New Pattern: "Hazel"

I wasn't planning on designing another doily so quickly, but whenever I feel inspired, I always pick up my hook. This one came together between November 14th and 16th. Even though the last pattern required lots of frogging during the designing process, this one came together quite seamlessly.

"Hazel" is 29 rounds and about 10.5-inches in diameter using a 1.75mm hook. I decided to use ecru/natural this time around because it is my favorite. However, I believe this design benefits greatly from a self-striping thread or if you use different colors manually. The plethora of raised stitches allows for a lot of definition.

I'm not sure what my favorite part of this pattern is. There are several rounds that were extremely enjoyable to design. For instance, I loved round 22 because it is worked almost completely on top of the previous round. 

This pattern is almost completely textured. There are only a few rounds that don't include raised stitches of some kind. I used several rounds of popcorns and clusters.

I love looking at the finished piece and then thinking back to when I first started it. I never know what it's going to look like; I never plan any part of it. And every time I start one, I always think to myself that I have run out of ideas--but I must not have yet.

You can find this pattern in my pattern shop.

"Tuuli" by Zoya Matyushenko

I finished testing "Tuuli" by Zoya Matyushenko a few days ago but didn't get around to blocking it until today. 

With a 1.75mm hook it came out to about 11.5-inches in diameter. I used Alize Miss Batik thread in the color #3716. 

The several rounds of popcorn stitches near the center were frustrating to get through, but not difficult. I love popcorn stitches, and I love how the center looks with them, but keep in mind those rounds might take a little longer to complete.

The colors in this thread are always so stunning. They are a little difficult to photograph, but with some tweaking I was able to get them evened out.

If you are interested in this piece or any of the other pieces I've made, you can visit my shop.

Free Pattern: "Eisley"

You might recognize this pattern. This is the second pattern I ever designed. As my list of pattern designs continues to grow, I have decided to re-release some of the oldest ones as free patterns. As I release each of these few older ones, I will be re-working them, taking better pictures, and adding stitch counts. In addition, I have tweaked some details of some of the rounds a tiny bit. So this updated version is a little different from the original.

Important Note

This pattern was designed and written by me, Grace Fearon. Do not copy or distribute any part of this page (pattern and pictures) without express permission from me. Please only link directly to this page. You may print the pattern for convenience, but please do not distribute.

Pattern Details

Finished size: 12-inches
Thread: size 10, 150-200 yards
Hook: 1.75mm
Terminology: U.S. terms
Level: 'intermediate'

Stitches & Terms

  • SLST = slip stitch
  • SK = skip
  • CH = chain
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • TC = triple crochet
  • BLO = back loop only
  • BP = complete the stitch around the back of the post of the stitch indicated
  • CSDC = chainless starting double crochet
  • Dc2tog = holding back the last loop of both stitches, DC once into each of the two stitches or spaces indicated, and then yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook
  • Picot = ch 3, slst in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1
  • Shell stitch = 2 DC, CH 3, 2 DC
  • Shell stitch at beginning of round = CSDC, DC, CH 3, 2 DC
  • Shell space = the ch 3 space of a shell stitch

Pattern Notes

  • Join all rounds with a SLST to the first stitch of the round, unless otherwise indicated.
  • If a round begins with a "CSDC" you may choose to work a CH 2 instead.
  • I recommend crocheting over your starting thread as you work the beginning rounds.
  • Pattern repeats are marked with an asterisk (*).
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"Eisley"

CH 10. Join to form a circle.

Round 1 = CSDC, 23 DC into the circle. Join. [24 DC]

Round 2 = CH 1, SC in first stitch, *CH 5, sk two stitches, SC in next stitch* around. For very last space, CH 1 and then TC into first stitch of round. This creates your final CH 5 space. [8 SC, 8 spaces]

Round 3 = CH 1, SC around last TC made, CH 4, SC in same space, *CH 5, (SC, CH 4, SC) in next space* around. For very last space, CH 2 and then DC into first stitch of round. [8 ch5 spaces, 16 SC, 8 ch4 spaces]

Round 4 = CH 1, SC around last DC made, 7 DC in next ch4 space, *SC in next ch5 space, 7 DC in next ch4 space* around. Join. [56 DC, 8 SC]

Round 5 = SLST into each of the next four stitches, CH 1, SC in same stitch, *CH 12, sk next 7 stitches, SC in next stitch* around, CH 12. Join. [8 SC, 8 spaces]

Round 6 = SLST into first space, CH 1, 12 SC in same space, *12 SC in next space* around. Join in BLO. [96 SC]

Round 7 = This entire round is completed in the BLO. CSDC, *HDC in next stitch, SC in each of the next 8 stitches, HDC in next stitch, DC in each of the next 2 stitches* around, HDC in next stitch, SC in each of the next 8 stitches, HDC in next stitch, DC in last stitch of round. Join. [16 DC, 16 HDC, 64 SC]

Round 8 = CH 1, SC in first stitch, *SC in next stitch* around. Join. [96 SC]

Round 9 = CSDC, *CH 6, sk 4 stitches, DC in next stitch, CH 3, DC in next stitch, sk 4 stitches, CH 6, DC in each of the next two stitches* around, CH 6, sk 4 stitches, DC in next stitch, CH 3, DC in next stitch, sk 4 stitches, CH 6, DC in last stitch of round. Join. [32 DC, 16 ch6 spaces, 8 ch3 spaces]

Round 10 = CSDC, *CH 4, 8 TC in next ch3 space, CH 4, sk ch6 space, DC in each of the next two stitches* around, CH 4, 8 TC in next ch3 space, CH 4, sk ch6 space, DC in last stitch of round. Join. [64 TC, 16 ch4 spaces, 16 DC]

Round 11 = CSDC, *CH 3, (BPTC around next TC, CH 1) seven times, BPTC around next TC, CH 3, sk ch4 space, DC in each of the next two stitches* around, CH 3, (BPTC around next TC, CH 1) seven times, BPTC around next TC, CH 3, sk ch4 space, DC in last stitch of round. Join. [16 ch3 spaces, 64 BPTC, 56 ch1 spaces, 16 DC]

Round 12 = CSDC, DC in same stitch, CH 3, (SC in next ch1 space, CH 3) seven times, 2 DC in next DC, CH 3, *2 DC in next DC, CH 3, (SC in next ch1 space, CH 3) seven times, 2 DC in next DC, CH 3* around. For very last ch3 space, instead DC into first stitch of round. Join. [32 DC, 72 spaces, 56 SC]

Round 13 = CSDC, (DC, CH 3, 2 DC, CH 3, 2 DC) in same space, CH 3, sk ch3 space, (SC in next ch3 space, CH 3) six times, sk next ch3 space, *(2 DC, CH 3, 2 DC, CH 3, 2 DC) in next space, CH 3, sk ch3 space, (SC in next ch3 space, CH 3) six times, sk next ch3 space* around. Join. [48 DC, 72 spaces, 48 SC]

Round 14 = SLST in next stitch and into first space, *shell stitch in ch3 space, CH 3, shell stitch in next ch3 space, sk next ch3 space, CH 3, (SC in next ch3 space, CH 3) five times, sk next ch3 space* around. Join. [16 shell stitches, 56 spaces, 40 SC]

Round 15 = SLST in next stitch and into first space, *shell stitch in shell space, CH 6, shell stitch in next shell space, sk next ch3 space, CH 3, (SC in next ch3 space, CH 3) four times, sk next ch3 space* around. Join. [16 shell stitches, 8 ch6 spaces, 40 ch3 spaces, 32 SC]

Round 16 = SLST in next stitch and into first space, *shell stitch in shell space, CH 6, SC in next space, CH 6, shell stitch in next shell space, sk next ch3 space, CH 3, (SC in next ch3 space, CH 3) three times, sk next ch3 space* around. Join. [16 shell stitches, 16 ch6 spaces, 32 SC, 32 ch3 spaces]

Round 17 = SLST in next stitch and into first space, *shell stitch in shell space, CH 6, SC in next space, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next SC, SC in next space, CH 6, shell stitch in next shell space, sk next ch3 space, CH 3, (SC in next ch3 space, CH 3) twice, sk next ch3 space* around. Join. [16 shell stitches, 32 DC, 8 ch1 spaces, 16 ch6 spaces, 24 ch3 spaces, 32 SC]

Round 18 = SLST in next stitch and into first space, *shell stitch in shell space, CH 6, SC in next space, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next SC, SC in next ch1 space, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next SC, SC in next space, CH 6, shell stitch in next shell space, sk next ch3 space, CH 3, SC in next ch3 space, CH 3, sk next ch3 space* around. Join. [16 shell stitches, 16 ch6 spaces, 32 SC, 64 DC, 16 ch1 spaces, 16 ch3 spaces]

Round 19 = SLST in next stitch and into first space, *shell stitch in shell space, CH 6, SC in next space, [(2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next SC, SC in next ch1 space] twice, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next SC, SC in next space, CH 6, shell stitch in next shell space, sk next two spaces* around. Join. [16 shell stitches, 16 ch6 spaces, 32 SC, 96 DC, 24 ch1 spaces]

Round 20 = SLST in next stitch and into first space, *2 DC in shell space, CH 6, SC in next ch6 space, CH 6, SC in next ch1 space, [(2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next SC, SC in next ch1 space] twice, CH 6, SC in next ch6 space, CH 6, 2 DC in next shell space* around. Join. [96 DC, 32 ch6 spaces, 40 SC, 16 ch1 spaces]

Round 21 = CSDC, *(CH 7, SC in next ch6 space) twice, CH 7, SC in next ch1 space, (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) in next SC, SC in next ch1 space, (CH 7, SC in next ch6 space) twice, CH 7, sk one DC, dc2tog* around. For the last dc2tog, instead yarn over and insert hook into last stitch of round, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops on hook, then insert hook in CSDC at beginning of round, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. This creates your final dc2tog of round. [48 ch7 spaces, 48 SC, 32 DC, 8 ch1 spaces, 8 dc2tog]

Round 22 = SLST up to the middle of the first space, CH 1, SC in same space, (CH 7, SC in next ch7 space) twice, CH 7, SC in next ch1 space, *(CH 7, SC in next ch7 space) six times, CH 7, SC in next ch1 space* around, (CH 7, SC in next ch7 space) three times, CH 3, TC into beginning stitch of round. [56 spaces, 56 SC]

Round 23 = CH 1, SC around last TC made, *CH 8, SC in next space* around, CH 4, TC in beginning stitch of round. [56 spaces, 56 SC]

Round 24 = CH 1, SC around last TC made, *CH 9, SC in next space* around, CH 9. Join. [56 spaces, 56 SC]

Round 25 = CH 1, *(3 SC, HDC, DC, picot, DC, HDC, 3 SC) in next space* around. Join. [336 SC, 112 HDC, 112 DC, 56 picots]

Cut thread, fasten, weave in all ends, and block.

Announcing Second Book & Giveaway

Late last night, I received the proof copy of my second book. It might look oddly familiar because it follows the exact same format as Volume 1.

In this new volume, you can find Ivy, Faye, Heidi, Rosaline, Helena, Etienne, and Alice. As always all seven of these patterns are available as e-patterns on Ravelry. As soon as the book is published tomorrow, it will be available on both Createspace and Amazon. 

In the meantime, you can reserve your signed copy by visiting my Etsy shop. This copy will come signed by me. However, it will take around two weeks for the books to arrive at my home after I place the order tomorrow. You can still purchase your copy, but it will not ship until after I receive them here. 

This is the part you're probably waiting for:

To celebrate my second book, I am giving away one signed copy just like I did last time. The same rules apply: U.S./Canada only. However, if you live outside the U.S./Canada and you don't mind paying shipping/handling, feel free to enter. The giveaway begins at today and ends after seven days. 

If you win the giveaway but also order the book through my Etsy shop, I will refund you in full unless you actually do want both copies.

New Pattern: "Lorraine"

A year ago I would never have thought I'd be where I am today. I had a few designs under my belt, but nothing like what I come up with now. In the coming weeks and months, I plan to roll out several of those oldest pattern as free patterns here on my website. However, with designing new patterns, publishing my second book, and running a household, it's definitely not on the top of my list of priorities. I do plan on releasing them on a rolling basis when I get time to copy them to the site. 

My newer patterns have stretched my imagination beyond what I ever thought I could do. And it's not without its challenges. This new pattern, in particular, was wrought with lots of frustration. I'm very happy with how it turned out, but I have to admit I ripped out about 10 rounds because I hated it. And look what it has become!

It's okay to start over. It's okay to go back. Yes, you are removing moments of inspiration, but they aren't gone for good. They are exercises in creativity. It's okay to feel like you've failed. But you have to get back up and keep going. 

"Lorraine" is a product of exactly that. I never felt close to giving up, but I had to come to terms with frogging. Lots and lots of frogging. And not just to fix a mistake, but to remove complete elements of the design. And it turned out just fine.

This pattern is 30 rounds and comes out to about 13-inches (33 cm) in diameter with a 1.75mm hook and size 10 thread (300+ yards). I used Hobby Lobby's lustrous Artiste 100% Egyptian Cotton in the color Jade Blue.

You can find this pattern listed in my pattern shop, this specific piece is also listed for purchase in my shop, and you can always request a commission if you are interested.