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CGOA Membership Month

Monday, October 1, 2018






October 2018 is the first-ever Membership Month at CGOA!!  All the details can be found at www.crochet.org, including Prizes and Special Pricing.

Did you know that the Crochet Guild of America also offers these three opportunities to connect with others?

Gift Membership   You can now literally Give the Gift of Membership to someone who is not already a member of CGOA!  And October’s special pricing creates a perfect holiday gift. Click HERE and follow the directions to complete your gift purchase!

Refer a Friend    Here’s a secret:  www.crochet.org  has a program called Refer a Friend.  Once you are signed into the site, look under your Profile on the left and click on Refer a Friend.  This tool will help you spread the word about October Membership Month, and the special pricing for new members!  Can you think of a friend who isn’t already a CGOA member and could use this good news?

Facebook community  Head on over to our Facebook page and join over 107,000 crocheters who share their love of crochet.


Jennifer Williams
Membership Chair



17 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns for Fall Wearables

Sunday, September 16, 2018

I'm Marie from Underground Crafter and I'm back to share a roundup of seasonal crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members.


The weather is getting colder in most parts of the country so I thought this would be a perfect time to highlight fall wearables! These patterns include hats, scarves and other neckwarmers, shawls and ponchos, cardigans and tunics, and even a clutch. You’re sure to find a great project in this roundup of 17 mostly free crochet patterns for fall wearables. All images are © the respective designer or publisher and are used with permission.


17 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns for Fall Wearables

Roundup by Underground Crafter



Left column, from top to bottom:
  • It’s Fall Y’all Shawl, free crochet pattern by Stitches n Scraps: This cozy, triangular shawl uses a self-striping yarn to make the colorwork easy.
  • Fatima Poncho, free crochet pattern by Pattern Paradise: This knit-look, textured poncho features a collar.
  • Cabled Clutch, premium crochet pattern by Underground Crafter for KnitCrate: This clutch features twisted cables and an asymmetrical picot closure.
  • Aran Sampler Scarf, premium crochet pattern by Bonnie Bay Crochet: This sampler features 10 Aran/Celtic crochet stitches with video tutorials.

Second column, from top to bottom:
  • Double Down Beanie, free crochet patterns by ELK Studio: This pattern is available in both bottom-up (pictured) and top-down versions.
  • Classy Guy Scarf, premium crochet pattern by Randy Cavaliere for Annie’s: This plaid scarf features long fringes.
  • Everyday Cardigan, premium pattern by A Crocheted Simplicity: This classic cardigan with an oversized fit is available in 8 sizes from XS to 4X.

Third column, from top to bottom:
  • Mourning Dove Scarf, premium crochet pattern by American Crochet: This lacy scarf is a great statement piece.
  • Hitch a Ride Scarf, premium crochet pattern by The Crochet Architect: This asymmetrical scarf makes a great one-skein project.
  • Autumn Breeze Scarf, free crochet pattern by Oombawka Design: Use buttons to create multiple styling options for this simple scarf pattern.
  • Timber V Back Pullover, free crochet pattern by Cre8tion Crochet for Furls: This form fitting sweater is available in 8 sizes and is being released in 3 parts throughout September, 2018.

Right column, from top to bottom:
  • Hygge Cocoon Cardigan, free crochet pattern by Moogly: This beginner-friendly oversized cardigan with ribbed sleeves is available in 2 versatile sizes: Misses and Plus.
  • Blues and Brass Bandana Cowl, free crochet pattern by Same DiNamics Crochet: This buttoned bandana cowl pattern is available in 3 sizes from X/S to 1X-5X.
  • Wandering Tunic, premium crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for Annie’s: This tunic is available in 4 sizes from S/M to 3XL. The pattern is available as a digital download or print-to-order.
  • Chrissy Neckwarmer (pictured), free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home: This beaded neckwarmer coordinates with the free crochet pattern for the Chrissy Hat.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup! You can find more project inspiration on my Crochet/Knitting For Fall Pinterest Board.

Book Review - Design It, Promote It, Sell It - Marie Segares

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Title: Design It, Promote It, Sell It
Author: Marie Segares
MSRP: $14.99 USD (pdf)

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

A free review copy of Design It, Promote It, Sell It was provided to me by Marie Segares. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

Marie Segares has been an authority on the business of crochet for years. Her Creative Yarn Entrepreneur site and podcast have helped many designers start or grow their business, including me.  So I'm very excited to review her new book: Design It, Promote It, Sell It - Online Marketing for your Crochet and Knit Patterns.




Not just for designers!

This book is invaluable for anyone who wants to knit or crochet as a business. If that's not you, it's still an intriguing look into the business behind the patterns you enjoy! It's also a great introduction to online marketing for any kind of business.

Timely and timeless

The book does go into specific social media platforms and marketing strategies, which can change over time. Most of the book, however, discusses more timeless marketing concepts. It is divided into 5 sections that take you from a broad-strokes, crash course in marketing to specific action items and resources.

Plan, evaluate, optimize

Work through defining your business and audience, developing a marketing strategy, evaluating your results, and focusing your efforts where they are the most rewarding. Learn about marketing on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media platforms.

Find new tools to add value and encourage interaction with your customers. Explore some common pitfalls, and find a balance between marketing efforts and all the other aspects of your business.

A marketing expert

Marie is not only a talented designer herself, but also has a strong marketing background which really shows through. Read this author interview for more information about her, and the journey that brought her to write this book.



Where to buy it

Design It, Promote It, Sell It comes in 3 editions.
  1. The PDF ebook is 69 pages, including printable worksheets and checklists. 
  2. The paperback edition is coming soon, and will include the same worksheets and checklists
  3. The streamlined, Kindle ebook 

Enter to win a copy!  

You can enter to win your own digital (pdf ebook) copy of Design It, Promote It, Sell It. This prize is generously provided by the author, Marie Segares. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid email address. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected. See entry form for full terms. 

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm US central time on September 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Humans That Yarn

Saturday, September 8, 2018



The Craft Yarn Council's fall campaign is here! "Humans That Yarn" features six unique people who all craft with yarn and their stories reflect the variety of people who identify as yarnists. They'll also highlight several other people in the yarn community who have unique stories that you will be able to relate to.

The point of the campaign is to spotlight the people behind yarn crafts, rather than focusing on specific yarn projects. Along with highlighting a variety of people, Humans Taht Yarn aims to showcase different types of crafts that can be made with yarn.






So, if you're a "yarnist" (yarn artist), be on the lookout for conversation about yarn crafts of all types this fall. You'll find inspiration and ideas, teaching tips, free patterns, project ideas, giveaways, ad so much more. Make sure you check out CYCA's social media pages (see links below). And make sure you tag your posts with #humansthatyarn and #yarnist.

CYC on Instagram
CYC on Facebook
CYC on Pinterest


Happy Yarning!
Kristine


15 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns for Chevron and Ripple Accessories for Women

Thursday, August 16, 2018

I'm Marie from Underground Crafter and I'm here to share a roundup of seasonal crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members. This month's theme is chevrons and ripples. I’m sharing 15 (mostly free) crochet patterns for women’s accessories that would be perfect for the fall. Each includes chevrons or ripples prominently in the design.

This roundup includes shawls and wraps, scarves and cowls, tops, ponchos, bags, and mittens. All images are © the respective designer or publisher and are used with permission.

15 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns for Chevrons and Ripple Accessories

Roundup by Underground Crafter

Left column, from top to bottom:
  • Warm Waves Mittens, premium crochet pattern by Trifles n Treasures: This pattern is available in 4 sizes from toddler through adult large.
  • Granny Chevron Wrap, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter: This rectangular wrap combines ripples and color blocking for a dramatic effect.
  • Excursion Wrap, premium crochet pattern by Linda Dean Crochet: This striped, lacy wrap uses a simple row repeat pattern.
  • Granny Ripple Wrap, free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home: This tassled wrap is made with an ombre yarn that does the colorwork for you.
  • Pearl Cowl, premium crochet pattern by Gwen Buttke McGannon: This buttoned cowl is worked in one piece.

Center column, from top to bottom:
  • Perfect Simple Cowl Poncho, free crochet pattern by Marly Bird: This pattern includes abbreviations, international stitch symbols, and video tutorials.
  • Chevron Chic Tote Bag, premium crochet pattern by A Crocheted Simplicity: This stylish tote can be made with crocheted straps or purchased handles.
  • Merry Pompom Scarf, premium crochet pattern by Karen McKenna: This striped scarf features pompoms for embellishment.
  • Autumn Sky Wrap, premium crochet pattern by Blackstone Designs: This one-piece, fringed wrap makes a bold statement.
  • Chevron Tank Top, free crochet pattern by Busting Stitches: This pattern is available in seven sizes from XS through 3X.

Right column, from top to bottom:
  • Sands by the Sea Shore, free crochet pattern by ELK Studio: This chevron wrap features asymmetrical stripes.
  • Chevron Lace Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern by Moogly: This pattern is part of the Chevron Lace series and includes both pattern abbreviations and an international stitch symbol chart.
  • Mini-Chevron Infinity Scarf, free crochet pattern by Celtic Knot Crochet: This single crochet chevron uses a one-row repeat. The pattern includes both written abbreviations and international stitch symbols.
  • Peppermint Wrap, free crochet pattern by American Crochet: This striped rectangular wrap is worked lengthwise.
  • Wriggle Wrap, premium crochet pattern by Edie Eckman: This buttoned, striped wrap is one of 30+ projects featured in this issue of Crochetscene magazine.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup! You can find more project inspiration on my Crochet Accessories for Women Pinterest Board.

Book Review & Author Interview - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner by Pauline Turner

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Title: Crochet For the Absolute Beginner
Author: Pauline Turner
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

A free review copy of Crochet For the Absolute Beginner was provided to me by Search Press. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission. 



One of my favorite parts of the CGOA Chain Link Conference this year was getting to meet Pauline Turner. I took one of her classes and besides learning a lot, it was very entertaining. She's an absolute riot, and a genuinely nice person too.

Pauline Turner teaching a class on cutting crochet


Pauline was inducted into the CGOA Hall of Fame this year, and I had the pleasure of interviewing her on Facebook live. We talked about her book, Crochet for the Absolute Beginner, along with some of her other books, and other exciting directions her work has taken her.



Crochet for the Absolute Beginner was first published in 2005 as the Beginner's Guide to Crochet. It was such a popular book that it's been republished (a few times, I believe) since then.

This latest edition has all the same text and images in an updated, easy to read layout. It also features a spiral binding, so that it can be opened completely flat. This is important when your hands are too busy crocheting to hold a book open!

Inside Cover - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner


This book is exactly what it says - a comprehensive guide for brand new crocheters. It takes you from choosing yarns and hooks, through all the basic stitches and more. As she teaches each stitch, Pauline also shows the abbreviations and chart symbols. This way students can learn the language of patterns and charts seamlessly, as they learn each stitch.

Contents - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner


One little feature I absolutely love is this fold-out abbreviations list. When opened, it sits to the right of the book pages, so no matter what page you are on you can always see the list of abbreviations! What a great tool for learning to read patterns.

Fold Out Abbreviations List - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner


If you need help with pattern reading, chart reading, or just brushing up on your basic skills, this book is for you. Even if you don't, there are plenty of patterns to enjoy as well! It's also a great gift to help spread the love of crochet to someone who might want to learn.

Cover - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner


You can enter to win your own copy of Crochet For the Absolute Beginner. This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Search Press. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected. See entry form for full terms.

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm US central time on August 31st 2018. Hurry and enter below! 

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2018 CGOA Fashion Show

Tuesday, July 31, 2018




Were you able to attend the fashion show at the CGOA Chain Link Conference this past weekend? If not, you can watch the whole show on the Crochet Guild of America Facebook page!




The first half of the video shows the keynote speaker, Pauline Turner, who was inducted into the hall of fame this year. She's such a delightful speaker, and I think you will enjoy her presentation very much as well. The fashion show is in the last half of the video.


Below is a list of all the items that were displayed at this year's fashion show. If a pattern or more information about an item is available online, I have added a link to that information.


Many of these patterns are not yet available but will be soon. If you know of any other links that become available or are not included here, please leave a comment and I will add them in.


Special thanks to Red Heart for sponsoring this year's fashion show. Also thanks to all the amazing crocheters who submitted projects, and to all the volunteers who made the show possible. I can't wait to see everyone again next year!



2018 CGOA Fashion Show Lineup:

Group 1

Item

Crocheter / Designer

Model

Veronica Shawlette Kathryn White Kathryn White 
Capped Sleeve Top Gloria Hole / Vicki Chan  Gloria Hole 
Purple People Heater  Renee Zinck Renee Zinck 
Modified Coogee Bay Dress Barbary Hynes / Jenny King Barbara Hynes 
Flora Ombre Convertible Wrap Emily Reiter / Kristen Omdahl Emily Reiter 
Bugsy's Date Nancy Nehring Katie Winegarden
Recycled, Renewed Coat Bonnie Meltzer Bonnie Meltzer 
Be Yourself Genevieve Mizzell Clark  Genevieve Mizzell Clark 
Crochet Boho Shawl Jamie Swiatek for Red Heart Allison Herron

Group 2

Item

Crocheter / Designer

Model

Lava Flow Wrap Shari White Shari White 
Coral Flame Wrap Yvette Jiggetts / Suzann Thompson Yvette Jiggetts 
Elvia Shawl Gwen Buttke McGannon Gwen Buttke McGannon 
Tunisian Two-Step Renee Zinck Renee Zinck 
Peek-a-Boo Pullover Deb Seda Testut Nancy Smith
Colorful Freedom Dress Mirto Golino Mirto Golino 
Cape - Where land meets water Bonnie Meltzer Bonnie Meltzer 
DreadHead Genevieve Mizzell Clark  Genevieve Mizzell Clark 
Chic & Strong Crescent Shawl Rohn Strong for Red Heart Allison Herron

Group 3

Item

Crocheter / Designer

Model

Cozy Cowlette Susan Lowman Susan Lowman 
Silk Garden Sweater with Cowl Dela Wilkens Dela Wilkins 
Flatirons Shawl Andee Graves Maureen Borillo
White Arches Shrug Marette Whitney Marette Whitney 
Seeing Circles Poncho Carolyn Calderon Carolyn Calderon 
Bonus Points Shawl Sue Perez Sue Perez 
Butterfly Garden Margaret Hubert Regina Venettozzi
Lunar Tunic Kristi Simpson for Red Heart Allison Herron

Group 4

Item

Crocheter / Designer

Model

Selkie Shawl Joan Hughes / Aoibhe Ni Kathryn White
Sunset Fade Julie DesJardins Julie DesJardins 
Earthy Vest Mirto Golino Mirto Golino 
Seaglass Summer Cardi Tamara Kelley Regina Venettozzi
Bloomin' Rose Shawl Shari White Shari White 
Coachella Cardigan Jennifer Pionk Lauren Venettozzi
Shining Day Wrap Andee Graves Nancy Smith
Kaleidoscope Shawl Sara Kay Hartmann for Red Heart Allison Herron

Group 5

Item

Crocheter / Designer

Model

Flirt Cardigan Karen McKenna Bethany Dearden
Valladolid Shawl Anne McFarland / Jennifer Hansen Pamela Stark
Oasis Shell Juliette  Bezold Katy Petersen
Sea & Shells Poncho Karen McKenna Maureen Borillo
Crocheted Metal Bracelet Carole Hamburger Kathryn White
Hitch a Ride Scarf Susan Lowman Susan Lowman
Decadence Creusa Gilmore Creusa Gilmore 
Changing Tides Beach Cover Yvette Jiggetts / Lorene Eppolite Yvette Jiggetts 
Spider Lace Maxi Dress
  (Design competition winner)
Susan Walsh Katie Winegarden 
Shore Thing Dress Rohn Strong for Red Heart Allison Herron
Llama-No-Drama Nancy Anderson for Red Heart Allison Herron



Photos courtesy of Jennifer Pionk
 

Therapeutic Crochet for Children by Debra Lea, Carma Cervetti, and Elizabeth Hall

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

This is Marie from Underground Crafter, and I'm so pleased to share a guest post by CGOA members, Debra Lea, Carma Cervetti, and Elizabeth Hall, about therapeutic crochet for children in a residential facility. Do you have a story to share about how crochet is helping in your community? Feel free to reach out to me through my website.

Therapeutic Crochet for Children

As you come down the stairs you hear children laughing.  Cries of “I want yellow” mingle with “Do I need a bigger hook”.  You just know it’s a room full of kids having a great time with yarn...And today it is.  This room is at KidsTLC in Olathe, Kansas and these children are residents.  Some have been here for a very long time, some have just arrived.  All of them come with issues severe enough to require residential treatment.  But today they are just kids having fun learning how to crochet.
KidsTLC provides children with a continuum of care through innovative and successful psychiatric treatment, outreach to homeless teens, outpatient behavioral health, autism and parent support programs. Services are focused on evidence-based therapies and trauma-informed care, with a strong emphasis on family wellness and preserving the family unit.

KidsTLC continues to respond to the growing needs of children in the Kansas City Metro area by adding critically needed services that fill community gaps and alleviate wait times for families to receive care. Programs help children heal on all levels through innovative therapeutic treatment philosophies; chaplaincy services; expressive therapies such as art, play and music therapy; and through a wealth of opportunities to improve the physical health of clients including the movement towards integrating our mental health services with local health clinics that provide physical health services, increased nutrition/wellness education, and opportunities for physical exercise.

KidsTLC was founded in 1972 by the Johnson County Young Matrons to fulfill an unmet need for an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children. Over the years, KidsTLC’s mission has expanded as we have stepped forward to further help children and youth in crisis. From its beginning, KidsTLC has responded to community needs by implementing new programs to meet them. The staff are always looking at new treatment modalities and methods that will help their clients heal and be able to go home.  About 2 years ago, they thought they might try crochet.

Crochet or yarn crafting, as research refers to it, provides many benefits to children and young adults who have experienced trauma. Yarn crafting relieves depression, reduces anxiety, projects build self-esteem, builds a sense of community and reduces stress. For KidsTLC clients, the connections and successes developed with yarn crafting prepare a brain significantly impacted by trauma for trust and positive relationships which open the door for healing and hope for the future.

This is where Carma and I come into this story.  My son, who is a nurse at KidsTLC, called and asked if I’d like to come teach their children.  I said yes almost before he quit talking.  I would work closely with Elizabeth Hall, Director of Community Resources, and she remains our champion in all things fiber.  Children come to crochet club with no labels, no diagnosis.  They come as children learning to crochet.  Elizabeth and the unit staff who accompany the children to Crochet Club handle any clinical matters that arise.  They help the children maintain their composure and they answer any questions the children have about what happens to their crochet after we leave.  This arrangement lets the children function as children and lets Carma and I teach them the fun that can be had with yarn and a hook.

The first group had 3 children.  I was able to get all 3 started with chains and 2 with single crochet.  The next month we had 2 children from the month before and a new child.  Our new child found some difficulties in just being part of the group, but found comfort in just holding the yarn.  Each month was different and each month I left with my heart full of gratitude for being with them.  After a few months, as the groups continued to grow, I turned to my best friend, Carma, who also loves crochet and fiber and she very gladly joined me. At this point we were up to 3 groups each Crochet Club day with between 3 to 6 students per group. This past month we had one group of 3 and one group of 10!

KidsTLC residents are eager and ready for Crochet Club! 
Teaching these children requires a new view of our goal and of teaching.  Sometimes it is hard to find a way to crochet that makes sense to that learner.  We needed to know not just ways to teach different learning styles, but different ways to hold hooks and yarn!  Learning to crochet is a vehicle to teach them to be a part of a group, to be patient for your turn, to follow directions, to learn how to interact with your fellow learners.  We teach with small steps.  Today a child might learn how to chain.  Next month the same child may need to learn chains again.  Carma found us a project that used chains,   everyone could participate in a group project that was proudly displayed in the common areas at KidsTLC.

Generous volunteers and KidsTLC residents work together to be successful! 
Some children have progressed to making hats or a scarf as a gift for a loved one.  Each child learns at their own pace and each time they learn something is an accomplishment. Each time is an opportunity to build self-esteem and social skills.  Each time is an opportunity to be successful.   
They all have something to say about crochet (and so many other things!)  Visiting with them is as much fun as teaching them, and possibly more rewarding.  When they come back each month we can see the changes in them. The one thing that remains constant is their love of Crochet Club and their excitement to be there. 

The Crochet Club program at KidsTLC is funded by donations and we strive to ensure that each child has a hook and yarn that they take back to their units with them.  In the beginning it was difficult to source the yarn and hooks for each month’s meeting.  However, the volunteer and donor network at KidsTLC is very responsive to Elizabeth’s calls for supplies.  And what a lucky thing that is!  We go through a lot of yarn each month -. It is wonderful to say we have enough for everyone!  We have also added a few magazines to the stash as they build a small “crochet library”.  

If you see a need to help children with challenges in your neighborhood we would strongly encourage you to do it.  You won’t be sorry that you did and you will make a huge difference in a child’s life. 

For more information on our program or about KidsTLC, please contact Elizabeth Hall at ehall@kidstlc.org. or visit their website. You can also grab Carma or me and we’d be happy to share with you. 








 
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