Gradient Puff Stitch Cowl

I love crochet and lately I’ve been obsessed with working with those gradient yarns, you know the ones. They’re being made by just about every yarn company out there from indie dyers to big box companies.

A few months ago…well…more than a few months ago Premier Yarns (my FAV yarn company) contacted me and asked if I’d like to design something with their new yarn, DIY Gradient. Thus the Gradient Puff Stitch Cowl was born!

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I mean…how can you not love this? It will work with ANY worsted weight gradient yarn you’ve got but I do kinda love this DIY Gradient…why? Well…you DIY! Each DIY Gradient Box contains five 40 gram balls of medium weight, 100% anti-pilling acrylic yarn. That’s plenty of yarn to make a scarf, a cowl, a hat and mitten set, or a baby sweater. So, that means you get to choose which order to work it in. Of course, you could also work it in one color, if you’d like.

You can download the free pattern from Premier Yarns here or just go ahead and follow along below!

Gradient Puff Stitch Cowl

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 36”

MATERIALS
Premier® Yarns D.I.Y. Gradient Yarn (100% An – pilling Acrylic; 40g/72 yds per skein; 200g/360 yds total)
• #1046-04 Violet – 1 box
Hook: US Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle

GAUGE

6 Long Puff Stitches x 6 rows = 4”

Save time, check your gauge.

PATTERN NOTES

Cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up. The colors in the box are worked in order, starting with the darkest color and ending with the lightest color.

 

STITCH GUIDE
Long Puff Stitch – yo, insert hk in next st, yo, pull up loop matching loop height to previous ch-3 or lp, [yo, insert hk in same st, yo, pull up lp matching loop height to previous lp] twice, yo, pull through all 7 lps on hk, ch 1 to close st.

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With darkest color, ch 100, join to work in the round being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3, *Long Puff St, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * around, join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Rnds 2-10: Rep Rnd 1, working 2 rnds in each color from darkest to lightest.
Rnd 11: With lightest color, ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 sp around.
Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in each sc around.

Bottom Edge
Rnd 1: Working in unused lps of beg chain, join darkest color, ch 1, sc in each ch around, join with sl st in sc. Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st in sc. Fasten off.

Weave in ends. Block gently.

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No Needle Knits – Our First Episode

I’m SO happy to announce my new podcast…No Needle Knits!

Some links mentioned in the video:

Leather Bag: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CoastalHillbilly

Premier Yarns Wool Free Lace: https://www.premieryarns.com/products/pwlfrlace

Red Heart Yarns Heart & Sole: http://www.redheart.com/yarn/heart-sole-0

Craft Habit Raleigh: https://crafthabitraleigh.com

Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted: https://www.premieryarns.com/products/dneswsp

Premier Yarns Mega Tweed: https://www.premieryarns.com/collections/6-super-bulky/products/pmegatweed

Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky: https://www.premieryarns.com/collections/deborah-norville-collection/products/dnscnkysp

Wool Ease Thick and Quick: http://www.lionbrand.com/wool-ease-thick-and-quick-yarn.html

What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QkOTdD-R5g

Boye Looms: https://www.walmart.com/ip/17331480?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227015420991&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40940922032&wl4=pla-78877485392&wl5=9009737&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=17331480&wl13=&veh=sem

Cindwood Looms: https://www.cindwoodlooms.com

Vogue Knitting Magazine: http://www.vogueknitting.com

Sock Loom Basics: https://www.amazon.com/Sock-Loom-Basics-Leisure-Arts/dp/1609004167/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0/146-4038462-1920016?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=9WXWN31GQ29DSRMGV7YN

Step Into Crochet: https://www.amazon.com/Step-Into-Crochet-Crocheted-Techniques/dp/1632504782/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493219997&sr=1-1&keywords=Step+into+crochet

Ravelry Group: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/rohn-strong-designs

It’s Nearly Time: A Springtime Crochet Along is Here!

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It’s Spring!

And with spring means it is CAL time. Right? Is that how that all works?

For me spring always puts me in the mood to crochet something fresh and new. Something quick to crochet, since spring is the season of instant gratification and constantly shifting weather patterns. The perfect pattern for such a season is my Adirondeck Tunisian CAL! A few skeins of yarn, a quick to stitch tunisian knit stitch, and an easy to wear shape that is easy to make.

Let’s do this!

This is going to be a pretty lazy CAL. You don’t have to hit any crazy deadlines. Crochet as quickly or as slowly as you’d like. Post pictures with the hashtag, #adirondeckTCAL, and you’ll be entered to win prizes every week. From free patterns to yarn to hooks.

So, let’s get crocheting and make something to wear, now, and to celebrate spring.

There are just a few simple steps:

1. Purchase the Pattern for just $3.00 (that’s over 50% off).

2. Join the Facebook Group.

3. Gather Your Materials.

4. Get started and win prizes!

See you all on social media!

Rohn

 

Different Colors and Some Tips for an Adirondeck Cardigan

I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite colors you can use while making my new tunisian crochet pattern, Adirondeck, that I actually think would work really well. If you missed last week’s post, you can read more about this great summer cardi there.

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The sample is (shown above and below) is show in this great Mist colorway from Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Worsted. It is a great choice for any garment as the yarn doesn’t pill (you know that unsightly shedding that happens) but instead softens with each wash and looks great. Not to mention you can throw it in the washer and dryer after each wear.

This year I am all about one color palette I found while scrounging around pinterest. I’m not sure who to credit…pinterest is tricky that way…but isn’t this palette amazing? I truly feel it could transition from spring to summer to fall to winter. It is the perfect blend of warm and cool colors and I think it would look great on all skin tones.

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While on the Premier Yarns website I was able to find some similar colors in our yarn of choice that I think would work great.

 Black

 Magenta

 Pine Green

 Baby Yellow

 Orchid

With all of these options you are sure to find something that fits in both your wardrobe and your personal comfort level.

Some Top Tunisian Tips

Working tunisian crochet can be a bit scary. Heck…us crocheters are used to throwing the loop off the hook as soon as we get a chance. With tunisian crochet however, you keep on the loops on the hook and work your way across the entire row, then work the loops off one by one on the way back. Confused?

Don’t be.

Stacy over at Very Pink Knits has some great youtube videos that delve into Tunisian crochet and teach it in an approachable and easy to understand way.

There’s also a great short video from one of my Tunisian Crochet Hero’s Kim Guzman which you can view here.

Getting Started

I know that there is a lot of information here but seriously…don’t freak out. You may not get it right the first time, or the cardigan might not fit just right…that is totally okay! This is crochet and you are not a machine. It might be a little wonky but it is going to look amazing and you will love it. I promise.

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I’d love to see your versions of Adirondeck, so if you work one up, please tag me on social media! I’m rohnstrong on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. And feel free to use the hashtag #adirondeckcardi.

Haven’t picked up the pattern yet? Queue it up on Ravelry or purchase it there, or for those who aren’t members, you can purchase directly via this link.

Adirondeck Cardi: New Tunisian Crochet Pattern Release

I’m so happy to share that I’ve just released my latest Tunisian Knitting pattern, Adirondeck. You can purchase Adirondeck on Ravelry, or keep reading for more links at the end of this post.

If you are a sucker for a cropped cardi like I am, I hope you’ll fall in love with Adirondeck.

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Adirondeck is a tunisian crocheters take on the favorite summer accessory…the cropped cardi. Named for my favorite summer porch accessory (those chairs are SO comfy), Adirondeck is a fetching lace detailed cardi that’s a little bit retro and a little bit traditional.

Because Tunisian crochet can be a bit unruly (we all hate that curl), Adirondeck takes advantage of that curl and uses it as a design feature while sticking to an easy to work garment perfect for summer. It’s an enjoyable, quick crochet, and the results look much more complicated than it is!

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In my teaser post earlier this week, I said that Adirondeck uses a great acrylic yarn from Premier yarns to really give the piece an overall polished look and feel. For the best results, your yarn should be an aran/worsted #4 yarn in any fiber (wool or acrylic or silk).

Adirondeck is a relatively quick crocheted piece, great for a last minute gift or super quick summer project!

Materials

  • Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Worsted, 100% Acrylic, 4oz/113g/203yds/186m, 100-23 Mist, 3 (4, 4, 5) balls
  • 6mm Tunisian hook
  • Yarn Needle

Yarn Alternatives

You can use any Aran or worsted weight yarn in this pattern for a similar effect.

Tension

Work 14Tks and 16 rows to measure 4x4in./10x10cm using 6mm Tunisian hook, or size required to obtain tension.

Sizing

S

M

L

XL

To Fit Bust (in.)

30-34

34-38

38-42

42-46

To Fit Bust (cm)

79-83

88-94

98-103

109-113

Actual Bust (in.)

31 1/2

35 1/2

39 1/2

43 1/2

Actual Bust (cm)

80

90

100

110

Sleeve Seam (in.)

1

1

1

1

Sleeve Seam (cm)

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.5

Length (in.)

14 3/4

15 3/4

16 3/4

17 3/4

Length (cm)

37.5

40

42.5

45

How to Buy the Pattern

You can buy the pattern directly from Ravelry, even if your not a member!

Or, you can visit the Adirondeck pattern page to add it to your Ravelry queue or purchase from there.

Interested in one of my other patterns? Visit my design page on Ravelry for a few more links.

I hope you LOVE Adirondeck as much as I do. It is truly of of my favorite patterns I’ve ever designed. I’ll be sharing a bit more about this pattern later next week…and more info about our Tunisian Crochet Along!

Rohn

Get Your Tunisian Hooks Ready for My Next Pattern (Perfect for Spring/Summer)

Hi y’all! I’m just about ready to release my latest tunisian crochet pattern, a fun cropped cardigan! I think y’all are going to love it!

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Amiright? Look at that lacey knit-like goodness!

Tunisian crochet lace is no small eat, usually involving rows and rows of charts and extra loops here and there. However, this pattern has the spirit of tunisian lace without all the hard work. It’s worked in pieces, from the bottom up, and easy to seam. That’s all it takes!

It’s a bottom up cardigan, worked in a very soft worsted weight yarn. The back, sleeves, and fronts all feature the standard tunisian knit stitch. Lace adorns each front and is easy as it is beautiful. Not to mention it is repetitive and easy to memorize.

All of this means it is going to be a quick-ish spring/summer pieces, if your a crocheter looking for a wardrobe staple. It will also make a great gift for girls of all ages.

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The cardigan is sized for women from 30 inches all the way to 46 inches and is easy as pie to customize. Want to make sure you’re as ready as can be to crochet this pattern as soon as I release it? (It’s cropped! It’s cute! It’s quick! You know you need to knit one!)

  • You’ll need at least 609 (696, 783, 957) yards of a worsted weight yarn. The pattern gauge is 14 tsk and 16 rows to measure 4 inches, using a 6.0mm tunisian crochet hook. (The pattern uses Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Worsted in Mist).
  • The yarn doesn’t need to have wool in it BUT you may need to steam block the piece to prevent a lot of curling. I am comfortable blocking acrylic, if you are not, I recommend working with a wool yarn that can easily be washed and blocked. This is a great tutorial on blocking acrylic.
  • Choose a hook that is comfortable and easy to work with. I love these from Denise but any will work. Tunisian crochet is all about comfort.
  • This is a total intermediate beginner pattern. The instructions explain all you need to know…so make sure to dive in with an adventurous spirit.

That’s it! I’ll see you back here later this week when I release the pattern. Have a nice week!

 

 

Aprils No-Foolin Sale! 

It’s here! One of my FAV months of the year and to celebrate we’re going to have one heck of a sale to welcome in spring and say good bye to winter!
Today and tomorrow buy any 3 patterns from my shop and you’ll get $10 off! That’s like buying 1 and getting 2 for FREE! And you can use it as many times as you like! 
No coupon code needed…just add the patterns to your cart and go to town!
Link to shop: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/rohn-strong-designs

Premier Yarns Sweet Roll…Sweet Deal!

Hey Y’all!

So, a few months ago you may remember that I designed a whole slew of patterns celebrating the launch of Premier Yarns Sweet Roll! It is still on of my favorite color changing yarns. The endless possibilities make designing a fun and challenging endeavor. Furthermore, all those colors make crocheting a simple hat easy as pie!

Well, Premier Yarns and Joann’s have extended a little information to me to share with y’all!

Premier Yarns Sweet Roll will be on sale for the price of 3 balls for $10 from February 19 to February 25. This is a significant discount from the regular retail price of $4.99. 3 for $10? What a steal and what a great time to stock up and get ahead on this years gift making!

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You can either catch this deal in stores or online here. Make sure to stock up! Sales like this don’t come along every day!

Talk soon y’all,

Rohn

WINTER SUCKS!

Winter sucks. It sucks. I hate it.

Yeah, whatever. I live in the south. We aren’t made for snow. Never have been. Never will be. I’ve not been a southerner my entire life but after 7 years in this glorious place, I can officially say I’m a southerner.

This last week we got our annual winter storm.

I say annual because we get one. Just one. It comes at various points throughout the year but it never fails to happen.

This time was bad. Not as bad as previous years but bad enough. We essentially were shut down as a city for a few days. We’re just now getting back on track. Though I fell on my way to the mailbox this morning, that was fun. Who knew crocs and ice didn’t mix?

There’ve been lots of new and exciting changes happening over here at RS Headquarters. At the end of this month we will be moving into a new location, which means I’ve been packing up a whole lot of yarn and samples. The new place will have a great big studio/office space that doesn’t intrude on my personal living quarters AND it’ll have a gas stove. Which I know has nothing to do with knitting or crochet BUT y’all know I love to cook up a storm.

Speaking of knitting and crochet, I’m going to need your guys help.

I think we need to crochet/knit to convince Spring to show up. I’m tired of waiting around on him. He’s like that friend that borrows money and then you never see again. I want MY SPRING. GIVE ME SPRING.

So, lets crochet and knit some shawls? How’s that sound? I’ve compiled a list of shawls that I think would be particularly convincing AND if you use the coupon code, WINTERSUCKS, you’ll get 25% off every one of my shawl patterns.

 

Here are the links (beginning at the top left to bottom right)

Antietam (knit)

Fuente (knit)

Echeveria (crochet)

Crimson Brocade (crochet)

Winding Stitches Shawl (crochet)

So even though winter sucks. Let’s make shawls. Spring will be here soon enough!

Black Friday Has Come Early!!

Sometimes…well…I get a bit excited.

For some odd reason I thought TODAY WAS THANKSGIVING.

I blame the lack of a calendar in my house. Que sera sera.

I’ve decided to start our Black Friday sale early! So…starting Today, November 17th and running through next Friday November 26th, all the patterns in my shop are available for 75% off!

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So go! Stock up! This is the LAST sale of the year and the only chance some of y’all will have to stock up on our returning favorites!

That’s right…I’ve brought back ALL of the retired patterns previously retired.

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No coupon code is needed, simply add the patterns to your cart and you’ll be all set!

Happy Shopping!

A Cowl for the Candy Lovers!

$2 Pattern Price is only good for the first 100 people! Get them while they’re here…chances are by the end of the day, they will be gone!

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This cowl, inspired by the golden leaves of fall, is an homage to my love for that strange confection…that’s right boys and girls…candy corn.

What is more iconic and more ‘octoberish’ than a big bowl of rock hard candy corn that your grandmother has had sitting on the table in the same candy dish for six years. Or is it sixty?

Anyways…

This cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up in a chevron/flame stitch accented with little candy corns. The cowl is quick enough to be worked up in a weekend or one sitting of your favorite holiday movie.

The pattern is fully charted and easy to customize. Want a longer cowl? Work more repeats. What a wider cowl? Work more rows!

It really is that easy.

Purchase the pattern here for just $2.00 and be one of the only 100 to get this pattern for this price!

Happy Halloween!

SWEET ROLLS! And a Free Pattern (Or Two)

Who’s ready for a free pattern…OR TWO!

Premier Yarns and I worked together to design a few patterns using my FAV new yarn of the fall, Sweet Rolls!

Sweet Rolls combine 3 different, but complimentary colors in each ball! The yarn is designed to create wide stripes in a regular repeat (meaning it is not a crazy variegated). It is sort of a gradient yarn except it doesn’t slowly change colors. Think of it like working with three different colored yarns but never having to join a new color which means…NO ENDS TO WEAVE IN!

Sweet Roll is the classic worsted/medium weight yarn in a gorgeously soft 100% acrylic yarn. Each ball comes with 245 yards which is more than enough to make a couple of hates. The colors offered range from pastels to bright feminine to masculine! There is something for everyone.

The yarn is now available in most Joann stores around the country. I popped into mine here in Raleigh and found it right away! I even picked up a few skeins to add to my collection.

You can also pick up the yarn online here! Now, Premier Yarns has offered us a coupon code! STRONG10 This will give you readers 10% off any purchase at http://www.premieryarns.com, and it is valid through October 31, 2016! Just click here!

I designed a Crochet Hat Pattern that is worked from side to side…perfect for beginners (click the photo for more info and to grab the pattern):

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And a Knit Slipper Pattern that’s super fun and easy to make (click the photo for more info and to get the pattern):

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A Little Something Different!

Hey Y’all! So…most of you know that my roots are in youtube. I decided to jump back on the train and in doing so…I present my FIRST haul from Yankee Candle! I thought it would be a fun way to show another side of myself…by sharing what I love!

All the candles featured here can be purchased via the links here:

Revere Storm w/ Timer Scenterpiece® Warmer – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/revere-storm-w-timer/_/R-1352072

Melt Cups
Crisp Fall Night – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/crisp-fall-night/_/R-1515929
Kitchen Spice – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/kitchen-spice/_/R-1316930
Midsummers Night – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/midsummers-night/_/R-1316908
Silver Birch – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/silver-birch/_/R-1319710

Pure Radiance Crackling After Dark – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/after-dark/_/R-1336541

Mudsummers Night (various sizes) – http://www.yankeecandle.com/search?Ntt=midsummers+night&Ns=DefaultSort&No=0&Nrpp=10

Balsam & Cedar Medium Jar – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/balsam–cedar/_/R-1062315

Autumn Gathering Small Jar – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/autumn-gathering/_/R-1510034

Midnight Jasmine (various sizes) – http://www.yankeecandle.com/search?Ntt=midnight+jasmine&Ns=DefaultSort&No=0&Nrpp=10

Image and likeness (C) and courtesy of Yankee Candle.

☞ Are you a member of Yankee Rewards? Earn points from shopping to spend: http://www.ycrewards.com

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Echeveria and Crimson

As part of my recent Aster collection, Echeveria and Crimson Brocade, are perfect additions to an already spectacular line up of shawls. You can purchase them here for just $5 each OR purchase the entire collection for only $10!

 

Both of these shawls are worked from the center out beginning with only a few stitches and working your way out to the edge. While both look super complicated they offer plenty of rows to catch your breath, just when you need it most. They use only one skein of sock yarn each, shown in gorgeous colors of SpaceCadet Yarns!

You can get the whole collection here on Rav!

 

Aster, the new collection!

The entire collection can be purchased for just $10 on ravelry, a savings of $10 or 50%! That price will only last for a week, however. After that it will return to full retail at $20. You will not see a price like this again this year, I can almost guarantee it. So, head to ravelry and grab this deal before it’s gone!

Fall brings with it a whole slew of knitting and crochet projects. Sweaters, shawls, and hats occupy our hooks and needles which have been mostly empty all summer long.

We long for thick afghans and warm socks. It is just the nature of our craft.

This fall, for me anyways, brings with it another something special. Change. This year has been quite transformational and something I didn’t really expect. I decided to stop designing full time and focus on going back to school. Through this I’ve found something very special.

While I love crochet and knitting, I wasn’t ‘in love’ with it.

That sounds like the beginning of a cheesy rom com but, truthfully, I just wasn’t in love with designing like I used to be.

After a short break from everything. A bit of a breather. I’ve found that I do, in fact, love what I do. I just was doing too much of it too fast.

I kind of think of it like cake. I love cake. I love all cake. Cheesecake. Apple Cake. Carrot Cake. Chocolate Cake. All the cakes. BUT I know that if I ate cake every day for every meal I would hate it, eventually. This is all hypothetical because I could never hate cake, ever. 

With my bit of a break I was able to catch up on finished projects that needed attention. Thus…ASTER!

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Aster is a collection of 4 crochet shawls. Each one will be released within the next four weeks in order of difficulty. Each of the shawls encompass my crochet journey from beginner to advance.

We begin with Sunny Almog, a top down triangle shawl worked in filet crochet with a few shells here and there. The shawl itself is deceptively simple making it perfect for working with variegated or gradient yarn.

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Each of the shawls are worked in a gorgeous yarn/colorway from the incomparable SpaceCadet Yarns. Stephanie and I have been working on this project for far too long to not share it with y’all! We’ll talk more about that later!

The shawls that will follow feature all over pattern, lace, and even a few pineapples! The last shawl is an all encompassing shawl worked in the most genius of methods sure to surprise and delight you.

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The entire collection can be purchased for just $10 on ravelry, a savings of $10 or 50%! That price will only last for a week, however. After that it will return to full retail at $20. You will not see a price like this again this year, I can almost guarantee it. So, head to ravelry and grab this deal before it’s gone!

And because I love y’all…I wanted to give you a sneak peek at next week’s shawl…

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Sneak Peek…

I’ve been planning on releasing some actual products for awhile and wanted to give you a sneak peek at what will become my Signature Beanie. A kinda slouchy, kinda fitted, puffy, chunky, soft, unisex hat that I will personally make for you this fall/winter.

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Make sure to subscribe to the blog to keep up to date on when these babies are released!

-R

A Cover!

My book has a cover.

I REPEAT.

My book has a cover!

This is such a MAJOR day! One of those kinds of days that you wait for and after months and months and months of waiting it is perfect.

Y’all know I’ve been writing a book, Step into Crochet, for the last year or so…even though it has been in the making for years longer. Well, after the photoshoot and approval and all that good stuff we FINALLY have a cover!

I present to you…MY book:

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Focus on Fair Isle

This winter I am focusing on one technique that I really want to hone in.

Fair Isle.

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I’ve finished a hat, which rekindled my love of the technique.

Next I need to actually get to knitting a sweater. A task I’ve only completed once or twice before. Which I loved, but it is quite the undertaking.

So tell me, do you have any tips? Any ideas? Classes? Books?

I one of those obsessive knitters who needs to know everything he can about what he is about to accomplish. So, the more the better. More is more is more!

-R

On Writing A Book

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When I sat down to write the first words of my new book, I went blank.

As blank as blank can get.

The page looked at me with monstrous intentions. It taunted me. Mocked me.

For a week it stared at me, daring me to put one word on the page. Knowing that one word would quickly be erased. The blankness consuming once again.

What changed that?

Honestly, I don’t know. I just sat down one day and started writing. I wrote as much as I could in one day. Something in the realm of ten thousand words. Of which, nearly fifty percent were deleted in the first rounds of edits.

The other half were cut in half again during the second round.

In the end what was 30,000 words were dwindled down to just over 10,000. That in addition to the twenty patterns I had to design.

Don’t get me started on those.

TWENTY.

TWENTY.

TWENTY.

I’ll tell you that story another day.

-R

 

Crochet is Weird!

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Crochet is weird.

There I said it.

It really is weird though. Think about it. We stack little knots on top of each other to make something out of string. We use a stick and a bit of string to make something beautiful. Sometimes strange but all the same, beautiful.

I often wonder what I would be creating if I hadn’t found crochet. It is the ultimate form of self expression. At least for me it is.

I make socks, sweaters, coasters, wash rags, afghans, dog sweaters, and even a rug or two.

All with just some sticks and string.

Crochet is weird, isn’t it?

-R

A Year In Review-ish

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This year has been something of a roller coaster. From losing my mother in law this time last year, to gaining an extra mouth to feed, filming a craftsy class, writing a book, and designing full time…I think I am just now seeing the trees through the forest.

Is that how the saying goes?

Anyways, I always like to take a look back at the year and see how things have changed. To see how everything worked out (or didn’t). What better day than today?

With the death of my MIL, brought a new set of challenges but it also brought a renewed focus to my life. I realized just how short life was and how insane it can be at times.

To say that the death was life altering, is true in more ways than one.

After the death and subsequent events, I filmed my class Learn to Crochet Socks and Learn to Crochet Easy Hats. Both of which are incredibly successful over on the Annie’s website.

I wrote (well am still writing) my book with Interweave, Step Into Crochet, and love that process. If I could just write one book a year, I would be as happy as a clam.
I also managed to fit in a few new designs, launched a sock club, a popular crochet sock group on Facebook, as well taught around the country.

Craftsy called and I filmed a class with them, which also focuses on crochet socks.

Then I decided to shift my focus and go to school to study scientific illustration and native plants in hopes to bring awareness to the dwindling cactus population. Which you will be able to read about more on my soon to be launched blog and website.

With all that going on, what did I learn?

To relax.

This year taught me that I am a bit too uptight when it comes to certain things. Foremost my personal life. That, however, is another story.

I learned to not get too stressed out about my designs being perfect or about finding the next cutting edge thing.

Now I let life happen and I embrace everything as a moment in time. Perfection is a great goal to strive for but not something I need to waist my time stressing out about.

All in all it has been a revolutionary year, and I look forward to the next.

-R

Socks…every which way but loose!

Most, if not all, of you know that I am a bit obsessed with Crochet Socks. It’s not my fault, really. I am a crochet sock evangelist. It is in my blood.

These past two weeks I started a few college classes and I fell everyone about crochet socks. Everyone. I think I might become known as the ‘crazy crochet guy’ if I’m not too careful…but then…is that such a bad thing?

I didn’t think so either.

This week I get to announce the winner of our Seaside Shells Pattern from last week! It was Debbie Thurmond! Debbie, send me an email or Facebook message and I will get the pattern to you!

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I also wanted to let y’all know about two exciting things! First, we have a new pattern coming next week. It is a toe up sock with a square toe, all over extended single crochet, a toe up heel flap, AND a long cuff, which makes these easy to fit to a wide variety of feet!

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Theres something special about these though. I don’t make one penny from the sale of the socks. Not one. Every penny earned is then given. The cost of the pattern is a bit higher than normal, $5, but I wanted to be able to make as much money as I could on this fundraiser and I know that y’all will pull through!

All the proceeds will benefit Urbanpeak.org, a youth shelter out of Denver. Last year, we raised enough money to buy 1800 pairs of socks for teens that are currently homeless. Most homeless teens have been abused by family members or others. No one chooses homelessness over a happy home life.  If you want to learn more about the statistics, click here.

Socks are one of the most needed items in shelters. We can show these teens that someone out there is caring about them, when the world seems to be against them.

 

I know what you’re thinking…why not just make the socks for the young men and women and send those? Well, that doesn’t often work. The socks just don’t last as long as commercial socks and while the gesture is appreciated it is not a practical way to look at the situation.
So, click here, to preorder the pattern, it will be released in full next week! Share with your friends, spread the word, let’s raise as much money as we can! The more money we raise the more homeless teens we will be able to help!
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Lastly, I wanted to let y’all know that Rohn Strong’s Crochet Sock Club is going strong! We’ve had THREE designs (one the first month, and two the second) uploaded and people are loving them. If you would still like to join, click here, and you’ll get a few dollars off the retail price!
Thanks y’all!
Have a great week!
Rohn

Summer Socks are Super + Giveaway!

Socks. Socks. Socks.

Everything I do lately is somehow related to socks…I think I’m addicted! Send help…or just sock yarn. Either way…I’m ready!

This week I have a NEW-ish sock pattern! The Seaside Shells Socks.

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Why new-ish? Well, it was published as part of my Greenway MCAL, but you had to choose just the right options to get this exact sock AND I loved it so much I just decided it needed to be its own pattern with its own yarn and that would be that.

So, here’s the Seaside Shells Socks!

The socks are worked toe up with a star toe (comfy as all get out), a strong heel (comfier as all get out) and a single crochet ribbed cuff (comfiest as all get out). The all over shell lace stitch is easy to work and super stretchy.

The heel is something I’m REALLY happy with. I wasn’t sure if it would work…and for a minute it didn’t. Then it did. I’m beyond happy.

Seaside Shells are already getting a lot of love on Ravelry and Craftsy where you can purchase the pattern for just $4.50 a whole $1.00 off the retail price. I’m a sweetie pie like that.

If you have any doubts that crochet socks are pretty, summery, and comfy…these will change your mind. I hope.

Grab your copy of the pattern today and crochet on!

Comment on this post to win a copy of this pattern! I’ll be choosing the winner next week…when I have ANOTHER PATTERN FOR YOU ALL!

Rohn

New Pattern…and a Couple of Kits!

One in a while we designers have to admit a big secret…

We didn’t get it right the first time.

Or at least, we could have done it a touch better.

That’s how I’ve always felt about my Candied Crossbones socks. While they’ve been the most popular crochet sock pattern I’ve designed, to date, a few things irked me after awhile.

The yarn wasn’t the right yarn for the design, the heel was an (GASP!) afterthought style, and the yardage didn’t work for most. Last year, I was contacted by Craftsy to work on a couple of kits featuring their new yarn, however this meant I needed to restitch the socks.

It was the perfect opportunity to change things up!

That’s exactly what I did!

Introducing the NEW and IMPROVED Candied Crossbones Sock Pattern!

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These socks are worked from the cuff down, just like the classic design! The cuff is a bit shorter to save on yardage (a concern for some crocheters) and I changed the heel to an afterthought heel. The body is still in extended single crochet with a star toe.

What’s all this mean?

A new and improved fit that works for a wider number of crocheters! The sizing is for Small, Medium, and Large but making adjustments is super easy, and I encourage you to do so!

Don’t fret, if you want the afterthought heel instructions and the classic full length leg, you’ll still have access to the original pattern! So, it’s like getting two patterns for the price of one!

Pick up the pattern here for just $5.00! 

Rohn

Who’s Ready for a Crochet Sock Club?

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I’ve been teasing y’all every now and then…but it is definitely happening! I have officially started my Sock Club!

Until the end of day on Thursday I am offering the entire club for just $12.50! Just add it to your cart, no coupon code needed!

We’ll be featuring fun and exciting yarns from companies like Unplanned Peacock Studio, Premier Yarns, Lion Brand Yarn, Cloudborn Fibers, SweetGeorgia Yarns, and Classic Elite Yarns!

We will also have CALs for each sock along the way!

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Share this post with your crochet friends and let’s get crocheting!

Join me for SIX months of fun and innovative crochet socks that will test your hook and thoughts of what crochet socks can be! We will focus on modern and wearable sock designs from one of the best crochet sock designers out there…ME!

I’m humble…can’t you tell!

This club will lead us right up to the 2017 Crochet Sock Club which will also feature some new and exciting info from my forthcoming crochet sock book with F&W!

So, who’s ready to join me for a fun an exciting crochet sock club? You can join at any time and you’ll get all the past patterns as well as any future patterns.

Until the end of day on Thursday I am offering the entire club for just $12.50! Just add it to your cart, no coupon code needed!

The first pattern will be released this Friday, July 1st and is called Bluebell. I designed a toe up sock using a square toe and featuring two of the best crochet stitches for socks, linked half double crochet and extended single crochet.

Full pattern and photos will be released on Friday!

And…if you promise to keep a secret…I have a few extra patterns that I’ll be throwing in here and there over the next few months!

You can pre-order the full collection here or if you just want to try out one pattern…you can do that here!

Let’s get crocheting y’all!

Rohn