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Kim Guzman, Crochet and Knit Design


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Verona Ruana

This beautiful design is from my new book, Tunisian Cables to Crochet. It was my first time working with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande. And, oh my goodness! This yarn is something that you not only want to touch, but you want to cuddle with it! A really extraordinary yarn that turned into this amazing ruana.

This ruana is made in Tunisian crochet. But, I used my all-time favorite hand knit cable stitch pattern. The beauty of the project is that, with Tunisian crochet, I can enjoy the big, bulky, chunky cables that I love in only about 1/3 the time. I will never lose my love of knitting. But, it’s really nice to have a quicker alternative, especially during gift-giving crunch time. And, just look at that design. You can’t tell a difference. It looks exactly like knitting.

The cabling technique for this book is different than I’ve used in other cable patterns I’ve designed. The entire book is based on this new technique, which I really prefer to the others I’ve done. With hand knitting, there are several different methods to accomplish cables. It’s not any different in Tunisian crochet. The method in this book is all new. You can still use other methods, if you prefer. With cables, it’s all about simply working the stitches out of order. But, with this book, I’m offering a new method which I’m sure you’ll love.

If you need assistance in learning the stitches used in this book, please be sure to check out my free online videos and even more assistance will soon be available in my classes at Annie’s Online Classes.


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Tunisian Cables to Crochet

It’s here! It’s here! I just received email notification from Annie’s that Tunisian Cables to Crochet is in the warehouse and is available to ship. Yay!

I’m having a hard time choosing my favorite design from this book. But, in the end, I think it may be this one. My favorite may change daily so stay tuned. :-)

This is the popular owl motif from hand knitting, now available in a Tunisian crochet version! So cute. I used a wonderfully squishy Plymouth DK merino superwash. Oh, and buttons. Lots and lots of buttons.


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Designing Shawls

I’m not huge on wearing shawls. But, having a shawl can come in handy during the winter, when it’s just a tad cool in the house, propane bills being what they are. I’ve found that I prefer some shawl shapes over others.

For instance, one of the most popular shawl shapes is the plain rectangle. I’m not too keen on designing the plain rectangle shawl. Seems almost like cheating. So, I’ve been considering different embellishments for them to make them more interesting. Perhaps beads. Or, oh! Beaded tassels! Yummy!

But, I have discovered that I prefer to design and wear shawls made of different, more unusual shapes. I love this shape. It starts off like a triangle shawl, but ends before you get to the point.

I used this shape in the Rolled Collar Wrap from Learn to Do Tunisian Lace Stitches. When I wear it, I wear it more around my neck, more like a scarf. The long edge closest to my neck. And, just let it hang down in the front. I love the look of how it has points at the bottom when worn that way. More visual interest.

And, by the way, if you’ve been holding out on getting this book, you better not wait much longer. Although it’s still available at some vendors, it’s been discontinued. Hurry! (Link’s on the right.)

The next shawl shape I’ve enjoyed is more of an “L” shape. I first discovered this shape when ponchos were so popular, about a decade ago. You would actually seam another of the sides in order to have a poncho. But, I discovered that I rather liked the shape for a shawl and I especially love how it hangs in the front and how it stays on the shoulders! Staying power is most desirable for me.

I used this shawl shape when designing the Christmas Country Wrap for Caron International Yarns.

It’s got a really unique stitch pattern that I just love. And, even though it seems really detailed, I found it to be very easy and quick-to-stitch.

Another really nice design that I love to wear is the ruana. This ruana, especially, has wonderful shoulder staying power. I used a slightly different approach than I’ve done with other ruanas and I really love the shape of it. The design is made from Plymouth Alpaca Grande. Really gorgeous yarn. So soft. So amazing. You almost don’t want to put it down.

This design will soon be available in Tunisian Cables to Crochet, a new book from Annie’s. You can sign up to be notified of its availability. I expect it to be in the warehouse in August.

This one, which I did last year, has a really unique edging. Not really handkerchief edging. But something similar.

Mariposa, a Tunisian lace design, is available at Kimane Designs.

I will continue to explore and experiment with different shawl shapes. I find it fascinating to come up with new and unique shapes. It’s in my nature to be adventuresome in my designing. :-)

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