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Kim Guzman, Crochet and Knit Design


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Online Class Schedule at Crochetville

Online Class: Design Your Own Tank Top

For years, I’ve been asked to teach online how to use Excel to design patterns. And, that time has come. I am introducing two new classes at Crochetville in an online format so that people can learn to use Excel in the same manner I do when designing. The first will be a design-your-own class and will start February 1.

I have developed a class on a do-it-yourself tank top. This will be a design class. And, you’ll be designing your own with yarn and hook of your choice.  As with any class, there *are* parameters so we can’t have you going willy-nilly, designing anything or everything. But, once you’ve designed your own top, it should give you a jumping off point to begin designing other garments.  Read more…

Online Class: Graph Class

One of the techniques for which I get the most requests for information is about crocheting from graphs. In this class, you will learn several different techniques which can be applied to graph work and you get to decide which you like best. Read more…

Online Class: Beginner Knitting

I’ve not yet had a single instance where someone didn’t learn to knit from my class. Even people who have taken live knitting classes and were unable to grasp it. Although unable to learn in a live class, people have been able to learn from my knitting class. I’m not sure exactly what it is. But, apparently teaching knitting from a crocheter’s perspective works much better than a standard knitting class for many people. Read more…


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How Do You Like To Learn?

Learn Tunisian Crochet from Books

I’ve noticed a lot of emails and posts about people wanting to learn Tunisian crochet in the new year. How would you like to learn? No matter how you’d like to learn, I’ve got you covered.

If you like a more traditional style of learning from books, I’ve got four great books that can take you from the beginner level through the more intermediate level.

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet takes you through all the common stitches and then you progress to higher levels with projects sorted in order of learning. You can learn all those little extras like how to seam, how to change colors and more.

Learn to Do Tunisian Lace Stitches first takes you through all the basic stitches then combines them to make lace stitch patterns. Practice the stitches with some beautiful lace projects. And, it comes with a DVD which you can pop into your computer or DVD player so that you get one-on-one video lessons on all the stitches and complete videos of the lace stitch patterns.

Tunisian Cables to Crochet is a step-by-step guide on learning to make beautiful cables that look like hand-knit and can be made in 1/3 the time of hand-knit projects. Although I knit as well, when it comes to gift-giving crunch time, I would rather pick a Tunisian cabled project over a hand-knit project.

Lastly, a stitch dictionary. Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide is a new, one-of-a-kind stitch dictionary which includes many never-before-seen stitch patterns. Just flipping through the book, you will see its uniqueness in the pineapple stitch patterns you can create with Tunisian crochet, something that I’ve read cannot be done. I apparently have a problem with being told I can’t do something! ha! This book is scheduled for release in March, but is available for pre-order now.

Read more about all of these books on my Amazon author page here.

Learn Tunisian Crochet from Online Video Classes

Now, if you like to learn from classes, but you’re unable to attend one of my live classes, how about a video class? I have two fabulous online classes at Annie’s. And, with online classes, you can watch the videos over and over, as many times as you would like. And, there are wonderful patterns to go with them!

Hard to believe that you can get this fabulous hat from a beginner class, right? But, it’s true! Read more about my online Annie’s classes here. I have two classes at Annie’s. One is a beginner level with 4 great projects. The second expands upon that knowledge with cables and lace. Here is the lovely cabled project. I enjoyed this project so much that I couldn’t make a firm decision with what project I wanted to do. So, I’ve included instructions for making a scarf, shawl, baby blanket, wrap AND and throw.

With so many Tunisian crochet patterns now available, now is the perfect time to learn. If you’re still unsure about Tunisian crochet, browse my Pinterest page here with some Tunisian crochet eye candy. And, if you need some research on the hooks, have a look at my Hooks page here. Enjoy!


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Tunisian Crochet: Stop the Curling

Tunisian crochet curls. It’s the nature of the craft. And some stitches curl more than others. Sometimes, you can take advantage of the curl, like with this hat. It curls wonderfully for a rolled brim.

But there are times when you don’t want the curl, and here are some tips to help reduce or remove the curling.

  1. Use a larger hook.
  2. Work a few rows of Tunisian Reverse Stitch at the beginning.
  3. Work a few rows of Tunisian Purl Stitch at the beginning.
  4. Work a few rows of any variation of seed stitch at the beginning.
  5. Use a pattern in which the designer has provided the method of removing the curl.
  6. Use a fiber which will block out after finishing.
  7. Apply a heavy border after finishing.
  8. Work one or two rows of Tunisian Double Stitch at the beginning.
  9. Work one or two rows of Tunisian Extended Stitch at the beginning.
  10. Work in a lace stitch pattern which rarely curls much.
  11. Add ribbing at the beginning.

All stitches mentioned above can be found in my free online videos here.

The hat is available in my online class here. (And, yes, that’s me in the photo.)


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Time to Sign Up for November 3 Classes!

On November 3, I’ll be in New Braunfels, Texas for all kinds of crochet fun! Although I’m really sad that Hooks in Texas was cancelled this year, I’m very pleased that I have this opportunity to visit you all in Texas again.

We’re planning a full day of book signings, trunk shows, demonstrations and two Tunisian crochet classes. With the classes, I’ve got something for beginners and something for intermediate and, even as a beginner, you can take both!

Please visit the website here and sign up through email, telephone or through the website form. These classes are going to fill quickly since there is a 15-student maximum. So, please register early!


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Join Me in New Braunfels!

Since I’ve signed up for the Lucky Ewe newsletter, I received the announcement in an email tonight that I’ll be there on November 3. :-)

Check out the Lucky Ewe website here for address, phone number and email. Be sure to reserve your spot by calling or emailing. More details to come, but for now, let’s just say book signings, Tunisian crochet demonstrations, trunk shows! Oh, my!


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Next Stop, New Braunfels Texas!

During the weekend of November 3, I’ll be in that very special spot in Texas called New Braunfels. I’ll be at the Lucky Ewe Yarn Shop.

We are in the planning stages, but the date is officially set and I’ll be flying into Texas for a weekend of crocheterly fun. We’re considering a book signing, a book discussion, a Tunisian crochet demonstration, a trunk show and one or two classes. It will be so much fun!

And, to top it off, you could actually make an entire weekend of the event, just like I intend to do (except I plan on a 4-day weekend, but who’s counting? LOL). The New Braunfels Wurstfest is at the same time! How exciting is that?

And, here’s the thing, you could make it a family weekend! Those crocheterly types can be at Lucky Ewe Yarns for a day of crochet fun while the rest of the family can enjoy Wurstfest. Seriously, can you get better than that?

Mark the date! November 3! And, stay tuned for further information.


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Online Class: Beginner Knitting

Here is your chance to learn how to knit, with an online class, where you can learn from the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule. This class is taught from a crocheter’s perspective, which allows you to learn quickly and easily, using the skills you already have. Class starts this Friday, September 14. Registration is open!

Like all my online classes, you work at your own pace and sign on whenever you like. You will never be required to sign on at a specific time, other than the wide period of time during the actual class time in order to pick up your class materials. Your hours. Your schedule.

Unlike live classes, you have the entire class period to practice and any questions that you have can be asked at any time during the entire two weeks of class. You don’t have to try to get all your questions in during a short live class. This more leisurely style of class may be just what you’re looking for with your busy schedule!

Click here for further information and here for common questions. Hope to see you there!


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Video Interview with Kim Guzman

If you want to see me in a video, answering all the pressing crochet questions, check out the video here.

Fortunately, they cut the part where I was trying to do math, in my head, on camera. That was just crazy. LOL

Doing the video classes was so stressful. I laughed. I cried. I danced. I even sang. All, just to try to de-stress. But, in the end, the folks at Annie’s really know their stuff. I’m really happy with the classes. :-)


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Tunisian Crochet, How Do I Love Thee?

Tunisian crochet, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways….

1. Tunisian crochet is quick and easy to learn. Even someone with no crocheting experience can pick it up in as little as 15 minutes.

2. Tunisian crochet can look like crochet, knitting or even weaving; all with ONE hook!

3. Tunisian crochet can easily be made into a firm fabric for some applications or a soft, drapey fabric for elegant lace.

4. You can work flat, in-the-round and even in a join-as-you-go method.

5. You can create projects that look like knit in far less time.

6. It’s truly the best medium if you like felted projects. And, felted projects are perfect for beginners because it hides any inconsistencies in gauge.

Intrigued yet? Click on my recent blog post here to see the online classes I have available and you could be on your way to making a Tunisian crochet project right now. Today!


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I Felt Tunisian

Felting. I love it! Have you heard of it? If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about felting it’s that it strikes fear in some people. People who have unintentionally shrunken clothing items in the wash are a bit timid about the idea of intentionally shrinking something.

This is the Felted Duffel from my book, The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet.

My experience with felting is that Tunisian crochet is the best possible medium for the intentional shrinkage. I’ve tried knitting and I’ve tried traditional crochet. But, Tunisian crochet produces by far the superior product for me. I love the way it looks and I can achieve things with it that I won’t find anywhere else.

You can felt items by hand, in your kitchen sink or bathtub. Or, you can felt them in your machine. Either way produces a wonderful end product. And, here’s the kicker. Felting hides any inconsistencies in tension. It’s perfect for a newbie who may have a few “highs and lows” in their work in the beginning. Everything felts down to the size of the yarn itself. And, guess what? No matter what your skill level, you end with a project that looks incredibly professional. Yes, even a newbie to Tunisian can produce results which look better than store-bought.

I added a felted project to my Learn to Tunisian Crochet class with Annie’s Online Classes. With this rolled brim hat from my class, imagine the thrill of making something that looks that good as someone just learning the craft! When you take my Learn to Tunisian Crochet class, I wanted to ensure that you could make something in which you could be proud, even as a newbie. And, I think this one really fits the bill.

Like I said, you can felt by hand or machine. Both the book and the class teach you how to go about the felting. And, seriously, it’s easy. If you can do it unintentionally, you can do it with purpose as well! And, just look at what you can get when you finish!

My favorite yarn to use for a felted project is Cascade 220 by Cascade Yarns. It felts like a dream and is reasonably priced. And, it comes in bucket loads of colors! Take a look at this Tunisian Crescent Bag I made in a gorgeous aqua. There is a veritable plethora of colors available!

It’s high time you started felting your projects, don’t you think? And, if you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, might I suggest that you felt by hand. The steam from the hot water may just help open up your sinuses. Ask me how I know. ;-)


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Tunisian Cables & Lace

Several months’ ago, I was offered the opportunity to participate in the new Annie’s Online Classes. I was thrilled to be considered and even more thrilled to be accepted as one of the Annie’s instructors.

One of my classes is the Learn to Tunisian Crochet class. I’ll be blogging about it later this week. But, considering that I’ve been recently blogging about my new Tunisian Cables to Crochet, I wanted to let you know about my Tunisian Cables & Lace class straight away. If you would like a little more hands on assistance to learn to do Tunisian Cables in my book, then this is definitely the class for you.

Above is my wrap design for Laced Cables. Once I started working on this stitch pattern, I loved it so much that I had a difficult time deciding on just one project. So, I’ve basically made it everything. I’ve written the pattern so that you can make a scarf, wrap, shawl, baby blanket or throw. Any or all. Everything available in the class materials. The gorgeous wrap is made with Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted.

Also included in this class are two lace projects. And, because it’s a class, you can take it easy with a step-by-step process. First, you learn to work with lace with a quick scarf, also in Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted.

Then, you move right up to the gorgeous lace shawlette in Plymouth Baby Alpaca Lace. This is a really unique shawl shape. I blogged about my fascination with different shawl shapes recently. Although it’s a triangle, it’s not a squared-off triangle. It’s a l-ooong triangle. A new and trendy shape which can be worn in several different ways.

This class is jam-packed with information and the projects are fun and easy to learn when I’m right there with you the entire time. I especially like that anyone wanting that little bit of extra help with cabling will be able to get this wonderful online assistance in an online class, 24/7. Anytime. Anywhere. And, once again, the internet just blows my mind. Just 10 years ago, none of this could have been possible. We truly live in a wonderful, exciting time.

Please visit Annie’s Online Classes to sign up for email notification of class availability. Classes are expected to go live on September 1.


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New Online Video Classes

A few months’ ago, I took a whirlwind trip to Berne, Indiana to film some wonderful new video classes for you at Annie’s Publishing. I have two classes available in the current line-up.

Learn to Tunisian Crochet

and

Cables & Lace Tunisian Crochet

The photo above is from the second class. Isn’t the set gorgeous??!! I remember my jaw dropping when I came in the room to get started.

Each of my classes include 3-4 projects for you to fully explore the techniques I’m teaching. Be the first to take one of these wonderful classes. Sign up here to receive email notification the minute they are available.

 


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Bring Out Your Books!

The annual Hooks in Texas event is scheduled for October 5-7, 2012. You won’t want to miss it! I’ll be teaching classes on

  • Reading Tunisian Crochet Symbols
  • Knooking
  • Reversible Ripples

Other classes include Crocheting with Roving, Japanese Braiding, Making I-Cords and Using a Drop Spindle. Registration is only $40 and each class is about an extra $10 per class. (Some class fees vary slightly per class.)

At Hooks in Texas, you will enjoy all the rowdy, yarny goodness of being among friends of the arts for a lovely weekend in San Angelo. You can play and crochet together, shop with local vendors, and learn wonderful new things.

New this year will be a book signing and trunk show for my new books. You’ll be able to see the projects, live and in-person from these two books.

Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Cables to Crochet

Take a look at my listing of books here and bring any of these with you and I’ll sign them for you!

Also new to this event are the free Sunday morning panel discussions on submitting designs to publications and on self-publishing.

We’re going to have a blast in October and you won’t want to miss it! Registration instructions here.


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Surprise!

Last week, someone contacted me on Facebook, asking whether I could help them find a pattern. The design was published in 2010 in Crochet! magazine. So, I set about trying to locate it and giving instructions on how to access it (you have to have the magazine code). Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I was looking at myself! (I’m on the right, not on the left. hahahaha!)

You see, several weeks’ ago, I made a top secret trip to a top secret location to do a top secret project. But, now the secret is out… because, there I am. :-)

Sign up at Annie’s to get your email alert when the classes are available!


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Hooks in Texas!

This will be my third year teaching at Hooks in Texas. I *love* it! I can hardly wait. This year, I’ll be teaching three classes and, on Sunday, I’ll be hosting a free Q & A session on pattern submission to publishers. Fun!

You can find out more information about the event and how to register here. (Follow the navigation links along the left side at the site.)

This is a list of my classes this year.

Knooking: How to Knit with a Crochet Hook.  Kim will teach how to use this specially-designed crochet hook that creates a knitted fabric. Take your crochet skills to a new level by learning to knit using a tool we are more familiar with. A scarf pattern is provided.
Class Fee: $10
Supply Fee: TBA- $5 – $10
Students should bring one skein worsted weight yarn.

Learn to Read Tunisian Crochet Symbols: With the interest in symbols, especially with the many available books from Japan, Kim will teach students how to read and use the symbols like a pro. Kim’s Symbol Directory and a free pattern to get you started will be provided.
Bring one skein of yarn, and an appropriate sized Tunisian Crochet Hook. (Loaner hooks will be available.)
Class Fee: $10

Reversible Ripples: Kim will teach some classic crochet techniques that create beautiful unique projects with patterning on one side and a traditional ripple on the other.  Add to your stitch mastery for those charitable projects or holiday gifts.  A free pattern provided.
Bring scrap yarn and an appropriate sized crochet hook.
Class Fee: $10 

 

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