Making Traditional Crochet Modern

We asked Toni Rexroat, online editor of CrochetMe, to share some of her favorite vintage-inspired designs from recent issues of Interweave Crochet.

Eolande Shawlette by Kathryn White, Interweave Crochet Summer 2014 

One of my first crochet projects was a filet-crochet dresser scarf for my mother. It was a very traditional ivory rose design—gorgeous and vintage. It still holds a place of importance on my mother’s dresser, and I still love the look of thread filet crochet. But filet-crochet home decor never blended with my design style. While I continued to admire filet crochet, I unfortunately did not spend much more time with this beautiful technique—until I opened the pages of the Summer 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet that is.

The Eolande Shawlette by Kathryn White is a stunning example of beaded filet crochet. Kathryn included many vintage filet designs and combined them with a gorgeous beaded edging. And while the basic filet design is traditional, the shawl design fits in wonderfully with my modern wardrobe. That combination of historical and contemporary is a perfect example of the evolution of crochet. The stitches and techniques are not static but continue to grow and change.

Equipoise Beret by Lily Chin, Interweave Crochet Fall 2013 

Another traditional technique that is enjoying renewed popularity is Tunisian crochet. Despite its long history, Tunisian crochet patterns were, for many years, hard to find outside of vintage patterns books like Weldon’s Practical Needlework. Now in Interweave Crochet you will find sweaters, hats, blankets, and more.

Jonas Sweater by Amanda Saladin, Interweave Crochet Winter 2014 

And designers are taking the technique a step farther, playing with crisp stripes in the Jonas Sweater and double ended Tunisian crochet with the Equipoise Beret. I am especially impressed that Tunisian crochet can create a beautiful fabric that is dense and warm. In fact, I have been accused of being addicted to Tunisian crochet.

There is the timeless saying that everything old is new again, and crochet techniques never go out of fashion. Discover traditional techniques and modern designs by subscribing to Interweave Crochet today.

Best wishes,

P.S. Let us know in the comments what traditional crochet technique you would like to see highlighted in modern designs.

P.S.S. Thank you to all who entered your Weldon’s-inspired project photos in our Victorian Needlework Skills Contest. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner Elizabeth Hartsell! She will receive the new Weldon’s Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition box set.