YarnCraft Episode 151 :: Favorite Fall Afghans, Plus an Interview with Designer Robyn Chachula

15 Oct

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YarnCraft Episode 151 :: Favorite Fall Afghans, Plus an Interview with Designer Robyn Chachula

Pattern recommendations, tips from crochet designer Robyn Chachula, a chance to win some prizes, and a special announcement—join Zontee and Michelle for all that and more, on this bonus-length episode of YarnCraft!

Patterns discussed include:

Zontee then interviews crochet designer and teacher Robyn Chachula whose new book is Blueprint Crochet Sweaters. They talk about why reading crochet symbols can be useful, how to get a better fitting armhole, and more.

On Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee and Michelle share resources for finding that elusive mystery pattern/yarn/skill. Resources discussed include: Ravelry, AllFreeKnitting.com, AllFreeCrochet.com, KnittingHelp, the Crochet Crowd, Crochet Geek, NewStitchaDay, and Yarndex.

Want to win one of our two giveaway books? Be sure to listen to this episode (at 37:31) for details on how to enter our giveaway of The Knitter’s Directory: 150 Scandinavian Motifs and Mollie Makes: Christmas from our friends at Interweave. Be sure to leave a comment by 11:59 pm Eastern on October 23, 2013 to qualify. (Must be 18 or the age of majority in your municipality. Only open to residents of countries where LionBrand.com ships. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.)

Join us in two weeks for the final episode of YarnCraft with Zontee and Michelle! It’s been an amazing 5 year run, but since Zontee (who serves as writer, producer, and editor of the show) is leaving Lion Brand, we have to bid a fond adieu! Tune in for this very special episode, and in the meantime, call us and leave a message at 774-452-YARN (9276) to be a part of our grand finale!

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00:11 Intro & welcome
01:25 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles?
03:14 Listener Jenny’s call
04:18 Favorite fall afghan patterns
16:19 Interview with designer Robyn Chachula
30:13 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
37:31 Contest announcement
38:32 A special announcement from Zontee
40:19 Thanks to our guest & listeners

  • anne Josephy-Zack

    I am making many pairs of wristers for the holidays. Best of luck Zontee!

  • Connie K.

    I am making everyone a new afghan this year.

  • Deebee

    I’m making the Princess Basket weave Throw in the Honey Bee shade. This will be a combo birthday/Chanukah present for my granddaughter,

    Zontee: You will be sorely missed. I really enjoy the Podcast, I’ve learned a lot. I hope the company continues the podcast, maybe Liz and Michelle?

  • Scitchr

    I’ve made 4 1/2 (will be 5!) sweaters, 3 hats, and a bag for Christmas gifts this year. Still have the other half of the sweater and a mitered square blanket to go!

  • Dianne

    I’ve finally mastered the nupp stitch and will be making Estonian shawls for my four sisters.

  • Stefanie R

    I’ve already completed an afghan for Christmas, now I’m working on a shawl and plan to also do a pair of socks and an amigurumi! Glad I started early!

    Best of luck Zontee!!

  • Sarah

    I am crocheting a lace triangle scarf for my mom (from Erika Knight’s Simple Crochet)! I can’t wait — I’m going to a fiber festival to pick out a beautiful earth tone colored sport weight yarn. :) Thank you for this opportunity! Happy holiday crafting everyone.

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks, Stefanie!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks, Deebee! Liz is actually still at home with her baby, but hopefully the company will figure something out for the future!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks, Anne!

  • ondrizek8

    I’m knitting a cardigan for our 3 yr. old great-grandson, a Scottie dog pillow for a dear neighbor, an afghan just for fun using left-overs, caps and mittens for charity.

  • Mary Jo

    I really like the Pansy afghan and I think I will make it for my Granddaughter for Christmas. She loves pinks and purples, so lots of choices in yarn.

  • Guest

    I am still knitting the Easy folded Poncho from churchmouse yarns and the honey cowl. I am also working on monsters for my boys and my mother in law since she now wants one now… Here is the one I just finished he is crocheted and the pattern is from Stacey Trock.. I also am planning on making some fingerless gloves for my secret sister, a chair organizer thing for my dad, and who knows what else :)
    oh Zontee I will miss you… I am getting worried they may cancel the show so who do I need to call to ensure there is still a show? I have learned so much from you guys!

  • kim dawson

    As much as I would love to get started on anotherproject I am still knitting away at the Easy folded Poncho from churchmouse yarns and the honey cowl. I am also working on monsters for my boys and my mother in law since she now wants one now… Here is the one I just finished he is crocheted and the pattern is from Stacey Trock.. I also am planning on making some fingerless gloves for my secret sister, a chair organizer thing for my dad, and who knows what else :)
    oh Zontee I will miss you… I am getting worried they may cancel the show so who do I need to call to ensure there is still a show? I have learned so much from you guys!

  • kim dawson

    this is actually me but it went crazy and double posted at one time… my actual post is bellow with the monster picture.

  • Patti

    I’m making blankets for my daughters and Harry Potter scarves for all of my children.

  • Kathryn63

    I am making little knit farm animals for the grandkids.

  • Brenda B.

    I am going to make our son an afghan–probably chevron pattern or ripple– for his Christmas gift in his college colors.. Would love to win one of the books in the giveaway! Thanks for the chance..

  • Cathy Brown

    I am stash busting for the holidays! Everyone gets a scarf and the challenge has been combining yarns to make each scarf unique! Good luck Zontee as you continue with your career. You will be missed by those of us in podcast land!

  • MelodyJ

    I’m going to knit a hat for myself this holiday. I’m learning new to me techniques so I don’t want to give it away if it doesn’t turn out well.

  • Diana S.

    I am making scarves, both knit and crochet, for all the guys on my list. Or at least trying to get them all done.

  • Abby Mroczenski

    I’m so sad Zontee is leaving, the last re-run made me miss Liz too. I will miss the podcast if it goes away. I hope someone in the studio feels the pull to the mic and picks it up. :)

    For the holiday knits, I’m making socks. I started this summer, which is torture for the recipients since I really don’t make blind gifts often. Happy crafting!

  • Sue G

    Hello! I love the podcast #151, but have just one little comment……they have great things to say, but they talk SO fast I had to listen many times to get it all!! Thank you for all the resources!!

  • knittykitty

    I love doing color working and I will be making miniature fair isle stocking ornaments to use as little accents on the gifts I give out this year!

  • Jodiebodie

    Dear Zontee & Michelle, thank you for your time and energy producing Yarncraft – I look forward to each new episode every fortnight. (What will I do now??) I will miss hearing your voices with news, ideas and interviews. You have introduced me to many new things and broadened my view of the crochet/knit world. All the best with your new endeavours. I will certainly visit your blog(s).
    I don’t have a lot of crafting on my list for this Christmas, but I have completed one gift which was made with the Lion Brand Bon Bons acrylic Pastels pack.
    I have been using them to work my way through two books of flower and leaf patterns. The flowers will be used as embellishments for various projects.
    My Christmas gift is a set of hair accessories for a little girl. The pattern is “5-petal flower” from the book “200 Crochet Flowers, Embellishments & Trims” by Claire Crompton. I also enjoy browsing through “100 flowers to knit & crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. The latter is well organised so you can browse by colour, technique (knit or crochet) or difficulty level.
    Here is a picture of the hair accessories (plus a button flower and irish leaf). There are more pictures on my Ravelry project page (Jodiebodie)
    I have enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about their Christmas Crafting and especially love the picture of the Monster! :-)

  • Jodiebodie

    agree! Sometimes the quality of the phone lines make it hard to catch every word too. When I first found Yarncraft, I thought Liz and Zontee spoke very quickly and I had to listen over and over to understand it but I thought it was more to do with me being an Australian not used to the New York/US accent, but of course, if you are in New York, you don’t have an accent at all! hehe :-)
    Perhaps city life is so fast-paced, it is reflected in people’s speech habits? :-)

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thank you, Cathy!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks for sharing, Kim! I’ll certainly pass along your comments, but I think the company will have to decide based on resources and what direction they want to go with. It may take them a little while to decide exactly what they’d like to do, so keep an eye out!

  • http://elliottcraftycreations.blogspot.com Elliott Crafty Creations

    I am working on a few different crochet scarf designs including variations lion brand’s key hole scarf for my holiday crafting.

  • Samantha crocheter

    For Christmas I intend to crochet slippers for my best friend and an amigurumi for my little sister :)

  • ~kp

    The patterns using the many varieties of crocheted granny squares are so inviting. However, sewing the squares together once they are created is so time-consuming and boring. Is there a crochet technique or stitch that could connect the squares as they are created so when the squares are completed so is the afghan?

  • Chris

    Zontee thank you for introducing me to Lion Brand through this podcast as I didn’t know of it before being in the UK. I’ve listened to the terrific podcasts for a long time and I truly hope they can be reinstated by the company. Will the existing archives remain available to listen to again?
    My Christmas crafting includes tree ornaments in knit and crochet, gloves and scarves for the family and the chance to finish all the sweaters I started this fall!
    Wishing you all the best zontee and thanks to Liz and Michelle for all their terrific work too.

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Hi Chris, yes, the archives will remain and the company may even “rerun” older episodes to make them easier to download on iTunes. Thanks so much for your kind words, and I’ll be sure to pass on your thoughts to Liz and Michelle too!

  • Dane Samuel

    i am knitting socks and mittens for christmas. i’ve already done two pairs of socks. now i just need to make three more. the mittens are for my little twin brothers since they keep on losing theirs.

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Hi there, you can definitely try join-as-you-go methods of crocheting (Google the term to find some different tutorials and patterns). An example is a crochet-along lead for us by designer Edie Eckman:
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    Hope that helps!

  • Jodiebodie

    Apology! I need to correct the information – I gave the wrong yarn info! I got my two packs of Bon Bons confused. The hair accessories were done with the cotton ones (not acrylic) and I used the ‘Naturals’ colour palette.

  • Barbara

    I’m so sorry to hear the end of YarnCraft! I will miss you! Good luck, Zontee — I know you’ll do well in whatever you do!
    I’m working on cowl neck warmers and wash cloths!

  • Sara

    Thanks for all your work Zontee, best of luck to you! I’m working on too many things at the moment but I may make gift wrap embellishments or just a few small home decor items. I have many afghans that I’d like to start but they may have to wait until the next holiday season. :-)

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks, Sara!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thank you, Barbara!

  • Linnel

    I will be making many, many, hats for the holidays. I have a specific (recipe/pattern) that is pretty quick. I love to make flap hats, pageboys, berets, beanies, skull caps and hair scarves. Some are fashionable and some are waaaaaay out there. I’m in the process of finishing a “When pigs fly” flap hat, which I will be sharing this evening on Ravelry). I knit the flap hat and then finish it with crochet and embroidery (French knots, invisible stitch etc.). There’s a great Etsy shop called Suncatcher Eyes that supplies the eyes for all of my animal hats. They’re really exquisite.

    Best of luck Zontee. You will be missed, but I’m happy to know that you’ll be starting a new Podcast in the future and that you still have a Website to visit :-).

  • cnuland

    I’m hoping I can make socks for three of my friend for Christmas this year, but time is running short. I have blocking boards and wires on my list for Santa.

  • Kathy

    I also want to wish Zontee well and say I hope the company does continue the podcast. This has been one of my favorites to listen to and you will be missed.

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks, Kathy!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks, Linnel!