We are absolutely delighted that despite her busy schedule, Emma has agreed to design a new crochet pattern for us here at Poppies & Polka Dots and just check out this stunner she's created!
Given what a cold Spring it's been so far, this pattern is the perfect anecdote to that - cosy and practical, but stylish and very, very pretty.
Before we get started with the pattern, I thought it would be fab to find out what Emma's been up to since we last caught up, so here's the latest from Emma:
Just a year ago I began my cro-pro (yep, crochet professional) journey, and what a journey it’s been so far! My second book ‘Big Hook Crochet’
was released in September last year by CICO publisher, and my third is now written and in the process of being printed, due for release in the autumn of this year. I’ve also had the enormous good fortune of being featured in everything from ‘Mollie Makes’ to ‘Woman’s Weekly’, and now contribute regularly to ‘Inside Crochet’ and ‘The Art of Crochet’.
It’s been a real learning curve though, working for yourself, by yourself you have to be everything; marketing, designer, social media guru, writer, finance officer, admin and tea lady. One of the big challenges for me has been finding a way to connect with a community in a meaningful way, don’t get me wrong, crocheting all day and hanging out with wool is great, but it was a shock to the system leaving the day job and all my work pals. Instagram has become a place where I’ve met some amazing people, and not only made friends but now ‘work’ colleagues and business opportunities. It also forced me to define my aesthetic and has resulted in photography work and a front page feature in The Guardian Online
I also got myself an adult teaching qualification, and have had the opportunity of running workshops all over the place, from a local school to the British Library. Teaching has become one of the most rewarding facets of my crochet journey, as well as the hardest, but there’s real joy and satisfaction to be had from sharing a skill.
There is literally not time to mention all other amazing things that have happened, but I find that saying ‘yes’, and reaching out to people without being afraid of the consequences is the only way to keep going forward. Who knows where this journey will go next? I keep thinking that it can’t possibly have anywhere else to go, and then something else pops up and it’s off on another road.
Huge thanks to Emma for this wonderful insight into her world of gorgeous crochet loveliness and most importantly for this stunning pattern. So here it is...can you resist it? Not sure I can!
Spring Tulip Cowl - Free Pattern - from Emma Friedlander-Collins - Steel & Stitch
This sumptuous, tulip inspired cowl is ideal to throw on while the weather is still all nippy round the edges. In lovely, chunky yarn, you’ll have it made in an evening but be wearing it all Spring.
Rowan Big Wool, Super Chunky (100% Merino Wool, 80m per 100g)
Tc2tog – rather than working together 2st’s from the previous row, yarn over and work the first part of a tc st, then in the same st, yarn over and work the first part of another tc, and then use the final yarn over to work them both together.
htc –half treble crochet
tc - treble crochet
tc2tog – work 2tc st’s together
ch – chain
slst- slip stitch
sk st – skip a stitch
Rnd 1: Using yarn A, ch 44, sl st ends
Rnd 2: ch2, htc in each st, sl st (44)
Rnd 3: Using yarn B, ch2 htc in each st, slst
Rnd 4: Using yarn C, working in back loop only, htc in each st
Rnd 5: Using yarn A, working in back loop only, ch3, *sk st, tc in next st, ch1*, rpt to end, sl st to finish
Rnd 6: Using yarn B, ch3, *tc2tog in top of tc st from prev row, ch1* rpt to end, sl st
Rnd 7: Using yarn C, ch2, *work 2htc’s in chain space from prev row* rpt to end
Rnd 8-11: ch2, htc in each st, sl st
Rnd 12: Using yarn B, working in back loop only, htc in each st
Rnd 13: Using yarn A, working in back loop only, htc in each st, sl st to finish and weave in ends
All photo credits to Emma Friedlander-Collins - Follow Emma and her stunning photographic Crochet journey on Instagram.