Meet the Designer – Elisabeth Davis de Herraiz

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.

Spring Star Flowers Shawl
Crochet World Special Issue
Spring 2017
Marvelous Crochet Motifs

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.

Berrylicious Cowl
Crochet! Special Issue
Fall 2017
Crochet Winter Warmers

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.”

Eyelet Shawl
Crochet World
December 2017

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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Sneak Peek! December 2017

Get an early start on your holiday decorating and gift making! The digital issue of Crochet World is now ready to purchase here and the magazine will soon be available at your favorite craft store.

This issue is packed with projects perfect for the holiday season! Make a festive display with this Snowman Family featured on the cover! All decked out in their Christmas finery, they would be so cute on your mantel or as a centerpiece on the table during special meals with family and friends.

 

Snuggle up with the Holiday Snow Afghan in traditional Christmassy red, green and white! Delicate snowflakes are surrounded by garlands of green and finally joined together with a festive red border. Perfect for gift-giving, don’t forget to make one for yourself too!

 

Add a fun touch to your table and create a set of these Frosty Friends Place Mats for your home! Or make a set for someone special on your gift list.

 

If you love working with thread, you’ll want to make this stunning Winter Cheer Centerpiece.

 

Do you have a special friend who loves to bake? Crochet this adorable mouse to keep her company in the kitchen! Even the name is cute — A Creature Was Stirring!

 

Need a fast gift idea for everyone on your list? Crochet up a bunch of these quick and easy Tunisian Origami Slippers made in bulky yarn. Sized to fit everyone in the family, and guaranteed to keep their feet toasty and warm.

 

Or make the Chunky Chain Button Scarf & Hat set for all the ladies on your list. A quick and easy project that is sure to appeal to all ages!

The December issue has 24 must-make projects for gift-giving and holiday decorating! Order your copy here! Or purchase it at your favorite craft or book store or Walmart after Oct. 31.

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Meet the Designer – Darla J. Fanton

The October issue of Crochet World features Darla J. Fanton in the Designer Spotlight. With a long list of accomplishments to her credit and hundreds of published designs, Darla is one of the most versatile designers I know. From afghans to fashion accessories, to home decor, Darla’s designs are timeless, classic and always offer a new twist on the traditional, and a chance to learn something new!

Darla loves coming up with new approaches for Tunisian crochet and continues to bring us great projects including the Isabella Infinity Scarf featured in the October issue. This clever scarf “breaks the rules” by turning your work at the end of the row creating an interesting reversible cowl. The pattern includes a tutorial article explaining Darla’s new technique.

Darla shares her journey from her lifelong love of crafting to becoming a designer with us here. Darla says, “I have loved needlework for as long as I can remember. I spent my childhood piecing quilts, embroidering stamped pillowcases and sewing doll clothes. I first learned to crochet in 1969 and thoroughly enjoyed it. In the 1970s counted cross stitch, followed quickly by plastic canvas needlepoint, hit the marketplace, tempting me away from my crochet hooks.

I enjoyed both of these new pastimes. My only frustration was that there were not many patterns available. So I began designing both cross stitch and plastic canvas needlepoint. In 1984 when I sold the very first design I submitted to a magazine, I was encouraged to continue designing. Although my main focus at that time was cross stitch and plastic canvas, I would occasionally design a knit or crochet project and had success selling those as well.

Everything changed in 1999 when my sister asked me to design a throw using a double-ended crochet hook. I fell in love with the technique. My experimentation with the double-ended hook resulted in the release of a number of booklets of Crochet on the Double™ and requests from editors for more designs. Crochet (with an occasional knit design) has been the focus of my career since that time.

In 2001, when Annie’s asked me to teach Crochet on the Double at a conference they were sponsoring I discovered a new passion—teaching! I love sharing my knowledge of crochet with fellow fiber fanatics! My days are spent designing for yarn companies and magazines, developing new crochet classes and teaching at Regional and National Conferences or at my LYS (local yarn store) Knitting Bee, in Portland, Oregon. I love experimenting with different crochet techniques, from broomstick lace to Tunisian crochet, and seeing what new spin I can put on these old favorites. I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

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Annie’s Signature Designs Announces the Autumn Glow Collection

Annie’s new fall Lookbook collection, Autumn Glow debuts today! An exclusive pattern collection of 30-plus enthralling knit and crochet designs, presented in two stunning e-zine format Lookbooks can be viewed here.

Lead designer Lena Skvagerson draws inspiration from her Scandinavian roots and 25-plus years of experience in the European yarn markets. With an intuitive sense of color, stitch pattern and on-trend design, she collaborated with a group of like-minded designers to create the Autumn Glow pattern collection.

“Through my own experience, I gather inspiration from all that I see around me. I can see how a collection of pieces can fit into a woman’s wardrobe that’s not fussy or complicated, but rather clean and minimal. The designs I envision are timeless, just like my own sense of style,” says Skvagerson.

The selection of designs include ponchos, scarves, hats, sweaters, cardigans, cowls and accessories that are practical and timeless.

Visit www.AnniesSignatureDesigns.com to view the entire collection and purchase individual patterns.

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Score Points with Your Crocheter!

People who live with crocheters often don’t know a lot about our love of crochet. Print this list and leave it in a conspicuous spot, or better yet, make a copy and just hand it to them and share some ways they can earn points!

Conversation:

  • Ask what project she’s working on. (+1 point)
  • Talk about what special yarn she’ll need. (+5 points)
  • Ask her “What are you knitting now?” (-20 points)

Offer Help

  • When she runs out of yarn, offer to go buy more. (+1 point)
  • In a snowstorm. (+10 points)
  • But come back with snacks for the football game! (-25 points)

Household Chores

  • Organize her yarn closet. (+5 points)
  • By color. (+ 10 points)
  • Ask her which skeins you should throw out. (-15 points)

Shopping

  • Push the cart for her in the store. (+1 point)
  • Point out the sales on yarn. (+10 points)
  • Help her reach the skeins on the upper shelves. (+10 points)
  • Offer to pay for the yarn. (+25 points)
  • Ask, “Now can we go to the hardware store?” (-10 points)

Entertainment

  • Watch craft shows with her. (+1 point)
  • Change to ESPN during commercials. (-10 points)
  • Record any shows relating to crochet. (+10 points)
  • Over your wedding video! (-25 points)

Home Decorating

  • Notice when she makes a new crocheted blanket. (+5 points)
  • Mention it doesn’t match the living room décor! (-10 points)
  • So you hide it under the cushions. (-25 points)

Communication

  • When she asks for advice, you look interested. (+1 point)
  • You listen for over 30 minutes. (+10 points)
  • You listen for more than 30 minutes without looking at the TV! (+100 points)
  • She realizes this is because you fell asleep. (-50 points)

Adapted from an article by Cindy Long, Crochet! magazine, November 2008

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