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Friday, July 31, 2015

Corrections for Patterns in Colorful Crochet Lace

I have listed and will continue listing any errors we find in Colorful Ctochet Lace, so please be patient with me and please let me know if you think you've found an error not listed here as you are making a project! But first I need to say something about errors in a crochet or knit book. This also includes patterns in magazines. See errors and corrections for this book toward the bottom of page.

Information to Readers about Errors in Pattern Books

As a designer and author, the thrill of having a book released cannot be described in words, especially when people love it and the book is getting 5 star reviews. But one of the worst things we experience is finding out about an error in a pattern. The only consolation we have is that now we have the Internet so anyone in the world can look up the pattern on the author/designer's website, blog or on Ravelry.

I want you all to understand how the errors can happen and it can't be helped. No matter how perfect you think your manuscript is when sending it off to the publishder to be seen by the tech editor, something is going to end up being changed. I want everyone to know that I, aa designer, have every single project tested by a pattern tester, and when they report back to me that they made the project with no problems or if they have pointed out something they didn't understand and it has been corrected by me, the designer, I feel 100% confident there are no errors.
But at the same time, I have to face reality. Even though I know my patterns have been tested and cleared for errors, and even though I try to word everything the way I know can be understood and even though I know the tech editor will probably condense the pattern some for the sake of making more room in the book, it still makes me very nervous. When the process happens, you just have to trust the tech editor and trust the publisher for hiring the best tech editors in the business. That's the only way I can sleep at night!

Knowing all this and having told you what the process is, there are bound to be mistakes because of human error. The patterns not only go through me, the editor, and the tech editor, but it goes through proof readers as well. Sometimes when the tech editor is correcting any math (grading the sizes), condensing the pattern, or rearranging the wording, things get left off or rearranged because of copying and pasting. Then the patterns are all sent back to us as the designer to check for any errors the tech editor may have made. Seems simple enough, right?
But it's not that simple. I try to read every single word of the patterns again to check for errors, but it is humanly impossible to catch every single error or thing that was changed. Actually, the only way I could be sure to catch any errors would be to start the project over, and make it again myself, or have a pattern tester make it again! There's no time to do this, because of deadlines, so we're in a hurry to check it out, just hoping and praying we have caught everything. 

When the book is released and as people are making the patterns, you may get comments about things that are very minor, such as a comma missing, a stitch count missing (even though it's there on other rows), or occasionally the number of sts that weren't added for a larger size, but when someone finds a major error that would cause someone to give up on the pattern, or that could give the designer a bad reputation, this is devestating to me! I'm thankful that most publishers now include a stitch pattern diagram in books making it easier to understand, and as happy as it makes me that inexperienced crocheters are trying the patterns, sometimes they just don't understand because of inexperience. I try to be patient about that too, and ask them if they know another crocheter who can look at the pattern and help them understand.

But like I said, thank goodness for the Internet and my blog! Thanks for allowing me to rant about this because readers automatically think the errors are the fault of the designer and that's not always the case. We are meticulous about writing our patterns correctly and hiring pattern testers. I'm not saying we don't make mistakes. As humans we all do.

Some good advice - I recommend that you do not read ahead in the pattern! It can be way too confusing but when you actually start crocheting and doing it step by step it will make more sense. I have been crocheting for many years and never read ahead anymore, because it can confuse an experienced crocheter too!

                  Corrections on the Haute Couture Peplum Top 

Page 61, under SLEEVES (make 2). 
With larger hook chain 45 (47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57) is wrong!  
It should say
All Sizes - With larger hook chain 45. 
The reason this is wrong is because the beginning chain of the sleeve is vertical, so the chain is the length of the sleeve. The length of the sleeve is the same for all the sizes. 

Also under Sleeves, where it says "Rows 4- 27 (29, 31, 35, 37, 41, 43)" - this is right!
You are adding more rows to the larger sizes to fit around the arm. Remember the rows are vertical!

              Corrections on the Tunique Unique Pullover

Page 36 - the ** are missing in Row 1 under Pattern Stitch to the left in the gray area of the STITCH GUIDE and the **are also missing on Row 1 under Front /Back.

The **  on Row 1 of Front/Back should say - "ch 11 ** dc sh" I am adding "dc" before "shell" because there are also sc shes and hdc shs, if you look to the right in the STITCH GUIDE.
Likewise, the ** in Row 1 of the Pattern Stitch should be in the same place after "skip next 11ch". It should also say (under Pattern Stitch Row 1) 
Row 1: 2 dc in 4th  h from hook, * chain 8, skip next 11 chain, **, dc she in next chain"

Page 36 snd 37 - Begin Sleeves
Row 1- if you look at the schematic in the book (next page) you'll see that you'll have a foundation chain on the left and a foundation ch on the right. These foundation chains are what the sleeve part will be worked into, but if you are reading ahead, youll see that the center part of the front and back will actually have shells to be worked into.

Page 36 and 37 - Begin Sleeves (corrected Row 1)
Row 1 is completely off and the tech editor and I don't know how this got changed right before the book went to print because our original instructions we have are right. We decided to put the whole row that's correct here instead of trying to correct certain lines. Please ignore or cross out that row 1 and replace it with this correct Row 1. Thanks for being patient!

Begin Sleeves - please replace this with what's in the book
Row 1: Loosely ch 61 (for first
sleeve), turn, 3 sc in 2nd ch from
hook, ch 8, skip next 11 ch, sc-shell
in next ch, [ch 8, skip next 11 ch,
hdc-shell in next ch] twice, [ch 8,
skip next 11 ch, dc-shell in next ch]
twice, ending in top of last dc of last
row, work in patt Row 4 across to
top of tch, drop lp from hook. With a
separate strand of yarn, join yarn in
in base of last st made, ch 60 (for 2nd
sleeve). Fasten off. Pick up dropped
lp, working across ch-60, ch 8, skip
next 11 ch, dc-shell in next ch, [ch 8,
skip next 11 ch, hdc-shell in next ch]
twice, ch 8, skip next 11 ch, sc-shell
in next ch, ch 8, skip next 11 ch, 3 sc
in last ch, turn—2 sc-shells; 4 hdcshells;
8 (9, 10, 11, 12) dc-shells; 15 (16,
17, 18, 19) ch-8 lps. PM in first and last
dc-shell. Move markers up as work

Notes from the tech editor, making this more clear.
You have added stitches in Row 1 that widen the sweater to establish Sleeve sections. From then on you work across the first Sleeve, the Body, and the second Sleeve. At the end of Row 1, is the following text: "PM (meaning place marker) in first and last dc-shell. Move marker up as work progresses." I did that so that you can work in Pattern rows over the center section where there are dc-shells. The ends of the rows (which taper off by working hdc-shells and sc-shells) are written out at the beginning and end of the rows.

About starting the Second Sleeve, that is done in Row 1. After working across the body, you ch 60 for 2nd sleeve. 
                     Corrections for Cafe au Lait T - Shirt 

Page 86
At the end of Row 1 on Shape Sleeves
”…hdc in each of next 2 ch] 1 (1,1,1,1,2) twice, turn -- 9 (10,11,12,13,16) picots.”
Correction - the word "twice" is supposed to be "times" instead of "twice".

“Yoke” -- from a reader "I don’t understand where these 9 rows go -- where they are attached to the rest of the front, or how they relate to the sleeves or anything."
Correction - At the end of YOKE it should say "Do not fasten off".

Correction - this is not an error or a correction but it is an explanation
After adding the extra stitches to start the Sleeves, you work Row 1 to establish the width. You do not fasten off after that, so you still have a loop on your hook at the end of Row 1 of the Sleeves. Then you continue to work across Row 1 of the Sleeves to begin the Yoke.  

The Yoke says to work in pattern for a number of rows. Each row of the pattern ends with a "turn", so we assuming the reader would know that. But you do not fasten off, you just continue to work the "First Front/Shape Neck. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Announcing Book Blog tour for Colorful Crochet Lace - Aug 4

Colorful Crochet Lace by Mary Jane Hall
Well, this is truly an exciting time for me! I can't believe this day has finally come and it's been very emotional for me. I began this book 2 years ago and it's finally been released. All the hard work and stress I put into it has been well worth it, and I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting me and the book the way you have! It means the world to me! I've loved reading the 5 star reviews and comments on my social media.

 I hope you will participate and follow the book blog tour! I feel honored that my fellow designers are taking their time to support me by particioating in this tour. I can't thank them enough! Tbey are each an inspiration to me.

You will have several chances to win the book, so check out the schedule below, which begins at Vickie Howell's website, Aug 4. Most people know Vickie from her TV shows. She's been a TV personality for many years now. I first heard about her when she hosted Knitty Gritty, back in 2005, which is mostly a knitting show, but she would occasionally showcase crochet. She is a crocheter also and has written books on both knit and crochet. In fact, I have a design in one of her books, Pop Goes Crochet, which is a scarf named after Heidi Klum. Vickie told me it was one of her favorites! Tnis is a cool book with designs that are still stylish today so you may want to check it out as well.  Vickie is the host of the TV show Knitting Daily now. Please click on her link below. My guest post will not show on her blog till Tues, Aug 4, so please come back! Thank you for following the book blog tour! You are an honored guest!

         Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour

  1. Knit Crochet Craft – Vickie Howell (Mary Jane will be Vickie's guest blogger that day, kicking off the tour 8/4)
  2. Outstanding Crochet – Natalia Kononova (review and promotional giveaway 8/5)
  3. Bonnie Bay – Bonnie Barker (review, interview, and promotional giveaway 8/6)
  4. Crochetville – Amy Shelton (she'll show the Au Naturel Top she made, review, promotional giveaway 8/7)
  5. My Little City Girl – Alla Koval (she'll show the Juliette Scarf she made , interview, and review 8/10)
  6. Yarn Thing Podcast – Marly Bird (author interview podcast 8/13)
  7. Hook & Needle Designs – Lisa Gentry (8/14)
  8. GoCrochet – Ellen Gormley (review and author interview) (8/17)
  9. Turquoiz Blue – This is Crochet - Turquoiz Blue (8/18)
  10. Cute Crochet Chat – Jocelyn Sass (review and promotional giveaway 8/19)
  11. Hot Lava Crochet – Tammy Hildebrand (interview, review, and promotional giveaway 8/20)
  12. The Crochet Architect – Susan Lowman 8/21
  13. Crochet Renee – Renee Rogers 8/24
  To order Colorful Crochet Lace click here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Magnifique Modular Tunic in Colorful Crochet Lace

Magnifique Modular Tunic in Colorful Crochet Lace by Mary Jane Hall

Today I'm featuring the Magnifique Modular Tunic from Colorful Crochet Lace. I wrote this pattern for sizes xsm- 3x and the yarn I chose is Caron Simply Soft Light, a # 3, dk weight, in Rivieraa.  The top is made up of large square motifs, making it a carry along project. I shotnw different ways the motifs can be put together to make different projects, such as a shorter top, a top with longer sleeves and putting together the squares as a large poncho or a shorter poncho. This would also make a great beach cover-up. To see the book on Amazon please click here : http://www.amazon.com/Colorful-Crochet-Lace-Garments-Accessories/dp/1620336987/ref=pd_sim_b_12?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Y6KZHCJC5HWRAS3RED3

Book Signing - Fashion Show Nov 2007

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Daytime in Paris Shoulder Bag in Colorful Crochet Lace

Daytime in Paris Sholder Bag by Mary Jane Hall in Colorful Crochet Lace

Another accessory from Colorful Crochet Lace I want to share is the Daytime in Paris Sholder Bag. Pattern is for 2 sizes - the one shown in the picture and a much larger bag/carry-on. Bag is double lined with stabilizer but is optional. The leather straps were purchased at JoAnns. I love texture and used popcorn stitches in this bag. If you do not want to make the popcorn stitches you can easily work a DC cluster in place of each popcorn.

Daytime in Paris Shoulder Bag by Mary Jane Hall in Colorful Crochet Lace

Daytime in Paris Shoulder Bag by Mary Jane Hall - closeup
 of popcorn stitches and silver charm

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review of Colorful Crochet Lace at About.com by Katheryn Vercillo

Katheryn Vercillo is well known for her popular blog, Crochet Concupiscence. I'm honored she did this review of the book! Go to About.com to read the full review.

Crochet designer Mary Jane Hall has released a new book called Colorful Crochet Lace that highlights the stunning contemporary use of lace in crafting with nearly two dozen fresh new crochet patterns. Additionally, it incorporates the use of a special crochet technique created by the designer to help make it easier for crafters to shape their garments to their own size and style.

About the Crochet Book

Colorful Crochet Lace is a 2015 crochet book published by Interweave.

Examples of the Crochet Patterns
It includes 22 truly chic crochet lace projects, giving us a little bit of information about the history of lace making but more importantly showcasing how lace really fits in with a modern way of life. Author and designer Mary Jane Hall really loves color and she capitalizes on that love by incorporating bold hues into her patterns. This shows us the varied potential of lace that we might otherwise overlook when viewing more classic white/cream and other neutral lace designs. Of course, those kinds of lace have their place but it's great to see the other options in crochet lace as well.
The crochet patterns in this book are a mixture of accessories patterns and clothing patterns. You'll find crochet patterns for belts, bags, scarves and shawls. You'll also find crochet patterns for beautifully lacy boleros, capelets and shrugs to wear over outfits all throughout the year. And with the patterns in this new book you'll also be able to make crochet shirts, dresses and tops of all shapes and sizes.

Graduated Stitch Method

It's an impressive collection of different types of designs. You could make a whole wardrobe for yourself using this book and a little bit of your own imagination!
The most unique thing about this wonderful new crochet book is that it incorporates the Graduated Stitch Method, which is a a unique shaping/ and sizing technique created by the author. She teaches us the technique so that we can get the right size and shape to suit our own needs as crafters without having to rely solely on increases and decreases, which have long been the standard method of shaping and sizing in crochet. The designer has been using this technique for several years to great success in her patterns.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dominique Dress Overlay in Colorful Crochet Lace by Mary Jane Hall

Today I want to feature the Dominique Dress Overlay in my new book, Colorful Crochet Lace. This is meant to be worn over another dress, over leggings or can be used as a swinsuit cover. Even though it is not real colorful to me, I wanted to have some projects in the book that may appeal to thos people who prefer a warm or pastel color pallette. As you may know by now, my favorite color pallette is medium cool colors.

Dominique Dress Overlay by Mary Jane Hall
from Colorful Crochet Lace

The yarn is nice and easy to work with. It's Tahki Cotton Classics Lite, a # 2 sport wt in 100 % cotton with a slight sheen in color # 4253 - wheat.  I wrote this pattern for sizes small - 3x. Beginning ch is at the top, and I give instructions on how to make this into a crop top, a tunic and even a skirt by eliminating the straps. I tried it on my mannequin and the top area right below the straps fit the waist perfectly. I made a slit opening in the back at the waist so it would easily go over the hips. If you wanted a maxi overlay to go over another maxi skirt all you have to do is keep adding rows! As you can see by my photos, it looks good worn with or without a belt! Try wearing a belt at the waist also.

Dominique Dress Overlay by Mary Jane Hall in Colorful Crochet Lace
Close-up view of Dominique Dress Overlay in back
To read more about Colorful or to order, please go to this link:http://www.amazon.com/Colorful-Crochet-Lace-Garments-Accessories/dp/1620336987/ref=pd_sim_b_12?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Y6KZHCJC5HWRAS3RED3