Romantic Crochet Book Release

I’m so excited to kick off day one of the book tour for the Romantic Crochet book by Emma Escott (@lululoves_uk) and published by Tuva Publishing, which runs from 15th November 2020 to 15th December 2020.

The cover of Romantic Crochet shows a snapshot of the projects that the book includes and when you delve inside there are 20 possible projects to make.  The pictures of the projects are clear, using soft natural colours which really help to envisage what the final product will look like. I love the beautiful photography, especially the warm, soft autumn light for the outside shoots. This definitely made me want to curl up by the fireplace inside with a hot cup of tea, and really capture the essence of the season.

Romantic Crochet is an utterly charming and delightful book and I have had a lot of fun making some of the patterns, some of which are still on my hook! I will share my finished makes with you below and post further finished items that I make to my Instagram page in the coming weeks.

The layout of the book is very clear and clean, with each project listing the materials required, the tension, gauge, abbreviations and measurements. There are some great patterns for those who are new to crochet and the crochet charts help with this a lot, but also some more challenging but equally gorgeous makes.

Romantic Crochet is a beautiful book and you can tell that Emma has put so much love and hard work into it, which really shines through. The projects are fun, and there really is something for everyone. I thoroughly recommend it and look forward to making many more of the projects.

Day two of the book tour will feature Lucy Djevdet (@craftingbylucy) and I can’t wait to see what project she has chosen to share!

A big thank you to Emma for inviting me to be a part of this and also a huge congratulations to her on her amazing book. I wish you every success!


Marcia x

Free Crochet Patterns Rock!

Celebrating free patterns with LoveCrafts and a GIVEAWAY


There is no doubt about it, we all love a free pattern right? There are so many available to choose from to spark your crochet inspiration and I am sure that many of you have been using them as your go to for the Coronavirus lockdown as well. I certainly have. That’s not to say that the paid patterns aren’t equally as great as I know for sure a lot of work goes into them, but for the purpose of this run down we are giving a big thumbs up to the free stuff!

You will see from my most recent blog post that I finally plucked up the courage to make, write up and publish my first beginner level crochet pattern, and am so pleased that I did. The response has been overwhelming and as I write this the pattern has been downloaded over 100 times. I just can’t believe it.

I would like to thank each and every one of you that have taken the time to download the ‘V My Diamond Scarf’ and also to make it. I have been doing a little happy dance each time I am tagged with another beautiful version made. The yarn type and colour possibilities are endless and the pattern is adaptable to suit your preference of length.

You can find the link to the scarf in my previous blog post, here and via the link in my bio on Instagram.

For this post I have teamed up with LoveCrafts to let you know about the fantastic free crochet pattern section of their website, and offer you the chance to win some gorgeous Paintbox metallic and cotton DK yarn that I have picked in order for you to make the ‘V My Diamond Scarf’. I will also add in a printed copy of the pattern for the winner to follow. The scarf featured in the picture above is made with metallic DK, shade Dacquiri.


For full details of how to enter this yarn giveaway please head over to my @aufaitcrochet Instagram page.


Marcia xx

V ‘My Diamond’ Scarf

Hi everybody!

It’s been a while, but I come with exciting news…

I have written up my first beginner level crochet pattern. It’s been tested by some of my fantastic Instagram pals who have provided me with lots of constructive feedback and encouragement to keep going with it.

It is one thing crocheting as a hobby, but actually designing and getting it just right, I feel is much more complex.

One of the most useful things that I have followed along the way and a total ‘must read’ for those wanting to do this too is the Dora Does blog for:

How to read (and write) a quality crochet pattern

My free pattern can be found here (below) or downloaded from Love Crafts. I hope that you enjoy making it as much as I did creating it!

V ‘My Diamond’ Scarf Pattern


You will need the following materials to make this scarf:

  • 1 x King Cole Curiosity DK 150g 480m
  • 4.0mm crochet hook
  • Yarn darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker(s) optional
  • You could use another DK yarn of your choice. Use a hook size that is suitable for the yarn that you choose

Tension (gauge)

  • Tension and gauge is not important when making this scarf


  • The finished scarf when blocked should measure approximately 166cm from end to end and 24cm across at the widest point

Stitches in UK terms and abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • slst – slip stitch
  • tr – treble crochet
  • v-st – v stitch
  • tr2tog – treble two together

Pattern notes and adaptations

Special stitches

v stitch

It is created by working 1 treble crochet, chain 1, treble crochet into a single stitch (tr, ch1, tr).

The Pattern

Increase rows

Row 1 – ch3, place 2tr in the first ch from hook, 1tr into next st, turn (3).

Row 1 a

Row 1 b

Row 1 c

Row 2 – ch1, 2tr in base st, 1tr in next 2 st, turn (4).

Row 2

Row 3 – ch1, 2tr in base st, 1tr in next 3 st, turn (5).

Row 3

Row 4 – ch1, 2tr in base st, 1tr in next 4 st, turn (6).

Row 5 – ch1, 2tr in base st, 1tr in next 5 st, turn (7).

Row 6 – ch1, 2tr in base st, 1tr in next 6 st, turn (8).

Row 7 – ch1, 2tr in base st, 1tr in next 7 st, turn (9).

Row 8 – ch1, 2tr in base st, 1tr in next 8 st, turn (10).

Row 8

Continue in this fashion until you have reached the end of row 37, turn (39).

V stitch rows

Row 38 – ch3, skip 1 st, *[tr, ch1, tr] in next st, skip 1 st*, repeat from * to * ending with tr in last st, turn (56 st and 18 v-st in row).

Row 38a

Row 38b

Row 38c

Row 39 – ch3, [tr, ch1, tr] into each ch sp from the previous row, tr in last st, turn (56 st and 18 v-st in row).

Rows 40 to 87 – repeat as row 39, turn.

(50 v-st rows).

Decrease rows

Row 88 – ch3, tr into each tr from the previous row, turn (38).

Row 68a

Row 68b

Row 89 – ch1, tr into each st across until the last 2 st remain, tr2tog (one is end ch), turn (37).

Decrease 1

Decrease 2

Decrease 3

Row 69c

Row 90 to 124 – ch1, tr into each st across until the last 2 st remain, tr2tog (one is end ch), turn (36).

Continue as above until there are 2 st left, tr2tog and slst to fasten off.

Sew in tail ends at top and bottom of points and you can block to even out the shape if you prefer.

That’s it! Thank you so much for making this pattern.

Marcia xx


This pattern has been created and written by Marcia Dring ‘au fait crochet’ and must not be distributed. You can of course make this pattern to sell but please do credit me as the designer when doing so.

Sunny Flash Bag

Everyone loves a little sunshine right?

For me, a beautiful sunny day is so relaxing, especially when it’s a bank holiday, giving more time to do the things that we really enjoy. Of course this also means a little extra crochet time.

This week, I had started to crochet granny squares with various colours of Bonus DK yarn to make a large mixed colour blanket, but, I got side tracked as you do…


I was going to make more mug coasters but when I finished round 2 of the BellaCoco coaster pattern using the shade ‘Sunflower’ I decided to go ‘off piste’. Instead of including round 3 and the border, I crocheted points all the way around the circle in shade ‘Bright Orange’ (1dbl,1htr, 1tr, 1dbltr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dbl, Ch1) between the two treble crochet parts to create a sun shape.


I made two sun motifs, and then got back to the granny squares again. Whilst doing that, I thought it might be nice to put together some of the squares and make use of the sun motifs.


I joined everything together with double crochet and made a simple chain stitch handle. This project finally turned out to be a childs mini tote bag.


I gave it to my 21 month old niece as a gift when she came on a family visit to stay with us. I think she liked it! (blurry toddler action shot!).

This weekend in Norfolk we also visited National Trust, Felbrigg Hall and spent a lot of time out in the garden dipping our toes in the paddling pool, perfect 🙂


Summer Bunting


This weekend I decided to crochet something in honour of the Royal Wedding…

I managed to pick up a Crochet Blocks book by Agnieszka Strycharska from ‘The Works’ in Norwich, for the absolute bargain price of £4. There are 60 motifs and 15 additional projects; such great value!


I started with motif number 38 and used a red, white and blue Duru branded variegated chunky yarn which I bought from Lolly’s Lil Wool Shack. This was instead of the plain cotton suggested in the book. I used hook size 4.5mm as recommended on the yarn label.


This is the first time that I have worked out how to follow a written pattern and chart from a book and so I am really pleased that I was able to do it! The motif worked up really quickly. Each triangle took about five minutes to create. I love the way that each one is unique and that the colours really pop.


I made eight triangles in total and the finished size of each triangle is about 17cm across. I washed each one and pinned them to foam blocking mats so that they keep their shape.


To join the triangles together I used the same Duru Export chunky yarn. First I made a chain of 30 then I slip stitched along the top edge of each triangle, with chain of 10 between each. I then made a chain of 30 to finish up.


The weekend was super sunny in Norwich and we made good use of the bunting straight away to set up a cosy spot in the garden with a refreshing glass of summer punch.

I am really happy with the finished piece and look forward to using the bunting much more over the summer to brighten up the garden space.