2.01.2018

Technique Tidbit: More Tunisian Increases and Decreases

Technique Tidbit: More Tunisian Increases and Decreases

My mind could not stop after last week's basic Tunisian Increase and Decreases.  So I had to add a few more to our arsenal to choose from.  Below are some more of my favorites.  I am toying with some fun Tunisian lace stitches that use them, since I clearly can not get them off my mind. 

Hope you enjoy!

Decrease Option 3: Double Slip Stitch
In the forward pass, pick up stitches as you normally would.  For us, we are decreasing 2 stitches.  So before moving on, pull last loop through the 2 previous loops on your hook.  This essentially slips them over that last loop.  The finally look does not have the pronounced starburst, but more of a slanted decrease look. 




Decrease Option 4:  Fancy Decrease
In the forward pass, you will be slipping the loop before and after the center decrease onto that center loop.  It ends up looking pretty invisible, and it a great one for those amazing lace patterns. To start the decrease you pick up a loop in the next 2 stitches like normal.  Then slip the last stitch through the previous one on your hook.  Then pick up the next stitch.  Pinch your work to hold the two loops in place while you remove your hook through the 2 stitches.  Replace your hook from the opposite direction (changing the order of the stitches).  Then slip the last one through the previous one again. 




Close-up of the Two Options:
The fancy decrease lays down like crochet slip stitches, the double slip stitch one slants to the left. 



Increase Option 3: Chain Stitches
Another incredibly easy increase with lots of uses.  When at the Return Pass, simply chain where you want to add a stitch.  Its just that easy.  When you go to do your next row, you will pick up a stitch in the chain (just like you would on a foundation chain to start your project). It gives a space or hole in your fabric making it a lace.  Looks very similar to a yarn over increase. 




Increase Option 4: Back Vertical Bar
On the Forward Pass, you will pick up a stitch in the back vertical bar.  Its the vertical strand that is hiding behind your very visible front vertical bar.  For the chevron that adds 2 stitches at the top of the "mountain", you will need to increase in the center stitch and next stitch to add the 2 stitches. The center spine of the chevron will have a "V" look instead of the vertical line. 



Close-up of the Two Options:
The back vertical bar creates a solid fabric while the chain stitches gives a lace fabric. 


1.24.2018

Technique Tidbit: Tunisian Chevrons

Technique Tidbit:  Tunisian Chevrons

After releasing Gustav Tunisian Scarf, a couple of crocheters asked how to do chevrons in Tunisian Crochet.  This got me thinking; and honestly, you can do chevrons in as many ways as there are increases and decreases.  Which can be a bit overwhelming, or it can be really liberating!  That's the way I like to look at it.

Below I have just 2 ways of increasing and decreasing in Tunisian, look at it like a little taste of what you can do.  I took the increase and decrease in Gustav Scarf and gave a second option.  The chevron from a distance looks exactly the same.  Meaning, the second option did not change the chevron into a wave.  When you look at the stitches up close, the fabric will be different.  Both techniques have benefits, in the end it comes down to what you like to do.

Increase Option 1: Yarn Overs
Simply put, just yarn over and go on with whatever the directions say.  This adds one stitch to your hook.  It will give you a little hole, or a touch of lace.  Its the most common way to increase in knitting and Tunisian Crochet.




Increase Option 2: Pick Up Stitches
Pick up an extra stitch before or after your next stitch.  In the video, I am going into the horizontal bar before and after my next vertical stitch to add 2 stitches to my work.  This makes a solid fabric.  Note: You can play with where you pick up, you can go around the two top horizontal bars, through the stitch, through the back vertical bar, and more.  All give a slightly different look.  Go with whatever feels natural for you. 




Close-up of the Two Options:
You can see both give crisp tops to the chevron.  Option 1 adds holes, creating lace.  Option 2 gives a solid fabric. 



Decrease Option 1: Decrease on the Return Pass
This option has you pick up stitches as normal on the Forward Pass.  In my case, it was all Tunisian Simple Stitch.  Then on the Return Pass, you yarn over and pull through 4 loops on the hook.  That decreases the stitch count by 2 stitches. It gives a pretty starburst look to the stitch and is a solid fabric.  Only downside is sometimes I get in such a rhythm with my Return Pass, I forget to do the decrease. 




Decrease Option 2: Decrease on the Forward Pass
This option has you insert your hook through 3 stitches at once, then yarn over and pull up 1 loop on the Forward Pass. On the Return Pass, you will work the loops off as normal (yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook).  This option is easier for me to remember to do for some odd reason.  It does have a little gap on the left side of the stitch. 




Close-up of the Two Options:
You can see Option 1 are the cute starbursts, and Option 2 have a tiny gap.  Both give crisp valleys to the chevrons and are not noticeable from a distance.



Now these are only 2 options.  Just like knitting there is an amazing array of increases and decreases.  Each one changes the look slightly, and in my mind add some fun in the discovery!

1.16.2018

Gustav Tunisian Scarf

Gustav Tunisian Scarf

Named for Gustav Stickley and his love of Arts and Crafts period of Architecture which inspired all the wonderful Craftsman homes at the headquarters of ModeKnit yarn.  This scarf takes that Craftsman spirit and blends simple chevrons with mosaic crochet to make a unique Tunisian scarf. Pattern includes written directions and a Tunisian stitch chart. 

Yarn: 
ModeWerk DK (CYCA #3), 100% Superwash Merino, 231 yds/ 100g:
#001 Pearl (A), #111 Jenny Kissed Me Flow (B) 1 hank ea

Hook:  
J/10 (6.0mm) Tunisian hk or hk needed to obtain gauge 
I/9 (5.5mm) hk for edging

Notions: 
Yarn Needle, Spray Bottle and Rust-Proof Pins

Stitches Used:
ch             Chain
sl st    Slip Stitch
sc          Single Crochet
tr         Treble Crochet
TSS         Tunisian Simple Stitch
yo         Yarn Over

Gauge: 
33 sts by 12 rows = 6.5” (16.5 cm) by 4” (10 cm)

Finished Size: 
Scarf is 6.5” (16.5 cm) wide by 66” (168 cm) long

4$, PDF Download





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4.05.2017

Katrina Hexagon Shawl

Katrina Hexagon Shawl


Light and silky motif shawl that you construct as you crochet each motif. Unusual lace stitches in the motif and edging add a little bit of spice to the project. Pattern includes stitch diagrams for the motifs, joining, and edging.
Yarn: 
Kristin Omdahl Yarn Be So Sporty(CYCA #3), 100% Bamboo, 325 yds/ 100g: 
A: Pink Damask, 2 hanks 
B: Jaded Peacock, 150 yds 
C: Chantilly, 100 yds
Hook:
G/7 (4.5mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge
Notions: 
Yarn Needle, Spray Bottle and Rust-Proof Pins
Stitches Used: 
ch Chain 
sl st Slip Stitch 
sc Single Crochet 
dc Double Crochet 
tr Treble Crochet 
dtr Double Treble Crochet 
tch Turning Chain 
ch-sp Chain Space
Gauge: 
Motif = 7 ½” (19 cm)
Finished Size
59” (150 cm) in length and 23 ½” (59.5 cm) in height

5$, PDF Download



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Allegheny Cabled Cowl

Allegheny Cabled Cowl


Inspired by the bridges in Pittsburgh, this cowl mixes snuggle worthy cables and delicate lace to mimic the diagonal struts and cables of those bridges.  The balance of post stitches and lace make this project both fun to make and fun to wear.  The cowl can be wrapped around the neck and head for cold winter days, or worn loose around the shoulders on crisp Fall or Spring days.  The pattern comes with a full page stitch diagram of the cabled stitch pattern to give you a full road map of where to place your post stitches.


Yarn: 
Amelia and Wiggles Wet Kisses (CYCA #3), 100% Merino Wool, 230 yds/ 100g: Cobalt, 2 hanks
Hook:
H/8 (5.0mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge
Notions: 
Yarn Needle 
Spray Bottle 
Rust-Proof Pins 
(4) 1¼” toggle buttons
Stitches Used: 
ch Chain 
sl st Slip Stitch 
sc Single Crochet 
dc Double Crochet 
tr Treble Crochet 
tch Turning Chain 
ch-sp Chain Space
Gauge: 
20 sts by 10 row in stitch pattern = 4” (10 cm)
Finished Size: 
Cowl is 12” (30.5 cm) wide by 36” (91.5 cm) long
4$, PDF Download 



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3.28.2017

Love Laugh Crochet T-Shirts


I want to thank everyone who came to the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival this past weekend.  It was so so wonderful to get to chat and crochet with all of you.  It left me energized and inspired and I can not thank you enough for that!

One thing I totally misjudged is how much you liked the t-shirts I printed for the booth.  I apologize for that and for running out completely of shirts by Saturday.  Oops! 

I am placing a new order for more shirts on Saturday.  If you wanted one and didn't get one, please just email/ PM me and I will make sure to order one for you.   The printing company has sizes from Small- 3X in both Ladies and Unisex Fit.  Cost is 12$ for the S-XL sizes and 15$ for the 2X-3X; plus shipping.

Thanks again everyone, it was really a great weekend!


2.28.2017

Dallas Fiber Fest

DFW here I come!  I am headed back to Dallas Fiber Fest on April 7-9 and I couldn't be more excited.  It has been 6 years since I have been to DFW Fiber Fest and I am so thrilled to be coming back.  At this point its been so long, that it will feel all new to me.  I am looking forward to it.  I should be fully recovered from the crazy that is the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival (the only place I dare to have a booth and teach at the same time).  Good news is I should have a few fun leftovers from the booth that I can giveway in class!  I hope to see you there!

Class Line-up

Friday at 9:30
Crochet Cables and Lace
Post stitches are a crocheter’s greatest tool to bring stitch patterns to life.  In class, we will discuss how to make post stitches and use them to make stunning cables, eye catching lace and flowing textured fabric.  Post stitches can be one of the most underused stitches and you will learn lots of tricks to crochet them perfectly for any project. Students should be comfortable with basic crochet stitches such as dc, sc, and ch and with reading patterns.




Friday at 2
Crochet with Variegated Yarn
Do you have a gorgeous ball of yarn sitting in your yarn basket just waiting to be crocheted; but you don’t know what to do with it?  Come along to this crocheting with variegated yarn class and we will explore all the ways to make great projects.  We will learn about short rows, colorwork crochet, crocheting on bias, and making motifs. Students should be comfortable with basic crochet stitches such as dc, sc, and ch and with reading patterns.




Saturday at 9:30
Tunisian Crochet Basics
Often confused with both knitting and crochet, Tunisian crochet is an art form all unto itself making the most unique woven fabric.  In class we will learn how to make the basic stitches, then dive into crocheting with color.  We will discuss Tunisian Crochet stitch diagrams and tips to making the most beautiful fabric.  We will go from basic stitches to playing with color fast, while having a lot of fun with just one hook.  No special skills needed, we will learn everything in class.


Saturday at 2
Irish Crochet for Today
Irish Crochet is one of the most striking lace fabrics and can be quite intimidating to the untrained eye.  In class, we will break down Irish Crochet to its basics; motifs and lace netting.  We will highlight the beauty of each individual motif and how they themselves can make amazing projects.  We will show how to use simple stitches to create a netting to join the motifs together.  This class will show you that Irish Crochet has a great history but truly can make lovely projects for all today.  This is an intermediate level class, students need to be very comfortable with basic stitches.



Sunday at 9:30
Crochet Finishing Techniques
You have crocheted all your sweater panels and now what?  In this master class, we will answer just that.  We will discuss using the right seam, best way to block, and perfect buttonholes.  Everything put together and it still looks wonky?  No problem.  We will talk about ways to fix and straighten even the biggest mistakes.  This class is geared to take the beginner sweater crocheter to the next level with just a few simple steps.



Sunday at 2
Unexpected Lace Crochet
Tired of the same old crochet patterns?  Ready for what’s next?  Come with me as we explore the wide world of crochet through fun unusual stitches.  We will play with foundation stitches, extended stitches, linked stitches, Solomon’s knots, broomstick, Belgium lace, X stitches, P stitches and more!  Just bring your hook, yarn and some basic knowledge of crochet (no matter how rusty) and we will have a ball exploring all the unexpected stitches.  Students should know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

If you are interested in my classes, be sure to register first.  I think a few of them might be getting close to being sold out.  All the information you need is on the registration page.


2.27.2017

Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

In a bit less then a month is one of my favorite events, Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival.  March 24-26 at the Convention Center in downtown, you get to chat and hang out with a great group of fellow crocheters and knitters.  I just love this show.  Every year I get blown away by the amazing talent and passion from all the people I meet.  I hope you can come too.  This year the market place is moving out of the ballroom and into one of the bright and airy spaces in the building.  The classrooms were wonderful last year, and I found tons of parking on Saturday and Sunday.  The views in the building alone are worth the trip in, I promise!

You will be able to find me in my classes (see below) or at the Crochet SuperBooth (Booth #316, 317, 318).  I will be joined my by fabulous friend, Marly Bird.  Just listen for the laughter and giggles and you will find us.  If you haven't met Marly yet, you are going to immediately love her!  She loves everything about crochet and knitting and will get you smiling and excited too (just wait, I am not kidding!  She is fantastic!)   I am so thankful that again this year Rebecca and Karen will be joining me in the booth.  If I am not in the booth and you have a crochet question, come ask them.  They are complete experts and definitely should be able to point you in the right direction.   We will have their special Amelia and Wiggles yarn to inspire and tempt you, crochet swag (t-shirts, buttons, mugs, totes, notecards), all my books/ DVDs/ and patterns.  Red Heart and Marly are teaming up with some great goodies, so be sure to stop by and check that out!

Class Line-Up:

Friday at 4:30
Solomon's Knot Lace
Come join me as we fall in love with a beautiful vintage lace technique. Solomon’s Knot Lace is an amazingly easy lace to crochet once you master the basic stitches. In class, we will talk about tips for making the perfect loops, how to add sparkle with beads, and how simple it is to combine it with classic crochet stitches. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that single skein of dramatic novelty yarn in your stash, this is the lace technique for you! This is a beginner level class, and students must know chain and single crochet.  This is a great class to sit back and just enjoy working with yarn.  No stress and just fun!

Saturday at 9
Unexpected Lace Crochet
Tired of the same old crochet patterns? Ready for what’s next? Come with me as we explore the wide world of crochet through fun unusual stitches. We will play with foundation stitches, extended stitches, linked stitches, Solomon’s knots, broomstick, Belgium lace, X stitches, P stitches and more! Just bring your hook, yarn and some basic knowledge of crochet (no matter how rusty) and we will have a ball exploring all the unexpected stitches. Students should know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.  This class is perfect for those students that are ready for the next steps in their crochet knowledge

Saturday at 2
Tunisian Lace Crochet
Often confused with both knitting and crochet, Tunisian crochet is an art form all unto itself making the most unique woven fabric. In class we will remind ourselves how to make the basic stitches, then dive into crocheting lace. Tunisian lace is made from 3 different techniques; extended stitches, yarn overs, chain spaces, or a combination of those. We will break down each one to show you how fun and fast Tunisian Lace fabric can be made.

Sunday at 9
Crochet Motif Construction
Do you love crochet stitch dictionaries for their beautiful motifs but do not know what you could do with them? Have you mastered joining a few motifs together in a strip but wanted to know how you could transform that into a sweater or a bag? Then come join me as I walk you through how to build and construct you next project with crochet motifs. I will guide you on how to join square motifs seamlessly, as well as how to spice them up with a fun crochet joining that makes a totally unique fabric. I will show you how a simple trip to your local office supply store can be the key for unlocking those motif sweater layouts. I will break you out of the box with how to layout hexagon, octagon, or circular motifs. Lastly, I will show you that keeping your old swatches can make joining and filling in voids in your fabric fun. Come join her and get ready to grab your hooks and stitch dictionaries after class to build your next gorgeous crochet motif project.

Sunday at 1
Crochet with Variegated Yarn
Do you have a gorgeous ball of yarn sitting in your yarn basket just waiting to be crocheted; but you don’t know what to do with it? Come along to this crocheting with variegated yarn class and we will explore all the ways to make great projects. We will learn about short rows, colorwork crochet, crocheting on bias, and making motifs. This class is for the intermediate level student, must know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.


Hope to see you there!

7.21.2016

Vintage Crochet Magazine


I'm a COVER girl!

Vintage Crochet, Filet Cocoon Sweater
This week I got back one of my favorite designs. Its a filet shawl that is connected at the ends to form a cocoon sweater.  The design is very easy with the hardest part just following the chart.  I loved making mine.  I made one just for myself while the real one was with the publisher for a year.  I literally wear mine all the time, there hasn't been a conference or festival that I have't worn it to in the last year.  It goes with everything in my crazy opinion! Huge thank you to my friend, Jessica, who whipped this model up in no time flat for Interweave to use!

The filet panel is loosely based on William Morris's Strawberry Thief fabric.  William Morris is one of my favorite designers from the Arts and Crafts Movement I am a total history nerd.  I minored in Architectural History.  Minor geek out that I got to design something combining my love of crochet and history!

The yarn is Kristin Omdahl's Be So Sporty.  It is just heavenly to wear.  If you haven't tried it, it is totally worth it.  I can't wear animal fibers, and her bamboo is just wonderful.   I was crazy thrilled at the last TNNA (our yarn industry convention) to see that Marcy (editor of Interweave Crochet) made one for herself!  When a crazy busy editor takes the time to make one for herself, that is a GIANT compliment!  THEN, Kristin told me she was making one for herself!   I nearly died with joy.  If you make one, PLEASE let me know I would love to see your version!  BTW, Kristin has a kit of the sweater if you are interested.  OH!  And Kristin is hosting a CAL of the sweater starting Aug 1.  I can't wait!

The Pattern is part of  Interweave's Special Issue: Vintage Crochet.  I haven't gotten my copy yet, but I am so excited for it!  I love reading Piecework, and I can't wait to dive into this one.  It should be in stores soon, so be sure to check it out.  You can see all the projects over on Ravelry.   I am so grateful to be included in the issue.  Piecework is one of my favorite magazines, combining my love of crafts and history.  Hope you love the issue as much as I know I will!

Vintage Crochet, Filet Cocoon Sweater
Neat how the filet design pops out on solid colors.
 I wear mine with everything, whether its a white t-shirt above,
or a crazy patterned tunic similar to the dress the model is wearing.  
I am wearing the exact sample the model is wearing.
  It really does fit a LARGE range of sizes.
 Pattern says it fits a 34" bust,
mine is much much much larger then that and it looks great. 

Vintage Crochet, Filet Cocoon Sweater

6.02.2016

Meet Shelby Allaho

Kidwell Garden Wrap
I would like to introduce you to the very artist designer, Shelby Allaho.  Shelby has quite the range of crochet designs that truly are one of a kind.  Her jewelry pieces make me itch to go run to my hooks and start crocheting.  Her and her husband's etsy store is not to be missed!  They create unique wood pieces that you can combine with your favorite fabric or swatch for truly artist jewelry.  I am going to get a few right now!

In Vintage Modern Crochet, Shelby designed two projects, Kidwell Garden Wrap and Bow Tie Necklace.  In her Kidwell Garden Wrap, Shelby takes the traditional pineapple lace and twists it seamlessly into a gorgeous motif.  The shawl is made from a few of the motifs combined for great results.  In her Bow Tie Necklace, Shelby is point perfect on blending a very modern jewelry with very classic filet crochet.  Both are just stunning projects.

A few weeks ago we got to chat a bit about crochet, here is some of that conversation:

RC: What is it about crochet that inspires you to design in it?
Kidwell Wrap End
SA: I love that you can go any direction at any time in crochet, and that it can be very delicate and lacy, or rigid. I also love that you can create dimensional pieces that are full of texture! There is something so special about being able to pick up a hook and yarn and make something wearable or functional.

RC: What is one of your favorite techniques in crochet?
SA: Surface crochet! You can use it to embellish, reinforce, and to add design details. 

RC: What was the last item that you made for yourself (in any craft)?
Kidwell Wrap Back
SA:  A mixed media necklace including crochet, embroidery and wood.

RC: What other crafts do you love?
SA:  Embroidery, felting, sewing, and mixing these different media in the same piece.

RC: What was your inspiration behind your design in Vintage Modern Crochet?
SA: The Kidwell Garden Wrap was inspired by a beautiful motif from my collection of vintage crochet books. I wanted to transform it into something modern and wearable. Most pineapple designs in vintage books are for table cloths, so it is nice to be able to show the beauty of Pineapple Lace in a new way!  The Bow Tie Necklace combines everything I love: crochet jewelry, bows, and a fresh use for filet crochet. Before Robyn approached me about submitting to this book, I had been exploring modern applications of filet lace, so her email came at the perfect time! The bow pattern is very versatile and could also be used as an embellishment for clothing when crocheted in a finer thread, or for home decor if crocheted in a thicker thread or yarn.

Bowtie Necklace
RC: What is next for you?  Where can people see more of your work?
SA: More crochet accessory patterns are always in the works, expanding our eWoodStory collaborative line of crochet kits with wooden elements, and wooden items to stitch, as well as working on community based textile projects and workshops in my home of Kuwait. You can follow along on my crochet adventures via my blog: www.stitch-story.com.

You can find out more about Shelby on Facebook, Ravelry, and Twitter.  Be sure to check out her blog for a chance to enter a giveaway of the book.
Bowtie Necklace Metal Chain








6.01.2016

Meet Cristina Mershon

Fidelma Motif Shawl
 I would like to introduce you to Cristina Mershon, graphic designer, art director, crochet designer, and mom.  Her work is just stunning.  It combines everything we love about crochet from lace to color to texture, and mixes it with her keen art director eye for amazing results.  A walk through her ravelry page will show you more then I could describe.

In Vintage Modern Crochet, Cristina designed Fidelma Motif Shawl for the Irish Crochet Chapter.  She took a very classic Irish Motif Flower and instead of freeforming the netting she crocheted the netting right onto the motif.  The result is a mix of history with textural flowers combined with modern ways of joining crochet motifs for a beautiful project.  The best part is the hidden beads on the edges of the shawl to give the heavenly cloud yarn some weight to drape perfectly on you.

We got to chat a bit about crochet last week, here is some of our chat:

RC: What is it about crochet that inspires you to design in it?
CM: For me, crochet is like art, sometimes you start a project trying to create a new stitch or a new shape, and you end up with something unexpected and beautiful. it's like the hook is guiding you through the yarn, not really knowing where you were going. Of course, that changes when you have to create very specific pieces. I use to knit when I was younger, and I always felt that I have to calculate every stitch every row. Yarn is always an inspiration. The colors, the textures, they way it flows when your are working with it sometimes determines the kind of project is calling out to be. I get great inspiration from looking at fashion magazines, the shapes and colors, that sometimes break molds, and run away from the granny squares to becomes something bigger and more complex.
Fidelma Close-up

RC: What is one of your favorite techniques in crochet?
CM: I love using old school techniques to incorporate into new and modern garments. My favorite is always Irish crochet, since growing up in Spain, my mom was obsessed with making doilies with puffy roses, and intricate designs that would cover most of our furniture. I was amazed when arriving to the United States I discovered that crochet wen beyond old dainty doilies, you could use to crochet for everything. And that's how my passion for crochet design started. 

RC: What was the last item that you made for yourself (in any craft)?
MC: So, traveling through the Northwest, I discovered this tiny yarn store in Idaho that carried yarn from Brown Sheep Yarns. I've been crocheting for many years, too many to count, and I never heard of them. I purchased 20 skein of  shinny Lamb's Pride yarn and for the first time, I did a triangle motif throw for myself. It was one of those pieces too pretty to give away. So I am working on finishing the pattern now for my Ravelry patterns, it's going to be gorgeous. And since I have 4 little kids, I cannot help myself but doing hats, girly jackets, pretty dresses, and everything that would bring a smile to their little faces, and keep me sane.

RC: What other crafts do you love?
CM: I love macrame, knitting, felting... but honestly, I don't have for any of that anymore. It's family, work and crochet, and as soon as I find time for something else, I would probably just crochet some more.

RC: What was your inspiration behind your design in Vintage Modern Crochet?
CM: I was so lucky to get to work on the Fidelma Shawl. It was the perfect combination of Irish crochet, retro feel and modern twist with the beautiful silky mohair yarn. As I was making swatches, I was thinking is breezy summer nights (without kids!). The color was rich and bright, so I wanted to create something with flow, like a cloud, using classic Irish crochet techniques, like the rose, picots, leaves and arches.
Fidelma Motif Shawl

RC: What is next for you?  Where can people see more of your work?
CM: I just finished a couple projects for Vogue and Noro, that would be coming up in the fall. A new collaborative book with Interweave just come out, Modern Baby Crochet. And now I am working on writing a few of my favorite patterns that I have in storage forever. I will be publishing those on Ravelry shortly using my new favorite yarns from Brown Sheep, and even making some crochet kits, so you won't have to go crazy choosing yarns and patterns.

You can see most of Cristina's work on Ravelry.  She would love to hear from you!  Please send her a message and tell her what kind of pattern you would like her to do next.