The Lacier Side of Modern Bohemian Crochet
For an obsessive, creative crafter like Beth Nielsen, crocheting and wearing crocheted looks that are fresh, new and innovative is a must. A thirst for designs that meet this checklist drove her to pen Modern Bohemian Crochet, a hip new look at crochet that provides not only fun crochet challenges, but a satisfying creative experience.
Because summer is nearly here with its sunny days, clear blue skies, and days outdoors, I thought it’d be nice to check out the lacier numbers in Beth’s new book. Lace adds beauty to a crocheted garment while also allowing it to breath. Let’s take a look at three of my favorite lace projects in Modern Bohemian Crochet.
Beth said it best in her intro for this snazzy number: “This cropped tee showcases beautiful linen yarn in a cool geometric pattern. It features raglan-sleeve construction with a keyhole detail in the back and is a great weight for warmer weather.” Besides the keyhole in the back, my favorite part of the garment is the diamond patterned sleeves that juxtapose nicely with the fan stitches that form the body. Like with the other two featured lacy number, this tee can be worn over another piece to give your outfit a touch of spice.
Motifs are not only beautiful, they are easily multiplied and shaped to create stylish garments. Repeated motifs create this easy summer cover-up that can go over a cami or a swim suit. Beth made hers with a fingering weigh silk/extrafine merino blend, which gives it structure, drape, elasticity, and shine that is also breathable and great for warmer days. I love working on motif-based patterns because it is so satisfying to churn out the individual motifs, then stitch them all together into something you can wear and show off or proudly gift to a lucky friend.
The Holland Top is a “showstopper” according to Beth. Create it as a “chic bathing suit cover-up or line it with lightweight fabric and watch it become your go-to summer staple.” The lacy neckline piece and edging work in an contrast color give the garment a pop of interest. Worked in the quintessential summer natural fiber, linen, this project is not only beautiful, but wicks well, washes well, and can last you through the entire season.
Beth really does have a wonderful way of thinking up patterns with plenty of interest that are also fun in the creation. Every one of these patterns is going into my “to make” list. With a long summer ahead, I’m sure we can all find time to make ourselves something lacy. What is on your “to make” list?