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Kim Guzman, Crochet and Knit Design

About

Kim Guzman

Knit and Crochet Pattern Designer

There isn’t often a day when you won’t find me without a crochet hook or my knitting needles in my hands! Turning these loves into a full-time career that fulfills my desire for creativity is like a dream come true.You can see my designs on my websites, Kim Guzman,  CrochetKim and Kimane Designs. Or, if you prefer, you can see them on Ravelry.

Occasionally, general life happenings sneak into the blog. And, not too much time goes by without mention of my little son, Christian. He’s the eight-year-old joy of my life. :-)

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  1. I was wondering what yarn thickness I needed to use for this afghan. I’m fairly new at this, so forgive me if it’s already stated somewhere in the pattern. Thanks for your help!

    • Can you please be more specific about which afghan? I think you meant to post this message to something on my blog, but it is on my bio page, so I can’t tell which pattern you are referring to. Thanks! Kim

  2. I am referring to the personalized afghan. The one you have pictured shows a double heart and monogrammed name Katelyn on it. Thanks!

    • Here is a direct link to it:

      http://www.crochetkim.com/patterns/perbaby.html

      The yarn I use for the Personalized Baby Afghan is Red Heart Super Saver. It’s a rather thick yarn, aran weight. The band around the yarn says “worsted weight”

      Red Heart Super Saver is my preference for this project. It holds up well and, since this project has a lot of ends to weave in, the yarn has enough texture to hold the woven ends better.

      It can be found at Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joanns and others like this.

  3. I just wanted to give you a little insight on this project. My mom and I (long, long story) haven’t spoken in roughly 8 years. I just had her first grandchild in August and she met her for the first time on Thanksgiving. My mother is speaking now and wants to be a part of her life. We made a lot of progress over the holiday, and I didn’t want to let that slip after I left town to go back home. We are doing this project together. She lives in Illinois and I in Arizona. One will crochet the inside and the other the outside, then we’ll piece them together for the baby. I was so happy to see something like this that could bring us together on a project. Thanks for posting the pattern!

    • Oh, how positively wonderful! I am so glad you told me this special story! One thing I wanted to make sure to tell you is that, when the center piece is made, it appears when you set it down that it will not fit. It actually appears to be about two or three inches too small on all sides. Don’t let this discourage you. It is meant to be this way. The double crochets on the outside stretch out, but the center piece doesn’t. It really does fit. It just doesn’t appear that it’s going to fit on first glance. Enjoy!

  4. Dear Kim, Your designs are truly lovely. I am a VERY new crocheter and found your beautiful Journey Scarf pattern at the Naturally Caron site. I was so proud of myself for being able to follow your very clear directions and make the first sweet motif. But now I don’t seem to have a clue about how to join them together. The ways I have tried to crochet out the instructions all turn out tight or complicated or strange :). I’m sure it’s something pretty obvious, because I’m fairly clueless. I would love any advice you could offer. And thank you for your terrific postings.

    • Thank you, Stepheny! In the Journey Scarf, I have used a technique called “join-as-you-go”. I have a video scheduled for it, but have not yet taped it. In the meantime, I have found this video on YouTube:

      It’s not in English, but I recommend just turning down the volume and studying the actual technique. It shows you that you’ll be doing the final round normally, but, in the middle of the chain space, you’ll be working into the first motif’s chain spaces in order to join them. The actual pattern for the Journey Scarf is a little different. But, by studying the technique in the video, I think you’ll have a clearer understanding of it and able to go back to the pattern in order to join your squares. Hope that helps! Kim

  5. This is really helpful. It’s such a gift to have crochet mentors out there in Blogland who really know what they are doing and create such objects of beauty. I can’t wait to see your video. Again thank you.

  6. I’ve just made the Victorian Rose Baby Sweater that I found at Joann Fabrics, and I love it! But where can I get the beret pattern that matches the sweater? My expectant daughter, a French teacher, will love it for her infant. The pattern instructs us to buy enough yarn for both pieces, but the beret is not on the pattern. Please help me! Thanks!

    • The hat pattern was available at JoAnns stores in the form of a little tearsheet. I’ve been told that there are plans to put it on the website as well. You may want to try writing to customer service at the JoAnns website. They could have it available on a sister website, like Simplicity. Hopefully they can help you. Kim

      • Thanks for letting me know! I did write to Customer Service and they told me it would be on a tearsheet within about a month, after they were done using it for classes. That will work for me time-wise. The matching sweater turned out great – I made it in Caron Simply Soft and it’s gorgeous! I’m going to make another one in a larger size and different color too. I’m sure my daughter will love it for her little girl as much as I do! Thanks for doing such a great job on the pattern!
        Chris

  7. I just wanted to give you a little insight on this project. My mom and I (long, long story) haven’t spoken in roughly 8 years. I just had her first grandchild in August and she met her for the first time on Thanksgiving. My mother is speaking now and wants to be a part of her life. We made a lot of progress over the holiday, and I didn’t want to let that slip after I left town to go back home. We are doing this project together. She lives in Illinois and I in Arizona. One will crochet the inside and the other the outside, then we’ll piece them together for the baby. I was so happy to see something like this that could bring us together on a project. Thanks for posting the pattern!
    +1

  8. Kim,
    I have been trying to work the Oasis Wrap pattern. I have never done a modified single crochet stitch before. The direction say to work into the side of the previous single crochet stitch, but the foundation row only has one single crochet at the beginning. It is hard to tell where to go after the foundation row is done.(Or if I was even doing the stitch the right way!) Any info that you could please give to make this easier would be great.

    • It’s an unusual foundation and it requires that you stitch loosely. You may even need to go up a hook size. It produces an almost zig-zag effect for the spine of the piece, with no definitive top or bottom the way you would get with regular single crochet. But, if you’re not able to get it after several tries, you can easily chain out and substitute a traditional single crochet foundation.

      Try these links as well:

      http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=92704

      http://www.crochetcabana.com/crochet_dictionary_2.htm

      If you’ve done a single crochet as your first single crochet, you have a previous single crochet. It’s the one you just finished.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Regarding your “knitted slipper socks” pattern, I have a question. In the “FOOT” instructions, you say “repeat rows 1-2 until sock measures 7 inches from beginning of gusset shaping. Does that mean, I should measure from the point where I pickup 9 stitches along inside edge of heel flap?

    • Measure from the side of the heel. Where the stockinette stitches are going straight down. The measurement should include the little triangle of the gusset. Yes, it’s at the point of picking up the stitches. Enjoy! :-)

  10. RE: TWO-TONE VEST. HI KIM,
    DID I READ/UNDERSTAND THE MATERIALS CORRECTLY: 12 OF THE 12OZ SKEINS FOR EACH COLOR? THANKS MUCH.

    • The materials are 12 (12) oz. That really is difficult to understand at first glance. But, it’s 12 oz for the size regular or 12 ounces for the size plus. In other words, you’ll need 2 skeins of Simply Soft in each color (for either size).

  11. Hi Kim! I love your stuff! I recently bought a crochet stocking hat that I love and want to learn how to make hats, scarves, and mittens…for starters! Where do I begin? Thanks!
    Jen

  12. Hello Kim

    had a paid copy of your sweetheart ripple afgan sent to me and its missing a bit of the pattern is there a place here in canada i can order it from so i have a phone number i can call to complain ? thanks

    • I wonder why you’re missing instructions. Was there a page pulled out or torn out? I’ve not heard at all about there being a mis-print. Have you tried the Annie’s Attic website? http://www.anniesattic.com They have an email request form, I believe.

      • a friend ordered for me and i tried but because i dont have the recept i cant return it.. its a lovely pattern but useless to me now.. i have no way of getting the recipt now from the friend..she is no longer here..

      • In the past, I remember people having purchased books or magazines from Annie’s Attic without anyone being aware that a page had been torn out. Someone has emailed me to tell me that they were able to get the missing page using the contact form on the website.

  13. i will just reorder the book on ripple afgans..thanks for all your help

  14. I am finally ready to start Tunisian Sampler Afghan. Somewhere in the foggy recesses of my mind, I was thinking I had read a correction to the pattern you had posted “somewhere” on the internet. Can’t find it now. I should have printed it the moment I saw it. Is there a correction, I didn’t find it in the pattern errors on Annie’s Attic but I’m sure I read it somewhere.

    • I’m sorry I’m so late, Helen. I’m hiding from the internet trying to finish a new book. My records indicate that I chained 2 more at the beginning than is indicated by Annie’s Attic. The first chain is for the first stitch of the hook which isn’t really a stitch. And, the last stitch is for the extra knit stitch which I used to keep that side edge from ruffling because of the reverse stitches.

  15. Kim, I have been bitten by the TC bug (Tunisian Crochet). I want to do a small project in the round. Is this possible? Where can I find info on the technique?

  16. Kim, I want to make your basket weave afghan. It’s beautiful. It will be a gift for my daughter and new son-in-law. I have a question, however. He is over 6’4″. I know that for the length I can keep going as long as I end with either rows 3 or 5. My question, is how many chains should I add if I want to to be about 65 inches across instead of the 52 stated in your pattern. Can you help me?

    • I worked at pretty tight gauge for that afghan. Probably much tighter than necessary. I see that I used a size H hook with Super Saver. This was 12 years’ ago and I much prefer a softer, more pliable afghan these days. If you were to stick to my gauge, you would need to start with a chain of 214. However, you may see even better results by simply moving up in hook size. It really depends on the look and feel you want to achieve. You may want to try it out with a couple of different size hooks on a small separate piece and see which you prefer.

  17. Thank you! That was really helpful.

  18. Hello Kim,

    I’m making the Journey Scarf for my friend for Christmas. She LOVES the design. However, I cannot figure out how to join the motifs. I saw the inquiry from Stephney, Feb 3-2010 and your response (foreign language video) regarding same. I do understand the connecting of the motifs but I still can’t figure out your instruction!! I like the idea of joining (continuous yarn) so there are no “seams” like grannies. Am I correct that it is to be joined with continuous yarn? I’m new at crochet too.

    I need help soon so I can get this under control and get it done!!!

    Thanks for your help.

    • The join-as-you-go technique is one of those strange things which is incredibly confusing in written text. The motifs are joined on the final round by going back and forth between the chain spaces and joining them in the center. I have really wanted to make a video for the Journey Scarf for over a year and haven’t been able to find the time. Perhaps I will get the chance when I need to make a new video this week. I sure hope so because I think it will really help.

  19. Thank you for your PROMPT reply!!! So…it sounds like I make the “next” motif and just go backwards to sew them together like it shows on the video?…..joining them in the center of the 3-ch or 5-ch spaces?

    Thanks again.

    Viana

    • You don’t actually go backwards. You are still going forward. You create the first motif and cut it off normally. Then when you get to the last round of the second motif, you work the final round as normal except on one side, you will join it to the first. If you are working a chain 3, for instance, rather than working the center chain, you actually slip stitch into the corresponding chain space of the completed motif. You just go back and forth like that in zigzag fashion for that one side. As you get more joined, sometimes, you’ll have to join 2 sides at a time.

  20. OK…. I tried to join something like that but I was doing it….for some reason……..at the start of the 4th round and I couldn’t get it to work. :( Maybe this will get me on the right track!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m excited to get it going.

    Thanks again for your quick replies and your help!!!!!

    I

    Viana

  21. Hi Kim,

    I purchased your book and dvd “Learn to Do Tunisian Lace Stitches” last year from Hobby Lobby.My husband and I were traveling to Texas to see my family. I used it while there and had it in the rental car. I guess the dvd fell out and now it is lost. I wondered if there was anyway I could repurchase the dvd alone since I still have the book. By the way this is a very cool way to crochet.

    Thank you,

    Frankie

  22. Hi Kim, I hope all is well. In reference to the personalized Afghan letter graphs, would the graphs work with Tunisian crochet? Thanks! Eva

  23. Kim….do you know zane clevenger?

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