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Modular Crochet back in Print

Oh I had such big plans for keeping up with this site but life does tend to get in the way when you own a business, still do custom crochet and lots of other irons in the fire.  But this news just can NOT wait, look what I found Modular Crochet this is simply amazing and probably about the most popular crochet book EVER.  Yes crochet has never really gotten a good reputation for making garments as some see it as being stiff, un moldable so to speak, no drape and on and on.  Ok throw all that out the window and get your copy of this book right now.  You will not be disappointed and it does show you how to make some pretty simple but yet at the same time over elegant crochet pieces that you can customize to fit your various needs.  If  you have never seen this book, I suggest you ask around to other crocheters and get a glimpse inside.  Everything is simply fabulous to make, Yes you can use any type of yarn, super easy to follow patterns and I guarantee when you get started you will get filled up with a ton more of ideas to put your own twist on the various patterns.  Please spread this news around as I am positive it will sell out very quickly.

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Learn Crochet Techniques

I have been a crocheter for approx 37 years and I still learn new things on a constant basis about crochet. There are so many techniques that range from easy to difficult and are very worth giving a try. Do not ever give up trying to learn one, you always have me to ask or you can always post on the ravelry group Witchy Crocheters which is a wonderful resource because you will get different answers. Now this does not mean that there is a right or wrong answer, it just means basically that there is more than one way to use a crochet hook, hahahahaha. Once you start to expand your skills, you open up to the many possibilities that crochet has to offer. Sweaters, shaping, hats, socks, bikini’s, underwear, and more. So don’t give up, keep on trying and ask questions.

I do have a list of techniques that you may want to take a look at and of course if something isn’t on this list, just ask and it can certainly be posted on here.

Few Crochet Techniques

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Fairy Ring

This is a filet crochet Hexagon (6 sides) panel that you will crochet in the round starting from the center out. In order to accomplish this, it will help if you have a slight understanding of how to make a granny square, remember the corners ? Each time you came to a corner you had to place 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in order for it to grow larger evenly.
This uses that same concept sort of :
1. On the chart when you see a white or open mesh square on the edge in the next ch 3 space you will ch 2, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 2.
2. On the chart when you see a dark/block or open mesh square on the edge in the next ch 3 space you will do 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc.
If this is as clear as mud, not to worry, I have written out the first 5 rows so that it will make it much easier to understand. Let’s get started.
Materials: 1000 yds of size 10 crochet thread
Size 7 hook
Gauge 10 squares = 2.3 inches, 10 rows = 2.5 inches
Based on filet: solid block = 4 dc open mesh = dc ch 2 dc
Row 1: ch 6, join to form a ring. . Ch 3 (this will count as a dc ) dc 23 more times in ring, join with a slip stitch to the top of beginning ch 3.
Row 2(1st row of your chart): Ch 5 (this will count as a dc and a ch 2 )* skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 2* Repeat from * to * 4 more times, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3 join with a slip stitch to the 3 rd ch of beginning chain.
Important Notes: I do not like the way it looks when you have to slip stitch over so in order to avoid that, we will be starting the next row in the middle block of the chart. In order to keep track use your ch 3’s as a guide (these ch 3’s are in between each panel). See on the chart we have 3 open squares(or mesh) for each section, here is how we are going to do them.
Row 3: ch 5, *dc in next dc, ch 2. (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 3 space. Ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2 *. Repeat from * to * 4 times. Ch 2, join to the 3 rd ch of beginning chain.
Row 4: ch 5, *dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc. Ch 3, skip ch 3 space. Dc in next dc, ch 2 , dc in next dc, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * 3 times. Dc in next dc ch 2, dc in next dc.
Ch 3, skip next ch 3 space. Ch 2, join to the 3rd ch of beginning chain.
Row 5: ch 5, *(dc in next dc, ch 2) twice. (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 3 space. (Ch 2, dc in next dc) twice, ch 2 *. Repeat from * to * 3 times. (Ch 2, dc in next dc) twice, ch 2, (dc,ch 3, dc) in next ch 3 space. Ch 2, dc in dc, Ch 2, join to the 3rd ch of beginning chain.
Row 6: ch 3 (counts as a dc), (2 dc in next ch 2 space, dc in next dc) 2 times, *Ch 2, dc in next dc. Ch 3, skip next ch 3. Dc in next dc, ch 2, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch 2 space) 3 times, dc in next dc. * Repeat from * to * 3 times. Ch 2, dc in next dc. Ch 3 skip next ch 3. Dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch 2 space, join to 3rd chain of beginning ch.
From here just follow the chart, making sure to make your solid blocks solid, and your open mesh open.

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Goddess Winter Decor

Winter has certainly arrived and of course we need to dress our lovely crochet Goddess appropriately. I used Coats and Clarks metallic thread, but you can use just about any type of cotton thread. For a more dramatic effect,try using 1 strand of DMC metallic floss and 1 strand of size 10 thread held together. Size 10 thread Size 0 steel hook Row 1: ch 5 join to form a ring Row 2: (ch 14 sc in ring) 7 times Row 3: ch 15, sl st in 5th ch from hook to form a ring. **Repeat rows 2 & 3 19 times, repeat row 2 once. Finish off and hide ends.

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Interlocking Crochet Book Review

Looking to add a little bit of color and uniqueness to your projects ? Then this is a great book for you. Personally I am in love with this book, there are 80 yes “eighty” different stitch patterns that you can choose from to create just about anything you desire. In the beginning of this book you will find very clear, easy to follow instructions to get you started with this beautiful Interlocking Crochet technique. One of the perks so to speak, is that there is a design on both sides of your work, making this type of crochet very versatile and well worth learning.

Besides having 80 different stitches to learn, there are several afghans, purses, and scarves in this book but don’t let your imagination stop there. It will be hard to decide which one to try first. This book is definitely going on my “must add to your crochet library” list.

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Goddess for all Seasons

Back by popular demand: This is a sample of how I come up with ideas. My son was eating the chips out of this very clever container and when I looked at it I thought immediately that it resembled the figure of a goddess so I made her up. You can get the container from the chips isle at your local grocery store.

Materials: 1 go snack chip empty container (remove label rinse and let dry) Few rocks, marbles small enough to fit inside container (you don’t need many just enough to weight the bottom to keep it from flipping over) Batting, polyester stuffing or cotton balls 3 oz worsted weight yarn Size H hook Marker (MARK BEGINNING OF ALL ROWS) Bottom: Row 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc) Row 3: * 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (18 sc) Row 4: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (24 sc) Row 5: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (30 sc) Row 6: sl st into 1st sc, ch 1 sc in back loop only around Rows 7 to 20: work even (or sc in each sc) slip crocheted piece onto container. Row 21: * sc in next 8 sc, decrease repeat from * around (27 sc) Row 22: * sc in next 7 sc, decrease repeat from * around (24 sc) Rows 23 & 24: work even Row 25: * increase in next sc, sc in next 7 sc repeat from * to end (27 sc) Rows 26, 27 & 28: work even Row 29: * increase in next sc, sc in next 8 sc repeat from * to end (27 sc) Row 30 & 31: work even ***put your rocks, marbles or whatever you are using for bottom weight inside the container, put the lid on make sure it snaps tight** Breast area: *continue to mark beginning of each round* Row 1: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc in remaining 14 sc (38 sc) Row 2: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in remaining 14 sc (42 sc) Row 3: work even Row 4: sc in next 30 sc, decrease, sc in next 2 sc, decrease, sc in next 2 sc, decrease, sc in last 2 sc (39 sc) Row 5: work even Row 6: ch 5, skip next 4 sc, sc in next sc (arm hole made) decrease, sc in next 7 sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in next 7 sc, decrease, sc in next sc, ch 5, skip 4 sc, sc in next 4 sc. Row 7: sc in next 5 ch, sc in next sc, decrease, sc in next 5 sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in next 5 sc, decrease, sc in next sc, sc in next 5 chs, sc in next 2 sc, decrease. (32 sc) Stuff and shape breast area. Row 8: decrease, sc in next 4 sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in next sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in next 4 sc, decrease, sc in last 5 sc. (26 sc) If necessary stuff and re shape breast area. Row 9: sc in next 7 sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in last 12 sc ( 24 sc) Row 10: *sc in next 4 sc, decrease repeat from * around (20 sc) Row 11: work even Row 12: * sc in next 3 sc, decrease repeat from * around (16 sc) Row 13: * sc in next 2 sc, decrease repeat from * around (12 sc) Rows 14, 15 & 16: work even Stuff and shape for shoulders Row 17: 2 sc in each sc around (24 sc) Rows 18 to 22: work even Row 23: * sc in next 4 sc, decrease repeat from * around (20 sc) Row 24: *sc in next 3 sc, decrease repeat from * around (16 sc) Row 25: *sc in next 2 sc, decrease repeat from * around (12 sc) stuff neck and head Row 26: *sc in next sc, decrease repeat from * around (8 sc) stuff and shape if necessary Row 27: decrease around (4 sc) finish off hide ends Arms: attach to opening made by row 6, sc around (11 sc) Rows 2 to 25: work even (make sure to use marker) Row 26: decrease, sc in next 2 sc, decrease, sc in next 2 sc, decrease, sc in last sc (8 sc) Rows 27 to 31: work even Row 32: decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in last sc (6 sc) Rows 33 to 34: work even end off Repeat for other arm, slip stitch ends together as shown in picture. I think Fall is starting to show up for most of us and that means we need to get our Goddess decorated for this season. I used a multi color thread but please use what ever color you would like to. It is crocheted in one continuous strand that you can make longer or shorter. I wrapped it around starting from the bottom and worked my way up. The thread seems to cling to the yarn making it easy to just drape it any way you want to.

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Crochet Artist Aldo Lanzini

I love to find new crochet related things and one thing that you can always rely on is finding a crochet artist. Let me introduce to you, via my web surfing, Aldo Lanzini and let the ewww and awww begin. From what I have read about him, he does not show his face and the really does put a little bit of mystery about him. He also loves ALIENS (I love them too) and if you take a look around his site The Drop certainly resembles a little bit of an alien gang, and these are sewn and not crocheted but still very fascinating.

His certainly shines when it comes to blending colors, Masks and colorful costumes are enough to give anyone incentive to get their hooks out and start creating. Please do go to his main site Aldo Lanzini Intro grab a cup of tea and spend time just checking out this wonderful fascinating crochet artist.

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Crochet 2012

Happy New Year, yes I made it to 2012 and really believe that this will be a great year. As I have previous reported, crochet is up and coming and it is still making large leaps. For me, Crochet has always been a forced to be reckoned with because of it’s overly flexible nature. More and more designers are showing their tricks and secrets that can be used to create and design just about anything you desire. Tunisian is also making headway, many crocheters are discovering that Tunisian or Afghan Crochet can be used in many different ways, gives a nice drape, texture especially for garments. Next is Slip Stitch Crochet, yes I will agree that using this technique in the round is about the best way to get it’s effect. Many socks, hats, gloves, and skirts are being made with this easy branch of crochet.

Knooking has certainly made a huge appearance. As a teacher of Crochet and Knitting, I can’t stress enough the joy that many crocheters are experiencing as they now can knit with a crochet hook. It is easily learned and every knit pattern can be converted over to a knooking one. Leisure Arts has a small kit that can be purchased to learn the technique and there are quit a few groups on Yahoo and Ravelry that are great places to learn all the tricks and of course get any help that you may need. There are also several other surprises that are coming up pretty quick that I will certainly be sharing with you here so be on the look out. Yes I do think this will be a great year especially for Crochet.

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Here Kitty Kitty

Here in my neck of the woods, we are STILL getting snow and cold weather so if you are too, check out this pattern. Cuddly Cat Scoodie Although I have not yet made one, I certainly do plan on it. This is super cute, fairly easy and mostly made up of double crochets so except for a little bit of sewing , this could be a pretty fast project. Please do respect her copyright wishes, alot of work does go into writing out patterns and we all want designers to continue to share with us and I’m pretty sure one of the ways to continue to make that happen is to do so.

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Scraps

If you use yarn then you have scraps and for whatever reason, we seem to hold on to these no matter how much is left. I’m sure I just belong to some type of yarn hoarder group AND more than likely there will be a reality TV show about this, hehe. Anyway I found a couple of good patterns that would certainly help you make good use of those AND they are even beautiful to look at and honestly to date I have not make color matches and all of mine turn out beautiful, but remember I love colors of all kinds. You are certainly welcome to match colors up if you want to but I do not. First up we have Wool Eater and many thanks go to Sarah London for posting the very fabulous and in detail instructions.

Next on our list is Rainbow never ending Granny Square which I also love and there is even a graph to go along with it. There are many patterns on how to use up your left over yarn but I really love these 2 and what I “try” , remember I said TRY, to do is to start one of these and keep it going as I have scraps or left over yarn. Surprisingly enough if you start one, you see it and usually will just add to it. Good luck with keeping that stash in line.

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