Friday, November 7, 2014

New Tunisian Crochet design - Velocity Shawl from Interweave Crochet

© by Interweave Crochet 2014

It has been quite a while since my last post, however it is always a pleasure to share goods news as this one with all of you. Velocity Shawl was my first design contribution to the Interweave Crochet magazine, being published early in the year in its Winter 2014 issue, and the feedback couldn't have been better.

The shawl features a chevron border worked up alternating 2 contrasting colors to make the stitch pattern pop. The upper part is shaped thanks to some decreases placed across the shawl so it accommodates better when sitting over the shoulders.

The shawl also features a new Tunisian crochet stitch that I came up with time ago. I called it Tunisian Even stitch, the texture is flat and (as the name indicates :-) ) even. The look is plain amazing.

If you like to know more about the stitch I also uploaded a YouTube tutorial.

Happy crocheting!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Local Designers Night at Nine Rubies

How exciting! I've been invited to show my designs at Nine Rubies yarn shop. If you happen to visit San Mateo this weekend, don't miss this event.

5 local designers including me from the Bay Area will be showing our exclusive designs and previewing the new ones yet to be released.

See you there,
Happy stitching!

Monday, July 15, 2013

New Knitting design - Little Diamond Wrap from Knit 1-2-3

© by Valu-Publishing 2013

The Little Diamond Wrap featured in the Knit 1-2-3 magazine, Issue #6 has a very interesting use of lace and knit and purl texture. Worked using a worsted weight yarn in a beautiful color the highlight a diamond shape motif thanks to the lace placement. Reverse garter stitch on the edges helps the wrap hug the shoulders. The pattern instructions include a chart as well.

For more info about the magazine, click HERE:  Knit 1-2-3 magazine, Issue #6

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Carola Sideways Shawl from Tunisian LACE Crochet eBook

Carola Sideways Shawl is the second project of the Tunisian LACE Crochet: Shaped Shawls eBook. The eBook was released in December 2012.

© AG mode
For this project I began playing with the stitch pattern itself. One thing that interested me when working the swatch for the very first time was how the fabric leaned toward one side by itself. It was there when the sideways construction shawl idea started.

The shawl is stitched in one piece from one tip to the opposite one. To emphasize the triangle shape, increases are placed at the beginning of every Forward Row up to the shawl mid point. After that, the shawl need to be tapered to a tip again therefore decreases are used to shape the right side edge of the work.

The edge follows the same streamline concept of the project. It is crocheted using regular crochet stitches and regular hook and the final result is incredible!

I chose to work this project using Malabrigo Yarn, Sock, a fingering weight yarn in a luscious tone by tone red hue called Ravelry Red.

Why Carola? Because it means strength there was no better name for this design. The color is strong, the stitch has quite some character and the overall silhouette is clean, crisp, and modern.

Hope you stitch this up. Happy crocheting!

Friday, March 29, 2013

New Promo!

In the spirit of (Inter)National Craft Month, new promo is up! Save 30%, enter code: AGMarch at checkout to save. Offer ends March 31st, 2013.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Working on some super secret projects...

You all know how much I enjoy my career. It's a blessing from heaven and a passion from the heart to be able to create fashion with hooks, and knitting needles (sometimes fabrics and sewing machine as well), but keeping all quiet until the publication date is a very, very hard task!

After sending contracted samples to publishers and design proposals to others for consideration and a third in the works to be submitted to a web magazine it has come my me time, and with me time I mean time to design for my own line.

The project is a gem. I love exploring classic techniques and the idea of combining these with my personal aesthetic is plain fascinating. This time is no exception. Working on a super secret project using a lovely fingering weight yarn in an amazing, bold color I couldn't resist the temptation of writing about it. Can't tell you more about it for now but as work progress, who knows...

Happy stitching!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

New Tunisian crochet design - Marisol Cardigan from The New Tunisian Crochet book

I'm very excited to write about Marisol Cardigan featured in The New Tunisian Crochet book edited by Dora Ohrenstein.

© by Interweave Press

The project has a very classic and elegant look. When I first though about this design proposal I knew for sure the kind of stitches I was going to work with and there were two in the short list. The Tunisian Knit stitch is one of my favorites when the project calls for a demure textile. To shape the cardigan into an A-line silhouette and then incorporating the raglan style sleeves decreases are needed to get the garment's shaping made in a polish way, and the Tunisian Knit stitch was the right answer. The other stitch I chose to use and which complements wonderfully with the above is the Tunisian Textured stitch placed in the collar and cuffs. This textured stitch makes a lofty and delicate pattern.

If I have to choose one cardigan's design element that I like the most I would say the collar work, and how it drapes effortless over the shoulder.

I hope you give this cardigan a try :)

Happy crocheting!


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