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  • Happy [inter-]National Crochet Month


    Thanks for stopping by on my Crochetville NatCroMo blog tour day!

    I’ve created NatCroMo specials exclusively for you. These specials run from today through Monday March 20.

    It’s certainly a big weekend for us crocheters.

    1. Tomorrow is a very green holiday (St. Patrick’s Dayso here’s a coupon link to get 17% off DesigningVashti Lotus yarn in our new Emerald Deep color. This is a rich, satisfying, and inspiring green to take you from winter to spring.

    NatCroMo Emerald Green Lotus yarn special

    ‘Emerald Deep’ Lotus yarn color is perfect for a chilly St. Patrick’s Day weekend. (DJC Lotus Curaçao is here.)

    Speaking of Spring…

    What a cold snap, huh? Most of us in the US are getting a lot of snow or freezing rain. It’s cold here in Florida too.

    A chilly NatCroMo weekend!

    Brrr. Map courtesy of The Weather Channel.

    2. I’ve just returned from teaching “Big-Hook Slip Stitch Crochet”.

    Want to feel warm and cozy quickly? I urge everyone to round up their jumbo crochet hooks and superbulky yarns! Some of my slip stitch projects take only an hour or two this way.

    No superbulkies handy? Create your own: just crochet with multiple strands held together of whatever’s in your yarn stash. (Tip: throw in at least one strand of alpaca or angora because these fibers are four times warmer than wool. Add a yarn with a halo like mohair, or a textured novelty yarn, to fill in any gaps between stitches.)

    Expedient Cowl is 50% off this weekend. Warm up a big hook (size P/11.5 or 12 mm) for this toasty, speedy item. I named it “Expedient” because it took me 2 hours tops to make one during LAST year’s surprise cold snap. Enter this code: MarchC0ldSnap (that 0 is a zero). Here’s a direct link to redeem.

    NatCroMo cold snap special: Big-Hook slip stitch capelet-cowl

    Cozy capelet-like Expedient Cowl. Add a third ball and more rows to turn it into a trendy skirt!

     

    A Jumbo Crochet Hook Kit is Perfect for NatCroMo

    3. Be ready for the next cold snap with this crochet hook set & bucket pattern. (It’s already at a discount as a kit so I’m unable to discount it further for NatCroMo readers, sorry.)

    Perfect NatCroMo kit!

    It’s displayed in my studio and I use it all the time now.

    You’ll also be ready for when I release these new Big-Hook Slip Stitch crochet patterns (links go to their Ravelry project pages):

    Zumie Lace Vest  I used a size S (19 mm) hook for most of it. This one-skein lace item took only 45 minutes to crochet. Yarn: the fun Hikoo Zumie by Skacel.

    SS-Luscious Sampler  Size 12 mm (“P”) crochet hook and two skeins of luscious Berroco Noble.

    Pink kitty-ears hat with only 95 yds and an M/9 mm hook. It’s simple back loop slip stitch in rows, then seamed on the top and side. It came out smallish on me and perfect on my friend (she kept it!). No yarn left over so I’m mulling a way to get a slightly more out of about 95 yds of yarn for this.

    Slip Slab Neckwrap  This started out as the initial prototype for the Expedient Cowl. I needed only 168 yards and a P/12 mm hook.

    4. Lastly, Happy Spring Break!

    Does it start this weekend for your family? My son’s starts this afternoon.

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    • March 16th, 2017 by Vashti Braha

    National Crochet Month Specials


    National Crochet Month 2016! I've got my ticket!

     I’ve got my ticket!

    Welcome, Natcromo Blog Tour Visitors!

    In honor of (Inter-)National Crochet Month, I’ve added a FREE lacy spring scarf pattern to my Ravelry shop: the double-flounced Emdash Scarf. It’s free for one week.

    I thought I’d show you Emdash’s crochet story in pictures. National Crochet Month is for crochet stories, right? Especially about lacy spring scarves. First, the design sketches:

    Original Emdash Sketches for National Crochet Month spring scarf

    Emdash has two design sisters.

    Antoinette is the eldest (I published her popular pattern in Nov. 2011). She loves lace weight metallic mohair with sequins and other holiday party yarns. Cantina is the youngest, even though her pattern was published before Emdash’s (in Dec. 2015). Cantina is a freewheeling hippie girl who likes color parties, scrap yarns, and beads. Below are front page snippets of the three designs. It’s easier to show some alternate views of them this way.

    Emdash Scarf Sister Designs: National Crochet Month 2016 spring scarf freebie

    How did Emdash get her name?

    While I was exploring special characters on my keyboard, I kept seeing the scarf draped on my mannequin. The columns of tall stitches are grouped with vertical spacers. (I like the slightly different crocheting rhythm of it.) They started reminding me of emdashes, yes—a type of punctuation. It shortens so nicely to “Emmy.”

    The last part of her design story is that I learned how to format and print out kit patterns with the Emdash Scarf, for the show booth I had last summer. This means Emdash is also available as a printed pattern here.

    Since you’ve read this far, you can also take 15% off anything in my shop by clicking this link. Remember, shipping is already free to US addresses, so 15% off really is 15% off.Emdash Kit Story for National Crochet Month 2016

    Enjoy your free crochet pattern! And Happy National Crochet Month!

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    • March 30th, 2016 by Vashti Braha


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