About Me

Hello my name is Emily and I’m addicted to crochet! Whether it be crocheting myself or looking at anything crocheted, I love it. I am a mum of three boys, who keep me busy 24/7.  So finding time to crochet can be sneaky and at odd times of the day/night. I wanted to create a blog so that I can share my love for crochet; what I make,some free patterns and links to purchase some! Who doesn’t love free things, especially when they are crochet related!!

I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and I’m so thankful to live here.  With access to beautiful beaches and the luscious hinterland, there are so many inspirational places to visit, and I’m lucky it’s at my doorstep.

I learned to crochet the chain stitch when I was about 11 years old, since then I have been self taught with thanks to books, and more recently YouTube (it would have been handy a long time ago). There’s something about crocheting that I find relaxing, therapeutic and rewarding all at the same time. It’s amazing what can be created with a ball of yarn and a hook.

I hope that this little blog brings you happiness and inspiration and the help you need to crochet your own beautiful pieces. A world without crochet would be pretty dull.

~ Emily ~

93 comments on “About Me

  1. Diane Douglas

    Hi Emily,
    Just love your site ……I am on my 2nd Minecraft rug for twin 6yr olds for xmas ..have enjoyed
    making them ….so thanks again for the idea /pattern …

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  2. Sue Shobert

    Hi, Emily! I am an avid crocheter and am selling on etsy. I was wondering if I could sell the finished product of this pattern in my etsy shop? My shop is ShobertCrochet.

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  3. Dear Emily, your crafts are wonderful! Please, accept our best compliments.

    We have an honour to invite to participate in first ETERNAMENTA AWARDS β€˜Most Talented Reader’.
    Best Regards,
    Maria

    More detailed information is here: https://eternamenta.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/eternamenta-blog-awards/

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  4. Hi Emily by any chance do you do any tutorials on you tube , I absolutely love your work and I am a newbie that has a really hard time reading patterns.
    Much love
    Sharon πŸ˜™

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    • Hi Sharon,
      That is a good question! Do you have a particular pattern you are having trouble reading? I may be able to try and help you if you like.
      Have you googled/youtubed beginner crochet reading patterns or learn to read crochet patterns etc?

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  5. Your patterns are all gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Amanda Gratrix

    Hi Emily i was wondering would this work in dk yarn and if so what size hook would you recommend using with the dk yarn. Dk is 8 ply yarn in the u.s.

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    • Hi Amanda, I either use a 4mm think that’s a G hook over there, or 4.5 or 5mm depending on the pattern and how tight/loose you crochet πŸ™‚ I hope this helps. May I ask what pattern you’re talking about? I can’t see what you’re commenting on xo

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  7. Amanda Gratrix

    Hi Emily i was wondering would this work in dk yarn and if so what size hook would you recommend using with the dk yarn. Dk is 8 ply yarn in the u.s. Sorry ment to say for the dreamcatcher you did in 4 ply cotton

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    • Amanda Gratrix

      Hi Emily please could you let me know if i could use a dk weight yarn and what size hook to use with it. To make the dreamcatcher you made using the 4 ply cotton yarn ?

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      • And yarn… you can use any yarn – I think the closest is aran? Which is a 10ply – I’d use at least a 5mm H hook, and if that’s a bit tight, go up a hook size. If you need to look up substitutes, use Yarnsub.com – it is an amazing website! πŸ™‚ I hope this helps. If not, keep replying till we get something right.

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    • ahh ok lol I’d go a 4mm for this design. I always look at older notifications first πŸ™‚ good luck with it.

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  8. Hello Emily
    The link to your gorgeous Cora Pattern seems to be broken. I’m keen to give this one a go. Thank you Julie.

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  9. Thanks Emily. I found you on Ravelry. Cota will be an Easter Project. !

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  10. janet678

    Hi i have found your web page and i very happy i did may i subscribe to your site please

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  11. Amanda Gratrix

    Hi Emily i am thinking of using a 5 ply cotton yarn the ball band says to use a 2.50mm hook what size hook would you you recommend using. The yarn i am going to use is anchor style creativa fino xx

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  12. Hi Emily
    Can you please tell me how to download the files for your crochet along. I saw part 1 and 2 but no files were attached. (love the colors you picked for it)
    Thanks.
    Linda

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    • Hi Linda, there is nothing to download just yet… Still finishing it off and then have to get it tested. So glad you love the colours. Hopefully won’t be too much longer before it’s done.

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  13. Hi Emily:
    May I ask what yarn and colors you used for A Bobble-0-fun Mandala. I just love it.
    Thanks.

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  14. Ok great. Thank you Emily.

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  15. Di Buckland

    I was surprised when I opened the personal blog

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  16. Hi Emily,

    I am trying to do your lovely dream catcher. Out of all the patterns on the www, I like yours the best – thanks so much for the pattern. I am, however, hitting a snag with the clusters, and would appreciate it if you could clarify.

    Cluster 2 (cl2): Starting with a loop on your hook, *yarn over, insert hook in stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops*, repeat from * twice, yarn over and pull through all loops. (How many loops?)

    If the cluster is done 3 times as you state then there is 4 loops on the hook which does not make it a Cluster 2.

    Would appreciate if you could clarify this and also the Cluster 3.

    Many thanks
    Bev
    P.S. I am working on it now and eagerly awaiting your response

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  17. After following you on Instagram for a while, I’m excited to finally make it to your blog. I ordered your book last week and received notification yesterday that it’s on its way. Can’t wait to find a lovely project to work on, although I do have two others to complete! πŸ™‚

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  18. so lovely, where in aus can we buy your book. do you have them that i can purchase direct? lol signing it wouldnt go astray πŸ˜›

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  19. Anlin Zanoli

    Hi Emily!! I am besotted with your designs, I live in South Africa, and can find your Round and Round the crochet hook book NOWHERE!!!! Is there any chance that it would become available as an Ebook?

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    • Hi Anlin,

      Thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚ I will ask my publisher, I have had a lot of people asking. Stay tuned and I will hopefully be in contact soon xo

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  20. I just ordered your book on Amazon!!! I can’t wait to receive it! Going to be exciting!

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  21. Hi Emily,
    I just joined the CAL (late) and would like to donate my $2 but I don’t do online transactions. Would it be OK for me to direct deposit it to a bank account please? I am in Queensland. Thank you, Rath na Sidhe

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  23. Laurel Robbins

    Hi, Emily! Thank you so much for sharing your patterns!

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  24. Hi Emily!
    Just found your blog tonight – after reading a Review of your book – which is now on my “wish list” – and I’ll begin to drop hints to everyone who might be interested in giving me a gift!

    Love your work….I first saw a square that you entered in All Free Crochet design contest for Granny Squares. I LOVE Grannies! I tend to get bored when working on a large project…so grannies, which can be stitched together to make a larger project are PERFECT!
    (BY THE WAY, the square that you entered WAS one of my 10 choices,…it was actually the first one I voted for…! Hope we can get the pattern for that in the not-too-distant future!

    Thank you for the beauty that you share! Though the CAL is ended, I did download the pattern for “Connie’s Ray of Hope” – and when I finish my present WIP, Connie’s is the NEXT project I’ll tackle…and I have all the yarn I need to make it! YAY! Even with my very limited retirement income, I can make something that nice for US! (it will take a place of honor on the Living Room Wall!
    Thank you, Emily! So glad I found you!

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    • Aww thanks so much Carol πŸ˜€ And guess what – Betty All Squared Up is already a pattern in the Free Pattern section in my blog πŸ™‚ so you can crochet them till your heart is content. Thank you for such lovely words too. They really do make a difference and touch a special part of my heart. I look forward to seeing your grannies.
      You can add them to you Projects in Ravelry if you have an account. I highly recommend it, but if you don’t just be careful there, it’s highly addictive lol

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  25. How can I sign up to receive your email updates? I tried by clicking on the “Follow:” link at bottom right, but when I do that, it appears that I want to start a blog – which I definitely do not! I’ve thought about it, but do not have enough to share – and am too busy following blogs that inspire me.
    Can you add me to your list? – or failing that, can you let me know HOW I can sign up? LOVE your work and would really like to be able to follow….but this “antique brain” will fail me if I have to remember to check the blog without an email reminder – or whatever you do to let us know of new postings.
    Thank you so much for all you share! So inspiring!

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    • That is such a good question. Do you have an account with wordpress? I think this is what’s needed to follow but don’t quote me. Let me know how you go. xo

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  26. Kimmi McGaw

    Hi Emily,
    Love your CAL and Connies Ray of Hope. I would love to follow you as I love mandalas. Like you I have a love for crochet, how do I follow what you do and keep in touch.

    Kimmi

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    • Hi Kimmi, I’m going to have to look into this. Do you have Instagram? I post nearly daily in there. Not as often here. Let me get back to you on the ‘follow’ here thing xo

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  27. Trish Bulmer

    Hi Emily,
    First & foremost I’d like to congratulate you on your fabulous book! I read a book review in a crochet magazine describing your book & thought it sounded like my style of crochet, as I love to make things for my home but with a updated look..So a couple of weeks ago my hubby asked me what I wanted for my 23rd wedding anniversary & your book ticked the box.I got it today (both mothers day& my anniversary) & I’m going to start a project tonight with one of your gorgeous patterns just need to pick one though.
    Thanks Trish Bulmer xx

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    • Hi Trish! That is wonderful to hear. What a lovely present for your anniversary and Mother’s Day ;). Deciding is the hardest part. Maybe flick through it (like you do when you draw in the bottom corner of paper and see the stickman doing things – i hope that makes sense) and stop at a page. That takes the hard work out of it. xo

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  28. Hi Emily – I am loving your patterns! I’ve made a bunch of blankets and taught myself to read patterns, but I still consider myself a beginner! I’m having soooo much trouble with the Kaliadascope granny square (It’s gorgeous!) but I can’t seem to get step 6 right! When you need to “fpdc together” and then HDC behind it.
    When I “fpdc together” am I joining the fpdc stitches from the previous row?
    If so, when I go to HDC behind it, I am confused where to go (I skipped over 2 dc stitches to join the fpdc stitches)?
    I’d love any help! Or suggestions for videos to watch…
    Many thanks.
    Nicole

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  29. hi i have been trying to download your free pattern for the Mexican inspired blanket …..love love love it …..but it wont downlad to print out at all I have tried heaps of times ….would u be able to send me a email with the pattern please
    cheers kim

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    • Hi Kim,
      There is not a download option available for the pattern. If you need to print it, I’d suggest highlighting everything you want and then select your print option and see how that goes. As it basically is only a couple of rows, there is now download available. I hope this makes sense.
      You could also try screen-shotting the page too.

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  30. Sally Underhill

    Hello Emily
    I live in Bournemouth,England. I bought your book Round and around and I am using the cushion cover pattern to make the centre for a dream catcher.
    I was surprised when I bought issue 102 of Inside CROCHET to see the article about you , and that you live on the Sunshine Coast. My son emigrated to Pacific Pines , Gold Coast 4 years ago, we have just returned from 2 months there visiting him and his s wife ( who was born in Towomba) and 2 year old daughter.
    It’s a small world !!!
    It’s a lovely book
    Sally

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    • Hi Sally!
      I bet you had a lovely time visiting. It’s such a beautiful part of Australia. It’s not as busy up here on the Sunshine Coast, but we are so close to everything.
      My partner’s family comes from England πŸ™‚ So hopefully one day we can visit over there.
      It really is a small world. Thank you, I hope you are enjoying it.
      Happy hooking, Em xoxo

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  31. Hi Emily!
    I love your works so much! I’m going to make a mandala based on your pattern but I need to order the yarn. You posted a link to the types of yarns that you were using, but I think it’s broken as it won’t open as well as your whole blog on WordPress. Could you please tell me which yarn you used so that I could order it? Thank you and I’m eagerly waiting for your reply πŸ™‚

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  32. Robin Butler

    I love Connie’s ray of hope but cannot find parts 2 and 3. Can you help?
    Thanks ❀️

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  33. Hi if i lived where you live i would be at the beach every day crocheting i love water and the beach but where i live in the UK i am not near a beach infact it is miles and miles away .

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    • Hi Janet, I love the beach and even though it’s only 20 minutes away, I would love to get there more than what I do. Unfortunately Kids, work, household things tend to get in the way of being surrounded by beautiful nature.

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  34. I live in Toronto, Canada and I just bought your book through Amazon and it arrived this week. It’s just beautiful! I’m especially happy it is in U.S. terms so I don’t have to worry about translating from U.K. as I have a few other mandala books all in U.K. terms so I’ve put them aside for now as I’m just trying to teach myself to read patterns and diagrams. I’m so pleased your book has both and just love the entire layout of the book (the projects, the pictures, the clear instructions and how-to pictures at the back. I’m coming back to crochet after 30 years and only did doilies freehand with no patterns with just a stitch or two. I’ve ordered a lot of crochet books over the last few months and yours is the best! Are you planning another?

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  35. Elizabeth Smith

    Hello I love your Mexican blanket and was wondering what 8 ply you used .I am in Aus and have been given 3 garbage bags full of yarn with a lot of bright colors its mostly Stallion and supersoft.with some marvelI am going to make some afghans for local hospital cancer ward in honor of my friend

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  36. Emily, I am very impressed about your wonderful book of patterns, Round and round The Crochet Hook. I do have a question: Can these products from these patterns be sold like at craft fairs? I want to get it right and not infringe on your creativity.
    I have been crocheting 1/2 of my 71 yrs and see places in your designs that I might add my own touch. But, if I cannot sell them, I am satisfied with that, because any of these designs would make lovely presents. Thank you, Sincerely, Carol

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  37. Cherie Lahood

    Hi Emily

    Can you please tell me what yarn you used for your beautiful Mexican Inspired Blanket? And – if at possible – what shades?

    Many thanks,
    Cherie (New Zealand)

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    • Hey Cherie,
      I purchased yarn from Spotlight (Moda Vera) and Big W – can’t tell you shades unfortunately (they were in my stash) – hope this partially helps x

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  38. Erin Insley

    I have a question about the crochet Mexican blanket.
    I’m allowed to change it to a knitting pattern instead because I don’t know how to crochet??
    Can I change your pattern slightly because I have most of all the colours that you used except for the light yellow
    Can you please let me know
    Thank you

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  39. Emily: Several members of our church are crafting warm hats for an elementary school in a low-income area of town and a friend was wondering if I could crochet some flowers for hers. Found your 365 days of flowers and the flower that would be perfect for her hats has a join new color with a “standing sc” in round 2. Neither one of us is familiar with this term and cannot find an answer on Pinterest. Can you help us out? Thank you.

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  40. Imke van Rees

    Hi Emily,
    Just today I discovered your youtube channel and I like itπŸ˜†
    I’m loving the dreamcatchers!
    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    Imke

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  41. Hi Emily, can you tell me how to make a “MAGIC LOOP” as you state to start your “RAVENNA” cushion pattern. Diolch/thanks.

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