Month: March 2014

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Partial Continuous JAYG: Hexagons

Joining motifs has got to be the main reason why people are led to my websites. I cannot sew to save my life, so I have learned to get creative with the way that I join my motif pieces. On social media venues, the most frequent question I get asked is what is my favorite way to join. Well, I like joins that use the fewest cuts as possible. If I can join continuously, I do it and if I can’t, then I do a traditional JAYG. I learned to JAYG originally from traditional designer, Priscilla Hewitt (my crochet idol!) – many of her lacy square motif blanket patterns use a flat braid JAYG, and then I reinforced my skills through the contemporary granny JAYG by Lucy @ Attic24. Okay, so let’s talk about a partial continuous JAYG that I am using for this hexagon blanket. When can I use this method?? To work this method, you’ll already need to know how to JAYG and Continuous JAYG. The actual join I am using is from my …

Partial CJAYG: Squares

Partial Continuous JAYG: Squares

Quick tip for my Gelato pattern or any blanket you are making that has different size granny square motifs. You’ve heard of the Continuous JAYG – a great way to make a sturdy join that saves you from weaving in hundreds of ends – but it would be difficult to join this random placement of multi-size squares with that completely continuous join. So what I did was to locate the areas where several same-size squares are lined up in my reference blanket (a Gelato I made in the past – see below). I made 2 identical Gelato blankets for a custom order, so as you can see in the photo above, I joined adjacent same-size squares continuously. Then, I joined the larger squares in, picking up and joining in the sides of the already connected pieces as I went, so as to incorporate all squares of the blanket. Essentially, this blanket was made with one part Continuous JAYG, and one part regular JAYG. I saved over 100 ends between the two blankets with this method. Comment with questions and I’ll clarify anything I …

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Cottage Quilt: NEW Pattern

See pattern in my Etsy Shop and on Ravelry Pattern includes: Motif and half-motif (flower hexagon) How to join hexagons using my method Striped corner Lace border Instructions to increase blanket size from 28×34″ to any dimensions I’ve always had a huge love for hexagons, but the Cottage Quilt pattern idea came about when three thought paths crossed each other in my mind.: 1) I started getting obsessed with making half-hexagon motifs. 2) Designing crochet blankets that resemble quilts was a big creative outlet for me. 3) The incredible @sewrayme (sewrayme.co.uk) Instagram feed made me fall in love with floral fabric paired with stripes. ❤ So, this design was born! It took me about a year to finally put it all together and it went through a lot of back-to-the-drawing-board phases before I could really write the pattern. Now, all I want to do is add a striped corner on all my hex designs! This pattern will show you how to add a striped corner to any hexagon blanket if you make the “corner cutout” using …

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California Dreaming: When the artist collaborates with her former self

Fiber art is my passion. I have crocheted every day for years, but before I picked up the hook, I proudly wielded the knitting needles. In my second year of college, I became utterly inspired by Wendy Johnson of wendyknits.net to learn to knit. This was a time when young people still learned from books, so I mixed library visits with internet research to teach myself the craft. Dozens of cardigan sweaters, stripy socks, and several knitted blankets later, and somehow I made it through college to the other side. After college, life swept me up in its current, and I started a career, got married, and had a baby on the way within a year after graduation! But somewhere in the middle of all that craziness, I picked up a hook and discovered granny squares, baby booties, and scarves, and it was all over… I never, ever looked back to knitting, and that forward momentum left behind a serious amount of unfinished work in its wake. I didn’t have the time to go through …

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The Carly Project

The Carly Project | March 2014 I participated in this huge hat donation project lead by Selah of Simply by Selah (@simplybyselah on Instagram) with one big, giant, looming question in my mind… “Can I even make hats??” Creating blankets for my shop BabyLove Brand has been my sole creative endeavor for the past two years, and over time I have developed a fear of small projects that require specific gauge and careful stitch counting. Scared to even look at patterns, I started off by getting creative with bits and pieces of unfinished work from my past. I made these four hats out of odds and ends. This pink hat used to be the front half of a baby gown worked at a very fine gauge back in the days when I used to knit. Using sharp scissors, I cut the knitting under the armpits, but above the empire waist eyelet round (meant for threading ribbon to add a bow), and I sewed the rectangle into a tube. Then, I threaded yarn through the eyelets and cinched that side, which became the top. I wrapped and wrapped …