Glamping Crochet Style

I have been so excited for this post ever since I heard about the idea for the theme of this years Crochetville blog  post! Give it up for Amy and Donna and another successful year. Without them crochet wouldn’t be the community it is today. I love camping and it was a very big part of my childhood growing up. I went camping on the Connecticut shore with my cousin Heidi and her family which were like a second set of parents and her siblings were like my siblings (I am an only child!) We used to play all day and then have campfires late into the night.

The idea for this collection of patterns started with a large sum of yarn I had won from Cascade yarns at a fundraiser for Autism research at my then LYS, The Village Knitter in Babylon, NY. I had one 8 skeins of Purple Hyacinth. I had immediately thought of my daughter and making something for her. When I heard the theme, I said I am going to make a sleeping bag by golly! And then the idea struck me to see what else it could be so with some small modifications it became a play tent and of course it could double as a throw.

So head over to Ravelry and check it out! Galloping Play Tent Campfire Afghan Glamping Sleeping Bag Also if you go on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/eastenddesignco/ I will post a sale code for 50% off these patterns until April 7th, 2017

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Jody Cowl

Named after Putney, VT native Jody Williams, whose work for human and women’s rights is to be admired, this gorgeous cowl is made from Sylvan Spirit by Green Mountain Spinnery and combines fine wool with Tencel to make a delightful yarn which works up into an even more delightful cowl.

This pattern will be available for only $1.00 until April 7th 2017 with code: persist

I hope you enjoy making this cowl as much as I did designing it.

Rachel Headband

This headband is my crochet month, glamping themed freebie for all you special crocheters out there especially those who have supported me since the beginning. I would not be anywhere without the support and love from Maureen Clark and the Green Mountain Spinnery Family, Marly Bird who helped guide me to take my professional hobby one step closer to profession, Ellen Gormley who believed in a left hand crocheter who was determined to design and took the time to mentor me, Rebecca Velasquez who encourages me to soul search oh year and crochet too… and finally Ron and Theresa Miskin of Buffalo Wool Company who continue to believe in me to encourage stitchers to make sweaters.

So this headband is named after Marine Biologist, conservationist and activist, Rachel Carson who pioneered advocating for the environment. For clean water, air and the like for all and encouraged everyone to become informed about their environment both locally and globally. Crochet this in good health, make them as gifts, love on people with it, donate them and go on adventures to explore our environment around us for without it we are left uninspired.

This pattern will be available for free until April 7th, 2017. You can find it on Ravlery http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rachel-headband

Crochet Month Contest

Hi Crochet Friends,

Thank you for visiting my blog this month! I love crochet month because it always kick starts my blogging again. As a thank you to those of you who join my fan group on Ravelry, Fans of East End Design Company I will be doing a give away so come join the group and say hi and I will be sending out two leisure art publications your way.

Kind Regards

Susie

Sock Sundays- What size do I knit?

It’s that time again! Sock Sundays! Tonight we tackle the age old question what size sock do I knit? That’s a great question. The first thing you need to do is measure the widest circumference of your foot. This is usually the top of your forefoot at the base of your toes. For me this is a 9″ inch circumference. Then you take that circumference and multiply it by .9 and get your number. So…

Formula: .9x _largest circumference of foot___ = ______ suggested sock size______

.9 x 9= 8.1 inches

Because I like a size that hugs my foot, I usually opt for an 8″ size

We use .9 so that our sock has a bit of negative ease just like a hat, because if it was knitted at the same circumference it would just fall off.

Another measurement that is important is the circumference of where your sock will rest its cuff. Sometimes this is at the ankle (this weeks Sock Sunday special is a sweet ped that is ankle height http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strawberry-picking-socks )

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Last weeks, Sock Sunday pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strawberry-rhubarb-socks was a mid calf, height so that is the measurement that is necessary.

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In the case of the ankles, the ribbing in most socks will take care of the negative ease needed here. As far as the mid calf, the circumference of the widest part of your foot should be close to equal. In my case the measurements are within a half an inch. If your measurements are not close to equal it may be necessary to adjust the number cast on and then be adjusted at the foot as well.

This weeks contest includes a prize for comments as well. Tell us how you choose your sock size and one of the comments will be chosen as the winner. Last weeks winner was Diane O’brien! Great job Diane! Please email me at eastenddesignco@yahoo.com to arrange the delivery of your prize.

Also in Sock Sunday Tradition, my new sock pattern Strawberry Picking is now available on Ravelry until Tuesday morning at 8:30 ( A couple people missed it last week so I want to give you a bit more time )

Happy Knitting ! Summer is around the corner 🙂

Sock Sundays!

I am pleased to announce the start of Sock Sundays! The Sprinkle Sock KAL for my birthday was such a success it is time for more! I have been diving into the world of sock knitting in preparation for the class I am teaching at the TKGA conference in Charleston, SC on July 15-16, 2016, and therefore I have been knitting a myriad of socks using different techniques, fun designs and new ideas.

This Sunday, I introduce to you a sock that I hold dear to my heart. The Strawberry Rhubarb Socks, Strawberry Rhubarb Socks on Ravelry. They were designed with Jill Draper’s from Jill Makes Stuff Esopus in mind! It is a fun sock that has tiny bobbles that are a fun introduction into the world of knitting bobbles. They are to represent the great local strawberries. The color reminds me of the inside of a freshly baked Strawberry Rhubarb pie!

Jill’s Esopus is a gorgeous locally sourced super wash wool that is absolutely perfect for sock making. You can find her at many of the sheep and wool festivals but also on Etsy! Jill Draper . Jill is a master of color and overall really great person!

Blog content on Sunday’s will be sock technique focused as well ! We are so excited you have joined us for this fun and exciting event ! Tell us your favorite way to knit socks (Toe up, cuff down etc…) and why and be entered to win a prize!

Happy Knitting !

Sock Cast On- Long Tail

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A great sock can be made or broken within the first cast on. As a knitter we have many cast ons to choose from long tail cast on, knitted cast on, crochet provisional cast on, e-cast on, German twisted to name a few, for socks you don’t have to look to far into your knitting bag of tricks to find an oldie but a goodie, the long tail cast on.

For many this was the first cast on you learned. For me it was my second as I was taught the e-cast on first. The great attribute of the long tail cast on that lends itself so nicely to socks is the ability to control the tension of the stitches being cast on. When you place the stitch cast on to the working needle, gently secure it without over pulling and you will have the perfect sock cast on every time. 

Sprinkles Socks- A Birthday KAL

Hi Friends,

Sunday’s on the blog is from now on known as Sock Sundays. I will be reviewing sock knitting in its all it’s glory! To kick it off we are doing a sock KAL in honor of my 35th birthday! So come KAL with us for the next two weeks when clues will be revealed on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the sock is complete.

In July, I will be teaching at the TKGA Knit and Crochet Show. I will be doing a 3 hour sock intensive that will be taking you on a detailed journey on the anatomy of a sock. I would love to see you there. For more information please visit their website. Anatomy of a Sock

The best part of sock knitting is its portability. You can take socks with you anywhere and it will help make the best out of any extra time you can find. To make mine more portable I use project bags that make my sock conveniently accessible. For the Sprinkle Socks, I am using an Erin Lane Sock Bag (Erin Lane Bags Website) This is the best project bag for this project because of how the yarn is wound. I am using Madeline Tosh Twist Light in the colorway, Star Gazer. The fiber content is 75% Superwash Merino Wool and 25 % Nylon. As per her website (Madeline Tosh), the yarn is a fingering weight yarn with 420 yards per hank. I purchased mine on a recent stash enhancing expedition with my friend Katie at Knitty City in NYC. (Knitty City).

I am knitting my socks using, Addi Turbo 8 inch knitting needles. I call these needles micro circulars as they are super tiny and are perfect to knit socks and sleeves. There are so many methods of sock knitting and I would love to know your favorite. Leave a comment and be entered to win an exclusive Sprinkle Socks KAL prize.

Enjoy your week and KAL.

Check it out on Ravelry Sprinkle Socks

Travel Crochet

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I love to travel. I mean really, really love to travel! I log almost as many travel miles as I do regular miles. When I travel, I also love to bring my crochet! Often before a trip there are many crochet decisions that have to be made. Some of you may be laughing but others know exactly what I mean. What yarn to bring… what project to bring… how many hooks do I bring… what size hooks do I bring… should I bring my Ott lite…. what happens if I loose my pattern? The questions are almost as endless as the answers. (I also love giveaways … Scroll down to see how)

That was definitely the case for me until I started developing a process as I was traveling a lot to teach both crochet and knitting so I needed to get a handle on how much I stuff I was bringing.

So I start by planning in advance my projects that I am going to bring. This helps to guide the answers to the other questions.Traveling on the train is the perfect place to get plenty of time to stitch. I usually pick projects that are at a point where the crochet is rhythmical and relatively mindless. I line up my various WIP’s ( works in progress) to see which ones are at this point or can be brought to this point. I usually plan this one week to one month in advance of my trip.

Once I have narrowed down my projects to this decision point I will often then decide what kind of space I will have to work. When I take the train into Manhattan for shows or to teach I know that sometimes my space can be limited to work in. ( This is not the time to bring that afghan you have been working on for months that is almost a queen size. You will not make friends.. lol… besides do you really want to carry that?) Projects that fit nicely into a project bag are perfect for this. For example, I may be working on a garment and instead of taking the whole piece with me, I will bring a sleeve or back or front. I also love to bring small gifts I am working on like lovey size blankies, hats for babies to be born and I absolutely love to work on preemie beanies for my local NICU. Cowls, headgear and mittens are also perfect candidates.

Once I have narrowed it down to three projects, I start to consider how many to bring with me. If I am just heading into the NYC, one is usually sufficient and all I want to carry. However, if I am headed to teach at conference I will bring usually at least three because you never know when weather will effect your trip or you will have extra time on your hands.

Next step, patterns. The age old question.. how do I bring them with me. When I am designing I always make sure I send myself a digital copy via email so it is always available on my smart phone. I also make a hard copy that goes in my project bag and an extra in my luggage. ( I could loose anything if you give me a chance.) If I have purchased them from Ravelry, I make sure to put them in my library so I can also have them available on the go. When working from a book or magazine, I bring them along too as long as they are a portable size.

Then I organize my hooks. I have to confess I always have certain things with me if I am traveling to my local stitching hangout or across the country. One of those things is hooks. A full set of ones a usually work with from a D to a K. I use the Clover hook organizer and they all neatly fit in there. I also usually bring one or two extra of the hook size I am working because I have a tendency to drop them between seats.

In my bag of tricks that I always have with me is a tape measure, a tapestry needles ( I like the chibi tube from Clover), a scissor or puppy snips, good hand salve ( I like the one from Eutopia Bath) and a just in case pair of hand support crafting gloves that help keep my hands going when fatigued.

As a thank you for visiting my blog today, here is a free pattern for a preemie beanie that allows you to use your travel time to help make the world a better place. If you live locally we are doing a drive for preemie beanies during the Long Island Yarn Crawl. Ad conveniently one of the stores I teach at is right off the main train line in Mattituck, NY so make one and join us April 7-10.

Pattern: Mattituck Preemie Beanie

Yarn: Approximately 100 yards of Worsted Weight Yarn

Hook size: US 6/4.25 mm Or size needed to obtain gauge

Finished Size: 7” (2 lb preemie), 8” (2-3 lb preemie), 9” (4-5 lb preemie), 11” (5-6 lb preemie) total circumference

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Estimated time to finish: 2 hours

Gauge: 4.25 sts/in, 14 rows= 4inches

 

Ch 3(3,4,4), join with a sl st to form rnd

Rnd 1: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), work (9,11, 13,15,)hdc into rnd (10,12,14,16 hdc)

Rnd 2: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), 1dc into same st as ch, 2dc in each hdc around (20, 24 ,28,32 hdc)

Rnd 3: ch 2, (counts as first hdc), (2 dc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc) repeat ( ) around (30,36,42,48 hdc)

Rnds 4-10(12, 16,20): ch 2, (counts as first hdc), 1 hdc in each hdc around (30,36,42,48 hdc)

 

To win a prize, ( a full set of travel hooks) tell me in the comments how you like to travel with your crochet! And I’ll pick a winner at 8 pm est on March 28th 2016

And to get any of my crochet patterns for 75 % off for next two days March 28 & 29. Use code natcromo on ravelry! This has been updated as the computer was having a problem executing the last sale. Happy hooking friends!

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A Local Hat for All

Happy 2016 stitching friends! This year holds the hopes of much yarn goodness! To start the year off right, I decided to kick it off with a free pattern. That’s right a free pattern, one that will be available starting right now as free and will forever be free. It’s not just any pattern but it’s a pattern made with local yarn.

Local yarn, some of you squeed with delight (that’s me!) some of you may have sighed or moaned. Wherever you are on that spectrum of emotion or wherever you are in the world be encouraged that you too can enjoy this lovely pattern.

Local yarn but I am not local to Long Island or even NY. No worries! First off, the yarn is available at Catskill Merino’s website ( http://www.catskill-merino.com ). Secondly, it is designed that you can pick up your local gorgeous sport weight wool get gauge and make your local hat! (I can’t wait to see them all!)

So grab your local yarn, and maybe even some local needles by Indian Lake Artisans and start your Local Hat! Click on the document below.

 

 

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The hat’s story:

Every garment a designer designs has a story. This one is just fantastic. It was a cold autumn day at Rhinebeck 2015. I was walking up and down the rows of vendors searching for inspiration when my eyes opened wide with excitement. There it was CATSKILL MERINO! For those of you who don’t already know about the amazingness of their yarn you will have to try it for yourself. I saw these gorgeous skeins of dip dyed yarned that screamed to be played with. I spoke with the girls working and they had said “Everyone loves the skeins but everyone wants to see how they knit up!” We agreed that I would grab a skein and get started. And that I did. I walked over to a quiet patio by the souvenir tent and started to hand wind my skein. Which got a lot of attention in and of itself! I started to swatch to see what the perfect repeat would be and realized it repeated every 4 or so inches depending on the skein. I grabbed my ball of Catskill Merino and Indian Lake Artisan needles and started searching for a project bag. I came upon Andi Made This’s lovely project bags and I was on my way for a day of knitting and shopping and that was when this hat was born. Knit away my friends and please tell us your story!

Here is a screen shot of my original post to instagram that told the story of that day!

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