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Amy’s Thread: Knitter’s Vacation

What's on the needles? Nothing! OK, not nothing, but we are giving the knitting needles a break. Alison (who handles all of your pattern support questions, as well as generally being the glue that holds the Design Team together) has been on a crochet kick this summer. Alison learned to crochet when she was about… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Knitter’s Vacation

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Emily Explains: Provisional Cast On

Have you been wanting to learn a provisional cast on? Today, I'm going to explain my preferred method. Truthfully, it's the only method I know, but I still think it's pretty great! A provisional cast on uses waste yarn - slippery and brightly colored is best - that is later removed to reveal live stitches. These… Continue reading Emily Explains: Provisional Cast On

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Emily Explains: Sliding Loop in Crochet

Recently, we got a question about one of our crochet patterns that begins in the round with a sliding loop. I crocheted a lot for a previous job, but I had never heard of a sliding loop for crochet. After a quick Google search, I realized this technique is also known as a magic ring or… Continue reading Emily Explains: Sliding Loop in Crochet

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Giveaway: Crocheting Clothes Kids Love

When I'm making a gift for one the many adorable kids in my life, I tend to prefer crochet over knitting. There are few reasons for this, but mainly, it's because crochet is quick (and they grow so fast) and a great way to get creative! So I have to tell you how much I… Continue reading Giveaway: Crocheting Clothes Kids Love

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Designer Spotlight: Dogwood Beanie by Kendall Nahorniak

Kendall Nahorniak learned the basics of crochet when she was 8 years old, but she didn’t do much with her skills until a couple of years ago. And it wasn't long before she was designing popular patterns of her own. Kendall’s Dogwood Beanie is a warm winter hat with lots texture. The main section of… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Dogwood Beanie by Kendall Nahorniak

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Norah’s Knits: Crochet Red

Yes, I do knit way more than I crochet, but the craft I learned first - the one that really got me started making up my own designs - is crochet.  So when Laura Zander asked me for a design for her book, Crochet Red, I didn't hesitate. I even whipped up the piece myself, which… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Crochet Red

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Designer Spotlight: Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest

Between homeschooling three children, keeping two blogs and publishing knitting patterns, Christine Guest spends a lot of time at her local library. So much time, in fact, that library’s architecture actually inspired a recent design! “I noticed that the windows have the decoration of a square with an x and a cross, so I started… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest

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Designer Spotlight: Mod Floral Blanket by Lisa Clarke

You might say that Lisa Clarke inherited her love of crochet from her grandmother. More specifically, she inherited 123 granny squares when her grandmother passed away in 2011. She then taught herself how to crochet and used her granny’s squares to make special gifts for other members of her family. It wasn’t long before she… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Mod Floral Blanket by Lisa Clarke

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Knitter’s Spotlight: Robyn Chachula

Robyn Chachula claims that her transition from structural engineer to crochet designer was relatively smooth. She simply changed her medium from concrete to yarn! Instead of renovating buildings, she has used her talents to produced hundreds of beautiful patterns, each a unique blend of fashion, architecture and classic silhouettes. In addition to being one of… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Robyn Chachula

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Christmas in Crochet Giveaway: Winners!

I have to say that I really enjoyed reading all of your comments for our Santa Cocoon Giveaway! Whether you're expecting a new addition to the family or simply wanting to share your talents with others, it is nice to see so much generosity. Not that I'm surprised...crocheters and knitters are the best! UPDATE: 10/16/13… Continue reading Christmas in Crochet Giveaway: Winners!