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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library JOURNAL review of Colorful Crochet Lace

This is Library Journal's review of Colorful Crochet Lace. I got this ahead of time, so if you go to the link to read the review, it's not there yet, as it won't go public til Oct 1, 2015. Anywa, I've posted it here on my blog. As you can see I like collecting reviews and interviews! The more the merrier!. Thanks to all those who have given a review!

Colorful Crochet Lace
by Mary Jane Hall
Hall, Mary Jane. Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 Chic Garments & Accessories. Interweave. 2015. 160p. illus. index. ISBN 9781620336984. pap. $24.99. FIBER CRAFTS
Hall (Crochet That Fits) combines two of her passions—crocheted lace and vibrant color—in this collection of patterns, which includes both garments and accessories incorporating crocheted lace as an all-over pattern or an accent. The garment patterns feature a generous assortment of measurements, with a few sized from XS to 3X, and there are plenty of silhouettes included, allowing crocheters of all body types and sizes to find a style that works for them. Most of the patterns use lightweight yarn (fingering, sport, or DK), which lends itself nicely to the open, airy lacework. Patterns are both written and charted, and variations such as lengthening or shortening are provided. One of Hall’s areas of expertise is fitting crocheted garments, and she includes numerous tips for achieving the perfect fit without complex shaping, as well as a brief overview of her graduated stitch method, which allows crocheters to shape garments without using increases or decreases. VERDICT As Hall mentions in her introduction, crocheted lace is trendy right now, and this collection strikes a nice balance between homage to bygone eras and contemporary style.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Ma Chéie Scarf in Colorful Crochet Lace

The photos in the book do not capture the features of this lacy scarf with an arched edging. It is shown plaed on top of a black and white striped dress, which makes it difficult to see the pretty stitch pattern, so I am posting some of my own pictures. The edges are supposed to be curved into an arch, but by the time it was passed around to the tech editor, and stylist at the photo shoot,  I'm sure the scarf had stretched. I hope my personal photos do the scarf justice and give you ideas.

Colorful Crochet Lace - 22 lace garments and accessories. 100% Mulberry Silk yarn by Louisa Harding was used for this scarf. 
By Mary Jane Hall
Ma Chérie Scarf from Colorful Crochet Lace
Ma Chérie Scarf from Colorful Crochet Lace worn as a Cowl
Scarf worn with a Bow at the Shoulder
Scarf Worn as a Belt
Ma Chérie Scarf Tied into a Bow

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Macrame Poncho Pattern - For Sale

Macrame Poncho by Mary Jane Hall - my beautiful Romanian DIL Anca
I was obsessed with Macrame in the 70's and will soon post some of my Macrame work, some of which are a Tiffany lamp, hanging tables, wall decor, purses and jewelry. I designed and created this very easy Macrame poncho in 2004. I actually had seen a crochet poncho online that was crocheted with the Lover's Knot Stitch, which is also called the Soloman's Knot. It looked so much like the macrame square knot to me and I was fooled by it.  At the time I had never worked the Lover's Knot and thought the stitch in that crochet poncho looked almost identical to macrame! So I created this and even sold a bunch of the patterns on eBay back then. Macrame has begun to come back and you can even see many fashion designers show macrame garments on the runways!
If anyone is interested in purchasing my macrame poncho pattern, please let me know and I will put it up for sale here on my blog right away. Just get my attention by leaving a comment here, on Facebook, Ravelry or by email. I'm swamped with other things, but if you bring g it to my attantion, I will put it up for sale here with a link to Paypal. This is prettier in person!

Close up of the Alternating Square Knot in Macrame which looks almost identical to the Crochet Lover's Knot!
Close-up of Macrame Poncho by Mary Jane Hall - the Knots look
similar to the Crochet Lover's Knot stitch

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Preppy Stripes Scarf - Free Beginner Pattern

This scarf was published in 2005 in one of my booklets called Crochet in Style by Kooler Designs Studio. Leisure Arts partnered with them as the publisher. The booklet is out of print now but can still be purchased on Amazon, eBay and at Kooler Design Studios here. Other projects in the book include Loops 'n Loops Scarf, Pink Filigree Capelet (sold on this blog as 1 individual psttern), Fabulous Fishnet Poncho, Fluffy Flowers Scarf and Circle Fringe Scarf.

Preppy Stripes Scarf by Mary Jane Hall

They told me that after 1 year the designs in the booklet would revert back to me and I could sell them in any way I wanted. I am offering this scarf as a FREE design here on my blog. It's perfect for a beginner! By the way skinny scarves were popular back in 2005 - 2006, but then phased out. I can now say that in 2015, I'm seeing all kinds of very skinny, long scarves on the runways!

I will post the free pattern later today when I get on my laptop and will do that this evening sincd I dont have the patern on my table that Im woring from right now. Please let me know you need the pattern in case I forget!

Please overlook the photo! I just took a picture of the photo that was in the book with my phone. I gave that scarf 10 years ago to my daughter and I'm sure it's really old by now or I would be glad to take a better picture. Normally, I take my own pictures of my designs before sending them to the publisher, but they need these designs so quickly that they wanted me to overnight them! I'll see if my daughter still has that scarf!

Preppy Stripes Scarf by Mary Jane Hall

Finished Size: approx 3" x 84"
Skill Level: Beginner

Medium Worsted Weight Yarn - # 4
    Beige (A) - 2 ounces/ 113 yards / 66 grams / 103 meters
    Rust (B) - 2 ounces / 177 yards / 57 grams / 162 meters
    Olive Green (C) - 2 ounces / 127 yards / 57 grams / 117 meters
    Dark Brown (D) - 2 ounces / 113 yards / 57 grams / 103 meters
Size K / 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) Crochet Hook

Gauge (in pattern)
7 sc and 5 rows = 2"

Color Sequence
Beige (A), Rust (B), Olive Green (C), Dark Brown (D)

Note: When changing yarn at end of row, pull new color through last 2 loops of last sc. Ch 1, turn. Start next row with new color. It can be a little tricky to hide the colors when weaving in the ends at the side edges. As you can see from my picture, some of the colors show on the sides.

If you do not like working in the back loop only (blo), you can work regular sc or DC , working in both loops. Remember that working in the back loop only creates the ridge, but it also makes the scarf stretch. You may want to shorten the scarf, by working less rows than the pattern calls for.

With D, Ch 11 loosely.
Row 1: SC in 2nd chain and in each chain across. Chain 1, turn.
Rows 2- 5: Sc in back loop of each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 6 - 10: With A repeat row 2
Rows 11- 15: With B repeat row 2
Rows 16 - 20: With C repeat row 2
Rows 21 - 25: With D repeat row 2
Rows 26 - 185: Repeat rows 6 - 25 eight times. Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

Note: If your stitches are loose it would be a good idea to use a fabric glue or OK TO WASH IT to keep ends from coming out. You can buy this fabric glue at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts, Hancock Fabrics or Hobby Lobby. It is especially important to use this if your stitches are loose, but if your stitches are  tight, you may not need to use it.

Use forty 24" strands of beige yarn. Attach evenly across both ends of scarf, using 2 strands for each fringe. Fold strands in half, hook folded ends around hook, and pull through scarf; insert strands into loop pulled through and pull gently to tighten. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Walk in the Park Capelet from Colorful Crochet Lace

The Walk in the Park Capelet is the smallest and easiest project in Colorful Crochet Lace. This is a beginner project with only chs, sc & dc, which would be great as a CAL project for a beginner's class. I wrote the pattern for sizes small - 3X and the yarn is Patons Grace, a 100% cotton. This is a # 3 dk wt in the color viola.

You can make this longer by adding rows and if you want it wider, add extra chains between the dc shells. To see more details and all the projects in the book go to my Ravelry Designer page HERE.

By the way, don't you just love the photos in this book? The very talented photographer is Joe Hancock.

Walk in the Park Capelet by Mary Jane Hall in Colorful Crochet Lace

Walk in the Park Capelet by Mary Jane Hall in Colorful Crochet Lace

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ooh Lá Lá Flared Dress in Colorful Crochet Lace

Ooh Lá Lá Flared Dress by Mary Jane Hall
Back View without Belt
This dress is worked with my signature Graduated Stitch Method of making shaped garments without having to use increases or decreases.

Foundation chain begins at sides and the rows are worked vertically. If the size you are making is not wide enough or is too wide, because your gauge is off, all you have to do is add or delete row for a custom fit!

Pattern is written for sizes small - 3X and should be flattering on everyone.

Yarn used is Cascade Heritage Silk fingering, a blend of wool and mulberry silk.

Skill level is intermediate

Saturday, August 29, 2015

You Tube Video - Interview with Mary Jane Hall by Beth Moriarity of Planet Purl

I was invited by Beth Moriarity of Planet Purl to be interviewed on her podcast Aug 19, 2015. It was actually done through a GoToMeeting where anyone can tune into the same "room" to see and hear what everyone is looking at the same thing on the same screen, kind of like a Power Point presentation. This was an honor for me because she has 20,000 or more followers, which will help promote Colorful Croche Lace and me as a designer. She asked me numerous questions on my life as a designer and on the designs in this new book. You won’t have to see my face (lol) but you’ll hear my voice and see photos of some of the designs Beth picked out to feature. If you did not get a chance to hear or see the podcast, she has now put it on her You Tube channel for anyone to view.
Hope you like it! Let me know what you think! Maybe you can guess where my accent is from?