Posts Tagged ‘Crochet’

Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food & More

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Quirky, eclectic, and just plain fun: with this adorable collection, crocheters can embellish clothing, décor, gifts, and more! Suzann Thompson, author of the popular Crochet Bouquet and Crochet Garden, has fashioned more than 60 irresistible motifs that fall into six categories: Critters, Food, Seasons, Growing Things, Home, and Toys, Tools, & Transportation—plus a few Martians thrown in!

This is the blurb for my newest crochet book, Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food & More, which will be published in May 2014. It’s finally listed on Amazon, which means I can write about it!

Like the title says, it is cute as can be. I wish we could have a look at the cover—but for now we have to settle for “no image available.” I guess seeing the cover will be the next big thing to look forward to.

You can pre-order at directly, or by clicking on the link below–exciting times!

Two Great Magazines!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Crochet! magazine, Fall 2012

I always look forward to receiving my copy of Crochet! magazine in the mail, but especially the current issue! In the Fall issue, there’s an article (by me—yay!) about the Russian Spoke stitch, or double bullion stitch, with step-by-step photos.

Purple Haze Shoulder Warmer in Crochet! magazine, Fall 2012

But we didn’t stop there. Carol Alexander, editor of Crochet! asked me to design a project that included the Double Bullion Stitch. I was glad to do this, using the lovely Ritratto yarn from the S. Charles Collection to make a capelet. The flouncy border is made with Double Bullion Stitches.

Crochet! magazine, Fall 2012

Two flowers in Crochet Garden feature the Russian Spoke stitch and its friend, the Russian Spoke Picot.

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CraftSanity magazine

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood is a busy crafter, volunteer, and mom, who also publishes a magazine called CraftSanity. The magazine represents a broad range of articles of interest to fans of home-made and hand-made items, including canning, embroidery, weaving, and of course, crochet! You’ll also find interviews with artists and craftspeople and recipes.

In Issue 7 of CraftSanity, Jennifer published her interview with me–yay again! We had a great phone conversation and then she sent me questions to answer via email. Lark Crafts kindly gave permission to reprint the pattern for the Russian Picot Daisy. There was just enough room left to print the recipe for my favorite cooling dessert using our garden produce—Mint Ice.

CraftSanity magazine

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Free Patterns and Instructions

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Crocheted Leaves and Berry Spray by Suzann

Sometimes there just aren’t enough pages in a book! But luckily for us, the internet is the perfect place to share some of the patterns that we couldn’t squeeze into Crochet Garden: Bunches of Flowers, Leaves, and Other Delights.

Amanda and Shannon, the Needlework Team at Lark Crafts, featured free instructions for the Leaves and Berries Spray on their blog last Friday. The samples show the spray with crocheted berries, like the one above, and with button berries.

Zwiebelmuster inspires Crochet Design

I’ve always loved my mom’s blue and white Zwiebelmuster (onion pattern) china. It seemed natural to study and sketch the flowers of this popular design when researching ideas for Crochet Garden.

Zwiebelmuster inspires Crochet Design

A small border element (the pink arrow is pointing to it) on this Zwiebelmuster tray led to the Leaves and Berries Spray. You never know what small detail can inspire! Here’s a close-up so you can see it better.

The ideas for the Curlicue Sprays and Leafy Spray in Crochet Garden came from this china, too.

Crocheted Trillium and Violet Leaf Scarf

A Scarf Project

The Trillium Scarf, worked in Dale of Norway Yarns, is a colorful example of flower cloth. You’ll need Crochet Garden for the Trillium and Violet Leaf patterns. Instructions and step-by-step photos for putting together the Trillium Scarf at the Lark Crafts blog.

See You at TNNA!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Flower Cloth Scarf with Trilliums and Violet Leaves from Crochet Garden

Yarn shop owners, yarn manufacturers, and needlework professionals are getting pretty excited about The National Needlework Association Summer Trade Show, this coming weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

Dale of Norway Yarns is hosting a book-signing for Crochet Garden, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. We’ll have a limited number of books to give away. And you can see this pretty Trillium Flower Cloth Scarf up close and personal.

Hope to see you there!

Very First Video!

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

from Suzann's first YouTube video

Wow! Who would have guessed that posting a video on YouTube could be so exciting? Well, it is! And I hope this will be the first of many.

“Suzann Thompson, Crochet Author” tells the story of how a regular kid grows up to be a crafty author. It’s really a movie-ized audio slide show, but it’s a start! I hope you’ll watch.

Here’s a slide from the show. Can you read it? It says “Thank You, Readers.” This means you.

Crochet Garden at TNNA, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

TNNA Summer NeedleArts Trade Show

Imagine a market where yarn shop owners go to buy stock for their stores. It’s like the best dream ever! That’s what’s in store at The National Needlework Association Summer NeedleArts Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio, June 23-25, 2012.

The show is open to TNNA members, like yarn and needlework shop owners, manufacturers, publishers, designers, and teachers. In other words, people in the business of yarn- and needle-crafting.

Dale of Norway Yarns

I’m going to be there, signing copies of Crochet Garden at the Dale of Norway Yarns booth (booth numbers 510 and 512). I am so excited!

Kathryn, a knitting guild friend from way back in our Austin days, introduced me to Dale of Norway Yarns years ago. I fell in love with the deliciously bright colors of Heilo and Baby Ull. As a color-lover, I was impressed that a person could buy yarn in so many different qualities of one color. The patterns were gorgeous, too. The knitted baby clothes were just darling.

The bright colors of Dale of Norway Falk were perfect for these Trilliums (pages 126-127 of Crochet Garden).

Crocheted Trillium from Crochet Garden

The Summer NeedleArts Trade Show is for TNNA members, but if you can’t go as a member of TNNA, please encourage your local yarn shop owners to drop by and say hello.

If you are a needlearts professional, and you haven’t joined TNNA, please visit the TNNA website for more information about this helpful organization (click on the TNNA Summer Show Logo above—it’s a link).

Mexican Hat Crochet Along and Tutorial

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Mexican Hat flowers, real and crocheted

The roadsides around our house are abloom with Mexican Hats, so it seems a good time to do a Mexican Hat Crochet Along!

Instructions for the Mexican Hat are on pages 24-26 of Crochet Garden. You choose whether to make one or two rounds of petals.

For these step-by-step photos, I made the double flower with Aunt Lydia’s No. 10 Crochet Cotton.

Crocheted Mexican Hat Step-by-Step

Both flowers start with the tall center, a tube of single crochet worked round and round through Rnd 7. Be sure that you’re inserting your hook from the outside of the tube.

In Rnd 8, you make ch-3 loops around and then stuff the tube. Now it looks like Photo 1.

Crocheted Mexican Hat Step-by-Step

You close off the tube with Rnd 9, cut threads, and weave them in.

Rnd 10 starts the first round of petals in the ch-3 loops you made in Rnd 8. In Photo 2, you can see burgundy centers of four petals created in Rnd 10, along with the first part of Rnd 11 (yellow thread).

To give the petals their characteristic shape, their edges are pinched together with stitches. Rnd 12 pinches each petal and it creates ch-3 lps as the foundation for the next round of petals. You are still working in the same direction, but you have to look on the underside of the flower to insert the hook.

Crocheted Mexican Hat Step-by-Step

Photo 3 shows a completed Rnd 12 from the underside of the flower. Each petal has a sl st at one side of its base, a ch 1, then another sl st on the other side of its base. This is what pinches the petal into shape. Between the petals you’ll see the ch-3 lp that forms the base for the next round of petals.

Since I was going to use the burgundy and yellow threads again for the second round of petals, I fastened them off but I didn’t cut them.

Crocheted Mexican Hat Step-by-Step

In Photo 4 you can see the first petal of Rnd 13 peeking from between two petals.

Crocheted Mexican Hat Step-by-Step

When Rnd 13 is done, the underside looks like Photo 5. Then another rnd of yellow (Rnd 14) completes the petals.

Crocheted Mexican Hat Step-by-Step

In the sepal round (Rnd 12 of the single flower, Rnd 15 of the double flower), you are once again pinching the petals together and at the same time, you’re crocheting the green sepals, as in Photo 6. The sepals are little green spikes that curl out from between the petals.

Crocheted Mexican Hat Step-by-Step

How is Crochet Garden Different from Crochet Bouquet?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The Tole Tulip from Crochet Garden

Beth, a friend from Ravelry, sent me this message, and it was a great opportunity to get on my soapbox. Thank you, Beth! The soapbox is one of my favorite places!

Was wondering – about your Crochet Garden book, are there lots of new patterns in your new book, please? How would you describe the book in relation to its predecessor?

All the very best


Hi Beth!

Crochet Garden has all new flower patterns. I’d say it is very focused on its four themes:

      Botanical Garden (realistic flowers)
      International Garden (flowers with a tie to various countries around the world)
      Inspired Garden (flowers interpreted from decorative arts like embroidery, weaving, chinaware)
      Fun and Fantastic Garden (imagine “Candy Cornflower,” “Imp Flower,” and “Frost Flower”)

It also has a few leaves, a peacock, a butterfly with variations.

Crochet Garden reintroduces a vintage crochet stitch, the Russian Spoke Stitch. The Tole Tulip (shown above) and the Twirl Center Rose are noteworthy for their unusual and cool construction.

Thanks for asking!


European Rose Featured at Lion Brand

Friday, May 4th, 2012

European Rose from Crochet Garden

Lion Brand Yarn Company provides the pattern for our May 2012 Crochet Along! The European Rose from Crochet Garden is featured at Lion Brand’s website, with free instructions, step-by-step photos, and some hints for easier crocheting.

The white Yorkshire Rose was my original inspiration for this flower, but by changing the petal colors, you can also make a Lancashire Rose (all red petals) or a Tudor Rose (white petals inside, red petals outside). When my mom saw this design, she said, “Oh, it’s a Martin Luther’s Rose!”

Then I saw it in a book, under the name “Alchemical Rose.”

It’s a rose by many other names.

Russian Picot Daisy Tutorial

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Russian Picot Daisy from Crochet Garden

Alternating treble crochet and single crochet gives the Russian Picot Daisy’s center its bumpy surface. (Find the Russian Picot Daisy on pages 76-77 of Crochet Garden.) Crocheting a trc immediately after a sc can be a little awkward, but you’ll soon get used to it.

Russian Picot Daisy center

Try to bend each trc toward the front of the work as you begin the next sc. If some trcs bend toward the back, just push them out toward the front with your finger. Photo 1 shows the small version of the Russian Picot Daisy, Rounds 1 through 4.

The petal round is where the fun begins. First we make the vintage Russian Spoke Stitch that I talked about in the previous post. Then we turn it into a picot or shell-shaped petal.

Russian Picot Daisy from Crochet Garden

It’s been over a year since I designed this flower for Crochet Garden. Since then I figured out a way to make the stitch a little easier. After you ch 7, insert a safety pin into the last ch st, which is on your hook (see Photo 2). You’ll come back to this later.

Russian Picot Daisy from Crochet Garden

Working along the chain, * insert your hook underneath the chain, yarn over, and pull up a loop as in Photo 3.

Russian Picot Daisy from Crochet Garden

Yarn over again and pull the yarn through one loop only, as you see in Photo 4. * For this particular flower, repeat between the *s 13 more times.

Russian Picot Daisy from Crochet Garden

In Photo 5, you see the last loop of the ch 7 with the safety pin in it, and a total of 14 loops from between the *s. Now sl st into the next st of the round below (16 loops on your hook).

Russian Picot Daisy from Crochet Garden

Yarn over and draw the loop through all 16 loops on the hook. When you’re done, it will look like the tall double-bullion-like stitch in Photo 6. With your hook still in the loop, pull the yarn in the direction of the arrow you see in the photo. Pull until the tall stitch bends over double, creating a plump picot.

Russian Picot Daisy from Crochet Garden

Secure the new picot with a sl st in the next st of the round below. Sl st into the next st, then pull the yarn loop out as in Photo 7. Take your hook from the enlarged loop.

Insert the hook into the loop with the safety pin in it. Remove the safety pin.

Insert the hook into the enlarged loop and tighten the loop around the hook. Draw this loop through the loop that once had the safety pin in it.

You just finished a Russian Picot! To begin the next picot, sl st into the next st of the round below, and chain again.

For this sample, I used Lion Brand Lion Collection Cotton Bamboo yarn in colors Gardenia (yellow), Magnolia (off white), and Cherry Blossom. I love that yarn!