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. 

New Books & New Giveaway!

I know this is quite delayed, but books 4 and 5 are finally here! Many of you have been waiting patiently for their arrival, so I'm very happy to say that the day is here. The day is today.

Designs included in book 4 = Holly, Rosemary, Vanora, Constance, Frances, Glenda, and Jane

Designs included in book 5 = Bella, Marjorie, Rhoda, Emma, Isla, Winter, and Shoshana

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And like every other time I've announced a new publication, I will be giving away a free signed copy of each! 

RULES: Contest is available only to U.S. entrants. Only 1 entry per household. Free shipping and handling for both winners. Each winner will receive only 1 book; the first winner will receive book 4 and the second winner will receive book 5. Each copy will be signed by me. Books will ship in 2 weeks.


If you do not want to wait for the giveaway to end, you can go ahead and purchase here:

Signed copies of all my books (will ship in 2 weeks)

PDF e-versions of all my books


Website Rebranding

You may have noticed that the header image on my website here has changed to a simple graphic of my name. For the past few weeks, I have been mulling over the decision to rebrand because of the confusion caused by my previous business name. I can not tell you how many times I have been called "Emily" when that is not my name at all--too many times to count.

Rebranding has a lot of consequences if not done correctly. Doing this required me to change my business name, domain name and website, Facebook page (though as of today 8/23/2017 it is still in limbo whether or not FB will let me change it), Facebook group page, Ravelry group page--just to name the big ones. All image headers had to change. I'm not sure if I'll change my instagram page since someone else already own @gracefearon.

Currently and probably for several years, the domain emilyandthe.com will forward to the new domain, so if anyone is directed there, they will be redirected here instead of getting lost in cyberspace.

I hope during this transition phase I do not lose any of you along the way. It will now be much easier to find me, since my domain is now my real name.

I'm not sure if all external links will forward correctly, so if you want to find me, just go directly here to the website.

Thank you!

Grace

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.