On of the most popular patterns in It Girl Crochet, the Shawl Vigne by Natasha Robarge is a gorgeous example of crochet lace. A beautiful geometric repeat creates the fabric of this gorgeous shawl. And edging of flowers adds the final touch. Here is designer Natasha Robarge to share you inspiration for this stunning shawl.
||Shawl Vigne by Natasha Robarge
Shawl Vigne: Inspiration
A few years ago I was at a book store and saw a publication
on Art Nouveau floral ornaments. I was smitten by the lush stylized leaves,
vines, and flowers framed by more vines and flowers. At that time I was
particularly interested in contemporary interpretations of Irish crochet and
could vividly see the images in the book represented in crochet.
In fact I made a doily (at left) in
cord crochet right away based on the picture of a gourd vine.
ornaments continued to "haunt' me. They were too busy for literal
implementation: contemporary designs are more uncluttered, and I began to form
an idea for a simpler crochet canvas framed by an ornate floral frame which is
separated by some geometric lines. Interweave's call for Art Nouveau designs
resonated strongly with this idea and that's how the shawl was born.
Taking It Further
The idea of matching geometric and floral motifs can be
taken further. Imagine a gazebo: square or diamond shaped wooden lattice framed
by free flowing grape or morning glory vines. Orderly and predictable mesh or filet
crochet taken over by the irregular and natural Irish crochet flowers and
leaves or a combination of soft shells. You can change the border of the shawl
or experiment with a scarf or a stole, where the shape is simple and the entire
design focus is on "nature vs. nurture".
A Few Words on Technique
When working with thread, I produce tight snappy stitches to
show off the crispness of the yarn. When working with soft yarns, such as
Malabrigo lace used for this shawl, you want to show off the fluffiness of the
yarn, especially in flower clusters. Work reasonably loose stitches and pull up
loops fully to their desired position (for a double crochet: yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over,
pull up the loop until you can fully see it just above the stitch, keeping the
hook at about 45 degrees downward, yarn over and pull through two loops without
tightening the loops and still keeping the hook at an angle downward, yarn over and
pull through the last two loops bringing the yarn to the full height of the double crochet). Do
not jerk the hook, but rather enjoy the smooth flow of crochet, and those petals
will come out of your hands plump and fluffy.
- Natasha Robarge
website is www.aperfectloop.com. I
teach crochet on Saturdays in a local Hobby Lobby, and the site was primarily
designed with that in mind. I live with my husband and two cavalier king
charles spaniels in Houston. I have a grown daughter and a grandson now. I have
a full time day job, but crochet design is my passion and not a day goes by when
I don't think about a new crochet idea. I love Interweave, and with the limited
time I have, this is my publication of choice where I submit my designs for