Extended Solomon’s Knot Stitch Tutorial!

The new spring issue of Crochet! has many fun and exciting patterns.  One of the most intriguing is the Little Sister Shawlette.  This soft, lacy, cotton triangular scarf is quick and fun to make. It uses the Extended Solomon’s knot, which is an easy variation of the Love knot.  Based on designer Rebecca Velasquez’s awesome instructions, I created a short video tutorial for you to help with learning this addictive stitch.

Check out the video on the Crochet! magazine home page. Here is the direct link:


You can also find it by going to the Crochet! home page and on the left sidebar, click on “Issue Highlights Video Archives”

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Snapshot of my day… yesterday

Yesterday I was in Berne, IN at the Annie’s offices for the photoshoot of the summer 2015 issue.  I took a few snapshots of my day. I share this work space when I am in town with other remote editors. We all take turns keeping the cube warm.


Here’s a selfie one of our models took while in the dressing room…

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Color Burst Hoodie


Designer, Jill Hanratty has wowed us again with the lovely Color Burst Hoodie. It’s the cover item on the new spring issue of Crochet! Made in seasonless Plymouth Linen Concerto yarn, this casual zippered cover has an adorable drawstring at the waist. Jill provides full instructions for inserting a zipper to demystify the process.

Here’s the swatch that Jill sent that led me to choose the project for the issue.


In the swatch, I could see the two directions the stitches are worked. I can see the lovely drape and fabric created by the yarn and stitch pattern together. I can see her plan for the armhole and neckline. I can see her plan for the drawstring. Some designers send in emailed submissions, Jill sent in the actual swatch. A great photo of the swatch would be appropriate too though it is more difficult to feel the drape from a photo! Jill also sent some beautiful sketches of how she envisioned the final project could be styled for photography.  Beautiful work!




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The Spring issue is LIVE!

It’s always an exciting day when a new issue is revealed to the world. The spring 2015 issue of Crochet! is now live!  I’m thrilled to share this great issue with you. It includes so many fun and interesting patterns. The Color Burst Hoodie, on the cover, by Jill Hanratty is a gem that can be worn all year round.


We are also continuing our trend of bringing you MORE symbol diagrams than before!  Also don’t miss the awesome, article on how to pair fabric with crochet.  It’s a must read.

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Here’s a quick snapshot of my day. I’m at the satellite office with my sleepy co-worker on an overcast and rainy Tuesday. A stack of research at my side. If you were to take a snapshot of your day, what would I see?

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It’s a Holiday GIVEAWAY!

Crochet! magazine Season’s Best Holiday Giveaway!


Enter for free HERE.

Look what you can enter to win in the Crochet! Season’s Best Holiday Giveaway!

  • 1 Cotton Bag, 1 Knit Happens Hand Salve, 1 Knitter’s Lotion Bar, 1 Knitted Heart Soap from Alsatian Soaps (value: $28.00)
  • Large Quick Draw Project Bag from Chic-a (value: $28.00)
  • Project Box from Chicken Boots (value: $26.00)
  • Yarn Bowl in Beige with Sheep from Cindy Douglass Pottery (value: $56.00)
  • Needle Gauge Pendant from Debra’s Garden (value: $32.00)
  • Italian Glass Hook Set from Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles (value: $39.95)
  • 2-Save Our Sweaters from Lilly Brush (value: $25.00)
  • 1-Skein Indochine Yarn,1-Featherlight Crochet Hook from Lantern Moon (value: $38.00)
  • Cash Card from Onwell (value: $20.00)
  • 3-Balls of Hudson, 3-Patterns from Tahki (value: $27.00)

You could be the lucky winner!

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The Editor Wants to Know…

Tell me about your Works in Progress!  How many WIPs do you have? Is it too many to count?  How do you store them? I like to keep the hook with the project so I know exactly which hook I was using when I set it aside.

I probably have just 1 crochet project I’m working on (crazy! I used to have so many more!). I have probably 3 knit projects that are on hold in the WIP pile at the moment. I store them in project bags. I try to use clear plastic bags so I can see at a glance what is inside. I hang the project bags with hangers in my crochet closet like I would hang a coat. I really should move one of the smaller projects to the car so it will be ready when I have layovers at pick-ups and drop-offs. I definitely keep the hook and/or needles in the project bag. If it is a motif project I’ll usually leave a pair of scissors too. If I’m following a pattern, I keep the pattern in the bag.

Anything surprising in your WIP bags?

Here’s a random photo for your entertainment.


This is Chickee (a few years ago, look how tiny she is!) cuddling with Charlie as they watch tv.

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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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