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Crochet Today Patterns

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I don't own the rights to distribute Crochet Today patterns.

You should contact

I think they own everything from CT.


Pattern support for "Dreamy Cocoons"

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The publisher provides free Technical Pattern Support:

To ask for assistance in understanding instructions for making a design from a Leisure Arts publication (please specify type of skill involved, such as knit, crochet, etc.).


If you have a webcam, you can schedule a private lesson with me." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">


If you do not have a webcam, I will try to answer your questions via email

when I have a free moment.


You may also get free help from other crocheters who have worked the pattern on Ravelry.


Granny Square Sweater Assembly

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Deby Wrote:

 I was crocheting the Granny Square Jacket from the Red Heart Pattern #WR1859. I've got the squares sewn together as shown on pattern, however, I cannot figure out how to layout the back, front, and sleeves to sew them together. Do you have a chart available for that process? It wasn't listed on website. Thank you,

My Reply:

There is a schematic on the second page of the pattern.The single square on the sleeve folds diagonally to make a gusset.On some sizes, the squares at the side seam have to be eased in.

This photo might help.

More on the Purple textures cocoon and Foundation Single Crochets

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)


Dana  wrote:

I am making your purple texture(s?) cocoon for my SIL's baby (she's due in October, but the shower is next week!). I am useing the pattern out of Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet. I have never used a foundation chain, but that is not really the problem, it is the pattern I am having trouble is how it is written: " Rnd 1 (RS) With Purple Mist (that is the color) work 32 foundation single crochet (Fsc); do not join. Place marker on first sc to indicate begining of rnds. Move marker up for each new rnd." I made all the fsc, but it looks like a chain...the pattern does not say to put all the fsc into one stitch? How is this supposed to be a round? I know several ways to start rounds, but have no clue where my mistake is with this pattern....By the way, the next Rnd starts out Ch 1, 2 sc in both loops of next sc (sc in front loop only of next sc, sc in back loop only of next sc).....



It sounds like you are not totally getting the Foundation single crochet technique.  When you work the 32 fsc it will be as tall as a row of single crochets worked into a starting chain.  You also can't put 32 fsc into one stitch, that is not how they work.In this case, the round is an oval.  It is worked like the toe of a toe-up sock.  Instead of working into both sides of a chain, you work into the base of the fsc for the second half of the round.

The next round begins the first texture pattern.  The increase are worked under both loops of the sc as you would work a normal stitch then the texture is worked in alternating front and back loops.

If you have more questions, please feel welcome to contact me again.


Purple Textures Cocoon Continued

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Faye Wrote:

I have attempted Purple Textures from Dreamy Cocoons, 3 times, and cannot figure out the start. If yoy don't join, do you turn and go back with the sc's to end up with 32? Also, even after I started as best I could, the increases didn't seem to fall in the correct places.


Faye,The first thing you should do is get familiar with how to do foundation single crochets.There are some good videos on Youtube.These videos clearly shows how to work the stitch:

It is possible to work in rounds without joining or turning.  It actually creates a spiral.  It is great for sc in rounds because joining with a sl st make a distinctive ridge in your work. Just place a marker in the last stitch of the round to help follow the pattern.

When you work foundation single crochets you are working the chain and the sc simultaneously.  When you YO and pull through 1 loop, you create the chain.  When you YO and pull the 2 loops you create the sc.  So in Rnd 1 of the Purple textures cocoon, you work 15 Fsc.  Then rotate the work to work into the ch of the last fsc made.  The directions tell you to sc in each ch across.  So you will be working into the bottom edge of your 15 fsc. (This bottom edge will be on the left side of your strip of fsc if you work with your hook in your right hand).

When you start rnd 2 you will work into the top of the single crochets.

If this is still confusing to you, please feel welcome to write back to me.  I can try to explain it another way.


Cindy Wrote:

I have been crocheting for many years and I am currently trying to do purple textures (cocoon). I am having a very hard time with RND 2. I even took it to work and another crochet buddy is having a hard time with the instructions. I guess what I am asking is does RND 2 actually consist of 2 rows? marker from RND 1 is at the end with the marker please help decipher your pattern - thank you



I don't understand your question but the reply to Faye's question may help you.

The pattern is worked in continuous Rounds.  There are no rows in this pattern.

Please write back to clarify.


Purple Textures Cocoon Pattern

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (2)

If you are having trouble with the first round of the Purple textures Cocoon pattern in Dreamy Cocoons, look up a stitch called the foundation single crochet.

Here are some videos that may help:

The increases are then worked like on the toe of a sock with some texture in between.

I hope this helps, 



Pattern Support for Published Designs

Posted on July 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (4)

If you have questions or concerns about a published design, you should contact the publisher. The publisher provides paid staff people to assist you. They will also make notes to be used if the pattern is ever re-published. Some publishers also provide on-line errata. Ravelry makes it very easy to find errata and comments by other crafters who have encountered similar problems with the same pattern.

Once a designer signs over the rights and submits a pattern for publication, they really have little or no say over what the editors do with the text. Some technical editors are kind and conscientious enough to contact a designer with questions, comments and feedback.

Many publishers have distinct styles for the way a pattern is written. This may result in significantly changing a designer's original text. Publishers also have space limitations to consider. A printed pattern can't run on for pages explaining every little detail. Editors may choose to leave out sections of a designer's original text or reword it so it will fit in the designated space.

If the stitch or technique is complicated and requires how-to step outs with illustration, it may never get published. Illustrators are also better paid than designers. The need for too many illustrations can make a pattern too expensive to publish. So you can see some of the limitations publishers and designers face. The internet has liberated us a little, longer patterns can be provided as internet extras in magazines.

Customer comments to a publisher really do affect the way future patterns are worded. The paid customer service people do communicate with the technical editors.

Designers, however, are not compensated for providing pattern support. Few designers will ignore a polite request for help. We do it out of the kindness of our hearts. So please don't be a meanie to a designer when you ask for help or post negative comments, if you don't understand the situation.

If there is a technique in a pattern you would like to learn, please feel welcome to contact me for a lesson. I provided one on one lessons via Skype.

Fall Class Schedule Info

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (0)

There are some great opportunites to learn needle crafts this fall.  I thought I would give you a summary of my up-coming and on-going classes.

Private Lessons

$25 per hour

Do you have a special project with which you need a little help? Is there a special technique that you have been wanting to learn? Pick the date, time, location and craft and learn whatever you want to know. Supplies are not included but you may share your lesson with others.  Go to the contact me page for more information or to schedule a lesson.


Crochet & Knitting Circle - All Levels

 Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., $20 per week


All skill levels are welcome even if you have never touched a hook or needle. Do you want to learn how to read a pattern or customize your own garments and projects? Kim will assist you in a very one-on-one format on the project of your choice and will provide a variety of small projects for beginners to help you develop your skills.  More advanced students may bring a project to class or work with Kim in finding a new project and mastering more complex stitches and patterns.   (Moms may bring babies not yet mobile.) Limited to 3-9 students.

Call or stop by to register now! Gumbo 493 Atlantic Ave.,bet. Nevins & Third, 718-855-7808

Intro to Crochet

November 6 & 13, 11am - 2 pm

This class is for beginners. The first week will start with how to hold the hook and yarn.  Everyone will learn the techeniques to start the same basic project selected by the whole class.  The second week we will fine tune your skills to pefect and finish your project.  Classes will be held at 3rd Ward in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

For more information or to register go to

Free Classes and Lessons

Third Avenue Street Fair

Sunday, September 12, 2010 11 am - 5 pm

The fair runs down Third Avenue from 66th to 86th Streets and will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The New York Crochet Guild booth will be located between 69th and 70th Streets. Free crochet lessons from NYCCG Members all afternoon. For more information about the New York City Crochet Guild go to

World Maker Faire NY

September 25-26, 2010 -10 am - 6 pm

The New York Hall of Science, Queens

There is an admission charge to get into the faire but The National Needlearts Association is coordinating volunteers to provide free lessons in a variety of needle arts. For more information about Maker Faire go to http/

For more information about TNNA go to

Brooklyn Skill Share

Saturday October 9, 2010 - 10 am -4:30

The Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School in Bed-Stuy

Free Arts and Craft classes all day (Suggested donation of $10).  I will be volunteering my time to teach Intro to Crochet at 11 am.  For more information go to

Free Weekly Classes for Seniors

You must be at least 55 or 60 years old to attend these classes some supplies are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own tools.

Fridays 10-12

Manhattan Valley Golden Age Senior Center 135 West 106th Street, NY, NY

Call (212) 749-7015 for more information.

Wednesdays 2:30-4:30

Hudson Guild Fulton Center 119 Ninth Avenue, NY, NY

Call 212-924-6710 for more information.


A Nice Compliment

Posted on June 28, 2010 at 8:49 PM Comments comments (0)

I got a message from Nancy who is having trouble with the Tuxedo Front Sweater Pattern I designed for Crochet! Magazine last year.  I'm always happy to help but I really like how she ended her email.

Nancy wrote:

I just hate giving up on this since it is about the only crocheted sweater that my 17 year old son likes and has given the go-ahead on as something he would actually wear.  His girlfriend has even "approved" which, of course, at 17 is a big deal.


My boyfriend said he would wear it too, if I shorten the sleeves for him.


My new books are coming SOON!!!!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:19 PM Comments comments (2)

I'm bouncing in my seat I'm so excited.  There is a big add for my bag book in the latest issue of Crochet magazine.  I didn't get my issue but I saw the ad at the New York City Crochet Guild meeting tonight.  I went to try and find it and I found the promo for my sock book.

Check out my links page for more info.  Then go buy many copies and give them to your friends!!!


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  • Arielle Apr 29, 2015


    Helpful, knowledgeable, and nice.

  • Patti Apr 27, 2015


    Kim helped me sew a skirt for my daughter. She was very knowledgeable, very nice and took the time to find my building and neighborhood. Kim loves sewing and all textile work, and shares her knowledge and enthusiasm generously.

  • Joy Aug 18, 2013


    Kim did a fantastic job teaching my daughter to sew. She saw it through beginning to end. I am extremely pleased with her service. Thank you.

  • Linda Aug 14, 2013


    Kim is a great teacher.Her patient and easy to understand style is only complemented by her extensive knowledge.Even though I have been crocheting for decades,she added,in just our first lesson,things I have never done before.I am looking forward to our future lessons with so much enthusiasm.Have not yet seen anything in her teaching style that needs improvement.I think she has the confidence and professionalism to do all that she aspires to.Absolutely impressed!

  • Jane Jun 5, 2013


    very friendly, very patient, sweet and informative. Definitely recommend!

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