New Pattern: "Daisy"

A few weeks ago, I started designing this new pattern. However, when I finished, I was not happy with how aggressive I had to block it. And second to that, I was unhappy with my color choice (lilac). Even though the doily itself turned out beautiful and the color only added to that, the color was difficult to photograph accurately. 

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So I started over and with my favorite color thread: natural. And now that I've worked it again and made minor changes so that it lays flat even before blocking, I am in love with it all over again. It blocked beautifully and also photographed beautifully.

Here is "Daisy."

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I used a 2.25mm hook with about 400 yards of size 10 thread. You may use whatever hook size you prefer, but keep in mind the yardage will be different. Make sure you have enough on hand just in case you need more. It is 33 rounds and includes stitches like clusters, popcorns, and decreases.

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When I went back to work it the second time and make changes, I also centered the middle. What I mean to say is that when I worked it the first time, the center was off  and it was really noticeable. But because I was working it again, I made the necessary changes to make it correct. This is sometimes that happens with designing-- since I never plan ahead and I don't know what it will eventually look like, I am not always 100% satisfied with the result. This time, since I took the time to make changes and work it twice, I absolutely am 100% happy with it. I will show you the center of the purple (first) version so you can compare if you want.

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I hope you enjoy working this pattern as much as I did. It did not take long at all for me, but then again I do crochet quite fast.

You can find this pattern on Ravelry. If you cannot purchase with Paypal, you can contact me and I can list it here on my website instead. However, I prefer all purchases be made through Ravelry because it ensures you will receive all future updates. But I do know that problems can occur and some countries do not allow Paypal; if that is the case for you, please contact me and I will make a listing just for you.

"Marion" [Full Video Tutorial]

After almost 6 months after I began it, I am finally finished with the full video tutorial for the pattern "Marion." This process was marked with a lot of frustration--both with the process and with drama along the way. Needless to day, it's done! 

The video tutorial is cut into 10 parts. Each video contains several rounds with clear transitions, full audio, and stitch counts displayed at the end of each round. The tutorial covers the ENTIRE patter (with the only exception being "repeats"; any excessive repeats within a round are discussed but not shown, in order to save time). 

In order to access the videos, I require 2 things from you: 

  1. You must have a Facebook account in order to view the videos.
  2. You must have a legitimate copy of the pattern.

All of this information can be found on the product page and also reiterated in the information document you will receive with your purchase. 

I want to thank the entire community for encouraging me through this process. I try to go above and beyond to help people work my patterns, and this I guess is the best way. 

 

New Pattern: "Amelia"

I know it's been a very long time. I've been busy but also struggling with motivation. This newest pattern took me two months to complete, when it usually only takes me a few days. I hope you enjoy this one. 

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For "Amelia," I used Artiste Egyptian Cotton in the color "cloud." Even though I myself used a 2.25mm hook, I always recommend smaller, or your preferred size. I use the Boye Ergonomic Hook Handle with my hook because my hands prefer the extra comfort. 

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I used 415 yards / 76g of thread. Most people will use more than I did, so I recommend 45-500 yards; two spools of thread will usually do the trick, or one spool of Curio. 

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The stitches used in "Amelia" are slst, sk, ch, sc, dc, tc, dtr, csdc, fp, bp, bl, blo, cluster, popcorn, sc2tog, dc2tog, dc3tog, tc4tog, tc4tog, dtr4tog, dtr6tog, and small picot.

Always remember that if you  need help or support for any of my patterns, you should join our Facebook group

4th Crochet-Along! "Winter"

It's time for our 4th Crochet Along! This time we will be working an older pattern (from April 2017) called "Winter." The votes were tallied and this appropriately-named pattern was selected as the favorite. 

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Crochet Along Information

Each part will be uploaded between 10-11am EST.

SCHEDULE
Part 1 - rounds 1-7 (11/1) 
Part 2 - rounds 8-13 (11/3) 
Part 3 - rounds 15-18 (11/7) 
Part 4 - rounds 19-23 (11/9) 
Part 5 - rounds 24-26 (11/14)

In addition to complete written instructions, each round will include either sections of a chart or photo-tutorial to show you where to place your stitches.


How to Participate

  • Make sure you have a Ravelry account before you purchase. This is to ensure that the pattern goes into your account library and you will be able to find it easily. If you do not complete this step, you will be responsible for finding the link to your pattern in your email.
  • Create a project page here on Ravelry for your work by clicking on “Hook It” in the top right under the “add to favorites” heart button.
  • Join the FB group to discuss and get support during the Crochet-Along. Share your project with other crocheters and help those along the way. Please do not use the Ravelry comment feature to ask questions, instead use the FB group. This is so that the community working this pattern can help each other and help field questions for me during this time.
  • Check your email regularly. As each new part is uploaded, you will receive an email letting you know.
  • To receive each part as they are released, you will need to update your pattern library or the pattern itself after you receive the email. If you are unfamiliar about how to do this, check out Ravelry’s explanation here.

Pattern Details

  • Pattern consists of 26 rounds.
  • Level is “advanced.”
  • Stitches/terms: slst, sk, ch, sc, dc, tc, dtr, csdc, fp, bp, cluster, popcorn, dc2tog, tc2tog, dtr2tog, small picot, large picot.
  • This pattern works great in either a solid color or with long color-changing thread like Alize Miss Batik.
  • After November 14th, 2017, this pattern purchase will also contain a full photo-tutorial.

Languages

This pattern is available in English, Russian, Swedish, German, and Dutch. All versions will be added to your Ravelry library after purchase. If you are able and desire to translate this pattern into your native language, please use this form to contact me. Only authorized translations are permitted.

  • Russian language translation provided by Ula Tomaszewska and tested by Tatyana Norri and Irina Kogotkova.
  • Nederlandse vertaling door Jill DS en Lea Vermeylen. Tested by Renate Poort.
  • Mönstret översatt och testat på svenska av Agnetha Magnusson, Anja Axelsson, Camilla Fredriksson, Ulrika Larsson, och Åza Karlsson.
  • Ins Deutsche übersetzt von „5-tr-tog“.

Newest Pattern: "Hera"

This pattern was designed back in August but since it is so large, it took quite a long time to finish testing. When I started it, I wanted to design something big. I wanted to see how big I could go without getting frustrated with it, which is usually what happens if I try to design too large. Once you get to a certain point, you feel burnt out or unoriginal, and I didn't want that to happen. 

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Fittingly, I named this one Hera. It's regal and sophisticated and not for the beginner. It consists of 53 rounds and lots of interesting stitches. The suggested yardage for this piece is at least 900 yards. 

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Because of its size, it would make a lovely table-topper or centerpiece all on its own.