Meet Crochet Designer Therese Hagstedt

Meet Crochet Designer Therese Hagstedt

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Therese Hagstedt, known to her Instagram and blog followers as TipsyTessie, lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she is an all-around crafter, as well as an accomplished photographer specializing in weddings, children, artwork, interior design/decorating, books, and craft projects. TSB is proud to have published her bright and delightful pattern book COLORFUL CROCHET in the English language.

As well as designing, crocheting, knitting, and running her professional photography business, Hagstedt is a senior research scientist for a pharmaceutical company, a wife, and mother to two sons. She also loves cooking and yoga, and practicing a “healthy lifestyle” is very important to her.

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Photo by Therese Hagstedt

Hagstedt finds inspiration in everyday life. “I see a color combination or a pattern that I like and instantly try to translate it to knitting or crochet project,” she says. “That is the process that is ongoing in my head, all the time, everywhere. Also I find a lot of inspiration on Pinterest, which has almost become an everyday addiction.”

With an aim to inspire and design crafts that are modern and fresh for today, and to convince people that “colors make you happy,” Hagstedt doesn’t have a specific workspace. “I have a desk where I sometimes sit and work, but I get inspired everywhere in life, and my different projects are usually all over the place in our home,” she admits. “I really like to try an idea that I have immediately, so I need access to my crafting things all the time. It’s organized chaos, maybe?”

And what’s her favorite thing to make?

ColorfulCrochet“I really, really love doing granny squares,” Hagstedt says. “I think it is the endless possibilities with different combinations and that you can start with a project or idea and you don’t know what it will be in the end. Sometimes I just want to try an idea and then it ends up as something completely different than it was from the start.”

You can find Hagstedt’s granny squares, and other wonderful projects for crocheters of all levels in COLORFUL CROCHET, available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

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We’re in Bloom! Get Your FREE Double Knitting Blossoms Pattern

We’re in Bloom! Get Your FREE Double Knitting Blossoms Pattern

If it weren’t for the itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and sinus headache, this would be my favorite time of the year 🙂 Allergies aside, what can beat the exuberance of newborn blossoms when the air warms a little bit and the sun lingers just long enough?

We’d like to celebrate our current state of BLOOM with a FREE knitting pattern from our terrific book KNITTING DOUBLE. This six-sided potholder with romantic blossoms is a great “small” project to try mastering this technique, resulting in a “Happy Spring!” or Mother’s Day gift, or maybe just an airy floral addition to your own kitchen.

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When you work double knitting, two layers of fabric are worked at the same time, each with a different color. The two layers are attached, and the resulting fabric has two right sides and no visible wrong side. How cool is that? The projects in KNITTING DOUBLE can be turned over or inside out (if knitted in the round), and there are two “good” sides (you can never have too many “good” sides!).

Knitting Double Final300As you knit, both sets of stitches are on the same needle. You always knit one stitch for the front layer then purl the following stitch for the back layer. Complete directions are available in this FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD.

CLICK HERE for the Romantic Blossom Potholder Pattern from KNITTING DOUBLE. We promise THESE flowers won’t make you sneeze!

Happy spring, everyone!

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

 

 

Your Chance to Get Your Hands on Arne & Carlos’ Favorite Designs

Your Chance to Get Your Hands on Arne & Carlos’ Favorite Designs

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Scandinavian knitting and design rockstars Arne & Carlos have had an exciting couple of weeks! First they announced that they are two of the featured instructors in KNIT STARS 3.0, an online knitting summit with participants from all over the world. Knit Stars 3.0 will take place November and December 2018 and spotlights 12 incredible knitting teachers from 5 different countries!

Are you stuck in a knitting rut and feeling uninspired?

Do you live in an area that the top knitting designers and teachers never visit?

Would you rather not deal with the travel and expense of an in-person show or event?

When you do attend a workshop, do you find it hard to remember everything you learned?

Are the classes you want to attend always booked up?

Or are you just plain old busy (with work, home, family) and you need flexibility so you can learn when it’s convenient for you?

Knit Stars is an online summit and instruction is taught through video lessons. The lessons don’t expire, so you can view them at your own pace and watch them as many times as you need, all from the comfort of your own home.

Enrollment in Knit Stars 3.0 is currently closed, but registration will reopen in the fall, so make sure to join the waitlist (you can unsubscribe anytime). CLICK HERE to join the waitlist.

In addition (yes, there’s MORE), Arne & Carlos have an unbelievable new book out and it is available now!

Crafters from all over the world have learned to look to this dynamic design duo for what to make next. Over 15 years and 7 uniquely beautiful instructional books, they have built their brand, and now they have gathered their pick of the “Best of the Best”–-70 of their favorite techniques and patterns from their previous books and pet projects: balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more–-and combined them in one glorious, highly illustrated package. ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS has something for everyone, whether hardcore fan or neophyte. Not only do they share their greatest hits in fresh and exciting ways, they also provide 15 never-before-seen projects that are sure to cause a stir. With 85 masterful designs in total, this is a makers’ dream-and-scheme book not to be missed!

ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS is available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Join TSB in Celebrating Local Yarn Store Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018!

Join TSB in Celebrating Local Yarn Store Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018!

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What’s better than spending an hour or two immersing our creative senses in colorfully spun skeins of wool, mohair, alpaca, and silk? Maybe having a pleasant conversation with a like-minded individual who is equally at peace as she roams, in search of a specific shade or texture…perhaps asking a question of a helpful staff member nearby, or complimenting the handknit sweater she proudly models?

Many of us count down the days to our monthly, maybe even weekly trips to our local yarn stores where we’ve nurtured friendships with staff and fellow customers; where we’ve relished the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the materials that bring our handmade projects to life; where gatherings, lectures, and demonstrations have educated us and many others. When we shop at our local yarn store, we know our hard-earned dollars are going to support the local economy, that they are helping our communities remain vibrant and diverse in their social and commercial offerings, and they are ensuring crafting, making, and using one’s hands—in both traditional and innovative ways—has a future in a world dominated by technology and voice activation.

Local Yarn Store Day (#LYSDay) is a brick-and-mortar yarn shop appreciation day created by TNNA Yarn Group (www.tnna.org). The inaugural LYS Day will take place on April 21, 2018, and is designed to show support for small businesses while bringing together a unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners to drive awareness and celebrate the craft.

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Are you a fiber artist? Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting in your downtime? This is your chance to celebrate everything you love about yarn and help others learn to enjoy it, too. Bring a friend to your local yarn shop on April 21! Take pictures at your favorite store and share them on social media. Spread your passion for creating far and wide while supporting the business just down the road.

As an added bonus, Local Yarn Store Day will feature items from your favorite yarn companies and designers that will only be available at brick-and-mortar local yarn shops (not online). So make your plan now to visit your local yarn store on Saturday!

We’re thrilled to say these participating yarn shops carry Trafalgar Square Craft Books:

Monarch Knitting (Pacific Grove, CA)

The Woolery (Frankfort, KY)

Mother of Purl Yarn Shop (Freeport, ME)

WEBs-America’s Yarn Store (Northampton, MA)

Harriet & Alice (Edina, MN)

Amazing Threads (Maple Grove, MN)

StevenBe (Minneapolis, MN)

The Yarnery (Saint Paul, MN)

Knitty City (New York, NY)

The Tinsmith’s Wife (Comfort, TX)

Blazing Needles (Salt Lake City, UT)

Laughing Sheep Yarns (Charlottesville, VA)

PinchKnitter Yarns (Stanwood, WA)

The Sow’s Ear (Verona, WI)

 

Happy Local Yarn Store Day everyone!

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont. 

Free Spring Wrist Warmer Knitting Pattern!

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With the coming of spring-like weather (well, at least for some of us) our inclinations when it comes to knitting may change. Unless we’re working months ahead (and there of course those organized individuals who certainly are), we veer away from cozy and toward decorative…away from sweaters and toward shawls. Instead of a blanket, a table runner appeals, and rather than boot toppers, perhaps pot holders.

In all likelihood we’ve put our mittens away for the season, but when the sun still hasn’t gained its full summer strength and the light doesn’t yet linger past eight, hands and arms can still be chilled, especially when short sleeves begin to make an appearance. These openwork wrist warmers from our book ONE-PIECE KNITS by Tine Tara are the perfect segue from covered to bare. They add a bit of warmth and a bunch of style to your spring collection of handknit accessories.

Download the FREE PATTERN HERE.

OnePieceKnits FINALONE-PIECE KNITS features 24 seamless patterns knitted in the round and is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont. 

Want Neat-n-Pretty Knitted Edges? Here’s How!

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Slipped edge stitches are used on garment pieces that won’t be sewn together (front edges, button and buttonhole bands, the long edges of scarves and shawls). Choose your edge stitch technique wisely, and your edges will be pretty and distinctive—and even hold up better over time!

Check out these knitted edge techniques from KNITTING DETAILS FROM START TO FINISH, the knitting handbook that answers the questions you never even knew you needed to ask!

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↑ Garter stitch. The first stitch in each row is knitted through the back loop; the last stitch is slipped purlwise with yarn in front.

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↑ Garter stitch. The first stitch in each row is slipped purlwise with yarn in front; the last stitch is knitted.

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↑ Garter stitch. The last two stitches in each row are slipped purlwise with yarn in front; the first two stitches are knitted. (This makes a particularly good edging for scarves!)

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↑ Garter stitch. On right side, slip the second stitch from the edge with yarn behind; purl on wrong side. Knit the outermost stitch at each side on every row. (This edging works well for scarves—and also for button and buttonhole bands!)

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↑ K1, p1 ribbing. The second stitch from the edge is a foldline stitch, and makes the edge look clean and tidy.

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↑ K2, p2 ribbing. The third stitch from the edge is a foldline stitch, which stabilizes the edge.

 

Knitting DetailsFor more sample swatches, tips, and tricks, check out KNITTING DETAILS FROM START TO FINISH, available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

 

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont. 

 

An Easter Treat from Arne & Carlos: Free Egg Cozy Sweater Pattern!

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Arne & Carlos (Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison), Norwegian and Swedish respectively, established their design company ARNE & CARLOS in 2002. Drawing on their traditional Scandinavian influences and their natural environment, they create original and visually striking knitwear, and work with such prestigious international fashion designers as Comme des Garçons.

We at TSB have been privileged to be able to publish the complete library of pattern and idea books from Arne & Carlos. Over 15 years and 7 uniquely beautiful instructional books, this dynamic duo has built its brand, from breakout phenomenon to reliable supplier of how-to information and creative inspiration. What’s coming? Their pick of the “Best of the Best”– 70 of their favorite techniques and patterns from their previous books and pet projects, plus 15 never-before-seen patterns in ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS, available to order in April 2018.

But until then, how about a little A&C fix from their delightful classic EASTER KNITS? It includes novel, handmade Easter ornaments, decorations, and dolls—small projects with the unique Arne & Carlos twist. As an Easter treat, please enjoy this FREE pattern: Their Egg Cozy Sweaters! Click on the link below to download the pattern instructions.

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We wish everyone a wonderful weekend of family, friends, and springtime.

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We have a few copies of EASTER KNITS still in stock and available to order from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE!

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.