Peek Inside the Winter Issue of Interweave Crochet

Dec 10, 2009

Boy howdy, people! The Winter issue of Interweave Crochet is so stuffed with great designs that it's hard to know where to begin.

It seems best to start with that fabulous Sunset Ruana on the cover.

IWCWI09dropThis Tunisian entrelac design by Sharon Falkner has a real potato-chip quality—you know: “Just one more square! Oh, see that color change! Just one more ...”  The ruana is the go-to cover-up this season, but it has a timeless quality that will let you enjoy it for seasons to come.

Does that taste of Tunisian crochet have you intrigued? Learn about the history of this fusion of knit and crochet in Dora Ohrenstein's Beyond the Basics, which also introduces you to some basic stitches. Angela Grabowski tells about her fascinating development of new Tunisian stitches, including some cables that totally look knitted.

And try your hand at three more Tunisian patterns: The classic Katharine Vest by Dora Ohrenstein, the fit-as-you-go, one-piece Aubrey Jacket by Tram Nguyen and the outsize Flip-Flop Floor Pillow by Brianna Mewborn.
Also in this issue, the "traditional" non-Tunisian designs are anything but traditional, with  innovative techniques and rich texture.


Spacer 10x10 pixels Kim Guzman's Luna Sweater features a mock cable texture worked with a series of short single crochets punctuated by a double-crochet post.
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  You'll find a similar punctuating post technique with a very different look in the Twilight Duster by Doris Chan.
     
  The Arc de Triomphe Cardigan by Annette Petavy works wool yarn into a lacy pattern that is at once airy and warm.
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All of these designs are very engaging and may well introduce you to techniques for the first time. For times when you want less challenge and more instant gratification, turn to our Winter Accessories section.
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  The Candy Cloche by Linda Permann has an engaging start with a star stitch edging, then a fast finish to the spiral top.
     
  And Edie Eckman's Painted Turtle Afghan gives gratification wherever you go with its carry-along motifs. Yarn Spotlight will show you some color options and weight options for this afghan.

There's even more to love in this issue. You'll want to check out our new Fast & Fabulous project: A nifty crochet hook catcher for folks like me who have trouble hanging on to their hooks—a shout-out to all the CrochetMe readers who offered inspiration for this project.

Check out the full issue here. Also there, you can download an enlarged chart for the deliciously warm Mischa Mittens by Danielle Kassner.

And drop us a line at CrochetMe.com to let us know what you love.

Enjoy!





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