Hi crafty friends!

You probably thought I fell off the face of the earth. Well, I did, for the most part. I had a baby! Malcolm Nielsen was born in December, just before Christmas. It was a super crazy, super awesome time, as any of you with kids know! Here he is, brand spanking new:

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Wow, that feels like a long time ago. He’s not so little anymore! Here he is now, at 6 months (and 25 pounds!!):

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He just makes my heart burst. As life has changed dramatically over the last 6 months, I’m trying to figure out the best work/life balance. There has definitely been crochet happening, mostly magazine and book projects that I can’t reveal yet, but I DO plan to continue some new patterns for the website as well as some new tutorials! In the meantime, check out some of my recently published patterns at my Ravelry page.

I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking and writing about motherhood on a new blog called Meeting Malcolm. I’d love for you to check it out if you’re interested!

I also post pics of fun stuff pretty often, so if you’re so inclined, check me out on Instagram.

Rest assured there is much more crochet to come (I couldn’t stop if I wanted to!) and I’ll be keeping you updated. So let me know: what have YOU been up to the last 6 months?

 

So, as you might guess, I’m an avid crocheter. Perhaps “avid” isn’t a strong enough word…obsessive? Manic? Those sound too negative. Let’s just say I love crocheting so much I found a way to turn it into my day job. But what you may not know is that I love to knit too! I like to say that crocheting is my life and knitting is my hobby. Knitting between big crochet projects helps me switch gears and take a little crochet break so I don’t get burnt out. Is it weird to rest from yarncraft by doing a different type of yarncraft?

Lately, my “in between” knitting projects have taken on something of a theme:

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It’s my pleasure to announce that we’re expecting a baby boy this Christmas! Well, December 16, to be exact. My husband and I couldn’t be more excited for our little boy to arrive and we’re so grateful for all the love and support we’ve received from our friends and family. I wanted to let you know so when I go MIA for awhile you’ll know why!

Thanks for all the love and support. I’ll be back at it again soon! Keep those hooks working!

Love,

Beth

ps. If you’re curious about the knitting patterns I used, you can find them here, here, here, and here. And don’t worry if you run out of yarn like I did on the second pant leg…just finish in a different color and call them avant garde.

 

 

Hello Friends!

Can you believe how quickly this year is wrapping up? Unbelievable! It’s been a crazy year for us, and I’ll explain what I mean soon! For now, it’s my pleasure to give you a peek at the November/December issue of Crochet Today! and all the awesome holiday projects inside.

There are some fun themes in this issue. One of my favorites is the 007 New Year’s Eve story, and my Secret Agent Tie is in it!

This is a striped necktie made from Tunisian Knit Stitch. The yarn used is pretty thin, so it was a time-intensive project, but I think the payoff is totally worth it! Many years ago I crocheted a necktie for my Dad as a joke one Christmas, but he loved it and still wears it occasionally. Thanks, Dad! You’re a trooper. You don’t have to wear it anymore. :) If you’re thinking about making this tie for a Dad/Brother/Husband in your life, it’s a great chance to practice your Tunisian colorwork. It is an advanced project, though, so maybe only give it a shot if you’ve worked in Tunisian crochet before.

Here’s another of my patterns in this issue, the Girlfriend Cowl:

This is a fun, quick project that makes a great gift for one of your best girls. It’s a take on the ever-popular chevron scarf with bold colors. I made this one long so you can wear it in a ton of different ways. This is a great easy project, so give it a try and make one for each of your besties! They’ll love it.

Be sure to pick up the current issue of Crochet Today! at your local yarn or craft store. I’ll be back soon with some big news, but in the meantime, happy Halloween-eve! Get this holiday season started right and get some yarn in your hands!

XO,

Beth

 

 

Hello fellow yarn lovers!!

Don’t you just LOVE fall? Maybe because it’s been so hot for so long and our new/old house doesn’t have air conditioning, but when that first cool breeze came in the window a few days ago I just ate it up. It also makes it much easier to have a pile of yarn on your lap. What new fall projects have you been working on? Have you had a chance to check out the new fall issue of Interweave Crochet? I am totally in love with it. The photos are gorgeous and the projects are so deliciously fall. I’m also honored to have a pattern published in it. Introducing the Fall Fields cardigan!

This is a cozy fall cardigan with an all over Fair Isle-style pattern. Interweave sent me the most gorgeous yarn to work with, Lorna’s Laces Sportmate, in the most beautiful fall colors. I really love the texture variation in this pattern, and it keeps it from being boring and repetitive when you’re working it up. Here are some detail shots:

 

What do you think? Is this a pattern you’d make? Even if it’s not, you should still check out the fall issue. You won’t be sorry! Get it on newsstands or at your local yarn shop today.

And if you happen to bake anything with pumpkin, let me know. I’ll be over right away. Happy Fall!

 

 

 

Hello Friends!

Wow, what a crazy summer it’s been! Mr. N and I moved out of our apartment and into a new house after a long, extremely difficult closing process. We had to put our stuff in storage and live with friends for three weeks as our closing was delayed time after time, but we’re home now and it’s definitely worth it! We love it!

In the midst of all the crazy I forgot to post about patterns I had published this summer! In the July/August issue of Crochet Today! I was honored to have two patterns published, the Melrose Tote and the Surfer Girl Tank:

Can’t ever get enough chevron! This was a really fun summer project.

If you know my designs, you know I love making crochet garments with shape, and this tank was really fun! This design is a bit similar to the newest pattern here on ChiCrochet.com, the Newland Tank, but it features a racerback.

I love the way the photo shoot turned out! Crochet Today is so great with their shoots!

For the current issue of Crochet Today, the September/October issue, I also had two patterns published, the Applause Gloves and the Cherry on Top Apron:

These gloves were part of a “That Girl” 60s story, so they have a vintage feel worked up in a modern variegated sock yarn. They may look complicated but they’re super easy!

This charming apron was part of the “Kitschy Kitchen” story and I think Crochet Today did a brilliant job with this photo shoot! Totally adorable. There’s still plenty of time to pick up the current issue from newsstands and check these and all the other great patterns out! Here’s what the cover looks like:

Check it out today!

There’s more big news coming up soon and this time I won’t wait so long to let you know! Thanks for sticking with me!

Keep up the hooking,

Beth :)

 

Hello Dear Friends!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a new pattern exclusively to ChiCrochet.com–but the wait is over! It’s my pleasure to introduce the Newland Tank!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a lightweight scoopneck tank with straps that cross in the back, perfect for summer! It’s made of very light fingering (#1 weight) yarn. I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, an awesome yarn with beautiful, subtle color variations that lend something of a mottled look to the finished product.

This is a great project for beginners because it uses minimal but effective shaping and the entire tank is done in half double crochet. In the pictures above it looks like a fitted tank, but really it’s fitted at the bust and flares out at the hips. Because I’m blessed with ample hips (yep, that’s me in the picture!) it’s hard to tell that the hip measurement is significantly larger than the bust measurement. That just means it’s an awesome pattern for us pear shaped ladies!

I hope you love this pattern and I hope you check it out! I’d love to see pictures if you make it!

Keep Hooking,

Beth

 

Hello fellow crocheters!

Can you believe it’s summer already? The warm weather doesn’t have to mean you pack your hooks away for the season–there are tons of awesome crochet patterns perfect for summer. One of the best places to find them is in the new issue of Interweave Crochet, on newsstands and at your local yarn shop now. While you’re flipping through you may come across my newest pattern, the Marisa dress!

This versatile halter-style dress goes on easily over a bathing suit at the beach, then dresses up for dinner with sandals and an updo. There are tons of ways to wear it–try it as a high-waisted or hip-slung skirt, or tie it in a bow in front for a cute strapless dress.

Worked in half double crochet through the back loop only, this simple crochet dress is quick and easy. It’s also completely reversible, so either color can be the dominant one.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy summer project, I hope you’ll try this one out! Happy Summer!

 

Hello dear friends!

So sorry it’s been awhile. I’ve been swamped with projects for publication, so much so that I almost forgot to post about my latest published pattern, the Sunrise Necklace in the May/June issue of Crochet Today! magazine.

This is a chunky, modern necklace made of interlocking crocheted rings. It’s much simpler to make than it looks, and it works up very quickly!

It’s an honor to be published in Crochet Today! It’s such a bright, fresh publication that I always enjoy getting in the mail.  This pattern and many, many more are featured in the current issue, on newsstands now! Check it out!

 

Hello fellow yarn lovers!

In today’s crochet quickie we’re learning how to work the double crochet decrease, abbreviated dc2tog. When creating the decrease you’ll learn to work two double crochets into one. It’s a great skill, essential for most patterns involving shaping. Do you like working patterns with shaping or do you prefer the straight and narrow? Let me know!

 

Happy Spring!

This has been the most incredible week in Chicago–warm, sunny, glorious! Just in time for spring, the new issue of Interweave Crochet arrived on doorsteps this week. It’s been an issue I’ve been waiting for for months, because it features two of my patterns! Introducing the Cherry Blossom Top:

With this top I was trying to create a structured, yet softly feminine sweater that was drapey and flattering. It has stripes of pink and beige and a tiny cap sleeve.

I really love the structure of this design. I’d love to wear it myself, but I sent the only one I made to the magazine!

This is a great project for crocheters just starting out with shaping. It’s completely double crochet and has minimal shaping with maximum impact!

I was fortunate enough to have a second design accepted for publication in this issue, the Yin Tank:

This pattern is a variation of my Talman Tank. It features a strip of hairpin lace atop a ribbed tank. It’s also very easy to crochet, and it’s a great project to try out hairpin lace for the first time.

Check out the new issue of Interweave Crochet in your local yarn shop now and let me know what you think!