You have enough hats.

A hat is easy to crochet and, most likely, was the first thing you attempted after you learn to crochet.

After 1…2…4…8…

Move on.

I might be a bit controversial but hear me out.

Crochet is amazing. There are literally thousands of things you can make. If you just challenge yourself.

For years I only wanted to crochet hats. I didn’t want to bother with learning different stitches, reading patterns, or doing anything more than what I had. I enjoyed it, it was fun, and I got a lot out of it.

Then…one day…I learned to work a post stitch. Then I learned to crochet lace. Then I learned to make a purse. Then a tote bag. Then a scarf. Then a shawl. THEN A SWEATER.

My confidence skyrocketed and I was making all the things I could. Trying all the yarn I could.

I wanted to crochet everything.

I began making gifts for everyone. Not just the same hat in a different color but personalized gifts that they would love. Seeing the look on their faces and actually using what I made them…it was incredible.

Sure it hurt when they washed the 100% wool hat and it shrunk to the size of a newborn. You know what? That just meant I got to make something else AND there was a hat for a new member of the family.

So, crochet a sweater. Make socks. Do something out of your comfort zone and tuck in. Remember, you’re going to make mistakes (it’s natural) and you might hate it at some point (hell I hate every sweater I make when I’m at the 80% mark) BUT you’ll love the final product and the enormous sense of achievement you feel.

xoxo, Rohn

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My Most Popular Crochet Pattern!

This week I thought it would be fun to take a look at my crochet patterns and see which is the most popular. I have a lot of crochet patterns, so I wanted to narrow it down. Of course, I chose socks. What else is there?

So…what’s my most popular crochet pattern?

Candied Crossbones

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These socks are my fav too! So, here is the story behind these socks. In 2013 I started running my Holiday Crochet Sock Club. It was always SO much fun and I loved running it. As a matter of fact, make sure you are on the lookout this year for a new an improved crochet sock club!

Anyways, these socks were designed as the Halloween socks! The yarn I used was called Farmer’s Market and looked like a bowl of candy. The cross cables make me think of crossbones. So. It was a no-brainer.

I worked these socks up and LOVED every single stitch. The socks are just awesome and fit really well.

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They also look great in both solid and variegated yarns. I would even love to see it in self-striping yarn – that would be a whole heck of a lot of fun.

If you’re interested in working these up just click here to get the pattern for only $4.00. It comes in three sizes to fit a 7 (8, 9)” circumference! The length is totally adjustable and the repeat for the cuff is pretty customizable.

Anyways, have a great weekend yall!

xoxo, Rohn

The Ultimate Sock Crocheting Kit

If sock crocheting is your passion that you definitely need an Ultimate Sock Crocheting Kit, filled with all the best tools of the trade. From different size hooks (to make sure you always reach gauge) to clever tools, groundbreaking books, and a bag to keep everything in one place, below you’ll find everything you need to become a sock-making genius!

1. Hooks – The best hooks for crocheting socks, in my humble opinion, are from Skacel. The Addi crochet hooks come in a variety of sizes AND you can choose between a standard hook and an ergonomic style hook.

I recommend keeping a collection of at least four sized in your bag at all times, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.25mm, and 3.5mm. This should make sure all bases are covered. One thing to keep in mind, I listed the MM measurement here, letter sizes are not an accurate way to measure your hooks. In fact, if you are like me, shop according to mm size, anything other is not a scientific nor reliable measurement.

2. Sock Blockers – Sock blockers allow your socks to hang dry without losing shape. While they’re not necessary they are a great feature to have on hand. Especially if you’re one of those people (like me) who take photos for Instagram all the time.

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Sock blockers are typically made out of plastic (as above) or wood. I find the plastic are a bit better at drying. The wood, however, is a lot nicer in overall appeal.

3. Sock Book – I’m a bit biased here but I recommend my book, Step Into Crochet, which can be purchased for just $22.99 at this link. A great reference book is perfect to have on hand and can only make the process that much easier.

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While pattern books are great, you definitely need something with a bit of meat on it. Step into Crochet is definitely your guide to perfect fitting crochet socks.

4. Split Ring Stitch Markers – These are invaluable. I keep as many on hand as I possibly can. I’ll be honest – I lose them all the time. So, having extras on hand means that I never have to worry one bit.

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They help you keep your place for the beginning of the round, allow you to mark out stitch pattern repeats for complicated patterns, and help you keep progress on those endless knee socks.

5. Bent Tip Tapestry Needle – I think this is a bit obvious. Maybe not. You need these to weave in ends. That’s pretty much it.

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6 – Project Bag – A project bag is a must. It helps keep everything organized and (if you’re like me) the dog hair off your amazing yarn.

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My bag is from Coastal Hillbilly. If you’re not a fur/leather person then this might not be your jam…but there are literally thousands of bags to choose from.

I hope this helps yall craft your own ultimate sock crocheting kit! If you have any questions (or recommendations) make sure to comment below! Is there anything that I missed?

xoxo, Rohn

 

 

 

It’s Time for a Change…

Last week I decided that it was time for a change. Nothing drastic but a change nonetheless.

What was that change?

Well, I wanted to finally get to re-editing all my patterns and putting them in my new fancy layout. Which everyone seems to really love.

You see, when I was a fresh designer on the scene, I didn’t know what a technical editor or graphic designer was. Nor did I know how important they were.

That means I have a whole bunch of patterns to work my way through. I’ve made it through two – of the over 250 designs I currently have published. The goal – one a day. For the next year. Beginning with my oldest and working my way up to the most recent.

I’m really hoping all of you love the new changes you’ll see from Rohn Strong Designs in the coming months.

Now, I’m off to crochet!

xoxo, Rohn

It’s All About the Yarn, Darlin…

Last Friday I had the wonderful opportunity to join my friend, and fellow crochet designer, Salena Baca, to chat all about Step Into Crochet.

I just wanted to share that video with y’all here!

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It was so much to hang with Salena for awhile and gush about my love of crochet socks and yarn and all that good stuff!

Have a listen and then go here to enter the giveaway to win a free copy of my book!

Thanks!

xoxo – Rohn

Who wants a copy of my book?

Hey Crocheters,

First, we made it through the week. Let’s all celebrate that! Oh, and don’t forget you can download my two newest free patterns the Sunday Stole and the Puff Stitch Gradient Cowl! Now is the time to get started on all that Christmas knitting, and free patterns make it easier!

Anyways, today I have a quick and fun giveaway for you today! I’m giving away a copy of my new book, Step Into Crochet! In case you don’t know, Step Into Crochet is a complete resource book on sock making with 18 patterns for you to practice all you learn! You’ll be able to make socks for just about anyone in your life!

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To enter to win please leave one comment on this blog post. Make sure to leave your Ravelry username or an email address so I am able to contact you, if you should win. I will be back in a few days to randomly select a winner. If you’d like to go ahead and just order a signed copy of the book, you can click here.  You’ll be take right to PayPal for a secured checkout process. I’ll sign the book for you and ship it out the next day!

Good luck! You will LOVE this book, I promise.

Happy weekend,

xo – Rohn

Free Crochet Pattern – Sunday Stole

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Growing up Sunday was the day all the women of my church would dress up. From shawls to hats to dresses, it was a concert of modesty. This shawl is an ode to those women, each of them unique in their own way, each holding a place in my heart.

Sunday’s were also about my Nana and I. The love and kindness she put in my heart is still there. And while I was making this shawl I couldn’t help but think of her. That’s why when I finished it…I gave it right to her.

So, I’m giving it to you all as well. The Sunday Stole is my gift to y’all for being just about as special to me as anyone can be.

 

You can download the Sunday Stole Pattern, or get it from Ravelry Here.

As for the shawl…here’s a bit of info:

Starting at one end a large number of stitches are cast on and worked up to create the base of the stole. The edging is picked up and worked in a join as you go fashion, anchoring the scarf with a fun pop of lace.

Get creative – this is YOUR shawl! Use 1 color, or 2, or as many as you want. Make it with bright colors, or more relaxed. This is the perfect opportunity to play!

Yarn: Dk/Sport Weight Yarn – Approximately 1100yds/300g in multiple colors

Suggested yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo

Hook: 5mm

Notions: Tapestry Needle

Gauge: 4.5 sts in pattern stitch equals 4”

Finished Measurements: Wingspan – 65.5in

Techniques to Indulge In: Chain, Double Crochet, Chain, Clusters, Decreases…you know…FUN!

 

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.

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.

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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