The World’s Biggest Stocking!

Caron Yarn is doing a fabulous giving initiative. Their goal is to create the World’s Largest Stocking. It will be made of 3′ x 3′ sized blankets donated by crafters!

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Here’s what you do:

Get your yarn –  you can use any worsted weight yarn but consider using Caron United Yarn as $.15 of each skein sold will go to Children of Fallen Patriots, a charity which provides college scholarships and long-term educational counseling to children of fallen patriots.

Make a 36″ x 36″ blanket. It can be crocheted or knitted from your own pattern or one of the free crochet or knit patterns available here.

Mail in your blanket to: Caron United – World’s Biggest Stocking Project, 1481 West 2nd Street, Washington, NC 27889-4157

Their team will sew the donated blankets together to create the stocking.

The Guinness Book of World’s records will determine if they reached their goal!

Then, the stocking will be dis-assembled and the individual blankets donated to people in need!

You can also read about the program on the Caron website here.

Other interesting links:

About Children of Fallen Patriots & Caron United yarn: http://blog.yarnspirations.com/about-fallen-patriots-2/

Share your square picture gallery: http://blog.yarnspirations.com/share-your-square/

Patterns: http://blog.yarnspirations.com/blanket-square-patterns/

World’s Biggest Stocking information page: http://www.yarnspirations.com/worlds-biggest-stocking/

FAQ: http://blog.yarnspirations.com/worlds-biggest-stocking-faq/

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Annie’s Craft Festival! Sign Up Now!

This is an event you won’t want to miss! It’s time to sign-up for Annie’s Craft Festival to be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, October 30 – November 1.

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This all-craft event will feature a special evening with #1 NY Times best-selling author, Debbie Macomber! You’ll also enjoy a Craft and Cocktail Halloween Party, complete with a costume contest, photo booth and lots of fun “make it, take it” crafts.

Choose from over 100 classes covering crochet, knitting, quilting, sewing, stitching, beading and more. You’ll be inspired by our expert teachers as you go deeper in your favorite craft or branch out and explore a craft you’ve always wanted to lean more about!

Round out the weekend by attending the Marketplace showcasing supplies and kits for every craft. You’ll also find more “make it, take it” projects tempting you to try your hand at something new. Or stop by the Stitch Doctor and get the help you need to finish that project that has been causing you problems. Raffles and give-aways will happen each day, so stop back often!

Stop by the Crochet World booth and introduce yourself. We love seeing what you are crocheting, so bring one of your favorite projects that you’ve made from Crochet World to show off. The editors of all your favorite craft magazines, including Crochet!, Quilter’s World, Just CrossStitch, Creative Knitting and CardMaker will be at the festival too!

Sign up now to make sure you get the class you want!

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Day!

I  scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! July 19 is National Ice Cream Day, giving us another chance to indulge in one of our favorite summertime treats! And we love our ice cream, with the average American consumption at 48 pints a year, and vanilla still the all-time #1 flavor!

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In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, we are sharing a fun crochet pattern with you. Wouldn’t this make a cute take-home favor at your next BBQ, picnic or children’s birthday party? It would also make a cute applique for a variety of items such as t-shirts, bags, pillows and more!

Ice Cream Cone Coaster

Design by Sue Childress

SKILL LEVEL

Easy

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

5-1/2 inches long x 3-1/2 inches wide

MATERIALS

Size 10 crochet cotton: 50 yds beige, 10 yds red, 50 yds pink

Size 4/2.00mm steel crochet hook of size needed to obtain gauge

Tapestry needle

GAUGE  

7 dc = 1 inch; 3 dc rows = 1 inch.

PATTERN NOTES

Join with slip stitch unless otherwise indicated.

Beginning ch-3 of row or round counts as first double crochet unless otherwise indicated.

SPECIAL STITCH

Double crochet decrease (dc dec): (Yo, insert hook, yo, draw lp through, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook) in each of the sts indicated, yo, draw through all lps on hook.

COASTER

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Rnd 1: With pink, ch 5, join (see Pattern Notes) in first ch to form ring, ch 3 (see Pattern Notes), 17 dc in ring, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Row 2: Now working in rows, ch 3, 2 dc in each of next 12 sts, dc in next st, leaving rem sts unworked. (26 dc)

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next st, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts] across, turn. (34 dc)

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts] across to last 3 sts, dc in each of last 3 sts, turn. (41 dc)

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts] across to last 3 sts, dc in each of last 3 sts, turn. (48 dc)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sk first st, [sc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk next 2 sts] 7 times, sc in next st, sk next st, 2 dc in next st leaving ch-3 unworked, ch 8, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each rem ch across (drip made), working across ends of rows, (sl st, sc) in next row, 2 sc in each of next 3 rows, ch 12, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each rem ch across (drip made), 2 sc in next row, sc in each of next 5 rows, 2 sc in each of next 2 rows, ch 8, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each rem ch across (drip made), 2 sc in end of each row across, join in first sc. Fasten off.

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With red, ch 3, 14 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off. Sew to top of Ice Cream as shown.

Cone

Row 1: With beige, ch 25, dc in 4th ch from hook and in each rem ch across, turn. (23 dc)

Rows 2-10: Ch 3, dc dec (see Special Stitch) in next 2 sts, dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc dec in next 2 sts, dc in last st, turn. (5 dc at end of Row 10)

Row 11: Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 sts, sk last st, do not turn.

Rnd 12: Working around outer edge, ch 3, dc in each of next 3 sts, sk next st, 2 sc in end of last row, 2 sc in end of each row across; working in beg ch on opposite side of row 1, sc in each ch across, 2 sc in end of each row across, sc in each of last 3 sts, join in next sc. Fasten off.

Sew Ice Cream to top of Cone as shown.

TIP: Use size 20 or size 30 crochet cotton and a smaller size hook to down-size the project to wear as a pin.

Enjoy!

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Crocheting in the Emerald Isle

When you see Irish crochet do you think of the beautiful lush green hills of Ireland? Have you ever wanted to visit Ireland and explore the unique beauty of the land and culture?

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We hope you will join us for Annie’s first crochet tour to the Emerald Isle, June 24-July 3, 2016.

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What better way to travel than with other crocheters to enjoy all the wonderful sights and sounds of Ireland, including the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney Castle, and Kylemoor Abbey and Gardens. There will be time for sightseeing on your own as well as a visit to a farm to see sheep-shearing, learn about wool production, and make delicious Irish scones. We’ll even learn traditional Irish crochet from a local teacher!

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To make the experience extra special, Annie’s guest instructor, award-winning crochet designer Jennifer Ryan, whose unique Celtic crochet designs are inspired by Ireland, will share many of her beautiful designs and teach classes throughout our the trip.

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Jennifer Ryan
Guest Instructor

Jennifer says: “I have always loved Ireland since my first (and only) trip there when I was a teenager. Our family is filled with Irish heritage and our hearts are filled with a love of everything Irish – the music, dance, artwork, food, countryside, accent and fun-loving people. I am very excited to have this opportunity to visit Ireland and enjoy this incredible experience with others who also love to crochet. It will be wonderful to be in the land that inspires many of my crochet projects.

Jennifer's Roses & Shamrock Necklace from February 2015, Crochet World

Jennifer’s Roses & Shamrock Necklace from February 2015, Crochet World

I plan to teach three fun Celtic Knot crochet workshops using simple stitches and basic knot weaving techniques to create unique projects that can be finished while on the trip and worn while we are touring! I will have many of my Celtic Knot Crochet designs on display to inspire and instruct as well. The classes will be for anyone who knows how to chain and single crochet, with several handouts and tips for turning a beautiful Celtic knot into wearable (or giftable) art, such as jewelry, bags or garments. All projects will also have various levels built into them for the different skill levels each crocheter brings to a class.   We will take inspiration directly from the sights we see together in Ireland and explore how they can become part of our creations.”

We hope you will join us for 10 incredible days touring Ireland with your crochet hooks in hand!

Go here to sign up for the trip!

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Meet Crochet Designer, Kenneth Cormier

I would like to introduce you to Kenneth Cormier, whose beautiful designs have been featured in many issues of Crochet World.

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Kenneth’s Little Bits Mug Rugs are on the cover of the August 2015 issue, along with two more of his designs featured in this issue.

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We love Kenneth’s clever use of a recycled denim pocket which finds new life as part of a place mat. This along with several other fun projects are featured in the Reinvent & Recycle section of the August issue,  suggesting creative ways to reuse items we might typically throw away.

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In this issue we also Celebrate Friends, with small projects that make perfect gifts, including Kenneth’s Pretty Blossoms Eyewear Case.

We love Kenneth’s playful design style and appreciate his craftsmanship. You are sure to see more of Kenneth’s designs in upcoming issues!

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Here is Kenneth’s story in his own words, “I grew up, and still live, in Jennings, LA.  It’s a small town, but rich in Cajun culture and tradition.  I learned to speak Cajun French as well as English.

When I was around 10 years of age, someone gave my mom a beautiful 3-piece doily set.  I was in awe of the design, the shape, and uniqueness of each delicate pattern.  A few months later, someone gave me a #7 steel hook and kite string.  I twisted, ripped and knotted that string to death.  But, I learned, and to this day, I still have that steel hook.

As I got older, I began sketching, painting and dabbling in other arts.  I would come back to crochet a few months after graduating from high school.

Crochet is my passion.  I love the excitement of a new design and the feel of the yarn as I work on an afghan or something as small as a baby bootie.  There are always new yarns, new ideas that keep me moving to the next level.

My absolute favorite yarn to crochet with is cotton.  I love the naturalness, the softness, and how it maintains its shape.

My first published design was in 1992, and was not a crochet project, but a soap cover in plastic canvas.  Later, I submitted crochet and cross-stitch designs that were published.  I will always be grateful to Annie’s for giving me the initiative and confidence that I most desperately needed.

My inspirations come from every aspect of my environment; flea markets, outdoors, visualization, and imagination.

I would love to teach crochet, but it needs to be taught the correct way which makes it so much easier to learn and master the beautiful art of crochet.

I was a hairstylist for 28 years.  In 1996, I went into the field of nursing and retired about a year ago.  I was inspired by beautiful afghans that were made for many, many residents of nursing homes.  What a blessing it was for those who took time to think about the elderly and create something that might bring a smile or brighten their day.

Over the years, I have enjoyed photography and playing the piano.  But by far, my biggest enjoyment is crocheting.  I plan on widening my circle, designing, reaching out to others, never letting this beautiful art die when there is so much life and love to be gained from just a hook and yarn.”

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