Ujima Hat pattern now available as a free download!

September 8, 2011 at 10:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Click on the photo below to be taken to the download page! There’ll be one more download button to click (on the right side of the page), and then you can opt for your choice of crochet terminology, following US/Canada or UK/Europe/Australia/NZ standards. This is the original, correct, crocheter-tested version of the pattern, and lacks the few editing errors present in the magazine version. I’ve also added a stitch diagram/chart for visual crocheters like me! Happy crocheting!

Seven more designs commissioned for Inside Crochet!

September 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Stay tuned in the upcoming months – seven more Wild Bird Song Designs have been commissioned to appear across several future issues of Inside Crochet magazine, including two that use a very special technique I’ve not seen used before in crochet! The magazine will also be featuring two more instructional articles by Wild Bird Song designer Kristen Hein Strohm!

Feather pattern published in Inside Crochet!

September 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Crochet a “Feather in Your Cap!” Adding fabulous flair to fedoras, cloches, berets, bike helmets, cowgirl hats, highland balmorals, bags and backpacks and more, these extravagant feathers pay homage to the Black Grouse, a declining species in the UK. Two feather shapes are included in the pattern, designed with my knowledge as a wildlife biologist to mimic the size and shape of the Black Grouse’s extravagantly decorative tail feathers. The feather patterns are featured in the August 2011 Issue 20 of Inside Crochet magazine.

To discover how you can help the Black Grouse and other British birds, visit the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at www.rspb.org.uk. To help birds in the US, visit The Audubon Society at conservation. audubon.org. Throughout the rest of the world, visit www.birdlife.org/ regional/index .html.

Join a crochet-along (CAL) for this pattern in my Ravelry group Wild Bird Song Designs, where I’m happy to answer questions and cheer your projects along!

This pattern uses UK crochet terminology, which is translated to US crochet terminology in the back of the magazine.

“Faux-knit” scarf pattern published in Inside Crochet!

September 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Based on broomstick lace and post stitch techniques, the Fritillary Scarf looks and feels like vertical rows of stylish knit drop-stitches and smooth stockinette, but is made with the fun of crochet! Plus, there’s not a single end to weave in, as the yarn tails are integrated into the fringe! The scarf pattern is featured in the August 2011 Issue 20 of Inside Crochet magazine.

With its violet-coloured yarn, this pattern is named for the fritillary butterflies, many species of which are so sensitive in their caterpillar stage that they eat only violets! Fritillaries and other pollinators world-wide are in decline; to find out how you can help, visit the Xerces Society at www.xerces.org.

Join a crochet-along (CAL) for this pattern in the Wild Bird Song Designs group on Ravelry, where I’m happy to answer questions and cheer your projects along!

This pattern uses UK crochet terminology, which is translated to US crochet terminology in the back of the magazine.

Lace vest pattern published in Inside Crochet!

September 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Camissonia, named after a lovely four-petaled mountain flower, has truly been a labor of love! Published in the July 2011 Issue 19 of Inside Crochet magazine, this intricate vest pattern includes bust and hip shaping for a comfortable and flattering fit, with instructions for 5 sizes, from 30-50 inch (76-130cm) bust circumference. The beaded edging ups the ante with a beautiful sparkle, and is a great way to use the beading skills I taught in my two-part tutorial in the May and June 2011 Issues 17 and 18 of Inside Crochet!

Inspired by a crocheted dress in Jen Kao’s über-hip runway show, this intricate vest adds a touch of fabulous to a chic night on the town or an elegant day at the office. Wear it open and flowing, or flatter your figure by cinching it under the bust with your favorite button or pin!

Based on square motifs of pineapple lace that are joined seamlessly with slip stitches “as you go,” the vest’s modular construction gives you many options to create your own masterpiece! Make the full 9-square thigh-length design, a shorter 6-square hip-length vest, a 3-square bolero, or a 4 or 5-square shawl!

Join a CAL (crochet-along) for this pattern at this link, in the Wild Bird Song Designs Ravelry Group, where I’m happy to answer questions and cheer your projects along!

This pattern uses UK crochet terminology, which is translated to US crochet terminology in the back of the magazine.

Camissonia is the genus name of the Sun Cup, a lovely four-petaled wildflower not unlike the four-pineapple motif in this vest. 10% of my proceeds from publishing this pattern have been donated to the California Native Plant Society (www.cnps.org), helping to protect the mountain habitat of Camissonia and other wild plants. To learn how you can help conserve rare plants in the UK, visit the Botanical Society of the British Isles at www.bsbi.org.uk.

 

 

 

Soon to be published in Interweave Crochet!

September 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Keep your eyes out soon for the special Accessories issue of Interweave Crochet – this magazine will feature two new patterns from Wild Bird Song Designs! I can’t give any details about the projects now, to keep the surprises for the publication, but I’m very excited to be featured in this magazine!

Beading article published in Inside Crochet!

April 22, 2011 at 10:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m very happy to announce that my comprehensive tutorial on crocheting with beads has been published in Inside Crochet! The first half of the article appears in the May 2011 Issue 17, and the second half will appear soon in the June 2011 Issue 18.

The two-part article answers all of the questions asked by students in my popular Crocheting with Beads class, provides detailed instructions for five methods of embellishing your crochet projects with beads, and features wonderful step-by-step illustrations by artist Miranda Currie. I’d also be happy to answer any questions or cheer for your beautiful beaded crochet projects in my Wild Bird Song Designs Ravelry group!

Baby hat pattern published in Inside Crochet!

April 22, 2011 at 10:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I am very excited to announce that my Ujima Baby Hat has been published in Inside Crochet‘s April 2011 Issue 16!

This little hat was inspired by a Partners in Health hospital in Rwanda, where doctors requested hat donations to help keep newborns warm and healthy, improving their chances for survival. This need has been identified by many hospitals worldwide. To donate your own hat, please visit hotheadknitters.blogspot.com, www.pih.org, or www.goodgoes.org/caps. (Note: Due to logistical constraints, hats donations are only accepted at certain times of year, so please check online before mailing.)

Published in three sizes from premies to toddlers, Ujima is one of seven Wild Bird Song baby hat designs inspired by Partners in Health, each named for one of the Seven Principles celebrated by many descendants of the African diaspora. The word “ujima” means “community responsibility” in Swahili. Stay tuned for the other six patterns, coming soon!

Photo from Inside Crochet‘s April 2011 Issue 16, copyright KAL Media.

More designs & articles coming to Inside Crochet!

January 14, 2011 at 11:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m thrilled to announce that more of my designs have been accepted for publication in the UK magazine Inside Crochet! And in addition to several specific project patterns, a technique tutorial is also in the works, which will be illustrated by Miranda Currie! Check out my Tutorials tab for a taste of her delightfully artful stitch illustrations! I can’t give any more details now, in order to keep the surprises for the publication, but I can promise that new patterns and tutorials will be rolled out almost every month of the spring and summer, beginning in April! Wishing you all a fabulous 2011!

Soon to be published in a book!

November 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Exciting news – my Sweetheart Mittens pattern has just been selected for a book collection of some of this year’s best published patterns! The book, Crochet Collection, will hit stores in the UK in February of 2011, with a planned distribution of 30,000 copies!

I’m also really excited about the new designs I’m writing up. I plan to submit several of these to various magazines and yarn companies, and to self-publish a few directly on Ravelry, so keep your eyes peeled for good things to come!

Happy crocheting to everyone!

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