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

(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

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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

 

 

 

(Interview) Cre8tion Crochet LIVE Episode 8

(Interview) Cre8tion Crochet LIVE Episode 8

I talked crochet with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.  Some of our topics include whether to block or not, using test crocheters and finding a crochet mentor.

Hanging out With Cre8tion Crochet

Hanging out With Cre8tion Crochet

I had a great conversation with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.  Listen as we discuss crochet, fashion, designing,  the Knit & Crochet Show and Crochet Savvy Magazine.

Listen to Our Discussion

 

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?

New Scarves and a Skirt

preview of new scarf pattern from This Is CrochetNew scarf designs and a skirt are coming soon. The skirt probably won’t be available until around Spring, though. This is a sneak preview of one of the scarves.

I haven’t submitted anything for publication in a while, but I’m going to start again. I miss doing that.

The Crimson Cape is now available for purchase in the Interweave Store. I’ve seen some awesome versions of the cape on Ravelry.

Rethinking this Crochet Designer Thing

Beautiful Baby - © Beatrice Killam - Dreamstime.com
Since the beginning of this year, I have been thinking long and hard about what direction I want to take with my crochet business, and I decided to pump the breaks on everything until I figure this out.

I haven’t submitted any designs to publications in a long time (sorry you won’t see anything from me in Interweave Crochet or any other magazine for a while).  One of the reasons for this is that I am revamping how I create my patterns.  Organic crochet design only truly works when I am designing one-of-a-kind items.  Yes, I can document the entire creation process and turn my notes into a working pattern, but I think it leaves more room for errors and actually requires more work.  It’s true that the initial creation process is faster for me because I have a creative flow happening.  I can visualize what I want to make, pick up my hook and yarn, and usually create exactly what I envisioned, but when it time to explain technically how I achieved the design, some things are just difficult to explain in writing for me.  Also, when drafting multiple sizes, some things just don’t work for all sizes, and there may be no work around solution.

This is just one of the thoughts I’m working through right now.  I’ll come back later to add more on this.

Don’t worry, I am not giving up on crochet design.  In fact, I am working on a design for an upcoming project, and as soon as I am free to discuss it, I will share the news.

Also, the AfroStitch Crochet Conference that was held in February was wonderful.  I haven’t been back to blog about it so I owe a post or two about that one.