4 Stories + 19 Projects = 1 Fantastic Summer with Interweave Crochet!
Some shy away from yarn craft in the summer time, but I believe warm weather is the opportunity for crochet to shine! Lace stitches, flowing garments, and creative accessories are all I need for a summer of incredible stitching. The Interweave Crochet Summer 2018 issue features 4 stories (or themes), 19 projects total, and 1 complete magazine that is sure to inspire you! Read on to learn about the favorite themes that inspired this issue.
1. Sweet Summer Lace
There is something magical about white lacy stitches worked up for summertime! They remind me of the crochet doilies I find all around my grandmother’s house. My Interweave coworkers often joke that if there is any extra white yarn around, they’d better give it to me! That love of white lace was the inspiration for this story, and I’m crazy about all three of the projects! I’ve already finished the Yesteryear Top (yes, in white) and the Ever-New Skirt (this one in forest green), and I’m almost halfway finished with the Time-Honored Sweater. At times I was working on all three simultaneously because I couldn’t choose my favorite. Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
2. Summer Blues
Indigo dyeing is the most popular trend in fiber art today. Have you ever considered applying this blue dye trend to your crochet projects? Now is your chance! In this issue, we walk you through 3 ways to play with dye in combination with crochet. The Blue-on-Blue Sweater starts out with blue yarn that is then overdyed with a darker blue for a stunning effect. The Ombré Baskets are just the project to help you organize your summer yarn, and they’ll help you learn the ombré dye technique that you can then apply to all your favorite crochet projects! Finally, the Shibori Pillow gives you the opportunity to customize motifs for a stylish home accessory. Experiment with clamps, gathers, clips, and more. The article shows the visual effect accomplished with different types of resist dye techniques.
3. From the Tropics
Hemp and raffia bags and accessories are the must-make items for summer! Try your hand at working with these unique fibers with the 4 projects in this story. The First Light Rug uses a unique yarn made from palm plants native to tropical areas of Africa and is sure to become a favorite item in your home. The Light of Day Tote is a stunning accessory that uses yarn made from a combination of abaca and cotton. Abaca is a plant grown in parts of the Philippines and Costa Rica and is often used to make rope due to the strength of its fibers. It can be rough, but this yarn is soft and easy to work with because it combines abaca with cotton. And finally, try your hand at working with hemp! This plant has many uses and is just what you need to create the Basking Crossbody Bag or the incredible Daybreak Espadrilles—the perfect projects to take on a tropical vacation.
4. Midsummer Maritime
The final 9 projects in this issue were inspired by a day on the Mediterranean coast. Make the Aquatic Swimsuit for a day in the water and create the Coastal Tunic or the Pelagic Cover-Up to wear over your favorite swimsuit. Wear the Seafaring Shorts or the Saltwater Top to add some extra style to your beach day attire, cuddle up in the Cruising Wrap or the Going Ashore Shawl if the ocean breeze brings on a chill, and fit all your beach gear into the Sailorly Tote decorated with the lovely Heart of the Sea Keychain.
Which project from Interweave Crochet Summer 2018 will you start first? Let us know in the comments below, and happy summer stitching!
Editor, Interweave Crochet