Blog Tour: Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories by Mary Jane Hall

It’s been a while since I have been able to blog, but I have to come to share about Mary Jane Hall’s new book, Colorful Crochet Lace because it is so fabulous!

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is a collection of modern garments and accessories designed by Mary Jane Hall and published by Interweave/F+W Media, Inc. Hall used traditional lace techniques, such as fan, shell, popcorn and love knot stitches, and a variety of yarn weights to design clothing and accessories that work for women of all ages and sizes.

Hall created elegant lace scarves, shawls and tops that have a vintage, Victorian flare, but she also went beyond the expected to include other fashionable pieces such as a hooded jacket, flared hem dress and crop top. Some of the garments with more lacy openwork include the Le Chocolate Skirt, Dominique Dress Overlay and Magnifique Modular Tunic, which work well as stylish layers to be worn on top of other garments. Also, the Michelle Ma Belle Shrug and Haute Couture Peplum Top are perfect for those who prefer more solid lace garments.

Le Chocolate Skirt

Le Chocolate Skirt

My personal favorites from the book are the Brigitte Wide Belt, Juliette Scarf and Au Naturel Cropped Top.

Brigitte Wide Belt

Brigitte Wide Belt

Juliette Scarf

Juliette Scarf

Each pattern includes a chart that breaks down the anatomy of the lace stitches. Schematics are also available for the items that require seaming.  This book is designed with a French chic look and feel, and it contains stunning images that show the garments and accessories from multiple angles. The instructions are well written and contain several notes for additional assistance.

Hall concludes her book with an explanation of her Graduated Stitch Method, which she is known for using to shape her garments, along with crochet abbreviations and a stitch glossary.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is the perfect book for anyone who loves the look of lace but has been intimidated to try making something fashionable. Also, the repetition of the lace patterns makes it easy for experienced crocheters to make adjustments, if needed.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 Chic Garments & Accessories

By Mary Jane Hall

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

Next on the Blog Tour is Jocelyn Sass of Cute Crochet Chat.  Be sure to check out her chat session and don’t miss the giveaway.

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour




Hanging out With Cre8tion Crochet

Conversation with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet — crochet, fashion, designing, and the Knit & Crochet Show

Crochet at Michaels Open House

I demo’d crochet yesterday at two stores for Michaels open house. Heading back again today to celebrate Lion Brand’s 135th Birthday and demo crafts made with Bonbons.  As part of the celebration:

  • 20% off sale on all Lion Brand yarns.
  • A chance to enter a raffle to win one of 135 prize packs filled with Lion Brand yarns.
  • A tutorial from the Michaels staff on how to make a scarf or necklace with Bonbons.
  • The first 25 customers will receive a free Bonbon.

Lion Brand 135th Birthday Party celebration takes place today at all participating Michaels stores from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

*no compensation received for this promo, except for salary received as Michaels employee

This Is Crochet – End of Summer Crochet Pattern Sale

This Is Crochet End of Summer Sale

The 50% OFF – END OF SUMMER SALE ends at midnight EST on Sunday, September 22.  If you have ever thought about trying a This Is Crochet pattern, this is a great time to do it.  No coupon codes are needed.  Discounts will appear in shopping cart after items are selected.

Happy shopping!






Summer-to-Fall Crochet Fashion


i can’t wait to start layering on crochet fashion pieces and accessories.  Jackets, cardigans, scarves, tights mixed with shorts, skirts, tanks, and camis, along with loads of jewelry, shoes and boots!  Best part about the beginning of Fall is the clothes.

Goodbye, Summer! It's time to get ready for Fall crochet fashions and accessories. Add light layers with scarves, tights, hats, and other accessories.

Seven Free Patterns for Crochet Gifts

Crochet Me! Free Crochet Ideas: 7 PatternCrochet Me! has put together a free e-book collection of seven crochet patterns that are perfect for handmade gifts.  The collection includes a hat, juggling balls, hat & scarf set, market bag, baby cardigan, lace bracelet, and nesting dolls.

Visit Crochet Me! to download your free book.  Interweave does require free registration to the Crochet Me! membership community which allows you to access the blogs, forums, videos, and galleries. Plus, you can share your work with the other crochet community members.

Goodbye Google Reader

Follow on BloglovinAs of July 1st, Google Reader has gone away for reasons still not clear to the rest of us.  So I have moved my blog’s RSS feed to Bloglovin’ so those who use readers can read and follow me there.

If you need help moving your subscriptions from Google Reader to Bloglovin’, here are some links to helpful posts:

How to Move Your Google Reader RSS Feed to Bloglovin’
My new favorite reader: a Bloglovin’ tutorial
Follow ABM on Bloglovin’
Replacing google friends connect with Bloglovin’

I’m back from my unplanned break from blogging, and I hope to see you later on Bloglovin’!

New Spring/Summer Crochet Patterns from This Is Crochet


Look for new Spring / Summer #crochet patterns on and Ravelry this weekend #ThisIsCrochet

For those of you who cannot wait until the weekend, a little birdy says try KnitPicks.