Elisabeth Davis de Herraiz, our featured Designer Spotlight in the December issue loves to craft. As Elisabeth says on her blog, “I like to knit, sew, make jewelry and quilt, but my real passion is crochet. I always say a day without crochet isn’t a full day!”
Elisabeth has over 50 designs to her credit, many of which have been featured in Crochet World, and Crochet! magazines.
Elisabeth says, “I learned to crochet in 2007 after buying a crochet magazine which included a hook and a small amount of yarn in a London airport. Once I got home after my trip, I used the magazine to learn how to make chain stitches and single crochet and never looked back! I started designing patterns a couple of years later when I wanted to make special items and couldn’t find patterns for what I had in mind.
My favorite projects are shawls—I love how versatile they are. You can make them in all different types of yarn and they are great accessories all year round, from light lace-weight shawlettes in summer to heavy, wool yarn wraps in winter. Crochet lace is my passion and so, as well as lacy shawls, I love making lacy doilies.”
Elisabeth’s design featured in the December 2017 issue of Crochet World is a great first-time Tunisian project. Elisabeth shares some helpful tips as you make her pretty Eyelet Shawl, “Use a stitch marker to mark the center stitch. Tunisian crochet stitches are a bit more difficult to read than regular crochet so stitch markers can be a real help. If you’re nervous, you can also mark the first and last stitches until you get used to where the increases are placed. Count your stitches every few rows to make sure you haven’t lost (or picked up!) any stitches along the way. Once you’ve finished the shawl, take the time to block it. Blocking can seem tedious, but it really opens up the stitches and helps the shawl to lie perfectly flat.”
You can purchase the December issue here. Or pick up your copy in your favorite craft store or Walmart beginning October 31.
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