Crochet Patterns to Hop on Hot Warm-Weather Trends
Crocheters know that granny squares and pineapple lace are never out of fashion, but it has been so fun to see crochet all over the runway this season! If your wardrobe needs a fresh hit of DIY as warmer weather rolls in, check out these trendy, customizable crochet patterns, curated to help you emulate enviable warm-weather trends while learning techniques you can apply elsewhere.
All these patterns are from 2018, which might seem strange until you consider that Interweave Crochet editor Sara Dudek is so incredibly fashionable that the trends are just now catching up to her. The great news for you: You can get all six patterns for a steal. The Interweave Crochet 2018 Digital Collection includes all four issues from 2018 for just $20! Soak up some sun and inspiration with me!
Trend 1: Embroidered Embellishments
Get It on the Hook: Flourishing Purse by Brenda K. B. Anderson from Interweave Crochet Spring 2018
I know this looks intimidating. But if you have any embroidery skills at all, you can make a version of this, I promise. The pattern includes an easy technique to embroider on crochet using a piece of purchased lace as a template. It’s way simpler than you think. Challenge accepted?
Technique You’ll Learn: Embroidery on crochet
Recommended Yarn: DMC Natura Just Cotton (100% cotton; 170 yd/1.75 oz): #03 sable, 3 balls (affiliate link).
Trend 2: Crochet Swimwear
Get It on the Hook: Aquatic Swimsuit by Isa Catepillán from Interweave Crochet Summer 2018
Crochet swimsuits line the aisles at big-box stores, but think how cool it would be to make your own! This pattern was designed by a designer who makes crochet wedding dresses and runway fashion, so you know it’s legit. The design flatters a wide range of shapes and sizes. If you’re feeling insecure, remember that everyone’s just looking at your gorgeous stitchwork!
Technique You’ll Learn: Getting a great fit for your body
Sizes Available: A (B, C, D, E) cups; high hip to fit 27 (30, 33, 36, 39.5)” circumference (adjustable). Sample shown measures A cup, top and bottom to fit 27” with 5.5” and 4.5” negative ease, respectively.
Recommended Yarn: Circulo Yarns Anne (distributed by Plymouth Yarn) (100% mercerized cotton; 371 yd / 3.5 oz): #2859 navy, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) balls
Trend 3: Indigo
Get It on the Hook: Ombré Nesting Baskets by Brenda K. B. Anderson from Interweave Crochet Summer 2018
Indigo never goes out of style, but there are tons of indigo tie-dye items and custom-dyed jeans on the runway this season! A fun way to “dip” into dyeing is to use store-bought indigo and simple projects, such as these baskets. We’ve got complete dyeing instructions for you to follow along, so you’ll be sure to get a great result if you follow your safety tips! Now, to decide what you’ll put in each size basket . . .
Technique You’ll Learn: Dip-dyeing with indigo
Recommended Yarn: Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton (distributed by Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre) (100% cotton; 109 yd / 1.75 oz): #212 poplin, 3 (4, 6) balls.
Trend 4: Custom Insets
Get It on the Hook: Santa Fe Vest Backing by Sara Dudek from Interweave Crochet Spring 2018
This is an ingeniously simple idea to dress up any of your clothes in need of a refresh. This particular pattern is for a vest with a rectangular panel on the back, which you simply cover with tapestry crochet. But there are tons of modifications and other applications possible. Imagine jeans with tapestry crochet back pockets! Learn the basics and start experimenting.
Technique You’ll Learn: Tapestry crochet
Recommended Yarn: Red Heart Yarns Super Saver (100% acrylic; 364 yd /7 oz): #316 soft white (MC) and #321 gold (CC), 1 skein each (affiliate links).
Trend 5: Hemp and Other Plant Fibers
Get It on the Hook: Daybreak Espadrilles by Brenda K. B. Anderson from Interweave Crochet Summer 2018
You might feel that crocheting shoes beyond a flip-flop strap is beyond you. But this is a really cool pattern that confident beginning crocheters can totally tackle. You’ll work with hemp, an almost completely inelastic fiber. That might sound like a bad idea for shoes, but the stitch pattern is so stretchy that you can actually get a fantastic fit.
Technique You’ll Learn: How to work with hemp yarn
Sizes Available: EU women’s sizes 35–37 (38–39, 40–42); U.S. women’s sizes 5–7 (7.5–9, 9.5–11).
Recommended Yarn: Hemp Traders Hemp Twine 1 mm (100% hemp fiber; 143 yd / 3.5 oz): natural, 2 balls.
Trend 5: Western Accents
Get It on the Hook: Belle Necklace and Cuff by Joyce Geisler for Interweave Crochet Spring 2018
If you’ve got most of the pieces ready for a Western ensemble, here’s the perfect crochet jewelry set to take your look to the next level. Use crochet thread for a lacy, delicate look that attracts the eye, and incorporate a few shiny buttons and accent colors to match your bandana.
Technique You’ll Learn: Front post treble crochet
Recommended Yarn: Lizbeth Size 10 Thread (distributed by Handy Hands) (100% Egyptian cotton; 122 yd / 7/8 oz): cuff: #10-603 ecru (MC), 2 balls; #10-670 Victorian red (CC), 1 ball; necklace: #10-603 ecru (MC) and #10-670 Victorian red (CC), 1 ball each (affiliate link).
Which of these trends is calling your name? Personally, I’ll be trying out the Belle Necklace first, but I’m going to make mine in various colors of DMC Perle Cotton. I’ll let you know how it goes! If you liked these patterns, check out the 2018 digital collection of Interweave Crochet to save $4 per issue. Be sure to share your own works from the in progress and finished objects with us on Facebook, Instagram (@interweavecraft), and Ravelry!
Yours in Stitches,
Featured Image: Daybreak Espadrilles, Aquatic Swimsuit, Flourishing Purse. All photography by Harper Point Photography.