New pattern: Circling Accent Pillow

I do a lot of work for Coats and Clark (if y’all couldn’t tell) and sometimes I don’t know when a design I’ve done is going to be available to show you. A month ago or so, I got my copy of the catalog for the Aunt Lydia thread collection and saw two new patterns I’ve done for them in the catalog. The one (Square on Square Table Runner) was posted pretty quickly and I was able to share that with you right away. The other, I had to wait on.

Now, it’s not that I obsessively stalk their site to see when my designs will be posted. Having it as a bookmark on my computer is not stalking. 🙂

But, my persistence paid off yesterday when I found that the Circling Accent Pillow had been posted. (Here’s the Ravelry link)

Photo copyright Coats and Clark and used with permission

I love the way this turned out and how easily it can be customized for your home or any pillow. It’s also the perfect project for summer since all the motifs are made first and it’s in thread. We used four colors (one variegated and three coordinating colors), but I could also see this being made using up leftover thread from other projects. The sample is on a 20″ silk pillow, but you can easily make it for larger or smaller pillows by adding or taking out rows of motifs.

I hope you’ll enjoy this pattern and I can’t wait to see how you customize it for your home.

Also, a few housekeeping things:

1. Next week, I’ll be a stop on Ellen Gormley’s blog tour for her new book. I can’t wait to share this book with y’all. It’s awesome.

2. Late next week I’ll be heading to Columbus, OH for TNNA (a trade show), so I may not post the following week until later.

3. There is a sale going on until June 3rd…spend $10 in patterns and get 10% off the purchase. You need to go through my Ravelry page, but you can do that without signing up to Rav (but seriously, do that already!)….Ravelry page.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Comfort Cables

I am so honored and excited to be able to share this info with you! First, though, some back story….

Last year, I was chatting with some of my designing friends and found out that Pam Gillette, fellow designer and cheerleader of crocheted cables, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. As anyone who’s read my blog for any length of time knows, we designers don’t make a lot of money. So a major medical crisis is terrifying.

We talked as a group about what we could do to show her we were there with her, sending her comfort and thoughts for a speedy recovery. The idea of a comfort-ghan was born. Now, being designers, we couldn’t just make some basic squares. We worked together to each design a cabled square (because of Pam’s love of cables).

We used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (which is my new favorite cotton blend, by the way), and made them in colors she loved (silvery greys and a pale pink to signify her fight with breast cancer).

We weren’t content with just making a blanket, though. Come on, like you expect any different from us? We immediately decided we would write the pattern for the blanket, and approached Knit Picks about selling it through their site. We also decided easily as a group that we, the individual designers, wanted no money for this. We wanted the proceeds to go to Pam. All of them. Knit Picks agreed and we started working on the details.

Patterns written, tech edited, combined, introductions written, and all the photography and graphics were done and sent to Knit Picks. Meanwhile, we had already sent the blanket to Pam and she loved it. We were still sitting on the other information until we had to tell her (Knit Picks needed her info for the sales to go to her).

The pattern is now released and I’m proud to be able to share it with you!

Details:

20 pages
24 cabled designs
$4.99
100% of proceeds go directly to Pam Gillette
Buy it here: Pam’s Comfort Cables Crochet Afghan

Contributors:

Project Coordinator: Tammy Hildebrand (honestly, she did amazing work putting the squares together and doing the edging….as well as keeping us all on task)

Designs By: Tracie Barrett, Angela Best, Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Vashti Braha, Bendy Carter, Robyn Chachula, Doris Chan, Drew Emborsky, Lisa Gentry, Ellen Gormley, Mary Jane Hall, Jill Hanratty, Tammy Hildebrand, Amy O’Neill Houck, Margaret Hubert, Kimberly Kotary, Marty Miller, Annie Modesitt, Diane Moyer, Kristin Omdahl, Dee Stanziano, Mary Beth Temple, Karen Ratto Whooley

Technical Editing: KJ Hay, Kimberly Kotary, Susan Lowman, Marty Miller, Annette Petavy

Graphics and Photos: Amie Hirtes

Introduction: Marty Miller, Diane Moyer

Yarn Support: Knit Picks

Financial Assistance: Dora Ohrenstein

And I’ll close with a few more photos to convince you. 🙂

New online classes!

Time got away from me last week and then Blogger had some issues so I was unable to get this post up until now. My apologies. 🙂

But, I have exciting news! I’m teaching four classes on Crochetville this month!

I’m very excited about this as I think it’s a great opportunity for all involved. I do so love teaching crochet and crochet techniques, but I know that it’s hard to reach everyone out there. While I’ve started teaching on a national level last year, I know not everyone can make it to conferences.

So, if you’ve wanted to take a class from me and can’t make it to the Knit and Crochet Show this summer, now’s your opportunity.

Here are the four classes I’m teaching this month:

Introduction to Felting

Description: Intimidated by the thought of throwing perfectly good wool into a hot bath to shrink it? Want to know how different stitches will react to felting? Just need someone to give you permission to shrink that swatch? Then this is the class for you! We’ll make swatches in various stitch patterns and then shrink them on purpose, making notes of how they change.

    Skills taught during class:

  • Measuring swatches
  • Felting techniques
  • Textured stitches

    Supplies Needed (required):

  • Worsted weight 100% wool yarn in three colors (a light, medium, and dark shade preferably). The bulk of the yarn can be in the light or medium shade, we will only need a small amount of the other two colors.
  • Standard crochet hooks H-J.

    Supplies Needed (optional):

  • Kitchen gloves if felting by hand
  • Zippered pillowcase if felting by machine
  • Small amount of non-felting yarn for optional swatch

This class starts Friday, May 20th and runs for two weeks. The cost is $20. The last day to register is May 23rd, so if you’re interested, click on the link above and get yourself in there! 🙂

Intro to Amigurumi

Description: Are you in love with all the little crocheted figures and toys that are flooding the market right now? Unsure as to how to go about making them? Have no fear! If you can single crochet, you can make amigurumi. In this class we’ll go over the different types of amigurumi, the things you need to make them, where to find patterns, how to make the basic shape, and how to start designing your own.

    Supplies Needed (required):

  • Worsted weight acrylic or wool yarn (Red Heart Super Saver works the best) in a light color
  • G-6 crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors,
  • Small amount of fiberfill

    Supplies Needed (optional):

  • Set of safety eyes

This class starts Friday, May 27th and is one week. The cost is $10. The last day to register is May 30th.

Southern Lights Mobius Cowl

Description: Cowls are all the rage this year, and mobius cowls even more so. Learn how to make this great mobius cowl in crochet without seaming. It looks more complicated than it is. You’ll love making these for yourself and for gifts. We’ll go over how to customize the size for yourself and you’ll also learn how to start a project without having to chain. Pattern included.

    Skills taught in this class:

  • Double base chain
  • Working in the round
  • Making a mobius

    Supplies Needed (required):

  • Approximately 400 yards fingering weight yarn (sample made in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi – 2 skeins)
  • 4.0 or 4.5 mm crochet hook (G-6 or G-7)

This class starts Friday, May 27th and is one week. The cost is $15. The last day to register is May 30th.

Felted Coasters and Box

Description: Simple and quick project using 100% wool to felt after making. Project includes pattern for coasters and a round box for storage.

    Supplies Needed (required):

  • Worsted weight 100% wool yarn (approximately 300-350 yards)
  • H-8 (5.0mm) hook
  • Large bead or button to finish box

This class starts Friday, May 27th and is one week. The cost is $15. The last day to register is May 30th.

I hope you’ll consider some of these classes and I hope to see you there! I’m very excited about this new venture. 🙂 If it goes well, I’ll continue to do this.

Have a great week everyone! 🙂

New Patterns: Guinivere Choker and Lace Cluster Shawl

My utmost apologies for not posting last week. I was trying to get a design out the door and simply ran out of time in my week to get here and post. So, this week you will get two posts (possibly even two today, but I have to wait and see how my to-do list shakes out).

Today’s post is about two new patterns available from me!

The first one is a part of my Fibers By Tracie line. It’s a sweet and relatively quick choker that can be made in any color combination. Have a prom coming up? Spend a bit of time and make a custom choker to match the dress. Wedding? Make one in white for the bride and ones in colors to match the bridesmaid dresses for the rest of the party.

Guinivere Choker
$3.50

I hope that if you make this you’ll share your photos. I recently made one in light purple with clear beads and it was a hit with everyone who saw it. 🙂

Details:
Yarn: Any size 10 crochet thread. You could easily use some of the luxurious bamboo threads out there or even some lace weights.
Hook: C-2
Size: 15.5″x1.25″ before clasp
Other notions: 64 seed beads, jewelry clasp, beading needle to add beads to thread.

My other pattern that’s available right now is a pretty big deal to me. I am in the Summer issue of Knitcircus Magazine! This is a beautifully done online magazine. Love it!

Here’s the cover:

Photo copyright Knitcircus and used with permission

The Knitcircus crew were a delight to work with, their color concept for the stories were beautiful, and the photography? Out of this world.

My design: Lace Cluster Shawl (Ravelry link…you can find my pattern on page 48 of the magazine). This wrap is perfect for summer, even here in Florida, because it’s lightweight enough to not be too warm, but to keep shoulders from being frozen in buildings where the a/c is cranked.

Photo copyright Knitcircus and used with permission

And a closeup:

Photo copyright Knitcircus and used with permission

Details:
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Amalfi (which is a wonderfully luxurious 70% cotton, 15% viscose (rayon), 10% linen, 5% silk blend) approx. 545 yards
Hook: I-9
Size: 60″x15″

I love this wrap and cannot wait to get the sample back. You could also put beads on the ends if you wanted to.

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