formerly Mary Jane's Crochet
New book by Mary Jane Hall
Crochet That Fits
Available in most major book stores and on Amazon.com.
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Crochet That Fits: Shaped Fashions Without Increases or Decreases
This book has patterns for the Beginning crocheter as well as those who are at the Intermediate level. If you've never made garments, but have always wanted to, this is the book for you! Mary Jane Hall has come up with a method called the "Graduated Stitch Method", which shows how to create flattering and fitted garments (and accessories) without increases or decreases. Most of the garments are worked from side to side (vertically) so the reader has the option of adding or deleting rows for a perfect custom fit. The shaping of the garments are created by the different stitch heights.
People who already know how to make garments will benefit from this book, but people who have never made garments will find it much easier than they thought. There are many people who have crocheted for 5-40 years who have made only afghans, scarves or potholders. But with this method (without increases or decreases) making a garment is a cinch. It's not that increases or decreases are difficult, but some people just don't like to do that and they may have a mental block toward it.
The book has women's and girl's fashions (dresses, tops, skirts) as well as purses, hats and scarves. We're very excited about this book and can hardly wait to share it with you all. Questions are welcome :)
Editorial Reviews for Crochet That Fits
Product Description (on Amazon)
Say "goodbye" to crochet's stiff, boxy, hippie-child reputation, and "hello" to Crochet that Fits ... garments that fit your shape, accessories that fit your style, and looks that fit right in with today's fashion trends!
This book teaches an innovative, easy way to crochet fashions that are soft, shaped and drapeable—from a little black dress that fits like a glove and a lacy baby-doll top, to cute and cozy slippers, ruffled shrugs and hobo bags. By using Mary Jane Hall's Graduated Stitch Method, along with the correct size hook and yarn, anyone can make flattering, form-fitted items! Different stitch heights do all the shaping for you, without the hassle and confusion of figuring out increases and decreases. With this method you are essentially building garments with squares and rectangles, but the finished product doesn't look at all boxy.
- 33 step-by-step projects feature a wide variety of patterns for adults and children
- an illustrated stitch guide gets even beginners started quickly
- detailed instructions make it easy to adjust the patterns to suit your shape (or others')—because one size doesn't fit all!
Easy enough for a beginner and stylish enough for the more experienced crocheter, these are projects you'll enjoy making and feel good wearing. With fits like this, you'll never think about crochet in the same way again!
About the Author
Mary Jane Hall is a self-proclaimed crochet fanatic. She shares her passion for crochet by teaching and creating original crochet designs. A member of the Crochet Guild of America, her designs have appeared in countless magazines, books and calendars, In addition, she manages a "free" clothing store, United Voluntary Services, in her community. She is also the author of Positively Crochet! She resides in Beavercreek, Ohio.
Another book by Mary Jane Hall
Krause Publications-a division of F & W
Books is available now in most major book stores.
Order Positively Crochet! from Amazon.
Positively Crochet is chock full of easy-intermediate patterns, and I believe there is something for everyone. There are 50 projects in all. Most crochet books of today have anywhere from 20-30 projects and it was important to me to put as many designs in the book as possible, and I also asked the publisher to set the price as low as possible so you, the consumer could afford to buy it. The retail price is $22.95, but is available at Amazon for around $15.00, which makes me happy. Projects in the book include summer tops, sweaters, long lacy tunic, shrugs, boleros, scarves, hats, purses, tote bag, iPod case, jewelry (rings, bracelets, necklaces, watch) capelets, arm warmers, slippers, belts, a vest and a skirt overlay (for the person who wants to make a skirt but doesn't have the time it takes) There are 3 felted items, lacy projects, open weave, closed weave items, textured, 3-D, and some dangling crochet. You'll also find 2 mother/daughter projects, as well as some retro and runway inspired projects. I've tried to create some trendy, but classy wearables that you'll be proud to wear or give as gifts! (many are quick) I've included women's sizes from extra small up to size 3X. Most of the yarns used are readily available, and with the more expensive specialty yarns I give another brand as a substitute yarn. Yarn weights are given also - such as # 2-sport wt, # 3-light worsted wt, # 4-med worsted wt, # 5-bulky and # 6-super bulky wt.
Some designs I hope you'll find unique are a "Coffee Lover's Scarf", "Purse Lover's Scarf", little "Purse Key Chain", Granny Square Skull Cap with 3 long funky braids on each side to wrap around your neck as a scarf, a "Double Breasted Jacket Purse", and projects made with Sari Silk. (Plus many more!) I guess you can say I'm excited about the designs. When I was at the photo shoot, the mother of one of the professional models commented about the summer top she was wearing and said, "That looks like something that would come out of Victoria's Secret magazine!" It's the very flattering Tangerine Top on page 89 of the book. I've already had a girl email me with a photo of herself wearing a pink top that she made from this pattern, and she told me she did not have any problems. She called herself inexperienced, so I'm happy the pattern was easy enough for her. By the way, if anyone has any problems whatsoever with any pattern please contact me and I will try to help. So far, I've only seen 1 minor error in the pattern instructions and it would help me tremendously if you would let me know if you find anything that needs to be corrected for the second printing. Please see the "Positively Crochet! Corrections" at the link to the left of this page. I will post them as they are found.
Another thing I'm excited about are the positive, encouraging tips on life that I relate to crochet. There is a small paragraph on each pattern page called "Encouraging Tip", and I hope they will be powerful and meaningful to you in your everyday life. I told my publisher I want people to have the "warm fuzzies" after reading this book. My husband has traveled all over this country presenting his "Yes You Can", positive living type of seminar, and I have learned a lot from him over the years. I too, have spoken to many women's groups on marriage, children, and other relationships, and just felt the urge to share some of the positive principles I have learned that will help make your life better.
The items in this book are actually wearable, not weird. (although there are some funky things included) The skill levels are Beginner, Advanced Beginner and some Intermediate. Even the projects that look difficult are easy. One of my 16 year old pattern testers made a sweater like the Ivory one on the front cover of the book, and she didn't have to ask me any questions. I also have to say that people of all ages will find something they like in this book. Some have said there are many beginner projects in the book, and even though that's true, some are definitely more challenging. I know there are thousands of new "beginning" crocheters out there and I wanted to present something that they can grow with as they gain more experience. Even as an experienced crocheter myself, I was always looking for quick and easy patterns. This book has received many 5 star reviews, but I know that you can't please everybody. Hopefully you'll find some things you want to make. If you're not sure about buying the book before you can see what's inside, I suggest you call your local library to see if they have it. If they don't, maybe they will consider ordering it. Our local library loved the book so much that they bought 4 copies.
My publisher Krause Publications (a division of F & W Publications) has been wonderful to work with and I just can't say enough good things about them. I recently signed a contract for another major crochet book with them which will be released next summer 08'. All I can say about that one is that it's a new method of crocheting for easy crochet wearables and accessories and we are very excited about it!
Crochet patterns for Pink Filigree Capelet (front cover), Loops and Loops Scarf, Fabulous Fishnet Asymetrical Poncho, Fluffy Flowers Scarf, Textured Scarf with Circle Fringe, and Preppy Stripes Long Skinny Scarf. Click here to see pictures of the patterns. To purchase, click here.
Crochet patterns for Pink Pizazz Capelet (front cover), Pretty in Pink Long Skinny Scarf, Scallop Shells Capelet and matching Skull Cap, Linked Chain Scarf with Flower Motifs, Lover's Knot Poncho to fit all sizes (looks like macrame) and, my favorite, All Curls Scarf (curliques all along both sides of scarf). Click here to see pictures of the patterns. To purchase, click here.
Please check out my newest crocheted creations that have been Published by Leisure Arts and Kooler Designs (above) If you would like to purchase one of these 2 booklets, just click on one of the links, and it will take you to a page where you can buy it! Or you can buy them at stores like Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Meijers, Busy Beaver in Beavercreek, Oh. or many other online craft, fabric (Jo Anns) yarn stores, and crochet and knitting sites. Just look for "Crochet In Style" and "Crochet Young and Trendy" by Mary Jane Hall. Also (above) click on the links to see photos of the crocheted items in the booklets. You will find, fun, trendy capelets, ponchos, scarves and hats. I love 3-d or dangling crochet, and one of the most popular patterns is the "All Curls", curlique scarf, which is fun and funky. These contemporary, but sometimes retro designs are simple enough for the beginner, and are very easy, but the experienced crocheter will have fun crocheting these items as well. The lacy, pink filigree capelet (or short poncho) on the front of "Crochet in Style" is easy to make, even though it may look difficult. Rachel, a 15 year old girl in my crochet class, who just learned to crochet a few short months ago, crocheted this capelet in 3 hours, and only had to ask me 1 question! An experienced crocheter could make it in 2 hours!
Here at Mary Jane's Crochet we specialize in trendy crochet wearables and accessories. As a crochet designer, I try to keep up with the latest styles in fashion. You will see articles on the latest fashion trends, and runway designs, as well as tips on crochet, crochet tutorials, free crochet patterns, and free recipes. This past year, 55 of my original designs have been accepted to go in various crochet books and magazines, and I am working on a book of all shrugs and boleros, which hopefully will come out this year. My designs have been accepted to go in Crochet! magazine, Crochet World, Hooked on Crochet, Annie's Attic, Crochet Fantasy, Crochet A Day Calendar, and in hardback books published by House of White Birches. Fifth Ave. Magazine recently featured one of my Newsboy Cap patterns, which you will see free on this site. There is a link to see which magazines or books my designs are in, as they are released. Specializing in fashionable and stylish crochet, my clothing and accessories designs include shrugs, boleros, ponchos, capelets, hats, jewelry, purses, handbags, watchbands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, belts, sweaters, skirts, and motifs, which you will see on this site, as the books are released.
I teach a crochet class, and here at Mary Jane's Crochet you will see some of these young women and teens modeling my designs, as well as showcasing their cool crochet projects. Check out the crochet gallery.
Please come back often, because we will be adding new patterns, recipes and articles. I was recently hired by a yarn company to design for their tear sheets and yarn labels, so I am very busy with this, but if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see in crochet, just let me know, and I will try to come up with a chic design. Feel free to e-mail me with any crochet questions, and we'll do our best to help you in any way that we can! Thanks for visiting my site! :) Happy Crocheting!