Welcome! Please browse through this blog to see my latest crochet projects, classes and designs.

On the left you will see a list of extra pages full of project photos, class descriptions and other things.

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Thank you for visiting and I look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ladies Night Out Crochet Class - Spring 2015

 

This spring we had a great group of ladies who made beautiful Friendship Shawls.



We all worked from a free pattern called, "Half Granny Square Instructions" by Ambar E. Rivera.







Everyone loved how the shawl worked up quickly and the increases in each row were simple to figure out. 



We used Red Heart's Unforgettable yarn
 in a variety of colorways.








Jenn crocheted this shawl using the  "Springtime" color (#3932) and some beautiful glass beads.



Mona made this shawl in the "Dragonfly"
(# 3935) and added some perfect blue-green glass beads.



Pam crocheted this lovely shawl in "Cappucino" (#9942) and gave it to a young woman recovering from injuries due to a bad fall.







We added the edging that you can find here in the free pattern by Doris Chan called, "The All Shawl". 







The shawls look great from the front and back - the yarn creates the change in color all on its own.








Here are some close-up photos of the details.
(Be sure to check out the Student Gallery page to the LEFT for more photos of these projects and others!)











Sunday, June 7, 2015

Mandala Wall Art






 
In the current June 2015 issue of Crochet World you will find the pattern to make this crochet art project.  It is also the Winner's Circle design for this issue.  The issue is on sale now in bookstores and craft stores or you can buy it on-line here.
 


I crocheted it in some vibrant colors of Omega Sinfonia yarn which is a cotton fiber that is thinner than the usual cotton yarn used for dishcloths.
 


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Of course, this project can be made into a doily that lies on a table but in my house that would put it at too great a risk for getting something spilled on it! I love the fact that crochet is so versatile that it can be mounted onto a metal ring and hung as a unique summer decoration on your wall.  Please send me a photo of your finished project or post it on Ravelry - I look forward to seeing your color choices!
 
 


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Feileacan Shawl - Gaelic for "Butterfly"





I love butterflies.  Their grace and beauty always catch my attention and I smile as I watch one flutter by.  If I have time, I run to grab my camera and try to photograph the visitor - I never tire of the challenge it is to catch them in a photo frame.  This is a gray hairstreak that visited our backyard earlier this spring.


For the 2014 CGOA Design Competition I decided to incorporate the butterfly shape into a new Celtic Knot design.  I carefully created the butterfly motifs with the over-under woven details. (Feileacan (pronounced "Fay - leh - kahn") means 'butterfly' in Gaelic.) Then I linked them together so they would cascade down the center of the back of the shawl.  For each side I came up with a stitch that mimics the patterns found in butterfly wings.


I was thrilled to have this design and my Celtic Coral Charm selected as the Technical Merit Award winner sponsored by Designing Vashti.
Now you can make a Feileacan Shawl by following the instructions in the Summer 2015 issue of Crochet! magazine.



I used the new Lotus Yarn by Designing Vashti in the Teal Glimmer color.  I love how the yarn has a unique sparkle in the bright sunshine.  You can purchase this yarn here.

Make sure to check my Ravelry page (here) for this design since there are corrections to the printed instructions.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Crochet for Charity

When I was preparing for the big Yarn Bomb we displayed during last year's Knit and Crochet Show at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH (in honor of CGOA's 20th anniversary), I was contacted by Pat Heinrich.  She generously offered to help me install the knitted and crocheted pieces and even took many pieces home with her before the event to help me stitch them together.  Once it came time to install the yarn bomb, she came with friends who were all a great help to the project - I couldn't have done it without them!




It turns out that many of these friends started out as Pat's crochet students.  They've had a fun time in her community classes and continue to crochet with her for their own projects and for others.


Peg Welch, Jean Marks, Pat Heinrich and Sandy Keeple
Holding a blanket made with a pattern Sandy, Jean and Pat "designed" and crocheted by Chris Clement and Darcy LaBrosse

Last fall I visited one of Pat's crochet groups and met these women. They were finishing up another blanket for charity and figuring out who was going to take home some squares I brought from the yarn bomb project.  They had already put together several squares into a blanket.




I admire these women for all of the time, skill and heart that they put into the blankets they make for others.  It is heartwarming to see how crocheting for others as brought them together and fostered caring friendships.  Here is what Pat has to say about her special group and their endeavors:


The blankets made with the yarn bomb panels went to the Canaan School District or to BAE Independence Hall in Manchester. 

As a group, we "specialize" in putting whatever together with whatever else, but we do like things to look like they were intended to go together.  Ergo the pattern we designed - meant for a team of two to easily create one harmonious afghan.   I now have three+ variations of our pattern:  Don didn't like the large color band in the middle of each panel, so I designed another version with a smaller center panel - and then I got an idea about scrap variations of mixed sc and dc rows.  And so it goes to keep things interesting. 

Besides Canaan School District and Independence Hall, this past year we donated mittens to a Reeds Ferry School (Merrimack) classroom mitten box Girl Scout project and afghans to Camp Allen (Bedford).  We have also donated afghans and scarfs to Dalianis House (Nashua), purple infant caps to NH Click for Babies, scarves to last year's Boston Marathon and baby blankets, shawls and other crocheted items to Angie's House (Manchester).  We are thinking about comfort shawls for the various chemo wards at local hospitals as well. 

We try to have project concepts that anyone who joins us will find something to be interested in - and for anyone with no specific project, we ask they simply donate squares each week they visit us. 

And we all take time to work on personal projects - plus this winter many times, people just popped in to chat.  We have gone on field trips to WEBs (coming up again soon) and we have gone on "crochet-aways" to Maine and Conway, NH - a weekend of rest, crochet, fun, reading - whatever - and no phones or TV.   

Here are more of their recent blankets - just wonderful!
Congratulations on your excellent work and finishing so many for those in need!



 
Pat's group expertly edges each square from the yarn bomb display with the same color - once it all is stitched together, it looks great.


 
This design is done in panels so several crocheters can work on it at the same time.

Another colorful throw made from yarn bomb donated squares.



Friday, April 3, 2015

Kerry Shrug for a Bride

Yes, it is already April and the National Crochet Month has ended but our celebration of crocheters has not! 

Last fall a bride-to-be contacted me about the Kerry Shrug - she was hoping to wear a version of it over her wedding dress in October.  I was very busy with several designs and projects so I referred her to Corinn Barnum of  Meraki Designs (an Etsy shop).  Corinn made a beautiful shrug for the bride in a rich red color.

Here are some photos and thoughts from the bride.  It looks like it was a wonderful day and I love how her shrug turned out.


"I have a lot of Irish blood in my family and I have always known I wanted to have a Celtic piece to my wedding day. I carried my great grandmothers four leaf clover handkerchief that my mother had given me that morning, all my jewelry was Celtic knot work and I made a Celtic heart knot of my own with a back ground of a red wooden heart to wrap around the giant Oak tree we were married under.
 
 
My husband and I are fortunate to have a wonderful friend who happens to be a internationally known bagpiper and an ordained minister. He married us with beautiful heartfelt words from the Anam Cara and a brief history of the Claddagh. We both have rings that bear the emblem of Friendship, Loyalty and Love, and we live our lives by those words everyday. Our kilted friend then played us a beautiful tune to walk down the isle as Mr. and Mrs. 
 
 
 . . . we were married in October in Oregon and we were not expecting it to be 80 degrees. I had in mind when I ordered the shrug that it would be cooler. Alas it was not, and I never got to wear the shrug on my wedding day, although since then I have worn it many times and absolutely love it. I have received many compliments on it every time I wear it." 
Mrs. Schmitt
 
Congratulations!
 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Celtic Knot Scarf

Last year Gayle contacted me about the Celtic Knot Scarf pattern that was published in Crochet Today - March 2012.  Gayle made it into more of a stole that can be worn over a minister's robe.  As Gayle and I emailed back and forth about the pattern, I learned about Sarah for whom Gayle was making this special stole.

 
Sarah comes from a strong family of faith that has had it's share of hardships and challenges.  Yet, through it all they have trusted in God and continued to serve others.
 
This Celtic Knot stole was made in honor of Sarah's ordination last year - I think Gayle did a great job with it and it looks wonderful on Sarah.
Congratulations to both of you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Celtic Knot Bracelet

Last year in honor of the Crochetville Designer Blog Tour I published a free pattern - The Celtic Knot Bracelet.


Soon afterwards Jen from Sage Yarns in N. Falmouth, MA contacted me about the pattern and using it in her shop as a fun crochet kit.  Her friend, Celeste Young, put together a photo tutorial on their blog showing how she made the bracelet.

You can check that out here: https://sageyarn.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/celtic-knot-bracelet/


There are many beautiful yarns for sale at the Sage Yarn shop and they just completed a Winter Knit Along to make a gorgeous sweater - Visit here for more on their shop and projects.

Thank you, Celeste, for your photo tutorial!



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 


Here is another accessory pattern to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - The Roses and Shamrock Necklace.

This pattern has been published in the February 2015 issue of Crochet World - The magazine can be purchased here.

Crochet World February 2015
 
This necklace uses traditional Irish crochet techniques for making roses and a shamrock.  It is made with the lovely Nazli Gelin Garden 3 Egyptian Cotton crochet thread.  Here it is shown with a simple white band that makes up the necklace length in between the motifs but I think it would also look great with simple strands of large white pearls.

Today my friend, Bonnie Barker, is one of the featured designers for the Crochetville National Crochet Month Blog Tour - be sure to check out her post.. Her new book (Contemporary Celtic Crochet) is a wonderful tribute to Ireland and filled with great instructions to make a variety of projects using crocheted cables. (See my review of this book here)


(If you are stopping by for the first time with the Blog Tour, make sure you scroll down to see the post from March 10th to find the link to a new free Celtic Knot pattern.)

 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Kerry Shrug

One of my most popular patterns has been the Kerry Shrug.

It was first published in Crochet! magazine - Spring 2013.

Then it was featured in an episode of Knit and Crochet Now! -
Season 4 - Episode 402.

(More details about where to find the pattern and purchase the episode can be found here and here.)
 
M22150_kerry_300_medium  This design is a simpler version of the Glendalough Shrug.
 






  
Last year Carol Chesick emailed me about her journey in making this shrug.  She had a few questions about the pattern but did most of it on her own.
 
Didn't she do a wonderful job?  I think it looks great on her.
 
 
Here is what Carol says about her experience with this shrug:
 

I just loved the look of the Kerry Shrug but was a little intimidated. Not sure I had the skills, but decided to soldier on. I am so glad I did. I made it to wear to a summer wedding and was actually quite surprised when no one mentioned anything about it. I guess I expected some reaction.

It was then I walked up on a conversation my adult son and his friends were having about MY shrug!! I never thought the praise and compliments would come from the groom and his groomsmen. It was then all their wives and girlfriends starting complimenting me on making such a beautiful piece.  It was an advanced pattern but well worth the effort.

I have since worn it not only with a dress but over a shirt with blue jeans as well. I feel so good in it.

 
Congratulations, Carol, on crocheting an advanced pattern and successfully creating a wearable piece of art!
 
 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Crochetville Blog Tour - National Crochet Month


 



Hello everyone! 

Thank you for stopping by - I hope you have enjoyed the blog tour so far.  I have enjoyed reading about each designer in addition to seeing examples of their beautiful work.  Many of these designers I have met through CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) events.

CGOA's 20th Anniversary


I highly recommend becoming a member of the guild.  Immediately you have access to all sorts of great crochet resources and become a subscriber to Crochet! magazine.  And, then the best part is meeting many talented people who love crochet like you do at a guild meeting or the annual conference.  Visit their website to find out more: www.crochet.org.   (You can also read about many of the designers' experiences with CGOA throughout this blog tour.)

Last year we had a great time with the yarn bomb I designed and implemented.  See the page on the left for photos of all that fun (and for more photos - click here and scroll down).

 
Since we love all things Irish here at Celtic Knot Crochet, we are offering a new pattern for you in honor of National Crochet Month.  It is a quick project that you can make in time to wear for St. Patrick's Day - the Celtic Pendant Necklace.

 

In this design the Celtic Knot is added with a decorative button.  The two-colored woven edging compliments the knot pattern and is a fun technique to try.  Included in the instructions are photos of other color combinations and Celtic Knot options to give the pendant a different look. (This Celtic Knot button I found at my local JoAnn Fabrics store in the button section.)

You can download this pattern for FREE here.

Please post photos of your finished pendants on Ravelry so we can all see your version and be inspired!

(If you like our combination of crochet and Celtic Knots, be sure to check out more photos of our Celtic Knot Crochet Designs in the page on the left.)

Make sure to check back here throughout the month of March as I feature various crocheters to continue the celebration of National Crochet Month.  They have worked hard to turn our yarn bomb pieces into blankets for charity or they give of their crochet talents by teaching.  And some have made some Celtic Knot Crochet designs with wonderful results while sharing neat stories along the way.  (See the post just before this one about Susan Lowman.)

Crochetville



Thank you to Amy and Donna for all of their hard work on this blog tour!  This year, Crochetville, is highlighting the charity, Halos of Hope.  They provide knitted and crocheted hats to cancer centers around America.  Check out their website here to see how you can donate a crocheted hat or money that would help pay for shipping costs.

Other designer on the tour for today :  Julie Yeager (www.julieyeagerdesigns.com)


And tomorrow visit: Amanda Saladin (www.desigingcrochet.com) and Kathy Kelly (www.crochetbird.wordpress.com)








Saturday, March 7, 2015

Susan Lowman - The Crochet Architect



I met Susan almost 3 years ago at a CGOA conference. I enjoyed her gentle spirit and warm smile while we talked.  After that conference we were able to keep in touch via email and our friendship grew.   She is very generous with her time and advice about crochet, designing, publishing and being a mom.  In the photo above you will notice that both of us are wearing similar necklaces.

These are Faux Tatted Necklaces designed by Susan(www.thecrochetarchitect.com).

I took Susan's class to make this necklace at the 2014 CGOA conference in Manchester, NH and was able to wear my creation by the end of the 3-hours.  It was great to finish such a unique and pretty project with Susan's help.  I love the look of tatting but have not learned it yet so this was a perfect way to get the look by using crochet.




You can buy this pattern (which includes thorough explanations on how to do this technique) on Susan's website here.  At the class Susan had several necklaces and bracelets on display using a variety of beads, buttons and thread colors in the design.




Susan has many other beautiful patterns for sale in her shop - I especially like this one -
 The Kauni Poncho.

Today I am featuring Susan because of her giving heart and her love of crochet.  She has mentored me in many ways and serves others like me through her passion for crochet. 



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Crochet World April 2015

Our family loves to watch cute animals wherever we can find them - in our backyard, around our neighborhood, at a local sanctuary or zoo or even in our home.  In our home it may be a funny video on YouTube or the entertaining antics of our mini-dachshund. Hedgehogs are one of these adorable animals that make us smile and  say, "Awww". So, I crocheted this design of a hedgehog pincushion based on a sketch by one of my daughters. 



The instructions to make this little guy can be found in the April 2015 issue of Crochet World which you can download or order here.

 
Did you know that March is National Crochet Month? 
 
To celebrate I will be highlighting several crocheters  - they may have taken our CGOA yarn bomb pieces and turned them into blankets for charity, they may have crocheted one of my designs and shared a special story about it or they are helping to keep the love of crochet alive by teaching and giving.
Also, on March 10th this will be a stop on the Annual Crochetville Blog Tour - This is a great event taking you all over the web to visit with some of the crochet industry's best designers - http://crochetville.com/  On March 10th I will be offering a new free pattern in honor of the tour.    Check back soon!