New Pattern: "Selma"

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.

It's time for another giveaway!

You ever reach that point where you look at your stash and ask, "Am I a hoarder?" I don't think I'm anywhere near that, but then again, I probably would never admit it if I were. Would you? But every time I work a new project, I think I'm getting closer to whittling it down, though instead it continues to grow. So maybe if I give some away I'll get closer to that goal. 

Today I'm giving away three selections of crochet thread from my stash. Each selection offers a variety of brands in a thematic color. If you've never tried these brands before, this would be a good time to do so in order to find out which ones you like best. 

The three lots of pictured below. The first winner will be able to select from the three choices. The second winner will select from the remaining two choices. And the last winner will end up with the remaining selection. You may click on the pictures below for a better view.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in this giveaway, feel free to share the Facebook post or a link directly to this page! 

Choice #1

Choice #2

Choice #3

Terms & Conditions

  • Free shipping is only available to U.S. winners. International winners will have to pay for shipping and handling or forfeit his/her prize to another entrant. 
  • All winners will have 24 hours to respond to the winner notification email or s/he will forfeit his/her prize to another entrant.
  • Contest will run from noon EST July 30th, 2017 until noon EST August 2nd, 2017. Winners will be notified by email within a few hours after the contest is finished.
  • Only one entry per person.

New Pattern: "Primrose"

I've been holding onto this pattern since early June when it was first designed because I submitted it to the Crochet Guild of America's 2017 Design Competition. And now I can proudly say that this pattern is the First Place winner of the 'thread' category! 

When I first set out to design a pattern for the competition, I had originally planned to try an oval design. But about half-way through, I was just not feeling it. I frogged it back to the center and started over. And I'm very happy with what I came up with! 

This pattern features over 200 popcorn stitches, over 500 clusters, and an assortment of other regular and surface stitches to create a varied and textured look. 

This pattern will eventually be part of my "Primrose Collection" e-book that will contain this doily, a rug, a blanket, and a holiday tree skirt. 

New Pattern: "Briony"

My newest pattern is now available! This pattern was a real challenge for me. It's not a difficult pattern, but I kept losing my motivation and inspiration and had to frog 10 rounds no less than three times because it wasn't working out the way I wanted it to. I am happy to say that the final version turned out beautifully. 

The inspiration for the name "Briony" comes from the movie Atonement. 

This pattern is 28 rounds and requires 275-300 yards of size 10 thread when using a 2.00mm hook. I used a 2.25mm hook because of my tight tension, and I only used 214 yards / 196 meters of Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush. 


Upcoming Crochet-Along: "Evelyn"

Our newest Crochet-Along will be here soon! This pattern has not yet been released, which I think makes the best Crochet-Along experience. That means we will all be on the same page, working together, and helping each other along the way. And it's not a mystery pattern, so you'll be able to decide whether you like it or not first, before jumping on in. 

"Evelyn"

Details

  • 41 rounds

  • 450-500 yards

  • 2.00mm hook

  • 15-inches in diameter


Crochet-Along Notes

  1. To join the Crochet-Along, you will need to purchase the pattern. You will receive each part of the CAL based on the schedule listed below (scroll down to the section labeled 'Schedule.')
  2. Pricing = The price of the CAL pattern will be 50% off from now until Day 1 of the CAL (which is June 1st, 2017). At that time, it will return to full price. Also, the pattern cannot be combined with any other discount while it is already discounted. 
  3. Gauge = Gauge is not important. Your finished piece will not be exactly the same diameter as mine mainly because we do not have the same tension. The recommended hook size is only if you want to try to get as close to the finished size as you can. But, I actually do use a larger hook because my tension is very tight. I used a 2.25mm hook on this piece. So my recommendation is to use the hook size of your choice with the thread/yarn size you prefer the most.
  4. Color = This pattern would work well in any solid color or color combination. 
  5. Yardage = I used exactly 422 yards of size 10 thread. However, as mentioned above, my tension is very tight, so you will probably use more than I did. Keep that in mind when choosing your thread. Here are some of my favorite affordable brands:
    1. Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush
    2. Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet
    3. Knit Picks Curio
    4. Artiste Egyptian Cotton
  6. Please join us in one or both of our groups to discuss the Crochet-Along and any other of my patterns:
    1. Facebook Group
    2. Ravelry Group
  7. If you have never worked one of my patterns or similar-level difficulty pattern, please consider working one of my free patterns first to get an idea of how I write mine. In fact, try "Lorelai" since it comes with a photo-tutorial, which is what I include in my Crochet-Alongs, too.
  8. Please block your finished work. This is a tedious and sometimes extremely boring part of lace crochet, but it is absolutely necessary. There are several methods for blocking. You can find my video here showing how I personally like to block my work. 
  9. If you need help at any time with the Crochet-Along, post your question to one of the two groups mentioned above in #6. We will all be working together.

Schedule

The pace of this Crochet-Along will be much quicker than my other CALs. You do not have to keep the same pace, but if it would bother you to fall behind, then pay close attention to the amount of rounds assigned for each part.

  • Part 1 = Rounds 1-15 = June 1st, 2017
  • Part 2 = Rounds 16-23 = June 5th, 2017
  • Part 3 = Rounds 24-30 = June 8th, 2017
  • Part 4 = Rounds 31-37 = June 12th, 2017
  • Part 5 = Rounds 38-41 = June 15th, 2017