Interweave Crochet Winter 2017: Earthen Wear

Tunisian crochet, chevrons, and cables have big impact in ponchos, ruanas, and more.


Expedition Poncho by Annette Hynes

Drawn from the Trip Around the World quilt pattern, this poncho features mitered squares of Tunisian simple stitch worked in both variegated and solid yarns. Each square is worked from previous squares, moving toward the center to minimize seaming.

Difficulty Fair Amount of Focus Required

Finished Size 27” square.

Yarn Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine (50% superwash wool, 30% nylon, 20% super-fine alpaca; 433 yd [400 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]: #12172 cobalt mix (A), #1275 pea soup mix (B), #12178 grape- fruit mix (C), #12180 grove mix (D), #1292 tiger’s eye mix (E), 1 hank each.
Berroco Sox (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon; 440 yd [406 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]: #1404 Padarn (MC), 3 balls.

Hook Size I/9 (5.5 mm) Tunisian hook, I/9 (5.5 mm) 32” Tunisian cable hook, 7 (4.5 mm) standard hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain gauge.
Notions Yarn needle; stitch markers.

Gauge 19 tss and 20 rows = 4”. Mitered square = 2.5” square.


Herringbone Ruana by Annette Hynes

This rambling ruana is crocheted in chevrons of slip stitch with blocks of desert colors based on Fibonacci numbers. The narrow strips are crocheted together with single crochet on both sides for reversibility. The pattern is easily adapted to make a cozy throw.

Difficulty Some Concentration Required

Finished Size 32” wide and 59” long.

Yarn Universal Yarn Deluxe Chunky (100% wool; 120 yd [110 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]: #71006 white ash (A), #13203 channel (B), #22281 clay (C), 3 hanks each.
Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted (100% wool; 220 yd [201 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]: #41145 cappuccino (D), 2 hanks.

Hook Sizes L/11 (8 mm) and H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Yarn needle.

Gauge 8 sl sts = 2” and 8 rows = 2.25”.


 Pioneer Pullover by Jill Hanratty

Two panels crocheted from the bottom up give this pullover a quick start. The remainder of the body is crocheted from side to side from the center outward. A tie front finishes the rustic look.

Difficulty Fair Amount of Focus Required

Finished Size 38 (42, 46, 52, 54)” bust circumference. Sample shown measures 42”, modeled with 10” ease.

Yarn Green Mountain Spinnery Alpaca Elegance (50% alpaca, 50% ne wool; 180 yd [165 m]/2 oz [58 g]; #7978 chai (MC), 7 (8, 9, 10, 10) skeins; #7559 rosehip (CC), 1 skein.

Hook Size H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Yarn needle; stitch markers.

Gauge 4 shells and 8 rows = 4” in patt.


Pachamama Pillows by Nicoletta Tronci

Large rustic pillows worked with bulky wool add punch to any décor. The front side is festooned with cables worked in the round, and quick-to-work double crochet finishes the back.

Difficulty Fair Amount of Focus Required

Finished Size 18” square.

Yarn Patons Uplands (50% wool, 50% acrylic; 99 yd [90 m]/3.25 oz [90 g]: #98003 gold and stone mix, 5 balls.
Patons Classic Wool Roving (100% wool; 120 yd 109 m/3.5 oz 100 g; #77040 dark gray, 5 balls.

Hook Size L/11 (8 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Yarn needle; 17” × 17” pillow forms.

Gauge 9 sts = 3” and 3 rnds = 4.5” in patt.


Striated Hat and Slouch by Brenda B. Anderson

A bulky yarn worked in a slip-stitch pattern that mimics knitting has a surprising amount of drape and elasticity because of the large hook used. The corrugated look is made by working alternating rounds with the wrong side facing then the right side facing.

Difficulty Some concentration required

Finished Size About 17.5 (19, 21)” ribbed band circumference and 11.5 (14, 14)” tall, gently stretched, to fit a head circumference of 17–19 (19–21, 21–23)”.

Yarn Bernat Roving (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 120 yd [109 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]: #00011 bark or #00435 raspberry, 1, (2, 2) skein(s).

Hook Sizes K/10.5 (6.5 mm), Q (16 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Stitch marker; yarn needle.

Gauge 4 sts = 1.5” and 16 rows = 4” in sl st ribbing patt with smaller hook. 10 sts = 4” and 3 ridges = 3.75” in sl st ridge patt with larger hook.


Rustic Seat Cover by Mary Beth Temple

Worsted yarn in rich colors enables you to freshen up your seating area in a flash. Post stitches add spikes of color in the granny square motif.

Difficulty Some Concentration Required

Finished Size About 11.5” square, excluding edging.

Yarn Lion Brand Yarns Heartland (100% acrylic; 251 yd [230 m]/5 oz [142 g]: #105 Glacier Bay (A), #124 Big Bend (B), 1 skein each.

Hook Size J/10 (6 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Yarn needle.

Gauge 14 sts = 4” and 3 rnds = about 4.5” in diameter.


Diamondback Tote by Nicoletta Tronci

The textured pattern of this roomy tote is created with tapestry crochet. A large pom-pom adorns this quick-to-crochet bag.

Difficulty Some Concentration Required

Finished Size 16” wide and 12” tall, excluding handles.

Yarn Brown Sheep Company Cotton Fleece (80% cotton, 20% merino wool; 215 yd [197 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]: #CW-625 terracotta canyon (MC), 2 skeins; #CW-380 dusty sage (CC1), #CW-825 truffe (CC2), #CW-505 silver blueberry (CC3), 1 skein each.

Hook Size 7 (4.5mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Yarn needle; 15” × 1.25” corrugated plastic strips, 2; pom-pom maker (optional).

Gauge 7 sts and 9 rows = 4” in tapestry dc.


Red Rock Scarf by Moon Eldridge

This generous Tunisian crochet scarf worked in two colors has a woven look, with blocks defined by Tunisian double crochet stitches. This scarf is perfect for both men and women.

Difficulty Some Concentration Required

Finished Size About 12.5” wide and 60” long.

Yarn Classic Elite Yarns Telluride (82% super ne alpaca, 12% linen, 6% Donegal; 182 yd [166 m]/1.75 oz [50 g]: #2958 crimson (MC), 4 skeins; #2975 mouse (CC) 2 skeins.

Hook Sizes G/6 (4 mm) Tunisian crochet hook; size D/3 (3.25 mm) regular hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Yarn needle.

Gauge 24 sts and 22 rows = 4.5” in scarf pattern with Tunisian hook.


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