New Pattern: "Etienne"

The other day I came across a name that I knew I had to add to my list: Etienne. After a quick search, I found out it actually means "Steven" in French. I love French, and my husband's name is Steven, and I don't care that it's a male name--it sounds lovely. So today's pattern is named Etienne.

This pattern worked up very quickly and I am completely in love with it. It's only 25 rounds. I used a 1.75mm hook with size 10 thread (Alize Miss Batik)--about 250 yards of it.

The pattern has a few interesting stitches, and so for the first time, I have created a few short videos of these specific stitches in order to aid those who might find them a challenge. These videos can be found in my Facebook discussion group for my patterns. Therefore,  in order for you to access them, you must be part of the group on Facebook.

If you are interested in this specific piece for purchase, you can find it in my shop. The pattern is available on ravelry through my pattern shop.

New Pattern: "Helena"

I know it's been about a month, but I have another new pattern for you. This one is called "Helena," a name taken from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

This pattern is 31 rounds and comes out to about 10 inches when using a 1.75mm hook with size 10 crochet thread. 

The center was really fun for me to make. I was inspired by those doilies that have the wide SC center. However, I didn't get very far before I was bored with all the rows of SC and decided to change it up. I'll make a wide-SC-center doily someday, but not today.

You can find this pattern in my pattern shop or if you're interested in this actual piece you can find it available for purchase in my shop.


"Sherrie" in Alize Miss Batik #3708

I've been wanting to try Mary Werst's patterns for a while now, and I finally pulled out "Mary's Doilies" and picked one. So today I show you "Sherrie." 

This pattern is 29 rounds and has a lot of repeating sections to create such a lovely design. With a 1.75mm hook with size 10 thread, mine came out to about 12-inches in diameter. The interesting thing is that the pattern states it requires about 400 yards, but I used less than 300. I knew I would use less because I do crochet tighter, but I didn't think I'd use 25% less. It worked out, though, because I only had 4g of the thread left in the same skein. 

The pattern also states a few rounds in that it will ruffle. I cannot being to stress how much of an understatement this is. Mine was ruffled so much it was folding on itself until I blocked it. I was a little nervous it wouldn't block correctly, but thankfully I had no problem.

And yet again, I used Alize Miss Batik thread, this time in color #3708. I am so in love with this thread, but you really do have to find the right patterns for it. Patterns that have repeating designs like pineapples can be tricky with this tread because the variegation can cause the design to get lost in the color changes. I don't think the pineapples in this pattern specifically need to pop, so I used the thread anyway.

Anyway, if you're interested in this piece, as always, it's available in my shop. Custom orders are available by request.

New Pattern: "Rosaline"

I have a new pattern available today, fresh from my testers, called "Rosaline." The name Rosaline is from Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. If you've read the play, or watched it, you know that she was Romeo's first love. It's a weak love birthed from infatuation and is left unrequited. Nonetheless, her impact on the story far exceeds her role, and I always found that amusing.

This doily came together quite quickly. It is 29-rounds and requires about 200-225 yards of size 10 thread with a 1.75mm hook. Additionally, there are very little complicated stitches included.

The thread I used in this piece was Artiste Egyptian Cotton from Hobby Lobby in the color Salmon (129). It's a much more lovely color than the pictures depict. 

The pattern is available in my pattern shop with all my other patterns. Remember that you can join our Facebook group for discussion and support for my patterns. 


Tunisian Entrelac Heirloom Baby Blanket

I had a few skeins of Hawthorne Kettle Dye that were gifted to me by my mother-in-law for my birthday and I spent a few days trying to find the perfect pattern for it. I finally settled on Lion Brand's "Tunisian Crochet Entrelac Throw" pattern available for free on their website. I'd never done Tunisian or Tunisian entrelac before, but I always wanted to, so I knew it was time. 

I started with green, pink, and gray and immediately knew that I needed to order additional colors. So I purchased the blue, red, and yellow to go along with it. I started with the exact chain length outlined in the pattern, but I worked 54 block rows (6 colors x 9). I probably could have ended it at 8 repeats of each color instead of 9, to make it more square, but I like the additional length. 

I made changes as I went along, and made sure to take lots of notes because I plan to make more of these blankets. I've made lots of crochet blankets, but I have to say, Tunisian entrelac goes by really fast. Unless you hate it. I absolutely loved this stitch pattern and it flew by. And because I worked all my ends in as I went along, I didn't have any to weave in at the end except the final end. 

Finding the right video on how to square-up the pattern was a little difficult. I had to weed through several other ravelry projects in order to find someone's link. I ended up using this video and it was very helpful. The border itself after this is simply 12 rows of SC (one of each color, twice) and then one row of reverse SC in red. I used a larger hook for the RSC because it's tigher than normal SC. I blocked it using blocking wires; I would not suggest blocking it without wires--they keep the edges straight.

The entire blanket measures 31" by 40" and is the perfect size for a new baby. You can find it listed in my shop for immediate purchase.