{Behind the Scenes} Sixteen – A Skull Graph in Handspun

{Behind the Scenes} Sixteen – A Skull Graph in Handspun

Maybe the skull graph was the first intarsia crochet that I ever did. It was definitely the first design that I put on a graph, and the only one that was sold as a pattern. It’s very old, and it’s very awesome. I’m redoing the entire thing and re-releasing the pattern… including the graph and instructions on how to make a 12 X 12 pillow and some talk about the different ways the graph can be used (including for knitters, weavers, and bead slingers).

{Crash Course Crochet} How to Crochet Down the Side of Your Work

{Crash Course Crochet} How to Crochet Down the Side of Your Work

I use this technique All. Of. The. Time. I hate raw edges on my crochet work and tend to turn the work to make different shapes. When writing up crochet patterns that use this technique (most of them), I’ve been taking pictures of how to do this, like it was a weird thing to do when crocheting. It dawned on me that this is a basic crochet skill that we should have in our arsenal of awesome crochet tools.

In the Studio

In the Studio

It’s the last full week of summer and I’m trying desperately to finish up my summer projects. If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been working on a few patterns at once. One is a blanket made up of 2 different granny square motifs and the other is my Topsy Turvy Monster Doll, thrown in to break up the monotony of making a gazillion squares (Right. There’s not that many. I just need to be dramatic.).

Actually A Blanket

Actually A Blanket

The name Knot By Gran’ma is a play on words… Not By Grandma. I made it “Knot” because crochet is really just fancy knots. Gran’ma comes from the fact that I tend to make things that you don’t see grannies rockin’ on their crochet hooks. Also, my grandmothers both showed me how to crochet at some point. You rarely used to see a doily or motif or, heavens to Betsy, a blanket come off of my hooks. Note the words “used to”.