Dive into the Summer Issue of Interweave Crochet!

Jun 14, 2010

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.

Lodestar Tunic
by Natasha Robarge
Circles Squared
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.


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on Jun 14, 2010 8:01 PM

hi there,

I am in Australia. I was wondering if the magazine is available to be purchased as downloads/electronic delivery - even if the free sample is?

I would love to see the magazine, but postage of paper copy may prove expensive.

HeatheW wrote
on Jun 15, 2010 4:42 AM

Lisa Naskrent's shawl is gorgeous! The enlarged charts don't seem to be on the web site, though... could you add a link?

Becky G wrote
on Jun 15, 2010 9:36 AM

Dear Marcy.... just to let you know I met your mother in Winston-Salem last night at Guild meeting... she is your biggest fan and delightful.  I was knitting, and she asked if I crochet... which I do.  I was so happy that I had just joined your on line community last week!  I am delighted with the modern and very fun patterns, the technical info and other info on the site.  Continued good luck to you & Interweave Crochet

Marcy Smith wrote
on Jun 15, 2010 2:07 PM

Hi HeatheW!

I added the link to the charts. Enjoy!


Marcy Smith wrote
on Jun 15, 2010 2:11 PM

Hi BeckyG,

Well, how fun is that! Glad you met my mom! And we're glad to have you on board here at CrochetMe!

Have you seen Mom's latest award-winning quilts? Here's one: www.forsythquilters.org/.../510-img.gif

and here's another:


Hope to meet you in person one day!


JodiS wrote
on Jun 16, 2010 3:06 PM

Hi Heather, unfortunately subscriptions are not available digitally at this time. As the result of an agreement with an international mailer, we are able to provide shipping for a nominal cost to cover the additional postage, only $7 (US Funds) per year.  This option is available on the subscription link above. I hope that this is helpful!

on Nov 1, 2010 5:30 PM

Is the Moonglow Vee pattern available?  I get "access denied" when I click to download, even though I'm signed in.

little sara wrote
on Dec 15, 2010 10:00 AM

dread .. i am the same for the moon glow vee

its written for me access denied what is the problem i do not know

Marcy smith please tell me what is the problem i want to download it !!!