New Pattern: "Jane"

This pattern didn't go exactly how I wanted, but they never really do. I attempted to make the center raised, but it wasn't executed in the best way--though I'm still extremely happy with it! Always a learning experience.

This pattern, "Jane," is 34 rounds. I used Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush in the color 'silver green.' I also used my 2.00mm hook with my ergonomic hook holder. I might have to go up another size, maybe 2.25mm, because my work is still very tight.

I used about 280 yards, so I marked this pattern as needing 300-350 yards since I crochet very tightly still. It worked out to about 11-inches in diameter.

You can find this pattern in my pattern shop available through Ravelry.

New Pattern: "Holly"

I tried my hand at working two different colors. This was probably not a good idea since I didn't know what the design would look like until it was finished. I think when you consider doing colorwork, you have to see if the design will even work. I had no idea how this would turn out and yet I tried two colors. I think it turned out okay, but it looks much better (in my opinion) with a solid color. 

"Holly" is 29 rounds and works up to about 12-inches in diameter. I used a 1.75mm hook with about 250-300 yards of size 10 thread.

The center was inspired by my free design Rhiannon. I wanted to see if I could use the center and make a complete doily out of it.

Giveway for Volume 3!

As always, I am offering a free copy of my newest book. To enter please see the Rafflecopter Entry Form below. You must complete BOTH options in order to enter. 

Patterns in this book: Charlotte, Lorraine, Hazel, Marion, Ruth, Susan, and Naomi.

You can purchase your own copy here. 

Giveaway is available to U.S. contestants for free. If you live outside of the U.S. and would like to enter, you will be responsible for shipping/handling via Paypal. I will gladly calculate exact shipping for you based on your country plus $1 for packaging. 

This contest runs from midnight EST February 23rd, 2017 until midnight EST February 26th, 2017. I will notify the winner via email and s/he will have 24 hours to respond before I pick a new winner. 

New Pattern: "Rosemary"

Here is my newest pattern: "Rosemary." I've been pretty sick lately and also very busy with our Mystery Crochet-Along. This pattern finished testing about a week ago, but I haven't had the time to get it published until now.

It is 41 rounds and requires about 400-450 yards of size 10 thread when using a 1.75mm hook. 

I used Knit Picks Curio thread in the color bluebell. 

You can find this pattern in my pattern shop.

New Pattern: "Glenda"

My newest pattern, "Glenda," is probably one of my favorites. I wasn't sure how it would all work out, but it came together very nicely.

This pattern is 28 rounds and 12-inches in diameter. 

This is the first time I've ever used Scheepjes brand. They have a wonderful line of size 10 thread called Maxi Sugar Rush that has an enormous color selection.  Each ball contains 280m/306y of thread--and the price is pretty reasonable depending on where you purchase. I purchased through Deramores.com during a 'free shipping' special they had. They even have a mini line of crochet thread containing 140m/153y in each ball called Maxi Bonbon.

For this pattern, I used between 200-250 yards with a 2.00mm hook. I've decided to use a larger hook because my crocheting has gotten too tight. I was a bit nervous going up a size, but I'm very pleased with the results. And I even bought an ergonomic hook holder because my 2.00mm hook is bare. 

The open and raised ovals around the center of the design were inspired both by Patricia Kristoffersen's "Brenna" and also by Zoya Matyushenko's "Lumi." If you like mine, you should definitely check out their's. 

You can find this pattern on my patterns page