on crochet

Jul 20, 2017 :: by Leila Raabe

We've had crochet on our minds lately—our next collection is coming up, and we are so close to being able to share them with you—and throughout it all it becomes clear that our love of crochet continues to grow and grow.

When we released our crochet collection last year, we heard from so many of you who shared with us how nice it is to see a spotlight on this often-underestimated sister craft of knitting. That there should be more design support for crochet, and that it would help do away with the assumption that there isn't a whole lot that can be done in crochet. We couldn't agree more.

Don't get us wrong—we love the granny squares, the net-like open mesh formed by working chain spaces into crochet fabric, and even the impenetrable sturdiness of basic crochet stitches in worsted weight or heavier. We love the funky throwbacks to years past, when crochet was unapologetically queen, and when it also cemented, for better or worse, its more stylistically crunchy qualities in the minds of crafters generations on.

Our hope is to keeping showing off how versatile crochet can be, and how—like knitting—it usually comes down to yarn choice, gauge, and their context within the project.

In this post, we take a look back over our past offerings to show its versatility, and just how easy it is to achieve a result that may change the way you think about crochet.

crochet patterns

Top row, left to right:

  • The Pauline hat, in sport weight wool Chickadee, by Rebecca Velasquez
  • Ashlyn Holmes's Grand Isle cowl in fingering weight wool/silk Tern, from last year's Crochet 2016 collection
  • The Haiku shawl by Rebecca Velasquez and also in Tern.

In the middle row:

Bottom row:

  • The Leilani shawl in Piper by Julie Blagojevich, from Crochet 2016
  • Margaux mitts in in Chickadee
  • The Celia shawl in Piper, by Sara Kay Hartmann

the yarns

For the above designs, we kept to the lighter weight yarns to show just how delicate and lovely crochet can be.

From the top, left to right:

  • Chickadee in color Lupine
  • Tern in Aventurine
  • Tern in Stonington

Middle row:

Bottom row:

Here's to the lovely craft of crochet! New patterns are headed our way next week—if you haven't yet, sign up for our e-letter to see each new pattern as soon as they're released. See you then.

P.S. We will always love a good granny square. Here are some Puffin squares from odds and ends that will, eventually, become an afghan:

Related posts in: Ashlyn holmes | Chickadee | Crochet | Designers | Julie blagojevich | Lace | Mitts | Piper | Rebecca velasquez | Retrospective | Sara kay hartmann | Shawls | Sparrow | Tern
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