Pattern Writing Tips

Whether you are writing a pattern for publication or just for your own use, a few tips might help you later!

* Give clear information, extra even, just in case.  You can always delete information but tech editors can’t manufacture information that you don’t give them.  Add notes to yourself in the pattern. I even put in math problems so the TE can see how I arrived at a certain number or stitch count.

* Insert a photo WITH your attempt at a written description.  You can’t just put in a photo and not write anything, but I DO sometimes include a photo to help enhance what I have written. The TE or buyer can take out the photo when it is no longer needed.

* Give stitch counts for the first row or round then on every row/round that has changed.

* If you are doing something different from the norm, write it in your Pattern Notes section (and again within the pattern at the logical spot if it is really weird and needs extra help)

* Never say, “reverse shaping”.  That just doesn’t work.  Matter of fact, patterns are getting more and more detailed rather than more intuitive.

There are many more tips on the CrochetMagazine.com on the left side bar under “Designer Guidelines”.  Here is the link: http://www.crochetmagazine.com/designer_guidelines.php

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Waves Hat CAL

Time to let your hooks fly!  Designer, Linda Dean, is leading a Crochet-a-long on the Ravelry website beginning 11/25.  Gather your Berroco Boboli Worsted yarn and your size H/8/5mm hook.  You can find the pattern on the CrochetMagazine.com website for a limited time, look under the “Featured Pattern” tab or click on the words “the pattern” above. Of course, all of you subscribe (right?) so you already have the pattern!

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The CAL begins 11/25 and here is the link to the Crochet! magazine group on Ravelry where it will be held. CAL link.

 

 

 

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Four Weeks of Gift-Giving: Week 4

M22157_Chelsea_300 The Chelsea Cabled Set would make a spectacular gift this Holiday Season. Designed by Darla Fanton, this gorgeous Tunisian Crochet Hat, scarf and mittens set is warm and pretty. Featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Crochet! the set will take your Tunisian skills to new heights. I think this set is truly for someone special who will be ‘crochet worthy’ and appreciate the subtle texture and classic styling of these pieces. I might have to make a piece of it or all of it for myself too!

You can find this lovely shade of Cranberry plus many other available colors of Plymouth Encore on the AnniesCatalog.com website, HERE.

Need some help with Tunisian Crochet? Check out some of the Tunisian help on the AnniesCatalog.com Stitch Guide.

If you are a subscriber, you already have the pattern, but you may need some Tunisian hooks! Check out our selection HERE.

If you still need the pattern, go HERE to order a digital copy of the issue. If you’d like to subscribe and want instant access to the Winter issue, please learn more about a digital subscription. You can also subscribe to the hard-copy version of the magazine HERE. Come back next week and I’ll reveal another great gift-giving idea.

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My Career Path into Crochet!

Fiber Hooligan

Fiber Hooligan Podcast host, Benjamin Levisay, and I had a fun conversation which aired yesterday. We talked about how I developed a crochet career over the years, writing books, joining the Knit & Crochet Now! tv show and eventually becoming the Editor of Crochet! magazine. Hear about how I turned my hobby into a career! You can listen for free to the interview on your computer by clicking this link:

http://fiberhooligan.libsyn.com/ellen-gormley

Or you can listen on ITunes:http://FiberHooligan.com/iTunes/

We also talked about fun and exciting things that are happening at Knit & Crochet Now!

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Four Weeks of Gift-Giving: Week 3

Week 3: Waves Hat

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The Waves Hat, designed by Linda Dean, is rated ‘confident beginner’. You know what that means… You can do it! Beginner crocheters can do it and experienced crocheters can whip them out in bunches.

The hat is made with the luscious Berroco Boboli Worsted weight yarn using an H/8/5.5mm hook.

Every year I make a new winter hat for my daughter, Chickee. She will probably get THIS hat this year. It will be so nice and warm. The yarn comes in several eye-catching colors.

Need some help with this pattern? Check out the Annie’s Stitch Guide for tips on making a double crochet.

Ready to get started but need the pattern? It’s our Featured Pattern. Get it HERE for a limited time.

If you still need the pattern, go HERE to order a digital copy of the issue. If you’d like to subscribe and want instant access to the Winter issue, please learn more about a digital subscription. You can also subscribe to the hard-copy version of the magazine HERE. Come back next week and I’ll reveal another great gift-giving idea.

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Crazy for Puzzle Balls!

Wow! The Amamani Puzzle Ball craze has hit the crochet world by storm! Designed by Dedri Uys these captivating crocheted toys are impossible not to pick up. I had the opportunity to play with these critters in person. They are truly interesting and intelligent and will win over even the most reluctant toy makers.

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Pick up your copy of this best-selling book and join the ‘Eleanor the Elephant’ Crochet-a-long with the author! The CAL will begin on 11/11 and will be held on the Crochet! Ravelry Group page. Here is the link to that free Group.

 Author Dedri Uys will be also have a tutorial on her website that will launch on 11/11 to help you with the mind-blowing techniques – http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/

Get the book, either in print or digital download HERE at AnniesCatalog.com. You can also purchase any yarn to get ready for this exciting event.

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Four Weeks of Gift Giving: Week 2

Week 2: Corona Wrap

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The gorgeous Corona Wrap was designed by Elisabeth Davis de Harraiz. I love this wrap/scarf because when you bunch it up and tie it like a scarf, it looks very “Hollywood”.  What a great pop of color it would be when wearing a winter coat. The beautiful color is #119 Alizarine by Colinette in the yarn “Jitterbug”.

This would be a stunning gift for any one of my four lovely sisters-in-law. They might even fight over it if I put it in the family gift exchange!  You know the type of exchange where you draw numbers and the person with the largest number goes first and chooses any gift to unwrap, then the person with the next number can either steal the first unwrapped present or choose a wrapped one?  I love it when it’s MY gift that everyone wants.

Do you need a little help with this show-stopping wrap? Check out the Annie’s Stitch Guide with tips on Following a pattern.  and tips on how to make a Picot.

If you still need the pattern, go HERE to order a digital copy of the issue. If you’d like to subscribe and want instant access to the Winter issue, please learn more about a digital subscription. You can also subscribe to the hard-copy version of the magazine HERE. Come back next week and I’ll reveal another great gift-giving idea.

 

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BIG news!

Knit and Crochet Now!Knit and Crochet Now!

Now, no matter where you live, whether Knit & Crochet Now is on your local PBS station or not, you can get ALL the episodes and ALL the patterns streaming on lots of different devices! The year long All-access Membership is only $24.95, but right now it’s on sale for only $19.95.  That’s 172 projects (knit and crochet) for only $19.95.  Plus with your membership you’ll get a 10% off discount on all your purchases at AnniesCraftStore.com

Get all the details HERE.

I’m going to sign up my Step-mom as a GIFT. What a convenient and affordable gift to have SO MANY patterns at her disposal.

WOOHOO!  It’s really a great deal.

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The Editor Wants to Know…

Are you like me? Have you ever completely ripped out a project even after it was fastened off and ends woven?  I have!  I once “harvested” the yarn from a finished sweater when I learned my first real lesson about the importance of gauge. Experience is the best teacher.

Have you ever ripped out a finished crochet project? What was it and why?

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This is Charlie! I probably should have ripped out his bed, that he outgrew… :)  He loved it anyway until I made him a bigger one.

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Four Weeks of Gift Giving Ideas! Week 1

Crazy for Cables Scarf, by Amy D. Brewer is a great gift you can make now! It’s on p. 61 of the Winter 2014 issue of Crochet! I love making crocheted gifts for the kids’ teachers every year. I have already sent the kids on a fact-finding mission… what color is your teacher’s coat? What’s the bus driver’s favorite color? What color are your soccer coach’s eyes?

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This great scarf is made of Premier yarns, Deborah Norville Everyday Soft yarn in #1031 peacock. Get your yarn and your I/9/5.5mm hook HERE on the AnniesCatalog.com website.

This fun and softly textured scarf uses Front and Back post stitches to create the cables.  Do you need some help with front and back post stitches? I have that for you too! On our Stitch Guide tab is a long, long list of tips and videos to help you. Here is the link to the video clip to teach you the Front Post Double Crochet.

If you still need the pattern, go HERE to order a digital copy of the issue. If you’d like to subscribe and want instant access to the Winter issue, please learn more about a digital subscription. You can also subscribe to the hard-copy version of the magazine HERE. Come back next week and I’ll reveal another great gift-giving idea.

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