Your Top 5 2018 Spring Crochet Faves from Interweave Crochet

When I first leafed through the pages of Interweave Crochet, Spring 2018, I couldn’t immediately put my finger on what I liked so much about the pairing of the two very different spring crochet pattern collections in the issue: Way Out West and Botanical Spring.

The former is a delightfully rustic story full of rugged texture, bright colors, and geometric tapestry crochet. The latter is a love story to the soft green shoots and buds just starting to make their presence known this time of year.

I finally realized that this gorgeous issue was bringing me straight back to springtime in Tucson, Arizona, where I went to college. The Tucson landscape is dominated by beige 9 months of the year, but in spring, it suddenly becomes a riot of color. The cactus bloom in startling shades of pale yellow, fuchsia, and red, contrasting beautifully against the cool blue-greens of the usual cast of succulent flora.

Your favorite patterns from this issue really highlight this theme of a Southwest spring realized in crochet, and I’m itching to start all five projects. I hope they inspire your spring crochet endeavors as much as they have inspired mine!

Oakley Top by Natasha Robarge

spring crochet

Broomstick crochet combined with a surprisingly silky linen/cotton/nylon blend yarn makes for a delightful, textured top that’s perfect for spring layering. It’s a great pattern for learning the basics of broomstick lace, where you use a large knitting needle, dowel, or yes, a broomstick, to create all that lovely space between stitches.

Difficulty Some concentration required.
Finished Size 35.5 (40, 44.5, 49, 53.5)“ bust circumference. Sample shown measures 35.5”, modeled with 4.5” ease.
Yarn Berroco Mykonos (66% linen, 26% nylon, 8% cotton; 142 yd / 1.75 oz): #8510 Kratos, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.

Sunset Stripes Ruana by Michelle Moore

spring crochet

Rich texture and stripes of bright colors play together perfectly in this cotton/linen blend ruana. You’ll love working the elongated double crochet stitches that give this easy garment so much personality. Fun fringe and a chevron front band finish off the look for an unmistakably Southwestern feel.

Difficulty Some concentration required.
Finished Size 64” chest circumference and 28” long from shoulder. Modeled on a 36” bust.
Yarn Sugar Bush Yarns Cabot (70% Pima cotton, 30% linen; 291 yd / 3.5 oz): #9015 stormy sky (A), #9001 western white (B), #9012 richer rose (C), 2 hanks each; #9006 portage peach (D), 1 hank.

Jade Dress by Natasha Robarge

spring crochet

This beautiful crochet dress is a total showstopper from ruffled hem to flutter sleeves to V-neck, with lots of texture in between. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of crocheting a dress! This design is totally seamless, with simple A-line shaping.

Difficulty Fair amount of focus required.
Finished Size 33 (36, 39, 42, 45)“ bust circumference. Garment shown measures 33”, modeled with 1” ease.
Yarn Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme DK (100% cotton; 230 yd / 3.5 oz): #710 spring green, 5 (6, 7, 7, 8) balls.

Roseate Shrug by Jane Howorth

spring crochet

A gorgeous, airy diamond mesh is studded with the cutest little crochet buds worked onto the fabric as it’s formed in this simple, flowing shrug. It’s worked in a trapezoid shape, then folded in half and seamed to create armholes. Adorable boho chic tassels finish off the look.

Difficulty Some concentration required.
Finished Size 42 (47.25, 52.5)“ wide from armhole to armhole, modeled with a 32” bust.
Yarn Plymouth Yarn Linaza (50% alpaca, 25% linen, 25% Tencel; 440 yd / 3.5 oz): #2130 aubergine, 3 (3, 4) skeins.

Aloe Wrap by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

spring crochet

The cover project for this issue is a real showstopper, with intricate geometric patterning, a unique diamond-pattern edging, and lots of fringe. The finished Aloe Wrap is over 9 feet long, though of course you can make your wrap shorter if you’d like.

Difficulty Fair amount of focus required.
Finished Size 33” wide and 112” long, excluding fringe.
Yarn Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace (100% baby alpaca; 437 yd / 1.75 oz): #1439 granite green, 13 hanks.

Whether your desired vibe this spring is more Southwest or more delicate florals (or both!), Interweave Crochet Spring 2018 has tons of spring crochet patterns to inspire you.

Yours in Stitches,
Andrea


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