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!!!

I wish I were an octopus

Four years ago I wrote a poem. A poem about being a crocheter… and how handy it would be to have more limbs…

I thought I should share it here too. I hope you enjoy it.

I wish I were an octopus.

I wish I were an octopus
with 2 feet and 6 arms
..
Everything on my to do list
I’d do it with sweet charm
..
That wip that has sat there
In the corner collecting dust
..
Well I’d take my hook and all my yarn
and finish it no fuss
..
Dc in the next stitch, chain two
and skip another
..
I’d do repeats with ease and
counting them, no bother
..
I wouldn’t need stitch markers
Or lose hooks down the chair
..
I could take a heap of wips with me,
I could take them anywhere
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I’d use one arm to hold my yarn
another to drink to my tea
..
Multitasking at its very best
I’d still have three arms free
..
Free to hold my other colours
my scissors and my pen
..
Wow! Writing down my patterns
I could do it there and then
..
I wish I were an octopus
with 2 feet and 6 arms
..
Everything on my to do list DONE
please don’t be alarmed….. 😆

Who else would like to be an octopus too?

In other news…

COMING SOON

A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT (photo for clue and enticement)

So until next time, real soon.

Happy Hooking!

Much love,

Em xxx

I’m sort of back…

So it’s been 6 weeks since I began my break. And if I’m being honest, which you know I am…I have really found myself again, or at least started to.

I have had a few little health issues, which the majority have been resovled and tomorrow I hope I will get the all clear tomorrow from my cardiologist. Physically (apart from the heart issue) and mentally I feel like I’m much more ‘me’ and I have improved on a daily basis or maybe if I really think about it, found peace within.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve been posting Stories every day. Photos of my walks which I started two weeks ago. I don’t know who loves them more; Milo or I?

Milo and one of my favourite trees

I am a morning person! I love to see the sun rise and think of all the possibilities that each new day holds. I’m also someone that doesn’t put things in their ears when they walk. I want to be mindful of every thing around me, and I am, sometimes a little too much when I find my good power walk turns into a nice stroll because I’m focusing on the sounds of the birds, the shapes of the clouds or the beautiful trees and plants surrounding me.

I believe that these walks of ‘me time’ have improved my mental health big time. Not that it was too bad before, but it is much more relaxed and composed now.

My days start off on the right foot! Pun intended lol. I feel like I can accomplish anything on my list. A list that ACTUALLY gets done! By 8:30am most days, the house is clean, the washing is hung out, and my second cup of tea is brewing.

I’m not chasing my tail constantly anymore. I’m winning.

I’m also semi-winning in the crochet side of things too. I feel like I have it under control and after spending a few hours planning which designs will be in the next book, I can focus easier, my goal is set and clear. I am determined!

I just wanted to share my wins with you! I feel it’s share-worthy and might help you get out there and have your own wins too!

Now I’m going to share all the photos of the last two weeks! Because I can and because they are lovely!

So until I write something else soon! Which will be more frequently, I hope you can get out there an enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, find some peace within and find joy in the smallest things.

Happy Hookin!
Much Love,

Em xxx

It’s time to take a break

It’s time for me to take a break.

I think my body is telling me I’m doing too much and it’s starting to take a toll on my health.

I’m a ‘yes’ person, a people-pleaser, and I’ll always put you first. That’s not working out so well for me at the moment, so it’s time to take a step back, evaluate and prioritise what’s important and needs my attention first and foremost. Right now, that’s my health.

I’ll still pop in occassionally and check-in. I don’t know about you, but I’ve mentioned that ‘invisible pressure’ I put on myself to keep up with the posts, comments, pattern writting, desiging etc., etc. It’s as if you have a stigma surrounding you, that you need to be ‘on’ all the time, perfect, and post the ‘right’ stuff.

I’m far from perfect, although, I do put a lot of pressure on myself to deliver perfect patterns, photos, posts, so just about everything I do. It’s unneeded pressure that’s not needed or wanted.

Anyhow, I want this to be a wake-up post for you too. Maybe you’re doing too much and need to take a break or hand out the chores for others, get someone to cook dinner for a night, take some ‘me time’ every day (even if it’s 5-10 minutes).

We’re important and need to look out for us. Because if we’re not on our A-game or at our best, how can we expect to look after those that need us? And right now, they still need me (not sure for how much longer) and I need them (forever) so it’s time for a break.

So until next time, (sometime soon)
Happy Hooking!!
Much Love,
Em xxx

Crochet Tournament 2020

The very first Crochet Tournament in Australia came to an end on Monday night. I probably should have spoken about it prior to this, but you know, life gets in the way, throw in everything else that’s going on in 2020 and well….that’s why I’m writing about it now lol.

Earlier in the year, I was approached by Lynda from Crochet Australia to see if I wanted to design a 50cm and 15cm square of for this special event. The idea arose after the cancellation of the 2020 Olympics, and with most people either in isolation or spending more time at home, this was the perfect time for such an event to occur.

It was going to be run similar to an olympic event. Where you have heats to qualify you for the grand final. Our heats were Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Three heats = three designers = 6 exclusive patterns. That’s where the amazing Joy from Crochet Road and Shelley from Spincushions came in. It has been such a blast getting to know these ladies. So much so that we chat on a daily basis and feel strange when I don’t hear from them lol (see how awesome crochet is!!!!).

We zoomed each other and Joy was given the task of Beginner and Shelley Intermediate… off the ladies went and designed two amazing squares.

I was given the task to design an Advanced pattern WITHOUT photos. For those that know my patterns, I like to provide you with step-by-step photos for each round/row, so trying to design and word something that most could understand, was my challenge in this competition. I feel I’m not so good with explaining things in words. Hence the photos.

Anyhow… fast forward a few months and it’s done! It was a whirlwind, wonderful to see everyone grow, be challenged, learn things and make the most beautiful squares.

All six of our squares will be available for the public to purchase from the 1st September 2020! And what’s great is these patterns released from then, will have photos, charts and some even videos!!

Have a sneak peek for yourself!! Can you guess which ones are which heat?

I know I’m not the only one that’s excited about these patterns becoming available to the public… I’ll definitely be counting down the days.

Until then..

Happy Hooking!
Much Love,
Em xxx

One Skein of Love – Book Review

‘Yes, of course, I’d love to!’. Those were the words in my reply to Ana from Oneskeinoflove Crochet when she asked if I would like to be a part of her blog tour.

‘Cosy Crochet Blankets to Snuggle Under’ is a must-have book for your crochet book collection. There is something for everyone inside the gorgeous cover.

With detailed photos, well-written patterns and charts, this book is suitable for all skill levels. You are sure to find something to keep your hands busy, hearts fuzzy and mind content.

I love that Tuva Publishing have once again chosen to do a portfolio view for all the projects so you can see them all at one glance, before pursuing each page.

I did little samples of Flower Patches, Crush on You, Spring Field, Purple Mist and Daigo-ji Garden and with names like that, they are sure to entice you even more.

Motifs, rows, and rounds galore, this book has a pattern to suit you.

To find out more visit Ana’s website.

It’s okay to take a break

When you see me posting on Instagram or Facebook, the first thing that probably comes to your head is obviously ‘crochet’! Well yes, that’s so true because I use ‘The Loopy Stitch’ as my platform/account to reach you. But did you know I also like to do other things? Seriously! haha crochet is such a big part of my life that does define a part of me, but not all of me. And it’s okay to take a break…

I was listening to episode 3 of The Goal Digger Podcast yesterday and it really got me thinking. What else defines me? What else do I love apart from my family?

Well since being awake from 3am due to William falling asleep yesterday at 4pm, my mind has been like a mouse on a wheel, spin spin spinning lol.

Photo because I can’t do a post without having one… lol

I LOVE learning!

I do, I love it. Being able to soak loads of new information in to my brain (and hopefully retain it lol) excites me, the possibilities are endless. And apparently we only use about 10% of our brain normally, so look at all that left over room we have to fill!

At the moment I am deep in following and learning about High Performance through Brendon Burchard. I love it, I just get it and want to abide and live by it. It gets me in the right mindset to tackle the day how I see fit, and when things creep over me, which they do, I know how to handle it, because I planned it.

Brendon is not just about high performance, although that is his passion. He is a life coach. And something else I could one day see me doing.

Grass

I love mowing grass! Okay….weirdo, that’s a bit strange. You might say. But it’s rewarding to see how beautiful something can be after you give it a bit of attention…think about how that can apply to all areas of your life.

I also love the fresh smell of it. It reminds me of new beginnings. And if I do a horrible job with the edges, it grows back and I learn for next time to slow down or do it different.

Breeze

I need fresh air! And I love a good breeze, preferrably not a humid one, because they aren’t very nice.

There’s something about them that makes me feel connected to the earth – no I’m not into that sort of stuff. But it grounds me, brings me back to reality or even lets me escape when I need to.

The best breezes are when we’re at the beach as a family as it brings awareness to how grateful I am for what I have in my life.

Holding my children’s hands

That feeling of connection when their smaller yet ever growing hands entwine with mine. It’s funny as I can’t quite explain it, but I love it and when they do it, I feel loved. Because let’s be honest, boys aged 10 and 7 are on their way to no got giving as many hugs freely even though I do steal a lot when they least expect it.

Books

I also love books, I’m not that great at reading them though, although I recently went to the optometrist again and found out I need new glasses for things within my arms reach…maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to read properly lately. Too distracted by little blurry words.. anyway

I love the smell of books, the feeling of books. Not too long ago I dreamed of owning a bookstore! Imagine being surrounded by all those adventures, experiences, heartache, love, all the things. My dream has slightly changed, but some books are still included.

Music

I love classical music. I guess that’s due to playing piano when I was growing up. I have this soft spot for it and feel a huge connection with it. I listen to ABC Classical in the car (partially because our van can only get that channel and another which is definitely not my taste, and partially because I choose to).

I love the calming, uprising, envigorating, focusing, powerful etc, emotions it creates. Just love it.

Colour

Well that’s no secret! I love colour, but still tend to favour my greens and sometimes blues out of all the other colours. I love the psychology behind colour. And if I’m being honest, have an eye for choosing them.

Colours just bounce at me, I know what ones go to gether and know ones that really should be with each other – but these are my opinions. So when someone asks, can you please teach my how you choose colour? My first thought is, oh they do it themselves, or I just constantly change them until it feels right.

To end..

Gosh this turned into a longish blog post.. haha the reason why I thought about it was because today, I’m going to take the day off crochet. I’m going to focus in on the other areas that I love whilst being safe at home.

Hold my boys’ hands whilst we play snakes and ladders, do a puzzle. Wet them with the hose when we wash our cars or jump with joy when I beat them at minute-to-win-it games lol. I’m a little competitive but only out of fun, because I know how much it will annoy them (insert evil mother laughter) LOL.

I’m also going to listen to Brendon and or his wife Denise and set the day right. Might also work on some other things such as my newsletter which I’m releasing real soon. Click the button below to subcribe! You definitely don’t want to miss out on it. Trust me.

I hope you’re using the opportunity being safe at home to focus on the important things and the possibilities. It may sound harder than it seems. But sometimes, the hard part is taking the first step and just doing it.

Why not take the time out to find what else you love too?

Until next time…
Happy Hooking (well not me lol)
Much love,
Em xx

P.S Yarn used is Stylecraft Naturals – see my previous blog post for my review.. I know you want to

Floral Dreams All Squared Up

As promised, here is the FREE pattern for squaring up your Floral Dreams motifs!

But first, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and still managing to move about and look after your mental health too!

I’m super excited about this version as it creates an whole new look for the blanket and also makes it able to be turned into cushions too, or other things if you’re creative like that and can think of something else lol. Right now, I can’t, but that’s ok :).

I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations so please use the hasthtag #floraldreamssquaredup or #floraldreamsblanket or both on your social media platforms.

Click the file to download the FREE pattern. Remember you’ll need the original Floral Dreams pattern first which you can buy from Ravelry or Etsy.

I do have new patterns coming out soon so stay tuned!!

Much love to you all and hope you’re keep safe and well.

Happy Hooking,

Em xxx

Mindless Crochet: How to crochet a scarf

I was needing another mindless project on my hook that I could pick up in between designs. So I came up with this little 4-round repeat, which I’m making into a scarf.

It’s nice and repetitive but requires a little thinking to get started lol. I hope you can join in and make your own. (It doesn’t have to just be a scarf, you could make it into a blanket or cushion etc too)

Materials:

Yarn: I’m using Bambino Prints by Stylecraft (just going to see how long I can make it with one ball) after finishing, I recommed at least 2 balls if you’re wanting a scarf and not a cowl lol
Hook: 4mm Clover hook
Scissors and yarn needle to weave in two ends (yay a project without allll the ends to weave in)

Stitches and Abbreviations Used:

US TERMSUK TERMS
Ch: ChainCh: Chain
Sk: SkipSk: Skip
St/s: Stitch/esSt/s: Stitch/es
Sp/s: Space/sSp/s: Space/s
Sc: Single Crochet – Insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loopsDc: Double Crochet – Insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops
Dc: Double Crochet- Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2Tr: Treble Crochet- Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2
Fpdc: Front Post Double Crochet – Yarn over once, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated st, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2Fptr: Front Post Treble Crochet – Yarn over once, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated st, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2

Notes:

  • This pattern is worked in multiples 2 + 1 (resulting in odd number)
  • Make your chain stitches with a looser tension so your work doesn’t bunch.
  • After the intial two rows, it is a 4-round repeat
  • Turn your work at end of each row
  • For turning, I make one ch st (doesn’t count as st)
  • The first and last two stitches will always be sc/dc after the initial row of dc/tr
  • Stitches that are skipped when working the fpdc/fptr rows are from prev row (where you normally work into on a current row)

Pattern:

Row 1:
Chain your desired length (I have chained 33 for my base), ch 3 (counts as 1st dc/tr, dc/tr in 5th ch from hook, dc/tr in each st along.
Turn work.
(33 dc/tr)

Row 2: (Beginning of 4-round repeat)
Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st, here and throughout), sc/dc in 1st st, *sc/dc in next st, ch 1, sk st*, repeat from * to * along leaving last two sts unworked, sc/dc in last two.
Turn work.
(18 sc/dc, 15 ch-1 sp)

Row 3:
Ch 1, sc/dc in 1st three sts, *ch 1, sk st, sc/dc in next ch-1 sp*, repeat from * to * along, sc/dc in last two sts.
Turn work.
(19 sc/dc, 14 ch-1 sp)

Row 4: Fpdc/fptr sts are worked around sc/dc from 2 rnds directly below
Ch 1, sc/dc in 1st three sts, *fpdc/fptr around sc/dc , sk st, sc/dc in next st*, repeat from * to * along, sc/dc in last two sts.
Turn work.
(19 sc/dc, 14 fpdc/tr)

Row 5: Fpdc/fptr sts are worked around sc/dc from 2 rnds directy below (End of 4-round repeat)
Ch 1, sc/dc in 1st two sts, fpdc/fptr around sc/dc, *sk st, sc/dc in next st, fpdc/fptr around sc/dc*, repeat from * to * along, sc/dc in last two sts.
Turn work.
(18 sc/dc, 15 fpdc/fptr)

Row 6 – xx:
Repeat rows 2-5 till desired length.
Finish last row with dc/tr sts. (33 dc/tr)
Cut yarn and weave in ends.

I would love to see your finished work as always. Please use the hashtag #mindlesscrochetscarf on social media platforms.

This pattern has not been tested, so if you find any errors, please let me know so that I can rectify.

Happy Hooking, Much Love,

Em xxx

UPDATE: 11/03/2020

Night time mindless crochet to the rescue. Thank goodness for it’s healing capabilites.

It’s finished!

Yay, I’ve finished my scarf, ok well COWL lol whoops I didn’t even realise. I don’t know if it’s because it’s a smaller project or I just got stuck into this one because of the different type of stitches? Maybe both? But anyhow, it’s finished and I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I look forward to Winter. I actually still have it on whilst typing this lol.

So once you’re happy with the length and want to make a cowl, I recommend finishing on the 2nd row of fpdc stitches. It just give it a nice look once joined.

I used the pull-loop-through method, which is great for a hidden kind of seam and not very big ridges, and elimates sewing the two ends together completely.

Close up of pull-loop-through

Once you’ve completed joining the ends together, cut yarn and weave in ends securely, making sure you go back and forth and split ply to lock them in.

So that’s that! Simple as and I just love the effect of the repeated stitches.

Now to beging the next mindless project….

Don’t forget I’d love to see your project so make sure you use the hashtag #mindlesscrochetproject or #mindlesscrochetscarf.

Naturals: A review and free pattern

Do you want to crochet the free coaster pattern? Read till the end, because it’s all yarn and crochet talk and we all love that, right?

Stylecraft’s newest range of yarn is ‘Naturals’. A Bamboo/Cotton blend (60%/40%) weighing 100g and 250 metres in length. It is one of the softest yarns I’ve worked with and have easily fallen in love with it.

It is pure joy to work with. Effortless gliding on your hook, beautiful stitch definition and the feel…well you’ll have hold it in your own hands to be the judge. But I know you won’t be able to put it down or walk passed it. The drape, oh the drape (insert loving sigh). I’ve made a shawl in this yarn and to wear it is like wearing clouds but warm (just right), soft, cuddly clouds.

With 43 colours to choose from, you’ll have fun playing with combinations and probably want the entire range. (There’s no such thing as too much yarn, we all know that).

Enough with words for now. I’m going to let the photos do the talking….

Thanks for sticking around and being amazed by yarn. I’m sure you have fallen in love with it already.

I found my book! Here is the list of colours used. From left to right, top to bottom, numbered 1-8.

  • 1: Spring green, Citronelle, Celery, Pale Pink, Coral, Ecru
  • 2: Dusk, Silver, Ocean, Aqua, Sky, Seafoam
  • 3: Heather, Rose, Cornflower, Peach, Seafoam, Apricot
  • 4: Downpour, Umber, Thyme, Nutmeg, Chalk, Silver
  • 5: Citronelle, Spring Green, Coral, Dove, Azalea, Night
  • 6: Canyon, Cameo, Cornflower, Pumice, Indigo, Ecru
  • 7: Raisin, Lilac, Seafoam, Surf, Blossom, Ocean
  • 8: Umber, Espresso, Natural, Spring Green, Thyme, Nutmeg

FREE COASTER PATTERN

As promised here is the free 5-round pattern.

Yarn:

Stylecraft Naturals in Ecru, Powder Pink, Seafoam and Surf
Hook:
3.25 (A 3.5mm hook is actually recommended but mine magically disappeared in the night, so I had to use a smaller one)
Other:
Scissors and yarn needle

<a href="http://<a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=819303&u=2287833&m=63378&urllink=&afftrack=">Wool WarehouseYou can buy the yarn here

Stitches and Abbreviations Used: US TERMS

MR – Magic ring (honestly, learn how to make one if you don’t already and practice, practice, practice – they are amazing)
Sc – single crochet: Insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops
Hdc – half double crochet: Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through three loops
Dc – double crochet: Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2
Standing dc: With slip stitch on hook, yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2
Tr2tog cluster – treble two together cluster: [Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch or sp indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) twice] x 2 yarn over and pull through all three loops
Standing tr2tog cluster: With slip stitch on hook [Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch or sp indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) twice] x 2 yarn over and pull through all three loops
Sl St – slip stitch
Ch – chain
St/s – stitch/es
Sp/s – space/s
Skip – skip

Notes:

Each round is started with a standing stitch (watch my video – which is with a slip stitch on your hook, make the indicated stitch as normal – need for chain stitches)

Each round is joined with an invisible join – watch my video on how to use this method

PATTERN

Round 1: Using Ecru or Colour 1
In MR, ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc in ring, join with invisible join (or your own method to top of ch 3 here and throughout). Cut yarn and weave in ends
12 dc

Round 2: Using Powder Pink or Colour 2
In any st, make a standing dc, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join with invisible join, cut yarn and weave in ends.
24 dc

Round 3: Using Seafoam or Colour 3
In any st, make a standing tr2tog cluster, ch 4, skip st, sl st in next st, ch 4, skip st, *tr2tog cluster in next st, ch 4, skip st, sl st in next st, ch 4, skip st*, repeat from * to * around and join with slip stitch to 1st tr2tog cluster made. Do not cut yarn.
6 tr2tog clusters, 12 ch-4 sps, 6 sl st

Round 4: Still using same colour – this around is worked into tr2tog clusters only
Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st), *2 sc in tr2tog cluster, ch 7*, repeat from * to * around, join with invisible join to 1st sc made. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
12 sc, 6 ch-7 sp

Round 5: Using Surf or Colour 4
In any 1st sc made in previous rnd, make a standing dc, ch 3, dc in next st, (dc, hdc, sc, ch 5, sc, hdc, dc) in ch-7 sp, *dc in next st, ch 3, dc in next st, (dc, hdc, sc, ch 5, sc, hdc, dc) in ch-7 sp*, repeat from * to * around and join with invisible join. Cut yarn and weave in ends. Use your fingers to move stitches so that they sit nice on ch-7 sp.
48 dc, 12 hdc, 12 sc, 6 ch-3 sp, 6 ch-5 sp

I hope you have enjoyed making this quick coaster. You know how much I love seeing your work so please use the hashtag #crochetnaturalscoaster

Until next time….here’s a sneak peek of my upcoming pattern with this yar….

Fortitude Shawl – COMING SOON