Friday, January 25, 2013

Crochet Heart Scarf

Last year CRAFT Magazine commissioned me to design a Valentine's Day crochet pattern.  I designed the Crochet Heart Scarf for them.  If you want the free pattern, click on over.

What I didn't have a chance to show you last year, were all the rejected crochet heart scarf designs.  I shot these photos as I was designing on the couch, so the photos are sort of crap, but I think they prove that I put everything I have into making sure the scarf was everything I wanted it to be ... soft, light-weight, supple (not stiff), and with a recognizable heart motif.

Some of these are sort of cute, but too bulky or stiff.  Some just suck.  All of them were a part of the path for getting to my final design.  I couldn't have skipped any of them.  Not even when I almost gave up and thought, "Hey, why not just surface crochet the damn hearts on single crochet."  Ha!  

In the last photo, you can see in the swatch on the right that at the end I was messing around with the connector thread placement to get them exactly where I wanted them.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Starling Handbag Pattern Now Available in Italian

I can now offer the Starling Handbag pattern in Italian.  The translation was completed by crafteemom (crafteemom on ravelry), who volunteered her time.  I've updated the Starling Handbag Ravelry page and my free downloads page to include the new version.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Starling Handbag Pattern in French and German

I am so excited about being able to offer the Starling Handbag in French and German.  The translations were done by two amazing people, Ambre and Laura, who volunteered their skills.  I've updated the Starling Handbag Ravelry page and my free downloads page to include the new versions.

This is actually part of a bigger project.  I completely redesigned and recoded my free downloads page.  The updated look and feel is accompanied by a completely new delivery engine that should eliminate the problems some people had trying to get my downloads.  

I figured if I was going to release the writstlet pattern soon, I had to update that page to work for everyone or I would drown under  the "I can't get the pdf" emails once it's out. :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Crochet Heart Scarf - Free Pattern

You may have already seen this over on CRAFT's site, but just in case you didn't, I designed a crochet pattern for them ... this cute crochet heart scarf.  

I know I'm not giving you much lead time if you want to make one for V-day, but it's a quick crochet, so you could make one tonight if you don't have anything else planned.  Grab some yarn out of your stash, put on The Princess Bride, and get stitching!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Intarsia Knitting Tutorial on

Woo hoo!  Check out my Intarsia 101 tutorial on CRAFT Magazine's site.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Tutorial: Cloth Napkins

Things in our home sometimes get names that make no sense.  It's a part of our language shorthand that we understand, but when you think about it, is unexplainable.  That weird place is where the name "face cloths" comes from.

These small squares of fabric were made to be used in place of paper towels for most of the things we use paper towels for.  I suspect the name "face cloths" refers to their use as dinner napkins, but I'm just guessing.

They are made from a queen-sized sheet I got at Urban Outfitters years ago during a 50% off sale.  I thought I'd use it as a purse linings, then I thought I'd use it as an actual sheet, but I never ended up using it for anything at all.  I've been saving it to become face cloths, it seems.

Here's the quick and dirty tutorial:

1. Cut cotton fabric into 12" squares.  I used my cutting mat, rotary cutter, and clear ruler.  So fast and easy to cut square with those tools.

2. Trim all 4 corners.  I cut them so the deepest part of the cut was about 1/4" from the corner.

3. Fold over 3/8", then 3/8" again to hide the raw edge.  I just eyeballed this step.

4. Sew a 1/4" hem on all four sides.  I used my fancy 1/4" seam foot for the first time on this project.

We do use them as dinner napkins.  We will also pile unwashed or washed vegetables on them during dinner preparation, or use them as spoon rests, and they are great for wiping all the cauliflower crumbles off the cutting board so you can cut other food without coating them in cauliflower crumbles.

I bought a small $1.50 trash can at Daiso (the Japanese one yen store in town) and put it next to the dirty clothes basket to hold the dirty face cloths.  They don't really get that dirty, though.  Anything supergross that needs to be done still gets done by a paper towel that I can throw away.

They fit in the same washer load as all the towels, so they don't make me do any extra loads of laundry.  So far, I'm really happy with them.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 6

Episode 6 - Finishing touches: three rows of single crochet at the top of the bag and attaching the granny straps.

Here are tutorials for some of the techniques mentioned in this post:

That's everything.  Let me know if you need any help!  And definitely send me pix if you make a Hex Tote.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 5

Episode 5 - Row 4 of a half hex motif when you join it to the tote.

See chart below.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 4

Episode 4 - The first three rows of a half hex motif.  Make 4 half hexes.  

Visit for a magic circle tutorial (for right and left handers).

See the chart below.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 3

Episode 3 - How to join a corner hex.

The two corner hexes are 3 and 17 in the chart below.