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!

Friday, March 8, 2013

National Crochet Month is here!

Welcome to AG mode blog! I hope you are enjoying National Crochet Month. March has been designated to celebrate crochet but for me designing, writing and teaching crochet are part of my daily life. As a designer, I work and think around crochet and Tunisian crochet, and I've developed quite a fascination for the Tunisian crochet technique which has captured my attention completely. As such today I'm offering you a free Tunisian crochet square motif called Night Tunisian Textured Square to make a lovely blanket!
 
A key achievement in my career has been to become a  professional member of the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) organization. This has allowed me to be part of this Blog Tour. Last year I proudly published my first eBook called Tunisian LACE Crochet: Shaped Shawls and I'm currently working in the second book.

This Blog Tour is only possible thanks to the great effort of Amy and Donna from Crochetville. Thank you!
 
This blog tour has chosen to support the Project Night Night organization. This is a non for profit charitable organization helping homeless children by giving them lovely items to make their transitional moments more comforting. Thinking of them I designed the Night Tunisian Textured Square I mentioned before.

 And as a Thank You I would like to offer you a Promotion Code for a limited time only of 20% off  new purchases of AG Mode crochet and Tunisian crochet patterns. Just enter Natcromo13 at checkout and this would make the trick!.


These are the places where you can find me:

Happy crocheting!


Following is the list with all the talented designers who are sharing their expertise to make this crochet month an extraordinary event.

March 1 Jenny King Shelby Allaho
March 2 Ellen Gormley Nancy Nehring
March 3 Phyllis Serbes Mona Muhammad
March 4 Amy O’Neill Houck Akua Hope
March 5 Mary Jane Hall Lindsey Stephens
March 6 Edie Eckman Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
March 7 Jennifer Cirka Annette Stewart
March 8 Andrea Graciarena LeAnna Lyons
March 9 Dawn Cogger Angela Whisnant
March 10 Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten Renee Rodgers
March 11 Joy Prescott Donna Childs
March 12 Pam Daley Deb Burger
March 13 Tammy Hildebrand Marty Miller
March 14 Jocelyn Sass Jennifer E Ryan
March 15 Andee Graves Kimberly McAlindin
March 16 Laurinda Reddig
March 17 Brenda Bourg
March 18 Rhonda Davis
March 19 Julie Oparka
March 20 April Garwood
March 21 Alaina Klug
March 22 Erin Boland
March 23 Margaret Hubert
March 24 Bonnie Barker
March 25 Kim Guzman Susan Huxley
March 26 Susan Lowman Michele Maks
March 27 Marie Segares Brenda Stratton
March 28 Kathy White Lori Carlson
March 29 Amy Shelton Donna Hulka
March 30 Linda Dean Kristin Dragos
March 31 Karen C K Ballard Gwen Blakley-Kinsler






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