Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas Decoration - St Niklaas Star


I've just released a new pattern in time for Christmas, for those who love handmade decorations!




The St Niklaas Star is a detailed little ornament, and while it uses some advanced stitches, I've included quite a few photos to help out those who might want to try out something to lift their game beyond the basic dc.

The pattern is on Ravelry and LoveCrochet at the moment, and will be uploaded to Etsy.

I've used Scheepjes Colour Crafter, the most gorgeous acrylic yarn, in three shades. Sint Niklaas, Wolvega and Pollare, which in turn inspired the name and scandi feel to the pattern.

I ordered my yarn from Yarnish.com.au  who, in my opinion, are the most convenient for Australian customers to order Scheepjes brand yarn.

To purchase from Ravelry, just click this link

or search 'St Niklaas Star' on Ravelry or LoveCrochet

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Joining the Nebula Square - Zipper Join - Part 2


Today's post (long overdue) is my chosen method to join the Nebula Square. (Find the pattern here.)


I am using the Zipper Join method, which is my favourite join.

I like this join because it makes a feature of the join, but It can be a bit fiddly. If you prefer a seamless join, or something quicker, then maybe this is not the join for you.

I have used a contrasting colour to show the join, but it is not what I will be using on the final blanket.

The Zipper join works into the back loops of both squares, and this first picture shows the back loops.


The second picture shows the direction the hook will go: front to back on first loop, the front to back on second. Right side of both squares are facing you.


Starting at the corner chain, place hook as just described; through front to back of both loops and pull up a loop. Keep your yarn at the back of the work.


Place hook through next two back loops, and pull a loop through all three loops on hook.

This is the same method as surface crochet, but with two pieces of fabric, rather than one.


 


Continue into each loop pair


If you have planned out your blanket layout, you can continue along the vertical axis, and then the horizontal, so joining can be done without cutting the yarn!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Fern Gully Bag

The Fern Gully Bag is one of my newest patterns, and is available now on Ravelry, Etsy and LoveKnitting/Love Crochet.


Purchase direct from Ravelry here:

It is available in both UK and US, both versions are available to download. I think this is easier than having two listings, as it means if someone accidentally picks the wrong version, they can easily remedy.
It uses 1 x 200 g ball of Bendigo Classic Wool, and works up fairly quickly. Great project for someone who has mastered the basics and looking for a next step project.



If that isn't enough value already, there are also instructions for an alternative version of the square, one of the prototype versions that was too pretty to leave out. 


Thanks for having a look! If you do make a bag, please let me know by adding a project on Ravelry, tagging me on Instagram, or sharing on my Facebook page!

Monday, August 14, 2017

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Heeeyyy!

Hi from the World's Worst Blogger™!



I have been pretty quiet here, mostly because I naively forgot how much work a now 1 year old is! 


Sadly, the blog is the first thing on the 'later' pile.  However  have been doing a LOT of crocheting, and have quite a few patterns to be released in the second half of the year. Two patterns are going to be published by a yarn company, so that's pretty exciting, and a few more will be self published.

I've been working on changing up how I write patterns, and have a beautiful new template. I'm unsure if I will republish all my patterns in the same format - which if you already have, you'll be able to access the new format at no cost- but I'm thinking of redoing a few so they can be bundled together nicely.

Anyway, I hope you're going to be as excited with the new patterns as I am!

Don't forget to check me out on instagram - @emma_crochets for updates!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Nebula Square - free pattern - Part 1.


I've started a nice easy throw, using Papatya Batik yarn in colour 554-31. I'm using three balls and as 5mm hook (H size)
(avaliable here - not affilate link!)


The squares are fairly simple - just 3 rounds of a solid granny square.
I'll decide on lay out once all squares are complete, so no joining as I go!

Method for square: In US terms

starting with a magic ring - or chain 5 and sl st join.
Round 1- Chain 3 (counts as dc) 2dc, *`3ch, 3dc, Repeat from * until you have 4 clusters of 3dc, each separated by 3 chains. Sl st  into the top of the first dc.


Round 2- Chain 3 (counts as dc) dc into same stitch. dc into next stitch. *2dc, 3ch, 2dc into chain space. Dc into next three stitches. Repeat from * finishing with 2dc in chain space. Sl st into first dc. This round is 7dc on each side, separated by 3 chains.

Round 3- Chain 3 (counts as dc) dc into same stitch. dc into next 3 stitches. *2dc, 3ch, 2dc into chain space. Dc into next 7 stitches. Repeat from * finishing with 1dc into last two dc before chain . Sl st into first dc.
This round is 11dc on each side, separated by 3 chains.

You can continue in this fashion if you'd like bigger squares, increasing 4 stitches in each corner space.

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Part 2 will include joining the squares.

Edited to add- 1 ball of yarn (100g/ 360m) gets about 32 squares,which measure 3.5 inches/8.9 cm width