PUBLISHED!!!!

I am sure that most of you will have noticed how crochet is currently undergoing a bit of a resurgence. Crochet classes are filling up within days of being publicized and new magazines dedicated to crochet are being released. Crochet is no longer being squeezed in along side knitting – it is becoming a craft in its own right.

If you knit  (and even if you don’t) you will be aware of the many places where you can find knitting patterns. They are all over the web on countless sites and yarn and craft shops usually have a good selection to choose from. When it comes to crochet however there is not usually the same choice. Crochet also has a bit of a reputation linked to the 70’s and there are quite a few patterns around that reflect this.

        

(Yes these really are from the 70’s – so much orange!)

Now please don’t get me wrong, there are some patterns that just need a bit of updating (colour, yarn etc) but Joanne Scrace (notsogranny) and Kat  Goldin saw an opportunity in this and went about setting up The Crochet Project:

The aim of The Crochet Project is to promote beautiful, modern crochet patterns to the online market.

They have both worked very hard to bring all the good  things you expect from modern knitting patterns to the world of crochet. The patterns are all written in the same consistent style, the yarn is beautiful, the patterns contemporary and the photographs stylish.

I realise that I am writing as if I am selling this idea. In a way I am but I really wanted to share with you all the background behind this project. I am not being paid directly for doing this and the opinions are my own BUT …..

I AM ONE OF THE ‘DESIGNERS’ FEATURED IN THEIR FIRST ISSUE!!

Loud enough? Can you tell that I am excited?

Back to the beginning:

In October I saw the mood board that they had put together. The title was Botanicals and was all floral and summer picnics. I decided that I had an idea that may just work and set about making a prototype:

Here it is - my protoype.

Here it is – my prototype.

Being my first submission I really wanted to know whether it would work and also to get some idea of how I could write the pattern down.

A close up of the flower.

A close up of the flower.

I included the flower as a bit of detail and to link in with the floral theme.

Roll on to December and I received the wonderful news that my pattern had been chosen as one of the ten from the first edition. WoW. I was really shocked and very unprepared as to what it would involve.

When doing a piece like this you get sent the yarn – the suppliers will usually provide it as a way to get some publicity. Unfortunately the yarn for my project got held up and I only received it just before the deadline date. Luckily Joanne and Kat were very nice and realistic, giving me enough time to get the project made without any pressure.

The yarn I was sent.

The yarn I was sent.

Isn’t it lovely? It is merino, really lovely and soft  – great to work with too. I had been asked to make the pattern in three child sizes and three adult. Fine in theory! I only had to make one size for the photo shoot.

The making of the gloves was not too hard. The writing of the pattern harder. Poor Joanne must have had a bit of a shock when she saw what I had done. She was ever so kind however and I had another go at getting the format correct.

Then, finally on Friday the whole thing was published. I had always said that I didn’t want my name and photograph out on the internet….it soon became clear that this was one rule to be broken!

So here is the finished mitt.

So here is the finished mitt.

I think that they have a real vintage feel and I managed to get some beads in with the flower! Wouldn’t they be perfect for a bridesmaid or a ball?

If you would like to see what the other patterns are like and see the proper ‘professional’ photographs then do head over to the  website here.

Thank you so much in indulging me in the blowing of my own trumpet. I am very passionate about this project and yes, I would have been even if I hadn’t been accepted! Joanne and Kat have spent a lot of time on this but I truly believe that it has been worth it! Now onto the next submission – a woodland theme this time. 😉

As always I shall be heading over to Handmade Harbour to catch up on the lovely things that everyone else has been up to this week. I am thinking that there will be some Easter ideas cropping up?

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74 thoughts on “PUBLISHED!!!!

  1. soyofthenorth

    Congratulations on being published 🙂

    It’s a lovely design and the flower is a very nice extra touch to it.

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  2. t1ckledp1nk

    Huge huge congratulations!! The pattern is lovely – the flower is beautiful and I particularly love the lemon colour of your prototype! There’ll be no stopping you now! xxx

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  3. Natalie

    Well done on having your work published! It’s a really beautiful pattern. I haven’t crocheted for many many years but am getting tempted because, as you say, there is a lot about at the moment. I’ll check out the website xx

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  4. Divine Debris

    I’m so happy for you! I could not image how unbelievably excited you must be. It’s really great to take something that begins as a hobby and find that you not only have a knack for it but also have that talent recognized. It’s like mom putting your drawing on the fridge. Someone said “you’re amazing” and it was completely unsolicited. 🙂 Just fantastic, I’m so happy for you.
    I also really love the gloves in the lemony color, they look like they’d be a great accessory for an Easter dress.

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  5. Wendy

    Excellent, excellent news and I’m sure it will lead to more work too. It’s a gorgeous pattern. I’m just a wannabe crocheter, and one day I will find myself in a beginners’ class, I’m sure!
    🙂

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  6. Simmi

    WOW! Well done – that is brilliant news 🙂 I think blowing of your trumpet if wholly deserved! It’s a beautiful vintage looking glove. Have a great week, Simmi x

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  7. Red Hen

    I think that guy`s crochet tank top is just the funniest thing I`ve seen in a long time. I really would love if someone would crochet that and find a guy to wear it in 2013! Hey, that could be your next project! Finding the guy would be the hardest part!

    Seriously though, CONGRATS! on your pattern AND on being published. Very fine achievements and yes, the design is really pretty.

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  8. Lilly's Mom

    Congratulations! You must be so pleased. Your crocheted glove is lovely. Isn’t it great that crocheting and knitting has had a revival? I hope you have a wonderful week. Pat

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  9. Nice piece of work

    You deserve to be well proud of yourself, I’m sure you had lots of qualms along the way – this is a FABULOUS achievement, and the mitts are stunning (I think I mentioned that in a previous comment!?) HIgh five!!!!

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  10. EleanorLucy

    Woop woop! High five Alice!! Very proud on your behalf, not just on the publication, but pattern writing is no mean feat either! Can’t wait to hear about the woodland installment 🙂 x

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    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      Oh thanks so much. Keep your fingers crossed for the next installment as I fear the competition is hotting up! (More people want to get involved not that the quality is any better!!(

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    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      Thanks. I do hope that you continue with knitting and maybe have a go at crochet one day. I love them both and feel very lucky that I am able to do both. It is worth persevering 🙂

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  11. Knit and Purl Garden

    Hi, I just heard your news over at Daniellajoe’s blog and popped on over. Congratulations to you – how fabulous to be published! I’m a big crochet fan and love the fact that its become so popular again with some really great designs like yours and beautiful yarns. I will enjoy having a read of your blog 🙂
    Claire

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  12. lululoves

    Congratulations (sorry its a little late – I’m very behind on my blog reading!) I loved the gloves you designed – so delicate! I actually loved all the projects, too much good stuff to choose from! Em xx

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