Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas Crochet Patterns Posted

It is that time of year again! At Cute Crochet Chat, we ♥ Holiday and Christmastime! I recently re-listed some of my most popular Christmas and Holiday crochet patterns. They are all available for pdf download in my Etsy Shop.  You can view what is available below! I will be periodically listing Christmas and Winter patterns from other designers here, so if you have a pattern you would like to see featured, contact me at toocutecrochet AT gmail DOT com!
Ernie Elf Country Cutie


Holiday Gift Bags





Winter Christmas Hat and Purse
Santa Purse and Flower Headband
Petite Stocking Set
 


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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Crochet Stitches Giveaway Winner

Good morning! We have a winner! Congratulations goes out to Shawn of New York for winning Robyn's new book, Crochet Stitches, Visual Encyclopedia. Shawn is an AVID crocheter who makes a lot of gifts and charity items in crochet. She is thrilled to win this book! Thank you, thank you to all who participated. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for SEVERAL new crochet book reviews! After all, it is the gift giving season!
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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Tabletop Pumpkins



TABLETOP PUMPKINS


Design by Jocelyn Sass         Copyright 2011 Cute Crochet     www.cutecrochet.com

Tabletop Pumpkins are copyrighted Cute Crochet 2011

You may print it for your personal use, but you may not copy, distribute it, or sell it.

RICH, RUSTIC COLORS COMPLIMENT THE DESIGN OF THIS SIMPLE-TO-CROCHET ITEM FOR YOUR HOME. WHETHER YOU PLACE IT ON A TABLE, HUTCH OR MANTLE,
IT WILL INSPIRE WARMTH FOR YOUR DÉCOR.  

Materials:  Red Heart Supersaver worsted weight yarn, 3-1/2 oz. #256 Carrot,
3 oz. #981 Fall (variegated color); G (4mm) hook;
Natural Raffia Straw by American Oak Preserving Company;
½” thick Tree Branch from your yard;
Aleene’s Thick Designer Craft Glue; polyester fiberfill; tapestry needle; craft knife

Size:  Large Pumpkin measures 6-1/2” High & 7-1/2” Wide without stem.
Gauge:  4 sc =  1 inch;  4 rows =  1 inch
LARGE PUMPKIN
Rnd 1: Starting at Bottom, with Fall, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (6).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around; join, ch 1, turn. (12).

Rnd 3:  (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (18).

Rnd 4:  (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (24).

Rnd 5:  (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (30).

Rnd 6:  (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (36).

Rnd 7:  (Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (42).

Rnd 8:  (Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (48).

Rnd 9:  (Sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (54).

Rnd 10:  (Sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (60).

Rnd 11:  (Sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (66).

Rnd 12:  (Sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (72).

Rnd 13:  (Sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (78).

Rnds 14-34:  Sc in ea sc around; join, ch 1, turn. (78).

Rnd 35:  (Sc in next 11 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (72).

Rnd 36:  (Sc in next 10 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (66).

Rnd 37:  (Sc in next 9 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (60).

Rnd 38:  (Sc in next 8 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (54).

Rnd 39:  (Sc in next 7 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (48).
Begin stuffing pumpkin firmly.

Rnd 40:  (Sc in next 6 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (42).

Rnd 41:  (Sc in next 5 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (36).

Rnd 42:  (Sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (30).
Continue stuffing pumpkin firmly.

Rnd 43:  (Sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (24).

Rnd 44:  (Sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (18).
Finish stuffing pumpkin.

Rnd 45: (Sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join with a sl st to first sc.
Fasten off, leaving long length for sewing. 

FINISHING
Using a craft knife, cut ½” tree branch into one, 3” piece and two, 2-1/2” pieces. Thread length of yarn left from fastening off Rnd 45 into a tapestry needle. Thread through stitches of Rnd 45 to gather.
Place glue on one end of the 3” piece of tree branch. Place glue-end down into opening of Rnd 45. Pull gathered stitches closed over branch to tighten and hold in place. Knot and secure in place with a few stitches. Let branch dry.
Cut raffia into four 24” pieces. Tie the raffia pieces around stem of tree branch as shown in photo. Glue in place if needed to secure. Trim ends of raffia to desired length.

SMALL PUMPKIN (Make 2)
Rnd 1: Starting at Bottom, with Carrot, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (6).

Rnds 2-10: Repeat Rnds 2-10 of Large Pumpkin. (60).

Rnds 11-26:  Sc in ea sc around; join, ch 1, turn. (60).

Rnd 27:  (Sc in next 8 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (54).

Rnd 28:  (Sc in next 7 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (48).

Rnd 29:  (Sc in next 6 sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (42).
Begin stuffing pumpkin firmly.

Rnds 30-34:  Repeat Rnds 40-44 of Large Pumpkin. (18).
Finish stuffing pumpkin.

Rnd 35: (Sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc) around; join with a sl st to first sc.
Fasten off, leaving long length for sewing.

FINISHING
Place glue on one end of the 2-1/2” piece of tree branch. Place glue-end down into opening of Rnd 35. Pull gathered stitches closed over branch to tighten and hold in place. Knot and secure in place with a few stitches. Let branch dry.
Cut raffia into four 18” pieces. Tie the raffia pieces around stem of tree branch as shown in photo. Glue in place if needed to secure. Trim ends of raffia to desired length.
Repeat FINISHING for second SMALL PUMPKIN.

SMALL PATCH
Row 1: With Fall, ch 5; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across,
ch 1, turn. (4). 

Rows 2-4:  Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (4). 
Fasten off, leaving length for sewing.  Sew small patch to bottom side of one pumpkin.

LARGE PATCH
Row 1: With Fall, ch 6; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across,
ch 1, turn. (5). 

Rows 2-5:  Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (5).
Fasten off, leaving length for sewing.  Sew large patch to top side of one pumpkin.

Copyright 2011 Jocelyn Sass Cute Crochet   All rights reserved. 
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Friday, November 04, 2011

Friday Fun - Crochet Patterns

Let's face it....crocheters and knitters LOVE patterns! Some stitchers collect patterns the way others collect antiques! The downside to this is that we NEVER get around to making ALL the designs that are in our library. The upside is that we can be continually INSPIRED by the best and the brightest crochet and knit designs that are out there. Here are a few for this week:


Cupcakes by Skymagenta  -- 
These cupcakes are not only cute, they are PRETTY! You can purchase the pattern from Skymagenta.
Skymagenta has a wonderful pattern shop on Ravelry and
you won't believe all the incredible crochet goodies she has to offer!


Dahlia Shawl by Lisa Naskrent for Interweave  -- Wouldn't this Dahlia SHAWL by Lisa Naskrent be beautiful for the HOLIDAYS? Gorgeous!


Peter and Patty Pilgrim by Rachel of Crochet Spot  --  How cute are these crochet Pilgrims? They measure between 8 and 10 inches, so I think they would crochet up quickly. Especially for this month!

Urban Revival Slouch Hat by Vicki Howell  -  Love this slouchy hat! Functional yet ultra feminine!
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Crochet Stitches, Visual Encyclopedia by Robyn Chachula

At Cute Crochet Chat, we LOVE any kind of giveaway! Today I am pleased to review (and give away) a wonderful new book by the incredibly popular crochet designer, Robyn Chachula. The book is entitled, Crochet Stitches, Visual Encyclopedia and is published by Wiley. It has been a while since I have seen a crochet book that is so visually appealing.


This book is beautiful. But Crochet Stitches, Visual Encyclopedia is so much more than that! This is a book that you will keep in your crochet library forever. This is a book that you will browse through when you want to be visually inspired. This is a book that you will pick up when you are looking for just-the-right-stitch-pattern for your latest design or project. This is a book that you will go to when you want to LEARN a new crochet stitch pattern or when you want to EXPERIMENT with new crochet stitch patterns. Not enough? There are stitch patterns in this book that I have not seen anywhere else!










Each crochet stitch pattern is accompanied by beautiful full color photographs and easy to read stitch diagrams. There are TIPS throughout the book, which will make learning and using the stitch patterns even more enjoyable!









There are a whopping 36 individual crochet stitch categories, encompassing nine chapters! Included are Simple Stitches, Textured Stitches, Lace Stitches, *Unique* Lace Stitches, Colorwork Stitches, Tunisian Stitches, Square and Hexagonal Motifs, Flower and Snowflake Joining Motifs, and Edging Stitches!














Some of my favorites are the Circular Motifs and the Partial Motif patterns.







Robyn was gracious enough to answer a few questions for our readers!

1. Do you have a favorite book that you have authored?

That is a hard question since I am in love or hate every book I have worked on.  It all depends.  Right now I am loving this encyclopedia.  I have one stationed upstairs in my office and downstairs in my living room.  I am coming back to it over and over while I am writing my new book.  And that is exactly what I wanted to do.  I really wrote this one for me, to catalog all my favorite patterns in one place. *  And so far I have been really using it.  But I am sure my mood will switch and I will get fall back in love with another soon.
* (Reviewer's Note) I love the fact that Robyn initially wanted to write the book so she could compile all her favorite stitches and motifs into one resource!


2. Which is your favorite crochet technique?

Again, it all depends on the way the wind is blowing.  I adore motifs when I am exploring a yarn for the first time.  I love simple stitch patterns to highlight more challenging garment construction.  I use Tunisian to relax after a stressful day; I just love the woven look some patterns can give. 


3. Do you ever crochet from other designer's crochet patterns and if so, do you prefer to follow the written instructions or a visual stitch diagram?

I rarely have time to do anything but my own work.  I think the last time was 18 months ago, when we were moving actually.  And even then, I made up my own pattern.  I do like reading patterns though.  I love to see how another designer's brain works.  For me, stitch diagrams are the key to reading.  I am dyslexic, and the abbreviations are incredibly difficult. That's why I love stitch diagrams.  I can follow those so much easier and really understand how a piece goes together.

Thank you, Robyn, for giving us a glimpse into your design world! If you would like to "meet" Robyn or learn more about her new book, she recently was interviewed on Getting Loopy podcast and Yarn Thing podcast and LB YarnCraft podcast.
Just for FUN, Wiley is giving away a copy of Crochet Stitches to ONE lucky reader of Cute Crochet Chat! In order to be eligible to win, comment on this blog and tell our readers how you have used crochet stitch dictionaries in the past to enhance your crocheting! If you have not done so before, HOW WOULD you use this crochet stitch encyclopedia? Please DON'T FORGET to leave a contact email address in your comment!
A thank you goes out to Wiley Publishing for providing the review copy to Cute Crochet Chat and also the giveaway copy of the book!
You may also purchase a copy of this book at Amazon.
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