Denise Lavoie

Denise designs crochet and knitwear as well as paints and creates mixed media art pieces whenever she can.  Her work and designs have been published in books and magazines. You can find her on social media at her blog, Voie de Vie, Pinterest, and/or on Twitter + Instagram.

Projects by Denise Lavoie

Dainty Snowflake Garland

This garland is not only a pretty accent piece most anywhere in the house during the holiday season, but the added silver-lined seed beads provide just a little extra sparkly reflective light. Use the garland as tree trim, hung around a mantle or across a wall.

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Tunisian Crochet as Accent

I am a big lover of tunisian crochet. I have utilized this style of crochet in many of my designs. To underscore this point, in last August’s edition of I discussed tunisian crochet as a vehicle for injecting color into a crochet design.

In this second tunisian crochet article, I’d like to introduce a different

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Springtime Decadence Shawl

This crescent-shaped shawl features a beautiful lace design that celebrates springtime with its gorgeous green gradient and has a shape that stays amazingly well on the shoulders with no fastening needed. This is a great piece to keep with you for layering in changing weather.

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Mid-Century Motif Cowl

Brighten up those dreary winter days with this bold project featuring vibrant blocks of color. This cowl, inspired by mid-century modern architecture, is just the thing to give your winter wardrobe a little pick-me-up. The motifs are easy and portable, and the joining involves no sewing.

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Foundation Crochet Basics

When working any in-the-round motif pattern, there are a few different ways to start off your motif, and there is no right or wrong way. Some people prefer to crochet a series of chain stitches and join them with a slip stitch to form a ring, and others prefer to use the magic ring method.

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Cozy Chic Cardi

This slouchy, open-front cardigan is worked bottom-up in one piece and splits to complete the sleeves, so construction is easy and finishing minimal. Add to that some lovely alpaca silk yarn, an engagingly simple and good-looking lace pattern and pretty sleeve shaping at cuff, and you’ve got a go-to sweater to transition between seasons. It works equally well over weekend jeans or dressed up with a crisp shirt for work.

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Mixed Bag Cowl

This cowl is a great way to use up yarn you’ve had hiding deep in your stash. Feel free to mix different fibers, colors (tonal or solid colors with variegated yarns) and even yarn weights (as long as they are relatively close) to produce this one-of-a-kind cowl masterpiece.

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Tunisian Crochet: How to Carry Up Multiple Colors

Tunisian Crochet: Carrying Up Color

Working with color when crafting is universally appealing – just look at the explosion of long color run yarns like Noro and other such brands. My painting experience is instructive in this area: colors come alive and reveal personality only in context with other colors. As on the painting canvas, so too in creating crochet

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Flower Bud Handbag

Take this casual, floral beauty with you anywhere you go and always have a sturdy place to keep all your belongings. The Flower Bud Handbag is chic and sturdy with solid leather handles. It is also lined to keep its shape and to provide extra support.

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