"Wendy" Crochet-Along (March 2017)

This month, we will be working one of my patterns, "Wendy," together. This is called a Crochet-Along. Each part of the pattern will contain a tutorial showing where to place your stitches. There is one video for a tricky stitch in the pattern, but is only available to those in the Facebook group. Come join us! 

Below you can see each part of the Crochet-Along. Don't forget to share your own progress in our Facebook group (linked at the top of this post)!

New Pattern: "Bella"

This pattern was heavily inspired by one of my first designs: "Barbara." When I made that design, I tried to incorporate as many flowers as I could. In the same way, in this pattern, "Bella," I aimed to use the flower motif as a theme. 

"Bella" is a small design--only 24 rounds and 10-inches in diameter. I used a 2.00mm hook with Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush in the stunning color 'Tyrian Purple.' This might be my most favorite thread color.

One thing that threw me for a loop, because I'm not much of a planner when it comes to the designing process, is that I ended up with an odd amount of points. The design resulted in a repeat of 7, so there are 21 points. 

This pattern turned out extra lovely. I am really thrilled with the design as a whole, and it wasn't too terribly challenging to perform. 

You can find the pattern on my Ravelry page. Don't forget to share your work in our Facebook group

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.