . ." ~Clement Clarke Moore Okay, wait a minute. I sure hope I don't have any mice,
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  • Crocodile stitch, shells, and a gorgeous superwash wool yarn. Yes, I am in love with the Icarus Shawl by Tracey McCorkle . The combination of lacy openwork stitches, light-weight yarn, and 3-D techniques creates a shawl that is reminiscent of the wings
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  • This holiday season make sure there is gift perfect for you! Check out these fabulous offers from our partners and click on the link at the bottom to enter our Great Holiday Giveaway! Each winner will receive a present ($25 minimum retail value) from
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  • Have you ever started a complicated lace project or textured Tunisian crochet design and found the written pattern confusing or difficult to follow? When you are trying a new crochet technique or working on a complicated shaping design, sometimes you
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  • The smell of freshly baked goodies and the warmth of laughter are in the air. We all have our favorite holidays and our favorite parts of these celebrations. Crochet add another layer of warmth and individuality to holiday decorations and infuses a love
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  • The next time you decide to add crochet jewelry to your collection, make sure you take a stroll down the bead aisle. Bead crochet is very popular. The sparkle of seed beads or a pop of color with a bold glass bead will elevate your crochet accessory.
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  • Are you still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Perhaps you need a gift for a fellow crocheter. Or you could forward this email to someone who might need suggestions for your own holiday gift. Kristin Omdahl joins us today to share her top gift ideas
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  • Tunisian crochet burst back onto the scene about five years ago. The historical patterns for this traditional technique are sparse and primarily utilize Tunisian simple stitch. But the possibilities are endless. In Interweave Crochet we have delved into
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  • If you have not yet entered the world of Tunisian crochet or you are ready to follow that path a little deeper into the world of Tunisian cables, garments, and more, I would strongly recommend downloading Tunisian Crochet with Dora Ohrenstein . This video
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  • Heating bills are rising and the holidays are just around the corner. I, like you, am feeling the pinch. That's why I am excited to share this very special sale with you. We are offering hundreds of digital magazine issues for just $2 each! I have
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  • All of my first crochet hats were topped with pom poms or braids. When beginning hats from the crown down, I usually used slip stitch to join chain into a circle and then worked round one into the circle or worked the stitches of round one into a single
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  • I'm very excited to introduce you to our newest digital eBook, One-Skein Crochet Projects . Why am I so thrilled? I love single-skein projects. In fact, the majority of the pieces I crochet are created with one skein or, for colorwork projects, two
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  • Interweave Crochet Accessories 2014 is just bursting with all types of crochet goodness and techniques. Below is a bit of a Crochet Tip Blog Round-up, chock full of great advice that will help you with your projects! Felting: The Winterbloom Bag is perfect
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 which more yarn becomes more things.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amigurumi! They are adorable and addicting. They are the perfect project for a beginning crocheter or an experienced crocheter who wants to use up a little of that leftover stash yarn. Crochet amigurumi refer to any crocheted doll, including adorable
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  • My favorite piece of office "equipment" is a pair of crocheted fingerless mitts. The office here at Interweave is a gorgeous bank building, circa 1928. It is inspiring to work in, but some of the offices can be a bit chilly. So a collection
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  • Combining the sparkle of beads with the beauty of crochet, beaded crochet is a fabulous technique for crocheters and beaders alike. If you are new to bead crochet, there are a few tips that can make your experience easier and more enjoyable. Crochet expert
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  • Crocheted mittens and fingerless gloves are a favorite crocheted accessory or gift for many crocheteres. Whether it is a thick thrummed fabric, felted stripes, or rows of single crochet, crocheted mittens are the perfect cold weather fashion statement
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  • Are you ready for more crochet techniques, yarn tips, and gorgeous projects? KDTV producer Annie Bakken joins us to share some of the tips, tricks, and how-to segments in the upcoming 10th series of Knitting Daily TV . — Toni Robyn Chachula and
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  • Are you looking for the perfect crochet accessory to keep you warm and cozy this winter? Crochet socks and slippers are the perfect way to keep your own feet toasty and are always a welcome gift. If you are looking for a crochet pattern, the Crochet Me
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  • There are a few crochet stitches out there that prompt exclamations of amazement and the baffling questions of, "How did they do that?" One of those stitches for me has always been the bullion stitch. This intriguing stitch creates spirals of
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  • When Tunisian crochet first reappeared on the crochet scene several years ago, I was instantly hooked. The gorgeous thick fabric that could be created with Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian knit stitch, and Tunisian purl stitch was perfect for warm garments
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  • On Monday, I shared with you a few of my New Year's Resolutions. We are just two days into 2013, and I have already added a new resolution. This year I am going to crochet sweaters that fit. I won't just make them in the right size, I will modify
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  • Tomorrow begins the New Year. Over the past year I have finished my first ever full sized crochet afghan-I don't know what took me so long-and really jumped into crocheted cable projects. For 2013, my crochet resolution list is growing faster than
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  • Thread, wire, and fine yarns shine as they are fashioned into crochet jewelry. Quick and easy crochet bracelets, earrings, or necklaces are also the perfect warm weather accessory or gift option. In this free crochet eBook, I have gathered a sparkling
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  • If you have ever tried to crochet using a vintage crochet or knitting pattern, you understand that it sometimes feels like someone went in and removed every other word or sentence. The instructions can seem difficult to follow if you have never worked
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  • Greetings, Crochet Friends! How goes your holiday stitching? I'm popping in to the blog just before I head out for my family holiday celebrations both far and wide. I don't know about yours, but my own hook has been flying at WARP SPEED the past
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  • Today is December 12, 2012 or 12/12/12. This day only happens once every one hundred years. As I pick up my crochet, flip through a brand new pattern PDF on my computer, and visit my LYS with it's shelves of yarns from all across the country, I wonder
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  • Kristin Omdahl had done it again. Her newest book, The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders , is a brilliant collection of edgings, ideal for crochet sweaters, afghans, shawls, and more. Kristin has included a broad variety of edging crochet
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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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  • Traditionally crochet has been a favorite craft of choice for fiber enthusiasts who want to create stunning blankets and afghans. The height of many crochet stitches make crochet afghans and baby blankets quick projects-when compared to other methods
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  • Have you tried any of the clones lace motifs from the Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 through Fall 2012? I know people who have created stacks of these delicate motifs, and I can't wait to see what they create. But if a shawl or garment created entirely
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  • Daily I am reminded of the things in my life that I have to be thankful for. Not least is my ability to crochet and the opportunity to create beautiful and functional crocheted garments and accessories. With this gratitude comes a desire to help those
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  • With the approaching holiday season, I have two things on my mind, handmade crochet gifts and jewelry. I love to accent a simple holiday ensemble with a bit of bling. So, with jewelry on the mind, I am creating December's free eBook. This free collection
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  • Socks, hats, scarves, jewelry, bags, and more—I love to make crochet accessories. They are fast, a great way to learn a new technique, and the perfect handmade crochet gift . Brett Bara's newest book, Clever Crochet Accessories , is full of
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  • We see a crochet pattern and fall in love. Then there is the excitement of finding the perfect yarn in the perfect color and starting the pattern, watching the shape, texture, and design unfold. And finally the exhilaration of wearing the finished garment
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  • I started crocheting as a teenager. At the same time, I tried my hands at knitting, but two or four needles were too confusing for me. Years later I again picked up a set of knitting needles. I had fallen in love with several projects that beautifully
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  • When I think of fall, I think of crisp weather, leaves that turn to golds and reds, and fashion. Yes, fall is my favorite fashion season—the crochet hats , the scarves, and best of all the sweaters and jackets! This is the time of year when you
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  • I still remember the click and clack of my mother's typewriter. It was an old, antique cast iron typewriter that, as a young child, I couldn't carry to the table by myself. I was in awe of the crisp, clean pages I could create, but it was nearly
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  • It's finally here! Today is I Love Yarn Day! Time to break out the gifts . Okay, I adore yarn every day—just take a quick peak in my craft room—but I'll gladly take a special day to celebrate my yarn addiction...I mean love. So how
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  • Beanies are my go-to crochet project. They are the perfect project for a single skein of luxury yarn or a collection of stash yarn. They make fabulous gifts and sensational accessory pieces. These versatile crochet hats fit close to the head and are easy
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  • With snow in the forecast, I am pulling out my winter crochet projects-you know, the ones that cover your lap and keep you toasty warm when the temperatures drop. My favorite fall and winter patterns are crochet afghans. I love to crochet them and then
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  • Gift giving season is right around the corner, and I am knee deep in my favorite part-picking the perfect pattern and yarn for each gift recipient. I know there will be moments of stress as I race the clock to finish the last few gifts, but I love the
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  • "The rules of color theory don't interest me as much as experimentation and picking up colors and swatching and turning them into something that excites your eyes." — Kathy Merrick. Babette Blanket Kathy Merrick is my color idol. Her
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  • Tunisian crochet is much more than a fascinating new crochet stitch. 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 a crochet technique
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  • I am excitedly putting together the next Crochet Me free eBook. This one will feature crochet beanies. I must have at least five or six beanies at home, simple crochet hats that I can grab to keep warm on a chilly fall or winter day. The process of choosing
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  • Thank you all for your amazing quotes! There were so many wonderful suggestions-some were funny, others were poignant or inspiring. ChricketH@2 suggested, "Crocheting is like therapy, nearly as expensive, but much more satisfying." I agree on
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  • Right now I have two crochet sweaters at home in pieces. The idea of seaming and finishing them seemed daunting, until I began working on Interweave Crochet Present A Step-By-Step Guide to Garment Construction ebook. Now I am excited to start. Blue Ridge
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  • This special issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories has more than 50 brand-new projects. A festive section is designed especially for the winter holidays, with a tree skirt, garland, snowflakes, a plush dreidel and more. Explore a new-to-you technique: broomstick, Tunisian, tapestry, cables, threadwork
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  • I am so excited! The bite of fall was in the air this morning, and you know what that means-hats, scarves, and sweaters. But the cooling temperatures of morning and evening and warm sunny days are not yet ready for bulky wool and dense fabric, so why
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  • In the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet , in the New & Notable section, we featured some lovely fabric printed all over with crochet stitch diagrams. Those are actual crochet stitch diagrams from actual Interweave crochet patterns. And the
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  • With the creation of websites like Ravelry and Etsy, it has become easier for crocheters to market their own designs and finished products. Products can be easily found and sold to customers around the world. But living in the United States and selling
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  • How many of you have found yourself bored, with nothing but a piece of paper and a pencil? Now I would fill the pages with crochet pattern designs and stitch diagrams, but during a particularly boring semester of statistics in college, I filled pages
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  • Crochet bags are the perfect summer accessory. They won't cause heat exhaustion, even if they are crocheted with 100% wool. They seamlessly transition to fall and winter. And because you don't have to worry about whether they will fit or not,
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  • What is crochet lace to you? Is it a delicate edging or an elegant shawl? Is it worked in tiny thread or lace-weight alpaca? Crochet Shawl in Omega Pattern, Weldon's Practical Crochet Second Series I am currently fascinated by the lace crochet patterns
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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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  • The detailed crochet patterns we now enjoy are a fairly new development. The patterns for many vintage crocheted items, if they can be found, provide only a list of stitches and sparse instructions. Picking up one of these patterns and using a hook and
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  • Kathryn Vercillo, aka the Crochetblogger, recently put together a list on her blog, Crochet Concupiscence , of the 10 most popular crochet patterns to buy online plus 16 more people love. I have to say my fellow crocheters have very good taste. The assembled
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  • I am always on the lookout for the perfect crochet top for year-round wear. It needs to be something that can be worn with a tank top, short- or long-sleeve shirt-and I love a garment with an interesting stitch-pattern or construction. In this free crochet
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  • Here in the United States, today is a day of celebrating our nation. In honor of the red, white, and blue, here are some great free crochet patterns from Knitting Daily TV to keep your hook busy. Stunning Crochet Shawl Woman's Hairpin Lace Shawl Crocheted
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  • Every year at about this time in the summer, I love going on weekend architecture & home garden tours or visiting historical homes to see how other people adorn their homes, landscape and of course their craft room. I am always on the lookout for
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  • Several years ago, I became fascinated with historical, handcrafted accessories. Many of these accessories were lovingly crocheted, knit, or woven for special occasions. But all of this work was simply a canvas for incredible embellishments that were
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  • Details behind the sewn projects in the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet .
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  • They aren't exactly a technique, and I wouldn't call them a stitch pattern. Individually they are rarely an entire project. Crochet motifs are probably crochet's most famous design. The Granny Square is a crochet motif, and many motifs are
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  • I have been in a bit of a house organization mood lately. Last week my living room was the target of my cleaning madness, and I spent a couple of hours going through my bookshelves. It really should have taken only an hour, but who can resist paging through
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  • Crochet shawls are the perfect year-round accessory, and the ultimate universal-wear garment—one size fits all! They can be worn with everything from blue jeans to evening wear, and are great for cool summer nights, or to have on-hand for an overly
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  • My summer is quickly filling with road trips to visit family and short vacations. You know what that means, lots of time in the car. But I don't mind, because traveling in the car translates to hours of uninterrupted crocheting time. It is the perfect
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  • I love learning new crochet tips and techniques. Over my years of learning to crochet, I have been fascinated with Tunisian crochet, obsessed with motifs, and searched for new construction techniques. I have gathered a few of my favorite how-to blogs
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  • A few days ago, I posted a comment on Facebook about how many babies I needed to crochet gifts for this summer. Well I have yet to make any progress. Berry Baby Hat by Chloe Nightingale Goldilocks' Hat by Marty Miller Many of you also commented that
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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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  • 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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  • Crochet a circle and felt it to make—hey, what is that thing?
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • You know how sometimes you're getting to the home stretch of a reeeeeally big crochet project, and then the yarn arrives for your next project, and you can hardly stand to finish the old project before you can start the new one? Crochet shawls do
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Check out three yarns perfect for your next pair of crocheted socks.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • An unlikely hook case
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Join us while we crochet the Dahlia Shawl!
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Baby crochet patterns are so satisfying! Who can resist those tiny garments and crocheted accessories? Moms always appreciate handmade gifts , tailored specifically for their newest addition, and these little projects provide opportunities to experiment
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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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  • It takes tools to learn a new technique. We have those!
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Crocheting for a good cause makes the world a better place.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Send us your cutest amigurumi!
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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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  • 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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  • Free eBook! 8 Free Granny Square Patterns
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • In yet another bulleted blog post, I'm catching up on a couple weeks' worth of chewy crochet bites. Fifteen-year-old Elena Stefania Ferrari of Beverly, MA was awarded first place in the Knitting/Crochet category of PieceWork Magazine's Excellence
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  • Oh, boy. Isn't it great that writing a blog is so easy? So easy, and occasionally in such a vacuum that a post can end up not at all communicating your intent. In a stunning absence of clarity and utilizing my full force of ambiguity, it seems I didn't
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  • In keeping with The Law of Conservation of Blog Verbiage, this post is long enough to make up for almost two weeks of no blogging. I broke it up into three parts in case you need to take a break as you go. Part I: TNNA Picture this: five yarn fanatics
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  • The legalities surrounding use of creative works are both necessary and controversial. Contrary to some people's impressions, the rules are not clear cut; contrary to those of others, the rules exist for good reason. Because laws of copyright and
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  • I'm tempted by the Knitting Olympics , kids. And I need your help to decide whether to join in. Please pipe up. Here's the deal: I'm attracted to undertaking the challenge to knit something in only 16 days. I may be a slacker at completing
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  • Lots of informative comments have been left on my post about categorizing patterns and articles , and one topic has come up that I'd love your further feedback on -- difficulty ratings. As you know (if you notice these things), the patterns in the
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  • I lurve crochet designs in nifty shapes. Check out Missa's Clutch at Knit Pixie . It's simply adorable.
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  • At an insane hour tomorrow morning I'll be catching a flight to Las Vegas. Then I'll catch another flight to Burbank, CA. Why should you care? Because I'm going there to meet seven of the designers whose talents have graced the pages of Crochet
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  • The academic journal Mathematical Intelligencer has published its first crochet pattern. What's it of? Chaos, of course! From PhysOrg.com: It is not often that a serious mathematics journal contains a crochet pattern, but the current issue of the
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  • Hellloooo! We've noticed that a bunch of folks have included Crochet me in the list of blogs they read. Now, we never really thought of Cm as a blog per se, and are in the process of making much more of a magazine out of it, but we like the idea of
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