When I say lace sweaters what comes to your mind? Is it
incredible thread projects that require hours, or perhaps years, to complete? I
love the beautiful play of openwork, positive and negative space, that can be
created with fiber and crochet hook. But by thinking about lace merely in thread
and laceweight yarn, we miss out on some of the most beautiful examples of
|Megan Sweater by Robyn Chachula
Lace garments crocheted in sport-, DK-, or even worsted-weight
yarns create a beautiful contrast between the solid lines of the stitches and
the openwork spaces that create the lace. Worked in a DK-weight wool and silk
blend, the Megan Sweater by Robyn Chachula is a beautiful example of crocheted
lace. Like many of Robyn's designs, the Megan Sweater is constructed of motifs
that are joined as you go.
|Maggie Wrap Granny Square
Robyn Chachula is a master of motif-based designs. In Blueprint
Crochet, her patterns come with several diagrams that clearly illustrate
each motif, and they repeat a part of the motif in a diagram that shows how to
join the motifs. You will find each motif color-coded so that every other round
is blue, making it easier to track which round you are on.
In the Maggie Wrap Granny Motif
diagram, you can see the basics of the motif: you begin at the center, where a
number in a circle shows you how many chains to make (9 for this motif). You
join with a slip stitch, then work a single crochet in each chain (those are
the little plus signs). The diagrams have a key that shows you what stitch each
symbol represents. Work from the center out, with each round growing in size.
|Joining Two Maggie Wrap Grannies
In the Joining Two Grannies diagram, the bottom motif is
complete and ready to be joined. The inner part of the motif is blank, so you
are not distracted by stitches that don't concern the joining motif. You need only to know where to join on the outer round (the little blue dots on the
bottom motif). The outer blue round on the top motif is the round you work,
joining the complete motif on one side.
The pattern includes diagrams for joining two motifs, then
four motifs. A large schematic illustrates the arrangement of motifs for the
||Katie Bolero by Robyn Chachula
Each pattern is also written out in words, in case the
diagrams make you dizzy. But even if you prefer to follow the written
directions, the diagram can help you visualize the final motif more clearly.
Crochet lace garments worked in heavier weight yarns are the
perfect quick summer project too. I love the Katie Bolero. This beautiful lace
bolero is moving to the top of my crochet queue.
Crochet: Modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter by Robyn Chachula today
and create amazing crochet lace for year-round wear.
P.S. Download the Maggie Wrap pattern for free.