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

Pattern Testing Signup

Hello again!
I've worked out the easiest way to ask for pattern testers. An email list.
If you would be interested in testing patterns, or like to find out a bit more, please sign up below. The email will contain 

  • a picture of item or swatch,
  •  hook size, 
  • suggested yarn
  • deadline
  • pattern rating (beginner/advanced)
If you feel the pattern is something you'd be interested in then reply, and a pattern draft will be sent. If you can't do it, no problem. You can wait for the next round!

I will never use your email for other purposes. If I ever set up a newsletter or any other email list, you would not be automatically joined. 

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017


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

Monday, May 1, 2017

Maker Monday - with O&Y Studio

Today I have a little chat with Andrea from O&Y Studio. I discovered her on instagram, and have become very enamoured with her work!

1.Please introduce yourself, and tell us what you create / your business?

I'm Andrea or Andy. I was born and raised in South Africa and moved to the USA in my twenties. I live in the beautiful Southern city of Charlotte in North Carolina.

I am the owner and designer of O&Y Studio. I hand stitch one-of-a-kind, wool-on-wool embroideries. First I crochet a circle or oval, then I mount it in a traditional, wooden embroidery hoop, and lastly, I embroider it.. The hoop becomes the frame and can be hung on a wall or rested on a shelf. I stitch mostly flowers and botanicals. I love to incorporate hand-spun and hand-dyed or painted wool yarns into my embroideries.

2. How long have you been creating?

I've been knitting and sewing since I was 4. My mother gave me my first sewing machine at age 11 and I taught myself (and my mother) to crochet in my teenage years. When my children were small I became hooked on smocking in a big way. I made custom order children’s clothing and heirloom christening gowns. I even owned a smocking shop for a while and taught many people in Charlotte to smock and to do fine hand sewing. I went on to work in retail as a buyer and set up store displays. More recently I wanted to start a new business selling my handmade items. I had a vague idea of what I wished to create but I especially wanted it to be something unique that no one else was making. I went about scouting for embroidery hoops in vintage shops and then I started experimenting with crocheting the backgrounds. When I got those proportions right, it was time to do the fun part - the embroidery. By November of 2016, I had a collection of hoops built up so I decided to launch a website and I listed my hoops in an Etsy shop. I have been most encouraged by the nice response to my work.

3. Do you start with ideas or materials?

I have the materials already, so I start with ideas. Flowers are my inspiration 90% of the time. The flowers I have growing in my garden inspire me. I love photographing flowers and have built up quite a library that I used this past winter when I didn’t have much blooming in the garden. Some of my flowers are realistic but mostly I love to do my own interpretation choosing the colours from the palette of the wools that I own. I have a little notebook of "Things I want to try” - colour combinations to use, different flowers I wish to stitch and other applications I would like to attempt. I have built up quite a stockpile of woolen yarns, many of them I bring back in my luggage from trips home to South Africa (from the area surrounding my family's sheep farm) or on other trips if I have time to go and find a new wool shop!

4. How relevant is social media to you and your business?

Social Media has had a lot of importance to me in my business. I've been growing an Instagram following of my @oandystudio account and most of my sales have come from there. My Facebook business page is definitely not growing in the same way, however, I have made a few sales though Facebook so I know I need to give it time, after all I’ve only been doing this for five months.

5. Would you like to add anything further?

Please consider following me in my social media and please tell me you discovered me on Emma's blog!
My Instagram account is and my Facebook page is at

For more about me and my embroideries, you may check out my website and if you care to, please subscribe to my mailing list
You can either access my shop through the website or through Etsy:

If you are a “pinner” and prefer Pinterest, I’m on there too and have a board of my hoops…

Monday, April 24, 2017

Maker Mondays- Adelaide Hills Yarn Co.

Welcome to this Monday's instalment of the blog series -

Today's Makers are a little different, Adelaide Hills Yarn Company.

Please introduce yourself, and tell us what your business?

We are Diana and Amanda, two friends who met whilst working together and developed a love for crocheting and using chunky yarns. We decided to start our own on line T shirt yarn store to make the products more accessible to Australian crafters. Our products are used by crocheters, knitters, weavers and macramé artists. 

How long have you been established?

We officially opened Adelaide Hills Yarn Co in June last year (2016), so not even 12 months yet. We have been delighted with the response that we received to our yarns, and can hardly believe how far we have come in such a short time. We have since added other 
products other than T shirt yarn.

Do you start with ideas or materials?

We started our business with just an idea. We had the materials in mind, and months were spent sourcing what we wanted

How relevant is social media to you?

Extremely. It is the foundation of our business really. We have built our business from nothing using Instagram and Facebook alone.

Anything else to add? 

Our products are made from factory offcuts from the textile industry that would otherwise go into landfill. We are pleased to be able to make a difference, no matter how small. 

My Textured Clutch pattern uses Adelaide Hills ribbon and rope yarn. You can find the pattern here:

Find the Adelaide Hills Yarn Co shop and Facebook page here:

If you would like to be a 'Monday Maker' email me a