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
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
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:
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
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),
Gauge: 3 shells and 12 rows = 4" in pistachio shell st patt.
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
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.