A year ago I would never have thought I'd be where I am today. I had a few designs under my belt, but nothing like what I come up with now. In the coming weeks and months, I plan to roll out several of those oldest pattern as free patterns here on my website. However, with designing new patterns, publishing my second book, and running a household, it's definitely not on the top of my list of priorities. I do plan on releasing them on a rolling basis when I get time to copy them to the site.
My newer patterns have stretched my imagination beyond what I ever thought I could do. And it's not without its challenges. This new pattern, in particular, was wrought with lots of frustration. I'm very happy with how it turned out, but I have to admit I ripped out about 10 rounds because I hated it. And look what it has become!
It's okay to start over. It's okay to go back. Yes, you are removing moments of inspiration, but they aren't gone for good. They are exercises in creativity. It's okay to feel like you've failed. But you have to get back up and keep going.
"Lorraine" is a product of exactly that. I never felt close to giving up, but I had to come to terms with frogging. Lots and lots of frogging. And not just to fix a mistake, but to remove complete elements of the design. And it turned out just fine.
This pattern is 30 rounds and comes out to about 13-inches (33 cm) in diameter with a 1.75mm hook and size 10 thread (300+ yards). I used Hobby Lobby's lustrous Artiste 100% Egyptian Cotton in the color Jade Blue.