Friday, April 10, 2015

Video Tutorial - getting started: slip knot and chain stitch.

I finally made my first video! I thought it is best to start at the very beginning, so I have started with the very basics of tying a slip knot and chains.

All you need to start is some yarn and a hook. In this video I use a 12 mm hook and some chunky yarn. You can use any size, but bigger is best for learning!

At the end of the video, you will have the confidence to start a chain of any length! 
My next planned video is a little harder, and will assume you can chain, so study up if you want to join in!
I've also linked up to FYBF over at

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sophie's universe - an update

I haven't posted many pictures of where I'm up to in the Sophie's Universe CAL, except for on Instagram. (where all these photos are from - @emma_crochets) Here is my progress so far;


I'm up to the end of part 6. This week part 13 will come out, so I do have some catching up to do, I'm currrently out of the main pink colour, so I'll be even more behind while I wait to do some shopping!

If you like the pattern, you can find it (and join in the CAL) at and look for the Sophie's universe pattern.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Crocheted Garments - 2015 Crochet Trends

Earlier in the year (this post) I said I wanted to make more garments. I am starting by working on my own creation.

Deramores is running a blogging competition, wanting to find out what the predicted trends for 2015 are. It was a pleasant surprise to find one of my crochet heroes, Kat Goldin from Slugs on The Refrigerator, has listed crocheted garments as her trend prediction for 2015. (You can read it HERE)

I don't know why the idea appeals to me so much. I think its because I want to break away from throw away fashion, I want a 'capsule' wardrobe, with pieces I can be proud of.  And the realisation that you CAN crochet clothes. There are so many modern and beautiful patterns, not just granny squares - Although I did just see a pretty rocking granny square skirt pattern!

It's a slow start, but here is the piece I am working on right now. I'm completely free styling it, based only on the fact I know what a yoke should vaguely look like! I'm tailor making it to myself, so it may end up being a one of a kind. Once finished, I would like to see what works and what doesn't, and maybe put together a pattern.

This post is my submission to the Deramores Craft Blog Competition 2015. Deramores is the UK’s number one online retailer of knitting and crochet supplies. Visit for more details. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

What I did in my Year Off.

Even though I didn't blog for most of 2014, I still crocheted!

One of the things I crocheted was part of my wedding dress.

I crocheted an extra 'ruffle' onto my petticoat. And then I needed It to be seen, so I had to wear it a bit longer than my dress. It was all free form, so there is no pattern. All I knew was to increase every second row or so, for it to ruffle. It was fairly heavy, but not uncomfortable. 

My Mother knitted my bolero jacket, which I wear as often as possible. 

I also crocheted a 'modesty panel' as I felt my V neck was very deep.

And my succulent flower crown was made by Flowerkin Creations. Who also happens to be my sister!

And finally, I also crocheted our cake toppers. Sarah and Jareth from the Labyrinth. I also made my own cake, so it was very much a do it yourself kind of wedding. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Blankets for Vanuatu

Due to the recent natural disaster, I am looking at making and sending some blankets to Vanuatu.

If you would be interested in helping, I'm after some 10 x 10 cm squares, in DK or 8ply. In either knit or crochet, in any style, pattern or colour.

I'm still working out the details, but just to remind you, I'm in Sydney Australia, so would need them posted to me!

Please pass it on to anyone who you know can help! And stay tuned for details


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pattern Writing!

I'm putting a pattern together at the moment, which is why I've been a bit quiet.. I said I wasn't going to make excuses for not posting this year, didn't I?

It's a beginner level pattern, and will be for sale on Etsy, and then Ravelry, but I'm going to price it accordingly.

If you follow me on in instagram, you might have seen some wool dying experiments. I'm looking forward to sharing them here too.

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Yarn {in the spotlight}


I've been seeing this brand 'ice magic' yarn cropping up quite a bit. Especially in some of the Sophie's Universe CAL's I've seen online.  I haven't always been a fan of variegated yarns, usually because the colour strands can be too short. This one looks like lovely long ones, so that the colour changes are more subtle. It means you can crochet with colour changes and not worry about too many ends.  I've linked the pictures to amazon, and will be ordering some soon :)

'In the spotlight' is a revamped series, in which I will be showcasing notable products. I am not paid to review, but may receive a percentage from the affiliate links!

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