Gifts are in the Bag

A few weeks back, I told you all about selecting my go-to pattern for holiday gifts. I perused our four issues of Interweave Crochet Accessories (which are now bundled conveniently on a single DVD) and came up with a few options.

One of the options was Sarah's Steampunk Collar by Brenda K. B. Anderson. (I pretty much love anything Brenda designs.) I like this collar because it gives just enough warmth, right where the cold wind tries to get at the nape of your neck. It's something like a dickie, but not, you know, dorky. No, indeed, it's elegant and ever-so-slightly nerdy in the way that Steampunk is.

Now, I have this problem when I find a pattern I like: I just keep making it. Beyond the need, even. I needed three collars, one each for my three friends. Before I could stop myself, I had half a dozen. Here's a look:


This is made with Berocco Flicker. It's is soft and elegant and has a bit of bling in it.

This collar, crocheted in Universal Classic Shades Frenzy in color Cellar Door, is exuberant and cozy.


This collar worked in Universal Wisdom Yarns Poems Silk in Wildberry is like a blend of the first two collars—it's colorful in an understated sort of way.


I love the way the swirl unfurls in this collar worked in Malabrigo Worsted in Stonechat.


This collar worked in Brown Sheep Yarn Top of the Lamb Worsted is heavier; it required fewer rows and the same number of stitches yielded a wider piece of fabric. The end result is a taller and somehow, even more Steampunk collar.



This ooh-la-la collar is worked in Hikoo Tiara (distributed by Skacel) in Gun Metal Grey. It is light and fancy and is just dying to go to a candlelit holiday event.


The candlelight will show off its twinkly sequins and pearls.

So, there you have it: My go-to pattern for 2014. If you want to make this collar, you'll find the pattern in the store.

If this collar is not your cup of tea, however, you are certain to find your go-to pattern among the other 191 patterns in the Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010-2014 Collection.

Happy crocheting!


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