A structural engineer by trade, Robyn Chachula uses her knowledge of building design processes to create crochet projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In her latest crochet book and DVD Workshop, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters: Techniques for Custom Construction and Crochet Sweater Studio (Interweave), she used her engineering background to break down the challenges of customizing crochet sweaters into bite sized pieces any crocheter can use for their perfect project. Robyn is also the author of Blueprint Crochet, Baby Blueprint Crochet, Simply Crochet,Unexpected Afghans, and Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia (Wiley).
Get Robyn's tips in our crochet Q&A session with her below!
BY (Bernat Yarns): What's your favorite type of crocheted item to design and why?
RC (Robyn Chachula) Anything with motifs. I am a sucker for granny square and flowers. I love combining them and watching a whole new fabric unfold before my eyes.
BY: What's your favorite piece of crochet advice?
RC Its only crochet. Meaning, don't worry if your edges are not straight or your stitches look wonky. Its only crochet. You can fix any mistake, a lot of times without ripping out, and learn something new along the way. Crochet is all about the enjoyment of stitching, don't worry so much about the outcome.
BY: What's your favorite Bernat Yarn?
RC Bernat Alpaca. I enjoy animal/ acrylic blends when I crochet. The animal fiber always feels great to crochet, and the acrylic makes it more durable when finished. This yarn can crochet up fast with a larger hook and make cozy scarves and hats that are perfect for our long winters here in Pittsburgh, PA.
Want to win a DVD copy of Robyn's Unexpected Crochet Stitches for Afghans and Beyond workshop for Interweave? Tell us your favorite Bernat yarn to crochet with, and you'll be entered to win! Entries are open until Friday March 22nd, and we'll be announcing our randomly selected winner on March 25th.
Take advantage of Robyn's crochet expertise by making her Daisy Snow Shawl, crocheted in Bernat Satin!
Daisy Snow Shawl
Designed by Robyn Chachula
Width - 18.5”/47cm
Length - 64”/162.5cm
Bernat Satin (100 g/3.5 oz; 182 m/200 yds)
Main Color (MC) Grey Mist Heather (04045) 4 balls
Contrast A Sandstone (04009) 1 ball
Contrast B Stone (04044) 1 ball
Contrast C Maitai (04732) 1 ball
Size 5 mm (U.S. H/8) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
Water spray bottle and blocking pins.
Daisy Snow Motif = 7”/18 cm diameter
2dc-cl: yo, insert hk into st, yo, draw up lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hk, yo, insert hk into same st, yo, draw up lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hk, yo, draw through last 3 lps on hk.
3dc-cl: yo, insert hk into st, yo, draw up lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hk] 3 times total, yo, draw through rem 4 lps on hk.
Daisy Snow Motif
Make 12 with A as Color 1, 9 with B as Color 1, 10 with C as Color 1.
With Color 1, ch7, sl st to first ch (ring made).
Rnd 1: Ch1, [sc in ring, ch4] 11 times in ring, sc in ring, ch2, hdc to first sc.
Rnd2: Ch2, 2dc-cl in hdc, *ch3, sk sc, 3dc-cl in ch4-sp; rep from * around, ch3, sl st to 2dc-cl, fasten off Color 1.
Rnd 3: Join MC with sl st in first ch3-sp, ch1, (3sc, ch3, 3sc) in same ch3-sp, sk 3dc-cl, *(3sc, ch3, 3sc) in next ch3-sp, sk 3dc-cl; rep from * around, sl st to first sc.
Rnd 4: Sl st to next 2 sc, sl st to ch3-sp, ch2, (2dc-cl, ch7, 3dc-cl) in same ch3-sp, *(3dc-cl, ch6, 3dc-cl) in next ch3-sp, (3dc-cl, ch7, 3dc-cl) in next ch3-sp; rep from * around, (3dc-cl, ch6, 3dc-cl) in last ch3-sp, sl st to 2dc-cl.
Rnd 5: Ch1, *(6sc, ch3, 6sc) in next ch7-sp, 11sc in next ch6-sp; rep from * around, sl st to first sc, fasten off, weave in ends.
See Layout for placement of Motifs.
Joining two Motifs:
After completing 1 Motif, follow directions for Motif above until Rnd 4 is complete.
Rnd 5: Follow Rnd 5 above to first connecting ch3-sp corner, 6sc in ch7-sp, ch1, sl st to other Motif’s ch3-sp corner, ch1, 6sc in same ch7-sp, 5sc in ch6-sp, sl st to center st of 11sc curve on other Motif, 5sc in same ch6-sp, 6sc in ch7-sp, ch1, sl st to other Motif’s ch3-sp corner, ch1, 6sc in same ch7-sp, cont with rnd 5 above, fasten off, weave in ends.
Joining more Motifs:
Follow directions for joining 2 Motifs together; continue in same manner by connecting all corners ch3-sps with sl st, connect all 11sc curves with sl st in center st.
See diagram for assistance.
Lay Shawl down on blocking board. Pin to finished size. Spray with water and allow to dry.