Today I am being featured by Robyn Chachula on her special blog series about her beautiful new book, Vintage Modern Crochet!
The book is a wonderful collection of 20 patterns by Robyn and a host of other designers in the industry, including myself. Robyn approached us to design patterns inspired by different lace crochet techniques. She wanted us to interpret them in a new modern way.
I have always loved pineapple crochet, so designing for this technique was a given for me! Pineapple lace is traditionally crocheted in thread, and I think that crocheting it with a heavier yarn magnifies the effect of its beauty. I designed the Kidwell Wrap with that in mind. The shape of the motifs when joined gives the wrap its unique edging, and the bold finishing touch of tassels makes this wrap stand out from the crowd.
I recently got the sample back, and I can't wait for the cold weather to be able to wear it!
The second design I have in the book, is the Bow Tie Necklace
I love simple statement jewelry, and I have an affinity for bows. Filet crochet is such fun to do and this project is perfect for trying out the technique! Once your mind starts thinking in blocks, the pattern is smooth sailing! There are two versions of the necklace in the book, one with crocheted cords, and one with purchased chain, jump rings, and clasp. That way you can choose the look you like best, and if you just want to make the necklace with thread you already have, you can crochet it entirely from thread without having to purchase any additional supplies.
|Bow Tie Necklace
My favorite color to wear is black. Remember my post about crocheting with dark thread, well... I decided that if I had a black Bow Tie Necklace, that it would be a "go to" necklace for me! I wanted a little smaller version of the Bow Tie, so I crocheted it from DMC Pearl Cotton 8, and used a size 1.25 hook. I used the same written instructions as in the book, and it came out the perfect size! I had a black velvet necklace cord, so instead of crocheting cords or using chain, I decided to thread the Bow Tie onto the cord instead. My goal was achieved, and I have really been enjoying wearing the necklace!
|Mini Bow Tie Necklace
Interweave/ F+W Media has graciously offered to do a GIVEAWAY of a digital copy of the book to one lucky reader of my blog! All you have to do is comment below with the best way to contact you i.e. email,or Ravelry username, and tell me what type of crochet lace technique is your favorite. I will choose a winner randomly next thursday morning. Good luck to all who enter!