Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mustard Scarf - free Pattern

I made my sister a new winter scarf, and thought I would share the simple pattern with you. A great pattern for beginners.

I used 3 x balls of Abbey Road 'Wool to be Wild' in Mustard (Aran / 10 ply, 125 meters, 52% Wool - Merino 48% Manufactured Fibers - Acrylic) 
7 mm hook
Pattern written in US terms, with UK in brackets.

finished measurements; 24 cm x 140 cm (9.5 x 55 inches)

Make a chain of 35
Row 1: Miss 2 ch, 33 hdc (htr), turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, 33 hdc (htr) in BLO, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until desired length.
Fasten Off and weave in all ends. 

ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
htr = (UK) half treble
BLO = back loops only

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


June is busting out all over!

After all the admin related things that took up a lot of my time in May, June is shaping up to be a great month.
If you aren't on my email list, I urge you to join! Some exciting news is dropping on (around) the 10th, and email subscribers will see it first.

(You can sign up here!)

June will see a couple of free patterns on the blog - hexagons, and a join as you go (jaygo) tutorial to join them!

A revamp of an older pattern is fresh up on Ravelry ; The Op Shop Shawl: Recycled. Pictured above. It's got a long name, I know. The old 'Op Shop Shawlette' is now longer, and has new yarn suggestions.

You can find the pattern here.

For non Australians, Op Shop (short for opportunity shop) is a second hand or thrift store. The original shawlette was inspired by a bed jacket I bought many years ago, and it's stitch pattern.

There is one more thing happening on Instagram at the end of June, but that's also going to be a surprise, I look forward to sharing it all with you.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GDPR email compliance

This might be a bit of a boring blog post, but it applies to anyone on my email list, you have been sent out an email to re confirm that you would like to keep receiving emails!

I really hope that you choose to keep receiving them!

The short answer is that new privacy laws in Europe require that anyone who collects data (your name and email are included) have to be specific with what they do with it. This is a very short answer, and I suggest you read up on it if you are interested in the long answer!

I have always stated that anyone who signs up can trust that I will never use their information for anything other than the monthly email, and this remains the same. It is just now more official.

But I'm not in Europe, and neither are you?
Well, Australia does compete in Eurovision.. we came second in 2016! Ok, but seriously I do have to comply as I have customers and email recipients in Europe. It is much easier this way, and a good way for you to review the contents of your email inbox. If you are no longer interested, I won't be upset!

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You can find my full Privacy Policy here

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Bracken Scarf- new pattern release

The bulky cotton is soft and works up fast, to make a fashionable and fun asymmetrical scarf.
Pattern can be increased or decreased in length to personal tastes.

Uses Abbey Road “Kung Fu Cotton” (100% Cotton; 140 m/100g) 2 x balls in Fatigue (MC) and 1 x ball in Chartreuse (CC)
I had a lot of fun designing and making this scarf, as it all just came together! No need to frog endless rows to match my vision, it just worked!
I would love to see a project if you make one, either by adding a project to Ravelry, or using the hashtag #EWDMakes on social media.
Finished Measurements:
Width at Final Row: 50 cm/ 19.7 inches
Length : 167 cm/ 65.7 inches


Friday, April 27, 2018

Instagram Giveaway! - Competition Time


As stated in the last post- there is a giveaway now live on Instagram- only comments posted on the original photo will be counted!

Please click on the photo to see all the information and T & Cs

 Good Luck!~

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bobbleberry Washcloth - American Yarns. + Give away announcement!

To complete the set of washcloths, I bring you the Bobbleberry washcloth. The yarn was provided to me by American Yarns, and you can read my thoughts on Lily Sugar and Cream in this post. You can find the first washcloth in that same post,and the second here.

I am using Lily Sugar and Cream in Blue jeans, and a 5 mm hook. This washcloth uses variations of both bobble stitch and berry stitch in alternating rows to create a really textured piece. US terms are used.
This will make a 20 x 20 cm square / 7.8 x 7.8 inch square

Special stitches used:

Bobble stitch: (Bo) - (YO, insert hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops) 4 times- all worked in same st. YO pull through 5 loops on hook.

Starting Bobble: (SBo)- 2 ch (YO, insert hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops) 3 times. YO pull through 4 loops on hook.

Berry Stitch (Be): YO, insert hook, pull up loop, YO, pull through 1 loop, insert hook through same st, YO pull up loop. YO, pull through 4 loops on hook.

Make a Chain of 28.

Row 1: (RS) Skip 1 ch, sc across. (27 sc)
Row 2: (WS) 2 Ch (not counted as st), *Be into first sc, sc in next. Rep from * across, finishing with a Be. (14 Be)
Row 3: 1 ch (not counted as st) sc across (27 sc)
Row 4: SBo, *sc, Bo. Rep from * across (14 Bo - including SBo)
Row 5: as Row 3.

Rep rows 2-5 five times.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Give away announcement 

1 x Blue Jeans and 1 x Blueberry Lily Sugar and Cream will make all three washcloths. On Instagram Friday 27th, a giveaway will begin with a prize including these two yarns and a 5 mm hook. Check out my Instagram - instagram.com/emma_crochets to see the competition announced

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Slouchy Strawberry Fields Beanie- Abbey Road Yarns

I was sent a few balls of the new Abbey Road Yarn from Spotlight, and have been having fun testing it out! The Strawberry Fields Mohair was a bit of a challenge (link here) as fluffy yarn can be hard to see stitches!The yarn is a blend of  50% Acrylic, 22% Mohair, 20% Merino and 8% Polyester, with a soft, brushed look. 

Nevertheless, I worked out the perfect stitch pattern - moss stitch, and with a 9 mm hook I was able to get a fabric that is super stretchy and perfect for a slouchy beanie.
The yarn is challenging, stitches are hard to see, but spaces aren't! Almost impossible to unravel, but it's also very forgiving. If you don't quite get the stitch in the right place, you are not likely to see. Although I just made a beanie, I think this stitch pattern would also make a lovely cushion cover or throw blanket for some gorgeous texture. 

You will need 1 ball of Abbey Road Strawberry Fields Mohair (50 g/ 90m) I used Orient Blue, and an 9 mm crochet hook. This beanie is worked flat in one piece and sewn at the end. a yarn needle is also required

Written in US terms
Make a Chain of 32.
Row 1: Miss 3 ch, *sc, ch, miss 1 chain. Repeat from * to finish with sc in final ch (14 SC)
Rows 2- 30.: 4 ch, * sc in 1-ch sp, ch. Repeat from * to finish with sc in 4-ch sp.

With yarn needle, join foundation chain to Row 30.

To sew top, fold in half and make one stitch joining the two sides. You will have a shape that looks like a figure 8. Pinch the top and bottom of the '8' in and make another stitch. Continue pinching in the 'loops' until you gathered in the top sufficiently. Weave all ends in.