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Kim Guzman, Crochet and Knit Design


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Learn Crochet Post Stitch Cables

Are you baffled by post stitches? Or maybe you want to learn how to do post stitch cables but they’re confusing for you? I’ve got a great article in Issue 3 of Crochet 1-2-3 magazine. If you were unable to purchase this issue. You can still purchase back issues of the magazine at the website here.

In each issue, I’ve provided a technique article to teach you something new, with three terrific projects so that you can practice the technique. In this issue, I have three cabled scarves to get you well on your way to learning how to do post stitch cables.

But, there’s more! There are also videos to go with the issue so that you can more clearly understand how to do the cables. Check out these three videos I’ve done for the issue and I’m certain you’ll be doing post stitch cables in no time at all!


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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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Cape Sleeved Cardi: Linked Double Treble

This will be my final post of the day regarding the Cape Sleeved Cardi. This is a free pattern, available from Caron yarns here. It has sparked a lot of interest and we are currently doing a crochet-along in my crochet-along group because it’s been so popular.

Unfortunately, in the past three weeks, there has been a YouTube video (which is now a series of 3 videos) and I was unaware of it (them). Yolanda has gone to a lot of work to make the entire garment on video. I respect that level of dedication and appreciate that she likes my design well enough to do something that labor intensive. However, without my knowledge of the videos, I was bombarded by emails for the last three weeks which made absolutely no sense to me. Communications were necessary, back and forth, between people who were experiencing trouble with the pattern and I couldn’t figure out why.

If I had known about these videos, I could have handled this from the very beginning. I would have known what these people were talking about and I would have been able to answer their questions much more quickly. But, instead, I have been receiving huge numbers of emails which have required enormous amounts of time. It’s kept me from my work, from my sleep and from my life.

What Yolanda has done is actually one of the beautiful things about the internet. Imagine someone doing an entire garment right before your very eyes. No more questions! But, alas, parts of her video are completely incorrect and therein lies the problems I’ve been facing.

Now that I’ve discovered what has been going on, I’ve decided to make a video about linked stitches. This video starts off with an explanation about linked stitches. Then it moves on to a demonstration of the linked double treble which is used in the Cape Sleeved Cardi. I intend to make videos of all the linked stitches in my swatch in the video, but I wanted to get this one up for you immediately.

I have also included a presentation of linked stitches at the beginning. If you prefer to jump directly to the linked double treble instruction, it is approximately at mile marker 7. Note that the actual video is in HD. If it’s too far over to the left because I couldn’t find the center this first time of using this camera, please click the YouTube link to view it there. And, the video is currently jumping all over the place. I think it’s because something has been “fixed” by YouTube. I will try to get the original back and, if I’m unsuccessful, I will upload it again. It’s all a learning experience as I try to use a different camera.

Please feel free to use Yolanda’s videos (except that it seems that the videos are not currently available as of the time of this posting which is going to make the rest of my blog post moot, but I’ll post it anyway just in case the videos come back up). Perhaps she will post them again at some point. Click here for her YouTube channel. There is a lot of useful information in the videos. But, realize that the yarn used is not the recommended yarn and is in an entirely different weight category. Without changing the hook size and adjusting the pattern, you will end with a very bulky, stiff garment.

Also, the stitch she is demonstrating is a linked treble, not a linked double treble. You may think there isn’t that much of a difference. But, it’s the difference between a pattern saying to use a double crochet and you use a single crochet instead. That is a lot of height difference once you’ve repeated it 10 times.

And, on a more cosmetic level, the insertion points Yolanda has used for her linked treble are not the same I used for the pattern. Again, this is purely cosmetic and only affects the actual look of the linked stitch.

All of these items are in the pattern itself. Please read through your pattern. You should be able to discover the inaccuracies and fix them. The instructions in the pattern were not followed for these videos. Some things were simply made up without trying to figure it out first. Other things are spot on.

I apologize that some of you may have been working on this cardigan pattern and have suddenly run into problems which require ripping out. But, this is what happens on the internet. You should not always trust every resource available. And, YouTube is a perfect example of inaccuracies. It would be impossible for me to somehow monitor the internet so that I can find instances where people are giving bad advice on my designs and patterns. Thankfully, I have now discovered it and can respond to questions easier and quicker now.

I really think this is such a cute design. And, it’s really easy and quick once you get the hang of working in linked stitches. I encourage you to give it a try. Be sure to review and practice the stitch, using my video. Use Yolanda’s videos for other elements. And, feel free to join my crochet-along. There is also a wee bit of errata which you should review as well.

Please be aware that it’s possible that Caron yarns may request that the inaccurate videos be removed. There is a slight issue of a copyright violation, although it’s kind of a gray area whether or not someone can demo a free pattern without permission. But, more significantly, Caron paid for the pattern, yarn, completed garment, photography, modeling, makeup, styling, tech editor, layout and web design. All that to give you a free pattern for your use. Demo-ing an entire garment pattern owned by Caron with a competitor’s yarn would be, at minimum, a faux pas.

All in all, I feel like a mountain has been created out of a mole hill. But, hopefully this blog post will resolve all issues. This cute little design shouldn’t have ever caused these kinds of problems. But, I can only hope that now that you’ve found me, the designer and pattern writer, you can go forth and conquer this design without further issues.


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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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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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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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New Technology and Needlework

I’ve been designing and writing patterns since my very first wee pattern in 1997. In October, it will be 15 years. I can hardly believe it! My first design was published in 1998. Time has flown!

In the beginning, I wasn’t really very good at writing patterns and I would really, really like to update the patterns I did on my first website dinosaur. I’ve learned a tremendous amount about pattern writing by going back over my published patterns and seeing what the tech editors have changed over the years. Talk about an enlightenment!

Although those old patterns have been used for years and I haven’t really had any complaints, they’re not really up to my current standards of pattern writing. But, in a world where I have to work about 70 hours a week just to feed, cover and clothe the family, who has the time? Still on my ever lengthy to-do list, though.

For years and years, I just carried on with my designing and pattern writing without a whole lot of feedback. When you live in a bubble, it’s hard to get feedback. And, although I love my kids dearly, they weren’t much help. Ha!

With the growth of the internet and technology, I am faced with all kinds of things that hadn’t occurred to me when I first started designing. With the birth of Ravelry, I am now getting an overload of feedback. It is so very nice to see finished projects from people. I love it when someone posts about a project and how much they loved it and even want to make another! So exciting that people like my work. “They like me; they really like me!”

Of course, with the good, there must be the bad, right? I can’t even begin to tell you how much it stings when someone leaves a scathing remark about me or my pattern writing. Wow! But, it’s all a learning experience. I have to take the good with the bad.

Sometimes, it makes me so sad, though. I see someone who has worked on a project. And, the project is too small or too big. They don’t know that gauge isn’t a computerized, scientific number. It is simply the designer’s tension. I see so many comments that “But, it’s too small and I’ve done plenty of patterns. My tension is perfectly average. I have never had to change hook sizes. The pattern is incorrect.”

How I wish these people would have just written to me. I can help with the tension issues. I can explain that there is no way they will get the same tension with their yarn substitution. Or whatever. Instead, they are simply unhappy and dissatisfied.

I am available to help with all of my patterns from the ones I’ve self-published to the ones in books and magazines. Please feel free to contact me. Just think of me as another crocheter/knitter, trying to help out. :-)

In the past, I’ve re-written things. I’ve given lectures on my blog about gauge. I’m teaching online technique classes. I’ve hired someone to draw symbol charts for me. I have made online videos. I will do what I can to help, I promise! But, I’m not superwoman. Sometimes, I don’t have the time to stop working on a book in order to make a video, for instance. (70 hours a week, ya know. LOL) But, I will certainly do what I can.

It would be so wonderful if I could do it all. Patterns with charts, schematics and videos! After all, we’re in the century where this is possible. But, there’s also my family’s strange habit of wanting something to eat about 3 or 4 times a day. Can you imagine? Ha!

But, even if I can’t do it all, I will be here to help you with trying to meet your project goals. :-)


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Learn Tunisian Crochet

A few years’ ago, I started making available some online videos at YouTube for more difficult stitches that you may find in my patterns. These videos have been quite a success and have been used by many to learn these more unique stitches.

One of the most unique stitches is the Tunisian Purled Knit Stitch. As much as it sounds like a typo, it’s not. Through my research into stitches, I realized that the Tunisian Purl Stitch, as used in modern publications, is actually a “wrapped” stitch. If you really think about it, it is a Wrapped Tunisian Simple Stitch. The yarn goes around the front vertical bar, wrapping it and creating what looks similar to a purl bump in hand-knitting.

Once I really gave this stitch some serious thought, I realized that you could actually Purl any stitch. Here is an example of a Purled (or Wrapped) Tunisian Knit Stitch.

If you would like to learn Tunisian crochet, I have now organized all of my free videos in the order I feel is best for learning. You can view them here. And, my main YouTube channel, with all of my videos is here.

Better start learning now because you are going to want to get busy on the gorgeous new projects in my new book coming out very soon from Leisure Arts!

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