Crocheting for Warm Weather Garments
As temperatures increase and those around me sport T-shirts as they walk down the street, I am finally forced to admit that it is time to pack away my warm crochet sweaters. But I am far from altogether eliminating crochet garments from my spring and summer wardrobes. It is time to unpack my summer crochet wardrobe and pattern queue.
When it comes to finding the perfect pieces for a warm-weather crochet wardrobe, one of my favorite tricks is layering. A lightweight crochet shrug or jacket over a tank or tunic can elevate your outfit from ordinary to fashion-forward. Designers Erika and Monika Simmons are experts at creating warm-weather crochet by combining simple double crochet and chain stitches in cutting-edge designs.
Two of my favorites, the Shrunken Jacket with Attached Scarf and the Gypsy Duster with Tassle Tie (below), are both excellent options for summer wear. A large gauge highlights the complexity of even basic crochet stitches while creating an open lacy fabric. These garments are perfect for showing off your crochet, without adding warmth.
You can also use crochet to embellish. A short-sleeve T-shirt gains long sleeves with the addition of simple crocheted extensions in the Remix T-shirt Sleeves. The simple double-crochet patterned sleeves add originality to a plain top while ensuring it remains cool enough for the warm weather.
Don't pack away all of your crochet garments as the weather warms up this year. Download your copy of Double Stitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista today and create a summer wardrobe that will show off the beauty of crochet.