Errata: Baby Cardigan WT2154

Ah, admitting mistakes…it’s the one thing we all hate to do. And yet, here I am about to do it.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on the neck shaping for the Baby Cardigan pattern available through Coats and Clark (WT2154) (Ravelry link).

Because a few people had made it without any trouble and when I looked at my notes they matched the pattern, I didn’t think there was a major problem.

Until I promised a crocheter that I’d swatch it up and do a photo tutorial to get through the shaping (hey, I’m always looking for great ideas for blog posts). And guess what? They were right.

So, I’ve alerted Coats & Clark to let them know, but here’s the changes. It’s really quite simple (which is likely how others were able to get this figured out without needing to contact me).

Basically, when you get to the “shape neck” section on the left front, swap rows 5 & 6. That will get your increases at the neckline like they should be, and then you’ll be good to go. When you do the right side, you’ll do the same thing, but with doing the rows the other way (reversing shaping) so the increases are also at the center.

I hope this helps everyone! Again, I’m so so sorry about that! I love seeing the little baby sweaters everyone is making, so I hope this makes it easier for many of you to make some more.

Happy crocheting all!

Spring Sale

In case you didn’t see my Twitter posts (or the post on the Facebook page), I’m having a spring sale!

If you buy two patterns you get one free!

Now, to do this, you’ll need to go here to my Ravelry page (don’t worry if you’re not signed up for Rav, you can see this page regardless), add the three patterns you want to your cart, and then when you check out, the lowest priced pattern will be free.

This goes on until April 23, so don’t miss your chance!

Other things I’m working on?

* Working on a new wrap pattern that will be perfect for proms, weddings, and any other time you want to feel special. This will go out on the Fibers By Tracie line, hopefully in May. The yarn is delightful and sparkly.

* Finishing up class lesson plans and handouts for the Knit and Crochet Show in Minnesota this July. Want to take one of my classes? You can sign up and register for the show here.

* Working on another design for the CGOA design competition in September. It’s turning out just as I saw it in my head and I’m super excited about it. I can’t show any pictures in case the judges read my blog, but once the competition is over, I’ll either publish it in the FBT line or it may get picked up by another publisher. This will determine when I can show pics of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll keep you posted.

That’s all for me for now. As you can see, it’s a busy time here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful week everyone!

Knitting & Crocheting Blog Week: Day Five – And now for something completely different

Day Five!

This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.
There are no rules of a topic to blog about (though some suggestions are given below) but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog. This can take one of many forms, but here a few suggestions:
Wordless, photographic post
This is the one I’m doing!

Stay tuned, I’ll have a post each day through Sunday, answering the prompts given at Eskimimi Knits’ site. If you want to read the rest of the blogs that are also posting, you can do a google search on this term: 2KCBWDAY5. Everyone participating will have that term in their post and you can follow along that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two new patterns out

I’m so excited to be able to tell you about two new patterns of mine that are out now! Both patterns use new yarns and so I get to tell you about them, too!

The first one can be found in Crochet World April 2011 issue. Glitterbug is made out of Simply Soft Party and came about during the Knit and Crochet Show last year. Michele Maks took my amigurumi class and we met afterwards to talk about designs. I sketched this out for her and had it to her a month or so later.

Okay, here’s a picture of the little guy:

Photo copyright DRG

I just love him so much! Let me tell you about the yarn. Simply Soft Party is all the goodness of Simply Soft with a metallic thread running through it. Now, metallic threads tend to feel itchy to me, but this is actually soft. How soft? Well, at that same conference, I had a crocheted chain of it (double stranded) around my neck as a choker for the Dance Party. I never noticed it on because it was that soft.

The other great thing about the metallic thread? It’s the same color of the yarn it’s in. Which gives it a very subtle glitz. I really love it and can’t wait to design a few more things in it.

So, I hope you’ll check out the April issue and give it a try. It’s a great beginner amigurumi pattern. The only sewing you have to do is to sew the legs and antenna on. The body is made in one piece. Oh, and here’s the Ravelry Link.

The second pattern is a great home piece. It’s a quick project and can dress up the little storage ottomans that you can get at Target for under $20. It’s simple to make and works up fast because it’s a chunky yarn.

Here’s a pic:

Photo copyright Coats & Clark

The Granny Ottoman Cover (Ravelry Link) is made with the new Red Heart Super Saver Chunky. This yarn is just as hard working as regular Red Heart Super Saver, but in a new speedy weight. This will be a great yarn for making thick scarves and hats or quick afghans. Or, ottoman covers!

I hope you check out both of these patterns and if you give them a try, let me know!

I should hopefully have a few more patterns to show you soon. I’ve seen them in the newest Aunt Lydia’s catalog (oh, could that mean they’re thread items?) and once they get them up on the website, you will hear about them.

Also, speaking of thread, there’s a CAL over on the Fibers By Tracie group on Ravelry for the Natural Beauty Wrap. We’re running until the end of April because we’re all so busy. I do hope you’ll come on by and check it out and join us! There will be prizes!

Okay, gang, that’s all for this week! I hope you have a fabulous week!

New Design: Red Rocks Wrap

I have been very anxious to tell you about this design. It is one of my most favorite designs (currently) because it came out so well and I was able to do something I’d never done before.

Let’s start with the details:

Image copyright Interweave 2010

Red Rocks Wrap (Ravelry link) in Interweave Crochet Winter 2010.

The yarn is Zitron Noblesse and was incredibly awesome to work with. It’s a merino and silk blend and the tonal qualities of the yarn really made this project sing. I adored working with this yarn and probably will do my best to get my hands on some more. Mmmm.

This is a Tunisian project. But, here’s the thing. Even if you’ve never done Tunisian before, I promise you that you can make this. How can I do that? Because this was my first ever Tunisian project. More on that later.

The wrap is designed to cover your back, shoulders, and front, leaving your arms free. It buttons on the side after crossing in the front so it will stay put while you work or relax. Here’s a view of the front:

Copyright Interweave 2010

This wrap is done with no seaming (I really hate having to sew things together), and uses an 8.0mm Tunisian hook for the bulk of the crocheting, and then an 8.0mm (L) crochet hook for the edging. Six one inch buttons finish off the wrap beautifully. I used wooden buttons that had this neat square cut out in the middle that matched the way the Tunisian simple stitches looked.

The Tunisian simple stitch gives it a waffle effect that makes it very lightweight, but very warm at the same time. It’s perfect if you’re like me and want to stay warm by keeping your core warm. Because it buttons closed, you’re not fussing with shawl pins or clips and can keep working.

Okay, so why I’m so proud of this…

1. I have been trying to do this design for easily two years. I saw a photo in a catalog of a wrap similar to this, but done in very detailed cables (which was my original plan, but I was having trouble making it work). The photo didn’t show the back, so I was having a hard time figuring out how to make it work. Oh, and since the item was $80, I was not about to buy it just to figure it out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. This is also my first adult garment I did sizing on (the Granny Square Shrug I did last year was motif based and I kinda cheated by using different hook sizes to adjust the sizing).

3. Hello, it’s in Interweave Crochet! Yes, I had the Victoria’s Choker Necklace in their Accessories issue. But this is in the regular cycle of the magazine and is a much larger piece. And yes, getting into Interweave was on my goal list.

4. It turned out better than I saw in my head. Now, I’m very lucky that this often happens for me. I can see a design in my head, make it out of yarn (or thread) and am often surprised that it not only comes out like I saw, but sometimes even better. This, though, this blew me away.

5. It photographed way better than I thought. Unfortunately, when I finished the sample, I had no way to try it on a live human. My mannequin was too small (and doesn’t have shoulders or arms which are needed for this) and my niece was a bit too big for it. So I sent it off with a plea to the Universe that it be right. I was very anxiously waiting for the photos to show up so I could see how it worked out. I was blown away by it. Seriously.

6. This was my first ever Tunisian project. I’d dabbled with it in swatches to learn the technique, but this was the first real project I’d ever done. That’s a bit daunting (and probably kinda stupid), but it’s proof that even with no Tunisian experience, you can make this.

So, I hope you’ll enjoy this design and maybe even make one for yourself or as a gift. I’m probably going to remake it for myself since it was really easy (and a great TV watching project once you get the hang of the Tunisian simple stitch).

New patterns in a new book!

I just got my contributor copy of Vintage Crochet for Your Home by Coats & Clark. I have two patterns in this book.

This was a really fun project to work on. I was asked to adapt two vintage patterns into today’s terminology using today’s yarns. I did two kitchen style projects. One was a placemat and glass holder project, and the other was a pineapple hot mat.

The Shell Stripe Placemat & Glass Holders (Ravelry link) is a really quick and easily customizable project. I think this would make a great housewarming or wedding gift done in the recipient’s kitchen or dining room colors. The glass holder was fun to do because I remember my grandmother and great grandmother made glass holders for the families when I was a kid.

Here are my pictures of the project:

The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver in Tea Leaf and Coffee. I have grown to really like these two colors together. The yarn is washable, making it great for a kitchen/dining room item.

A funny thing about why the pictures are separate. When I first did the mat, I did it to the specifications in the original pattern. Only it was too small for the standard plates we have now. So I had to adapt it to make it larger.

The Pineapple Hot Plate Mat (Ravelry link) was another fun project. Thankfully, my little weird quirk of saving bottle caps worked in my favor for this project. I had no trouble gathering 52 metal bottle caps. ๐Ÿ™‚ Believe it or not, this is also a quick project. It’s easy to get into the flow of covering the bottle caps. They’re assembled after all of them are covered. You could also do other shapes by mixing up the colors.

Here’s my picture of it:

Now, the book itself. This is an awesome book. It has a great collection of updated items that many of us grew up with. Maybe I’m just nostalgic this week because I just received a box of items that my late grandmother crocheted (and some of her hooks), but I respect and love crochet’s roots. And yeah, I like my fair share of kitsch.

Oh, and symbol crochet people? There are symbol charts in this book. Wait, let me say that again. THERE ARE SYMBOL CROCHET CHARTS IN THIS BOOK! Okay, did you hear it that time? How awesome is that?

The photography is stunning, the write ups are great, and I can see a bunch of patterns I would love to make (you know, when I have spare time). There is also a very detailed “how to crochet” section in the back with great diagrams and tips.

Oh, and I did mention my grandmother’s crochet, didn’t I? Well, that will be another post. I’m still teary eyed when I think about what I’m going to write regarding these items. My grandmother was a very talented crocheter and I am heartbroken that I never got the chance to sit at her feet and learn from her. I’m blessed to have some of her items and her hooks. So, keep an eye out for that next week sometime. And the next installment of my Designing Series will be on Monday.

Two new patterns up and other catching up

Friday night I was killing time before heading out looking through Coats and Clark’s patterns. I knew I had two that were due to be out soon, and I was so happy to find them. Because that means that I can finally share them with you!

The first one is called Midas Wristers and is made from yummy Aunt Lydia’s Bamboo Crochet Thread in Size 3. This stuff is a dream and a half to work with. So silky, so pretty, and works up very well. Here’s the Ravelry pattern page so you can go queue it. You know you want to. These will make great gifts for the summer, for prom, for weddings, etc, etc.

Photograph copyright Coats & Clark and used with permission

The second pattern is great for little babies. I loved making this sweater. It’s called simply Baby Cardigan. Here’s the Ravelry pattern page. I know you want to queue that one as well. This pattern uses one ball of TLC Baby Multi. You could make a ton of them for all the little babies in your life. I’m very excited about this pattern because it was the first time I did the pattern math first, wrote the pattern, and then stitched it. And it was right. Anyway, look at the cutie patootie baby they found to model this one. I’m so jealous of the photography team at Coats. They get to play with such cuties!

Photograph copyright Coats & Clark and used with permission

In other news, I’m currently teaching Crochet 101 on Wednesdays at Four Purls in Winter Haven. My students are two lovely ladies who seemed to pick it up pretty quickly last week. We’ll see what their homework looks like this week. Crochet 102 will begin in May, so if you’re local and want to learn or brush up or expand your skills, check out the website and give Laura a call. We’ve got other exciting classes and workshops scheduled for the next couple of months.

I am very nearly moved. Organized is another story. I have deadlines this week otherwise I’d be dealing with the chaos that is currently residing under my work table. However, I did want to share with you the view from outside of my sliding glass door.

Now, that picture was taken a few weeks ago, and already since then the tree has turned completely green. The plan is to install a “dining canopy” with screen walls onto my deck that comes off my room. Then I’ll be able to try to enjoy sitting outside and work. This may only happen in the early mornings and evenings. This is Florida, after all, and we’re already into the 80s during the day.

I’m getting settled and enjoying being back in my hometown. I’ve even started going out again with friends. Part of this is because designing is a very solitary work. It’s easy to look up and realize you haven’t been outside in a week. So, my local friends have all decided to make sure I get out of the house at least once a week. I am very lucky to have such great friends.

Speaking of getting out of the house, I’ll be heading towards Stitches South this weekend. I’m not taking any classes, but I’ll be on site on Saturday. We’re leaving Friday morning and driving up, so we likely won’t be there until Friday evening. I’ll be heading back on Sunday morning. But, if you’re going to be there, let me know! I’ll try to find you in the market. I’d love to meet up with some of my readers.

One last thing. I’ve gotten questions about designing from various people throughout the last few months. I want to do a series here on my blog about getting started as a designer and making it work (channeling Tim Gunn here). If you have any questions you’d like to see answered here on the blog, feel free to leave it in comments! I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Hope everyone has a fabulous week. I’ve got to get to work now!

Another new pattern: Comfort Squares

Comfort Squares:

I designed these squares for our crochet guild chapter to give to the local hospitals. I had heard from other cancer survivors that sometimes, even the hats are too much to have on them during treatment. So these little squares are like a portable blanket. Something for them to hold on to and rub and remember that someone was thinking about them and sending good thoughts.

The pattern for these squares includes both written and charted directions. These squares can also be joined together to make any number of items.

Won’t you give a little comfort today?

Pattern is available for $3.50 for PDF download both on Ravelry and on my website.

Terms of license: You may make unlimited items for your charity or hospital of choice. You may use these in a fundraiser for your charity or hospital of choice. You may not make these for other commercial use without prior written permission from me, the designer. Please contact me if you wish to do this.

New pattern available: Trevor Blanket

Now available:

This blanket was designed for my birthday twin, Trevor. Designed to match his nursery, you can easily sub out any of the colors. It’s made in easy care acrylic so it will last through babyhood and become a treasure.

Available for download through Ravelry or through my website for $5.00.

I’ve got another pattern coming out tomorrow. Technical difficulties prevented me from getting both out today. So stay tuned for another great project. I hope you enjoy this pattern and I can’t wait to see what everyone makes from it!

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our three year anniversary! Three years ago today I was getting ready to leave work and go on my first date with John. And Saturday will mark a year engaged. Yeah, it’s a busy lovey dovey week for us here this time of year.

I wanted to stop and announce a few things.

Thing the first: I have a Felted Coasters workshop this Saturday at A Good Yarn, Sarasota. There’s still room, so if you’re interested and in the area, call the shop at 941.487.7914 to secure your spot.

Thing the second: I’m about to release two new patterns on Monday. Keep an eye out here as I’ll post about them as soon as I get them uploaded.

Thing the third: Watch this space as well for a big announcement in the next month. As soon as I know the full details and can give them to you, I will. It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to tell you.

Thing the fourth: I’m working on a secret project. I can’t tell you what it’s about yet, but if you could send all your spare good mojo my way, I’d appreciate it. It’s because of you, dear readers, that I’ve chosen to work on this, so your support is greatly appreciated. And no, it’s not related to thing the third, it’s a whole other thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thing the fifth: Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend, everyone! Whether you’ve got someone in your life or not, remember, you are your best Valentine! So be good to yourself this weekend!

I made this for John one year. So it works for both holidays!

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