Tunisian Bracelet

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This morning I was looking for a quick and fun idea for scrap yarn. It’s been one of those mornings where I wanted instant gratification – not an easy thing to achieve with knitting or crochet! The above bracelet is the result of that!

The yarn is a bit fuzzy which is why the photo appears a little blurry. It was a fun and fast project!

I started with my Denise hooks, some pretty scrap yarn, my scissors and a yarn needle. I chained until it fit around my wrist loosely, for me, that was 30 chains using an F hook. My yarn is a sock weight so if you use a thicker yarn you’ll want to go up in hook size. I worked 3 rows of the Tunisian knit stitch and then fastened off. I then sewed the ends together and weaved in the ends! That’s it! Done!

You can do as many or few rows as you’d like. Whatever you do, don’t block it! This is the one time we want the curl! The curl is what gives it the lovely bangle shape.

These are perfect gifts or even stocking stuffers you can whip up in no time! What a great way to use up pretty bits of yarn you just can’t stand to part with!

Quick Tee Embellishment!

I love shopping! Not because I like buying things (unless it’s yarn!) 😉 I just really enjoy the inspiration I find while out and about.

This tee was actually pretty ordinary until I noticed the crocheted pocket on it. What a delightful idea – and a fantastic way to use small swatches that are too pretty to throw away but hard to use in another project.

I have a drawerful of swatches and way too many tees, maybe it’s time to combine the two? What a fun and fast way to spruce up my wardrobe!

What fun and interesting ways have you seen crochet used while out shopping?

Do You Want A Career In Crochet?

Many of you know Ellen Gormley as the fabulous designer behind the Go Crochet brand. She has authored several books, edited Crochet! magazine, published over 300 (and counting!) patterns, tech edited,  is an online video teacher, and is the crochet expert on the tv show Knit & Crochet Now! Nice resume, don’t you think?

Ellen has held a position in pretty much every way possible in crochet. She also mentored others during her career — and I was fortunate enough to be one of those she mentored! I have my career because I had the help I needed to begin moving in the right direction. It was an invaluable experience that helped me define where I wanted to go and exactly what I needed to do to get there. I learned how to put together a proposal, found out how to find the contact information for submissions, and was given feedback on my ideas.  Everyone could use a gifted mentor, especially one who cares if you succeed. That’s where Ellen comes in.

Right now Ellen is offering to mentor/coach anyone who is interested in taking their crochet career to the next level. If you are serious about finally turning your hobby into a career hop on over to Go Crochet and get started today!

Pattern & Chart Reading Tip

I admit I hate wearing reading glasses, and I can never find them when I need them. My sister shared a great idea with me that I’d like to pass on to you.

Most of us have smartphones or tablets with a camera. Use the camera to take a photo of your pattern or chart and then enlarge it on your device so you can easily read the pattern or chart. You may need to take photos of each section of the pattern but it’s well worth the extra time it takes to do so. Having the pattern and chart portable is very handy, too!

I’ve also found that using my camera while grocery shopping helps with reading those ever shrinking labels! 🙂

 

Masika Beaded Scarf

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Masika is by far one of my favorite designs to date. Why? Because of all the lovely beads! I also love it because I learned something about myself while writing the beading article and designing the project. I LOVE light yarn with dark beads best. Who knew?

While swatching and comparing stitches I found, for me at least, beads pop more if the background is light and the beads are a complimentary darker color.  I also discovered that beads show more if I can add them during a chain stitch versus any other stitch, such as a single or double crochet.  Any stitch other than a chain stitch tends to bury the bead making them much harder to see.

I finally have the lamps I need to do the tutorial photos. As soon as I get that set up I am looking forward to sharing some how-to tips with you!

In the meantime, you might want to hop on over to Fire Mountian Gems and check out their beads. Their color selection is outstanding! Happy shopping! Yes, I’m an enabler when it comes to pretty things 🙂

Broomstick Lace

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Broomstick Lace is a quick and easy stitch for pretty much any project. The broomstick needle is so large that it makes it ideal for any weight or fiber content of yarn. Fine yarns create a very lacy design with a beautiful drape. Heavier yarns create a more dense and warm fabric.

 

The yarn I used on the cover photo of Crochet! magazine Spring 2017 is Premier Aurora which is a medium weight acrylic. It’s a beautiful yarn that could very easily be mistaken for a sumptuous wool. The colors are soft yet vibrant and the changes are subtle and very pleasing to the eye.

 

I hope you enjoy my newest pattern! Please share your photos of the shawl with me on Ravelry!