Colorful Crochet & Crafts

Round and Round The Crochet Hook

Round and Round The Crochet Hook

Another inspiring crochet book has hit the shelves, and I’ve had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy a few weeks ago.
It’s Tuva‘s latest publication by very talented Emily Littlefair / The Loopy Stitch“Round and Round The Crochet Hook”, and I can assure you they’ve once again created a beautiful and perfectly interesting book for both the beginner and advanced crocheter.

It has 18 – mostly – quick and easy patterns, like coasters and placemats, cushions and wall hangings – the always lovely mandala is definitely a theme in this book.
The masterpiece of Emily’s wonderful book, however, is most certainly “Winnie’s Wonderland Blanket”.

As it turns out it is Emily’s personal favorite too, and I so understand why!
The two versions in the book – a blue and a pink one – have been photographed beautifully, but to be honest with you, it’s this ↓ photo of Emily’s sister and the two “Winnies” that I found on Em’s website that I love the most!
I always like a blog tour on the occasion of a new book coming out, simply because it’s fantastic (and very inspirational) to see everyone’s – different – take on the patterns and designs, and I was thrilled having been asked to be part of Em’s super book blog tour. You can see all participants and read more about the book in Emily’s blog post, right here.

The project I made from the book is the “Pineapples and Lace Cushion”. Being a lover of pink, I first wanted to pick out one of these yummie DMC Natura Just Cotton-colors.BUT … all of a sudden my eye was drawn to the flowery purple fabric laying on my desk, and the mustard ball of DMC and I instantly fell in love with this combination.

For my cushion I crocheted only the top part, made a custom-sized fabric pillow (diameter 45 cm – flowery fabric as the back, a neutral beige as the front), filled it with fibre fill and hand sewed the mustard crochet part onto the cushion. That is, after I blocked it, which is a must with a lacy pattern like this, if you ask me.

Just for fun, I added a round of single crochet stitches and a puff stitch here and there to the outside of the crochet, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
In hindsight it might have been better to add a zipper or envelope-style back to my cushion; plus next time I’ll be using a ready-made cushion insert, but I was too eager to see my project finished … all-in-all I think my “Pineapples and Lace Cushion” turned out pretty good 🙂
Having a second look at the main fabric: a version with a pink crochet front, or maybe a bright green seems a rather good combo as well.Oh, and how about purple … ah … I so like playing with color in my crochet, and the endless possibilities it gives me :-)!

One last thing: Emily is giving away TWO signed copies of her book through her Instagram account; click here to see how you can enter.

Happy crocheting!
Marianne xx

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