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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grammy's Reflective Infinity Scarf

The pattern was released, I was so excited to be able to present it to you.

The Reflective Infinity Scarf

It is so squishy, and warm, and cuddly, and pretty, Imagine it in the other colors available.

Guess what I forgot to do in all my exuberance.  I forgot to tell you about it!


Well, Now that it is really Cold, it is the prefect time to get one made up, it won't take the experienced crocheter long, just a couple of hours.

Check out the fab colors available to use in this design and have this reflective yarn come to life in a camera flash, or when headlights hit it in the dark

Check out the detail in this. You could certainly work it in two different yarns, Maybe Red Heart Heads Up for one layer, with Reflective as the other?

Maybe you like the Lion Brand Yarn Better, You want the comfort of Wool Ease Chunky. With seven colors, it is quick to narrow down your favorites together.

Or another direction entirely, How about Lion Brand Country Yarn and Lion Brand Homespun  Which would offer you amazing colorways and the ripply bumpy texture that is pure delight to have snuggled up next to your skin.
Just a design note here, I would use the Homespun for the interior color, with the post stitches being worked in a smoother fiber. It will allow your stitches to retain their beauty, and corral the texture of the Homespun.  The more I think of this, the more I want to assemble one for myself!

Seriously, this design is a snap to work, and it is amazingly pretty to look at, no matter which of the fabulous gems you select.  Just follow the pattern and enjoy your results.

As always
Happy Hooking, Until Next time


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Where does the Moss Grow?

A new design line from Grammy's Creations
 Several items will be strolling out in the near future

First is this lovely cowl
Shown here, displaying the South Side, or commonly, the inside
Beautiful stitch definition set this item on a plain of distinction

You see here, the NorthSide, textured, colorful and ever so warm

I wanted to inspire something more, both with the design, and the release of it

Visit my facebook page, and comment SOLD on the post. Pm me with an email address  I will send you an invoice,  so that you can get the cowl pattern at a 50% discount Normally 5.49. and then a code,  Here is the kicker, you can then share that code with everyone you know, or in any group you like (where it is okay)  The more that code is used, the larger your discount will be when I release the matching Hat pattern next week.  10% off per use, up to getting your Hat pattern free.

Here is another sample of the cowl

Color options are endless, and frankly, so are yarn selections.  you will only be limited by your imagination

 Each person using the code will also receive a 50% introductory price. but not their own code to share

get your copy of the pattern now.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Single Crochet, Revisited

Hi Everyone,

I have a bit of a reputation for pushing it when it comes to design features.
I use stitches, in different placements to accomplish different things.
If the person reading the pattern has not seen it before, it can be quite intimidating.
I am hopeful that I can walk you through a stitch placement that I use often.
The EYE SC, or maybe the Center Single Crochet?  I like that.  Csc

Once you learn it, and actually feel the difference in the fabric, perhaps you won't be afraid of it.

Lets look at both versions, side by side, to see the actual differences

Okay, so they are one above the other.  Same stitch, Different Results
Both swatches are 15 sc across, by 8 rows tall. Both are worked with an I, (5.50mm) hook and Red Heart Super Saver. The difference in where the stitch is placed changes the look of the fabric, as well as how the fabric moves in both directions.

A quick look at a closer shot of the Traditional sc fabric, Lets look at the features.
As you can see, it is a somewhat solid fabric. not a lot of lacy holes.
The row being worked goes basicly BETWEEN the two in the row already there.
great for most applications where you want small stitches that hold shaping, without significant height changes. This stitch is great for stabilizing a row of taller stitches as well. Used often on cabled items, or really lacy designs.  the world of crochet is open, and a traditional sc stitch fits right in.
There are times though, when this is only part of the need.  Perhaps a smaller touch of color is desired. Maybe a smoother fabric, Maybe stretch is the LAST thing desired. Well, grabbing a smaller hook, can help, but that also means more stitches. In the grand scheme of things, not my goal. I want to complete the project to begin the next, that is already percolating in my brain.

Here is ONE of my odd ball options,

Looking at this swatch, you see the stitches work together more. they seem to grow out of the center of the row below. It is a sc. I just put the hook in a different place before I made it.

This is the application of row 2, the blue hook is indicating where the next stitch will be placed. Traditional placement is between the two visible loops. For this version, I work under this 3rd loop as well.
I have found that the pointier hooks work best for this technique. I generally use a Boye hook.
As you see from the completed sc to the right, the look provides you with a V on the face of it. There is no right or wrong side to this fabric, and while a trained eye will still see it, the line formed after two rows is greatly diminished.  It nearly looks knit, but again is quite a bit more rigid. Other than where you put the hook, it is just a single crochet stitch.  Don't complicate it.
What applications do we look to this variation for?
Purse bottoms, Rugs, Slipper Soles, Picture Frames, Belts, Bag Straps and Handles.  Any object you want to hold it's shape more securely.
Grab a hook, give this a try. If you have questions, PLEASE comment. I would love to help.

For a free pattern using this stitch, Click HERE

Until next time