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!

     I have been searching for the perfect lightweight vest, and the Mermaid Shrug by Kristin Omdahl is perfect. The lacy openwork shell pattern is beautiful and spans the seasons. This shrug is worked from the top down, so you can modify the length for the best fit. I think this design would look stunning at hip length.
This charming, feminine scarf from Interweave Crochet Winter 2013—the Vapor Scarf by Dora Ohrenstein—is an instant-gratification project for winter. Start it now and you can be wearing it in a week or so!

Give yourself a hint of summer in the dead of winter! Crochet a pair (or three) of Strappy Sandals by Brenda K.B. Anderson. These sandals are chic and a fabulous way to showcase the possibilities of crochet. They're made entirely of crochet—even the soles! This is an incredibly popular crochet pattern; make yourself several pairs in your favorite colors!

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!


P.S. Are you bi-craftual? Or tri- or multi-craftual? Leave a comment and share your second love (after knitting, or course!).

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