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I got my copy of First Light: 2013 Spring Collection by Knit Picks in the mail! So much goodness inside. I can’t wait to set aside some time to enjoy this book.
Introducing First Light: 2013 Spring Collection by Knit Picks
First 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!
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?
Look at this! It’s a new design that will be released this month. At this time, I am given the go ahead to share a just a little bit so I’m only showing this small section. Can you guess what this is?
This design is scheduled to debut and should be on Ravelry sometime next week. *squeal!!!*
You all know that I love creating Tunisian Crochet designs — everything from accessories to home décor.
Interweave Crochet has put together 4 Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns plus Tips on Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitches and How to Tunisian Crochet. This is a great primer to learn or brush up on your Tunisian crochet skills, and you get four free patterns to try.
Last month, I showed this preview of my newest pattern. I will be published in the next few days as soon as I get the photographs finished. I will give you all one hint as to what it is. *IT’S A GARMENT!*
I have a new pattern coming out in a few days. Another flower-inspired design that is perfect for lightweight cotton and silk yarns. Here is a preview. HINT: It’s a garment!
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.
The Party Girl Skirt is now available as a free pattern download. This is a cute skirt with a triple-tiered, ruffled bottom for little girls. It’s fun in layered bright colors, but it would be just as pretty done in one color. I think it would make a nice flower girl skirt if done in all white.
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.