I love a pattern that takes me on a crochet adventure and changes the way I think about constructing a finished piece. I’m grabbed by patterns tagged “one piece” and “worked flat” and, that sweet and sassy word, “seamless.” That’s what I discovered in many of this month’s newly released patterns. I found myself fascinated by the way the designers chose to approach their creations and stretched my thinking about constructing tops, cardigans, and shawls. At first glance, I thought the patterns were constructed one way but after reading through them, I learned that they’re actually constructed another exciting way, and I can’t wait to give them a try. Here are some of the patterns that I just had to share with you.
Shirt Favun by Müllerei Handarbeitsallerlei
WOW! This oversized asymmetrical top is made as one piece, then partially seamed into shape with edging around the cuff of second arm hole. It’s gorgeous pictured here with a gradient but would also be fun with a few skeins of speckled yarn. It’s a stash buster using 1,100 to 1,650 yards of fingering weight yarn. Can’t you just see yourself wearing this with a pair of capris and sunglasses?
Twisted Lattice Top by Sarah of I Need It Crochet
This elegant top can easily be dressed up with a skirt or worn with a favorite pair of jean shorts on the Fourth of July. At first glance, I thought it was crocheted top down, but it is actually constructed from the bottom up. It’s also worked flat, then seamed up the sides, and is just the right type of project for a beginner looking to stretch their legs by making a garment as well as for the experienced crocheter looking for their next summer project.
Turquoise Crochet Cardigan by Julia Suslova
Conversation starter! Julia Suslova’s unique use of post stitches creates this zigzagged cardigan that is both textured and lacy. You’ll be entranced by how the pattern is made. The directions include charts, which I always find very helpful, along with detailed written instructions for sizes small to 3X. Be prepared for people to stop and ask you for the name of the pattern.
Lacy Spring Cardigan by Michelle Sentry Box Designs
Cardigans and I are BFF’s and this oversized lacy piece can be made with warm weather friendly fibers to be worn in the summer (it’s made here with a cotton and linen blend) or scrumptious wools for fall and winter wear. I love this picture showing how the two pieces of the sweater are seamed together down the back adding to the cardigan’s character.
Flower Dew Shawl by Ana D
At first glance, I thought the Flower Dew Shawl was a boomerang shape. I’ve made several different patterns in the past that start with just a few stitches and bloom into an asymmetrical marvel with panels of lace. I was both right and wrong. While Ana’s design grows as the rows go by, the finished project ends up being more triangle shaped than boomerang. This clever design frames the flowing sections of lace with solid, double crochet making it a stylish summer accessory.
Infinity Spring Shawl by Briana K Designs
Most of the crescent shaped crocheted shawls I have made begin in the center and go out, which is how I thought the Infinity Spring Shawl was constructed. To my surprise, the pattern begins at one end, gets wider, and then narrows again creating a cable along the way. If you’ve never crocheted with cables, this is a great pattern to try out the technique. Two skeins of that DK weight you’ve been patiently waiting to use from your stash will do the trick!