It’s National Crochet Month…Rejoice!
Whether you like the quick work of a Q hook or enjoy the subtlety of a US-14 steel hook, it’s time to pull them out and put them to work making your own crocheted flag you can proudly fly! It’s National Crochet Month…Rejoice! WOOHOO!
It’s March, and that means it’s National Crochet Month; it’s time to expound upon all things crochet, pass along our favorite tips and tricks, and, of course, give away some great goodies from our sponsors. This year we get to do everything on TWO blogs… right here on Shibaguyz Designz AND on our publisher's site, the Lark Craft blog. To say we are excited about it is a bit of an understatement; [pulls out the thesaurus] enraptured, jubilant, agog, or maybe ebullient… yeah, those are the words we’re looking for.
In the coming weeks you can expect to see posts all about our favorite patterns from our latest books, Crochet Geometry and Designer Crochet
We'll have history and backgrounds on our favorites designs including never before seen photos of some of our favorite crocheted garments from our books.
And of course there will be some really FAB giveaways! Our studio sponsors are joining in the fun and have provided some really FAB prizes that we will be giving away to lucky visitors to our blog. Lark Crafts, Cascade Yarn, Ottlite, Furls Crochet, Eucalan, and Lion Brand Yarn are all on board, but we can't tell you what they are giving us... YET
You'll have to come back each week to see what the prize is for that week and how to enter, then check back for post updates and of course to see if you are the winner.
Winners will be announced each week this month. Are you excited yet?
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It probably will come as no surprise to anyone out there that waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed is especially hard here in the Pacific Northwest in Winter after the end of Daylight Savings when the sun rises well after the morning commute (to set again shortly before the commute home). Our day often begins in a dark, quiet room with the sound of Shibas snoring and Jason panicking “GAH… slept in again…”, jumping out of bed, stumbling to the closet while promptly stubbing his toe on the cedar chest at the foot of the bed and tripping over one of the Shiba kids, now fully awake and underfoot in the shadowy room.
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Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby - A NEW Craftsy Crochet Class and Giveaway
You've got your yarn, your hooks, and are ready to sit down and start creating that beautiful piece from the pattern you just purchased. You turn to page 44 and start looking at the pattern... what the heck is HDC? What direction am I supposed to be working? There's something that looks like Egyptian hieroglyphics on the next page... what have I done? GAH!!
Fear not intrepid crocheter! Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and Craftsy are here to give you all the answers to finding, reading, and understanding crochet patterns.
Yep, Shannon and the folks at Craftsy have been working on another FAB crochet class and this one is all about Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns. In fact that's what its called, "Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns" (direct and to the point!).
This course was created to teach new crocheters all the skills you need to read and successfully navigate crochet patterns. This will also be a FAB reference tool for the "I've been reading crochet patterns for fourty years" experienced stitchers. Regardless of your skill level you'll be learning tons about the in's and out's of crochet pattern reading and you'll be able to keep the class as an instant reference tool anytime you need it!
You will learn by watching Shannon complete each stitch, while at the same time seeing the stitch's name, abbreviation, and chart symbols on your screen, so you'll recognize them in multiple formats... That's just the start!
You get to apply what you are learning right away by making the "Modern Sampler Scarf" pattern that comes with the course. Shannon helps you with reading the written pattern AND the chart and how it all translates into actual stitches and rows. Before you know it you'll be piecing together your own sampler scarf with stitches so true they must have been blessed by a Pink Fairy Armadillo (which incidentally is a real animal… GAH!). I'll be there with you every step of the way!
When you’ve completed the entire course, you'll be shocked by how easily you can read through crochet patterns and get to stitching more and more advanced pieces. Don’t worry about forgetting any of the tips and techniques because the BEST part of all Craftsy classes is you can watch them whenever, and wherever you like and you can watch them as often as you like since your purchase never expires! Have a few minutes to watch a segment? Need to go back and see one of our tips & tricks again? Want to watch that technique one more time to get it juuuuust right? You can do ALL that with a Craftsy class because you own it forever!
GIVEAWAY OF MY CRAFTSY CLASS!
To celebrate the release of this new class the FAB folks at Craftsy are giving away a free enrollment to Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby to one lucky person. To enter, click on the special link below and be whisked away to register for a chance to win my new class on Craftsy for free!
Yes I said FREE!
The winner will be chosen at random the morning of April 18, 2016 so You need to register to win before it launches April 18th! What are you waiting for? You did read that we're giving this away right? Enter Now! Yes, now… stop reading and enter… We'll wait right here while you enter to win.
ADDED BONUS: As a Craftsy student you have exclusive access to me personally in our virtual Craftsy classroom. If you have questions or want to show off your FAB stitches, you will always know where to find me. I'll be right there to help out and celebrate with you!
We also have a lot of fun in my classes... I mean a LOT of fun… So click that button and get your entries in today!
See you in the Craftsy classroom!
We Are Giving Away Free Yarn, An Ottlite Desk Lamp, and Eucalan Wash!
Folks who follow our escapades on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram know Shannon took a little trip to Denver, Colorado back in December. If you were watching closely, you even noticed him posting a photo like this.
Yup… that's Shannon on set in front of THE Craftsy logo!
(Note the inclusion of garments from our last two books… hehehe…)
Everything you learn here you'll be able to apply right away! You get techniques and stitches we use in real life, every day.
For more info about this class including a promo video where Shannon tells you all about it, click on the button below.
Ottlite Mini LED Flip Light
- Ottlite will send you a MiniLED flip-lite to pack in your bag or carry in a pocket so you always have clear bright light with you. We recently used ours at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show on the show floor to better see the colors of yarn perfectly without having to go outside.
With OttLite you’ll see more clearly and comfortably, which makes everything you love to do – from sewing and scrapbooking to reading and computer work to crafts and crossword puzzles – easier and more enjoyable. It’s like natural daylight indoors! Click here to learn more.
Gift Set from Eucalan
Check out their Washing Basics page HERE for tips on using their product.
How to Enter The Week 2 Giveaway!
Click the button below to register with Rafflecopter for this giveaway and good luck to you all!
GRAND PRIZE RULES
To enter the Grand Prize you'll need to post a photo, video, or other proof that you have purchased the Shibaguyz' new book, Crochet Geometry. Post a pic of you starting your favorite pattern... do a video review of the book... take a picture of your favorite pattern and post it on Pinterest… or take a book selfie with you and your copy of Crochet Geometry.
Don't have your copy of Crochet Geometry yet? Just go to CrochetGeometry.com by clicking on the button below and you'll see a video and more photos from the book as well as links for where you can buy your book online!
How Our Crochet Community Can Give Back one person at a time
As the night temperatures dip lower, we find ourselves digging into the cedar chest at the end of the bed for those warm afghans and quilts to cuddle up under. The safety of a roof over our heads, the warmth and protection or our homes and clothing, and the love of friends and family are all things we are thankful for every day.
As a matter of fact, the mantra that comes to me throughout the day and that has gotten me through spots when I felt like my world was spinning a little out of control is:
I am Safe, Warm, and Loved.
How to make Reversible Vertical Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing
First, let's give a quick definition of ribbing. Simply put, Ribbing is a series of raised ridges – called wales – and contrasting low troughs.
That said, there are a number of ways to create combinations of wales and troughs using crochet stitches. In fact, we have:
Reversible Vertical Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing
One-Sided Vertical Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing
Horizontal Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing
Horizontal tbl Crochet Ribbing
We will be covering ALL of these in future Technique Tuesday articles but, for today's Reversible Vertical Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing tutorial, we are creating a reversible vertical post stitch ribbing with wales on both sides of the fabric through the use alternating Front Post Double Crochet Stitches and Back Post Double Crochet Stitches.
Remember: Post stitches are worked around the post of a crochet stitch creating a stitch that is raised to the front or the back of our working row depending on whether we work a Front Post Crochet Stitch or a Back Post Crochet Stitch.
Reversible Vertical Post Stitch Crochet Ribbing creates a series of wales and troughs that are made vertically in relation to the working direction of our crochet fabric. That is, we start at the top or bottom of the fabric and create wales and troughs by working rows of alternating Front and Back Post Stitches. These alternating Front Post Crochet Stitches and Back Post Crochet Stitches build off of one another in successive rows creating the vertical wales and troughs – Ribbing!
For a quick review of crochet post stitches check out these tutorials:
Front Post Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial
Back Post Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial
then come right back! We'll wait…
Okay… back now? Good… let's carry on…
Last week, we started our discussion about post stitches with a brief overview of what a post stitch is. You can find that post here:
Technique Tuesday - Post Stitches: How to make the Front Post Double Crochet stitch.
Let's do a quick review…
Post stitches are just like any other crochet stitches only the stitches are worked around the "post" of a crochet stitch rather than through the loops of the "head" of a crochet stitch.
The Top 10 Most Popular Pages on Shibaguyz Designz for The Week Of September 7-13, 2014
I wrote this post because of the overwhelming number of messages we receive that say something like:
"I would love to make (insert Shibaguyz Designz pattern name here) but I just wouldn't look good in (insert color in pattern photo here)."
"I would love to make (insert Shibaguyz Designz pattern name here) but I can't afford/can't find the yarn you made it in."
This post is our official Permission to go on with your own FAB creative self, pick a color or yarn you like, and CREATE!
How To Make The Double Treble Right Cross Crochet Cable for the Woven Cables Pattern Stitch
Double Treble Right Cross Cable (Dtr R Cross)
NOTE: This is the second in a series of Technique Tuesday tutorials for the Woven Cables block from our booklet Crochet Gives Back – 8 Free Afghan Blocks for Warm up America by Shibaguyz Designz.
(Info on how to download the free booklet at the end of this post.)
To catch up on last week's post for the Double Treble Left Cross Cable stitch used in the first part of this pattern, CLICK HERE.
The Double Treble Right Cross Cable is a crochet cable stitch worked over seven stitches.
Foundation Half Double Crochet (Fhdc)
The Foundation Half Double Crochet stitch technique (abbreviated Fhdc) is an alternative to the instructions at the beginning of a crochet pattern that tell you to chain a certain number of stitches.
This technique simultaneously creates a row of "chain" stitches AND a row of half double crochet stitches (abbreviated hdc) without making two passes. Basically, it takes the place of two rows of stitches: the "chain" row that makes up the beginning base and the next row of half double crochet that is worked into that row of chains.
You might well be wondering why we keep using " " around the word chain… good question! It's because this isn't REALLY a chain stitch… not really… but it LOOKS like a chain stitch so that's what's important. In a previous Technique Tuesday article about the Foundation Single Crocht, we decided this was best called a Faux Chain (abbreviated FxCh). It's taking a little while to catch on but we're going to keep on with it because it makes us happy.
Which brings us to our next point…
The Duplicate Stitch technique is used to join the last stitch of a round to the first stitch of a round by creating a "duplicate" top on the skipped stitch it is worked over. The tail of the yarn is woven over the first stitch of the round in such a way that the front and back loops of that first stitch are duplicated. This creates a clean finish for the final stitch of a round and makes a nearly invisible join.
Duplicate Stitch is a FAB method for finishing or binding off circular crochet and knitting projects.
Who amongst us has not gotten to the end of a crochet motif and been a little stumped by what to do to finish off that last stitch? How to make it look neat and clean without looking like we just reached the end of our project and tied a big ol' knot in it?
And who in our ranks has lovingly hand stitched a pair of toe-up socks and gotten to the bind off at the cuff just to sit there and stare at it hoping some divine messenger from the knitting ultraverse will magically grant us the ability to fuse our stitches with the power of our mind? What… just me? Fine… just me…
For the photos of this tutorial, we used a circular crochet motif to demonstrate. But don't stop there, with a little practice this technique makes invisible finishes for the cuffs of circular crochet or knit socks and sleeves, as well as the edges of top down hats and pullover sweaters.
Over the past few years, we used some of our FAB fav crochet stitches to create afghan blocks for the Warm Up America charity. Each of these blocks have gone viral at one time or another and most have been translated into different languages from all over the globe.
Now, in honor of International Crochet Month, we have created this digital booklet of our 8 most popular afghan blocks so you can have all 8 block patterns in one convenient digital download.
To download your copy, click on any of the photos on this page and you'll be whisked away to our shopping site where you will find our booklet "Crochet Give Back - 8 Free Afghan Blocks for Warm Up America" in the Free Stuff section. Click on the download link, and you can be stitching your own afghan blocks right away!
For more information on the important work of Warm Up America, visit their website at: http://www.warmupamerica.org Do your part and donate some blocks today!
And don't forget to join us for more FAB fun all March long as we continue to celebrate International Crochet Month 2014 with new patterns, giveaways, and general crochet mayhem. WOOHOO!!
If our website statistic are correct, you have come here because you saw this crochet block either on Pinterest or on another website. The woven cables crochet block you are looking for is part of a booklet we published for the Warm Up America charity called Crochet Gives Back - 8 Crochet Blocks for Warm Up America. The booklet includes this block and 7 others and is available as a FREE download from our pattern store by CLICKING HERE.
Need help with the stitch pattern for the Woven Cables block? Our Technique Tuesday tutorial starts HERE.
Thanks for visiting and enjoy your free download!
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