Inside Crochet

Inside Crochet

and some most exciting news!

Hello. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may have already heard my extremely exciting news. But for those of you who haven't (and to record it for me - you see I'm still pinching myself) I thought this news deserved a post of it's own...

Back in the summer I was contacted by the editor of one of my favourite crochet magazines, Inside Crochet. Claire, the editor, asked if I would consider working with them on a monthly column. As with anything new and unknown, amidst the excitement I felt quite nervous about taking on the project especially as Inside Crochet is such a well regarded magazine chock full of talented designers. I've never been one to let fear stop me and Claire seemed to instantly understand, all she asked was for me to be myself. Being myself is something I knew I could do ;)

Like a lot of you who crochet, I have learnt most of what I know from the internet, magazines and books. One of the reasons I love crochet so much is that there is always something new to learn, I think this is the main reason I have still not attempted to learn to knit (even though I'd like to very much). I know I will remain a student of crochet until my hands can no longer hold a hook.

So I am very proud to announce that I am now a columnist for Inside Crochet, where I get to write and photograph what I am most passionate about. My first column will be in issue 48 which comes out tomorrow - gah! I cannot tell you how excited I am about seeing an actual paper copy. If you would like to have a closer peek at some of the patterns included have a look here

Now I know I may sound extremely biased but I think this is one of the best covers ever - I just love those colours and I've already spotted at least two things to add to my WIP list :)

Inside Crochet - Issue 48

Image © Inside Crochet

As for my contribution, my first pattern is this simple journal cover. I love making lists and I know as the New Year approaches I will be getting through lots of these note books. The cover is made in one complete piece so no fiddly bits! It's a great project if you are new to crochet (or if, like me, you like to crochet whilst watching your favourite TV box sets)

Crochet Journal Cover - Lululoves, Inside Crochet Issue 48

There is also a designer biography over on the Inside Crochet blog where I talk about how I started blogging and what inspires me if you'd like to have a read.

I also want to say a big, huge, massive 'thank you' to everyone who has already congratulated me via twitter, email and Instagram. Your comments meant so much to me, I feel very privileged to be a part of such a lovely, supportive community.

Bye for now. Em xx



Posted in Crochet and Crafts

Comments (24)

  • Sarah~Lou


    28 November 2013 at 12:50 |
    Yay! Whoop! Huge congrats ~ what fun :0) x
    • Lululoves


      28 November 2013 at 18:07 |
      Thank you - yes I've really enjoyed it (once I got over the nerves) Em xx
  • Claireabellemakes


    28 November 2013 at 12:54 |
    Once again, MASSIVE congratulations. You are perfect for the role and I'm sure your column will be fantastic. Very well deserved.

    Claire x
    • Lululoves


      28 November 2013 at 18:07 |
      Thanks Claire - you are always very lovely. Em xx
  • Heather


    28 November 2013 at 17:21 |
    Oh, I'm soooo thrilled for you! Right, I'm definitely going to loiter around the magazine display with Inside Crochet in my hand and tell everyone I know you!!! Lots of congratulations Em, I bet you're tickled pink. Heather x
    • Lululoves


      28 November 2013 at 18:06 |
      Aww thank you Heather - I am so pleased, definitely tickled all shades of pink :) xx
  • mim


    28 November 2013 at 17:41 |
    that is amazing and well deserved i missed it on IG but congratulations :) xx
    • Lululoves


      28 November 2013 at 18:05 |
      Thanks Mim xxxx
  • knitnrun4sanity


    28 November 2013 at 21:29 |
    Ooo how exciting. Congratulations. You are now a real celebrity :)
    • Lululoves


      03 December 2013 at 09:59 |
      Lol I don't know about that Alice, but I am very happy all the same. Em xx
  • Liubov


    29 November 2013 at 10:00 |
    My warmer congratulations to you:)Ii is so amazing news!! I wish to be brave like you:)
    • Lululoves


      03 December 2013 at 09:56 |
      Thank you . Em xx
  • Ulrike


    29 November 2013 at 10:46 |
    I was so excited about your column that I had to purchase a copy. Since I am from Germany I bought a digital one and will enjoy it tonight when all the work is done. Thank you for a new inspiration!!!
    • Lululoves


      03 December 2013 at 09:56 |
      Wow - Thank you, I really hope you enjoy it - lots more colour coming up :) Em xx
  • Hannapat


    29 November 2013 at 12:17 |
    That is amazing!! Congratulations, you must be so so chuffed. Well deserved! xoxo
    • Lululoves


      03 December 2013 at 09:55 |
      Thank you so much - I really am so happy. Em xx
  • Ana


    29 November 2013 at 14:27 |
    So sad we don't have this kind of modern crochet magazines in Portugal...I hope you can share something about what you'll be writing about!! :))
  • Niki Thomas

    Niki Thomas

    02 December 2013 at 10:33 |
    Hello! Many congrats on your new column, how exciting! Your crochet makes are inspiring so it's well deserved....your collar is a huge fave of mine.
    Would you mind very much if I asked a question - I need your help! fell in love with the fairisle cardi you made for Lulu, so have just bought the pattern and started the same size as yours. But - 84 rows for the rib?! That seems sooo long, I've crocheted 60 rows and that seems enough, about 84cm long. Did you hook less ribbing rows at all? Hate to ask this but it's a Christmas present so I can't measure the child. Thanks Emma, and good luck with your future articles!
    Kindest regards, Niki
    • Lululoves


      03 December 2013 at 09:51 |
      Hi Niki, Thank you :) I've just had a quick look at Lulu's cardigan and it looks like I have 84 rows for the rib. I'm certain the only amendment I made was to take a row or two out of the length and the arms. Did you swatch your yarn first? I'm not very good at remembering to do this but I always do for clothing items and my swatch was ok in the width but a bit long on length so I knew I'd have to remove some rows. If you feel that the ribbing will reach all around the waist of the cardigan when closed with enough room for them to be comfortable 60 ribs may be enough. I've just measured that section on Lu's and my ribbing came to approx 70 cm? It really depends on the yarn you are using, hook size, pattern size. Have another look at the tension for the size you are making up then either adjust your hook or go down a size. Hope this helps some. Em xx
  • Niki Thomas

    Niki Thomas

    03 December 2013 at 12:45 |
    Oh so kind of you to measure that for me - so helpful! I've started again, using a 5mm hook instead of 6mm, maybe my aran yarn is just thicker. Many thanks Emma. Niki
    • Lululoves


      04 December 2013 at 10:42 |
      You're welcome - hope it works out. Em xx
  • Marit


    13 January 2014 at 09:34 |
    You are such an inspiration, so this is a joy to read. :)) Wish you the best! :)
    • Lululoves


      13 January 2014 at 21:02 |
      Thank you - that means so much to me. Em xx

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