Pattern: French Doily

Hello,

Today I’m showing you my French Doily.

The French Doily is a traditional crochet item with a modern twist. For a more traditional look crochet it in white. This lovely doily was inspired by some crochet pieces my mother brought back from a trip to France. They were so pretty and intricate and urged me to create this doily.

It uses the basic crochet stitches such as:
single crochet,
double crochet,
treble crochet,
slip stitch,
and chains.

It uses American crochet stitches and has written instructions.

To purchase this pattern head on over to the Ravelry pattern page. You will be able to download the pattern there for the small price of €3,50. The pattern is also available on Loveknitting.

I hope you like it!

Love, Renée

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Casting on: Design in progress

Hello Everyone!

First off let me say, I have been blow away by the lovely, kind and encouraging responses to my first ever pattern! Honestly, it has made my week. And apart from making me feel good, I hope it also makes those who have downloaded it feel good when they hook it up. Because if you enjoy what I created, pfieuw! That would be amazing! I was so encouraged, that I have already started on my second design. Apart from it not being a doily this time, it’s not a crochet pattern, but it’s a knitting pattern! And because everyone has been so encouraging, i thought a little sneak peek was in order….

Et voila! As you can see I’m using a tweed like beige yarn. I’m loving it so far, it’s working up quick and easy. This new pattern is going to be perfect for beginner knitters as it doesn’t require a lot of knowledge about knitting yet. Probably also the reason I feel comfortable designing something like this!  The yarn is soft and a pleasure to work with. I think I need to go get some more of this soon! (mom, if you’re reading this… i’lll use up some stash first!) For those interested, it’s Zeeman Tweed. It’s acrylic, but as this design needs to be worn next to your skin, this is a plus. It’s not itchy, can be washed and is super duper soft!

And… any ideas what it’s going to be yet? I’m very curious to hear what your guess is!

Love, Renée

ps. My first pattern is free until midnight on the 27th of August… If you haven’t downloaded it yet, go check it out!

I wrote my first pattern!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for my absence, but I swear I have a very good reason. This past week I have been very busy designing my first pattern! And today is the day… I finished it and it has been uploaded to Ravelry! Yahoooo! I’m going to celebrate with a beer and some popcorn. Paired with a few more episodes of Charmed (I have seen them a million times, but I still love all the episodes!)

This is my French Doily. I love it. It’s a bit of a mix between modern (the triangles go perfectly with the current aztec trend) and old fashioned (the scallops, the netting, etc. All so very doily-esque!) It would look very fun under a vase or trinket or just on it’s own on a table or sideboard. I’m going to make several doilies in this same yarn and colour and freeform them together to form a bohemian tablecloth. All shapes and sizes are perfect for this project! The fun thing about this doily is that you don’t have to limit yourself at all, you can use any yarn (with the appropriate hook) to change it’s appearance! As a matter of a fact I might hook up a huge one (bulky yarn, or several strands of DK held double) for a bath mat! Imagine how soft and squishy it will be under your feet!

I hooked up the sample in a lace weight yarn with a 2.5 mm hook and that gave the following result. Compared to my hand it looks quite big (and my arm looks tan and my nail polish is so cheery)!

This doily was inspired by some crochet pieces my mom brought back from a trip to France, hence the name, French doily. I also like to think that the French are stylish, old fashioned and yet modern.

You can find the patten in my Ravelry shop, right here. It’s going to be €1,50, but the first 24 downloaders can get it for free with the coupon code FIRST20.

To illustrate the importance of blocking, here’s a photo of the doily pre-blocking:

And a photo during blocking:

The blocking really helps open the netting sections!

I love it!  What do you guys think?

Love, Renée

ps. So pleased! While typing this post it has already been downloaded 4 times, whieeee! 😀

Finished Object Friday 4

Hello Everyone!

As I mentioned last time I have a lot of finished project to show you guys! I’m not going to stuff them all into this one post, as I think they deserve their own tadaa moment. BNut i’m going to show you a few sneak peeks and a smaller project today 🙂

First off: hexipuffs. I wasn’t planning on making any this month, but an impromtu race in one of my groups on Ravelry got my juices flowing and I was scrambling to make 10. I didn’t win but it did really get me motivated to make them again. So even after learning someone had already finished, I finished mine. And I’m proud of myself. I’ve never made puffs this fast, i think i beat my record on time per puff. And this is the most puffs I’ve ever made in a day. It took me 2 evenings to crank out my 10 puffs. Here they are.

here they are displayed on a doily my mom brought me back from France. I love it! I’m going to use it as a basis to design my own doilies!there are a lot of blue puffs here. I bought a whole skein of the blue variegated yarn a while back to make hexipuffs. So there’s still a lot of these to come. The sparkly purple puff is also one of many to come. I also have a whole skein of this. The bright puffs in the left corner are made form cotton leftovers my grandma gave me. it’s feels really soft and I like the colours (plus it’s out of my stash!) The bright orange and purple puff is from leftovers of my not so business casual socks. I have some more of that left, so I can make one or 2 more like that.

Ok, here you go. Here are 2 pictures that will give you an idea of 2 of my finished projects 🙂

Book wise: I finished Living with the dead and loved the new characters Kelley Armstrong introduces in this 9th book of the series. I do hope they return in a later book though, otherwise it sort of feels like a filler ( a fun one though, giving another glimpse into the world she has created). I’m now on book 10, Frostbitten. Loving it so far (page 99 out of 288) as it hails the return of my 2 favorite characters, Elena and Clayton Danvers.

That’s it for today folks! See you soon (tomorrow!)

Love, Renée

ps. Linking up as usual!