New Month, New Face and a New Crocheted Project!

Apr 1, 2010

Hello fellow crocheters! I am Sarah Read, the latest addition to the Interweave Crochet team. A long-time fan of the magazine and Interweave Press in general, I am thrilled to be assisting Marcy and Toni with keeping Interweave Crochet and Crochet Me fabulous.

I learned to crochet ten years ago and have not been able to put down my hook since, unless I needed both hands to grab more yarn. I love to crochet lace shawls, garments, and strange creatures for my son. I have a particular interest in the history of crochet and the remarkable ways in which crochet was used during the Victorian period. I look forward to sharing my passion for crochet with all of you and hope you'll share yours with me. Here's to the start of a great new friendship!

As crocheters, we can sometimes spend weeks, months, or even years with a single project. It's just part of the fun. But every once in a while, it's nice to sit down and crank out some instant gratification. With warmer weather and travel season approaching, small projects are a crocheter's best friend!

So I've been nosing around for inspiration for projects that won't heat me up or weigh me down. For me, that inspiration often comes from Piecework Magazine's facsimile edition of Weldon's Practical Needlework(Interweave 2004). An hour spent flipping through those volumes and I usually have more ideas that I can shake a hook at. The hard part is weeding out the ambitious, heirloom Victorian hook-work and focusing on a few pretty and practical elements.

This time, my inspiration came from Volume Ten, from the above illustration of a sideboard cloth trim. The picots, arches, loops, and threaded ribbons are, for me, quintessential old-time elegance. So with my crochet thread at the ready, I dove in and came up with this lacy pink bracelet.

There's nothing quite like sitting down after dinner, hook in hand, and having a finished piece before bedtime. (Well, I might have pushed bedtime back a little.) I'm quite fond of this little bracelet, which is good, as I am going to make several of them while I adjust my pattern so that I can share with you! I'll keep you posted about the pattern's development on Crochet Me.

Meanwhile, please let me know where you get your inspiration for small projects. If you need a little help, try a stroll through some back issues of Interweave Crochet or check out the patterns in the Interweave store for  ideas for small projects to keep your hooks happy!

Until next time,

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AnnieBebop wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 6:44 AM

I love that!  What a great idea for a bracelet.  Looking forward to seeing the pattern.

Michelle@91 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 7:15 AM

Ooh, lace! Lace lace lace!  I'm thoroughly addicted to crochet thread and teeny tiny hooks.  Any patterns using thread would be most welcome!

JanisP wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 7:38 AM

This bracelet is truly beautiful. What a wonderful creative way to develop a Victorian cloth trim. I am quite amazed!

I would love to make some of these to wear and share, but I am assuming that very small thread is used. Some of us to do not have the kind of vision that would make this as comfortable as we would like. Even a slight increase in thread size can really make a difference. Maybe you could consider making two versions.--That is just a note for future reference as you share your talent and creativity with us over time at Crochet Me.

BTW, this is just plain so GORGEOUS that I might have to magnify to the max and get some squishy grips for small hooks and try my hands at this anyway, when you share the pattern with us.

Thanks for making our world more beautiful, and our hands more eager to grab our hooks and fly :-)

lolalulu wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 8:23 AM

Hello! Sarah. I always relax and rest my mind when I do some chochet project. It is my sanctuary. I'll keep fallow Crochet me and you.

janine200 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 8:26 AM

Hi Sarah, what a beautiful bracelet! It's nice to "meet" you, I love your writing style :o)

on Apr 1, 2010 8:33 AM

I love LOVE this bracelet. I taught myself to knit and crochet a couple of years ago after surgery required downtime. Now, I can't seem to put my hooks and needles down...even though I work full time. Sarah, the bracelet project is exactly the type of things I want to learn and do... headbands, necklaces, anything delicate and lacey. Thank you so much. You have inspired me even more.

Ramona@4 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 8:57 AM

My inspiration comes from fashion magazines, television, what people actually wear day-to-day that works, yarn texture and color, pictures, patterns - and what anyone else is working on.  Instead of your bracelet, I see the insert for a crocheted summer top or little girl's dress.  (Bracelet is awesome, but why stop there?!)  Make the "bracelet" big enough to go around the rib cage, then attaching to the points, crochet upwards to cover the bust (halter or tank style?), and down until you have satisfied the wearer's sense of modesty!  I knit and crochet, and have so many ideas and projects (and yarn stash!) that I need two lifetimes to get them all done!

TerryD@9 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 9:35 AM

Hi Sarah,

I love creating lacey,  gorgeous thread crochet "anythings".  My inspiration comes from doilies, collars, lace and other items I find in antique stores and things passed down from great aunties and grandmas.

I'm looking forward to your seeing your "inspirations" :)

nan@50 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 9:38 AM

Welcome Sarah!  I'm happy to see another lace addict !! I look through scarf and afghan books, and then adapt to make prayer shawls.  I did find a pretty cute lace scarf pattern, with diamond patterns, but I didn't need a scarf.  What I needed was an afghan for ME (believe it or not, something for MOI!!), so I'm making  11 scarves, will crochet them together, and have a pretty and unique afghan! I'm just finishing strip #9, so will be done soon and can hardly wait to see how it turns out!

rmginny wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 10:46 AM

Love it!  Love it!  Love it!  What a great idea!  Hurry, hurry w/pattern.  Diving into my collection of inspiration and stash while I await a proven item--must plant, must plant.  When brain clears will innovate.  Thanks.

mountyjoy wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 11:03 AM

Oh, that's beautiful!  How creative you are!  I spent years crocheting doilies and lace trim until my kids pleaded with me to stop as every available surface was already covered and trimmed!

I think that bracelet in white would be beautiful for a bride, and perhaps it could be lengthened to make a gauntlet type piece for a slim-handed bride?

Keep up the great work!  I'll be watching for more!

June@32 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 11:24 AM

Welcome, Sarah! Reminds me of things my dear grandmother used to make - I have inherited her tiny hooks (not sure about the talent that went along with them)and can hardly wait to try your patterns. Lovely!!

Debra_A wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 11:54 AM

Sarah, your bracelet is lovely and feminine.  I have to tell you, though, my first thought when I saw it was "are there beads at the ends of those points?"  So you know what I'm going to do when I get a chance to make this...  Nice work.

surlevent wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 12:45 PM

What a great newsletter!!  I look forward to reading each one as they arrive to my desktop!  And the bracelet...beautiful!  And Sarah, you are a great writer.

coolcrochet wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 12:47 PM

the bracelet looks great so far! I also cannot seem to put the hook down, it has been 5+ years-I call it making up for lost time. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration! Happy Yarning!

Cutsie1 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 1:54 PM

Welcome Sarah! I love lace crochet and knitting, too. They are my passion. I get a lot of m y crochet and knitting inspirations from looking through antique patterns available on Gutenberg and othe sites. The Victorinan designs were so intricate and well thought that I find myself borrowing motifs and putting pieces together from them. It's also a lot of fun to turn older camisole, collar, and insert designs into something else.

CarolH@43 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 5:09 PM

Your sweet little pink bracelet is delightful!  Am looking forward to the teen granddaughters would love a batch of all the colors in the rainbow!!


PjB@2 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 5:32 PM

The bracelet is sweet.  I will be looking forward to the pattern as I have two 13-year-olds who might like one.  Thank you for sharing.     pj

comette wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 5:48 PM

Welcome Sarah! I'm looking forward to the articles you will share with us. I don't have a lot of crochet experience, but I like the dainty look of Victorian crochet lace and Irish crochet. I seem to do better with charts since I can't always wrap my brain around the written directions. Thanks! ~Christine.

JenniferS@2 wrote
on Apr 1, 2010 8:38 PM

Ooooooh!  Lacy shawls!  Can we hear about your work with those some time, please?  Do you have favorite patterns, and/or have you designed some of your own?  What shapes do you think are most useful/wearable, what different ways to wear/style/arrange them?  Ideas for warmer weather wear vs. colder weather shawls?   Also, very nice bracelet!  Have a great week!

Cazzyline wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 4:26 AM

Greetings from England - love your style, very inviting - as proof, I don't usually leave a comment on anything!  

I'm fairly new to crochet (just under a year?) but I'm addicted.  Most of the things I have made so far have been for a specific person, e.g. Christmas presents, newborn nephew.  My inspiration comes from the person, the materials I have available, the couple of books that I have and a lot of meandering round the internet.  

Site A links to site B and then reminds me of something in a book... and with the encouragement I get from the newsletters I tried putting a stitch pattern from the book onto the design of A and turn it into a blanket that B gave me the idea for! But without supportive and chatty new friends like you, I wouldn't have had the guts to try!

on Apr 2, 2010 9:37 AM

Hi Sarah:

Thanks for a great project inspiration. I just "whipped up" some 100% cotton dishcloths a la instant gratification. They were knitted with a crochet edge. You could also crochet the entire piece. Fun, easy and quick!

Sarah Read wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 9:55 PM

Thank you for the warm welcome, everyone!

Evansmemaw wrote
on Apr 2, 2010 10:26 PM

Very nice. Do you have enough left over lime green to make me one with a black band?

That would look so cool!

There are some new lime green Dansko sandals this year, too. Oh my.

Love, beemom

suki146 wrote
on Apr 3, 2010 6:42 AM

Well, I guess I am not the only one am I to say I absolutely love this little pink bracelet !  As with so many others I will be looking forward to the pattern.  Nice to meet you and hope you have many happy years with all your new fans !!

Genevive wrote
on Apr 10, 2010 6:28 PM

Not addicted to 'teeny tiny hooks"!  But I really admire those who use them!!! Beautiful bracelet and design!

on Apr 13, 2010 10:58 AM

I would love to make this bracelet - where can I find the pattern?

Sarah Read wrote
on Apr 13, 2010 12:34 PM

Hey guys! The pattern is in the testing process, which may take a little while. But I have more adventures planned for the meantime.  ;)

D.B wrote
on May 20, 2010 1:35 PM

This is the pattern ready yet???

mozarella wrote
on Jul 6, 2010 5:53 AM

very beautiful really beautiful thank you for your information

Totaty wrote
on Aug 15, 2010 5:08 PM

How great they are ,,

Would like to try it ,,

Can you post the pattern ??

Thanks ,,

thatlinda wrote
on Jan 2, 2011 4:46 PM

I have been looking for Nicole's Cap and cannot find the pattern. Where do i go for it.

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