NatCroMo 2016 – Crochetville Tour

National Crochet Month – Crochetville Blog Tour 2016

All Aboard NatCroMo Crochetville Blog Tour

If you’ve hopped on the train for the Crochetville.com blog tour, Welcome! We’re glad you’ve stopped by for a visit. There will be giveaways and interviews with yarn experts all month long…so be sure to visit Crochetville for the latest deets.

As part of the Crochetville tour, we shared a bit about our travel experiences. We haven’t traveled a ton, but I (Dana) enjoyed visiting Deborah when she was a school teacher in China and was sad I couldn’t visit her when she was teaching in Bolivia. And alas, we didn’t become crochet addicts until after Deborah returned to the states so missed the opportunity to buy fibers from international vendors. A few of our designs have been inspired by our travels. Check out the Bamboo Blanket and Chinese New Year cup cozy for a couple examples.

Dishcloth+ Series: Corner to Corner Dishcloth and Placemat Crochet Pattern

http://www.yarnovations.com/shop/dishcloth-corner-to-corner-dishie-and-placemat/

To celebrate National Crochet Month, we’re sharing a free crochet pattern for a beautiful dishcloth and placemat. This is the 3rd in our 12 part Dishie+ Series sponsored by Universal Yarn with Fibra Natural Good Earth yarn.

Corner to Corner DishclothCorner to corner is an uber fun crochet technique where you create little blocks of double crochet starting in one corner of your project working in rows on the diagonal. Wow, that sounds more complex than it really is. Trust us, it’s a lot of fun.

Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial for Corner to Corner Crochet

This free dishcloth crochet pattern includes a step-by-step photo tutorial on the corner to corner technique and also includes a free pattern for a crocheted placemat. It’s National Crochet month, after all. If you haven’t tried this technique…then dive on in. And if you have tried this technique…then enjoy!

These practical home items would be great as gifts, too.

Available in the Store

It’s FREE in the store. Get your crochet pattern for Corner to Corner Dishcloth and Placemat in the store.

If you’re a fan of dishies, check out the other fun dishclothes in the series as well:

 

 

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2016 Crochetville Blog Tour Coming Soon

The 2016 Crochetville Blog Tour is Coming Soon

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Hey, crocheters! Did you hear? Yarnovations is part of this year’s #natcromo Crochet Express blog tour at Crochetville. The blog tour coincides with National Crochet Month…and runs the entire month of March.

Yarnovations sneak peekWe will continue our Dishie+ Series with a free pattern for dishcloth and placemat which will premier during the #natcromo CrochetExpress blog tour.  A special thanks to Universal Yarn for sponsoring the Dishie+ series.

93 designers to be featured in @Crochetville’s #natcromo Crochet Express blog tour. And there will be daily giveaways!

Follow @Crochetville’s #natcromo Crochet Express blog tour to learn more about 1) Crochet Designers 2) LYS 3) Yarn companies

All aboard: http://crochetville.com/all-aboard-the-crochet-express-blog-tour/

Blueberry Dishcloth and Heartfelt Towel

Dishcloth+ Series: February’s Blueberry Dishcloth and Heartfelt Towel Crochet Pattern

Dish Cloth and Dish Towel Crochet Pattern

For Valentine’s month we’ve created a beautiful heart embossed kitchen towel using the “Uneven Berry” stitch (Stitch #27 from the Crochet Stitch Dictionary). It’s a simple stitch that creates a beautiful puff perfect for creating raised designs.

Towel DrapedThe dishcloth is the perfect project to master the stitch. And it’s super practical. The bumpy side is great for scrubbing stuck-on grim and the smooth side works great for smooth cleaning like glasses and cups.

Pictured, the dishcloth and kitchen towel are crocheted in Fibra Natura Good Earth distributed by Universal Yarn. This cotton linen blend is perfect for going from sink to washing machine and back again.

Available in the Store

Learn more about this fun set in the store: Blueberry Dishcloth and Heartfelt Towel Crochet Pattern.

January Snow – Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

January Snow – Dischloth and Table Runner Crochet Pattern

Our first in a twelve part dishcloth+ series, January Snow is a dishcloth and table runner made in a soft Crystal color with a delicate shell pattern that reminds us of fresh falling snow.

Shell Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

Table Runnie and Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

 

This beautiful pattern is easy to do and remember, and works up quickly. This delicate looking design is durable and functional. Lovely enough to grace your home or to give as gifts.

The table runner will add class and beauty instantly. The lovely shell pattern is surrounded by double crochets drawing the eye to its decorative center and border. With a few minor adjustments, it would make a lovely place mat as well!

Dishcloth: 10.25 inches square

Table Runner: 11.5 x 33.5 inches

Available in the Store

January Snow is available now in the store.

We are using FibraNatura Good Earth for the Dishcloth+ Series which is sponsored by Universal Yarn.

 

Happy New Year 2016

Wishing You a Crochet Filled 2016

January brings feelings of new beginnings and thoughtful resolutions though my (Dana) new year feels like it started in October with an fabulous new job (Interweave Crochet – #fwcommunity) working for an awesome boss (Marcy Smith) in a new city (Fort Collins) as a single woman (goodbye troubled marriage).

So now that the new beginnings are established…I’m left with resolutions. This year I’m going to look at resolutions differently. I’m going to focus on the things I enjoy and resolve to do more of them. It’s a matter of perspective, really. I’m not going to worry so much about what I should do, but look at behaviors that are good for me and that I enjoy and do more of those.

So, for 2016, here’s to

  • more crochet
  • more mountain biking
  • more working hard
  • more relaxing with a good book
  • more heartfelt time with friends and family

As for mountain biking…pictures of my twin sister really inspire me to want to get out and ride…and incoporate crochet alongside it!

Crochet and Mountain Biking...who knew they worked so well together! Here's Deborah yarn bombing a friends bike rack.

Crochet and Mountain Biking…who knew they worked so well together! Here’s Deborah yarn bombing a friends bike rack.

Deborah really is my inspiration...and apparently the guys stop and take notice, too!

Deborah really is my mountain biking inspiration…and apparently the guys stop and take notice, too!

For 2016, we plan for Yarnovations to be more of the same. Deborah and I will bring you fun and quirky designs of crocheted projects that we are inspired to make on the spur of the moment or have planned way in advance.

We are currently working on a dishie series. We will publish a dishcloth and other kitchen/household item once a month using FibraNatura Good Earth. This series, sponsored by Universal Yarn, is a great way to learn new techniques on smaller projects. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Happy New Year from one hooked crocheter to another.

Merry Handmade Christmas 2015

We hope you all had a holly jolly Christmas. This year I, Dana, crocheted a few gifts…I felted a purse for my mom, made some lovely catnip filled mice toys for my sister and sister-in-law (well, for their cats anyway), and I crocheted a skull purse for my twin sister. For the latter two crocheted gifts I followed patterns created by fellow designers on the free membership site Ravelry.

Crocheted Skull Granny Purse

This flat bag used nearly every inch of one skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour. I lined it and added a zipper. The handle is attached with a couple of buttons so the strap length is adjustable. The front and back panel are the same.

If you love skulls, there are a ton of great patterns on ravelry. I modified the Crochet Skull Scarf pattern by Karin Kaufmann. She modified a pattern from the Crochet Skull Shawl / Doskallesjal by Kungen Och Majkis.

My sister originally requested that I make the shawl…but I really wasn’t up to such a large project. A purse is something she can use year around. So I think my modified gift is a win/win.

 

 

My First Knit and Crochet Pumpkin

My First Crochet and Knit Pumpkins

My First Knit and Crochet Pumpkins

This isn’t the first pumpkin I’ve ever crocheted…but it is the first knitted one! And what better way to celebrate fall, harvest and hallween than to share the patterns with you? Download My First Knit and Crochet Pumpkin Pattern.

crochet or knit a rectangleIf you or someone you know are learning to knit or crochet, then these are the perfect projects to begin on because you will be knitting or crocheting a rectangle and sewing them into the pumpkin shape.

These are fun and quick little projects and great stash busters. We used worsted weight wool. They would look equally adorable made in acrylic or cotton. Make a smaller pumpkin by using thinner yarn and smaller hooks/needles . Embroider eyes and a mouth and you’ve got yourself a jack-o-lantern.

I don’t have these little guys any more…so I’m not sure of their exact size. I do know that each one fits in the palm of my hand.

Print the My First Pumpkin pattern pdf.

New Assistant Editor – Crochet at F+W Media

Dana is now the Assistant Editor – Crochet at F+W Media

Dana Bincer Assistant Editor - Crochet at FW Media

It’s official. I, Dana, am the new Assistant Editor – Crochet at F+W Media…it says so on the name badge on my cubicle wall! Woot. I get to work on both Interweave Crochet and Love of Crochet.

I moved to Fort Collins and started work a week ago and it’s been a blast. To say this is my dream job would be an under statement. My coworkers (and boss) are amazingly talented and very helpful / supportive as I learn my new responsibilities. They are ok with my pink hair and I can wear jeans to work. Oh, and I get to talk crochet all day – I know…pretty awesome. I haven’t picked up a crochet hook since I started…but I’m sure I will once I get settled in a bit more.

Review: Anne Geddes Baby

Review: Anne Geddes Baby Yarn

We used Anne Geddes Baby from Red Heart in our Twins Face Off crocheted witch outfit entitled Witch Way, This Way. Here are our thoughts about the yarn:

Red Heart Anne Geddes Yarn for Twins Face Off

In a word, this yarn is great. It was a real pleasure to work with. It’s labeled “Baby” but we don’t let that limit how we use it. It’s a fabulous yarn for baby and adult items alike.

Yarn Features:

According to the Red Heart website: Red Heart has partnered with iconic baby photographer Anne Geddes to make this wonderful yarn. It is a perfect blend of acrylic and nylon that makes it super soft and just the right weight for those special baby things. You’ll love the color range and the adorable patterns!

Light Weight: 340 yrds / 100 g
80% Acrylic and 20% Nylon

Anne Geddes Baby Pros:

  • Bright and bold color selection. Seriously, babies look cute in all kinds of colors, not just pale blue and pink!
  • Smooth texture glides across fingers nicely. Because it is light weight, it hardly feels like it’s there, especially on the tension finger.
  • Soft yarn
  • Has a good twist, so doesn’t split. Can’t emphasize this enough; it doesn’t split!
  • Has a medium sheen – not too shiney or too dull
  • Washable
  • The lighter weight is nice for projects where smaller stitches and drape are important, whether for baby or not.

Anne Geddes Baby Cons:

  • As in most lines of yarn, we long for more colors. Seriously, babies are drawn to bright colors, so why aren’t most baby lines more colorful?

Patterns Using Anne Geddes Baby:

Witch Goves and Leg WarmersHere are some links to patterns using this yarn:

 

Winners in the Anne Geddes Baby Twins Face Off

Winnners in the Twins Face Off with Anne Geddes Baby Witch Challenge

Yarn Twins: Dana Bincer and Deborah BagleyI, Dana, officially won the Twins Face Off witch challenge by designing the hat. But I’m sharing this victory with Deborah because she designed the inspiration pieces. Actually, she designed 3 out of the 4 pieces in the Witch Way, This Way set. If the challenge had been hat vs. gloves, I’m not sure who would have won!

Witch OutfitWinners in the Giveaway

1st Place: Nancy S.
Nancy wins 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby and the Witch Way, This Way crochet pattern.

2nd Place: Elizabeth
Elizabeth wins the Witch Way, This Way crochet pattern.

And a big thank you to Red Heart for sponsoring the event. And thank you to everyone for participating in the Twins Face Off Design Challenge. It means a lot to us that you voted and entered the giveaway.