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Saturday, December 1, 2012


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Here is my latest pattern .  . . . Bandanity. It is a combination bandana cowl and infinity scarf. The pattern gives instruction for making it with one or two skeins of Madeline Tosh Vintage. It is wonderfully stretchy and drapey and can be worn long or wrapped twice . . . point in the front or back.

At the left is the one-skein version in Alpine Blue, with the point worn to the front.

Below . . . the one-skein version in Betine, with the point worn to the back.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Curtsy Wrap

The Curtsy Wrap

I have a new byline . . . in Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012. The Curtsy Wrap is very easy to do, takes just two skeins of Madeline Tosh Vintage, and can be worn as a cowl (long or doubled) as well.

Click the link below to see all the details, and to look at the other great projects in this magazine!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"Swift Kick" Short Boot Cuffs

This is the most fun I've had designing a crochet pattern. It started out as something very different, which is typical for me. I loved the colorwork but hated all the loose ends - so, I turned those loose ends into part of the design. The pattern is now available on Ravelry/Craftsy/Etsy . . . and coming soon to the wholesale market through Deep South Fibers.

Thanks for checking in!

Which color do you like better?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pattern Updates!

I have just finished a rather tedious task of updating and editing my first five patterns for Deep South Fiber. They sell printed patterns wholesale to yarn shops all across the country. Currently, they don't have a lot of crochet so I am excited that they agreed to carry some of mine!

So often at the LYS where I work (Lovin' Knit in Marietta, GA) people are just looking for an individual pattern that is well written and easy to execute. We have literally hundreds of knit patterns to choose from but very few crochet.

Here are the first five:

Counterchange Cowl

13 Stitches Headband

Sweet Potato Twist Cowl

Quicker Cowl

Beach Ball Squared Baby Blanket

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Star Spangled Crocheted Cuff Bracelet!

Little rolls of 1/8" ribbon caught my eye in the store yesterday . . . and I wondered how it would be to crochet with it.  So, it seemed like a good idea to pick up a roll each of red, white and blue. This little cuff takes no time to make and really could be redesigned in any color and with all kinds of embellishments.

How to:  with the royal blue, chain 26, single crochet (sc) in second chain (ch) from hook and across for 25 sc, ch 1, turn. Work 4 more rows in sc, so you will have five rows of 25 sc. End off blue.

Slip stitch around entire cuff with white ribbon. End off.

Surface crochet along both sides of the middle row with red. End off.

To make the button tab, attach blue to center of short end, ch 8, slip stitch back in the same spot and end off.

Sew button on for the closure and additional buttons to embellish if desired. Use a large eyed needle to weave in all ribbon ends.

Done!!  Put on and enjoy some flag waving fun on the 4th!

I used Offray spool ribbon in 1/8" width by 10 yards length.  It took almost all 10 yards of the blue, and you will have plenty of red and white left for another project. The star buttons are by JHB.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Beach Tote in Interweave Crochet

As pictured in Interweave Summer 2012

My first pattern to appear in Interweave Crochet is this beach tote. I completed the bag on a cold day in January, and the issue has finally appeared (available now for digital download) and will be on the news stands early June.

The tote has a circular, swirled bottom and is finished with grommets and a colorful i-cord. The i-cord is attached with cinches at top and bottom, so you can close the bag and carry it as a backpack.

Getting a byline in Interweave Crochet was at the top of my bucket list when I began submitting patterns for publication! Grab some bright yarn and start this bag . . . you'll be done in a couple of days!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Straw Into Gold Tunic

My second published pattern . . . coming out in the Crochet! Magazine summer issue!

This is a true summer tunic . . . open, lacy and worked in 100% wetspun linen. The sparkles come from stranding in a novelty yarn called "Little Flowers". It is worked from the top down, so you can easily adjust the length.

Thank you Crochet! Magazine for a new issue full of great summer patterns.

PATTERN ERRATA:  The errors occur when joining after the last shell worked on a round.

A full pattern repeat takes three rounds. On rounds 1 and 2, there are 5 chains between each shell. On round 3, there is a ch 2, sc around both ch-5 strands below, ch 2 between each shell. This final instruction before the join is missing on the following rounds - now highlighted below.

Yoke - Rnd 3  and  Body - Rnds 3 and 6

 . . . times, ch 2, sc around both ch-5 strands below, ch 2, join in 3rd ch of beg shell.

Body - Rnds 4 & 5

 . . .  times, ch 5, join in 3rd ch of beg shell.

Please message me with any questions!

Friday, March 16, 2012

My First Published Pattern!

Neutral Territory - Crochet! Magazine Spring 2012
My first pattern to be published in a magazine is finally out in print!  Check out the Neutral Territory Scarf in Crochet! Magazine Spring 2012 - their tenth anniversary issue! Congratulations to Carol Alexander, Editor and to all the staff who produce this wonderful magazine!

If you are a member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) you get this magazine as a part of your membership! If you don't belong, I encourage you to join and support the association that supports our favorite hobby/obsession.  Digital downloads are available to subscribers as well, so for all you technically astute crocheters, you can have your magazine on the shelf and on your iPad!

It is spring here today . . . almost 80 degrees and trees blooming. I am ready to make a couple of lightweight scarves and will be posting projects in other colorways on the Ravelry site soon.

Thanks for following . . . Janet

**** PLEASE NOTE: the stitch count shown for row one is incorrect - it should read (24). There will be 23 treble stitches and the beginning ch 4, which counts as one treble ****

Crochet! Magazine Website
Crochet Guild of America Website

Here is my latest project, blocked and drying now!

It is stretched and pinned on the ironing board. Blocking is a pain, but really improves the drape on this scarf.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012