(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




Flourish Skirt Crochet Pattern – $6.97

Flourish Skirt Crochet Pattern – $6.97

Crochet Skirt PDF Pattern #TICfs001/12s


A delicate, lacy floral skirt that also looks beautiful as a beach coverup. The skirt is made of individual motifs that are joined as they are worked.






Finished Hip: 33.5 (38, 43, 47.5, 52)
Finished Length: 22 (22, 22, 27, 27)


Knit Picks “Comfy Fingering” (75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic; 1.76 oz/50 g, 218 yd/199.3 m, CYCA #1 – Superfine) 4 (4, 4, 6, 6 skeins). Not recommended for 100% synthetic yarns. Color used in sample #8979 Planetarium.

Size E/4, 3.5 mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn Needle


1 flower motif = 4.75″ x 4.75″

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Wire & Bead Crochet Jewelry Patterns – Free Ebook

Wire & Bead Crochet Jewelry Patterns:

4 Free Crochet Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings Designs

Crochet Jewelry PatternsThis is a free ebook from Interweave that has four free jewelry patterns.  Learn how to use wire, bead, and thread crochet to make jewelry.  We can always use some more bling in our lives, right?

International Crochet Day Debut: Blusa Queen

Here she is! International Crochet Day was the perfect day to finally show Blusa Queen online and in public. I wore her to work and received some nice compliments. I was happy to say that today is International Crochet Day. “Is there really such a thing?” Yes. Yes, it sure is. Next year the holiday should be even more known if the current buzz continues.

I quickly took this in the morning before work. I’ll take some more pictures later and be back with some commentary about what adaptations I made to the original pattern and other observations.

Blusa Queen Update

Blusa Queen is finished. She’s being blocked as I type this.

My time has been devoured with working on crochet designs and submissions. I now have a few crochet designs floating out there so we will see what comes of this.

My first published crochet design will hopefully appear this winter. When it happens, I’ll be here to shout with all the details.

Queen Update

I’m nearing the end on this project. I’m working on the 2nd sleeve and then the fun part begins. The ruffles! I can’t wait to put the frill on this jacket.

Ugh! Don’t look too closely at my pits in that first pic. I’m a child of the 60s and 70s. LOL!

I had to take a break from Connecticut Avenue and a couple of other “winter” projects. It’s too hot here and and just can’t make myself touch that wool.

I have some accessories projects that are almost done. Cute and fly stuff!

Graced with Lace

  • Purchased IC magazine in 2004
  • Began Lily Chin Lace Dress in 2005
  • Completed in 2006
  • Wove in the ends and blocked in April 2008
  • Finally, posting pictures almost four years later in May 2008


I made this with Patons Grace in Tangelo. I am not nude underneath. Instead of a slip, I’m wearing a skin-toned body shaper. It extends from below my bra to above my knees. If you wear this, you can see through the lace, but you are well-covered.

I need to update my Blog Roll. There are several blogs I want to add.