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I always enjoy getting to try yarns that I have never tried before. Especially ones that aren't local to me. It really is one of my favorite parts of being in the Design Wars family! However, there is something to be said about the tried and true. Yarn that you always have on hand. An essential part of your stash. Your "go-to". For me, that has to be Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. If I am picturing a design that requires a nice and chunky yarn, this is always what I gravitate to first! Let me tell you why...
I have a couple designs that feature a zipper and one of the comments that I get the most is "I can't sew, so I probably can't do this.". Well, I'm here to tell you that this is one of the EASIEST ways to add something special to your crocheted pieces and you really don't need any special skill to do it! If you can weave in ends, you can sew on a zipper!
How to create a LTC, or Linked Treble (Triple) Crochet:
Photo 1: Ch3, pick up a loop in the second chain from hook, pick up another loop in third chain from loop, pick up another loop in the same as beginning ch3 (4 loops on hook).
Photo 2: Yarn over, draw through 2 loops (3 loops on hook).
Photo 3: Yarn over, draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook).
Photo 4: Yarn over, draw through last 2 loops (1 loop on hook). First LTC made.
Photo 5: Put hook through first horizontal bar in previous LTC, draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), put hook through second horizontal bar in previous LTC, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), draw up a loop in next stitch (4 loops on hook).
Photo 6: Complete LTC as in steps 2-4.
I know, I know. Talking about gauge swatches can be about as exciting as watching paint dry. You know you are supposed to do them, but you might tell yourself you don't have time, or you don't like the hassle, maybe you figure you are good if you go up/down a hook size or you get so excited to start that you just forget! Maybe you don't really know what gauge is or how to make a swatch. Well, I decided to conduct an experiment! I asked several different Designers and Crocheters to make me a gauge swatch using this criteria: They needed to use Red Heart Soft and an I (5.5 mm) hook and take a picture of their 4"x4" gauge swatch for comparison. Simple enough! Right? Before I share the results with you below, I want to take a quick second to share how to check for gauge on your project.
Fringe was the biggest trend at New York Fashion Week for Spring 2016 and I want to show you how quick and easy it is to add it to your projects!
All you need are the following items: Your project, yarn, hook, scissors and measuring tape.
1. Figure out how long you want your fringe to be, double it and cut your yarn 1" longer than that. I wanted my finished fringe length to be 6" so I cut strips of yarn at 13" long so I had extra to play with.
2: Fold your yarn in half (I used 2 strands to really emphasis the fringe on my project!) and pull the loop through your project using your hook.
3: Pull the hanging ends of the fringe through the loop.
4: Pull firmly on the ends to tighten the knot you just made. Give your fringe a trim so that all the ends lay nice and even.
Voila! You are now sporting one of the hottest trends for 2016!
Looking for a pattern to add some fringe to? The photos above show my Shelby Triangle Cowl, however, the Ally Scarf (shown in green) would be beautiful and the Rigby Scarf is a free pattern that would also look spectacular with this embellishment!
So excited!!! Crystal, from Crystalized Designs and myself were chatting yesterday about Instagram. I LOVE Instagram! It's one of my favorite forms of social media and I spend WAY too much time lost in the gorgeous photos! We were discussing how often we use it for our crochet work, what we could do to get more involved, how to make it more fun, etc. Then she mentioned doing a Photo A Day challenge and came up with the hashtag #crochet365 to keep track of it. Well, like anytime we get to chatting, one idea led to another and here we are!
SO! Wanna play? Here is how it's going so far...
1. Find me on IG. My user name is @bysincerelypam. Check out the above graphic and regram it on your page. There is an app you can use, or you can go ahead and grab the one I posted above.
2. Follow along! Today is January 1st, Day 1, so post whatever you like as long as it's crochet related! Think outside the box for each one. Make it fun!
3. Use #crochet365 for each day (I realize it's a Leap Year, but #crochet366 doesn't have the same ring to it!) so that we can easily see what everyone else is up to!
4. WIP stands for "Work In Progress" and TBT is "Throw Back Thursday".
5. Each month will be posted on the first day of the new month and the Challenge will be created by a new Designer!
I would love to know what you think! Are you on IG? Will you be playing along?
Best Wishes to a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Ok, admit it. You have a yarn that you eye from afar. Something that makes your heart go a-flutter and makes your fingers itch to dive in and hold it, pet it, start to chain with it. Maybe it's the colors, or the fibre, or the weight. Maybe it's hand spun? Dyed in your favorite colors? Or made by a company you adore? Well, I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours! Ok, I'll go first. It's Knit Picks Chroma. OH EM GEE!!!!! The colors this stuff comes in are what my dreams are made of! The stunning color combos, the long, self striping transitions, the POSSIBILITIES!!!! So, when it was announced that Knit Picks was partnering with Design Wars, I KNEW I had to jump in!
Well, apparently I am a sucker for deadlines since I am in back to back Design Wars Challenges! This time around I am competing against Viktoria from Crochetrend in a Hat Challenge! This means that I got to pick any yarn I wanted to design a hat with. I chose Red Heart Yarns Comfort Sport. This is not a yarn that I have local to me so I was really excited for my order to arrive!
I am always so excited when I get to participate in a Design Wars Challenge! I get to battle with some of the best in the business, interact with new friends and fans, and sometimes I even get to try yarns I may not have local to me. This particular Challenge has me up against one of the most kind, thoughtful and funny people I have ever met, Crystal from Crystalized Designs! She and I have been internet Besties for years and I couldn't be more excited to be duking it out with her ;)
Also, we get to use a brand of yarn that is new to the DW Family!
Christmas is only 9 weeks away. Yep. I just went there. But it really is my favorite time of year! Especially now that I have kids. Big M is 4 and is right into the whole Santa thing, so we are having a blast with that! Little M will only be 5 months old, so she won't know what's going on, but will be fun for us none the less. We really feel lucky to have our families and each other!
We all know that not everyone is as fortunate as we are. A report by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that 235,000 individuals, youth and families experience homelessness per year. You can read more on that here. So, when Sonya of Blackstone Designs asked if I would like to participate in a Crochet Mitten Drive, I jumped at the chance to help in what little way I can. I designed a pattern that will be free for you to use to make and donate mittens to whichever cause is close to your heart this season.
My name is Pam! I'm a 30-something WAHM of two amazing children! I live in beautiful Northern Ontario with my husband, kids and our feisty Westie, Rigby.