"50 Tunisian Stitches" Book and Giveaway by Darla Fanton

I am honored to have been asked to review the new tunisian crochet book, 
“50 Tunisian Stitches by Darla Fanton”, published by Annie’s Crochet.  
Darla is an incredible designer and has many, many pattern books to her credit over the years. She is also considered to be one of the premiere crochet teachers in our industry! I am so fortunate to call her my dear friend and colleague!

Some incredible features of this book:

  • If you have ever done Tunisian or taught Tunisian crochet it is sometimes difficult for beginners to see where they are supposed to insert the hook for the final stitch in the row.  To make it easier for beginners, Darla developed a method to mark the right spot.
  • A lot of other books teaching Tunisian Crochet say to carry unused colors of yarns up the side edge, but they don’t really tell you HOW to carry them. Darla gives detailed instructions (pages 31-33) on exactly how to do this.  Her method of carrying the yarn not only results in a neater appearance, it also stabilizes the edge!

I really love this Tunisian Crochet Book. The cover is bright and beautiful and I love browsing through all the beautiful colorful photographs of each stitch listed. It gives a nice closeup photo of each stitch. (see a sampling of photos below).
 If you are new to Tunisian crochet, the basic information in the beginning of the book has lots of color photographs to help you get started. The stitch dictionary starts with all the basic Tunisian stitches such as the simple knit, purl, reverse, extended simple stitch, double, full and twisted stitches and then moves onto the more intermediate ones. 
The directions seem clear and easy to understand. A diagram at the beginning of each new stitch shows you exactly where to start the new stitch. The book also includes four (4) ‘get-started’ Tunisian crochet patterns, including a keyhole scarf, a roll brim hat, a mobius shawl and a pretty wrap. Each design is made using worsted-weight yarn.

“50 Tunisian Stitches” can be purchased at Amazon

or 

at Annie’s Catalog.  

Maggie’s Crochet just posted some great photos of this book on Facebook also HERE.

Our readers have a chance to win a copy of this book. For a chance to win a copy of “50 Tunisian Stitches”, leave an email address (or some other way of contacting you!) in the COMMENTS; let us know if you have ever done Tunisian crochet before! We will pick a random winner on 2/7/14. Without an email address, I cannot contact you in case you are the winner!
Good luck!
2/7/14 WE HAVE A WINNER! Thank you to all who participated!
The review and giveaway copies of this book have been provided by Annie’s Crochet & Crafts. 

"50 Tunisian Stitches" Book and Giveaway by Darla Fanton

I am honored to have been asked to review the new tunisian crochet book, 
“50 Tunisian Stitches by Darla Fanton”, published by Annie’s Crochet.  
Darla is an incredible designer and has many, many pattern books to her credit over the years. She is also considered to be one of the premiere crochet teachers in our industry! I am so fortunate to call her my dear friend and colleague!

Some incredible features of this book:

  • If you have ever done Tunisian or taught Tunisian crochet it is sometimes difficult for beginners to see where they are supposed to insert the hook for the final stitch in the row.  To make it easier for beginners, Darla developed a method to mark the right spot.
  • A lot of other books teaching Tunisian Crochet say to carry unused colors of yarns up the side edge, but they don’t really tell you HOW to carry them. Darla gives detailed instructions (pages 31-33) on exactly how to do this.  Her method of carrying the yarn not only results in a neater appearance, it also stabilizes the edge!

I really love this Tunisian Crochet Book. The cover is bright and beautiful and I love browsing through all the beautiful colorful photographs of each stitch listed. It gives a nice closeup photo of each stitch. (see a sampling of photos below).
 If you are new to Tunisian crochet, the basic information in the beginning of the book has lots of color photographs to help you get started. The stitch dictionary starts with all the basic Tunisian stitches such as the simple knit, purl, reverse, extended simple stitch, double, full and twisted stitches and then moves onto the more intermediate ones. 
The directions seem clear and easy to understand. A diagram at the beginning of each new stitch shows you exactly where to start the new stitch. The book also includes four (4) ‘get-started’ Tunisian crochet patterns, including a keyhole scarf, a roll brim hat, a mobius shawl and a pretty wrap. Each design is made using worsted-weight yarn.

“50 Tunisian Stitches” can be purchased at Amazon

or 

at Annie’s Catalog.  

Maggie’s Crochet just posted some great photos of this book on Facebook also HERE.

Our readers have a chance to win a copy of this book. For a chance to win a copy of “50 Tunisian Stitches”, leave an email address (or some other way of contacting you!) in the COMMENTS; let us know if you have ever done Tunisian crochet before! We will pick a random winner on 2/7/14. Without an email address, I cannot contact you in case you are the winner!
Good luck!
2/7/14 WE HAVE A WINNER! Thank you to all who participated!
The review and giveaway copies of this book have been provided by Annie’s Crochet & Crafts. 

Yarn Review: Paton’s Lace Sequin

I recently had the pleasure of designing a new scarf pattern for a family member. It needed to be a warm weather ‘fashion’ scarf and unlike more of my cold weather accessories, I wanted it to be ‘dainty’. After browsing the yarn section, I decided to choose a yarn that I have not worked with before, Paton’s Lace Sequin in #37707 Ruby, since red is Mary Jo’s favorite color. Isn’t it a beautiful color of yarn? 

Here are the specifications on Paton’s Lace from the Yarnspirations website: 

Contents: 68% Acrylic, 14% Polyester, 9% Wool, 9% Mohair
Put-up: 2.50 oz / 70 g
Length: 344 yd / 314 m
Knitting Tension:

26 sts –  32 = 4″(10 cm)

Crochet Tension:

24  sc –  26 rows = 4″(10 cm)

Suggested Knitting Needle:

3.50 mm, US – 4

Suggested Crochet Hook:

3.50 mm, US – E/4

I loved the stitch definition and the drape that I achieved in this scarf.

I used a G hook (4 mm), as I wanted the design to be a bit ‘lacey’ without the double crochets looking too ‘holey’. The 4mm hook worked well to achieve the look and drape I was going for.
When crocheting with Lace Sequin yarn, you should try to be careful that you don’t need to rip out too many stitches (frogging). The yarn has a mohair quality to it and sometimes crochet stitches and the small sequins got ‘stuck’ while I was trying to frog a row. But other than that, I had no problems with crocheting with this yarn.
I would recommend this yarn to anyone who want to make something pretty and lacey with just a bit of ‘bling’ to it!
Click the links below to view some free patterns  that can be made with this yarn:
http://www.yarnspirations.com/yarns/lace

http://www.yarnspirations.com/yarns/lace-sequin

Click the link below to explore the Make It Coats website and Paton’s yarns:

http://www.makeitcoats.com/en-gb/explore/our-brands/patons

There are free patterns available on the Make It Coats website!

Yarn Review: Paton’s Lace Sequin

I recently had the pleasure of designing a new scarf pattern for a family member. It needed to be a warm weather ‘fashion’ scarf and unlike more of my cold weather accessories, I wanted it to be ‘dainty’. After browsing the yarn section, I decided to choose a yarn that I have not worked with before, Paton’s Lace Sequin in #37707 Ruby, since red is Mary Jo’s favorite color. Isn’t it a beautiful color of yarn? 

Here are the specifications on Paton’s Lace from the Yarnspirations website: 

Contents: 68% Acrylic, 14% Polyester, 9% Wool, 9% Mohair
Put-up: 2.50 oz / 70 g
Length: 344 yd / 314 m
Knitting Tension:

26 sts –  32 = 4″(10 cm)

Crochet Tension:

24  sc –  26 rows = 4″(10 cm)

Suggested Knitting Needle:

3.50 mm, US – 4

Suggested Crochet Hook:

3.50 mm, US – E/4

I loved the stitch definition and the drape that I achieved in this scarf.

I used a G hook (4 mm), as I wanted the design to be a bit ‘lacey’ without the double crochets looking too ‘holey’. The 4mm hook worked well to achieve the look and drape I was going for.
When crocheting with Lace Sequin yarn, you should try to be careful that you don’t need to rip out too many stitches (frogging). The yarn has a mohair quality to it and sometimes crochet stitches and the small sequins got ‘stuck’ while I was trying to frog a row. But other than that, I had no problems with crocheting with this yarn.
I would recommend this yarn to anyone who want to make something pretty and lacey with just a bit of ‘bling’ to it!
Click the links below to view some free patterns  that can be made with this yarn:
http://www.yarnspirations.com/yarns/lace

http://www.yarnspirations.com/yarns/lace-sequin

Click the link below to explore the Make It Coats website and Paton’s yarns:

http://www.makeitcoats.com/en-gb/explore/our-brands/patons

There are free patterns available on the Make It Coats website!

The Laura Cowl Crochet Pattern

Introducing our new cowl pattern, The Laura! The Laura Cowl is an easy, fun-to-do pattern that works up quickly, but is luxe also!

The Laura is named for a new and very dear person, who is not only a friend, but my mentor and coach as well!

This trendy cowl is a must accessory for Winter. Crocheted from a soft blend of 50% Wool and 50% acrylic, this beautiful cowl will keep you warm, yet stylish on a cold day.  Wear it with a coat outdoors or indoors over a sweater. This cowl is smaller than our other cowls and does not need to be wrapped. Just slip it over your head! A large hook and super bulky yarn makes this a fast project!

The Laura is available in my ETSY SHOP, or RAVELRY in my Ravelry Shop.

The Laura Cowl Crochet Pattern

Introducing our new cowl pattern, The Laura! The Laura Cowl is an easy, fun-to-do pattern that works up quickly, but is luxe also!

The Laura is named for a new and very dear person, who is not only a friend, but my mentor and coach as well!

This trendy cowl is a must accessory for Winter. Crocheted from a soft blend of 50% Wool and 50% acrylic, this beautiful cowl will keep you warm, yet stylish on a cold day.  Wear it with a coat outdoors or indoors over a sweater. This cowl is smaller than our other cowls and does not need to be wrapped. Just slip it over your head! A large hook and super bulky yarn makes this a fast project!

The Laura is available in my ETSY SHOP, or RAVELRY in my Ravelry Shop.

Crochet Wraps, Every Which Way Book Review and Giveaway

Do you love crochet wraps and shawls?
Do you love to crochet wraps and shawls?
Would you like to learn a new crochet technique with detailed instructions and photos? If your answer is YES, then Tammy Hildebrand‘s new book, Crochet Wraps, Every Which Way is a must purchase for you!
Crochet Wraps contains wraps and shawls for every occasion, using multiple types of yarn and utilizing six (6) different crochet techniques!
What more could a shawl lover and crocheter want?
Crochet Wraps is a new book published by Stackpole Books and has lots of beautiful photographs to browse through.
This crochet book has something for EVERY crocheter? Why? Because it not only has some beautiful patterns to crochet, it also has detailed instructions to learn six (6) different crochet techniques that you might not have tried in crochet before: Double-Ended Hook crochet, Broomstick Lace crochet, Hairpin Lace crochet, Motif crochet, Tunisian crochet and Traditional crochet. There are three (3) crochet patterns for each technique; one easy, one intermediate and one advanced. So you see, there is truly something for every crocheter in this book!

I LOVE the photo ‘Visual Index‘ featured at the back of the book, so you can see all the designs at a glance.
Browsing through the photo ‘Look Book‘ is truly like browsing through the actual book, so don’t miss it! It is a nice feature to have so you can view all the designs in this book before you purchase it.  
You can see some of my favorite designs below.

 
You Are My Sunshine


Cascading Rivers
Purple Passion
Waiting For Willow
Chianti
Pineapple
Mystic Stars
Sophisticated Lady

Our readers have a chance to win a copy of this book. All you need to do for a chance to win a copy of Crochet Wraps, is leave an email address (or some other way of contacting you!) in the COMMENTS. We will pick a random winner on 1/15/14. Without an email address, I cannot contact you in case you are the winner!

Review copy and giveaway copy of book supplied by Stackpole Books