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I’m so excited to release In Love with the Night Mysterious! This lovely laceweight shawl, worked as a triangular wedge / vortex, incorporates an Aran lace and geometric side edging, with a textured body. The versatile shape can be worn a variety of ways. The Hat Box yarn, one of my favorites from Mrs Crosby, makes it sumptuous and decadent. I love the moody, dark richness of the Squid Ink colorway (but you can see examples of different colorways, all lovely, from my test knitters!).

Both charts and line by line instructions provided.

One Size (Easy to alter size)

Finished Measurements
Height (from cast on to last row, along edging): 49” / 125 cm
Top Edge: 24” / 61 cm

Yarn
Mrs Crosby Hat Box, 75% superwash merino / 15% silk / 10% cashmere (317 yds / 290m per 3.53oz / 100g), 2 skeins of Squid Ink. As shown shawl used approx 613 yds / 561 m.

Needles
US5 / 3.75mm needles or size to obtain gauge

Gauge
20.5 sts and 28 rows over 4 in / 10cm in Wildflower Repeat

Gauge is important. Alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements and finished size.

Notions
yarn needle
cable needle
2 stitch markers

Skills
lace knitting
cabling, to include novel decrease cable stitches
twisted stitches both RS and WS
both charts and line by line instructions provided

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Are you excited about the Great American Eclipse? Are you lucky enough to live in the path of totality, or will you be traveling to see it?

Dave and I booked a super cute vintage bungalow in Bend, Oregon, through Airbnb (affiliate link! we love Airbnb) more than a year ago. His parents, Rosemary and Curtis, will be RV’ing from California to Madras, Oregon (Dave made them book their campsite as soon as the campground was taking reservations for eclipse dates). We’ll be meeting them at the campground Monday afternoon, and staying with them til Tuesday afternoon some time.

Regarding eclipse knitting: I did a quick search on Ravelry. There aren’t too many eclipse-themed patterns. Frankly, the search I did showed up a ton of patterns that had absolutely nothing to do with eclipses! Some were Twilight/Bella related: mostly striped hats, and a pair of socks that were inspired by the book cover.

Tania Richter’s Dragon Eclipse Blanket features a gorgeous dragon (and moon).

Eclipse by Shellie Anderson, in Shibui, is my favorite of the eclipse-themed patterns. The use of two highly contrasting colors (and yarns) in the sample really evoke the idea of an eclipse without being obvious or gimmicky.

I’m surprised no one’s come up with an idea incorporating this sort of image (stranded cowl, anyone?).

If you broaden your search to include sun or moon themes, you can find a ton more patterns, including my Under the Sun and Beneath the Moon shawls (shown above).

Other neat sun and moon themed patterns include:

Are you going to see the eclipse? Let me know!

If  you’re interested in learning more about the eclipse, check out these links:

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Are you interested in teaching crafts? Pick up a copy of Marie SegaresMake Money Teaching Crochet Workbook Edition ($24.95, 118 pages).

The information applies to teaching crafts in general, not just crochet, though specific examples (such as some of the resources) apply to crochet.

The book is organized into 5 sections: Getting Started, The Business Side of Things, Marketing, Prepping for Class, and Resources.

In Getting Started, Marie offers practical advice, with an emphasis on guiding the reader to explore why they want to teach, what sorts of students they expect and want to teach, and so on.

The chapter on business aspects includes consideration on pricing and other policies, as well as a few notes on business organization and taxes.

The Marketing chapter looks at a plethora of options, from on line to contacting reporters.

Prepping for Class addresses both in person and on line classes.

Resources offers links to everything from small business sites to professional crochet links.

If you’re just getting started, this book is a good place to begin (and the resources section points you to sites to further explore or research topics in more depth). If you’ve been teaching for a short period of time, or intermittently, this book can help you fine tune different aspects of your business.

About Marie: Marie Segares is a crochet and knitting teacher, designer, blogger, and podcaster. She hosts the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show, the podcast where you can find great ideas for launching, managing, and evolving your yarn-related business, and shares her patterns, tips, and projects on the Underground Crafter blog. Since she began teaching crochet part time in 2008, she has taught hundreds of beginners to crochet and helped even more improve their skills. Marie is a professional member of, and volunteer blogger for, the Crochet Guild of America, a designer/teacher member of The Knitting Guild Association, and an affiliate member of The National NeedleArts Association. Marie is a graduate of Barnard College and earned master’s degrees from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and New York University Stern School of Business. She lives in New York City.

 

I received my copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.
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Under the Sun is the companion shawl to Beneath the Moon. It’s worked in Mrs Crosby Reticule and uses two skeins.

I originally did the swatch in Mrs Crosby Hat Box, but opted for the lace for the yardage vs cost. Reticule, at around $23/skein, is a lovely, luxurious option at a really good price.

Having said that, the pattern is easily modified for really any yarn weight. Just work the swatch (directions included) to get a fabric you like, and go from there!

This lovely laceweight shawl, worked as a wedge from the bottom up, incorporates a modifcation of one of my favorite vintage lace patterns, Print of the Wave. The half wave edging is worked as a knitted on edging to bind off the top of the shawl.

Both charts and line by line instructions are provided.

One Size (easy to alter size)

Finished Measurements
Height: 63.5” / 161.5 cm
Top Edge: 52.5” / 133.5 cm
Hypotenuse: 75”/ 190.5 cm

Yarn
Mrs Crosby Reticule, 100% Merino wool (840 yds / 768 m per 100 g), 2 skeins. Shown in Greystone colorway. Sample weighed 189 g and used 1588 yds / 1452 m.

Needles
US2 / 2.75mm (your choice straight or circular), or size to obtain gauge

Gauge
24 sts and 39 rows over 4” / 10 cm in Main Body Repeat lace pattern

Gauge is important. Alterations in gauge will affect yarn requirements and finished size.

Notions
yarn needle

Skills
lace knitting
knitted-on edging

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