Brewer Jacket

Brewer jacket

Here’s another manly pattern in the winter 2016 issue of Crochet! The Brewer Jacket was designed by Linda Dean. It is stitched in Berroco Vintage DK yarn, which you can buy HERE. The jacket has a great texture, kinda burlap-y but softer.

Get the Brewer Jacket Pattern HERE.

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Cosette Chapeau

Cosette Chapeau

For a LIMITED TIME this is a free pattern from the new issue of Crochet! It’s the Cosette Chapeau by Kristi Simpson. It is stitched in lovely Noro Kureyon yarn which you can buy HERE. You’ll need 2 balls.

You can get the pattern HERE for free (for a limited time). You can download the entire issue HERE.

This hat would make excellent teacher gifts this holiday season, don’t you think? Whip up a dozen!

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Ion Neckwarmer

Ion Neckwarmer

There are so many fun patterns in this issue! The winter issue of Crochet! has a few patterns for men too! So get your holiday gift giving list in order! Above is the Ion Neckwarmer. It is Tunisian crochet, by Brenda Bourg. It uses TWO 123yd skeins of King Cole Merino Blend DK light yarn and a J/10mm Tunisian hook.

Handsome! Get the issue HERE.

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Holly Sweater

Holly Sweater

The Holly sweater, modeled by lovely Audrey, was designed by April Garwood. Stitched in Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash light, the yarn has all the warmth of wool with the easy care of superwash. Crochet this EASY sweater with an I/9/5mm hook in sizes 2, 4 or 6.  Play with color to make this sweater in her favorite combination. Get the pattern HERE.

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Hopper Sweater

Hopper Sweater

Adorable Wade is modeling the Hopper Sweater designed by Robyn Chachula in the new issue of Crochet! magazine. Stitched in Cascade Yarns Longwood Sport Fine, this superwash wool yarn is as easy to care for as it is to wear! You’ll need at J/10/6mm Tunisian crochet hook to make this intermediate sweater. Get the pattern now HERE.

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Cast Off Chemo Auction!

Shop with a purpose! There is a Special Ebay auction to benefit alternative cancer treatment to be held October 2-11, 2015.

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For two weeks in October, 2015, fabulous yarn, fantastic knitting and crochet needles, patterns, books and much more will be available through an eBay auction to benefit Cast Off Chemo!, a nonprofit effort to raise funds for a clinical trial for a cancer treatment that wouldn’t involve chemotherapy. The complete list can be viewed at the Cast Off Chemo! website,, starting in September with new items to be listed as they become available.

Yarns from Skacel, Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts, Berroco, Tahki Stacy Charles, Mountain Colors, Imperial Stock Ranch, Trendsetter Yarns and others will be listed. Denise Interchangeable, HiyaHiya and others have donated knitting needle and crochet sets. Subscriptions from major yarn industry publishers will also be available. Sweater wash, totes, online classes, and other surprises are also to be included in the listing. A special, custom-dyed, sport weight Superwash merino-nylon blend yarn in a luscious hibiscus-watermelon color will be listed, with supporting patterns on Ravelry, will also be offered at a very special price.

“We are grateful to have such generous sponsors and contributors from the craft industry,” said Susan Sullivan, Auction Coordinator. “All the funds raised will go to the goal of raising $1 million for a clinical trial that could make a huge difference for those with breast cancer and other cancers.”

Dr. David Krag, a research surgeon at the University of Vermont, has a promising immunotherapy treatment that must go to clinical trials before it can be FDA-approved. The technique uses the patient’s own antibodies to fight off the disease. Dr. Krag previously discovered the sentinel node tracer technique, which reduces the need for radical mastectomy and enables needle biopsy procedures. He is very committed to finding an alternative treatment for cancerous tumors.

Cast Off Chemo! is a program under the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund, a nonprofit created by a family member of one of Dr. Krag’s patients. All donations are tax deductible.

“I lost my mother to cancer,” said Cari Clement, Cast Off Chemo’s Lead Coordinator “Haven’t we all lost someone we love to cancer? Isn’t it time we had more treatment options? If everyone who knits, crochets or crafts sent in $1, we’d far exceed what Dr. Krag’s team need’s”

Over 50 knit and crochet patterns are already available for $5 each on Cast Off Chemo’s Ravelry page, with all proceeds going to the cause. New patterns are uploaded weekly, often daily.

“We have some amazing designers who are supporting the cause,” Clement said. “Now we just need to make sure knitters and crocheters know about our Ravelry page.”

No one involved with Cast Off Chemo! accepts any funds for their work. It is an all-volunteer effort.


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It’s HERE! Winter 2015

You can download the new Winter 2015 issue of Crochet! magazine NOW!

Get the beautifully photographed and carefully tech edited collection of gorgeous professional designs by talented designers!


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Crochet-A-Long (CAL) with Denise Voie de Vie

Join in the Gradient Flower Cowl CAL with designer, Denise Voie de Vie!

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The Gradient Flowers Cowl is made of 3 balls of Lion Brand Amazing yarn. One ball each of three different colors and a J hook. The pattern is found in the new special newsstand issue From Scraps to Sensational.

A CAL is just a way for many people to make a project at the same time. By crocheting along with the designer you have the opportunity to ask questions and share photos of your creations with others who are making their own versions of the same project. It’s so much fun!

Get the pattern here!

Today, join in the discussion with Denise on the Crochet! magazine Ravelry group. (Ravelry is free!)

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Over the years, I have become an expert de-tangler. One of the upsides of having a huge yarn stash though, is that if I get too annoyed at a tangle, I just cut it out. Some yarns are precious and some I have enough abundance that I don’t waste the time.

What is the longest amount of time you have ever spent detangling yarn? How long do you work with it before you cut-bait?

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From Knit to Crochet!

So many people have been asking the question, “How do I take a knit pattern and make it crochet?”

There’s not a simple answer for this but in the Autumn issue of Crochet!,  Annie’s Signature Designer, Lena Skvagerson takes the Berroco, knit NUSS sweater. by Cirilia Rose, and offers her crochet translation.

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The knit, Nuss, is in green on the left. The crochet, Suss (to suss-out or figure out) version is on the right.

Both patterns are stitched in Berroco Blackstone Tweed, and our crochet version is sized up to 2X.

Check out the new issue of Crochet! to hear my interview on p. 46 with Lena Skvagerson and her thought process in making the trade from needles to hook.

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