Hope you had a lovely bank holiday Monday. I can’t believe that it’s already May! 2015 seems to fly away in a blink of an eye and my to-do list seems to rather be piling up than down. It’s been rather quiet on my blog but I’m hoping that in the next couple of weeks I’ll get the chance to finally write up the patterns which are screaming in the corner “write me up PLEASE” but still unheard of.
At the end of March, my good friend Dedri posted on her blog about the Deramores Blog Competition 2015. If you’re an eagle-eyed blog reader you might realise that actually last year I participated in the Deramores Blog Competition with my happy sheep badge pattern. So it didn’t take much convincing from Dedri to want to participate in this year’s one as well. Like last year, the super amazing price is a yarn pack worth £500, which would be fabulous to win especially after being on a strict yarn diet after I spent too much money on my yarn for the Sophie’s Universe CAL.
This year’s contest is a bit different to last year. 6 bloggers posted their predicted trend for this year and since I’m “hooked” with Sophie at the moment there was no question whose trend I’m going to turn into a pattern.
Dedri’s trend for 2015 is big crochet squares and my garden of roses square is exactly that. Even though Dedri is talking about crochet squares in a gazillion colours, if you look around my blog you’ll notice that I’m a bit OCD about gazillion colours. And as the square had to be done in yarn from my stash I used Cascade Ultra Pima in Natural, Buff, Seagrass and Purple Ice (which means it’ll match my Sophie ;)) It measures 18 inch across but it can easily be grown bigger (especially when made in a thicker yarn than my Cascade version.
As everything is about Sophie in the wide crochet world you as well might recognise where the inspiration of the rose-stitch is coming from, which means that my garden of roses is actually a Sophie tribute!
The pattern is currently with testers but I hope that it’ll be up on my blog (for free of course!) fairly soon. I’m also hoping that by then I’m able to update you with some yummy pictures of it in a nice garden rather than on a boring chair, which seems to be currently the only place left (without any moving boxes) with some decent light in my apartment.
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This is so beautiful! I love the muted vintage colors you chose and cannot wait to try the pattern myself! I only found you through the CCC Sophie’s Universe group, so glad I started following it and found you even if I haven’t been able to start my Sophie yet. I am looking forward to catching up with your work through your blog, now that I have found it! So many talented crochet artists with excellent blogs nowadays, I love it!
Thank you :)
I love the colors! Very pretty!!
Thank you :)
I’m quite impressed by this pattern. I can see joining a number of these blocks together for a bedspread. Cudos to you!
Thank you! I can also see many things with this pattern just need more time to actually turn them into reality!
Stunning – I can’t wait for the final Garden of Roses pattern.
I would also LOVE to be a pattern tester.
thank you I’ll send you an email :)
Your design is beautiful! Love it!
Would love the pattern when you finally release. Such a gorgeous piece would love to make an heirloom for my 5 granddaughters.
Truly a masterpiece! I really hope you win. <3
This would fit in with fairytale princesses like Aurora and Belle (who is like a princess). Gorgeous colours!
It’s very, very pretty, and I love these colours.
Beautiful colors and crafting, I would love to make this.
Absolutely gorgeous! And as always,,,jealous of your colors!
Simply gorgeous. I love it and am so happy to have found your blog. Can’t wait for a pattern….and perhaps something a little larger…..sorry for the pushy American style here. You are truly gifted. Thank you for sharing
Love this square. What lovely gifts it would make.
I keep coming back to this. It is absolutely gorgeous! If at some point you release the pattern I would really like to know about it. Such exquisite work.
Your square is lovely. I love the Victorian feel and the colors are amazing! I hope you win and I can’t wait for the pattern. :)
Please let me know when it is ready to get the pattern for the Garden of Roses please for I would like to make this one for myself.
Hi! I love your Garden of Roses square. Have you written a pattern for it? If so, where can I purchase it?
Hi Ruth! Thank you very much. Part 1 is now up on the blog and its FREE :)
Please, let me know when you release this pattern, Garden of Roses………its beautiful…the colors are great…..
thank you, and God Bless
Thank you! Part 1 is now finally up :) Hope you enjoy making it!
Please when are you going to post the pattern as promised for your “Garden of Roses”?
My query from eight weeks ago has been erased without been answered.
I’m sorry that it has been taken so long. Part 1 is now finally up. Also sorry to hear that you posted a comment before which hasn’t been answered. Must have been caught by a filter as I didn’t delete it! :( Sorry for that!
Do you know how much yard for each color? I understand it is one square 18″ but if I knew the answer than I could judge for others to make a big blanket. Thank you,
Hi Sandy :) I’m sorry but currently I don’t know as I forgot to write it down when I did the pattern and the balls I used are still in a moving box so I can’t really “backweigh” them. It also depends on what yarn you’ll end up using but with the Cascade I would roughly estimate that 50 g each colour will be more than plenty for each square :) I’m planning to redo the square again and than I’ll note it down how much yarn I used! Sorry for that!
Amazing! Just so beautiful. I wish I had the talent to design, but your work is incredible.
Thank you :)
this square is beautiful, I grabbed part 1 as soon as it was out and anxiously await part 2.
Merci beaucoup pour partager avec nous votre magnifique travail au crochet votre carré de rose est si tendre je le vois très bien en couverture pique-nique dans mon jardin Bravo
Thanks to let Know us your beautiful work i would like to do it for my garden to have picnic on it thanks So much
I LOVE THE PATTERN LOVE THE COLORS ALSO…
I’m a huge Dedri (and Sophie) fan. And since Dedri sort of led me to your site, I think I’ll be around a while. Garden of Roses is so beautiful! I’ve grabbed Part 1, though don’t know when I’ll be able to get to it. trying desperately to finish a couple of projects before I start something else. I tend to have Start-itis – and rarely finish things….too many WIPs – and am trying to fix that!
I was looking for way to sign up for email updates….do you have such a thing? or did I just miss it?
Your work is lovely and I’d surely like to follow.
I do want to thank you for sharing so generously with the yarny world! I’m amazed at the sharing qualities of the crochet community!
I look forward to Part 2 and other lovely projects from you….thank you for the inspiration!
Thank you Carol :) Making this comment should have trigged the email subscription. Did it work out for you?
What a wonderful tribute to the Sophie pattern :)
I’ve saved everything to do with ‘Sophie’, and am determined to start on it as soon as my long list of WIP’s has shrunk to a manageable level – but I couldn’t resist saving your ‘Garden of Roses’, as it’s exquisite :)
Thank you! I can imagine I don’t even want to know how long my current list of WIP is. Plus I still haven’t finished my Sophie ;)