Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015

The Interweave Crochet Fall 2015 issue features 22 projects that explore color, texture, and construction. Mad Men-inspired designs have a tailored look with a modern vibe. Designs with side-to-side construction include three tops, a hat, and a pair of socks. A celebration of filet crochet and the pineapple pattern includes shawls and an afghan. Chubby accessories round out the collection to carry you through the fall and into winter.


Everyday Crochet: Mandalas for Marinke
Marinke Slump, known to her online followers as Wink, was beloved by the many people who connected with her online through her crochet blog, A Creative Being. She also struggled with depression. On a Friday night in late June 2015, depression won. One of Wink’s superpowers was bringing the crochet community together. To help honor Wink and celebrate her work, Kathryn initiated the Mandalas for Marinke project, to continue inspiring people while also raising awareness about depression.

Loose Ends: Gifting a Cowler
Here we are again at the precipice of crafting season. There are so many awesome gifts to make, and (suddenly) there’s not so much time. For this issue, Vickie designed a comfy cowl that looks lush but takes less time than you’d think. Crocheted in Patons Uplands—a chunky, tone-on-tone roving yarn—with a size K hook, the Cowler was created with a long gift list in mind. You can make a Cowler in an evening or two—and the buttons make it customizable, so you won’t get bored making multiples!

Chain Male: Focal Points
In this column, Peter gives advice on designing and crocheting for the men in your life. Many men prefer simpler lines, uncomplicated texture, and muted tones. Peter suggests you consider three elements: structure, texture, and color. When we crochet for others, especially men, we have to consider not our preferences but theirs, and when designing for guys, it is often a matter of “less is more.”

Crochet in Greece
In June of this year, Dora Ohrenstein visited Greece for the first time. As always when she travels, she hoped to learn more about crochet. Her explorations into crochet in Greece led her to think about the role of needle arts in societies as women develop new roles in the culture. As women enter the workplace, there is less time for the needle arts, and as women forge new social roles, they tend to distance themselves from traditional women’s work. Perhaps in Greece, as women’s roles outside the home become more solidly established, people may feel more at ease taking up needlework tools to explore the creative and aesthetic satisfactions they offer.

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