Yarn Fest 2016

About a month after the giant Pittsburgh Show, I will be heading out west once again to Loveland, CO for Yarn Fest 2016.  It is a beautiful part of the country with lots of friendly, welcoming, and crafty people.  I will be teaching a number of classes there and I hope you can join me for a few!

Here is my lineup:

Thursday 9am-12pm

Do you love crochet stitch dictionaries for their beautiful motifs but do not know what you could do with them? Have you mastered joining a few motifs together in a strip but wanted to know how you could transform that into a sweater or a bag? Then come join me as I walk you through how to build and construct your next project with crochet motifs. I will guide you on how to join square motifs seamlessly, as well as how to spice them up with a fun crochet joining that makes a totally unique fabric. I will show you how a simple trip to your local office supply store can be the key for unlocking those motif sweater layouts. I will break you out of the box with how to lay out hexagon, octagon, or circular motifs. Lastly, I will show you that keeping your old swatches can make joining and filling in voids in your fabric fun. Come join me and get ready to grab your hooks and stitch dictionaries after class to build your next gorgeous crochet motif project.

Unexpected Lace Crochet
Friday 9am-12pm
Tired of the same old crochet patterns? Ready for what’s next? Come with me as we explore the wide world of crochet through fun unusual stitches. We will play with foundation stitches, extended stitches, linked stitches, Solomon’s knots, broomstick, Belgium lace, X stitches, P stitches and more! Just bring your hook, yarn and some basic knowledge of crochet (no matter how rusty) and we will have a ball exploring all the unexpected stitches.

Crochet Finishing Techniques
Friday 130-430pm
You have crocheted all your sweater panels and now what? In this master class, we will answer just that. We will discuss using the right seam, best way to block, and perfect buttonholes. Everything put together and it still looks wonky? No problem. We will talk about ways to fix and straighten even the biggest mistakes. This class is geared to take the beginner sweater crocheter to the next level with just a few simple steps.

Tunisian Color Play
Saturday 9am-12pm
Looking for a woven fabric without the hassle of warping a loom? Then come check out Tunisian Crochet. Even with the simplest stitches, just by adding a bit of color you can have powerful results making the most unique woven like fabric. In class we will review the basics of Tunisian Crochet then dive into adding color. By the end of the class, we all will be masters of color and laughing all along the way.

Beyond the Basics
Saturday 130-430pm
Looking to add a few new skills to your crochet tool box? In this class, you will master crochet color work just from making dressed up stripes that make amazing stitch patterns. We will conquer the post stitch cable and fake cables for stunning textured projects. We will also imagine gorgeous lace fabric from small motifs we can carry with us anywhere. All you need to bring is your yarn, hook and a passion for crochet fun! This class is great if you want to sample a little of a bunch of different techniques.

Crocheting with Color
Sunday 9am-12pm
Come get a taste of how you can get powerful results in all your crochet color work projects! We will discuss the simplicity of mosaic crocheting, the joy of slip stitch embroidery and easy ways to stay on track in charted color. This class will get you excited about color and give you inspiration to go have a color explosion.


Crafting for our Furry Friends on the Knit and Crochet Now! Newsletter

On this month's Knit and Crochet Now! Update, we talk a bit about knitting and crocheting for our pets and some of the things you need to be on the lookout for while crafting.  I catch up with Lena and all her amazing work, and get a ton of notion advice from my friends.  Plus there are two dog sweater patterns (one knit and one crocheted) for you.   If you wanted to get the newsletter to your email, you can sign up online.  Hope you enjoy!


Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

Only a month away and we are so excited for the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival!

Amelia and Wiggles are joining me in cooking up some fun surprises at our CROCHET booth.  As always, we will have all my books, DVDs, and patterns.  We will have their furry friend inspired yarn, which is fantastic to crochet.  We have made kits of our favorite projects, and brand new ones for each class that I will be teaching.  We hope a number of our friends will be joining us in the booth with all their wonderful crochet notion, yarn, and patterns too.  No matter what, stopping by booth 20-21; you will find crochet exploding from every corner.

This year I am teaching a number of new classes, and I am so excited to see you at some of them!  Here is my full line up.

Irish Crochet For Today

Friday 12-3pmIrish Crochet is one of the most striking lace fabrics and can be quite intimidating to the untrained eye. In class, we will break how Irish Crochet to its basics; motifs and lace netting. We will highlight the beauty of each individual motif and how they themselves can make amazing projects. We will show how to use simple stitches to create a netting to join the motifs together. This class will show you that Irish Crochet has a great history but truly can make lovely projects for all today. This is an intermediate level class.

Crochet Your First Top Down Sweater
Friday 4:30-7:30pm
Looking for some instant gratification, crocheting top down sweaters could be for you!  In class we will walk through everything from picking out the best yarn, the best stitches, how to shape the yoke of the sweater, how to join for the body and sleeves, and on through finishing.  By the end of class you will be completely equipped to make the perfect sweater for you, and halfway through our class sample doll sweater. This is an intermediate level class.

Modern Filet Crochet 
Saturday 9am-12pm
Think you know filet crochet?  Think again.  Sure, we have all seen the incredible vintage thread designs, but filet can be so much more.  In class we will quickly master the basics and move right into with simple twists we can make incredible fashion forward fabrics.  By the end of class, you will be on your way to your own unique shawl of your own design. This is an intermediate level class

Solomon's Knot Lace
Saturday 2-5pm
Come join me as we fall in love with a beautiful vintage lace technique.  Solomon’s Knot Lace is an amazingly easy lace to crochet once you master the basic stitches. In class, we will talk about tips for making the perfect loops, how to add sparkle with beads, and how simple it is to combine it with classic crochet stitches.  If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that single skein of dramatic novelty yarn in your stash, this is the lace technique for you! This is a beginner level class, and students must know chain and single crochet.

Tunisian Color Play
Sunday 9am-12pm
Looking for a woven fabric without the hassle of warping a loom? Then come check out Tunisian Crochet. Even with the simplest stitches, just by adding a bit of color you can have powerful results making the most unique woven like fabric. In class we will review the basics of Tunisian Crochet then dive into adding color. By the end of the class, we all will be masters of color and laughing all along the way. This is a beginner level class, students must be familiar with the basics of Tunisian stitches.

101 Ways to Wear a Handmade Shawl
Sunday 130-230pm
We all love shawls, but unless you have a wedding or other occasion to wear it when does it come out of your closet?  Come join me in learning a number of ways to twist and turn your shawl into many different shapes.  Armed with some shawl pins and know how we can turn any average shawl into a bolero, cowl, wrap, skirt, and more.  Bring your favorite shawl and shawl pins, and get ready to have some fun. This class is suitable for all levels and for anyone who owns a shawl. A perfect class to end the weekend

I really hope to see you at the show this year.  Its our first year at the convention center, and I can't wait to hear what you think about the new location!


Start the New Year with a Free Annie's Online Class!

Man, ask and you will receive!

I just got work from Annie's that they want to help us start the New Year out right too!

They are offering one special reader a free class of mine at Annie's Online Classes.  If you win, you can choose from Learn Yarn Substitutions for Crochet, Learn to Crochet Sweaters, or Learn to Crochet Jewelry.

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is tell me (via, twitter, facebook, email, the blog) what is one new crochet technique you hope to learn this year.  Be sure to leave me one way to get a hold of you (email, ravelry name, twitter name, etc).  Leave a comment by Friday at Noon EST, and I will have one of the monkeys pick a winner.


New Year... Time to Learn a New Skill?

Welcome to 2016 Everyone!

I can't believe we zoomed through the holidays and now are in the new year!  WOW.

Every New Year makes me a bit retrospective, and even though I don't go crazy for resolutions I do like to try and focus on one new thing I can do in the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  I tend to have a million ideas, but if I try them all at once I usually fail pretty spectacularly.

This year I am picking one new thing to try each season.  Nothing crazy just one thing I can do for 3 months, and if it works I keep going, if not no big hardship.

Winter this year is going to be learning new crochet skills.  No expert knows everything, I certainly do not, but I LOVE learning.  This winter while its cold and snowing, I hope to discover some hidden gems.  And you know as soon as I find any, I will share!  I can't help but do that (hence each and every one of my books, DVDS, tutorials....) I have a big mouth!

Liberty Lace Cowl,
 Pattern Available at Interweave.com
But if you are looking to learn some new skills too.  I have a bunch of classes coming up in March that I would LOVE to meet you and share my love of crochet with you.  I will talk more about each one later but for now here is where you can find me in late Feb- early April.

Feb 26-28: Harrisburg, PA at FibreWorks Winter Retreat
I will be teaching Wire Bead Jewelry, Finishing Techniques, Sweaters, Crochet Socks, and Love Knots.  I have not been to this gathering before and am looking forward to meeting everyone!

Just a preview of what you can do with one shawl.
March 4-6: Pittsburgh, PA at Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival
We will be waving the crochet flag proudly at our booth Crochet By Faye and Amelia and Wiggles.  As always, we will have patterns, books, DVDs, kits, yarn, and notions.  (and our booth buddy is the fantastic Furls Crochet Hooks, not to be missed!)  I will be teaching Irish Crochet, Top Down Sweaters, Filet Crochet, Solomon's Knot, Tunisian Colorplay, and 101 ways to wear a Handmade Shawl.  (just a tip, the prices of my classes here are amazing, if you are on the fence, push yourself to go.)  YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED, this show and the people are just the best!

Just a touch of  Crocheting with Color
March 31- April 3: Loveland, CO at Yarn Fest
I will be back teaching a new bunch of classes this year.  I will be teaching Motif Construction, Crochet Cables, Finishing Techniques, Tunisian Colorplay, Beyond the Basics, and Crocheting with Color.  I can not wait to see my new friends again from last year and enjoy looking at those gorgeous mountains!

Don't live nearby?  You can always see me on Knit and Crochet Now on PBS, or in one of my Annie's Online Classes, or in one of my Interweave Workshops.

Hope your New Year is filled with love, joy, and crafting!


Holiday Fun: Dalhousie Snowflake

What truly is the difference between crochet snowflakes and crochet flowers?   Not a lot to be honest.  Both are made the same way starting in the center and working out, and both are usually either 6 or 8 petals/ points.  All are used as decoration, jewelry, embellishments.  I love them both, so naturally why not combine the two?

Today's snowflake is a hybrid of a three dimensional flower and a simple snowflake.  I like the idea of having some depth to the snowflake, especially if it is used as an ornament on a tree.  This snowflake I am using as a quick gift by hot gluing it onto a headband for a festive accessory.   Try mixing color on each round for some very colorful motif.  These would also make great pins or gift tags.  Best part is they take less then an hour to completely finish.

Dalhousie Snowflake

popcorn: 5 treble crochet into stitch indicated, remove hook, insert hook into the top of the first treble, place free loop on hook and pull through first treble.

Make an adjustable ring (or magic loop)
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, sl st to first sc, pull ring closed, do not turn.
Rnd 2: *Ch 3, popcorn in next sc, ch 3, sl st in next sc; rep from * around, fasten off. - 6 popcorn.
Rnd 3: Join yarn with sl st to top of popcorn, *ch 9, sl st in top of next popcorn; rep from * around, do not turn or fasten off. - 6 ch-9 sps.
Rnd 4: *Ch 4, (sc, ch 4, sc) in
ch-9 sp, ch 4, sl st in next sl st; rep from * around, fasten off and weave in ends.

note: Looking for some more drama in this snowflake?  Try making the popcorns with double treble crochets instead for even more popping texture.  Rather less dimension?  Then try substituting a 3 double crochet cluster for the popcorn.  I think you will find the experiment very fun either way you choose.

Are you in the need of other crochet patterns for gifts?  Then please check out my Crochet By Faye Patterns.  They are all on sale for 50% off for a limited time.  No coupon needed.


Learn Yarn Substitutions for Crochet Class

Learn Yarn Subs for Crochet my new Annie's Workshop.

Do you struggle with knowing how to substitute yarns in a crochet pattern when you can't find the exact same yarn listed? Yarn substitution can be confusing, but I am here to help you understand what you need to know to make the best choices for your next project. 

Come join me as I unlock the mystery of yarn substitution. Learn how to choose the best yarn for any project—garments, home decor items, bags and more. Discover how to decipher yarn labels to find the fiber content, yardage and weight, and discover which of these attributes is the most important. You'll see which yarns drape well, which are light and cool, and which are durable. And, you'll learn which versatile yarn has the same qualities as either wool or cotton!

In this video class you'll learn how to:
  • Recognize the 3 families of yarn: plant, animal and acrylic.
  • Know when to substitute between yarn families, and when not to.
  • Determine which yarns drape the best for garments.
  • Tell which yarns are more durable and long-lasting.
  • Select a yarn that showcases the stitch pattern.
  • Choose yarns to avoid wool allergies.
  • Work a beautiful lattice stitch pattern.
  • Make 3 exclusive crochet patterns: Light & Lacy Purse, Lattice Stitch Pillow and Raspberry Cowl.
This class includes easy-to-read instructions and a symbol diagram for three exclusive projects made with different yarns: Light & Lacy Purse, Lattice Stitch Pillow and Raspberry Cowl. The basic stitch pattern is the same on all three projects, allowing you to clearly see and understand how different yarns suit different types of projects.

Along the way, I will be sharing a number of other random crochet finishing tips.  We talk about making sturdy buttonholes, strong seams, lining purses, and more. 

My goal for the class is to make you into a confident crocheter that knows how substituting yarns can be fun and make your projects amazing.

Hope you enjoy!

Holiday Fun: Leander Snowflake

I am great at procrastinating.  I could win metals.  Seriously, if there is a deadline, you can believe me that I will with every intention start way in advance and find a way to procrastinate until the last second.  Hopefully you are not like me, but in case you are, I will be posting a little series this holiday on quick gifts and notions you can make in one night.  Perfect for those teacher gifts when you realize at 9pm that tomorrow is the last day before the holiday break (yup, that's me!).  Or when you get a facebook reminder at 8am that its your friends birthday today and you are seeing her for lunch at 1pm (again, me).  Or when suddenly its the day before your big Hanukkah/ Christmas party and you have no decorations anywhere (again, us).   Hopefully, the series will be perfect for me too, so that in the end I will have all those gifts I so badly need on hand!

Today I have a snowflake pattern for you that is perfect for quick jewelry (like earring or a necklace) or strung together to make a cute banner or starched for a great ornament.  It is one of my favorite because all the loops are simple chains and it flies off your hook.  Hope you enjoy!

Leander Snowflake

Ch 9, sl st to first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 23 dc in ring, sl st to top of tch, do not turn.  (24 dc)
Rnd 2: *[Sl st, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch, ch 6, sl st in 5th ch, 2 tr, ch 7, sl st in 7th ch, ch 9, sl st in 9th ch, ch 7, sl st in 7th ch, 2 tr, ch 5, sl st in 5th ch, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch, ch 1, sl st] all in next dc, sl st to next 3 dc; rep from * around, fasten off. (6 petals)

ch- chain
sl st- slip stitch
dc- double crochet
tr- treble crochet

Note: not all picots (ch, then sl st) are the same.  I encourage you to try changing how and where you slip stitch to check out the results.  Placing the slip stitch in the back ridge of a chain make a perfect bump in the chain.  Placing the slip stitch in the front loop of the chain makes the chain lay flat, Placing the slip stitch in the front loop plus a strand of the post of the previous stitch makes the picot attached to the stitch.  All are very cool and worth to test out.  No way is one better then the other, just pick your favorite and have fun!

Looking for more snowflakes?  I have a bunch in my book Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia.  
Looking for ideas on transforming these to jewelry?  You can check out my Annie's class, Learn to Crochet Jewelry for ideas for jewelry and beyond.


Crochet Post Stitches in Lace

Crochet Post Stitches in Lace: Create texture, drape, and structure in your garments

Has creep ruined a lace masterpiece you worked tirelessly on to stretch it beyond control?  Then come join me and learn tricks to transform your crochet lace and create gorgeous texture using post stitches. I will guide you through the stitches you need to know to create the most beautiful crochet lace while secretly being our suspenders and keeping our fabric from growing over time.

Post stitches are not only visually intriguing but they give the garment a unique structural integrity. I truly try to take extra care to go slowly and make sure the diagrams and stitches are very easy to understand. Start crocheting lace garments that will keep their shape! 

Interested in more of my classes?  I now have quite a few to choose from over at Interweave.com and Annie's.com.  I hope to crochet along with you soon!

Learn Crochet Cables Class

Now that I am slowly digging myself out of my book induced hole, I realized there are a few mini classes I forgot to mention are now available over at Interweave.com and CraftDaily.com.  Hope you enjoy them all!

New Class!  Learn to Crochet Cables: 3 Techniques for Cables Stitches

Have you always wanted to create beautiful, textured cables in crochet, similar to the designs you’ve seen in knitting? This is the perfect video tutorial for you. I will guide you through the stitches you need to know to create the most beautiful crochet cables for any type of fabric.  Even if you think you know everything about crochet cables, I just may surprise you with a new technique or two.

We will learn three different types of crochet cable techniques using post stitches, chain stitch embroidery, and short rows. Each technique is perfect for different types of projects and the drape you may need.  Plus they are all really much easier than you think. Then,  you can practice what you’ve learned on the three included crochet cable pillow patterns! In the video tutorial, I really try to go slowly and make sure the diagrams and techniques are very easy to understand. Happy crochet cabling!


Greendale Motif Shawl

Greendale Motif Shawl

This lovely shawl is made from captivating motifs that are stunning in any colorway. Color plays an amazing role in this lace shawl.  Solid colors make the flowers in the motif pop out, while strong variegation lets the color be the standout. Shawl is lightweight enough to wear as a scarf, caplet, or wrap. Pattern has both written directions and entire set of stitch diagrams.  Photography by Katy Porter of Love Struck Photography.

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (CYCA #2), 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, 430 yds/ 100g:   
Lady Viola, 2 hanks

F/5 (3.75mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Yarn Needle, Gentle Wool Wash and Rust-Proof Pins

Stitches Used:
ch Chain 
sl st Slip Stitch 
sc Single Crochet 
hdc Half Double Crochet 
dc Double Crochet 
tr Treble Crochet 
tch Turning Chain 
ch-sp Chain Space

Motif = 5 1/4” (13.5 cm) by 
5 1/4” (13.5 cm)

Finished Size:
Shawl is 58” (147.5 cm) in width and 34.5” (87.5 cm) in length

$4, PDF download only

Fine Print: To use the PDF, you will need appropriate software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. By purchasing this pattern, you are granted a limited license to download the pdf file to a single personal computer and to print out a hard copy of the pattern, solely for personal non-commercial use.


Wire Crochet Jewelry Class

This past Sunday, we had our first Wire Crochet Jewelry Class at Staghorn Garden Cafe in Greenfield, Pittsburgh, PA.

I think I can safely say, Fun was had by all!  Even better, I think we have some new crocheters in our midst.   Staghorn is a great spot for these laid back classes.  We get a treat, relax, and have a great time chatting and crocheting.  I am working on new classes, if you have any suggestions for easy fun topics I am all ears!