Proud to Be Bi-Craftual
Sometimes I like to work on a project that's not knitting. I know. Blasphemy.
But I need to get my craft on in multiple platforms! Along with knitting, I enjoy papercrafting, cross-stitch, crochet, and sewing. I went to a scrapbooking retreat a couple of weeks ago, and I'm looking forward to my knitting retreat at the end of the month. I'm lucky, I know. We have a fabric project planned for the retreat—making wallets out of batik fabric—and I'm really looking forward to it.
There are so many opportunities available in the craft world, and I'm someone who likes to take advantage of that!
Knitting and crochet at sisters, and I think it's important to learn how crochet projects can enhance your wardrobe. Crochet isn't just for afghans or toys, although those things are wonderful, it's a fabulous medium for garments and accessories. It's also key to know some basic crochet stitches to use when finishing your knitting projects! Some patterns call for crochet edging or single-crochet button loops for example.
I wanted to show you some beautiful crochet work, and who better to share crochet patterns than Crochet Me editor Toni Rexroat? I asked Toni to share a few of her favorite patterns from the last few issue of Interweave Crochet, and here they are!
|Simple granny square bracelet|
One of the wonderful things about crochet is that it can look very complex, but actually be easy to work—similar to knitting. Practice doing some granny squares, and soon you'll be able to move on to bigger projects. I actually made a baby blanket by working one huge granny square. I was able to use so many colors and the mommy and baby loved it.
A great beginning project is a granny square bracelet, such as the one shown at right. Using DK or sportweight yarn, simply crochet four or five granny squares, seam them together, and you're done! Use a metallic yarn for the center section—that's what I'd do!
If you're interested in expanding your craft repertoire, subscribe to Interweave Crochet today. I know you'll love dipping your toes into crochet as much as I do!