Holiday Fun: Dalhousie Snowflake

What truly is the difference between crochet snowflakes and crochet flowers?   Not a lot to be honest.  Both are made the same way starting in the center and working out, and both are usually either 6 or 8 petals/ points.  All are used as decoration, jewelry, embellishments.  I love them both, so naturally why not combine the two?

Today's snowflake is a hybrid of a three dimensional flower and a simple snowflake.  I like the idea of having some depth to the snowflake, especially if it is used as an ornament on a tree.  This snowflake I am using as a quick gift by hot gluing it onto a headband for a festive accessory.   Try mixing color on each round for some very colorful motif.  These would also make great pins or gift tags.  Best part is they take less then an hour to completely finish.

Dalhousie Snowflake

popcorn: 5 treble crochet into stitch indicated, remove hook, insert hook into the top of the first treble, place free loop on hook and pull through first treble.

Make an adjustable ring (or magic loop)
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, sl st to first sc, pull ring closed, do not turn.
Rnd 2: *Ch 3, popcorn in next sc, ch 3, sl st in next sc; rep from * around, fasten off. - 6 popcorn.
Rnd 3: Join yarn with sl st to top of popcorn, *ch 9, sl st in top of next popcorn; rep from * around, do not turn or fasten off. - 6 ch-9 sps.
Rnd 4: *Ch 4, (sc, ch 4, sc) in
ch-9 sp, ch 4, sl st in next sl st; rep from * around, fasten off and weave in ends.

note: Looking for some more drama in this snowflake?  Try making the popcorns with double treble crochets instead for even more popping texture.  Rather less dimension?  Then try substituting a 3 double crochet cluster for the popcorn.  I think you will find the experiment very fun either way you choose.

Are you in the need of other crochet patterns for gifts?  Then please check out my Crochet By Faye Patterns.  They are all on sale for 50% off for a limited time.  No coupon needed.


Learn Yarn Substitutions for Crochet Class

Learn Yarn Subs for Crochet my new Annie's Workshop.

Do you struggle with knowing how to substitute yarns in a crochet pattern when you can't find the exact same yarn listed? Yarn substitution can be confusing, but I am here to help you understand what you need to know to make the best choices for your next project. 

Come join me as I unlock the mystery of yarn substitution. Learn how to choose the best yarn for any project—garments, home decor items, bags and more. Discover how to decipher yarn labels to find the fiber content, yardage and weight, and discover which of these attributes is the most important. You'll see which yarns drape well, which are light and cool, and which are durable. And, you'll learn which versatile yarn has the same qualities as either wool or cotton!

In this video class you'll learn how to:
  • Recognize the 3 families of yarn: plant, animal and acrylic.
  • Know when to substitute between yarn families, and when not to.
  • Determine which yarns drape the best for garments.
  • Tell which yarns are more durable and long-lasting.
  • Select a yarn that showcases the stitch pattern.
  • Choose yarns to avoid wool allergies.
  • Work a beautiful lattice stitch pattern.
  • Make 3 exclusive crochet patterns: Light & Lacy Purse, Lattice Stitch Pillow and Raspberry Cowl.
This class includes easy-to-read instructions and a symbol diagram for three exclusive projects made with different yarns: Light & Lacy Purse, Lattice Stitch Pillow and Raspberry Cowl. The basic stitch pattern is the same on all three projects, allowing you to clearly see and understand how different yarns suit different types of projects.

Along the way, I will be sharing a number of other random crochet finishing tips.  We talk about making sturdy buttonholes, strong seams, lining purses, and more. 

My goal for the class is to make you into a confident crocheter that knows how substituting yarns can be fun and make your projects amazing.

Hope you enjoy!

Holiday Fun: Leander Snowflake

I am great at procrastinating.  I could win metals.  Seriously, if there is a deadline, you can believe me that I will with every intention start way in advance and find a way to procrastinate until the last second.  Hopefully you are not like me, but in case you are, I will be posting a little series this holiday on quick gifts and notions you can make in one night.  Perfect for those teacher gifts when you realize at 9pm that tomorrow is the last day before the holiday break (yup, that's me!).  Or when you get a facebook reminder at 8am that its your friends birthday today and you are seeing her for lunch at 1pm (again, me).  Or when suddenly its the day before your big Hanukkah/ Christmas party and you have no decorations anywhere (again, us).   Hopefully, the series will be perfect for me too, so that in the end I will have all those gifts I so badly need on hand!

Today I have a snowflake pattern for you that is perfect for quick jewelry (like earring or a necklace) or strung together to make a cute banner or starched for a great ornament.  It is one of my favorite because all the loops are simple chains and it flies off your hook.  Hope you enjoy!

Leander Snowflake

Ch 9, sl st to first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 23 dc in ring, sl st to top of tch, do not turn.  (24 dc)
Rnd 2: *[Sl st, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch, ch 6, sl st in 5th ch, 2 tr, ch 7, sl st in 7th ch, ch 9, sl st in 9th ch, ch 7, sl st in 7th ch, 2 tr, ch 5, sl st in 5th ch, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch, ch 1, sl st] all in next dc, sl st to next 3 dc; rep from * around, fasten off. (6 petals)

ch- chain
sl st- slip stitch
dc- double crochet
tr- treble crochet

Note: not all picots (ch, then sl st) are the same.  I encourage you to try changing how and where you slip stitch to check out the results.  Placing the slip stitch in the back ridge of a chain make a perfect bump in the chain.  Placing the slip stitch in the front loop of the chain makes the chain lay flat, Placing the slip stitch in the front loop plus a strand of the post of the previous stitch makes the picot attached to the stitch.  All are very cool and worth to test out.  No way is one better then the other, just pick your favorite and have fun!

Looking for more snowflakes?  I have a bunch in my book Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia.  
Looking for ideas on transforming these to jewelry?  You can check out my Annie's class, Learn to Crochet Jewelry for ideas for jewelry and beyond.


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.

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

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

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

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

$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.


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!


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!


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!


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.


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