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Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Blossom Pillow


I love flowers and how they are a symbol of new life this time of year.  As I look back over the designs I have created in the past 4 years, I realize that many of them include flower motifs and/or some kind of floral inspiration.

My mother and her mother have always been extraordinary gardeners. They have taught me a great deal about flowers and gardens over the years. The blossoms and color they have achieved in their English-style gardens year after year are truly incredible.  Here some photos of my mom's garden from last summer:

So, here is another design using a flower motif - this time it is a triangular motif times 6 which when joined together makes a hexagon.

Spring Blossoms Pillow
(Photo courtesy of Annie's)
Can you guess which cotton yarn I used to crochet this? . . . . Omega Sinfonia, of course!
I love how it is thin enough to give a lacy look but thick enough to work up quickly.  The challenging part of this project was making the hexagon-shaped pillow form so that all sides were equal. 
The instructions to make this project can be found in the April 2016 issue of Crochet World here.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Go Granny Bag

(Photo courtesy of Annie's)
The Granny Square has come a long way over the years and it is a classic crochet motif.  I love that the possibilities and variations are endless!
In this bag I crocheted large square motifs with a granny-square-like stitch pattern and then joined them together envelope-style.  I used Berroco's Weekend yarn which is a soft and thick cotton great for any time of year. (Visit this link to learn more details about this yarn.)
The instructions for this design can be found in Crochet World's special issue, Creative Crochet in a Day, which is on newsstands now and available digitally here.  Thank you to Crochet World for putting this bag on the cover!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Last minute Mother's Day gifts

There is still time to make a special gift for your mother. Here are 2 quick gifts that any mom would love.

Capiz Shell Necklace
(Photo courtesy of Annie's)
Have you seen the Capiz Shell pendant lights or outdoor wind chimes?  They have a soft glow and pretty sound and always remind me of a beautiful day at the beach.  This pendant is crocheted around a large capiz shell bead (that I found at Hobby Lobby) with size 10 crochet cotton thread. The pattern for this design can be found in one of Annie's special issues - Creative Crochet in a Day - which is on newsstands now or can be purchased as an instant digital download here.

Another quick project idea for mom can be found in this same magazine -
 Primrose Jar Wrap.
(Photo courtesy of Annie's)
I found these great mason jar glasses at Hobby Lobby recently.  The decorative possibilities are endless with this clear blank canvas!  For this project I used Nazli Gelin's Size 10 Egyptian cotton crochet thread and a simple flower motif.  Your mom could use this every day and be reminded of how much you appreciate and love her.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Necklaces for Mother's Day


After looking over some of my most recently published designs, I realized several of them would make great Mother's Day gifts.  Here are two necklaces that work up quickly and are one-size-fits-all!

Shannon Necklace
(Photo courtesy of Annie's)
This necklace pattern can be found in the Summer 2016 issue of Crochet! magazine - it is on newsstands now and can be purchased as an instant digital download here.
It is crocheted with Nazli Gelin's Garden 3 Egyptian Cotton crochet thread (Click here to see all the great colors it comes in.) and features a simple Celtic Knot in the center reminiscent of the River Shannon and how it winds through Ireland.  A variety of beads are sewn on to give it some sparkle.
Pink Dogwood Necklace
(Photo courtesy of Annie's)
I love when our pink dogwood in our front yard blooms - then I know spring has definitely arrived!  (Well, it has not bloomed yet but it should soon.)  This Pink Dogwood Necklace was fun and quick to make.  The addition of the pink-colored glass pearl beads (that I found at Hobby Lobby) makes for a very classy touch. 
You can also find the yarn I used at Hobby Lobby - Lizbeth Size 10 Crochet Cotton.  This was the first time I used this thread - it is often used for tatting so it holds its shape and the knots/twists in the stitches very well.
The pattern for this design can be found in the April 2016 issue of Crochet World  here or at your local craft or bookstore. (Just saw several copies at Michael's yesterday.)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Bobbie's Lace Wrap

This design is one of my most special projects that I have created so far.
It can be found in the April 2016 issue of Crochet World and can be purchased as an instant digital download here.
We had many beautiful crochet projects around our house when I was growing up - most of these projects were crocheted by my father's mother, "Bobbie",  using the fine cotton crochet thread.  I loved to look over the shapes and stitches of these projects.  One of my favorite projects was the Queen Anne's Lace Tablecloth.
I re-created that tablecloth pattern to make this wrap in honor of my grandmother (whom I never met since she passed away before I was born.)  I changed the number of petals in each flower and crocheted a different type of leaf to join the spaces in between each flower.  I also crocheted it with a much thicker yarn by Omega called Fontana.  I love the salmon color!
(This yarn comes in several vibrant colors - click here to see more- Creative Yarn Source is a great supplier for cotton yarns.)
Thank you to Crochet World for printing a photo of me and my grandmother along with a paragraph about her and my inspiration.  She was a special woman who created beautiful crocheted items - I am proud to honor her memory with the Bobbie's Lace Wrap.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Wild Rose Bag -Crochet World June 2016


This project is in the June issue of Crochet World - I crocheted it with one of my favorite cotton yarns to work with - Omega Sinfonia - in a beautiful green colorway - #840 Green Leaf. If you look closely, you can see that there are flower motifs along the top edge with a textured stitch around the bulk of the bag.

I am very pleased to say that this bag is my 100th published design.  You can read a short article about this achievement here (Crochet World's Editor's Blog post for April 20, 2016) that Carol Alexander was so very kind to post this week.

When I first sent in a design idea 5 years ago I just thought it was a neat thing to try.  Now I am truly blessed to be a crochet designer and I have many people to thank for helping me along the way:

The team of editors and tech editors at Annie's publishing - they have been great to work with, especially Carol Alexander, Jackie Daugherty, Sara Meyer and Ellen Gormley.

My mother-in-law for hanging out with my kids several evenings so that I could continue teaching my crochet class.

My daughters who always show interest in my various projects and have patience while I crochet away at home.

My mom who sends me many catalog clippings for inspiration and, along with my dad, is always interested in my crochet endeavors.

My grandmother who has passed on wonderful creativity genes to our whole family!

My other grandmother who passed on the love of crochet (see next post to hear more about her).

And a BIG THANK YOU goes to my husband who cooks many delicious meals, helps clean the house and often takes care of our girls so that I can spend time designing, teaching and crocheting.  Without him I would not be able to do what I do!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Getting Excited for Ireland!!

In just about 2 months I will be heading to Ireland with Annie's and Craftours.

I am looking forward to seeing the beauty of Ireland and meeting all the participants as we tour and crochet together.

Dingle Peninsula

This week Crochet World's Talking Crochet newsletter is featuring some photos and information about this upcoming trip from my perspective.

Click here to read all about it.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Eva Folk Jumper


When I was in middle school I started learning a few languages. Our school offered French, German, Spanish and Russian.  Everyone could try out each language for a few months and then pick one to study in 8th grade and all through high school.  I picked Russian and loved studying a language that looked so different. 

Then when I was in high school, our school was chosen as a 'sister school' of a special English-teaching school in Moscow.  I was able to go live with a Russian family for a month my junior and senior year and a Russian girl came and lived with us for a month each year.  It was a wonderful experience and helped me decide to study Russian in college.  Now I teach Russian to kids of all ages and continue to enjoy learning about their culture and history.

I love many examples of Russian Folk Art that can be seen in their folk costumes, nesting dolls, village crafts and in every souvenir shop.  In the Spring issue of Crochet! there is a Russian-inspired girl's dress  - the Eva Folk Jumper.

Some of the Russian folk costumes are similar to this - they have a band of decorative ribbon along the top and down the center.  This decorative band is made out of several flower motifs.  I crocheted this with Omega Sinfonia's 100% cotton yarn - it comes in bright colors and looks great in all the stitches.  The pattern can be found here as an instant digital download - It is written for several sizes - 12 mo, 2T, 3T and 4T.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day will be here soon - do you have an idea what you would like to give your mother? Or is there another mom in your life that you would like to honor and encourage next month?

Well, here are 3 projects that can be found in the April 2016 issue of I Like Crochet that would make great gifts and are quick to make.
Shimmer and Shine Necklace
This necklace is crocheted with Oso Blanco's Scubidu Gold yarn - the photo doesn't do the yarn justice - it sparkles and shines wonderfully.  The centerpiece is a beautiful cabochon (moonstone) that I found on www.etsy.com.
Vivid Floral Tote
This bag is crocheted with vibrant colors of one of my favorite yarns - Sinfonia (100% cotton) by Omega.  The floral stitch is easier than it looks and is just a 3 round repeat.
Celtic Knot Necklace
This decorative knot is the "Motherhood Knot" - if you look closely, you can see 2 hearts intertwined to make the pendant.  The beads are real coral beads that compliment the mint DMC embroidery floss well.

I Like Crochet is a digital only crochet publication - once you buy a year's subscription you instantly have access to all patterns that have published thus far. It's a great deal and there are many great projects!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Greystones Cowl

As I prepare for our trip to Ireland, I have been collecting a variety of photos on my Pinterest board, "Ireland" (https://www.pinterest.com/celknotcrochet/ireland/) - There are so many beautiful places to see! I can't get enough of the coastline, castles and green hills.

Above is pictured the South Beach in Greystones, Ireland which was the inspiration for the name of this cowl that was published in the February Issue of Crochet World.

Greystones Cowl
(Photo courtesy of Annie's)
This is a unique cowl in that it is reversible and has a button closure.  This front square shows the Diamond Stitch and the 'hidden' square is made up of the Basketweave Stitch.  The part that wraps around your neck is made up of several rows of stitches worked in the back loop only to give a great ribbed effect.  I crocheted it with a beautiful yarn -Plymouth Yarn's DK Superwash Merino - that shows the stitch definition wonderfully and feels soft against your skin.  This is a warm cowl which we still need up here in New England since it has snowed twice since April arrived!!
This and many other great patterns can be purchased as an instant digital download here.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter! and National Crochet Month!

We love to celebrate Easter in our house by decorating eggs, going to a worship service, having a delicious family dinner and going on an outdoor egg hunt.

Several years ago I crocheted some egg cozies using a free pattern I found on www.lionbrand.com -
Click here to see one of the patterns.  (You need a username and password to download the Lion Brand patterns but they are all free). Since we love ladybugs, butterflies and bumblebees I decided to make a simple cover for some plastic eggs (using the Lion Brand pattern- "Wee Rabbit Egg Cozy") and then use felt (and hot glue) to attach some fun details - eyes, wings and pipe cleaner antennae.

I love how these egg cozies can be used every year over a boiled, plastic or wooden egg.

Did you know that this is National Crochet Month??

I hope you have had some time to crochet AND stop by www.crochetville.com to see the designer blog tour.  The post previous to this one (March 17th) talks about my stop on the "Crochet Express" and a new free Celtic Knot pattern I am offering until 4/17.   http://crochetville.com/natcromo-2016-march-17-jennifer-e-ryan/

Today designers Kathy Kelly, Tanja Osswald and Beth Graham are featured along with a neat giveaway and fun yarn store.

Less than one more week of all the crochet fun - make sure you stop by!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Crochetville and the Crochet Express!

Welcome everyone to the next stop on the Crochet Express!

I hope you have been enjoying this tour of designers, yarn shops and yarn companies along with all of the great giveaways in honor of National Crochet Month.

(In case you have stopped by without coming in on the 'Express', please make sure you check out all that's happening at www.crochetville.com - so many talented designers with many beautiful projects to crochet and give bunches of inspiration.)

A big thank you goes to Amy and Donna of Crochetville for putting this all together - make sure to click on their link above to read some fun travel stories from each designer on the tour - My stories include traveling on a train in Russia and going to Ireland this June.

Today in our house we are celebrating many things - St. Patrick's Day by wearing green, listening to Irish music and eating corned beef; the birthday of our youngest daughter who is turning 7; and crochet! by wearing our crocheted projects and working on new ones together. 

In honor of all of these celebrations I have a new Celtic Knot pattern for you:
The Celtic Rose Bookmark
This pattern is available for FREE until 4/17 here in my Ravelry store.
With my upcoming trip to Ireland in June with Annie's and Craftours and spring on its way here in New England, I am inspired by Irish art and flowers.  I hope you enjoy crocheting this project. Please email me if you have any questions.

Happy National Crochet Month and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Make sure to check out my friend, Bonnie Barker's blog today - she has a fun song to share and two great giveaways!  Bonnie designs wonderful Celtic cabled projects.