Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Guest Blogger- Dolin: Modern Crochet

Sometimes crochet gets a bad rap... We have all seen some very regrettable crochet projects: clothing made from granny squares, the afghan made from every color that was popular in the 1970's and we can't forget the dolly ball gown toilet paper roll cover!

I wanted to gather some very modern and not at all regrettable crochet projects/products, in an effort to change how we think about crochet.

The Big Bow cardigan from the Winter 2008 Interweave Crochet magazine.  So cute and simple.  If bows aren't your thing, it can be made without and it still looks great.   Take a look at all the projects for this pattern on Ravelry.  

Then this beautiful afghan (found on Flickr from user Kasaa) that uses an old fashion granny square pattern, but makes it totally modern with the colors used.  

These felted crochet bowls are from Etsy seller Papaver Vert.  This shop has some very simple yet sumptuous crocheted home decor items and they are all made locally in Alameda!

This great felted crochet purse pattern is available from Etsy seller Little Projects.  Such a stylish shape and it looks like you can fit quite a bit inside.  

Hopefully, this has inspired you to take another look at crochet.  If you want to try out your crochet skills on a modern project sign up for our Puff Stitch Beret Class.  This class will be held on two Sundays, 3/21 and 3/28 from 2-4pm and is $60.  Great project for the advanced beginner or intermediate level crocheter.  You will need to bring in approx. 300 yards of fingering weight yarn and a size G crochet hook.  This would also look great in some cotton yarn for the warmer months coming up.  

Happy stitching!

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