5 Interweave Crochet Patterns You’ll Love from 2018

2018 will go down in the annals of Interweave Crochet history as the year of the crochet unicorn head, but there’s so much more to love from a year of wildly popular issues. As Interweave’s social media manager, I love checking Ravelry to find out which projects from an issue resonated most with you, our beloved readers. Sometimes, I’m surprised—how, for example, has no one made the Unicorn Wall Décor yet?—but often, my favorite crochet patterns are your favorites, too!

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Seriously, how has no one made this yet? Will you be the first?

To celebrate the launch of our 2018 digital-issue collection, I went through all four of last year’s issues of Interweave Crochet to find the most popular project from each. Plus, as a bonus, I’ll share my favorite project of 2018 . . . and no, it’s not the unicorn.

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The beautiful Crimson Hooded Cardigan by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby received 587 favorites on Ravelry!

Interweave Crochet Winter 2018: Crimson Hooded Cardigan by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

We kicked off 2018 with a collection of crochet projects themed around Little Red Riding Hood and all things Grimm. Your favorite from the issue was no surprise here: The Crimson Hooded Cardigan was an early top pick and has only continued to grow in popularity. This striking design features a really gorgeous cable pattern on the fronts and hood that calls to mind Little Red’s picnic basket, as well as an unusual Celtic knot cable on the back. My favorite design element, though, is the thumbholes worked into the sleeves that makes them double as mitts!

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What color would you choose for Natasha Robarge’s Jade Dress?

Interweave Crochet Spring 2018: Jade Dress by Natasha Robarge

2018’s spring issue was a botanical wonderland of lace and floral motifs, with a bit of Southwestern flair. We don’t publish a lot of dress crochet patterns in the pages of Interweave Crochet, but this one was too special to pass up, and our readers clearly agreed! The flattering A-line shaping and V-neck are a perfect pairing for the whimsical, romantic flutter sleeves. I challenge you to start this dress now, in time to wear it into the spring and summer!

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Would you make your Yesteryear Top as a crop top, or would you keep stitching for a full length top?

Interweave Crochet Summer 2018: Yesteryear Top by Mimi Alelis

More than 40 people on Ravelry have already made Interweave Crochet Summer 2018’s Yesteryear Top, a wonderfully customizable lace top that you can just keep working until you like the length! Mimi created her original as a crop top, but crocheters on Ravelry have made everything from crop tops to loose-fitting tunics. The pattern also comes in a wide range of sizes, so any crocheter can love this top! A vintage-inspired lace circular yoke is the highlight of this design, incorporating upside-down pineapples into a lovely motif that you’ll enjoy stitching.

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Jane Howorth’s Mondaine Shawl: the jaw-dropping accessory you can stitch in a weekend!

Interweave Crochet Fall 2018: Mondaine Shawl by Jane Howorth

Looking for a high-impact, low-effort project that you’ll be proud to wear out and about? With a simple, two-row pattern repeat made up of long triple-treble crochet fan stitches, the Mondaine Shawl works up so quickly that you’ll be done before you know it! Your many admirers certainly won’t believe how little time and effort it took to make such a stunning piece. The yarn for this project is worth the splurge, as Manos del Uruguay Fino has lovely, subtle color shifts that really bring this pattern to life.

Allow yourself to by mesmerized by the color and texture of the Mandala Cushion by Sandra Eng.

Social Media Manager’s Pick: Mandala Cushion by Sandra Eng, from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018

If you’re a frequent reader, you may know that we love our crochet mandalas here at Interweave Crochet. Sandra Eng has a particularly wonderful way with mandalas. She contributed a number of designs to our book Modern Crochet Mandalas, and this year, she published Crochet Kaleidoscope, a book full of motifs and mandalas that will also teach you tons of fun tricks with color that will totally up your crochet game. Sandra’s Mandala Cushion is not for the faint of heart, with post stitches worked into rounds below requiring lots of focus. However, the resulting depth of texture and color is well worth the effort. What colors will you choose for your cushion?

It was so much fun diving into your favorite projects of 2018. My queue is definitely a few projects longer after this exercise! If these projects caught your eye, I encourage you to check out the other crochet patterns from the issues and see whether the 2018 digital collection is worthwhile for you. You save about $3 per issue when you get all four together, which adds up to getting more than one issue for free. It really is a steal!

Did you see your favorite Interweave Crochet patterns from 2018 in this list? Let us know in the comments which designs or issues you think really stood out last year.

Yours in Stitches,

All photos by Harper Point Photography

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