If you’ll be attending the conference this month, come by our booth #203 (on the right after you enter the market). Lots of pineapple lace to see and try on!
First Photos of Today’s Steeked Crochet Scarf
This afternoon I added four small steeks (cut holes) in a wide Tunisian lace scarf. I’ve had this scarf for years. It’s an old oversized swatch, really. It gave rise to the Mesmer Tunisian Veils pattern and to the Maze Vest in the summer 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine.
One of my goals has been to create a “keyhole” (steeked) crochet scarf for my July Steeking Tunisian class. A keyhole scarf is just one of many reasons to steek.
Instead of crocheting a new one from scratch, I thought of this sequined pink rectangle. It has always been dear to my heart, even though it’s just a bit too small. (The only reason it’s too small is that I was trying to conserve the expensive yarn! I didn’t know then that this Tunisian net stitch uses less yarn than usual.)
Not only does adding a “keyhole” (a steeked slit) make it easy to wear now, it can be styled so many ways.
This is Day 18 out of the 50 conference prep days I have until the big event. I can cross this project off my list! I’ve been wanting to turn my pink Mesmer into a steeked crochet scarf for months.
Today is also the day that Tropical Storm Colin arrived, and I’m happy to report that it has gone easy on us (so far). The worst seems to be behind us and it has been no big deal. My son did have to miss school today—we couldn’t get to the mainland. The flooding is minor compared to what it could be, and the wind and rain have been milder than predicted. No power outages so far; no need to move the car to higher land.
Three Looks for a Unique Hand Dyed Yarn
Today I present three very different crochet textures in the SAME. EXACT. YARN. View image full size.
These projects span about seven years. The particular hand dyed yarn is Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock.
The 2016 design on the right was such a different experience of this yarn that it felt like a new purchase from the yarn shop. I had crocheted a whole shawl with the same yarn, though, seven years ago.
I thought it was just me. When I showed the two projects in a Stitch Games class yesterday, others were also noticeably surprised that it’s the same yarn.
Hope you’ve had a great weekend! If you don’t see a new blog post from me tomorrow, it will only be because we lost power due to the tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico. It hits sometime tonight or in the early morning.
At least one of these photos was taken by Doris Chan at the Chain Link Conference fashion show, 2010, Manchester New Hampshire. View full size.
Found these photos I’d forgotten about! They was taken at a crochet conference in 2010. I’m modeling the Tunisian Weightless Wrap because it won an award in the CGOA Design Contest.
CGOA Design Contest, 2010
I think 2010 was the very first year of the contest. It has since become an exciting annual event, thanks to Doris Chan’s tireless efforts in the first 3-4 years of it.
The Weightless Wrap is the inspiration for one of my longest running crochet classes on Tunisian eyelet meshes. I’ve just completed the 2016 class resource page for it–that’s how I found these photos again.
A clickable list of resources for my 2016 Tunisian Eyelet Meshes class at CGOA’s Chain Link conference: patterns for designs shown, books mentioned, & articles recommended in class. Also, inspiration for new Tunisian eyelet variations.
Story of the Tunisian Eyelet Mesh
- I created a “storybook page” for this special design.
- Its online photo set.
- Online photo set for Liebling Shrug.
- Online photo set for Springtime Wicker Scarf.
Recommended Issues of My Newsletter
- Issue #44 Dainty Tunisian Eyelets for Winter Lace
- Issue #28 Mohairs for Crochet (Weightless Wrap is the ultimate example)
- Issue #26 Fun With Stitch Blocking (Uses Tunisian extended stitches as examples)
- Issue #19 Netting vs. Lace (Regular and Tunisian filet/grid types and mesh/diagonal types)
- Issue #12 Why Not Twist Some Loops
- Issue #10 Tunisian Crochet: Breaking Out of Ruts (making Tunisian crochet lighter and lacier with the Tyo stitch; a review of a Japanese Tunisian Crochet stitch dictionary)
- Issue #7 Tunisian Crochet for Yarn ‘Bail Outs’ Inspired by the Liebling Shrug.
- Issue #23 If Stitch Patterns Could Speak
Blogged (older blogs)
- Five Basic Rules in Tunisian Crochet Patterns
- Tunisian Crochet Lace: New Habits (for Tunisian lace beginners)
- The Weightless Tunisian Crochet Stole
- My Favorite Way to Add a Professional Look Fast (blocking lace with mist as you go)
Inspiring Tunisian Crochet Books
You might see a lacy stitch variation to try.
- 1997: Basics of Tunisian Crochet for Beginners, N. Seto, Japan. ISBN 978-4-529-029285
- 2000 (1991), Rebecca Jones: Tricot Crochet The Complete Book, Lacis Pubs., Berkeley CA. ISBN 978-1-891656-28-6
- 2004, Angela “ARNie” Grabowski: Encyclopedia of Tunisian Crochet, LoneStar Abilene Pubg LLC, TX. ISBN 978-0-974972-55-8
- 2004, Carolyn Christmas and Dorris Brooks: 101 Easy Tunisian Stitches™, Annies Attic, IN. ISBN 978-1-931171-74-8
- 2008: Tunisian Crochet Patterns 100, Nihon Amimono Bunka Kyo-kai, Japan ISBN 978-4-529-04484-4
- 2009, Kim Guzman: Learn to Do Tunisian Lace Stitches, Annie’s Attic, IN. ISBN 978-1-59635-264-3
- 2009, Sharon Hernes Silverman: Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg PA. ISBN 978-0-811704-84-7
- 2014, Kim Guzman: Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide.
- Duplet magazine issue #61.