By Peter

I had always wanted to learn to crochet from an early age. My mother crocheted but, because of some gender identity concerns (so I assume), was unwilling to teach me. So, at the tender age of 50, I took hook and yarn in hand, downloaded instructions from the Internet, and taught myself. It’s been my obsession ever since. I am the owner and moderator of the Yahoo group Men Who Crochet whose membership from around the world now approaches 500. Currently, I teach crochet at Piedmont Yarn and Apparel in Oakland, CA. I am also a published designer whose Gatsby Sweater appears in the recently published Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit and Crochet for Men. My new Key Tab Vest pattern appears in the March ‘10 issue of Crochet! Magazine. I am also a Professional Member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) for which I am an email correspondent. When I am not hooking, I volunteer at a local food bank and spend much of my spare time in rehearsing and performing with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

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  1. March 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Peter
    I also taught myself how to knit and crochet late in life. My mom didnt teach me either nit because of a gender issue like you (besides, I’m a “normal”), but because I’m a Lefty. Don’t ask me why it made a hoot of difference in her teaching me how to knit, but I’ll at least give her a pass on the crocheting…

    I really like your Waldo Sweater, and am seemingly the only one on Ravelry or Interweave Crochet who’s actually making it. I’d never done crochet colorwork, and wanted to try it. It’s a challenge to keep everything straight and reasonably tidy, while still paying attention to the correct number of stitches and all that. It’s the same in intarsia knitting as well.

    I found a pretty significant error in the published pattern which begins on RND 12, and then consequently effects the remainder if the pattern. I didn’t catch it until after I cut the Color C bobbins, as I’d assumed that the written pattern was correct. It’s not, at least according to the photos in the magazine.

    What SHOULD happen in RND 12 is the final round for Color C, dc and ch 1 stuff, not switching to Color B, and sc around. Can you please take a look at it and fix it for future crocheters out there who will want to make this beautiful sweater?

    Keep hook in and keep designing!

    pdxnikki

      • 3 nikkinaparst@gmail.com
        April 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        This correction is INCORRECT. When switching from color C, it goes back to the MC, color A, NOT color B. There is no color B in round 12.

        Thanks for your attention to this detail. Seemingly small, it will make a huge difference to the pattern. Thanks for designing this sweater, and if you have a favorite bobbin, please share it with me, as keeping 8 bobbins bobbing around on the WS of the work most rounds is slowing me down & making the work less enjoyable. I like intarsia a lot, but maybe you have some pointers for me, since many if your designs have intarsia.

        Cheers! -pdxnikki

        The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.

        -Helen Keller

      • 4 Peter
        April 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        I can only suggest that you contact Interweave directly as the error occurred on their side. They have the rights to the pattern and it is their responsibility to make any corrections. Thanks

  2. April 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I did contact IC as well. I was doing you the courtesy of keeping you in the loop, since you are the designer. I just thought you might want to know…well, I would if I had the talents to design as you do.

    btw, my cousin is a huge fan of the SF Gay Men’s Chorus. She wants to take her 6 year old daughter to a performance, but doesn’t know if she’ll sit through it without disturbing others!.
    And it’s really because of her daughter that I subscribed to IC in the first place, or else id ever come across, after a long search, for an exciting pattern for my Dad’s sweater: your Waldo Sweater. Because of little Lila in SF, who I make most of my crocheted tops for!

    Anyway, keep up the designing and I hope to see more of your work in future issues and online. Oh, did you have a bobbin suggestion for me? Any particular type/brand you like best? I’m making my own at home here, but there must be an easier way…


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