It’s that time of year again! Time for the 3rd annual KT and the Squid Crochet-a-Long! In 2015 I came up with this idea of a garment Crochet-a-Long. The goal was to guide crocheters or many skill levels through a garment that was not only easy to make but easy to wear. I’m still in shock when I look at how many of you have made these sweaters!
The most amazing part is reading what you’ve you said about the process. Yes, several of you ended up making a garment for the first time but I can’t tell you how many people have told me how much more it’s meant to them. One person in particular let me know how one CAL helped her heal after loosing her mother. It got me thinking about my love for crochet and the amazing healing power it has. A few months ago I asked members of my Facebook group to pick ONE word to describe how they feel when they crochet. Then, I took the words and made this graphic.
This little word cloud makes me so happy and there’s not one word on there that I don’t feel when I crochet. Don’t you agree!? Overall when I crochet I feel love and that brings me to my inspiration for this year’s design. Love. Like in past years I wanted to design something that was simple, easy to make and a great fit. This is all you can see for now but I promise it wont disappoint!
I will tell you it’s a pullover and you’ll LOVE that there is no seaming!!
This year the pattern will be available for purchase only BUT with the pattern you also get a bonus PDF to serve as a step-by-step tutorial as well as access to my exclusive group where I’ll be to help if needed.
You can purchase the pattern HERE and if you buy before the big reveal next week (Aug. 30, 2017) you’ll only pay $1.98. After that the price will go up. NO CODE NEEDED. If you act fast not only will you get the special pricing but you will also get to see the big reveal early in the exclusive group!
Did you know it’s National Crochet Month!? This year I am participating in Crochetville’s 2017 NatCroMo Blog Tour! The whole month has me thinking about my evolution as a crocheter and designer.Be sure to scroll down for my sale info and giveaway!
Back in college I completed my very first crochet project. It was a HIDEOUS granny square blanket. It’s poorly made and hurts my eyes but you know what? I love it! I like to take it out (because I don’t dare use it) ad look at how far I’ve come. We all start somewhere, right? It’s not like you just pick up a hook and automatically rock it out. Well, if you did then we need to talk. I think we can all learn a little something from our past experieces so here are 5 things I learned from my very first crochet project.
1. Yarn weights matter.
When I made this blanket I actually had no idea there was such a thing as different yarn weights. I just grabbed whatever yarn I had the most of and decided to go for it. Turns out some of the yarns were a thin dk and some were a thick worsted. Those weights do not jive so well together and some of the squares are different sizes because of it.
2. Block a test swatch even if gauge is not important.
Another thing I didn’t know about was gauge! I had no idea what it was. I knew there were different sized hooks but wasn’t really sure why…I know right!? But we were all there before! The problem with this blanket is the squares stretched way out making for a very open stitch. Not exactly what I was going for. Maybe the hook was just too big, I’m not really sure but and quick blocking would have seen this stretch coming.
3. Color theory may not have been a bad idea to look into…
Just look at it…Like the yarn weights, the colors don’t really jive. While all the colors alone aren’t so bad once you put them all together they aren’t so nice.
4. Learn to weave in those ends!
This is the main thing I really regret not doing properly. I’m ashamed to say it but I simply tied knots and snipped the ends…Yeah, not so good. The reason I can’t use it is because it’s falling apart and it break my heart because as ugly as it is I’m actually proud of it. I have a simple video HERE if you’d like to see how I weave in ends now.
That brings me to #5!
5. Finishing a project feels amazing!
I had taught myself to crochet a few years before I finished my first project. I’m sure you can relate. I started a million projects but never finished them. I worked really hard on this ugly thing and snipping that last piece of yarn (even though it was too short!) felt really good. I try to keep that feeling in mind every time I thing about putting another WIP into my timeout pile.
Hope you had a wonderful Crochet Month! To celebrate the ending of the month ALL patterns will be 40% off through April 3rd. No code needed click HERE to start shopping!
This elegant shawl was designed for Yarnbox’s February 2017 Classic Box. The construction is simple and a great intro to working short rows. First, the trim is made then the body of the shawl is added by working in short rows.
Well, another year has come to a close. I have so many things to celebrate this year both in my personal life and in my professional life! I hope you had the best year you could and if not I hope 2017 is much better.