Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Basic Black Tank Top

Basic Black Tank Top
Pattern: My own, designed just for me
Stitches Used: Seed Stitch Body and Shell Yoke
Yarn: Caron's Simply Soft
Hook: H-8 (5mm)
This basic tank is going to be my favorite when the weather gets warmer, the yarn is soft, the length is "just right" not too short and not too long. The shell neckline is delicate but not too frilly for me. The straps are slightly thick (to hid stray bra straps.) I was tempted to make a little cap sleeve but stayed with a tank design.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lacy Mohair Shawl

The Quest for a Lacy Mohair Shawl - Part 1

On Wednesday nights I host the Crochet Studio at 3 Kittens Needle Arts in St. Paul. We have a great group of ladies with various skill levels and various projects going on all the time. There were a few who really wanted to crochet a lacy mohair shawl. We searched for pattern but couldn't find the "right one". The search continues; here I'm using Twinkle Handknits Kid Mohair with a G-6 (4mm) crochet hook, shells stitches, a few double crochets, a chain here and there, and that is about it. I loosely followed a shawl pattern called Seraphina.

I love Twinkle's Kid Mohair, it is soooo soft but terrible to rip, so I suggest you make sure you know exactly what you're doing before you begin. In this case, I knew I want to make this shawl so I was confident in starting it. I have a tendency to crochet, rip, repeat!

This is my first lacy mohair shawl, I've gone from chunky yarn and my P hook, to this, and honestly I love all crochet; big hook, small hook, chunky yarn to mohair, its all good.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Tank Tops and friends

Today is April 11th and we are getting snow in Minnesota today, BUT I'm thinking of spring and summer designs. I swatched and ripped, then crocheted the whole tank top and then ripped again, ahrrr....(knit and crochet designers does this sound familiar?!)

The bottom Round Neck Tank Top looks too close to another design by another designer, so I ripped it. Then I played with the Square Neck Tank, with a key hole center. But hey, I'm getting smart, I didn't weave in the ends yet, I might rip again!

Square Neck Tank with Key Hole Center

Round Neck Tank Top

Here is Karen
(one of crochet students at 3 Kittens)
and her fab scarf, you can't see the bottom design but it is beautiful!

The Fantastic Ms. Kay
and her lovely version of my Fuchsia and Blues Jacket that was in the winter issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine. Ms. Kay works at my son's pre-school, she knits, crochets, and is constantly in a good mood!

Thanks for stopping by the Knotty Generation!