Crocheted Afghans Book Giveaway Recipient!

Announcing Crocheted Afghans Book Giveaway Recipient

Craft Tree: Crocheted AfghansI got back from a mini-vacation just in time to catch this cold weather and a big storm.  The power went out for a while, but thankfully I had firewood and candles.  In spite of all that, I’m feeling refreshed and ready to celebrate NatCroMo.

First, I want to thank everyone who left comments about your favorite yarns to use for crocheting (and knitting) afghans.  I’m excited to have lots of new yarns to test.  And finally I want to announce who is going to receive a copy of Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans:  A collection of 10 of popular crocheted afghans patterns.

randomThe random number generator selected 14.  Congratulations to GAM:

gam“GAM,” I will be contacting you to get your information to mail you the book.  If you read this before then, please send me your info.  Again, CONGRATS! and ENJOY!

Thanks to FW Media for supplying the copy of Crocheted Afghans.

What Is Your Favorite Yarn, Plus Book Giveaway!

Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans:  A collection of 10 of popular crocheted afghans patterns – GIVEAWAY!

Craft Tree: Crochet Afghans

When I crochet blankets, afghans, and throws, I always seem to run back to my old faithful acrylic yarns.  I like them because they are inexpensive and can go in the washer and dryer.

I want to try some new yarns for some upcoming projects, and I want to know what you all are using for your projects.  So tell me what yarns do you all like to use when you make your crochet blankets, afghans, and throws?  I need some new ideas!

I have two designs featured in Interweave’s Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans – Seaside Throw and Mulled Spices Afghan, and I am giving away a copy of this paperback book.  Please leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite yarn to use to crochet your blankets, afghans, and throws by February 28, 2013.  On March 1, I will use a random number generator to select which commenter will receive the book.

I am excited to see what yarns you all are using so I can get some new choices.

R E M I N D E R:  Leave your comments by February 28, 2013.

 

 

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.

New Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns

four free Tunisian crochet patterns from Interweave Crochet

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.

Want to Learn Tunisian Crochet?

 

 

 

Interweave Press and Kim Guzman have put together A Step-By-Step Guide to Tunisian Crochet to help you get started with the basic.   Once you’ve gotten down the basics, there are five patterns for you to try, including the Mulled Spices Afghan.

For those of you who already love Tunisian Crochet, this is a great opportunity to pick up a technique resource, along with five great patterns, for the unbelievable amount of $6.99.

8 Ways to Create an Attractive Crochet Submission Package – Pt 1

Tips from a New Designer

 

I am a “new” crochet designer.  I am new because I just started submitting designs to publications in 2008.  I have been having some success with it, too.  I was blessed to have my very first submission accepted.  That turned out to be my Mulled Spices Afghan, which is in the Winter 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet.  Since that first submission, I have had several designs accepted for publication.  I’ve also received positive feedback about my submissions.

 

Lately, I’ve been getting questions about how to submit a design to be published so I wanted to write this list of tips to share what I have been doing as a brand new crochet designer.  I truly encourage anyone who wants to do a submission to please give it a try.  The more of us that submit the better.  The greater the chances are that we will see more crochet patterns that are innovative, fresh and exciting.

 

In the past, I’ve been a victim of “analysis paralysis,” and I spent time researching and contemplating how to submit for years without having the courage to take the leap.  I asked lots of questions and also read a lot about “how do I prepare a submission to XYZ Magazine.”  I studied how artists, authors, writers and other non-crochet creative people prepare their submissions.  I’ve also looked at submissions that some bloggers have shared that included pictures of their drawings and/or submission packages.  Did all that help?  I don’t know, but I suggest you not do like I did.  It’s better to get started and learn as you go along.

 

I’ve also had some rejections of my own, and while acknowledging that my designs just might not have been what was wanted, I also reevaluated my submissions and compared them against the ones I’ve had accepted to see what made some winners and others not.

 

I sent my first submission on my own without having anyone to consult.  I just tried to make sure I followed the guidelines to the “T.”  Since that time, I’ve gotten a mentor(s) through the CGOA mentor program, and I now have their expert advice to tap.  I want to share my observations and information that I’ve collected on creating a crochet submission package for publication.  I know there are many who have been doing submissions for years, and I’m sure they may do things differently than I do and know way more about this, but I hope this is helpful to at least one crocheter.

 

Without revealing exactly what I do because I think we should all be unique and also because I don’t want to be copied (ha!), below I’ve listed the steps I take to prepare my submissions.

 

Before you begin to compose your submission package, be sure to read over the editorial calendar, submission guidelines and application form several times.  Make sure you understand every component that you are asked to include.  After you’ve digested the guidelines, you are ready to begin to put your package together.  These are the components of my submission packages.

 

1.         Cover Letter

Start with a brief note or cover letter introducing yourself, indicating for which publication you are submitting, and a detailed description of what you are enclosing.

 

2.         Describe Your Design

Descriptions of your design concept are probably the most important part of your submission.  Remember you are selling the idea of your design because they won’t be able to look at a complete physical representation of your creation.  Your description of your design must include what it is, what is your design’s purpose, are there any alternative uses, who would use your design and why, how is it made (what stitches, what techniques, what hook, what yarn, what additional materials are used), and what degree of difficulty.  Be very descriptive.  For example, when I submitted my proposal for the Mulled Spices Afghan, I described how the afghan was lightweight and perfect for curling up in front of a fire while sipping hot cider.  Try to create a visual image.

 

3.         Swatch

It is better to send a larger sized swatch.  Don’t only send a 4×4 square that shows the main stitch pattern used for the body of the garment, unless a 4×4 square is what is requested.  What about the hem, the waistband, the neckline, the button closure, or a special flower?  Be sure to show how you plan to finish your design also.  If you have more than one stitch pattern being used in your design, swatch for all of them.  You can make one large swatch that includes your different stitch patterns and any edge treatments or you can make separate swatches.  Don’t forget to weave in your loose ends.  You want your swatch to be a miniature, finished representation of your design.

 

4.         Drawing

Sketches are important.  Even if you cannot draw, attempt to approximate what you are proposing.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  Croquis are quick line drawings of figures that can be used for fashion drawings.  If you cannot create your own, you can trace the outline of a figure, draw on it and color in the design.  There are many places to find croquis online.  Just enter a search for “fashion croquis,” and you will see websites dedicated to creating croquis, both for free and for sale.  Taunton Press’ Threads Magazine has an entire set called the “Croquis Family” that is available as a free download.  The set includes croquis for an average woman, a petite woman, a plus sized woman, a man, a child and a toddler.  If you are doing a geometric-type design such as an afghan, graph paper or an Excel spreadsheet are good ways to sketch out your design.

 

I will continue Part II tomorrow.

Mulled Spices Afghan – Interweave Winter ’08

For once I finally have a moment to myself!  Time to stay in bed and surf the net.  So it was an added joy to see the preview for Interweave’s Winter 2008 issue are finally posted.  Love the cover sweater.

This means I can show you my design!!!  I present the Mulled Spices Afghan.  It’s published under my government name. I am hyped.

Mulled Spices Afghan Crochet Pattern – $7.50

Mulled Spices Afghan Crochet Pattern – $7.50

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Crochet Afghan PDF Pattern #TICha001/08/r

$7.50

Soft, striped, and comfortable, this afghan is made using Tunisian simple stitch for the body and the same stitch as part of an entrelac pattern for the border. Warm colors evoke sitting by a fire in a winter cabin, and versatile colorwork opens up possibilities for any season, decor, or mood.

TECHNIQUE

Crochet

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE

About 46 ½” wide and 54″ long.

YARN

Lion Brand Cotton Ease (50% cotton, 50% acrylic; 207 yd [188 m]/3 Berroco Comfort DK (50% superfine nylon, 50% superfine acrylic; 178 yd [165 m]/ 1 ¾ oz [50 g]; ): #2760 beet root (A), 7 skeins; #2745 filbert (copper, B), 5 skeins; #2762 spruce (C), 4 skeins; #2744 teal (D), 3 skeins.
Yarn: #3 – Light

GAUGE

18 sts and 16 rows = 4″ in Tss with larger Tunisian hook; 3 entrelac squares across and 4 entrelac squares down = 4″ in Tunisian entrelac with smaller hook..

HOOK

Sizes Tunisian K/10 1⁄2 (6.5 mm) and standard H/8 (5 mm). Adjust Tunisian size K/10 ½ (6.5 mm), Tunisian or standard size I/9 (5.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS

Stitch marker (m); yarn needle.

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