Editor’s Crochet Favorites
This is a sale you do not want to miss! Have you had your eye on a book, workshop, or magazine compilation? Are you about to head out on a fun summer adventure and need a new project to take with you?
I asked the editorial team from Interweave Crochet and Love of Crochet to share with us some of their favorite books, DVDs, and kits. I added my own, of course and it was incredibly hard to choose just one, but all of their favorites are now on my list as well.
What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments and hurry over to the Crochet Me Shop to pick up a few more favorites at a great price. Don’t forget to use the code FFSUMMER40 for your 40% off.
Toni Rexroat—Online Editor Crochet Me
Textured Tunisian crochet fabric, Tunisian lace, and so much more. I am fascinated with Tunisian crochet. This technique can create warm garments, intriguing lace, and incredible textures. I feel like we are just brushing the surface of what can be creating in Tunisian, and I love designing in it. Whether it is a simple rectangular cowl or scarf or a pair of cozy mittens, Tunisian is easy to shape.
With your copy of the Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide, you can play with thirty-three fabulous Tunisian crochet stitch patterns. Just add your imagination and the sky is the limit.
Marcy Smith—Interweave Crochet Editor
Oh, what a treat! Learning Clones lace from a resident of Clones! Truly, what could be lovelier? You’ll want to pause and listen to Maire Teanor’s lilting voice again and again as she explains how to work the mysterious Clones knot, as well as delightful motifs that you can then combine into your own Clones creation. And it includes the pattern for the fabulous Burano Mask, which I want framed on my wall already.
Rachel Koon—Interweave Crochet Assistant Editor
Crochet Ever After by Brenda K. B. Anderson
I can’t get enough of this fantastic book by one of my favorite designers! The designs are enchanting, the instructions are clear, and the end results are pretty terrific. I love that each project is inspired by a classic fairy tale, but they’re all beautiful-and fun!-enough to stand on their own. I have several in mind for myself (hello, Snow Queen Beret and Little Red’s Infinity Hood!) and quite a few more picked out for my nieces and nephews. Pick up a copy and add a little whimsy to your life!
Jennifer Burt—Love of Crochet Editor
Because of my girly-girl tendencies, I look forward to the warm days of summer, cotton dresses, and strappy sandals (particularly the shoes). Because I adore summer dresses and I work in an office that can be freezing in the summer, dressing for the weather can be a bit of a challenge. I need to be comfortable during the day, but I don’t want to die of heat stroke the moment I step foot outside the office. Needless to say, summer sweaters are my best friend during the summer. Recently I went on a search for the perfect summer sweater pattern, that gorgeous sweater that will keep me cozy and go with every outfit. I can’t tell you how many books and magazines I scoured, not to mention my individual pattern queue and I just could not find what I was looking for (not that I had an exact answer in mind – which could have been part of the problem). But then I found the perfect summer sweater – and the best part is – it’s a KIT!
The Crochet Cosmo Duster is a spectacular lacy design, perfect to go with any of my summer dresses, or as an elegant counter-point to dress up my favorite pair of jeans. I particularly love that this sweater comes in white (my favorite summer color) but I can definitely see that I might want to crochet an additional sweater in a rich jewel tone as well. If you too are on the lookout for the perfect summer sweater, don’t miss out on this brilliant kit!
Jamie Taylor—Love of Crochet Associate Editor
I’ve had my eye on this top for a while now because it combines a few of my favorite things—short row stripes, a fun style, and the beautiful colors of Noro! The yarn handles the color changes for you, and I’m a big fan of any design that makes my stitching a little easier but still works up into an impressive piece. With its airy filet crochet details, playful look, and cool blend of fibers, this top will be perfect for summer!
Lindsay Smith—Digital Content Producer
I love this video with Lily Chin! I’ll admit that “Two-Color Tunisian Crochet In-the-Round” doesn’t sound like the most beginner-friendly or approachable of topics, but I promise you it is. Even if you’ve never had experience with Tunisian crochet before, you’ll learn everything you need to know in this video. Lily guides you through the basic tools and materials and spends time teaching each stitch slowly and carefully with a lot of repetition so you don’t get lost. Not only can you crochet the included cowl pattern with your new skills, but it was inspiring to see all the projects you can make with a little practice. The video is a longer one at 113 minutes, but you can always stop and start. I watched the video all the way through and it didn’t feel like any time at all. I was drawn in to Lily’s quirky sense of humor and the way each stitch builds on the previous lesson. I definitely recommend this video for anyone who’d like to give Tunisian crochet a try.