Tag: crochet

NEW PATTERNS AVAILABLE!

Today I released two new patterns!

Reverse Mitered Potholder

Reverse Mitered Potholder
This is a knitted potholder with a crochet border.
http://crochetjessica.com/free-patterns/potholders/reverse-mitered-potholder/


Ribbed Baby Beanie

Ribbed Baby Beanie
A rewrite of a retired pattern. There is a newborn & 3-6 month size.
http://crochetjessica.com/free-patterns/wearables/ribbed-baby-beanie/

BOOK REVIEW: 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match


Title: 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match
Author: Jan Eaton
Genre: Arts > Crafts > Crochet
My Rating:
Book Description:


From Art Deco-inspired geometric designs to traditional checkerboard stripes and elaborate motifs, this guide helps crafters rediscover crochet with more than 200 fabulous block patterns. Employing traditional styles and contemporary colors, crocheted blocks inspire crafters to create a dynamic palette of color, pattern, and texture by mixing, matching, and combining. Step-by-step instructions accompany each pattern, along with stunning photographs that encourage crocheters to explore a range of color combinations and coordinates. A directory of blocks is cross-referenced with symbols that describe the techniques used and the degree of difficulty, and each pattern is designed so that finished blocks are the same size when they are worked in yarn of the same weight. A useful refresher course of crochet stitches and techniques is included, as are patterns for edgings and instructions on making fringes to finish off afghans in style.

My Review

I got this book about 10 years ago. It is my go to book for when I need to crochet some squares (motifs). Every time I make a blanket I use at least 1 square out of this book.

The designs are nice and the directions are pretty much clear to me. Though to a very new crocheter the directions might be a little daunting but I think that is true with any new crocheter. In the back of the books she has information about the techniques she used for the squares in the book, edgings for blankets, colors, and a discussion on how different weight yarns make different sizes.

BOOK REVIEW: CROCHET KALEIDOSCOPE


Title: Crochet Kaleidoscope
Author: Sandra Eng
Genre:Art > Crafts
My Rating:

Book Description:


Explore a lively twist on crocheted motifs as you shift through various shapes and color combinations. From the traditional granny square to more complex forms, these faceted motifs are the building blocks to creating unique and stunning designs. Crochet Kaleidoscope will help make your projects pop with the perfect mix of color in every stitch.

Along with a collection of 100 fresh motifs, this book includes a complete guide to choosing yarn colors, what order to put them in, and how many to include. Plus, get five home decor and accessory patterns including a table runner, pillow, and rug from crochet designer and author Sandra Eng. You can shift shapes and shades to make the perfect piece for your home.

Every turn of the crochet kaleidoscope allows you to get creative with color and apply your own unique personality to your crochet motifs.

My Review

I love to look through patterns books for knitting and crocheting. It inspires me to create, design, to play with colors, and to imagine. This book surpasses my expectations. I could easily see myself purchasing a physical copy of this book to keep on my shelf with the few other go-to crochet books on my shelf. The author describes how she chooses colors very well – it makes sense. I will use this information to help me choose in the future. The pictures of her motifs are clear enough that if you don’t understand the pattern and/or graph you could very well crochet it anyhow by just looking at the photo. The stitches show very well. I like how there are notes for the pattern. I like notes in patterns no matter where they are and prefer patterns with them. The book is well done and I want to buy a physical copy for me to have on my shelf.


I received this book from Net Galley for a honest review.

Mish Mash Crochet & Knit along

Hev and I have come up with a crochet/knit along for 2018! Here is the information:

CAL Host: Jessica http://crochetjessica.com and jessika on Ravelry
KAL Host: Hev http://tigerwhispers.com and Hev on ravelry


Hev will be our knitter and Jessica will be our crocheter. Each month 2 patterns will be released – 1 by Hev & 1 by Jessica. We will start off with easy/basic squares as an introduction to to knitting and crocheting. Each month the squares will get harder in skill. We want those not comfortable with knitting and/or crocheting to build up skill as time goes on. We will post links to YouTube or other places if we feel they are needed. If you need help post a comment on that months post. Your email is required to be able to post a comment but that is only to prove you are an actual person — it’s a spam prevention measure. We will NEVER use your email for anything unless we reply to you personally to your comment.


General Information

Square size: 9 inch
Yarn: Worsted weight
Amount of yarn needed We haven’t figured this out yet. We figure at least one 7oz skein of yarn per color you use. The less colors you use the more yarn you need of the colors you use.
# of colors needed: at least 1 – no more then 5.
Needle/Hooks: Will be decided by each pattern.
Gauge: Will be decided by each pattern.
Pattern file type: PDF downloadable from Ravelry. Possibly on Hev & Jessicas sites.
Size of the finished blanket: It hasn’t been decided yet although we know it will be 36 inches wide and 40 inches long (4 squares wide x 5 squares long).


Social Media Information

Instagram Hashtag: #mishmashkcal2018


Pattern Release Dates

We will be releasing patterns the Monday after the 1st day of each month. So if the 1st falls on a Monday the pattern will be released the following Monday. Here is a schedule of release dates. We do reserve the right not to release on those dates however.
Square 1 – February 5, 2018
Square 2 – March 5, 2018
Square 3 – April 2, 2018
Square 4 – May 7, 2018
Square 5 – June 4, 2018
Square 6 – July 2, 2018
Square 7 – August 6, 2018
Square 8 – September 3, 2018
Square 9 – October 8, 2018
Square 10 – November 5, 2018
Assembly & Border: December 3, 2018


Hev has posted about this too! her post can be found at http://tigerwhispers.com/wp/2018-cal-kal-mish-mash/