Ava Shell CAL - Part 2 - Front Bottom

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Welcome back to the Ava Shell Crochet-a-Long! If you're just joining us you can get all the info about the CAL, including a complete schedule and links to previous posts HERE.




This week you'll be working the front of the Ava Shell. The pattern is worked from the bottom up, so this week you'll work from the waist up to armpit. You'll stop at the armpit so we can save the armhole shaping for next week.

Reminder: Gauge is critical with this pattern! I swatched 3 different brands of DK yarn and 2 had one gauge size and 1 needed a different hook size from the other 2 brands.

Here's a little sneak peek of what the stitch pattern for the main body will look like.




Head over to the Ava Shell pattern for the CAL instructions. 

Join in the crochet-a-long and share your progress with other crocheters.


  • Get more information about this crochet-a-long here.
  • Stop by our Ravelry group or Facebook group to chat or ask questions. We can’t wait to see your progress! 
  • Ravelry members can also add the pattern to your Ravelry favorites.
  • Share your progress on social media with hashtag #cgoasummercal and #cgoacal 


Kristine

Summer 2017 CAL - Ava Lacy Shell - Part 1 Getting Started

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Summertime is here!  We're going to be making a lacy shell/tank top which is perfect for over a tank top of swimsuit.  The shell was designed to be a good top for those who have never taken on the challenge of a garment, but it will be great for any level crocheter. 









Getting Started



Are you ready?!?!  The Ava Shell is a lacy tank top made with a variation of the v-stitch. It's worked in sections, which makes it possible even for an advanced beginner to be able to tackle and finish. Today's section has the materials list, gauge, special stitches, and other info you may need to get a good understanding of what we'll be working. There is also a gauge swatch so that you can make sure you can match gauge before we get started. A few notes about matching gauge:

Gauge:

I highly recommend blocking, but I know many of us don't follow that part of the instructions. With that being said, gauge is critical to getting this to come out the right size! I did a gauge swatch with 3 different brand yarns and 2 of them had to use a different hook size other than the one recommended to match the gauge. 

Note: The sample in the photo was made with a linen/cotton blend yarn, but we also swatched a cotton yarn, as well as an acrylic yarn. 

You can substitute other yarns, but please swatch this to make sure you don't end up with a shell that is 2 sizes too small. Cotton will block easily, so if you choose cotton and your gauge is only slightly off, blocking will work. If you don't plan on blocking - and know this ahead of time - make sure you get gauge! 

Recommended Resources:

Below are some resourses that will help you pick out a yarn that you will be happy with. 


CAL Schedule:


The link to the actual pattern instructions is here: Ava Shell CAL.
  • July 19th: Getting started (this post)
  • July 26th: Part 1 - Front Bottom
  • Aug. 2nd: Part 2 - Front Top
  • Aug. 9th: Part 3 - Back Bottom
  • Aug. 16th: Part 4 - Back Top
  • Aug. 23rd: Sewing, Finishing, & Border
  • Aug 30th: Giveaway deadline (11:59pm, EST). Winner to be announced Aug. 31st. 

Head over to the Ava Shell post for yarn info, gauge swatch, and more. 


Join us on Social Media


Don't forget to join the fun in our CGOA CAL group on Facebook. You can also ask questions and connect with others that are working the CAL in our Ravelry forum thread. If you want to share photos of the CAL on social media, please use the hashtag #CGOACals so we can see everyone's progress. 


Giveaways & Sponsors:


We will be adding our sponsors and giveaways shortly. Please come back soon to check them out! 


Kristine Mullen

Ambassador Crochet


9 Free Crochet Patterns for Summer Fun

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and I’m sharing another seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members! (If you’re a crochet designer and a CGOA member and would like to grant us permission to use your patterns in these roundups, please contact me via my blog.)


This month’s roundup features 9 free crochet patterns women's and children's accessories and picnic decor by our talented designers. Photos are used with permission. Enjoy!


Clockwise from top left:


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Review - Easy, Breezy Crochet Lace

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Title: Easy, Breezy, Crochet Lace
Author: Crochet! Magazine
MSRP: $9.99 USD

Review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps


Lace crochet is ideal for sweltering, summer days, when you don't necessarily want a heavy or warm project on your lap. Easy, Breezy, Crochet Lace is a fantastic collection of lace patterns, brought to us by Crochet! Magazine. It features over 35 designs, all excellent choices for summer crocheting.

Easy, Breezy Crochet Lace cover - book review on CGOANow!


If you're on the go this summer, try one of the designs from the "Little Lace Treasures" section. These projects are all smaller items, so you can easily throw them in a bag and take them with you while you're out and about. Best of all, they work up quickly, so you'll be wearing that pretty Shades of Spring cowl and darling Dragonfly Lace Hat in no time!

Easy, Breezy Crochet Lace - book review on CGOANow!


One of the things I love about lace is the "wow" factor. Lace designs have a way of looking so intricate and detailed, even when they're not. The New Looks in Lace section is full of show-stopping wearables that are sure to turn heads.

Most of the cute tops, shawls, and shrugs in this section would be great for spring or fall. Personally I would wear many of them even in the middle of winter, layered with warmer clothing. The Trellis Tee in particular caught my eye. It's a beautiful wear-to-work look all on it's own but would also look fabulous with a jacket...and it comes in my size!

Trellis Tee - Easy, Breezy Crochet Lace cover - book review on CGOANow!

Big, bold motifs take center stage in the next section, Exploded Lace. There are single-motif patterns like the Garden Lace Rug, as well as patterns that combine motifs. Bobbie's Lace Wrap, made up of  large flower motifs and smaller leaves, is definitely a statement piece!

Bobbie's Lace Wrap -Easy, Breezy Crochet Lace cover - book review on CGOANow!


If tops and shawls aren't your thing, don't worry! Whatever type of project you prefer, you'll find something to love in this collection. There are several jewelry patterns, home decor items, and more! Make any living room just "beachy" with the Trade Winds Throw and Sunburst Pillow. Or start on holiday gifting with pretty, Potpourri Pockets and Candle Shadows jar cozies. With so many patterns to choose from, you'll be making lace all year round! 

Candle Shadows - Easy, Breezy Crochet Lace cover - book review on CGOANow!


Enter to win your own digital copy of Easy, Breezy, Crochet Lace! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Annie's Signature Designs. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid email address. The winner will be contacted by email to confirm the email address, 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.

The giveaway ends on August 4th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of Easy, Breezy, Crochet Lace was provided by Annie's. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

Book Review - Quick Crochet for the Home

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Title: Quick Crochet for the Home
Author: Tamara Kelly
MSRP: $22.99 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps


Tamara Kelly is the blogger/designer behind Moogly, which is one of the first crochet blogs I ever read. Her tutorials introduced me to a whole new world of stitches and techniques I had never heard of, and her patterns are always fun and unique. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that she has written her first book, and I get to review it for you!

Quick Crochet for the Home


There are 20 beautiful patterns in this book, featuring bold, geometric styles, rich textures, and a contemporary color palette. I was very happy to see that most of the patterns do include charts. It's so much easier to visualize what you're making when you can actually see it in a diagram. The patterns are organized by room, but honestly many of them are versatile enough to use all over the house.

Chef's Best Rug - Quick Crochet for the Home


I was particularly impressed by the Modern Tile Placemats. It's such a simple and clean design, but the unique shape really dresses up the table. I like the use of solid colors with sharply contrasting trim too. Best of all, this looks really easy and quick to make!

Modern Tile Placemat

My favorite of the whole book though, has to be the Smart as a Fox Bookends. What an adorable way to display books, particularly in a kids room! I think this would be a fantastic baby shower gift as well. 

Smart as a Fox Bookends


In fact, most of these patterns would make great gifts! This book is a great resource for housewarmings, baby showers, weddings, and hostess gifts. Since they work up quickly, it's good for last minute gifting needs too. 

Spa Jar Covers - Quick Crochet for the Home


Enter to win your own copy of Quick Crochet for the Home! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Interweave. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on July 21st. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of Quick Crochet for the Home was provided by Interweave. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

Getting To Know You - Michelle Young

Friday, June 16, 2017

Welcome to "Getting To Know You" on the blog. This is an opportunity for our members to share a little bit about themselves, and for us to learn more about each other and continue the family feel after leaving the annual conference. Although we may crochet by ourselves in our own homes, we are not alone in our love of crochet, and we have more in common than we realize. By sharing our experiences and knowledge, we will all learn something new about each other and the art of crochet! This month, enjoy getting to know...


Michelle Young




Location:  Orange, California

How many years crocheting and/or how did you learn to crochet?
I learned to crochet at an after-school program in second grade. 

Do you crochet with your left hand or right hand and how do you hold your hook? 
I crochet with my right hand.  My hold is not really a pencil or a knife hold.  In the Spring 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet, there was an article about how to hold a crochet hook.  The closest to mine is the "overhand," but my hand faces down more.  And while most people have their hook pointing up while they crochet, mine faces down.

What is your favorite crochet hook? 
I love my Clover Amour hooks!

What is your favorite yarn? 
That is such a hard question!  I love yarn in general.  (My license plate is YARNY and I have yarn tattooed on my left arm…)  There is no "wrong" yarn.  I have no problem buying the cheapest acrylic or the fanciest yarn at my LYS.  It just depends on what I'm making. 



What is your favorite crochet stitch?
The stitch I use most is a modified half-double crochet.  (I basically made it up; I did half-double wrong for a wrong time.  I decided I liked it more than the real one.)

Do you prefer a written pattern, a chart, or both?
I love charts!  But I've had a couple patterns where the charts weren't great.  So I like written directions as back-up.

What is your favorite item to make? 
I go through phases.  I make one of whatever is in my brain and then I have to keep making it in different colors until I get the pattern just right.  Or until I get sick of it.  Whichever comes first.

Right now, I'm making a lot of amigurumi.  But I just got some sock yarn on vacation so I'll be making some shawls soon. 






Who do you crochet for? 
I mostly crochet for friends and family. 

Have you ever participated in a yarn bombing? 
Yes!  I've yarn bombed for holidays or to spruce up "ugly" areas around the neighborhood.  I've also yarn bombed a sign post for a friend’s shop and participated in yarn bombing the Orange County Fair a few years ago.





How long have you been a CGOA member, and what is a fond memory from a CGOA Conference if you’ve attended one? 
I've been a CGOA member since 2013.  I attended the conference in 2015 in San Diego.  It was absolutely wonderful to spend time with so many people who love the same things that I do.

Do you belong to a local CGOA chapter in your area? 
I founded OCCrochet.  We meet on the first Monday of every month.  We’re a small, but dedicated, group.  We welcome anyone who loves crocheting to join us – the more, the merrier.  We share projects, help each other with our crochet dilemmas, and hold technique workshops. 

What are your crochet goals for the future? 
It's not a lofty goal.  But my goal is to use up more of the yarn that I have!  I just have SO much!



Any crochet tips that you would like to share?
Don't get stressed about what other people are making, how they think you should crochet, or what they think you should crochet.  It's supposed to be fun.  It's literally not brain surgery.  No one's going to die if you do it "wrong."



Do you have any other favorite past times, interests, sports, or crafts you enjoy doing?
I do or have tried just about every craft.  My two main craft-related hobbies are crochet and sewing.
I also love going to the gym.  I'm training for a Spartan race at the end of the year.  I kind of hate running, but I do it because it's good for me and it's necessary for the Spartan. 

Anything you would like to share, not covered above?  
I have worked at the Orange County Rescue Mission's House of Hope for the past 22 years working with formerly homeless women and children.
I go on a couple road trips a year to visit my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.



Thank you for sharing with us Michelle, it's been fun "getting to know you"!

Become a CGOA member today, click HERE to join.

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Have a great day!
Carolyn
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21 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns in Red, White, and Blue

Thursday, June 8, 2017

I'm Marie from Underground Crafter and I'm back to share another seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members! (If you're a crochet designer and a CGOA member and would like to give us permission to include your patterns in these roundups, please contact me via my blog.)

This month's roundup features 21 (mostly free) crochet patterns in red, white, and blue that are perfect for celebrating Independence Day or Bastille Day, or for adding some Americana-style to your home. The roundup features afghans, blankets, and pillows; table decorations including placemats, hot pads, cup and can cozies, and dishcloths; and gifts for children. Enjoy!

21 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns in Red, White, and Blue via the Crochet Guild of America | Celebrate July 4th/Independence Day or Bastille Day, or add some Americana-style to your home with patterns including afghans, blankets, and pillows; table decorations including placemats, hot pads, cup and can cozies, and dishcloths; and gifts for children.

Top row, from left to right:

Second row, from left to right: 

Third row, from left to right:
Fourth row, from left to right:
Bottom row, from left to right:
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