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!

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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!

Galler Yarns INCA-ECO Cotton

 I am delighted to have been asked to join the blog tour for a new yarn by Galler Yarns. The yarn is Inca-Eco 100% organic cotton and is available in 15 pretty shades! I chose a really pretty shade of pink called Blossom which I love!



Inca-Eco is imported from Peru and is a slight thick and thin yarn. The yarn was easy to wind and did not become all tangled like some yarns do. I love the fact that it is dyed with “low-impact, environmentally-friendly dyes”. The skein is a generous 140 yards and 3-1/2 ounces and that is definitely enough for a small project! It is available in Ecru, Butter, Sage, Blue Stone, Blossom, Rose, Lavender, Aloe, Aqua, Denim, Espresso, Wine, Raspberry, Navy, Black.

Inca-Eco is so soft and easy to crochet with. It slides easily through your hands and fingers, which can make for faster and more comfortable crocheting. I design a lot of newborn photography props and this yarn would be ideal for this kind of crochet item for babies, as it is not only very soft, but also organic!

 
Inca-Eco would make wonderful wearables and accessories, so I chose to create a slouchy beret with it for my daughter. She loves this color pink! The crochet fabric has a beautiful drape, especially when crocheting with a larger hook. I used an N (9mm) crochet hook for the sample beret. I hope to be able to show you the finished beret in another post.
Links for the blog tour are posted below. Make sure you stop by all the different blogs!
The next stop on the blog tour is Redshirt Knitting

The Schedule
Monday, March 19 – Day 1 – In the Loop in Norfolk, MA (shop website)
Tuesday, March 20 – Day 2 – Knit Purl Gurl
Wednesday, March 21 – Day 3 – FreshStitches
Thursday, March 22 – Day 4 – Crafty Is Cool
Friday, March 23 – Day 5 – Cute Crochet Chat
Saturday, March 24 – Day 6 – Redshirt Knitting
Sunday, March 25 – Day 7 – CraftSanity
Monday, March 26 – Day 8 – Craft Gossip with JD Wolfe
Tuesday, March 27 – Day 9 – Crafting a Green World with Julie Finn
Wednesday, March 28 – Day 10 – Crazy for Ewe in Leonardtown and La Plata, MD (shop website)
Thursday, March 29 – Day 11 – Crochet Concupiscence
Friday, March 30 – Day 12 – KRW Knitwear Studio
Saturday, March 31 – Day 13 – About.com with Sarah E. White
Sunday, April 1 – Day 14 – Underground Crafter
Monday, April 2 – Day 15 – Monarch Knitting and Quilts in Pacific Grove, CA (shop website)

Please also visit the  Galler Yarns websiteblog, and store locator, to get more information on Inca-Eco yarn all the great Galler Family Yarn products! 

Galler Yarns very generously donated this skein of yarn for this blogger’s review.


Galler Yarns INCA-ECO Cotton

 I am delighted to have been asked to join the blog tour for a new yarn by Galler Yarns. The yarn is Inca-Eco 100% organic cotton and is available in 15 pretty shades! I chose a really pretty shade of pink called Blossom which I love!



Inca-Eco is imported from Peru and is a slight thick and thin yarn. The yarn was easy to wind and did not become all tangled like some yarns do. I love the fact that it is dyed with “low-impact, environmentally-friendly dyes”. The skein is a generous 140 yards and 3-1/2 ounces and that is definitely enough for a small project! It is available in Ecru, Butter, Sage, Blue Stone, Blossom, Rose, Lavender, Aloe, Aqua, Denim, Espresso, Wine, Raspberry, Navy, Black.

Inca-Eco is so soft and easy to crochet with. It slides easily through your hands and fingers, which can make for faster and more comfortable crocheting. I design a lot of newborn photography props and this yarn would be ideal for this kind of crochet item for babies, as it is not only very soft, but also organic!

 
Inca-Eco would make wonderful wearables and accessories, so I chose to create a slouchy beret with it for my daughter. She loves this color pink! The crochet fabric has a beautiful drape, especially when crocheting with a larger hook. I used an N (9mm) crochet hook for the sample beret. I hope to be able to show you the finished beret in another post.
Links for the blog tour are posted below. Make sure you stop by all the different blogs!
The next stop on the blog tour is Redshirt Knitting

The Schedule
Monday, March 19 – Day 1 – In the Loop in Norfolk, MA (shop website)
Tuesday, March 20 – Day 2 – Knit Purl Gurl
Wednesday, March 21 – Day 3 – FreshStitches
Thursday, March 22 – Day 4 – Crafty Is Cool
Friday, March 23 – Day 5 – Cute Crochet Chat
Saturday, March 24 – Day 6 – Redshirt Knitting
Sunday, March 25 – Day 7 – CraftSanity
Monday, March 26 – Day 8 – Craft Gossip with JD Wolfe
Tuesday, March 27 – Day 9 – Crafting a Green World with Julie Finn
Wednesday, March 28 – Day 10 – Crazy for Ewe in Leonardtown and La Plata, MD (shop website)
Thursday, March 29 – Day 11 – Crochet Concupiscence
Friday, March 30 – Day 12 – KRW Knitwear Studio
Saturday, March 31 – Day 13 – About.com with Sarah E. White
Sunday, April 1 – Day 14 – Underground Crafter
Monday, April 2 – Day 15 – Monarch Knitting and Quilts in Pacific Grove, CA (shop website)

Please also visit the  Galler Yarns websiteblog, and store locator, to get more information on Inca-Eco yarn all the great Galler Family Yarn products! 

Galler Yarns very generously donated this skein of yarn for this blogger’s review.


The Crochet Dude Collection and Giveaway!

We have another giveaway here at Cute Crochet Chat and I am certain you will all be thrilled with the chance to win these great prizes! This month we are giving away crochet hooks and accessories from The Crochet Dude!

I am a Boye girl and I have been since I started crocheting almost 35 years ago. I am sure that I could crochet with other brands of hooks, but because I love my crochet hook set from Boye so much, I really have no desire to.

That is why when Drew Emborsky, also known as The Crochet Dude, announced that he was going to be coming out with his own line of crochet hooks and implements, I was thrilled to hear it was with BOYE!

In the last few years, Drew Emborsky has taken the crochet world by storm, giving us wonderful books of his designs to his own PATTERN LINE and FREE PATTERNS to his Purse Pattern of the Month Club. And now he has his own line of crochet hooks and accessories known as The Crochet Dude Collection! There is something for every crocheter in Drew’s crochet line. The collection includes a Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Crochet Kit, sets of crochet aluminum hooks crochet plastic hooks and steel crochet hooks, a retractable tape measure, yarn cutter, beaded stitch markers, cool stress relieving gloves, a hook organizer case and curved blade snips! What a great collection!

We are thrilled to be giving away some of the items from his collection. The items include The Crochet Dude Aluminum Hook Set IN Carrying Case (D,E, F, G, H, I, J, and K), a Retractable Tape Measure and the Crochet Plastic Hook Set, (L, P, & Q).

In order to be eligible to win one or more of these prizes, become a FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG (in the left sidebar) and leave a comment on this post.  Let us know what brand and kind of crochet hooks you like and use the most. It will be fun to see all the different responses! PLEASE, PLEASE don’t forget to leave your contact information and/or email address, so we can contact you if you are one of the winners!
Two (2) lucky winners will be drawn at random at the end of the contest!
Good luck!
OUR CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to EVERYONE who participated!

Naturally Caron Country

Several months ago, I designed and crocheted a hat using Naturally Caron Country yarn.  I thoroughly enjoyed crocheting with this yarn.

For this design,  I chose an
F (3.75 mm) crochet hook to work with and for the HAT that I was working on, it seemed to be the perfect size. The yarn was so very soft as I felt it slipping through my fingers. It actually felt almost like silk as I was crocheting it. The fabric that was created had beautiful stitch definition and unlike most other acrylics I have worked with, it had a wonderful drape as well. Perhaps the 25% merino wool makes all the difference in this gorgeous, yet very affordable yarn! I was first drawn to the vibrant, intense colors in the yarn bin at the store. All the colors in the Country line are lovely and yet dramatic at the same time. This yarn was a joy to crochet with and I look forward to making many more items with it!

Hobby Lobby Heaven

Over the years, I had heard other crafters talk about how wonderful Hobby Lobby craft stores are. During the time my husband was in the Navy, we lived all over the country (and world), but I had never lived anywhere (that I knew of) that had a Hobby Lobby craft store in the immediate area. Recently, I learned that there was a Hobby Lobby Craft Store about a 40 minute drive from my house. I was so excited! Finally, I would get to see what the hype and talk about the store and it’s yarn was all about!
Hobby Lobby, you did NOT disappoint me! I went last Saturday with my oldest daughter and my daughter-in-law, who also crafts. We had a ball!

Hobby Lobby has everything that normal big box craft stores has, but multiplied by at least four times!!  I was finally able to view and feel all the yarn that is exclusive to Hobby Lobby. I fell in love with the COTTON. You can see the stash I brought home! I had to stop myself from buying any more yarn that day! First of all, I need to design and crochet the projects that I bought THIS yarn for; secondly, it will give me an excuse to go back and buy more yarn!


I had so much fun browsing through their Home Dec section. Who knew? I love anything to do with Dress Forms, so I could not resist picking up some decor for my new Studio. I can’t wait until the painting and prep work is done in my studio so I can decorate! Oh! and did I tell you that everything I bought in the Home Dec section was 50% off!!!!

I was also able to pick up some items that will be helpful to me when I take photographs of my new crochet designs! and also some cool accessories for my new crochet design studio.

The last thing I picked up were some presents for my grandsons. They had these really cool, giant calculators in different pretty colors, that I could not pass up. I knew the boys would have fun playing with these and they were only $2.99 each! I photographed the calculators with a skein of yarn in the photo, so you could actually see how large these calculators are! I can’t tell you how long the boys stayed occupied with these calculators when I gave them to them! Now, every time they come over, they go right to the drawer I keep them in and take them out to play. Really nice and inexpensive gift for them!
Thank you, Hobby Lobby for being a great craft store! I know I will be seeing you again soon!