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Blog Tour: Tunisian Crochet for Baby – Mini Interview with Sharon Silverman

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I’m excited to share a mini interview with Sharon Silverman today as part of her blog tour for Tunisian Crochet for Baby. Sharon is a designer, author, and instructor based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Tunisian Crochet for Baby is her seventh crochet book, and she has more in the works. I previously interviewed Sharon here and she wrote a guest post here.

Like me, Sharon is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America, and she is also a design member of The National NeedleArts Association. You can find her online on her website, on Ravelry (as CrochetSharon or on her designer page), on Facebook, and on Pinterest. I’ll also be sharing a giveaway for the new book at the end of this post, so read on for details!

Mini interview with Sharon Silverman about her book Tunisian Crochet for Baby on Underground Crafter blog.

Sharon Silverman

Underground Crafter (UC): What was your inspiration for writing Tunisian Crochet for Baby?

Sharon: On the design side, I have been a huge fan of Tunisian crochet ever since I came upon it in a stitch dictionary. It lets me create all sorts of fabrics and textures that are impossible in regular crochet. I am always glad to find an opportunity to share Tunisian techniques with other crocheters. Baby items, including garments, are very popular and seemed to be the logical next step after my books on scarves and pillows (both from Stackpole Books), and a Leisure Arts title, Tunisian Baby Blankets.

Mini interview with Sharon Silverman about her book Tunisian Crochet for Baby.

Washcloth Quartet.

UC: In your guest post, you mentioned some of the things you love about the look of Tunisian crochet. What about it do you find especially suited to baby projects?

Sharon: Because of their small size, baby projects aren’t too intimidating. The investment in time and materials is much less than it would be for something like an adult sweater. Baby items present a unique opportunity to learn a new skill and end up with a great finished project that can be crocheted quickly. Tunisian crochet stitch patterns seem very well suited to baby items, refreshingly different from typical double crochet fabric. I think crocheters will welcome the opportunity to try these new designs.

And with new babies entering the world all the time, crocheters always need things to make for those precious bundles! I included a variety of items to fit different skill levels, styles, and sizes from newborn through 12 months.

Mini interview with Sharon Silverman about her book Tunisian Crochet for Baby on Underground Crafter blog.

Sherbet Stripes Blanket.

UC: If a Tunisian crochet newbie was to pick up this book, what’s the first project you’d recommend to get them hooked, so to speak?

Sharon: Start with the Nursery Box and the simple stitch washcloth from the Washcloth Quartet. I would also suggest the Sherbet Stripes Blanket. It has some color changes, but the pattern itself is simple and straightforward. The matching Sherbet Stripes Hat would be a good follow-up for someone who is ready to go to the next level.

UC: And which project would you recommend for an experienced Tunisian crocheter who wants to try something new?

Sharon: The Christening Gown (with matching bonnet and booties) is a complex project with a Tunisian X-stitch pattern and some intricate shaping. For something that will be worn more often, the Zippered Hoodie will keep experienced crocheters engaged.

Mini interview with Sharon Silverman about her book Tunisian Crochet for Baby on Underground Crafter blog.

Christening Gown, Bonnet, and Booties.

UC: What else would you like us to know about Tunisian Crochet for Baby?

Sharon: All of the yarn I chose is washable. Every pattern includes written instructions and at least one symbol chart. Photo tutorials are included.

Thanks so much for stopping by Sharon! 

If you’d like to learn Tunisian crochet online, try these Craftsy classes: Online Tunisian Crochet Class and Custom-Fit Tunisian Crochet (w/ Dora Ohrenstein)!

Giveaway

Stackpole Books is giving a copy of Tunisian Crochet for Baby to one lucky reader with a U.S. mailing address! For your chance to win, check out Stackpole’s lookbook for Tunisian Crochet for Baby, and let me know which project you would make first. Then be sure to log your entry into Rafflecopter! One winner will be chosen at random. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

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Giveaway: Doilies with Symbol Crochet

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Welcome to the final giveaway celebrating my blog’s relaunch! Today’s giveaway is for Doilies With Symbol Crochet, courtesy of Annie’s.

This book includes doily patterns written with U.S. pattern abbreviations along with international stitch symbol charts for the pattern repeats. Since doily patterns are often very long, this format may help you keep track of where you are in your pattern.

This giveaway is open to anyone with an email address. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, August 25, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Updated, 8/20/2014 at 8:20 p.m. Eastern – Thank you to Sarah for pointing out that I had attached the WRONG giveaway link to this post. It is now updated.

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Giveaway: 12 Underground Crafter Bamboo Crochet Hooks

12 bamboo crochet hooks

Today’s giveaway is for a set of 12 bamboo crochet hooks from my Etsy shop. You can see the full listing here. These hooks are sized from 3 mm up to 10 mm. They have a really nice smooth feel. I love using bamboo hooks in extreme weather, since they don’t get sweaty or too cold.

This giveaway is open to anyone with an email address. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 24, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Chroma 2014 Collection from Knit Picks

Today’s giveaway is for a print copy of the Chroma 2014 Collection from Knit Picks, a collection of 8 knit patterns featuring Knit Picks Chroma yarn.

Chroma 2014 Collection

You can see all of the patterns here on Ravelry, including the one I designed, the Symmetrical Scallops Scarf.

Photos (c) Knit Picks.

Symmetrical Scallops Scarf, knitting pattern by Marie Segares. Photos (c) Knit Picks.

Which pattern would you knit first if you won?

This giveaway is open to anyone with an email address. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, August 23, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Learn Drop Stitch Crochet

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To celebrate my blog relaunch, I’m continuing my week of giveaways with your chance to win Learn Drop Stitch Crochet by Kim Guzman, courtesy of Annie’s.

Learn Drop Stitch Crochet

Learn Drop Stitch Crochet includes 8 patterns using a variation of crocheted broomstick lace to create a look similar to dropped knitted stitches. Kim (interviewed here) has shared another technique twist to keep crocheters engaged. At the same time, she has created some fun and flirty designs that will be perfect for early fall. You can see all of the designs here on Ravelry.

This giveaway is open to anyone with an email address. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Friday, August 22, 2014 for your chance to win Learn Drop Stitch Crochet! One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

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