Thanks to our friends over at Storey Publishing, we’re sharing a handy excerpt from Dora Ohrenstein’s latest book, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop (The Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter).
Dora’s latest book features numerous tips on gauge, crochet shaping and construction, colorwork and more – so we suggest that you go ahead and check out the book in its entirety, you’ll be glad you did.
In the meantime, have a look at the excellent excerpt below. Coupled with instructional photos, you’ll quickly and easily learn two different methods for starting a crochet circle – a ring with chains and the magic circle.
Try them out to see which method you like best!
Starting the Circle
There are several different ways to begin working in the round. You can make several chains (the most common method), make an adjustable ring, or use the first chain as a ring. Let’s look at the first two.
Make a Ring with Chains
To make a ring with chains, work several chains, then slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring. The number of chains is determined by how many stitches you intend to work into the ring and how tightly you want the ring to close. If you are following a pattern, the number of chains will be specified. Supposing, however, that you are working a hat pattern, and after working the specified number of chains and stitches in the first round, you find you have a larger hole at the center than you’d like. Go ahead and try again with fewer chains: it will cause no harm whatsoever. For other items worked in the round, such as motifs and flowers, the size of the “hole” at the center can make a difference, as it affects the overall size of the finished piece. In these instances, it’s wise to stick with the instructions as written.
Hoy, tenemos un vídeo tutorial para usted completamente en Español de Yolanda Soto-Lopez de el canal All Crafts Channel en Youtube. Nos dimos cuenta de lo popular que ha sido el tutorial de “Simple Crochet Shrug” con subtitulos de Yolanda, y quisimos probar un nuevo vídeo sólo en español.
Miren como Yolanda le muestra como tejer un gorro fácil con un pompón!
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Translation: Today, we have a video tutorial for you completely in Spanish from Yolanda Soto-Lopez from the All Crafts Channel on Youtube. We noticed how popular Yolanda’s Simple Crochet Shrug tutorial with subtitles has been, so we wanted to try a new video only in Spanish.
Watch as Yolanda shows you, in Spanish, how to crochet an easy hat with a pompom!
Over the past few months, we’ve shared #scarfie projects from many of our favorite bloggers who all used Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® to design beautiful cowls, most of which require only one or two balls.
I put together a collection of their wonderful #scarfie projects in case you missed any. They’re all simple crochet patterns that even a beginner crocheter will be able to understand and work through. So take a gander and see which one fits your style!
P.S: We encourage you to share photos of your handmade scarf or cowl projects by tagging @LionBrandYarn and using the hashtag, #scarfie. You’ll have the chance to be featured in our #scarfie gallery on Facebook!
|Repeat Crafter Me
Crochet Hooded Cowl in Fig and Fisherman
Chunky Scalloped Cowl in Grass
All About Ami
Twist Cowl in Sandstone
|Petals to Picots
Quick & Comfy Crochet Scarf in Oatmeal
Stormy Weather Cowl in Fig and Charcoal
Uptown Circle Scarfie in Eggplant
We haven’t had much snow here in NYC, but plenty of folks throughout the country and in Canada have already woken up to blankets of it. If you’re lucky enough to simply enjoy a snow day, why not bundle up, grab your sled, board, or skis, and have fun in snow!
January is peak ski season, so it’s a safe bet that many of you are hitting the slopes or out tobogganing. As knitters and crocheters, I’m sure you’ve donned some form of handmade knitwear while enjoying winter activities. Hats are great accessories for snow activities because they keep you warm, and can help friends and family spot you in a crowd or at the bottom of a hill.
To celebrate winter and having fun in the white, vibrant snow, I’ve rounded up six hat patterns that’ll help you stand out from the masses.
Bright and Cheery: You’ll be easy to spot in these vibrant colors!
|Knit Basic Hat
in Unique (Cornucopia)
Ribbed Slouchy Hat
in Hometown USA (Albuquerque Orange, Memphis Blues)
|Crochet Over the Rainbow Hat
in Unique (Circus)
Stylish & Sophisticated: Neutral Colors with Fun Details
|Animal Lover Hat
in Vanna’s Glamour (Onyx, Gold)
in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Fisherman – Love this style, but I suggest a different color)
|Glitter Blizzard Hat
in Gold Leaf (Black/Gold)
What type of handmade items do you like to wear (or make for others) for enjoying snow activities? Share with us in the comments!
After consulting with doctors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists, Colette discovered and perfected useful massages for her hands using a rubber bounce ball – the kind you find in toy dispensers at the supermarket!
We hope to see you at our booth on January 17th and 18th to receive a ball and learn the techniques for yourself!
Click here to see Colette talk about some of her massage techniques.
Now that the holidays are over, you might find that you have extra time to craft for yourself. Why not learn how to arm knit a cowl?
Arm knitting continues to increase in popularity because it’s so quick and easy to complete a wearable project; a scarf or cowl will take an average of 30 minutes to make! Once you get the hang of the process, you’ll realize how fun arm knitting is, and maybe you’ll want to try experimenting with different colors and styles.
In her newest tutorial for Lion Brand, Vanessa from the Crafty Gemini demonstrates the arm knitting process for you to follow along. She even includes some slow-motion shots in the video, ensuring that you’ll understand the process so that you can successfully create your own cowl with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in 30 minutes or less!
(editor’s note: The contest mentioned in the video is now over. Stay close, there will be more opportunities to win yarn from Lion Brand and The Crafty Gemini.)
Watch the video below!
Check out some more styles of arm knit cowls in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®!
|Arm Knit Cowl
Pumpkin, Raspberry, and Fig
|Quick Arm Knit Cowl
|2 Color Arm Knit Cowl
Claret and Hoosiers
Knit and crochet designer Lisa Gentry is the creative talent behind Hook and Needle Designs and she’s just created an eBook featuring 20 crochet scarf patterns — perfect timing, since winter has definitely arrived!
The scarf patterns in this book are suited to those who want more decorative, stylish scarves featuring openwork, and of course, there are bulkier versions perfect for braving the winter cold. Thanks to Lisa, we have 5 copies of her eBook to give away, AND each winner will also receive a skein of Homespun® to complete the Sweet Sixteen Scarf (pictured below – right). Information to enter is below, good luck!
»Click Here« to enter the giveaway if the form below does not work for you.
January is here and that means Vogue Knitting LIVE! The popular three-day event takes place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, January 16th through 18th. Visit us at booth #221 for book signings and exciting demonstrations (scroll down for schedule and details).
We’re also thrilled to announce that our fabulous 7 Wonders of the Yarn World art exhibit will be on display to the public for the first time!
Designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent, each sculpture of the 7 Wonders of The Yarn World represents a different technique found in knit or crochet (cables, colorwork, textures and more). The installations stand about 5 feet high or taller, and include marvels such as the Great Wall of China crocheted with granny squares, an embellished knit Taj Mahal, a lace crocheted Leaning Tower of Pisa, a crocheted Sphinx, and more.
You don’t want to miss this incredible display. Be sure to stop by the 5th floor art gallery to see these 7 Wonders of The Yarn World!
ALSO, stop by our booth on Saturday to get a free hand massage demonstration from fiber artist Colette Smith (12:30pm), and be sure to visit us on Sunday for book and DVD signings from legends such as Dora Ohrenstein, Lily Chin, and Margaret Hubert. Plus- we’ve got an extra special giveaway for the first 50 attendees to stop by the booth on Friday!
Meet these lovely women at our booth!:
|Hand Therapy for Knitters; a hands on demo by Colette Smith (designer of Colette’s Gardens) Watch techniques to be demonstrated here!
|Lily Chin will be signing copies of the following DVDs:- Join As You Go Crochet- Join As You Go Knitting- Two Color Circular Tunisian Crochet
|Dora Ohrenstein will be signing copies of her newest release, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop.
| Margaret Hubert signing copies of The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting (2nd edition) and The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet (2nd edition)
Today, I’m excited to share 6 awesome crochet patterns from some wonderfully talented bloggers and designers. Some of you may be familiar with the works of these bloggers already, and if not – be sure to browse through and check out each site; I’m sure you’ll find something that piques your interest! All of the links below feature projects from crafters who made items with our yarn of the month, Heartland (which is now 20% off).
(Top left to right)
This great #scarfie project comes from Sarah, the creative mind behind the blog, Repeat Crafter Me. So cozy for this time of year, Sarah’s Crochet Hooded Cowl works up fast with 3 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and the toddler version only requires 2. This project is quite easy to crochet and assemble, and Sarah has even included some lovely pictures to help you visualize the process!
Make matching sets for you and your little one with Sarah’s awesome patterns: Crochet Hooded Cowl