We love summer crochet. Lacy fabric, light fibers — it's all good.
And our Summer issue of Interweave Crochet is brimming with patterns that are both engaging to make and fun to wear.
by Natasha Robarge
by Kathy Merrick
|Moth Wings Shrug
by Mimi Alelis
Thread plays a a strong role in this issue. The Lodestar Tunic, above left, is a delicious bit of crochet that begins with the sassy motif belt and works upward for the bodice, then downward for a skirt. Make it as is for a tunic, or make it shorter for a top or longer for a dress.
The Moth Wings Shrug, above right, is a bit of thread crochet perfect for a carry-around project. Even after you've begun joining the motifs, the project is very portable.
|Midsummer Night's Shawl by Lisa Naskrent
We have three shawls, including the Cool Wave Shawl worked in Tunisian
crochet. (To make learning Tunisian even easier, check out our videos on Tunisian techniques. Go to Videos and slide down to Crochet Techniques.)
The Midsummer Night's Shawl by Lisa Naskrent, left, which we gave
you a peek at earlier, is worked in laceweight Malabrigo in a pattern that's suitable for novice shawl-makers. If you prefer diagrams to written instructions, we've included plenty of them throughout the issue. We hope this makes your crocheting even more enjoyable.
And there's more to love in this issue: Gwen Blakley Kinsler and Margaret Hubert share their conversation about the evolution of crochet over the past half century or so.
In Beyond the Basics, Kim Guzman revisits double-ended crochet and
provides a pattern for linen placemats perfect for an outdoor dinner.
Betsy Greer focuses on charities for homeless pets in her Craftivism column, including a pattern for a Cat Nap Mat.
And we have the first five designer squares in the Chain Reaction Afghan Project, including Kathy Merrick's Circles Squared, above center. In this yearlong project, we're bringing together squares designed by your
favorite crochet designers and squares designed by you, our CrochetMe
readers, in a single afghan that will be auctioned for charity. We hope
to inspire you to make this afghan and consider sending it to your
chosen charity. And remember to submit your own original design. It could become part of the final afghan!
Be inspired to take a
deep breath and dive into something bright and new—visit our magazine gallery for the full Summer 2010 preview.
Bonus material online:
You can download the free pattern for the Moonglow Vee by Mari Lynn Patrick, at left.
Also, you'll find enlarged charts for the Midsummer Night's Shawl by Lisa Naskrent. You'll need the pattern from the magazine, but the enlarged charts may be easier to read.