12.04.2018

Love Laugh Crochet Pop-up Store Now Open!


 Love Laugh Crochet is finally OPEN!

Thank you so much for being patient with me while I figured out the online store.  I placed most of the goodies I have left from my booth at Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival online.  As you know, my products are all things that I myself would buy at local yarn festivals and shops.  There is a mix of tshirts, bags, mugs, and other extras. I also have a few crochet kits for some of my online patterns.

All the tshirts feature the same "love laugh crochet" logo.  They are all printed locally here in Pittsburgh.  I designed this tshirt for the 2015 Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival to wear in the booth on a whim.  The following year I made more for all my mannequins to wear and the next year we sold out of the tshirts with in the first day of the market.  I now own 6 of them and wear them nearly every day.  They all feature one of my own stitch diagrams from one of my patterns.  All printing is in antique white, lighter then an offwhite.  They come in Ladies size, Unisex size, and Premium super soft.  More styles will be added after this year's Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet show.   

Besides tshirts, I have lots of other goodies.  There are project bags.  Perfect size for bringing any project on the go.  Or just showing your love of crochet on your next outing. There are 11oz white ceramic mugs.  I tend use mine as a pencil holder on my desk to hold all my crochet hooks that I am forever losing.   I have grocery bags, notecards, post-it notes too. 

My favorite things on the site are the crochet kits.  I used yarn from a few of my favorite people in the industry.  Quantities are very limited after the last show, but there are a few really wonderful ones left.  I had a hard time sharing some of them, wanting to keep the yarn for myself!  I offer free winding by request.  Just leave a note in the comment area when checking out. 

Kristin Omdahl Yarns
I have 3 kits with Kristin's yarn.  I can't get enough of bamboo yarn!  I just love the way it wears. 

Dortchen Filet Shawl Kit that uses 2 hanks of Be So Sporty
Julia Colorwork Cowl  kit that uses 2 full hanks and 2 mini balls of Be So Brave
Wee Bonnie Shawl Kit that uses 1 hank of Be So Fine


ModeKnit Yarns
I have 4 kits in Annie and Kathleen's beautiful yarns.  I adore them, and their yarns are so soft and wonderful to crochet with.  Annie's colors are inspired by TV shows, and she hits it right on the head!  I have a lot of their wonderful yarn in my studio.  I can't get enough!


Gustav Tunisian Chevron Crochet Kit uses 2 hanks of ModeWerk DK, one in a flow transition color and one in a solid color
Opal Solomon's Knot Cowl Kit uses 1 hank of ModeLux which is ridiculously soft.
Allegheny Cable Cowl Kit uses 2 hanks of ModeWerk DK
Eda Anne Colorwork Shrug uses 5 hanks of ModeWerk DK, 4 in different flow colors and 1 in a solid color.  (I only have 1 left) 


Stunning String Studio
I very few kits left of the amazing Cindy's yarns.  Not to worry, she has a number on her site too.  Her yarns are wonderful to crochet with and make the projects truly stand out.  Luckily, this year at Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival we will be next to each other.  I can't wait!

Butler Street Cowl Kit uses 1 hank of Serenity (one of the most beautiful yarns I have worked with)

I do have one kit left of Cateline Motif Shawl and Floating Shawl.  I just need to re-shoot the photos.  Will be up soon.

Please let me know what you think of the pop-up shop.  Anything you want to see me feature?  Anything you wish I had?  I am all ears! Please drop me an email and let me know!







4.03.2018

Wee Bonnie Shawl

Wee Bonnie Shawl

Inspired by the wonderful rich history of The Ross Farm and their heritage breed, this shawl tries to capture the simple beauty of classic crochet lace and wonderful Shetland wool 2ply yarn.   

Yarn: 
The Ross Farm Wee Bonnie 2ply (CYCA #2), 100% Shetland Wool, 250 yds/ 50g:  2 hanks

Hook:  
E/4 (3.5mm) 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
dtr  Double Treble
tch     Turning Chain
ch-sp  Chain Space
prev    Previous
rep     Repeat

Gauge: 
7 ch-5 sps = 5.5” (14 cm) 
8 Rows = 3.5” (9 cm)
in main body stitch pattern

Finished Size: 
66” (167.5 cm) in length and 11” (28 cm) in width


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Eda Anne Reversible Shrug

Dc side of fabric
Eda Anne Reversible Shrug

Inspired by the brilliant patterns of the Arts and Crafts movement.  This shrug combines two stitch patterns in one shrug.  Completely reversible, you can wear it either way to suit your mood.    

Yarn: 
Mode Knit Yarn ModeWerk Flow DK (CYCA #3), 100% Superwash Wool, 231 yds/ 100g:  
Oy With The Poodles (A) and Jenny Kissed Me (B), 2 balls ea

Mode Knit Yarn ModeWerk DK (CYCA #3), 100% Superwash Wool, 231 yds/ 100g:  
Sterling (C), 1 hank

Hook:  
Shell side of fabric

I/9 (5.5mm) 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
tch     Turning Chain
ch-sp  Chain Space
rep    Repeat

Gauge: 
4 shells = 4.25” (11 cm) 
16 Rows = 4.5” (11.5 cm)
in interwoven stitch pattern

Finished Size: 
27.5” (70 cm) in length and 22” (56 cm) in width before edging

Notes
1. When working with color flow yarns, sometimes its necessary to re-wind the yarn or work from the outside in to get the color you need. In this project, I re-balled one ball of both A and B to get a center pull yarn ball for when I ran out of the first two yarns in the middle of the project. 
2. Stitch pattern is worked by crocheting two fabrics at once.  Fabrics are interwoven as you crochet for the unique look.  Remember that A only gets crocheted into A rows, and B gets worked in only B rows. You will have to insert your hook around the other fabric while you crochet. 

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Shell side of fabric


Dc side of fabric


Dc side of fabric


3.09.2018

Yarn Fest 2018

Yarn Fest 2018



I am really looking forward to coming back to Loveland, CO!  I can't wait to see some familiar faces and meet new crocheters too.  This year I am teaching 5 classes on Thursday and Friday.  I hope to see you in one of them!


Cooking Up Crochet Cables
Thursday April 12, 9am  and Friday April 13, 1:30pm


We all love cables, but making them can be down right confusing. In this class, we will explore 3 separate ways to make crochet cables shine. We will master the classic post stitch technique while exploring tips for making them even more amazing. Learning how to make cables stand out yet still have a thin fabric will be the key in the second technique. The final cable technique uses short-rows to its advantage for eye-catching work. This class is for the advanced beginner, very familiar with single crochet and double crochet. 

Solomon's Knot Lace
Thursday, April 12 1:30pm


Come join me as we fall in love with a beautiful vintage lace technique. Solomon’s Knot Lace is an amazingly easy lace to crochet once you master the basic stitches. In class, we will talk about tips for making the perfect loops, how to add sparkle with beads, and how simple it is to combine it with classic crochet stitches. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that single skein of dramatic novelty yarn in your stash, this is the lace technique for you! This is a beginner level class, and students must know chain and single crochet. This class is a good choice for knitters who would like to try crochet. 

Crochet Motif Construction

Thursday, April 12 6pm

Do you love crochet stitch dictionaries for their beautiful motifs but do not know what you could do with them? Have you mastered joining a few motifs together in a strip but want to know how you could transform that into a sweater or a bag? Then come join me as I walk you through how to build and construct your next project with crochet motifs. I will guide you on how to join square motifs seamlessly, as well as how to spice them up with a fun crochet join that makes a totally unique fabric. I will show you how a simple trip to your local office supply store can be the key for unlocking those motif sweater layouts. I will break you out of the box with how to layout hexagon, octagon or circular motifs. Lastly, I will show you that keeping your old swatches can make joining and filling voids in your fabric fun. Get ready to grab your hooks and stitch dictionaries after class to build your next gorgeous crochet motif project. 

Top Down Sweater

Friday, April 13, 9am

Looking for some instant gratification (but still want to make something wearable)? Crocheting top-down sweaters could be for you! In class we will walk through everything, from picking out the best yarn and stitches,how to shape the yoke of the sweater, how to join for the body and sleeves, and on through finishing.By the end of class, you will be completely equipped to make the perfect sweater for you and halfway through our class sample doll sweater.  This is an advanced beginner class for anyone ready to try their first sweater. 













3.01.2018

Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival 2018

Booth from Last Year
Mark your calendars for April 6-8, 2018 to head over to the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. It is being held again at the David L Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.  The marketplace will be in Hall A this year which is bit closer to the classrooms, but it still has all that fabulous natural light. I mean the lighting and views are incredible.  It's a great excuse to come check out the building and city. These pictures are from last year's booth, and you can see it's so bright and beautiful there!



More Tshirts this Year!
Speaking of booth, we will be back again with tons of crochet goodies for you.  Rebecca and Karen will be helping me again in the booth.  They are the best, and I could not do it without them!  They sadly are not creating that much magical yarn this year, so I am bringing in some friends to help.  I will have crochet kits featuring Stunning String Studio, ModeKnit Yarn, and Kristin Omdahl yarn.  We will have crochet swag again.  I placed a much larger tshirt order this year, so hopefully everyone will get a chance to grab the shirt color they want. As always, I will have brand new patterns first released in the booth; as well as my new DVD classes. I will have as many of books and DVDs I can drum up.  Hope you can stop by and say hi! 


The Incredible Rebecca
The Wonderful Karen

This year I am teaching 3 classes, 2 of which are new to Pittsburgh.  Here is the lineup:

Friday,  April 6 12:30-3:30pm
Crochet Cables and Lace

Back by demand, is cables and lace class. Post stitches are a crocheter’s greatest tool to bring stitch patterns to life. In class, we will discuss how to make post stitches and use them to make stunning cables, eye catching lace and flowing
textured fabric. Post stitches can be one of the most underused stitches and you will learn lots of tricks to crochet them perfectly for any project.


Saturday, April 7 2-5pm
Edging Inspiration 
New Class! Come be inspired by the amazing edges, from vintage to modern, that we cook up together. Edgings can completely change the look of any project and transform it into a stunning work of art. Edgings can also be amazing savers of time, covering up a number of errors. Come learn all that edgings can do for you. Take away a packet of all the edging we will learn during the class. This class is for the intermediate level student, must know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.


Sunday, April 8 9am-12
Crazy for Color
New Class! Do you love color and texture? Then this class is for you! We will be playing with the amazing techniques of interlocking crochet, overlay crochet, and mosaic crochet. That all sounds very fancy, but in simple terms we will be explaining our knowledge of crochet and playing with where we place stitches to achieve creative colorful patterns that have depth and dimension. This class is for the intermediate level student, must know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

I truly love teaching and getting to spend time with everyone in Pittsburgh.  I really can't wait to see you all there!


View from the Lobby

2.01.2018

Technique Tidbit: More Tunisian Increases and Decreases

Technique Tidbit: More Tunisian Increases and Decreases

My mind could not stop after last week's basic Tunisian Increase and Decreases.  So I had to add a few more to our arsenal to choose from.  Below are some more of my favorites.  I am toying with some fun Tunisian lace stitches that use them, since I clearly can not get them off my mind. 

Hope you enjoy!

Decrease Option 3: Double Slip Stitch
In the forward pass, pick up stitches as you normally would.  For us, we are decreasing 2 stitches.  So before moving on, pull last loop through the 2 previous loops on your hook.  This essentially slips them over that last loop.  The finally look does not have the pronounced starburst, but more of a slanted decrease look. 




Decrease Option 4:  Fancy Decrease
In the forward pass, you will be slipping the loop before and after the center decrease onto that center loop.  It ends up looking pretty invisible, and it a great one for those amazing lace patterns. To start the decrease you pick up a loop in the next 2 stitches like normal.  Then slip the last stitch through the previous one on your hook.  Then pick up the next stitch.  Pinch your work to hold the two loops in place while you remove your hook through the 2 stitches.  Replace your hook from the opposite direction (changing the order of the stitches).  Then slip the last one through the previous one again. 




Close-up of the Two Options:
The fancy decrease lays down like crochet slip stitches, the double slip stitch one slants to the left. 



Increase Option 3: Chain Stitches
Another incredibly easy increase with lots of uses.  When at the Return Pass, simply chain where you want to add a stitch.  Its just that easy.  When you go to do your next row, you will pick up a stitch in the chain (just like you would on a foundation chain to start your project). It gives a space or hole in your fabric making it a lace.  Looks very similar to a yarn over increase. 




Increase Option 4: Back Vertical Bar
On the Forward Pass, you will pick up a stitch in the back vertical bar.  Its the vertical strand that is hiding behind your very visible front vertical bar.  For the chevron that adds 2 stitches at the top of the "mountain", you will need to increase in the center stitch and next stitch to add the 2 stitches. The center spine of the chevron will have a "V" look instead of the vertical line. 



Close-up of the Two Options:
The back vertical bar creates a solid fabric while the chain stitches gives a lace fabric. 


1.24.2018

Technique Tidbit: Tunisian Chevrons

Technique Tidbit:  Tunisian Chevrons

After releasing Gustav Tunisian Scarf, a couple of crocheters asked how to do chevrons in Tunisian Crochet.  This got me thinking; and honestly, you can do chevrons in as many ways as there are increases and decreases.  Which can be a bit overwhelming, or it can be really liberating!  That's the way I like to look at it.

Below I have just 2 ways of increasing and decreasing in Tunisian, look at it like a little taste of what you can do.  I took the increase and decrease in Gustav Scarf and gave a second option.  The chevron from a distance looks exactly the same.  Meaning, the second option did not change the chevron into a wave.  When you look at the stitches up close, the fabric will be different.  Both techniques have benefits, in the end it comes down to what you like to do.

Increase Option 1: Yarn Overs
Simply put, just yarn over and go on with whatever the directions say.  This adds one stitch to your hook.  It will give you a little hole, or a touch of lace.  Its the most common way to increase in knitting and Tunisian Crochet.




Increase Option 2: Pick Up Stitches
Pick up an extra stitch before or after your next stitch.  In the video, I am going into the horizontal bar before and after my next vertical stitch to add 2 stitches to my work.  This makes a solid fabric.  Note: You can play with where you pick up, you can go around the two top horizontal bars, through the stitch, through the back vertical bar, and more.  All give a slightly different look.  Go with whatever feels natural for you. 




Close-up of the Two Options:
You can see both give crisp tops to the chevron.  Option 1 adds holes, creating lace.  Option 2 gives a solid fabric. 



Decrease Option 1: Decrease on the Return Pass
This option has you pick up stitches as normal on the Forward Pass.  In my case, it was all Tunisian Simple Stitch.  Then on the Return Pass, you yarn over and pull through 4 loops on the hook.  That decreases the stitch count by 2 stitches. It gives a pretty starburst look to the stitch and is a solid fabric.  Only downside is sometimes I get in such a rhythm with my Return Pass, I forget to do the decrease. 




Decrease Option 2: Decrease on the Forward Pass
This option has you insert your hook through 3 stitches at once, then yarn over and pull up 1 loop on the Forward Pass. On the Return Pass, you will work the loops off as normal (yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook).  This option is easier for me to remember to do for some odd reason.  It does have a little gap on the left side of the stitch. 




Close-up of the Two Options:
You can see Option 1 are the cute starbursts, and Option 2 have a tiny gap.  Both give crisp valleys to the chevrons and are not noticeable from a distance.



Now these are only 2 options.  Just like knitting there is an amazing array of increases and decreases.  Each one changes the look slightly, and in my mind add some fun in the discovery!

1.16.2018

Gustav Tunisian Scarf

Gustav Tunisian Scarf

Named for Gustav Stickley and his love of Arts and Crafts period of Architecture which inspired all the wonderful Craftsman homes at the headquarters of ModeKnit yarn.  This scarf takes that Craftsman spirit and blends simple chevrons with mosaic crochet to make a unique Tunisian scarf. Pattern includes written directions and a Tunisian stitch chart. 

Yarn: 
ModeWerk DK (CYCA #3), 100% Superwash Merino, 231 yds/ 100g:
#001 Pearl (A), #111 Jenny Kissed Me Flow (B) 1 hank ea

Hook:  
J/10 (6.0mm) Tunisian hk or hk needed to obtain gauge 
I/9 (5.5mm) hk for edging

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

Stitches Used:
ch             Chain
sl st    Slip Stitch
sc          Single Crochet
tr         Treble Crochet
TSS         Tunisian Simple Stitch
yo         Yarn Over

Gauge: 
33 sts by 12 rows = 6.5” (16.5 cm) by 4” (10 cm)

Finished Size: 
Scarf is 6.5” (16.5 cm) wide by 66” (168 cm) long

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4.05.2017

Katrina Hexagon Shawl

Katrina Hexagon Shawl


Light and silky motif shawl that you construct as you crochet each motif. Unusual lace stitches in the motif and edging add a little bit of spice to the project. Pattern includes stitch diagrams for the motifs, joining, and edging.
Yarn: 
Kristin Omdahl Yarn Be So Sporty(CYCA #3), 100% Bamboo, 325 yds/ 100g: 
A: Pink Damask, 2 hanks 
B: Jaded Peacock, 150 yds 
C: Chantilly, 100 yds
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 
dtr Double Treble Crochet 
tch Turning Chain 
ch-sp Chain Space
Gauge: 
Motif = 7 ½” (19 cm)
Finished Size
59” (150 cm) in length and 23 ½” (59.5 cm) in height

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Allegheny Cabled Cowl

Allegheny Cabled Cowl


Inspired by the bridges in Pittsburgh, this cowl mixes snuggle worthy cables and delicate lace to mimic the diagonal struts and cables of those bridges.  The balance of post stitches and lace make this project both fun to make and fun to wear.  The cowl can be wrapped around the neck and head for cold winter days, or worn loose around the shoulders on crisp Fall or Spring days.  The pattern comes with a full page stitch diagram of the cabled stitch pattern to give you a full road map of where to place your post stitches.


Yarn: 
Amelia and Wiggles Wet Kisses (CYCA #3), 100% Merino Wool, 230 yds/ 100g: Cobalt, 2 hanks
Hook:
H/8 (5.0mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge
Notions: 
Yarn Needle 
Spray Bottle 
Rust-Proof Pins 
(4) 1¼” toggle buttons
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: 
20 sts by 10 row in stitch pattern = 4” (10 cm)
Finished Size: 
Cowl is 12” (30.5 cm) wide by 36” (91.5 cm) long
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