Volume 6 Giveaway!

Volume 6 is now available (though it won't be listed on Amazon for a day or so until it gets into their system). And to celebrate the occasion, you can enter below to win a signed copy from me.

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New Pattern: "Margaret"

I've been completely obsessed with Netflix's show "The Crown." After bingeing the entire first season last year, and then season 2 a few weeks ago when it came out, I went back and watched it all again. It's masterfully done. And not surprisingly, I adore the character Margaret. I was inspired to name one of my patterns after her.

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This pattern, "Margaret," is 13-inches in diameter and uses about 300-350 yards of size 10 thread. It is only 29 rounds, but the pineapples in particular can eat up much of your time, as well as your thread. 

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This pattern is one of my absolute favorites. I know I probably say that every time, but I am in love with how the pineapples as well as the center turned out. You will definitely see them again in other patterns. 

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You can purchase this pattern below (choose your language) as soon as it is published. All new patterns are 50% off for the first 24-hours. This pattern will return to full price tomorrow at 5:30 PM EST.

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New Pattern: "Elysium"

Here is another example of me experimenting with pineapples. I wanted to see if I could give them a raised look and, to me anyway, they came out looking like cupcakes instead! This newest pattern is only 29 rounds, but I'm very happy with how it turned out. 

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For a design that is only 29 rounds, I'm surprised with how large it turned out to be: 14-inches. It took me about 5 days to design. There was a particular round that I had to completely frog no less than three times, and it was a popcorn round! The first two times were because I wanted to change the design a little, and then the third time was because after I completed it and started on the next round I'd completely left out an important stitch a few rounds previous. Needless to say, I lost an entire day's worth of progress. 

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This pattern was so much fun to design. I hope you enjoy working it as much as I did. 

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New Pattern: "Saffron"

Normally when I design, I don't have much planned. However, when I started this one, I knew I wanted to experiment with taller stitches. My tension has reached the point where I feel comfortable wrapping several times without losing the consistency of my stitches, so I decided to try my hand at incorporating some rare stitches in this pattern. I'm not sure if Tamara coined the names for these stitches herself, but I used her guide nonetheless. This pattern is named "Saffron" even though I didn't use that color. 

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In this pattern, I only incorporated up to a Quadruple Treble stitch, which is when you wrap five times before beginning. If you don't feel comfortable or don't have any experience with tall stitches, I suggest you practice beforehand. They are easy to crochet, but often we end up with the top loops being extra loose. Remember to keep all your loops near the tip of your hook in order to minimize this problem.

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When I was designing this, I ended up playing a little bit of 'yarn chicken' near the end. I had a full ball of Artiste thread and ended up having only 12-inches leftover, with no backup ball waiting. Because of that, I suggest a yardage of 450-500 yards just to be safe.

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As always, new patterns are 50% off during the first 24-hours. You will see the discounted price reflected in your cart before you checkout. After the promotional period, it will return to full price. During the promotional period, it does not qualify for other discounts.

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.