4.07.2014

Learn to Crochet Jewelry

Last week my secret project went live:

Annie's Online Class: Learn to Crochet Jewelry



We filmed this in one quick day in January during a snow storm in the charming Berne, IN.  It was quite the trip.  Little man came along since he was too small and I am nursing.  I wanted to make sure I was as fast and efficient as possible so that the crew could get home safely and we still had plenty of time for me to nurse every 3hrs.  As you can imagine, it was pretty comical with me running out after I completely changed (just in case he spit up), then running back banging out another segment, over and over.  Annie's crew were fantastic to work with, and extremely laid back with filming.  But again, for me the shorter time I was traveling with the baby meant the more sleep I would get when we got home!  I can't tell you how glad I was teaching jewelry, something that I have taught a lot and I love.

In the class, I demonstrate 5 jewelry projects.  I use each project to teach a crochet technique or two.  In class, we learn about basic things such as reading crochet diagrams to more advanced ways of doing bead crochet.  The class makes making jewelry a breeze so you can pick up any stitch dictionary or wire and beads and create your own unique projects.

Some of the many topics I talk about are:
- Explaining all the tools and materials you will need to make jewelry.  (Not as many tools as you may think!)
- Reading Crochet Diagrams and Understanding Written Directions
- Working with Crochet Thread
- Adding beads to our crochet in 2 different ways
- How to stiffen thread crochet
-Tips on working with Wire, Hemp, Leather, and more
- Jewelry Basics including, jump rings, adjusting chain lengths, making spacer beads with eye pins

The projects you receive with the class (also pictured here):
- Snowflake Beaded Earrings
- Flower Motif Necklace
- Pansy Cuff (2 versions)
- Golden Petals Ring
- Pineapple Pendant (2 versions)

At the end, I try to explore our creativity with what else we can do with the motifs we learn in class.  I talk about how switching the wire or thread for DK or worsted weight yarn can make you any project from wall art, rugs, afghans and sweaters.  I specifically show you how the Stellar Snowflake Tunic and Garden Afghan both use motifs we learn in class.  Stellar Tunic uses the motif from the Snowflake Earrings to make a sweater.  And the Garden Afghan uses the motifs from Pansy Cuff and Flower Necklace in worsted weight yarn.  Both the sweater and afghan patterns are available for purchase at Annie's or here on the blog.

It is a really fun class if you are looking to add a bit of sparkle to your projects or want to learn some quick and easy new techniques.  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

The awesome people at Annie's are offering one lucky blog reader this class for free.  All you need to do is leave me a comment here or send me an email/ tweet/ facebook message by the 15th, make sure you leave a way that I can reach you if you win.  What a great tax day gift right?

Hope you enjoy as much as we did planning and filming it!














3.19.2014

Stellar Snowflake Pullover

Stellar Snowflake Pullover

One easy to memorize motif makes up the fabric of this light spring sweater. Motifs are joined together as you crochet. Pattern has diagrams for motifs and joining. Tunic is written for 8 sizes from 35” to 56” bust.  Photography is by my fabulous friend, Katy Jo Porter over at Love-Struck Photography.  Special thanks to our friend, Rebecca Loughney, for being my fantastic model.  
Yarn: 
Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo (CYCA #3), 80% Bamboo, 20% Wool, 104yds/ 50g: 
#172 Retro Russet 7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
Hook: 
G/6 (4.0mm), G/7 (4.5mm), or H/8 (5.0mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge
Notions: 
Yarn Needle 
Rust Proof Pins and Spray Bottle
Stitches Used: 
ch Chain 
ch-sp Chain Space 
sl st Slip Stitch 
sc Single Crochet 
dc Double Crochet 
tch Turning Chain
Gauge: 
Snowflake Motif= 3.5”, 3.75”, 4” in dia using G/6, G/7, H/8 hook
Sizes: 
Bust circumference is 35 (37.5, 40, 42, 45, 48, 52.5, 56)”. Fit is close.
Notes: 
35” and 42” size uses small hook. 37.5”, 45”, and 52.5” size uses medium hook. 40”, 48”, and 56” size uses large hook.

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3 Little Hat Family

3 Little Hat Family

Simple texture and great color makes this hat fit in with the whole family. Fabric is achieved by crocheting in the half double crochet's middle bar that is found under the top two loops of the stitch. This simple twist on the basic stitch makes great horizontal stripes in the fabric.  Pattern includes instructions for an adult, child, and infant size.  Yarn used is Amelia and Wiggles Pink Bear Yarn that is so new it is still not up on the website!  If you want to start crocheting yours today, suggestions for substituting yarns is given below.  Amelia and Wiggles also have a great hat kit that includes enough yarn for two hats; which should be released and available on their website in April.  All photography was taken by my fabulously talented friend, Katy Jo Porter.  It is all her magic somehow making my cranky, energetic, and furry family all look happy and wonderful in the pictures.  You can find her at love-struck photography; she does weddings, kids, and animals.  And take it from me, you can't find a better photographer for kids; my kids adore her as much as I do!



Yarn:
Amelia and Wiggles Pink Bear (CYCA #4), 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yds/ 100g:
Adult Size
MC: #1401 Smoke Gray, 130 yards; A: #1402 Golden Ray, B: #1403 Royal Plum, 5 yards
Child Size
MC: #1404 Peacock 100 yards, A: #1405 Flamingo, B: #1406 Parrot, 5 yards
Infant Size
MC: #1407 Olive 100 yards, A: #1408 Sky Blue, B: #1402 Golden Ray, 5 yards
Other Yarn Options:  Berroco Vintage, Cascade 220, Willow Yarns Daily
Hook:
H/8 (5.0mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge
Notions:
Yarn Needle
Stitches Used:
ch Chain
sl st Slip Stitch
sc Single Crochet
hdc Half Double Crochet
dc Double Crochet
tr Treble Crochet
tch Turning Chain
Gauge:
16 sts x 12 rows= 4¼” x 4” in stitch pattern
Sizes:
Hat is sized for Adult, Child and Infant with 22”, 17”, 15” in circumference

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Posy Patch

Posy Patch

Sculptural flowers that you can wear in your hair, on your cardigan, or display on your wall. Bright pops of color add spice to the day.  Pattern includes diagrams and instructions for 5 flowers.  Yarn used is brand new Amelia and Wiggles Pink Bear.  So new its not on their website yet, optional yarn choices are given in case you want to get crocheting now.  They will also have kits available if you want to wait for those.


Yarn: 
Amelia and Wiggles Pink Bear (CYCA #4), 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yds/ 100g:
65 yds total of 6 different colors will make all 5 flowers. See individual flower for color suggestions
Optional Yarn: Berroco Vintage, Cascade 220, Willow Yarn Daily
Hook:
H/8 (5.0mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge
Notions:
Yarn Needle
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
Gauge:
Blossom = 3” dia
Crocus = 2” dia
Iris = 3” dia
Victoria = 3.5” dia
Cornflower = 4” dia

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3.17.2014

Garden Afghan


Garden Afghan

Brighten a room with soft popping blossoms in this flower motif crocheted afghan.  The motifs are joined together as you crochet. Flowers curve into 3 dimensional shapes.  

Yarn:
Berroco Vintage (CYCA #4), 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon, 217yds/ 100g, 4 hanks ea:
A: #5154 Crimson
B: #5166 Sakura
C: #5176 Pumpkin
D: #5175 Fennel


Hook:
H/8 (5.0mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Notions:
Yarn needle

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

Gauge:
Flower Motif= 4.5” dia
Center Motif= 3.25” dia

Sizes:
Afghan is 45” by 45”
[114.5 cm by 114.5 cm)

Skill Level:
Intermediate

$5, PDF Download Only
 

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3.10.2014

Coming Soon to Crochet By Faye

This week we are debuting new patterns at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show.  Here is a quick glance at the projects.  I am hoping to get them up on the website in about a week.   I can't wait to tell you more about them soon!  I huge thank you to Katy Jo for taking the pictures for me, and to my wonderful models for humoring me!


3.07.2014

Amelia and Wiggles

If you have followed me on Twitter or Facebook, you will notice I have been talking a lot about Amelia and Wiggles.  Have you wondered who they are?

Amelia and Wiggles is the brainchild of my fantastically talented and super awesome cousin, Rebecca (yes, the same one who is my right hand women crocheting and editing for me- so I know how super she is you see ;) ) and our equally brilliant and wonderful friend, Karen.  They came up with this idea to sell yarn and at the same time help local farmers.  Basically, they are two-fold company.  One side is a consignment shop for local farmers to sell their fiber, yarn, and crafts.  You and I know that running a farm is exhausting work, and finding time to update websites, travel to festivals, and promote let alone sell their fiber is extremely scarce.  This is where Rebecca and Karen step in, they take all the yarn and fiber and sell it on consignment.  They handle website, questions, shipping, traveling, everything; so that the farmers can spend their time caring for their animals.  Brilliant right?  You can see the farms they have up on the website, and if you know any farm that would be interested you can contact Rebecca and Karen here.

The second part of Amelia and Wiggles is their line of hand dyed yarns and patterns.  Being expert knitters and crocheters themselves, they know what looks good.  They developed a line of semi-solid variegated yarn in great colors.  This is so new, its not on the website yet!  We will be premiering it at my booth (#69) at Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival next weekend.  I am feverishly crocheting and writing new patterns for the A&W yarn that they are turning into adorable kits.  After the show, they will have the kits available on their website.

The patterns for those will be available on my website after the show (basically once I can breathe again).  The yarn has been fantastic to work with.  It has great bounce and stitch definition.  I even used it on film when I was in Cleveland a few weeks ago, since it was so crisp and cheerful.  I know its so hard to know how a new yarn will behave for you, but theirs is great.  Such fun to crochet!

We have lots more collaborations planned in the future.  I am just so stinking excited for them!

I hope you can stop by the festival next weekend, and if not at least check them out online.

2.13.2014

Book Review: Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets

Book Review: Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets

I have been woefully behind on updating this blog on some great books that have come out since my little man has joined our family. It seems like I go down a rabbit hole each week and am amazed how it becomes the next month so fast. Speaking of, like this great book.  Sharon emailed me at Thanksgiving about her new book and I am just getting to it now.  Terrible!  But I can speak as a mom and a crocheter, this book has great projects for babies.  Both of my kids favorite blankets are Tunisian crochet.  It must be something in the stitches, but it's just their go to ones.







This book has 8 baby blankets.  Each one has written directions with video instructions on how to do the stitches.  Really!  I love it. Take a look.  Here's the stitches in the book.  How great is that?  The book has written instructions as well for the stitches if you like reading instead of watching.  I like seeing it all pictures, words, and visual; so I love that feature in this book.  Another great feature is the price.  8$ for the ebook.  That's 1$ a pattern, now that's a steal!  Its 9$ for the paperback version on Amazon which is an awesome price too!

Two of my favorites are Bright Strands and Purple Garden besides the fantastic wave blanket on the front.  Bright Strands is a next step type of project.  If you have done a Tunisian project in the simple stitch, then you are ready for this one.  All it does is add a bit of colorwork to your stitches.  And talk about results!  Purple Garden is worked in Tunisian full stitch, check out the video.  This one is easy once you learn the stitch as it is repeated throughout.  It would be a great project to use that variegated yarn that is waiting in your yarn stash. I love projects like these that you can learn one new technique and make a great project too.  You can see all the projects over at ravelry.


Sharon was kind enough to include a copy of her ebook to one of you.  All you need to do to enter to win the ebook is leave me a comment (or send me an email) by Feb 14th and I will have CJ pick a winner.  Hope you enjoy the book!

1.10.2014

Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

Happy New Year!  It seems like a time warp around here.  Wasn't yesterday just Thanksgiving?  Wow time moves fast during the holidays.  Now onto looking what is ahead this year.  For me, this year will bring a lot of travel, about 1-2 times every month to be specific.  I will be going about doing secret projects, family weddings, and teaching.  One of the events I am most looking forward to is this year's Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival.  As you know, I have been teaching there for a number of years now and this year they are having a bit of a celebration with their 10th year.  If you have any holiday gift money lying around, this show would make a great gift to yourself. In my opinion it is just the right size, not so huge to get lost and no so small that is not worth the trip.  There are a ton of classes taught by expert knitters and crocheters.  The market has a wonderful array of yarn, tools, hooks, books, and more.  It is located in Cranberry, which is about 20 mins north of Pittsburgh.  Easy to find and park.

This year Rebecca and I will be back with our Crochet By Faye booth (last year's photo).  We will have all my books, DVDs, and patterns for sale at prices I can't offer anywhere else. There will be new patterns debuting at the show (and also online).  We will have our yarn bundles, and yarn kits back again.  This year we will have crochet jewelry kits.   And as in previous years, I will have another secret product or two cooked up to tempt you.  I really hope you can stop by.  I am teaching again this year, so if you don't see me be sure to say hi to Rebecca.  She is just as much of an expert as I am so she can answer all your questions on crochet easily.

Speaking of teaching, here are my classes:

Friday, March 14, 2pm:
How to Read a Crochet Chart
Learn how to read crochet charts—come unlock the hidden secret of a crochet diagram. In class we will learn how to read diagrams and discuss their helpful benefits to take your crochet to the next level.




Saturday, March 15, 9:30am:
Finishing Master Class
Master finishing crochet — you 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 is for an advanced beginner/intermediate crocheter, the class is geared to take the beginner sweater crocheter to the next level with just a few simple steps. 





Sunday, March 16, 9am; 


Cables and Lace
Crochet cables and lace– post stitches are a crocheters greatest tool to bring stitch patterns to life. In class we will discuss how to make post stitches and use them to make stunning cables, eye catching lace, and flowing textured fabric. Post stitches can be one of the most underused stitch and we will learn lots of tricks to crochet them perfectly for any project. This class is for the advanced beginner-intermediate level crocheter.


I hope to see you there!