First Light: 2013 Spring Collection

Introducing First Light: 2013 Spring Collection by Knit Picks

First Light: 2013 Spring Collection by Knit PicksFirst Light is a collection of 14 patterns from 12 designers, and it features seven yarns from Knit Picks.  There are 13 knit designs and 1 crochet design by me! — the Chrysanthemum crochet cardigan.

Knit Picks’ description reads:

Chrysanthemum is a full-length crochet cardigan that moves effortlessly with you as you move through your day. Wear it with a bright belt as an unexpected punch of color. Wear it as an extra layer as you head to an early morning yoga class. Wear it as a light coat throughout the transitional seasons.

Featuring long sleeves and an open front, this cardigan is crocheted from the shoulders down and joined at armholes to complete the remainder as one piece. Alternating groupings of double crochet and chain stitches create an elegant rippled pattern. Size increases are made in the dc sections, and the edges are finished with a reverse single crochet stitch border.

Chrysanthemum is available as an individual pattern or in the printed First Light book.  The First Light book also comes with a free PDF version!

Chrysanthemum Crochet Cardigan by Rhonda "TurquoizBlue" Davis for First Light: 2013 Spring Collection by Knit Picks

Knit Picks is giving away three copies of the First Light printed book.  Visit the Knit Picks blog before February 25, and leave your comment on this post about which pattern is your favorite.  Good luck!

What do you think of the First Light collection?

Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans


Introducing Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans

A collection of 10 of popular crocheted afghans patterns

Interweave has put together a collection of 10 popular afghans, blankets, and throws called Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans that features the following designs from top crochet designers:

  • Sweet Lorraine Lace Throw
  • Painted Turtle Afghan
  • Dots Blanket
  • Hap Blanket
  • Solas Caomh
  • Marmalade Skies Afghan
  • Magic Carpet Blanket
  • Moorish Mosaic Afghan
  • Seaside Throw
  • Mulled Spices Afghan

Explore a variety of techniques and styles.  Perfect for projects for gifts to give throughout the year.

Crochet at NY Fashion Week 2012

Runway crochet

Hariette Cole debuts luxury crochet accessories at NY Fashion Week 2012

Harriette Cole debuted a new line of crocheted accessories this month at NY Fashion Week.  Harriette curated luxury fibers, which she used to create scarves, wraps, hats, and gloves for her 108 Stitches Harriette Cole Collection.

The collection was shown at the Hair Rules Salon in New York City, and it has received several favorable mentions since it was shown.  You can view the collection at

In addition to her new role as designer for 108 Stitches, Harriette also presides over Harriette Cole Media.  She is also the former lifestyle editor of Essence Magazine, creative director of Ebony Magazine, and Today Show contributor.

I met Harriette this weekend at Blogalicious, and we talked about her new luxury crochet collection, fibers, and pricing.  Harriette loves yummy fibers like cashmere, alpaca, silk, and even paper.  I suggested that she design something scrumptious for one of the crochet publications.  I enjoyed meeting and talking to Harriette, and I look forward to connecting with her in the future.  I always get excited when I meet people who are doing big things with crochet!

Crochet Classes – October Schedule

Here is the October class schedule for the crochet and beginner knitting classes that I am teaching this month at Michaels.  Sign up now to start on your holiday projects.

Michaels – Dunwoody – Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 pm
1155 Mount Vernon Hwy
Ste 150
Dunwoody, GA 30338-5441
(770) 394-4988

Michaels – Alpharetta – Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 pm
7491 N Point Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30022-4846
(678) 722-0036

Free Pattern and Crochet Savvy Magazine Fall Issue

Wafle Crochet HeadbandThe Fall issue of Crochet Savvy magazine is available for download. This is the third issue of this new magazine dedicated to “Fashionable … Trendy … Modern …” crochet “for the Crochet Enthusiastic.” Visit the website at and check out the yarn reviews, featured designers, recipes, crafts, and contests. You can download the magazine for free on the Crochet Savvy website or from MagCloud.

The current issue of Crochet Savvy has a free pattern from This Is Crochet — Waffle Crochet Headband. This is an accessory for girls of all ages. The instructions are for both the narrow and wide versions.

Introducing Fleurette – Tunisian Crochet Scarf

Fleurette Tunisian Crochet Scarf downloadable crochet pattern by TurquoizBlue for This Is Crochet


Fleurette is a full-length, Tunisian knit stitch scarf with wide, double crochet fleurette borders on each end. The scarf can be wrapped and folded for a variety of looks.  The sample used for the pattern was made with a worsted weight mulberry silk, which has a nice drape after it has been blocked.  This pattern is recommended for natural fiber yarns because it needs to be blocked.

This scarf is a fashionable and unique statement accessory for any wardrobe.  The downloadable PDF crochet pattern is available in the This Is Crochet Shop.


Stitches South Was Fun!

I didn’t get to report about Stitches South in April because I wasn’t feeling well, but I wanted to make a post about all the goodies I bought and the people I met.

It was held in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria.  I was able to go on Saturday and Sunday.  This was my first time attending Stitches, but I was told that the event was much larger last year.  I got to catch up with my former coworkers and old stitching buddies.   They introduced me to some of their friends, and we ate and shopped.

stitches haul

Here’s most of the stuff that I got.  Starting at the upper right corner:  Malabrigo “Silky Merino” in Lettuce (from Friends & Fiberworks); some pretty purple Toho hex beads (from Moss Hollow Pottery); Neighborhood Fiber Co. “Studio Worsted” Superwash Merino in Rock Creek Park; navy and violet silk ribbon 6-strand wrapped yarn (from Hand Dyed Fibers); natural 100% mulberry silk yarn (from Leilani Arts); and “Djinni Sock” 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon in Heroine (from Dragonfly Fibers).  Underneath everything is a big-A Tunisian hook in size S from Bag Smith.

On Saturday after we shopped we went to the annual dinner at Scalini’s that is hosted by the Knit Witch.  I met even more people, and won one of the raffle prizes, which was a certificate for a free skein of yarn from Dragonfly Fibers.

At Stitches, I also got to meet some of the crochet designers that I have talked with online for years.  I finally met Tammy Hildebrand and Amy Roberts Shelton.  I also met Marly Bird and Kristin Omdahl.  I took a class from Myra Wood about template-based design, and I can’t wait to try her methods.  I didn’t get to talk one-on-one with Myra because I didn’t want to disrupt her class, but I look forward to seeing her again.

Can’t wait for next year.

CGOA Crochet Competition!

VictoriAfricana Footstool - 3rd Place Winner CGOA 2009 Design Contest - Home Decor Category

The CGOA 2012 Design Competition is now open for all CGOA members of all levels. The deadline for all entries is June 6, 2012. In 2009, my VictoriAfricana Footstool won 3rd place in the Home Décor category. I’m going to enter again this year and hope some of you will do it, too. It is always fun to see the creative designs of the final winners.

There are seven design categories: fanciful fashion, fashion, accessories, small wonders, afghans, thread crochet, artistic expression.

A $15 fee is require for your first entry and a $10 fee for each additional entry.

For more details visit CGOA to read the additional competition information.

It’s National Crochet Month!

Happy National Crochet Month from This Is Crochet

Happy NatCroMo!

National Crochet Month is half over, and I have been crocheting like mad. I’m on my way to Vegas at the end of the month, and I want to have at least ONE crochet thing to wear. As a designer, I end up crocheting a lot of items that I don’t get to keep, and I also make things for family and friends. This means I end up with very few things for myself.

I decided to make March the month where I crochet for myself. I started with the Bonus Crochet Day we had on February 29, and I’ve kept it going. Hopefully, by the end of the month I will have photos of some designs that I made for myself. Maybe they will turn into patterns, too!

Claire Montgomerie Is New Editor of Inside Crochet Magazine

Interweave Crochet Magazine, Summer 2010On June 7, Claire Montgomerie officially became the new editor of Inside Crochet Magazine. Claire is a trained textile designer, and her designs have also been published for the past six years. It’s always exciting to see what new editors bring to a publication so I look forward to what Claire will bring to Inside Crochet.

I saw an issue of this magazine once in Barnes & Noble. It isn’t easy to find near me, but I always look at all the designs on Ravelry when they are uploaded.

If you would like to get a sense of Claire’s style and see some of her designs , you can visit her website at