Pattern pages updated

When I first got this new site up and running I was also in the middle of a TON of things. So much so that I left a lot of pages to be done later, with only place holders on them. The pattern page was one of those.

After hearing from my fabulous webmaster that I was getting a lot of hits on my pattern pages, I realized I needed to get a move on for putting it together. So, I did. I spent this morning putting together all my photos and links and other stuff to get the pattern pages together.

It’s not as pretty as I’d like it, but that’s what my fabulous webmaster is for. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got the info in there, so now he’ll be able to pretty it up soon.

So, if you want to check out the patterns I have in my Fibers By Tracie line and purchase the PDF downloads, you can find them all here on my Patterns main page.

Coming soon, my full portfolio of designs published both here and elsewhere.

Simply Crochet Blog Tour: Blooming Beauty Purse

Yay! I can finally tell you about this! Simply Crochet is now available in print (or you can get a downloadable e-book here).

Simply Crochet

Photo copyright Interweave

This book is jam packed with great patterns from great designers that I am honored to be in a book with. The best part of this book? It’s all about what to do with five balls or less of yarn. Great yarn. Yummy yarn. And, all of us have shared our tips and tricks on how to get the best bang for your buck.

My contribution? The Blooming Beauty Purse. This cute little purse uses only three balls of scrumptious Filatura Di Crosa’s Zara yarn. This yarn was wonderful to work with. Super soft, great color, and crisp stitch definition. I had a hard time packaging it up to send.

Blooming Beauty Purse

Because the motifs are open and lacy, you need to make a lining, but that’s super easy. And it gives you an opportunity to play with pops of color in fun fabric. I used two “fat quarters” that I picked up at my local fabric store. There are instructions on how to do the lining in the pattern. I’ll tell you a behind the scenes secret. Shh, don’t tell anyone else, this is just between you and me. I had my sister sew my lining for me. She has a better eye for this and I was close to my shipping deadline. And then the fabulous tech editor at Interweave worked with my faltering ability to explain what my sister did (and I had a hard time “showing” her what I did with just words in an email…lol) and wrote the directions for the sewing bit so anyone can follow it.

Here, I want to show off how pretty the inside is. I love the fabric. I actually bought four different fabrics (fat quarters are pretty inexpensive so it’s fun to play with) and put each one inside the finished purse to see which I liked best. The red won out.

Lining shot

You know what’s a fun idea? Put a nice neutral fabric on the outside of the lining (the part that will peek through your motifs to the world) and put a bright fun fabric for the inside. Because the lining uses two layers, you can fully customize it. Imagine the possibilities!

The purse is a great take along project. You make the first two rounds out of two of the colors and then later put the third round in the third color and join them all together. So the first bit can be taken with you and then you can sit at a table or in your favorite comfy chair and join them together following the diagram. I’ll tell you another little secret. I didn’t know it would be that shape when I was joining it together. I had in my mind something else and it wasn’t until I joined the last two motifs and stepped back that I saw it was in this great shape. Sometimes happy accidents are awesome.

There are 21 other designs in this book that are all awesome. I’m so honored to be a part of this book. Some of my favorite designers have designs next to mine. This is something that always makes me do the happy dance. This book is chock full of great designs, great tips, and is wonderful for stash busting.

 

Now the fun part! I get to give away a copy of the e-book. This will not be a hard copy. It’s a PDF file that you can take anywhere (I highly suggest Dropbox, especially if you have a smart phone…there’s an app for that and you can carry the book with you!).

Here’s the details for the giveaway! Comment below telling me your favorite tip for saving on yarn. You need to enter by Monday, December 12 at 8am Eastern time. I’ll pick a random commenter from all the comments and you’ll win! Easy peasy. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Did you miss a post on the tour? Here’s the whole list of the tour. It’s like flipping through the book in order!

1 Ball or Less
Dec 1 Iced Ascot by Rebecca Velasquez, http://rebeccavelasquezdesigns.blogspot.com/
Dec 2 Flapper Hat by Margaret Hubert, http://margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com/
Dec 3 Billows of Baubles Scarf by Sheryl Means, http://sherylmeanscrochet.com/
Dec 4 Twist Cowl Wrap by Linda Permann, http://www.lindamade.com/wordpress/
Dec 5 Mystic Cuff by Robyn Chachula, http://crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com
Dec 6 Emma Lace Scarf by Simona Merchant-Dest, http://stylishknits.blogspot.com/
Dec 7 Diamonds and Lace Hat by Linda Permann, http://www.lindamade.com/wordpress/
Dec 8 Neck Lattice by Vashti Braha, http://designingvashti.blogspot.com/

3 Balls or Fewer
Dec 9 Botan Placemats by Marlaina Bird, http://knitthing.blogspot.com/
Dec 10 Tapestry Basket by Carol Ventura, http://www.tapestrycrochet.com/blog/
Dec 11 Blooming Beauty Purse by Tracie Barrett, http://traciebarrett.com/blog/
Dec 12 Nedburt Puppet by Robyn Chachula, http://crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com
Dec 13 Natalie Shrug by Megan Granholm, http://loopdedoo.blogspot.com/
Dec 14 Giselle Vest by Simona Merchant-Dest, http://stylishknits.blogspot.com/
Dec 15 Sidney Cardigan by Robyn Chachula, http://crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com
Dec 16 Annabel Shawl by Kristin Omdahl, http://www.styledbykristin.com/

5 Balls or Fewer
Dec 17 Tallula Baby Top by Marlaina Bird, http://knitthing.blogspot.com/
Dec 18 Amelia Cardigan by Julia Vaconsin, http://www.juliavaconsin.com/
Dec 19 Float Vest, Float Cardigan by Robyn Chachula, http://crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com
Dec 20 Linked Jacket by Robyn Chachula, http://crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com
Dec 21 Dots and Dashes Blanket by Ellen Gormley, http://gocrochet.com
Dec 22 Spa Shawl Top by Doris Chan, Spa Shawl Tunic by Doris Chan, http://dorischancrochet.com/

Lattice Mesh Scarf available

Lattice Mesh Scarf is available as a free download through Ravelry! See the sidebar for the button!

This is a great pattern for using up those skeins of bulky weight yarn you got that leave you frustrated. Can’t see the stitches with that yarn? Not necessary for this pattern. This pattern uses front and back post stitches, giving a warm thermal feeling to this scarf.

Procrastination should be my middle name

I have one button left to make and sew onto Midnight’s sweater. I decided to go with making buttons since I have 1″ bone rings and that’s way easier than going out and spending money on buttons. ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I’ve now included directions for that as well. Anyway, I’ve been goofing off and not finishing this. I don’t know why. I think a lot has to do with the fact that once it’s done, I have to face going over the pattern with a fine tooth comb to make sure it’s right. The way I may do that is simply to make another one.

Anyway, in an effort to continue to slack off, I thought I’d blog (mostly for my own info) the download stats of my patterns from Ravelry. It makes me happy.

For the month of January (starting on the 8th since that’s where the stats start), here are the stats:

Easy Ribbed Scarf: 60 (woot! There was an upsurge after it was mentioned on Crochetville)
Striped Cotton Dishtowel: 69 (This was uploaded on the 14th)
Totally Utilitarian Dishtowel: 21 (Uploaded on the 18th)

I can’t begin to tell you how stoked I am about this. Granted, I would like to see a great number of downloads on my other pattern that is available, but it’s a paid download.

I’m really hoping that the greyhound sweater sells well. It just involved too much complicated pattern writing to offer it for free. I know that a lot of people like free patterns, but this is my income, too. I’m not sure how many more I’ll be able to offer for free. I have this weird line in my head where the free designs are on one side and the paid designs are on the other. And I need to start producing more paid designs. I’m hoping that now that people have seen my writing style they’ll be more prone to buy a pattern. Isn’t that the way we’re all told to do it? I don’t know.

Okay, time to quit goofing off, get the last button done, wake the dog up for pictures, and then work on the pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚

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