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Cool Crochet.

Seems like an oxymoron to a lot of people, myself included at times. It’s rough for me to reconcile how exceptionally cool knit patterns often are with how uncool most crochet patterns are.

Luckily for me and many other crocheters out there crochet is having quite the resurgence and the designers out there are upping the ante.

I’d like to share some things that are on my queue or favorites list at Ravelry… to fill in the gaps in me actually not working on many projects right now.

bernadette ambergrin capelet front

Front of capelet...

Designer: Bernadette Ambergen

Pattern: Asymmetrical Capelet

This one actually looks pretty simple to make and it’s so pretty and feminine but modern at the same time. It would be an extra special touch for a crafty bride… I bet it would be no problem at all to dress it up with a shiny or metallic yarn and bead and a beautiful broach instead of a button.

The pattern is $5.00 or buy one already made from the designer’s Etsy store.

 

Crochet Today! pattern by Elena Malo

Layering Cardi by Elena Malo

Designer: Elena Malo

Pattern: Layering Cardi

This pattern was featured in the Jan/Feb 2009 Crochet Today! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to figure out how to lay hands on back issues of this mag… so if anyone knows how, please leave me a note. I’m really interested in taking a crack at this one.

While I was cruising the project profiles for this cardi, I noticed that a few people made it with long sleeves or put more buttons on the yoke. Either way it’s a cool looking sweater and a big step up from Big Bow. 

 

madamecam's Supervillain Sweater

...if only I were a pattern!

Designer: Madame Cam

Pattern: Supervillain

This is one of the coolest sweaters I’ve seen in a crochet pattern; it’s modern, edgy and retro-cool at the same time. This sweater was designed by a teenager (!) who is only really designing stuff for herself but it was too cool not to share in this post about cool crochet. She’s on Ravelry under madamecam and her Urban Armor design is killer. I think it would look better in a solid or better yet a tone on tone (say black velvet and silk) but the bones of an awesome freaking design are there. This young lady give me hope that crochet really can be as killer cool as knitting always seems to be. She could be crochet’s answer to a knitwear design giant like Wenlan Chia.

I hope that more designer’s come up with some really edgy, modern stuff for us crocheter’s because doily sweaters are not it.

Too many projects…

So, I don’t know if anyone else goes through this but I’ve got quite a few projects going. Right now it’s stands at about four or five (I think… I’m not even sure of the count. How sad is that?) and I’m not sure how I’m going to finish them all between my work schedule and the incipient month of grueling writing that is about to ensue (National Novel Writing Month).

My Mom will be here in November as well and I’ve got a cardi to finish for her…

I’ve got that cardi for my friend Jen…

Baby booties for my new nephew, Gabe and for my co-worker Johnny’s baby girl (she’s still on the way)…

A pair of “Turkish” slippers that I think might be for me…

And a little tike cardi for my niece, Taylor…

Plus:

Fingerless gloves for my cousin, Connie…

A pullover for my cousin, Keon…

A hat and scarf set for my brother, Ronald…

And a cape or shawl (I haven’t decided which because I can’t find a pattern I like) for my sister-in-law, Bobby Jean…

 

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Help?

I guess it’s just about plugging away until you get to the end. Better keep that in mind when NaNo comes around in oh… 11 days.

WIP, Part Two (and future projects too…)

In the days leading up to Seattle YarnThings first meeting, I’m working steadily on my cardi and hoping that it comes out resembling something close to designer Julia Vaconsin’s original idea. So far, so good. And the amount of yarn I have is looking pretty fabulous… I don’t think I’m going to run out before I’m finished like I thought I was.

So, now that Big Bow Cardigan is going so well, I’m looking toward my next project already. I’m still enamored of making clothing, which means I’ll probably make another sweater but I also looking at possibly doing a skirt or coat next.

Some possibilities:

Icelandic Turtleneck from Crochet Me edited by Kim Werker

Icelandic Turtleneck from Crochet Me edited by Kim Werker

Or:

Herringbone Skirt by Elissa Sugashita/Knitscene Fall 2007

herringbone-skirt by Elissa Sugashita/Knitscene Fall 2007

It’s kind of a hard decision but those are my top two picks for my next project. In the meantime, I’m continuing on my Big Bow Cardigan and it’s going really well. It’s amazing how calm and peaceful I feel after even a few minutes working on it. It’s nice to have a creative outlet back in my life again.