Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Simply Crochet: Emma Lace Scarf

Emma Lace Scarf is a very special project for me.  It is one of the two projects I contributed to Robyn Chachula's newest crochet book Simply Crochet: 22 Stylish Designs for Every Day; and it is my first project I had contributed to any of Robyn's books. I felt honored when she asked me to submit to her book since she's one of the crochet designers whose work I have long admired. Furthermore, many talented crochet designers I love, and nearly all of them who I am friends with, have showcased their designs in this book.

The Emma Lace Scarf  was inspired by a leather belt in a Victorian style I saw on a runway couple of years ago.  I loved the ornate and romantic look of it and wanted to translate it into crochet. So I made a swatch in this beautiful stitch pattern initially not even knowing what I am going to use it for. The scarf is made in Lion Brand Yarn, LB Collection Superwash Merino (100% Superwash Merino; 306 yd 280 m/3.5 oz 100 g): #114 cayenne, with size G/6 (4 mm) hook. I absolutely loved this yarn, it was very soft and easy to work with. I was pleasantly surprised that this great value yarn is of such a high quality. I highly recommend it and will be using it for my own crochet projects in the future.

As I was working on the project, Robyn had realized having yarn sent to me that we used to live about 10 minutes away from each other before she moved away! What a coincidence. It is wild that we used to go to the same grocery store and did not even know it. World is so, so small. But I got a chance to meet her personally for the first time at TNNA and I have to note that not only Robyn is wonderful person to work with, but she's also very funny and I enjoy hanging out with her.

If you are running around in this pre-Christmas time trying to get everything done on your list, slow down and post a comment here on the blog.  Interweave Press made a great offer to one of my readers; I can give away one free e-book copy of the Simply Crochet to one of you. All you need to do is to leave a comment here on the blog. You have until tomorrow, December 7th, 2011, midnight ET, to be included in the drawing. I will randomly draw a person and will announce here on December 8th. Good luck!

Simply Crochet book offers designs divided into chapters according to how much yarn is needed to complete a project: 1 ball, 2-3 balls, 4-5 balls. In addition, the book provides tips from designers on how to work crochet projects on a budget and tips on how to manage our own yarn stash. The book is available in both paperback and as an e-book. You can pre-order it now. The e-book is available for download and the hard copy will be on sale December 7, 2011.

Simply Crochet Countdown to fun:
Here is the blog tour in its entirety

1ball projects
Dec 1 Iced Ascot by Rebecca Velasquez, http://rebeccavelasquezdesigns.blogspot.com/
Dec 2 Flapper Hat by Margaret Hubert, http://margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com/
Dec 3 Billows of Baubles Scarf by Sheryl Means, http://sherylmeanscrochet.com/
Dec 4 Twist Cowl Wrap by Linda Permann, http://www.lindamade.com/wordpress/
Dec 5 Mystic Cuff by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com 
Dec 6 Emma Lace Scarf by Simona Merchant-Dest, http://stylishknits.blogspot.com/
Dec 7 Diamonds and Lace Hat by Linda Permann, http://www.lindamade.com/wordpress/
Dec 8 Neck Lattice by Vashti Braha, http://designingvashti.blogspot.com/

2-3 balls projects
Dec 9 Botan Placemats by Marlaina Bird, http://knitthing.blogspot.com/
Dec 10 Tapestry Basket by Carol Ventura, http://www.tapestrycrochet.com/blog/
Dec 11 Blooming Beauty Purse by Tracie Barrett, http://traciebarrett.com/blog/
Dec 12 Nedburt Puppet by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com
Dec 13 Natalie Shrug by Megan Granholm, http://loopdedoo.blogspot.com/
Dec 14 Giselle Vest by Simona Merchant-Dest, http://stylishknits.blogspot.com/
Dec 15 Sidney Cardigan by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com
Dec 16 Annabel Shawl by Kristin Omdahl, http://www.styledbykristin.com/

4- 5 balls projects
Dec 17 Tallula Baby Top by Marlaina Bird, http://knitthing.blogspot.com/
Dec 18 Amelia Cardigan by Julia Vaconsin, http://www.juliavaconsin.com/
Dec 19 Float Vest, Float Cardigan by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com
Dec 20 Linked Jacket by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com
Dec 21 Dots and Dashes Blanket by Ellen Gormley, http://www.gocrochet.com/
Dec 22 Spa Shawl Top by Doris Chan, Spa Shawl Tunic by Doris Chan, http://dorischancrochet.com/


TheQualityWatch said...

The scarf is lovely. Congratulations!

TN teacher said...

"Simply Crochet" sounds like just what I need as I rush to get all my projects finished. The scarf is great.

Katelyn said...

I LOVE that scarf pattern! I think that this is going to be one of the coolest books out there. It will make Christmas ideas easier since they are all smaller projects that I should be able to get done in my time crunch! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!!!

cindys1mi said...

I love love love love your lace canopy cardi wrap in Interweave crochet fall issue. I'd like a suggestion on a less expensive yarn to use? Also how long does it take you to complete a project and pattern?

KinnicChick said...

Your scarf is gorgeous. Congratulations to you!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are in the book. I admire your work.

theresay said...

Your Emma Lace Scarf is beautiful...wonder if I can stitch that up in time for Christmas... :)

Nancy Jo said...

I love the Emma Lace Scarf! And I am very interested in the new book. Oh! I just read someone's comment that you designed the Lace Canopy Cardi, too! I love that! I hope to make it soon, out of Elsa Wool Company fingering weight cormo!

DHB said...

The Emma scarf is stunning! I would love to knit one up for Mum this Christmas.

StephieJo said...

I am so happy to see modern and lovely crochet designs! Your scarf is beautiful - I'd love to make one.

TLC said...

This scarf is EXACTLY what I have been looking for over the months. If all of the projects in this book are this good, then it needs to be part of my collection. Congratulations on a job well done!

Jenn in Bama said...

What a beautiful scarf! That would be a nice after-Christmas project just for me, me, me.

Peaches said...

I love simple, yet beautiful things to crochet! This book would be used quite a bit by me!

Wendy Geoghan said...

Beautiful scarf. I love lace crochet projects and will put this one on my to-do list.

Rebecca McNulty said...

The scarf is lovely! I haven't used an e-book for patterns before -- I'd be interested to try it!

Deanna said...

Love the scarf! Congrats.

Zsuzska said...

Beautiful pattern! I would love to crochet it :)

megHan said...

great look for the scarf. it would be so fun to make

cbk said...

It would be a lovely holiday gift to win!

Maren McLaren said...

There are so many projects that I want to make out of this book, including your beautiful scarf! I even have some of the yarn you used just waiting for a good project.... After seeing Ellen Gormley's post about the book, I really wanted to make her friend's scarf too -- the one on the cover.

Debbie Lakies said...

I would love to win this. There are so many beautiful patterns to choose from.

Natalie said...

Would love to win

BarbaraR said...

Gorgeous scarf! Congratulations! I would love to add "Simply Crochet" to my library.

vriddle07 said...

Beautiful scarf! Thanks for the chance to win :0)

Marie said...

I do really love the red scarf. What a lovely book it must be.

Kathryn Fox said...

Gorgeous, would totally make!

Shadygrove said...

That's a beautiful scarf and it looks like a wonderful book. I'm looking forward to seeing all the designs.

Patty said...

Sonoma your scarf is lovely. Congrats on being included in a wonderful new book.

Patty said...

Sonoma your scarf is lovely. Congrats on being included in a wonderful new book.

Jan Pope said...

This is a lovely scarf. Not too frilly, but still feminine. A very nice design. Nice to have lots of one-ball designs.

Simona said...

Cindy, here is a Raverly link for the yarns other crocheters used for this project:


You can also see there how the design looks worked in those yarns.

You can also find other yarns choosing similar alpaca/merino/bamboo blend in fingering weight under "yarns" on Raverly. It should give you more options. Good luck!


Simona said...

My previous comment is regarding the Lace Canopy ... reply to cindys1m

Anastacia Knits said...

beautiful scarf! looks like something I would make!

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Lisa said...

I love this scarf! I made it in a variegated marino wool (soft greens, blues, and purples) and added beads to the picots. It's now my favorite scarf. The great thing about your pattern is that it's easy to make as you've designed it or to modify it to make it longer and/or wider.

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