Crocheting Lace for the Summer

Jul 4, 2011

Last week the temperature in my house reached a sweltering 85 degrees. As I looked from my thermometer to my latest wool crochet project, I realized two things. First, I need a new air conditioner, and second, I need to start a new summer project. So I pulled out my Interweave Crochet Spring and Summer back issues.

Lace, to my mind, is the perfect summer project.I have always been drawn to the delicacy crocheted lace. Often worked in a fine yarn or thread, crocheted lace is the perfect showcase for the delicate and intricate stitches of crochet. And it was the lace that first drew me to Robyn Chachula's Petal Pullover from the Interweave Crochet Spring 2011 issue. This all-over lace pullover is perfect for a pair of jeans or a skirt and can be worn over a t-shirt, cami, or long-sleeve top when the weather cools this fall. It's so ingeniusly versatile!

The body is worked in the round from the bottom up to the armholes, which means less seaming, and there are stitch diagrams-a big plus for visual crocheters like myself. I especially love the stitch diagrams illustrating the armhole and neck shaping as I would like to raise the neckline in the front by about three-quarters of an inch or 2 rows.

As we all know, the hardest part of crocheting a garment is not allowing it to become a WIP (work-in-progress), and I have heard several of you comment just how much you also love this top. So I am proposing a crochet-along. I loved working with you on the Moth Wings Shrug, and am looking forward to answering your questions and learning new tips and tricks from you as well.

I'll be using the recommended Louet MerLin Sport for my project. This yarn is 60% linen and 40% merino. The linen provides beautiful stitch definition and drape to the lace and the merino provides just the right amount of memory and elasticity. This combination also keeps the finished garment from being too heavy, as would happen with other common summer yarns such as those made with cotton or bamboo.

Here is the supply list and schedule for this crochet-along:

Petal Pullover

Designer: Robyn Chachula
Finished Size: 32 (34½, 37½, 40, 42½, 45½)" circumference to fit 32 (34, 36½, 39, 41¼, 44)" bust circumference. Garment shown measures 34½". Pullover is close fit with 0-1½" of ease.
Yarn: Louet MerLin Sport (60% linen, 40% merino; 250 yd [229 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #48 aqua, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) hanks.Hook: Size G/6 (4 mm) Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Blocking pins, spray bottle, stitch markers (m), yarn needle.
Gauge:
3 shells and 12 rows = 4" in pistachio shell st patt.

 

CAL Schedule

July 4th - 17th Order yarn and pattern and get gauge.
July 18th - July 24th Work in the round to "Shape right back".
July 25th - August 7th Finish back.
August 8th - August 21st Finish front.
August 22th - August 27th Sleeves
August 28th - September 19th Seaming and finishing.

For a limited time you can even find the Interweave Crochet Spring 2011 issue (with the Petal Pullover and 24 other great spring designs) as well as other back issues on sale at the Crochet Me Shop. So pick up your copy of Interweave Crochet Spring 2011 today and join us for the Petal Pullover Crochet-along.

Best wishes,


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kelso wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 8:59 AM

Awesome. I bought this magazine in spring just because of the cover and wanting to do lace crochet.  I will buy the yarn and try and follow with you.  Will you say where you can be followed. Thanks marywallis

Mukweto wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 8:59 AM

I'm in! just ordered the magazine and realized there is a digital one I could have ordered. O well i will have to patient.

www.mukweto.com

Loca4yarn wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 9:41 AM

This will be my 1st CAL am pretty excited!

on Jul 4, 2011 9:55 AM

I've been eyeing this piece and because of the crochet-along am planning to purchase the magazine and supplies to join in. As a previous commenter requested, please advise where participants can follow comments and helpful tips and techniques as we work on the project. Thanks!

Handmadebysue

LisaC@2 wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 10:18 AM

I can't find this yarn.  Can you please suggest yarn substitutes?

Melanieh66 wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 10:44 AM

I bought this magazine this morning, I'm living in France and the delivery time is 6 weeks !!! I hope to receive it quickly !!

please excuse me to my bad english...

Mélanie

(creamel.e-monsite.com/blog)

pbonghi wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 12:38 PM

Where online can I buy the yarn for this fabric?   Will you be posting comments and updates for this project on your blog or in this forum? I plan to do this project with you (if I can find yarn).

gemstone wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 1:25 PM

How about a lower cost yarn substitute for the Petal Pullover project? I'm looking over some other size 2 yarns but it would be great to have advice about best substitutes for this pattern. Thanks, Meg

on Jul 4, 2011 2:57 PM

Two thoughts:

* I would be interested in the crochet-along if it included instructions for adjusting to fit 1X to 6X sizes.  I am an expert crocheter, but not good at calculating how many inches to add to sleeves and neck, or calculating decrease adjustments from bust to neck.

* Speaking of which, how about an article on how to "upsize/adapt" patterns?  Given that the MAJORITY of adults are seriously overweight, it would address the need of a large ;-) audience!

* InterWeave could make its magazines available as (paid) downloads.  Many benefits: keeps back issues available, saves printing costs, and saves me shelf space.

TerriLynnC wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 4:31 PM

I have wanted to make this ever since the magazine arrived in my mailbox, but haven't gotten around to getting started.  Maybe this will be a good incentive to actually do so--it certainly is pretty and I know I would enjoy making it.

Kelly OBrien wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 6:09 PM

I posted this in a forum on the topic of yarn sub. for this project.  It looks like LOTs of us want to sub! would be very interested in hearing what everyone decides on!

i don't really want to spend that much either! Plus... i don't love wearing wool.   I'm thinking NaturallyCaron Spa (which i am absolutely IN LOVE with!!) available at most craft stores and reasonably priced at $4.99/250 yds. I know its DK but i'm hoping i could adjust with the hook size.  we'll see!

I'm also considering Queensland Collection Joey Baby Silk ( avail. at www.yarn.com at $3.99/164 yds).  It does have wool, but thinking the bamboo and silk would offset the itchy wool. I think i might go for this one... just to experience using a different yarn that i've not worked with before.

would love to know what others are considering/choosing. I'm still learning and experimenting with yarn substitution so it will be interesting to see who's using what!  :)

~kelly

Kelly OBrien wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 6:09 PM

I posted this in a forum on the topic of yarn sub. for this project.  It looks like LOTs of us want to sub! would be very interested in hearing what everyone decides on!

i don't really want to spend that much either! Plus... i don't love wearing wool.   I'm thinking NaturallyCaron Spa (which i am absolutely IN LOVE with!!) available at most craft stores and reasonably priced at $4.99/250 yds. I know its DK but i'm hoping i could adjust with the hook size.  we'll see!

I'm also considering Queensland Collection Joey Baby Silk ( avail. at www.yarn.com at $3.99/164 yds).  It does have wool, but thinking the bamboo and silk would offset the itchy wool. I think i might go for this one... just to experience using a different yarn that i've not worked with before.

would love to know what others are considering/choosing. I'm still learning and experimenting with yarn substitution so it will be interesting to see who's using what!  :)

~kelly

Tripti wrote
on Jul 5, 2011 2:28 AM

I do not have access to Interweave crochet. Can I still join the crochet-along for this Petal Pullover? I would really like to do so. I have joined other such crochet-alongs and knit-alongs and they were fun. I am presuming that there are no charges for this, just like the other ones.

Regards,

TD

Arachne wrote
on Jul 5, 2011 10:14 AM

I poked around a bit and found the spot to download the e-version Spring 2011 issue for only $4.00!  I'm also a fan of Kelly O'Brien's suggestion of the Queensland yarn substitution, but I decided to use a winter yarn I have already, and as I am larger than the largest size in the pattern, I will check my gauge in the stitch and my measurements in my current bra and see what to do. It's not hard if you're a little bit bigger than the pattern--just measure as you go and if you have, say, a little bit of a shell outside your 4" gauge area, your sweater may turn out the right measure for you. And in the reverse if you are slimmer than the smallest size. You need to measure as you go, and, perhaps rip out a few inches, though, so it's not a real designer's method--kind of rough and ready!  For more than a few inches, you need to do more math; and some parts of the body vary more between sizes than others. Grading patterns up for larger sizes is something I would be very interested in, too.

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jul 5, 2011 11:11 AM

Please come join us over on the crochet-along page. You can just click on the CAL in the top navigation bar or follow this link to comment in or read the forum. Right now we are talking about yarn substitutions for those with wool allergies.

crochetme.com/.../Crochet-Along.aspx

If you are looking for the pattern, check out the Crochet Me Shop. You can find the magazine as both a print issue and a digital issue.

www.interweavestore.com/.../Search.aspx

cbreslin wrote
on Jul 5, 2011 3:45 PM

I know this isn't the proper place to ask - but once again I did not receive my copy of Interweave Crochet (spring) so I am missing out on this good lace info.  Would you please either email me or let me know how to get in touch with the subscription dept. so that I can get my copy?  Thanks so much.

Christine Breslin

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jul 5, 2011 3:52 PM

Hi cbreslin,

You can contact our subscription department at InterweaveCrochet@pcspublink.com. Even if you end up joining the crochet-along a little late, we would love to have you. These crochet-alongs tend to have a much longer life than the given schedule.

Best wishes,

Toni

mrs_moody wrote
on Jul 6, 2011 9:12 PM

Hello everyone,

I am excited about being involved in this my first crochet a long. The good news is I ordered my magazine copy, however since I wouldn't purchase a $100 blouse for myself, I certainly will not be crocheting one. Yes, I'm sure the yarn is fabulous, but Oh my goodness how can we select a more reasonably priced option? It's 20 to 26 dollars a hank for goodness sakes.

gwenbee wrote
on Jul 12, 2011 7:26 PM

Hi Toni,

I totally agree: lace is the best kind of summer project! In fact, lace is my favourite type of fabric in crochet or knitting.  I've posted a couple of my crocheted lace projects in the galleries.

This Petal Pullover is gorgeous.  I've got other projects on the go right now so won't be in the crochet-along, but it will be in my favourites list!  Robyn Chachula's patterns are especially easy to follow and well-designed.

Thanks Interweave for the best (in my opinion) online & offline crochet resources!