"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. 

"Splendid" in Alize Miss Batik #3716

When I first started making doilies, this was the pattern I fell in love with. I made it twice, in white and in peacock. I've always wanted to go back and do it again, and I'm not sure why I waited until now. But it was definitely the right time.

With my newfound love for Alize Miss Batik self-striping thread, I worked this lovely pattern one more time. This pattern is called "Splendid" by Patricia Kristoffersen. The thread color I chose for it is #3716. 

I'm very glad I attempted it again, now that my skill level has significantly changed. Back when I first completed this pattern, over two years ago, I did not like textured stitches at all, so I changed most of them so that the doily laid completely flat. This time, with my obsession with texture, I am in love with the real look. 

I made a few minor changes, some of which was just to make the pattern clearer, and one change was just because I preferred a different stitch placement. All in all, though, I can definitely see why this is one of PK's most popular patterns. It's only 23 rounds, works up very quickly (except that round of popcorn stitches), and looks gorgeous in any thread.

You can find this item in my shop or you can request a commission in a different color. Do not hesitate to contact me. 

Two new patterns! "Faye" & "Mathilde"

The two patterns I have ready for you are called "Faye" and "Mathilde." The first one is a new 30-round paid pattern that finished testing today. Recently, I've been asked several times how I come up with the names that I choose. The answer to this question is pretty simple: when I come across a name I like, I write it down. The first names I used were are unused baby girl names. We have two lovely boys and don't plan to have any more children at this time, but we did have names picked out. So I began with those. Now I just take note of nice names when I see them. 

"Faye" is 30 rounds, 14-inches in diameter, with size 10 thread (300+ yards). Lots of popcorn stitches peppered throughout, especially incorporated into the pineapple design. 

Pineapples are near-and-dear to my heart, so I can't go too long without using them in my designs. They give the design a pleasant and appealing look that catches the eye. You can find the pattern for "Faye" on this page.

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This next pattern is called "Mathilde" and is free! It is 15 rounds a perfect pattern to start with if you've never done any of my patterns. It's a quick, fun little project to get you started. 

I used 'Alize Miss Batik' thread leftover from a previous project. However, I also worked it in antique white to see how it would look in a solid color.