Crochet Workshop

Come along to my first-ever solo workshop.

Click the link below for all the details and to book.

LINK to book
When: 12 September 2022
Where: Chancellor’s Tavern, Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
Time: 10am-1pm

If numbers fill up, I will be opening another session on the 12th from 1:30-4:30pm.

Hope to see you there!

Yarnsmiths Create

Introducing Wool Warehouse’s very own yarn called Yarnsmiths Create.

I was fortunate to receive this gorgeous box with a lovely surprise inside. Let me show you what it contained…

A personalised mug YES it has my name (theloopystitch) on it!! very cool, hot chocolate, stitch markers, an awesome-sized bag with Wool Warehouse’s cute logo, and of course some scrumptious yarn!

I’m saving the hot chocolate for a fresh morning which I’m hoping will stick around just a little longer, but not too much.

Yarn colours
Top row: Cream 3050; Lemon Yellow 3170; Peachy Pink 3420;
Bottom row: Silver 3030; Sky Blue 3260; Lilac 3350

Yarn Information:

Brand NameYarnsmiths
Yarn NameCreate DK
Man. Part CodeDK
Shade Count40
Yarn WeightDK
Ball Weight100g
Length290 metres
Needle Size4mm
Blend100% Acrylic
Tension22 stitches and 26 rows for a 10x10cm tension square using 4mm needles

I decided to have a play and remake the VERY FIRST mandala I designed using this yarn.

Wheel of Hope Mandala
& Lace and Bloom motif

I love how they both turned out. This yarn is similar to Stylecraft Special DK and Scheepjes Colour Crafter, so if you’re used to playing with those, then you will enjoy this yarn too.

For the free patterns click below:

Wheel of Hope Mandala

Lace and Bloom Motif

Thank you very much to the team at Wool Warehouse for sending me an amazing box full of goodies. I wish you every success and can’t wait to see more colours added to the range.

Much love,

Stylecraft Blogstars’ Garden Party

Welcome to my turn to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with a Garden Party.

Fellow Stylecraft Blogstars are taking part in this event throughout May, where we share a pattern we designed for this special occasion. Our brief: use pastel colours and think ‘garden party’.

Well, for this Aussie, living so far away from the other Blogstars (Stylecraft is based in the UK for those that do not know) and never ever been to a garden party or really heard of one, it stumped me on what to make at first. Obviously (for those that know me), a mandala was my first idea, but I wanted to do something different and NOT obvious lol.

In the end, I came up with the idea of a mobile. And I’m so glad did. I really love how it turned out.

What’s brilliant about it is that is entirely adaptable to suit what you want. You can make as little or as many of each element as you like.

Throughout the month of May, 50% of the sales will go to the Leukaemia Foundation. So if you’re going to purchase it, please do so this month.

If you’d like to see what the Blogstars prior to me have made please click the following links:

Lucy – Attic24 (Tin Cosies)

Julia Marsh – Hand Knitted Things (Trellis Tea Cosy and bonus pattern)

Catherine Bligh – Catherine’s Crochet Corner (Coaster, Placemat and Jug Cover)

Posy of Dreams

I chose Stylecraft’s fairly new Bamboo Cotton to make this mobile from. The colours compliment each other beautifully.

The pattern comes with written instructions in both US and UK terms and round-by-round photos.

Click the button below to purchase the pattern:

Who’s next?

Emma Varnam is the next Blogstar to reveal her pattern. Make sure you check out what she has to offer too.

Once all Blogstars have released their patterns, I will upload this post with all appropriate links.

In the meantime…

Happy Hooking!
Much love,
Em xxx

UPDATE: 01/06/2022

As promised I am sharing the rest of the Blogstars who took part in last month’s Garden Party.

However, I am going to share the links to their amazing works and a photo or two because they are amazing!

Lucy – Attic24

She made the cutest and most cheerful tin cosies out there!

Julia – Hand Knitted Things

Julia made a beautiful Tea Cosy and Bunting.

Catherine Bligh from Catherine’s Crochet Corner

Catherine made a gorgeous 3-piece mandala set!

Emma Varnam

Feeling hungry but don’t want to put the calories on? Well Emma’s patterns are perfect for that!

Helen Kurtz from The Knitting Exploits of Josie
Helen made a crocheted and knit version of a Macaron Cushion.

Michelle and Anne from Crochet Between Worlds

They designed a fabulous table runner!

Janie from Janie Crow

Janie designed the most delicate beaded bunting!

Helen Shrimpton

Helen designed an elegant coaster and placemat.

So there you have it! What beautiful and amazing designs.

Come Together Crochet Retreat 2022

Come Together Crochet Retreat 2022

Create ~ Connect ~ Chillax

Get away from the daily grind with some quality crochet time.

27-28 August 2022

I am super excited and proud to be a part of this amazing event run by Lynda from Crochet Australia, for the third year in a row!

This year we are focusing on two different styles of crochet: Traditional Irish Lace and modern boho crochet.

If you’re interested in attending this event (yes, yes, yes, you must) click the link to Lynda’s website for more information. Don’t leave it too late that, because spots are filling up very fast. It’s at Surfair, Marcoola, Queensland, Australia.

Pictured above are the two projects we will all be working on. Yep, you get both! I will be running the Boho Wall Hanging classes whilst Lynda will be doing the Irish Lace.

It is such a wonderful weekend. I always leave with small cheeks from laughing and smiling so much, new friends, and wonderful memories. It certainly is amazing what crochet can bring into your life.

So make sure you click the link above for more information and book in.

I can’t wait to see you there – just over 3 months to go woo hoo.

Take care!

Much love,
Em xxx

Puff Swatch Stitch Tutorial

I have just uploaded a Youtube Tutorial on how I do my puff stitches and have 3 little swatches that you can join in a make along to try it.

Here are the written instructions as I was unable to use brackets in my Youtube Description.

Click the link to watch below.

STITCHES USED IN VIDEO US TERMS (UK TERMS):

Ch – Chain
St/s – Stitch/es
Sp/s – Space/s
Sk – Skip
Sc (dc) – Single crochet (double crochet)

Dc (tr) – Double crochet (treble crochet)

Puff 2 – (Yarn over, insert hook in stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop) two times, (5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 4 loops, yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.

Puff 3 – (Yarn over, insert hook in stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop) three times, (7 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 6 loops, yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.

Puff V stitch – Make (puff 3, ch 2, puff 3) into indicated stitch or space

[ ] – repeat instructions in between [ and ] along.
{ } – stitch count is between { }

SWATCH INFORMATION:

GREEN SWATCH:
Begins at 1:00 minute

This swatch uses a multiple of 2 + 1. Turn at the end of each row.


Chain 21. <You can make a chainless foundation row of 21 sc (dc) – then start at Row 2>

Row 1: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st), sc (dc) in each st along {21 sc (dc)}.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc (tr) + ch 1), skip 2 sts (work into 3rd), [puff 3 into next st, ch 1, sk st] along till you have 2 unworked sts left, make dc (tr) in last st. {2 dc (tr), 9 puff 3, 10 ch-1 sp}.

Row 3: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st), sc (dc) in each st and ch-sp along, when you make the last 2 sc (dc), work one into ch-sp, and one into ch-2 of beg ch 3 from last row. {21 sc (dc)}.

Row 4-5: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st), sc (dc) in each st along. {21 sc (dc)}.

Row 6-XXX: Repeat rows 2-5 till desired length.

Last row: Repeat row 3. Cut yarn and weave in ends {21 sc (dc)}.

YELLOW SWATCH:
Begins at 13:29 minutes

There is no multiple for this as it’s a single stitch repeat, turn at the end of each row.

Chain 8 or <make a chainless foundation row of 8 sc (dc) and start at Row 2>.

Row 1: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st here and throughout), sc (dc) in each st along {8 sc (dc)}.

Row 2: Ch 1, puff 2 in each st along {8 puff 2}.

Row 3 – XXX: Repeat Row 2 till desired length. Last row: Ch 1, sc (dc) in each st along {8 sc (dc)}.

PURPLE SWATCH:
Begins at 18:38 minutes

This swatch uses a multiple of 4 + 1. Turn at the end of each row.

Chain 17 or <make a chainless foundation row of 17 sc (dc) and start at Row 2>

Row 1: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st here and throughout), sc (dc) in each st across {17 sc (dc)}.

Row 2: Ch 1, [puff v st in st, sk 3 sts] along {5 puff v st}.

Row 3-XXX: Ch 1, sk st, [puff v st in ch-2 sp, sk 2 sts] along {5 puff v st}.

Last row: Ch 1, sc (dc) puff, 2 sc (dc) in ch-2 sp, [sc (dc) in next 2 puff sts, 2 sc (dc) in ch-2 sp] along, sc (dc) in last puff {20 sc (dc)}

I hope you enjoy making these swatches ❀

Happy Hooking!

Much love,

The first post of 2021?

How is this possible?

I have not blogged yet for 2021! But I kind of understand, because it’s been such a busy 2021 so far.

All three boys are now in primary school (for the first and last time together ever).

All four boys are now playing football (soccer). That’s a planning nightmare lol, but I do love watching them play.

We got married in March. That was a biggie. I had four weeks to plan our wedding and make my dress. Which I did. More to follow below.

I have released two patterns (how sad lol).

Work has been crazy busy! I can’t believe how bonkers the property market is here in Australia at the moment.

I have big plans still for 2021. I can’t believe we’re in April already. Like ‘what the? Where did that come from?’.

My biggest plan is to release my book, and if that’s not quite possible, work my little heart out getting everything ready to be able to release it asap.

I have all my designs ready. I’d love to add a couple of blankets in there too though, and they take up a fair bit of work and time, but are definitely worth it.

My boys walking me down the aisle, bless their cotton socks and beautiful hearts.
Ahh Resilience In Bloom, you are a delight to look at
This was taken on the first day of the soccer season kicking off. It was a big day. It was also the day before our Wedding. Great timing as usual hahaha.

Aside from this, the boys have been fishing (minus Arthur) every weekend since the start of the year. They are really loving it and beg Dad to go every day haha.

Charlie (left) was so excited with his first ever Flathead, that he was shaking, hence the awkward smile lol. Will (middle) is amazing at casting and loves a good Bream. All the fish they catch are released back. And the boys can’t wait to go out again, it’s been raining a lot the last few days so the weather isn’t great fishing weather lol.

I had always wanted to make my own wedding dress. So I knew I’d be making it one day. I just hadn’t planned that it would be started and finished all within 4 weeks. It was less than that, but I’m not going to boast haha.

I’d never made a piece of clothing other than shawls/cowls/scarves etc until then. I had a lot of fun, frustration and FROGGING! Boy was there lots of frogging. I designed it from scratch, didn’t write it down and was beyond pleased with how it turned out. I still am. I made them as separate pieces so that I could wear them in the future again. Not sure when that will be, but the option is there.

I will definitely be making more items like this in the future. I just have to get my head wrapped around schematics, and sizings, because that stuff blows my mind. In the meantime, I’ll just stick with what I know.

I used Bendigo Woollen Mills in 10 ply, which is what I had in my stash, I recommend using a thinner ply as the skirt was soooo heavy in the end.

I made my bouquet from artificial flowers from Pillow Talk. I wanted to have something I could use as decoration around the house as a nice reminder of our special day. So fake flowers for the win!

What’s been on my hook?

That’s easy! YARN bahahaha. Okay, so aside from my dress, I’ve been working on my Splendid Serendipity square which I was planning on having it in my book, but I couldn’t wait that long to share it with you. So it’s now going to be a stand alone pattern.

I’ll be making the larger blanket in the colours on the left – I think the colour recipe name ‘Autum’ really shines through on that one. I can’t wait to step out of my comfort zone (right colours) and do something a little more bold. Although the colours in the Autum recipe were leftovers from Resilience In Bloom… hmmm lol haha

I’m currently making a baby blanket in the colours on the left. I’m still unsure of a name for them. Do you have any suggestions?

I also wanted to provide a few different colours recipe options for kits etc. so that you had the option to choose the one that you are drawn to.

Oh and we also have a new addition to the family. Meet Molly.

Okay, I think it’s a little obvious that I like taking photos of Miss Molly. She’s the most adorable little kitten and is growing up so much. I’m still training her NOT to like to play with yarn, but I’m not very successful at the moment. Plus, the boys are always teasing her with yarn… Does not help my cause haha.

So don’t be shocked if you see more photos of Molly in the future. Kitten, crochet, and cup of teas… ooh and because it was just Easter, chocolate too! All make my heart sing.

The boys are all awake now, so it’s time to get some breakfast and start crocheting. Yay for school holidays. No packed lunches and more time to crochet. That’s definitely winning!

Wishing you all a most beautiful day. I hope it’s filled with crochet too.

Until next time…

Happy Hooking!

Much love,

Goodbye 2020

Finally! It is the last day of 2020. What a year it has been. I could go on and on about it, but I won’t. I want to focus on how productive it has been on the design front and reminisce over the patterns I have created aka being grateful for the good to come out of 2020. πŸ˜†πŸ€©

I don’t want to ramble on so I will let the photos do most the talking and I’ll try my best to keep it in chronological order for you. It’s nice to see things progress that way.

January

January saw the creation of ‘A Mindful Moment’, a purse I never finished (no breaking news thereπŸ˜‚), an updated version of my free heart pattern, and my ‘Mindless Cowl’.

February

February was the month when Stylecraft released their Naturals cotton. Oh my gosh. It’s the nicest yarn I’ve worked with. So beautiful. I created a coaster pattern with it and also designed my ‘Fortitude Shawl’.

March

According to my Instagram photos, March was rather quiet on the design front, and if I’m being honest, I don’t really remember that far back so I can’t tell you otherwise haha.

I worked on a free pattern from Stylecraft Bambino, my mindless crochet scarf, which I turned into a cowl lol. I have a thing for cowls.

April

April saw the brilliant idea of me starting my own newsletter. It ended up only lasting a few editions as life got crazy busy with work and well, life lol. I do hope to bring it back though soon. It’s just a lot of extra work ontop of designing and working (non-crochet), family life, I know you all understand.

May

I organised and moved my craft room! Woo hoo, it was lovely and neat for a few days πŸ€ͺ. I also designed the free pattern for the second edition of my newsletter. Secretly, it’s definitely one of my favourites. πŸ₯° I also bought some lovely colours of Scheepjes Catona to play with.

June

Well it looks as though I actually used the Scheepjes Catona in June haha. I decided to turn a pevious pattern into a CAL (which still hasn’t been finished as there is one stitch, YES ONE STITCH that I am not a fan of, so I really need to fix it lol). I also made some of the CAL up in Fiddlesticks Superb 8 too.

July

Well July was the month that my best kept secret was revealed. A new logo!! That I still absolutely love (so it must be a great one!). My dear friend’s talented husband designed it. Yep, he’s pretty amazing at what he does, and I’m forever grateful for his special unique talent.

July was also the month that my patterns were released in the Inaugural Crochet Tournament. (Yesterday, I completed next year’s patterns – woo hoo). I was super honoured to design alongside fellow Aussie’s Joy from Crochet Road and Shelley from Spincushions for the tournament.

August

Granny Square Day (month). Most crocheters look forward to what maybe one day will be a holiday for us all (yeah righ…we can wish). A day full of granny squares, where we post all things granny squares. It’s pretty amazing.

I also reworked some old patterns into new ones which will be available in my first self-published book hopefully next year.

September

I took a break from social media and posting things in September. I also stopped my newsletters then.

However, my design for the Crochet Society Box 15 was revealed. The Love Lock Lace. A lightweight, lacey scarf design that can easily be adapted into a cowl or shawl.

October

Tumbleweeds due to my break lol

November

Back in July, I designed a pattern for Crate Crochet, a local subscription box and this pattern was released to the public in November. As usual, it was something made in the round. 😱 I know! Shock horror hahah.

I also designed a snowflake pattern ‘Joyful Spirit’ in time for Christmas. I really liked how it turned out.

But wait! There’s more.

November was the month where I designed and made ‘Resilience in Bloom’, a blanket pattern that would become the Make Along for Stylecraft during the month of January.

I had such a blast making it, photographing it and just looking at it haha. I’m super proud of this project and have put more hours than you could imagine into making this pattern (more hours on the computer than actual crocheting hours).

December

Well December saw me working frantically every second I could on this blanket! It’s not going anywhere. She’s a keeper!

I also designed next year’s Crochet Tournament patterns too and they’re already with testers. So as of tomorrow… I’m all about really focusing all of my energy into my next book and the release of Resilience in Bloom. I’d also like to update a few older patterns into my new template (ideally all of my patterns would be great), but we’ll see how that goes.

Tonight, I’ll be tucked up in bed with everyone, watching a movie and the backs of my eyelids come 12am haha. Best way to start the year off? Nice and fresh, early in the morning, hopefully watching the sunrise if the rain decides to ease up for a bit.

I hope that 2021 is a good year for you. That it brings you joy, happiness and that you learn so many new things, some you never thought you would. I hope it’s limitless!

Thank you for following me for as long as you have. I really do appreciate it and feel the support from each of you.

Until tomorrow…

Happy Hooking!

Much love,

Em xxx

Happy New Year from my crazy family to you x

Resilience in Bloom Information

Good morning everyone!

I’m happy to report that I finished weaving in all the ends last night. I highly recommend that when you make your own blanket, you weave in as you go. (As a designer, you never know when you’re going to frog, so I like to leave my ends out ‘just in case’, because we all know how hard it us to find the ends after we’ve woven them in πŸ˜…).

I have loved seeing how excited you all are. It makes my heart sing. It really does! So thank you for your beautiful words, they do mean a lot. 😚πŸ₯°

Let’s get down to business…

But before I do the approximate size of the blanket is 152 cm x 178 cm (it’s not too stretched out, but not-not stretched lol) . The reason I say approximate is because this design can easily stretch or sit not too-stretch. You’ll know what I mean after you start making yours.

Yarn Information

Here’s the information for the yarn I have used and also if you’re alternating a colourway (I’ll explain a little more further on).

Yarn Used: Stylecraft Special DK in the following 🧢

Sunshine Coast Colourway

Colour
Name
Colour
Code
Amount
Needed
Skeins
Needed
Cream 1005408g5
Mustard182363g1
Gold170961g1
Spice117145g1
Tomato172332g1
Lipstick124615g1
Pistachio182257g1
Lincoln183467g1
Cypress182460g1
Bottle100958g1
Storm Blue172256g1
Cornish Blue184149g1
Aster100349g1
Lapis183132g1
The Sunshine Coast Colourway
A photo before the ends were woven in πŸ™‚

But I want to use my own colours… well that’s fine πŸ™‚ I’ve worked out how much yarn you’ll need if you want to alternate the motifs. When I say alternate, I mean light colours blending to darker ones for half the motifs and then darker colours blending to lighter ones for the remaining motifs.

Originally this design was made using just 5 colours, which is what the below refers to. And I’ve seen some beautifu test motifs using this option. They look amazing.

The below information is for all motifs; butteflies and flowers and the border too.

ColoursAmount
Needed
Skeins
Needed
Main colour408g5
Colour 1184g2
Colour 2141g2
Colour 3141g2
Colour 4184g2

I hope the above yarn information helps. You’ll also need a 4mm and 4.5mm hook depending on your tension. More of that information will be in the pattern itself.

So let the countdown BEGIN…

1st January 2021, what a great way to start the new year. Good riddance 2020 😝 😜 πŸ€ͺ.

Make sure you’ve joined the Stylecraft Make Along Group on Facebook too, as it is Stylecraft’s January Make Along.

So until then…

Happy Hooking!

Much love,
Em xxx

Update: For Colour Table Help
Click this link.

The Reveal….

Happy Monday! I know you have all been patiently waiting for the exciting news of what this project is. Well… I’m beyond thrilled to announce that this design is turning into a blanket and will be Stylecraft Yarns January MAL!!

Wooo hooo! I cannot wait for January! Plus that means we can all say goodbye to 2020. Who else is looking forward to 2021 and what that holds?

If you’ve been following the journey of this design, you will know that I couldn’t come up and ran a competition. The winner to receive a free copy of the pattern!

We have a winner!!! But first a photo to draw out the suspense and make you scroll a little bit….

Let’s start 2021 off with…

Resilience in Bloom‘.

I believe it’s such a fitting name to the start of a new year and a good way to say goodbye to 2020.

Congratulations to Kyla from Crafty Gumnut on Instagram for coming up for such a great name.

I will have more details to follow such as yarn kits and colourway so stay tuned for more information!!!

So until very soon…..

Happy Hooking!

Much love,
Em xxx

Win this pattern!

Help me name my latest pattern. Click on the link below (I’ve shared it from Instagram, so I’m a little unsure how it looks and really hope it works), find my latest post of the flowers and follow the rules. Okay, no rules but read it to see what you need to do 🀣.

Follow me on Instagram! Username: theloopystitch https://www.instagram.com/theloopystitch?r=nametag

This is a photo of my post you need to find…

Good luck!!!