Crocheting Lace for the Summer

Last week the temperature in my house reached a sweltering 85 degrees. As I looked from my thermometer to my latest wool crochet project, I realized two things. First, I need a new air conditioner, and second, I need to start a new summer project. So I pulled out my Interweave Crochet Spring and Summer back issues.

Lace, to my mind, is the perfect summer project.I have always been drawn to the delicacy crocheted lace. Often worked in a fine yarn or thread, crocheted lace is the perfect showcase for the delicate and intricate stitches of crochet. And it was the lace that first drew me to Robyn Chachula's Petal Pullover from the Interweave Crochet Spring 2011 issue. This all-over lace pullover is perfect for a pair of jeans or a skirt and can be worn over a t-shirt, cami, or long-sleeve top when the weather cools this fall. It's so ingeniusly versatile!

The body is worked in the round from the bottom up to the armholes, which means less seaming, and there are stitch diagrams-a big plus for visual crocheters like myself. I especially love the stitch diagrams illustrating the armhole and neck shaping as I would like to raise the neckline in the front by about three-quarters of an inch or 2 rows.

As we all know, the hardest part of crocheting a garment is not allowing it to become a WIP (work-in-progress), and I have heard several of you comment just how much you also love this top. So I am proposing a crochet-along. I loved working with you on the Moth Wings Shrug, and am looking forward to answering your questions and learning new tips and tricks from you as well.

I'll be using the recommended Louet MerLin Sport for my project. This yarn is 60% linen and 40% merino. The linen provides beautiful stitch definition and drape to the lace and the merino provides just the right amount of memory and elasticity. This combination also keeps the finished garment from being too heavy, as would happen with other common summer yarns such as those made with cotton or bamboo.

Here is the supply list and schedule for this crochet-along:

Petal Pullover

Designer: Robyn Chachula
Finished Size: 32 (34½, 37½, 40, 42½, 45½)" circumference to fit 32 (34, 36½, 39, 41¼, 44)" bust circumference. Garment shown measures 34½". Pullover is close fit with 0-1½" of ease.
Yarn: Louet MerLin Sport (60% linen, 40% merino; 250 yd [229 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #48 aqua, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) hanks.Hook: Size G/6 (4 mm) Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Blocking pins, spray bottle, stitch markers (m), yarn needle.
3 shells and 12 rows = 4" in pistachio shell st patt.


CAL Schedule

July 4th – 17th Order yarn and pattern and get gauge.
July 18th – July 24th Work in the round to "Shape right back".
July 25th – August 7th Finish back.
August 8th – August 21st Finish front.
August 22th – August 27th Sleeves
August 28th – September 19th Seaming and finishing.

For a limited time you can even find the Interweave Crochet Spring 2011 issue (with the Petal Pullover and 24 other great spring designs) as well as other back issues on sale at the Crochet Me Shop. So pick up your copy of Interweave Crochet Spring 2011 today and join us for the Petal Pullover Crochet-along.

Best wishes,

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