I’m very excited to have two projects featured in the Summer 2011 Issue of Interweave Crochet!
First is the Zipline Shell, an easy to work tank that has minimal shaping. I made the sample with Tahki Stacy Charles Cotton Classic Lite, which is a great sport weight mercerized cotton. As I’ve said before, thinner yarn= prettier garments when it comes to crochet, especially for the summer time. This one would be easy to modify if you wanted to add more shaping, because solid sections of stitches are worked between each lace column–but I find that I always have to adjust the shaping for my body anyway, so I kept this one simple. I’d like to make one for myself just as soon as I have the time, maybe in Cascade Ultra Pima.
Here’s a picture of my friend Flor wearing it before I sent it off–funny to see the difference on two bodies, no? Also note the seasonal change of the photos. Wink.
My second design is set of sculptural lace Azaelea Bowls. This is the same pattern worked in two different yarn weights, then stiffened with sugar and water. I’m thrilled that Interweave has started including more stitch diagrams, and this bowl has both written and diagrammed instructions–yeah! These bowls always amaze people when they pick them up and feel how sturdy they are, and they’re a quick and inexpensive gift, too!
The issue is full of gorgeous designs, so be sure not to miss it! I’m particularly fond of Anastazia Cruz’s Pine Cone Top, Sharon Falkner’s Riverwalk Wrap (I want to make this one!) and Natasha Robarge’s Swannanoa Skirt.
I’m off to TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association trade show) this weekend, for more inspiration + fun with my fellow yarnie folks. I can’t wait! I’ll be signing copies of Little Crochet at the Unicorn booth on Sunday at 2PM, if you’ll be there, please stop by and say hello!