Welcome! Please browse through this blog to see my latest crochet projects, classes and designs.

On the left you will see a list of extra pages full of project photos, class descriptions and other things.

On the right you will find information about the classes I will be teaching.
Please email me if you have any questions or would like to sign-up for a class.
See me on Ravelry: CelticKnotCrochet
See me on Pinterest: Celknotcrochet (Jennifer E Ryan)

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kerry Shrug - from Prize-winning Glendalough Shrug (Celtic Knot Shrug)


Many people have asked on this blog and Facebook if the pattern for my Glendalough Shrug (that won 2nd prize in the Fashion Category of the CGOA 2012 Design Competition) is available.

Well, the knot in this shrug is very intricate and challenging to weave.


 
 
 
So, when Carol Alexander (Editor of Crochet! magazine) asked me if I would publish my design in Crochet!, I decided to create a shrug with a less-complicated Celtic Knot but a similar style.
Here it is:  The "Kerry Shrug"
 
 
(Photo courtesy of Annie's)


I have posted some tips and photos of how to weave this knot on a page you'll see listed on the LEFT of this blog.

The yarn I used for this design is :
Sassy Skein Key West Karibbean Kotton Kollection - #107 Kiwi
available at www.sassyskein.com

It is wonderful yarn - They have many beautiful and vibrant colors in 2 different weights.  I love that it is a perfect weight and sheen for spring and summer.  Plus, the company has been great to work with.



I made one of these shrugs for myself and when I wore it last week in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I received many compliments - mostly from strangers!  I hope you enjoy making and wearing (or giving as a gift) this unique and eye-catching garment. :)

Crochet! Magazine - Spring 2013 - can be found in stores and newsstands everywhere on 4/2 or can be purchased on-line (now) at - www.crochetmagazine.com

By visiting the above website you can watch a short video preview of all of the other great designs in this issue.
 
 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tour through Crochet Country - March 14th

Celtic Knot Pin

Welcome travelers on the Tour through Crochet Country led by Crochetville!
(Thank you to Amy and Donna who have done such a great job with the tour.)

So glad you have taken the time to stop by.  Please browse this blog to see all the photos in the posts below, along the right side and in the pages on the left side.  I hope that some of my design work and posts inspire you to crochet more and create your own masterpieces.

I am a Crochet Associate Professional and proud member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA).
I thoroughly enjoy attending their conferences where I have met many wonderful women - many of them crochet designers who share advice and their love of crochet generously.

In honor of this tour and National Crochet Month, I would like to offer you this FREE pattern - Celtic Knot Pin- as pictured above.  It is available here :
 http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/celtic-knot-pin
as a free Ravelry download.

As you may have noticed, I love to combine Celtic Knots with my crochet projects to achieve unique and eye-catching designs.  If you have any questions about the patterns mentioned here, feel free to email me.  And if you complete one of the projects, I would love to see your photos : celticknotcrochet@gmail.com.

You might find one of my pages (on the left) titled, "Tips for Celtic Knot Scarf and Pin" helpful in completing the pin project. 

Speaking of the Celtic Knot Scarf (which first appeared in Crochet Today! March/April 2012 issue), it is now available here:   http://www.crochettoday.com/crochet-patterns/free-celtic-knot-pattern
for free!


Now you are all set to crochet a project to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day this Sunday!

We love St. Patrick's Day in our house. It gives us an excuse to celebrate our Irish heritage by listening to Irish music, wearing the green, enjoying Celtic Knots, dancing a jig and eating corned beef and cabbage!  One of my daughters studies Irish step dancing and loves to make up a special dance for the day.  And my youngest daughter loves the day because it is also her birthday!

Have fun celebrating (even if you aren't Irish) and thanks again for visiting.

Tomorrow we get to visit with : Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin.
 





Thursday, March 7, 2013

March - National Crochet Month!

What a great month to celebrate crochet!
(It's also National Craft Month - so exciting! . . . like I needed an excuse to craft and crochet! Ha!)

First, make sure you stop by here on March 14th for a free Celtic Knot pattern to be featured on www.crochetville.com's "Tour through Crochet Country".  It's a great blog tour of about 50 crochet designers. Each designer is offering something special for the tour. (In fact, go check that out now!)

Now here are some sneak peeks of what I'll be posting over the next 6 weeks or so:









Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Parent/Child Crochet Workshop

This Saturday I will be teaching a Parent/Child Crochet Workshop at our local art center.

The Art Center is a great place to learn how to do all kinds of artsy things: create a painting, make a sculpture, fashion metal jewelry, weave a wall-hanging, and even have a birthday party full of art fun!

I love yarn graffiti (yarn bombs) and enjoyed putting up some on the first floor to generate interest in the upcoming workshop.

 
This is my Butterfly Wrap (www.redheart.com) on a statue near the front door.
 
 
This is a cup holder in one of the bathrooms. :)
 
 
Spring has still not arrived here so even the statue needs a shawl to keep out the winter chillies. Snow is coming again!
 
 
Who doesn't love crocheted art?
I plan to hide more around the building on the day of the workshop.
 
Thank you to the Art Center directors who support and encourage art in its many forms - even yarn graffiti!