7.29.2015

Crochet Post Stitches in Lace

Crochet Post Stitches in Lace: Create texture, drape, and structure in your garments

Has creep ruined a lace masterpiece you worked tirelessly on to stretch it beyond control?  Then come join me and learn tricks to transform your crochet lace and create gorgeous texture using post stitches. I will guide you through the stitches you need to know to create the most beautiful crochet lace while secretly being our suspenders and keeping our fabric from growing over time.

Post stitches are not only visually intriguing but they give the garment a unique structural integrity. I truly try to take extra care to go slowly and make sure the diagrams and stitches are very easy to understand. Start crocheting lace garments that will keep their shape! 

Interested in more of my classes?  I now have quite a few to choose from over at Interweave.com and Annie's.com.  I hope to crochet along with you soon!


Learn Crochet Cables Class

Now that I am slowly digging myself out of my book induced hole, I realized there are a few mini classes I forgot to mention are now available over at Interweave.com and CraftDaily.com.  Hope you enjoy them all!

New Class!  Learn to Crochet Cables: 3 Techniques for Cables Stitches

Have you always wanted to create beautiful, textured cables in crochet, similar to the designs you’ve seen in knitting? This is the perfect video tutorial for you. I will guide you through the stitches you need to know to create the most beautiful crochet cables for any type of fabric.  Even if you think you know everything about crochet cables, I just may surprise you with a new technique or two.

We will learn three different types of crochet cable techniques using post stitches, chain stitch embroidery, and short rows. Each technique is perfect for different types of projects and the drape you may need.  Plus they are all really much easier than you think. Then,  you can practice what you’ve learned on the three included crochet cable pillow patterns! In the video tutorial, I really try to go slowly and make sure the diagrams and techniques are very easy to understand. Happy crochet cabling!



 

Greendale Motif Shawl

Greendale Motif Shawl

This lovely shawl is made from captivating motifs that are stunning in any colorway. Color plays an amazing role in this lace shawl.  Solid colors make the flowers in the motif pop out, while strong variegation lets the color be the standout. Shawl is lightweight enough to wear as a scarf, caplet, or wrap. Pattern has both written directions and entire set of stitch diagrams.  Photography by Katy Porter of Love Struck Photography.



Yarn:
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (CYCA #2), 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, 430 yds/ 100g:   
Lady Viola, 2 hanks



Hook:
F/5 (3.75mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge



Notions:
Yarn Needle, Gentle Wool Wash and Rust-Proof Pins



Stitches Used:
ch Chain 
sl st Slip Stitch 
sc Single Crochet 
hdc Half Double Crochet 
dc Double Crochet 
tr Treble Crochet 
tch Turning Chain 
ch-sp Chain Space



Gauge:
Motif = 5 1/4” (13.5 cm) by 
5 1/4” (13.5 cm)



Finished Size:
Shawl is 58” (147.5 cm) in width and 34.5” (87.5 cm) in length



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7.22.2015

Wire Crochet Jewelry Class

This past Sunday, we had our first Wire Crochet Jewelry Class at Staghorn Garden Cafe in Greenfield, Pittsburgh, PA.

I think I can safely say, Fun was had by all!  Even better, I think we have some new crocheters in our midst.   Staghorn is a great spot for these laid back classes.  We get a treat, relax, and have a great time chatting and crocheting.  I am working on new classes, if you have any suggestions for easy fun topics I am all ears!




7.14.2015

Knit and Crochet Now! Season 7

This past weekend was filled once again with big bursts of laughter and tons of crocheting.





We just finished filming the next season of Knit and Crochet Now.  There will be a few new faces, but the same great knitting and crochet we all love.  You will notice a change on the set with a bit of new furniture and color, but I am sure you will love everything.












This season we welcome Deborah Norville as our host.  She is very knowledgeable about both knitting and crochet.   I know you will love that she gets just as super excited as we do about new stitches and techniques.  And when she shows you her swatches, those are really her swatches.  She got just as inspired as we all do and had to test a few out.  We all were a bit nervous to meet and work with her, even though we have been filming this show for 9 years (I had to look it up!).  I don't know about everyone, but its my summer camp and I just fake it for a few days each year.  Working with Deborah was just wonderful, she makes you feel so comfortable.  You will see, and will love how knitting and crochet touches all of us.



We also welcome Rohn Strong into the experts.  He will be highlighting knitting, crochet, and Tunisian crochet.  He is very warm and friendly and I think you will like his teaching style.  He and I kept each other laughing all weekend long.  In this picture, Lena says "Be funny" then snaps us.  We couldn't be on set at the same time, because we kept each other giggling.







KCN Selfie on Set
Lena, Ellen, Kristin and I are back to round out the experts.  We are showing a large number of new projects that Candi and Lena designed; as well as a few of our own.  The stitch of the week now will have Ellen, Lena, and Rohn all taking turns showing some fun stitches.  If you still don't know Lena, go check out her work.  She is truly amazing.  She is a chameleon designer that can do anything and everything.  Annie's snapped her up as their resident designer (very smart move), before Annie's she worked with Drops.  She is quite brilliant.  Kristin by now you know, but you must check out the video of her farm on her website.  Truly inspiring.  And of course, Ellen, my Cincinnati buddy.  She and I started working around the same time; and when we lived in Cincinnati I loved that I had her so close by.  She is the nicest most caring person I have ever worked with.  She is happy to help, lend a hand, lend a tissue, or lend an ear.  This picture is so her, of course she is exhausted from traveling, but happy to jump in and block anything.












Backstage and in Make-up we got up to our usual hijinks.  More then one Saturday Night Live Skit was created.



Amanie was our fearless make-up artist again.  She transformed us all into beauties.  She is so amazing.  She always has a new tip for me.  If you look at the group selfie of us (were I did my makeup myself) and the selfie with Amanie; it is night and day.  It's like she has fairy dust and just can poof, transform me from exhausted mommy.














This year we had Voula join us in the dressing room too.  She is an expert hair stylist.  At one point, she looked at me and said very nicely- do you mind if I cut your hair?  No, of course not.  When you have an expert stylist offer to cut your hair you take her up on it.  How often is that going to happen to me?  So if you look closely during the season, my hair will magically shorten 3".



I can honestly say, I never looked better.  Granted it takes a village to make me look presentable; but I will take it.  If you are in need of amazing stylists, LOOK them up.  They are awesome!










KCN Sandi and Kristin Backstage
Backstage we had the lovely Sandi Rosner helping us by running through all the projects and pointing out techniques or other tidbits we could share.  It is always nice to be able to talk with another expert before you film and hear what they think is interesting.



Best is the crew.  We were back at Detroit Public Television with their wonderful staff, crew, and director.  Speaking of Alex, our director, you have to take a look at his pictures from the week too.  It is amazing looking at the show from his eyes.






All in all it was a great week of filming, catching up, and learning new things.  You can see all my photos of the trip at my Flickr Album.  The new season should start airing in January, I will let you know when it does!



5.15.2015

Crafter-noon: Come Make Jewelry with Me!

 What are you doing July 19?  

How about joining me in crafting the afternoon away making some crochet wire jewelry.  No crochet or jewelry skilled needed!  I will teach you everything you need to make your own fantastic pieces. Bring a friend and we will have a blast crafting, chatting, and enjoying Greenfield's most charming cafe.  Between you and me, I will let you know that it is very hard to pass up Staghorn's great selection of scones, soups, quiche, and coffee; as well as their amazing garden and organic themed gifts.  So best to come hungry and ready to have a great afternoon with friends!

Details....

CRAFTER-NOON:  Crochet Wire Jewelry

Come join local crochet designer, Robyn Chachula (that's me!), in making wire bead crochet jewelry.  No crochet or jewelry skills required.  I will guide you through everything you need to know from basic crochet chain stitch to the simple jewelry techniques to make your very own unique jewelry.  If you have a passion for crafting, come spend the afternoon playing with beads and wire with us.  Just be warned, crochet wire jewelry can be very addicting best to bring a friend to share in the fun!

Date:  July 19th , 4-6pm

Location: Staghorn Home and Garden Café, Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh

Cost: 25$

You can purchase tickets over at Eventbrite.

Supplies:  Bring 28 gauge wire, clasp, and an assortment of beads; or buy a kit from Robyn for 15$ at the class.


Keep up to date, and invite friends at Staghorn's facebook page.

Hope to see you there!

Let's Crochet A Garden Together June 7th!

 Are you busy June 7th?

Come crochet with me!  Taking inspiration from Staghorn Cafe's lovely plants and decor, we will crochet the afternoon away making our own beautiful garden while enjoying all of the cafe's treats.  I hope you can join me!

CRAFTERNOON:  Crochet Flowers

Looking to add a bit of spring to your projects, then come join local crochet designer, Robyn Chachula (that's me!), in making some fresh crochet flowers.  In this advanced beginner class, you will learn 5 different crochet flowers.  Each flower starts in the center and works its way out; but that's where the similarities end.  Each flower walks you through a different technique to make great flowers.  We talk about front/ back/ and middle loops; we play with short rows, and how to make easy color changes.  Along the way, we talk about the many ways you can use flowers; in jewelry, as hair pins, as embellishments, in sweaters, and even in blankets.  By the end of class you should be on your way to crocheting an entire garden of colorful vibrant blossoms.

Date:  June 7th , 4-6 pm

Location: Staghorn Home and Garden Café, Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh

Cost: 25$
Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Supplies:  Bring 4-5 balls of different colored yarn and matching hook; or buy kit from Robyn for 15$ at class.


Homework:  Practice crocheting single crochet, double crochet, chain, and slip stitches before class. 

Keep up to date and invite your friends at Staghorn Cafe's facebook page.


4.21.2015

Solomon's Knot Lace Class



While away this week, my new mini class just released at Interweave. I am very excited to share it with you today!  Solomon's Knot Lace Class: Learn an Easy Technique for Crochet Lace


In Solomon’s Knot Lace Workshop I show you how easy it is to crochet a beautiful, vintage lace.  I give you tips to create uniform loops and crisp stitches.  Once we master the basic stitches we dive into adding crochet stitches within our work, both in the row and the join.  By mixing vintage Solomon's knots with classic crochet, the world of wondrous lace opens up to us.  We end class by playing with beads and how you can change the look of Solomon's Knot Lace by how you use beads.  This class is perfect if you have that one stunning skein of yarn in your stash that you really want to show off the fiber.  Solomon's Knots create beautiful stitches and truly highlight how stunning yarn in its essence is.

You can practice your new skills and make the Liberty Lace Cowl (pattern available here).

Hope you enjoy the Workshop, and I can't wait to see what beautiful lace you all crochet!


Basic Solomon's Knot
Mixing picots and simple rows.


Adding beads 3 different ways.
Using clusters as joins instead of single crochets

4.05.2015

Liberty Lace Cowl

Looking for a spring scarf that is light on warm days and snuggly on rainy days?  Liberty Lace is for you.  Soft and lovely, this cowl feels as light as a feather around your neck.  Wear it wrapped around your neck as a cowl or draped over your shoulders as a caplet, either way you will fall in love!  The cowl mixes Solomon’s knots with traditional crochet make for a striking lace fabric.  Even if you are a bit rusty on making Solomon's knots, you will be able to refresh and get moving in no time flat with this pattern.  You can purchase the pattern over at Interweave Store.com.  And if you have never tried Solomon's knots, keep an eye out for a new online class of mine over at Interweave that will go through all the nuts, bolts, lace and beads of the technique!

Yarn:

Anzula Luxury Fibers Oasis (CYCA #3), 70% Silk, 30% Camel, 375 yds/ 100g:
Temperance, 1 hank

Hook:  

G/7 (4.5mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Notions:

Yarn Needle, Spray Bottle and Rust-Proof Pins

Stitches Used:

ch     Chain
sl st   Slip Stitch
sc      Single Crochet
dc     Double Crochet

tr       Treble Crochet
tch    Turning Chain
ch-sp   Chain Space

Gauge:

4 msk by Rows 2-6 of pattern = 4” (10 cm) by 4.5” (11.5 cm)

Finished Size:

Cowl is 14” (35.5 cm) wide by 56” (142 cm) long


PATTERN AVAILABLE AT INTERWEAVE STORE.COM



3.20.2015

Crochet Booth at Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

Since we are so close to the festival. I can not wait to share with you all the lovelies we will have for sale.  Its a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Lots of things we just love and hope you do too.  You can find us in Booth #65-66 which is in the area in front of the doors to the main marketplace, nice and convenient to come chat crochet before you run to class.  We will have a big sign that says "CROCHET" so hopefully you won't be able to miss us!

Here are some of our goodies:




Bar Maids  We got Lo Lo To Go Bars, they are their smaller size of the big lotion bar.  Perfect to toss in your yarn bag.  I have one in mine and use it before I work all the time.  We also have TONS of their trial size for sale, so if you just want to try before buying a bar you can.  I also love those.  I have a bunch in my diaper bag for when I need it on the go.  Speaking of on the go, we also have Lo Lo Lips, so you can keep chatting not stop while at the festival.







SOAK  I love Soak.  And this year we have their small 3oz bottle for any hand washing or cold soak blocking.  Plus we have their Flatter spray which is perfect for ironing or spray blocking special projects.  And if you are not quite sure, we will have a ton of trial size for sale.  I use those in my suitcase for the oops when I am on the road.







Bamboo So Fine Yarn by Kristin Omdahl    My fellow designer and good friend is sending her amazing yarn for us too.  Finding bamboo is not an easy task, and with summer coming up, she has the perfect yarn to use.  Her yarn comes in 2 weights fine and sport, both are perfect for summer and spring crocheting.  As a bonus, you get a trial size of her Wrapture Wash to hand wash your creation once its done, plus a link to download a collection of projects for each yarn.






The Crochet Dude Hooks and Notions  If you don't know Drew yet, then you are in for a treat.  You are just going to LOVE spending time with him in Pittsburgh.  He is one of my favorite people and I couldn't me more thrilled to have him here in our city.  With him, he is bringing a collection of his Crochet Dude line of hooks and notions.  There is something for all in his collection.






The Crochet Dude Yarn Line  We are also lucky because he is bringing with him his collection of yarn.  You can get his yarn in shawl kits.  What a great bonus!  Great yarn plus a pattern to use!






Amelia and Wiggles Yarn Line  Rebecca and Karen are going to be manning the booth while Drew and I are off teaching.  As you know they are true experts on all crafts, so not only are they fantastic to talk to but they are bringing their yarn line as well.  I love their yarn and they will have even more for the show.  They will have kits of some of my patterns, but also brand new yummy yarn to try.




Crochet By Faye Patterns  As before, I will have my menu board of patterns.  All you want and more, all will be for sale at the show only for 4$.




Books, DVDs  I will also have all my books and DVDs available as well.  If you couldn't get into one of my classes, you might like to take a DVD of one of them in stead.




I can't wait to see you there.  It will be very exciting in the new location!


3.18.2015

Butler Street Cowl

Butler Street Cowl

Light and airy, this delicate motif cowl can bring a bit of beauty and warmth to even the coldest days of winter. Made with one hank of alpaca yarn, it makes a great gift for loved ones.  Kit will be  available at Amelia and Wiggles.  Photography by Katy Porter of Love Struck Photography.

Yarn: 
Highland Alpaca Tantallon Castle (CYCA #1), 100% Alpaca, 400 yds/ 100g:
Natural Med Brown (#100013), 1 hank

Hook:
D/3 (3.25mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge

Notions:
Yarn Needle, Spray Bottle and Rust-Proof Pins

Stitches Used:
ch      Chain
sl st   Slip Stitch
sc      Single Crochet
hdc    Half Double Crochet
dc      Double Crochet
tr       Treble Crochet
dtr      Double Treble Crochet
tch      Turning Chain
ch-sp   Chain Space

Gauge:
Motif = 3 5/8” (9 cm) by
3 5/8” (9 cm)

Finished Size:
50 ¾” (129 cm) in circumference and 7 ¼” (18.5 cm) in width

$4, PDF Download Only





Fine Print: To use the PDF, you will need appropriate software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. By purchasing this pattern, you are granted a limited license to download the pdf file to a single personal computer and to print out a hard copy of the pattern, solely for personal non-commercial use.