Today's pattern is called "Selma" and it is named after the city in Alabama and its history with the Civil Rights Movement in America.
This pattern is 29 rounds and works up very, very quickly. A pattern with this little number of rounds usually doesn't turn out this big but the open spaces midway through give it a good amount of extra diameter and elegance.
"Selma" requires about 325-350 yards of size 10 crochet thread. I used Padova Ritorto Toscano, which was given to me by one of my testers. I really enjoyed working with this thread a lot. My preference for thread is for those brands that are slick and can take a beating because designing requires me to do a lot of frogging. This thread was perfect!
As usual, I used a 2.25mm hook (though I recommend smaller) because my tension is very tight. I use a regular steel hook, nothing fancy, except I do use it with a Boye ergonomic hook holder. I'm on my second one right now because they don't last very long (though they are cheap, so I don't mind). I crocheted without one for a few weeks after my first one broke and it was awful; my carpel tunnel and hand swelling came back in full force. Definitely worth the cost to use an ergonomic handle!
"Selma" was one of the patterns that I did not enjoy during the designing process, but once it was blocked, I am in love! It's weird to me how that works. It wasn't complicated to design--I think I was just bored by it. But now that it's finished and presented, I am totally in love with it. I hope you enjoy it, too.