10.24.2012

Seeing Stars

(C) Interweave Crochet
My latest pattern -- The Vega Cowl is in the soon-to-be-out Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012.  In the call for submissions, the editorial staff asked for pattern ideas that could use a small amount of luxury yarn.  I came up with this cowl and swatched it in a camel yarn from Classic Elite, called Blithe.  I found this yarn at the Knit & Crochet Show back in 2011 and really loved its squishy feel.

Well, I was delighted to get the news from the editor, Marcy Smith, that they wanted to publish this pattern in the Accessories issue.  I was excited to see what yarn they would send me because I was expecting it to be something really special.  I was not disappointed!  When I got the box and saw that it was from Lionbrand I was hoping that I would open it to find cashmere.  I was delighted to be correct!  They sent me three heavenly balls of their LB Collection 100% Cashmere!  This yarn was delicious!  It was like crocheting with butter almost, if butter could be formed into strings and yet still be melted.  It was so soft and drapey!
(C) Interweave Crochet
This cowl was delightful to stitch.  It is made from six-pointed star motifs joined together as you go.  The top and bottom edges are finished with partial motifs.  This takes exactly 3 balls of the cashmere, which is 82yd(75m) per ball.  The color shown here is #106 Cruise.

(C) Interweave Crochet
Like every special Accessories issue that Interweave has done, this one is awesome!  Jam-packed with outstanding projects that are small enough for that instant gratification that we all need, and perfect for holiday gift giving.  It isn't included in subscriptions though, so you'll have to order it online or find it where craft magazines are sold -- available on newsstands Nov. 6th.  You can order it from the Interweave Store in either print or digital format.

I'd love to see pictures of this or any other finished projects.  I'm sure to find them on Ravelry if you post them there, or you can post pics on my Facebook page.

Happy stitching!

April :)

10.20.2012

Sugar Plum Neckwarmer



This is my newest self-publish pattern.  It's been a really long time since I've done any self-publishing, but I have others that I am hoping to get to before long.

This is made in Red Heart Boutique Treasure  #1913 Spectrum and Red Heart Boutique Ribbons #1930 Aurora.  The pattern is for sale in my Ravelry pattern store and in my Etsy Shop for $4.00.  This is an easy pattern that you can make in a weekend.  You know you'd love to have a new sparkly, dressy accessory!

I'd love to see your pictures of finished neckwarmers on Ravelry or on my Facebook page!

Happy stitching!

April :)

10.13.2012

Goin' to a Party -- Finally!


This sweet jacket is available in the December issue of Crochet World magazine.  I designed this last fall for Caron yarns, just before it was sold to Spinrite (owner of Bernat and Patons).  Seeing this in print has been a L O N G wait!

This is made in Caron Simply Soft Party, which is a sparkle yarn that I LOVE!  It is by far the softest sparkle yarn I have felt -- no itchiness from the sparkle.

This is available in sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10 and uses 3 colors of Simply Soft Party.  I just know that there is a little girl in your life that would love this jacket!  You know it will become her fav accessory!

The creation of this pattern was a collaborative effort between myself and then creative director for Caron Yarns, Cari Clement.  I am so pleased with this pattern and was really excited about how it turned out.  I was determined to make this a top-down raglan sweater, and I accomplished that, and this is the first pattern that I wrote with that style of construction.

I'd love to hear you feedback on it!  If you make it, I'd be delighted to see pics of it on Ravelry, or on my Facebook page!

Happy stitching!

April :)

10.12.2012

Halloween Crochet


I was asked to design three crochet patterns for Coats & Clark for Halloween.  These are all costume pieces.  This first one is "Cape For a Princess".  I made this a collared, lacy-edged cape.  I had Snow White's cape in mind as I was designing this, though I didn't make the collar stick up like hers did.  Neck circumference is 17" and length is 34".  It is made in Red Heart Super Saver.  This is a downloadable FREE pattern you can find on Red Heart's website.


This pattern, "Tiara for a Princess" is the second  costume design.  I made a beaded edging so that it could be a "jeweled" crown.  The crown will fit up to 20" head circumference.  It has velcro in the back so that it can grow with your child.  This is made in Red Heart Super Saver.  This is also a downloadable FREE pattern!


If you are going vampire this Halloween, or making a costume piece for someone else that is going vampire, this "Vampire Ascot" may be the perfect old-fashioned touch for your costume.  The ascot measures 7"x44" and is made in Red Heart Heart & Sole.  It is fairly easy, just many rows of the same lacy stitch pattern.  This is also a downloadable FREE pattern.

I made these designs early this summer, and shipped them to Coats & Clark just before leaving for the Knit & Crochet Show in June.

Will you be crocheting for Halloween?  Tell me all about it here, or post comments and pics on my Facebook page!  I'd love to see your projects!

Happy Stitching!

April :)