Interweave Crochet Fall 2017
The day we started sending Interweave Crochet Fall 2017 to design, the entire Interweave office staff was scheduled to meet with our CEO, Thomas Beusse. It was the hottest summer day yet, and fifteen minutes before we were set to gather en masse, the power went out. As we listened to our fearless leader, huddled in the dark with the temperature rising quickly, he asked us to consider the why. Why do we do what we do? Why is it important? Why do our readers buy our magazines?
It was just what I needed to hear in the heat and the darkness, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Sometimes, we can forget about the why. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by to-do lists, work deadlines, the state of the world, the health and well-being of those we love. All of these worries were weighing me down as we headed into that dark and toasty meeting room.
Why do I crochet? Because if I take the time to make something, I feel like I can tackle the world: to-do lists are manageable, deadlines are met, and I see the beauty in everything again. My patience is restored, my irritability is quelled, and my passion for life returns. Those who don’t crochet might think I’m exaggerating its rejuvenating effect, but it really does hold that power for me, and I bet it does for you, too.
This issue is filled with the reasons why I crochet. I adore every pattern. Check out our throwback to the seventies with great patterns that’ll make you want to dig out your rose-colored sunglasses and see the world anew. Find patterns featuring crochet lace in fall colors, including Lisa Naskrent’s newest shawl pattern (if you loved the Water Lily Shawl from Spring 2016, you have to try this one!). And try out the many kinds of cables in this issue. The Ponderosa Headband is perfect for first-time cable-makers. If you think you’ve tried every cable there is, think again! Sue Perez has developed a new cable technique that’s had me walking around the office showing off my cable swatches for months. Finally, Find inspiration from fiber artist Norma Minkowitz and learn about the many materials she has crocheted with.
Bringing inspiration to our readers is why we do what we do, and we’re incredibly lucky. I hope you are as inspired by this issue as I am. Thank you for sharing in the magic of crochet with me!
Associate Editor, Interweave Crochet
Cold Weather Cables
Subalpine Wrap by Kabila Sri Ponnusamy
Try your hand at Tunisian cables in this beautiful wrap. It features a chevron-inspired, repetitive Tunisian cable pattern that will keep advanced crocheters interested but is easy enough for beginners to work.
FINISHED SIZE 17″ wide and 60″ long. YARN Willow Yarns Blossom (60% merino wool, 40% silk; 130 yards [118 m]/1. Oz [50 g]): #0010 emerald, 15 balls. HOOK Size K/10. (6.5 mm), 22″ Tunisian cable hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Cable needle; yarn needle. GAUGE 21 sts and 19 rows = 4″ in patt.
Juniper Cape by Anastasia Popova
This stunning cabled cape is a great addition to any wardrobe. Cables run throughout the body and along the edge of the hood; arms fi t through convenient slit openings. Apply both the zipper closure and the toggles or choose just one to customize your cape.
FINISHED SIZE 20 (22 ½)” neck circumference, 74 ¼ (84 ½)” bottom edge circumference to fit S/M/L (1X/2X). Cape shown measures 20″, modeled with 35. ” bust circumference. YARN Valley Yarns Berkshire (distributed by WEBS) (85% wool, 15% alpaca; 141 yd [129 m]/3. oz [100 g]): #33 olive, 17 (20) skeins. HOOK Size H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle; 1″ shank button, 2; 26″ zipper; sewing needle and coordinating thread. GAUGE 12 hdc and 11 rows = 4″; triple cable (12 sts) = 3″ wide; lg rope (6 sts) = 1. ” wide.
Birch Cable Socks by Brenda K. B. Anderson
These warm, woolly socks are the perfect thing to wear when the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. The cable pattern is rustic enough to be worn by guys and gals alike, and the stitch pattern on the toe and heel provides a little extra cushion in the right places.
FINISHED SIZE 7 ¼ (8, 8 ¾, 9 ¼, 10)” foot circumference; 8 (8 ½ , 9, 9 ½ , 10)” foot length. Sample shown measures 9″ in length. YARN Brown Sheep Company Wildfoote Luxury Sock (75% washable wool, 25% nylon; 215 yd [197 m]/1. oz [50 g]): SY57 cappuccino, 3 skeins. HOOK Size B/1 (2.25 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Stitch markers (m); yarn needle. GAUGE 24 sts and 20 rows 4″ in esc.
Blue Spruce Hat by Sue Perez
This cabled hat may look knitted, but it’s worked entirely with a hook and stitch holders. This exciting new cabling technique uses live loops to produce smooth, curvaceous cables on your crochet.
FINISHED SIZE 18 (21, 24)” in circumference and 9 ¼” long. Sample shownmeasures 18″. YARN Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (100% wool; 123 yd [113 m]/1. oz [50 g]): #1320 spring ice, 2 (3, 3) skeins. HOOK Size H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS St marker (m); yarn needle; bobby pins or stitch holders, 18 (21, 24). GAUGE 14 sts and 14 rnds = about 4″ in hdc/sc background patt.
Pinyon Pullover by Melissa Leapman
Make a classic sweater you’ll be sure to wear for years to come. The Pinyon Pullover features crochet cables, the popcorn stitch, and ribbing on the sleeves and collar. This garment shows off the possibilities of cables beautifully.
FINISHED SIZE 36 ½ (40, 44 ½, 49, 53 ½ )” bust circumference. Sample shown measures 36. “, modeled with 1” ease. YARN HiKoo Kenzie (distributed by Skacel) (50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% alpaca, 10% angora, 5% silk noils; 160 yd [146 m]/1. Oz [50 g]): #1018 seal, 9 (10, 11, 11, 12) balls. HOOK Sizes G/6 (4.25 mm) and H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. GAUGE 14 hdc and 10 rows = 4″ with larger hook. Cable panel = 8 ½ ” wide.
Bristlecone Mitts by Sue Perez
Mini-cables made with an exciting new technique adorn the backs and outline the thumbs of these cleverly constructed mitts crocheted from the bottom up. Stretchy slip-stitch ribbing keeps the top and bottom edges soft and secure.
FINISHED SIZE About 6 (7, 7 ¾ )” hand base circumference and 6 (6 ¾, 6 ¾)” long. YARN Plymouth Yarn Galway Sport (100% wool; 150 yd [137 m]/1. oz [50 g]): #0751 medium grey heather, 1 skein. HOOK Size G/6 (4.25 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS St marker (m); yarn needle; stitch holders or bobby pins, 4–6. GAUGE 18 sts and 14 rows = about 4” in hdc cl background pattern.
Ponderosa Headband by April Garwood
If you are new to crochet cables, this headband is the perfect starting point! Try this classic braided cable pattern in a small project to practice crossing post stitches and cabling right and left. Experienced crocheters can work up this headband quickly and still love the result.
FINISHED SIZE About 4″ wide and 16 (18, 20)” in circumference to fi t 18 (20, 22)” head. Sample shown measures 18″. YARN Sugar Bush Yarns Crisp (100% extra fine superwash merino wool; 95 yd [87 m]/1. oz [50 g]): #2029 lichen, 2 balls. HOOK Size H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle. GAUGE 18 sts and 11 rows = about 4″ in patt.
Moon Ridge Cowl by Jane Howorth
This cozy cowl is long enough to wrap twice around your neck to keep out the cold-weather chills. The ingenious chain-link closure is fun to work and is sure to get noticed.
FINISHED SIZE 10″ wide and 52″ circumference. YARN Cascade Yarns Cloud (70% merino wool, 30% baby alpaca; 164 yd [150 m]/3 ½ oz [100 g]): #2104 golden, 4 hanks. HOOK Size N/P (10 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle. GAUGE 7 sts and 3 rows = 3 ¼” in patt.
Mountainside Scarf by Alla Koval
Worked in one piece lengthwise, this scarf features openwork stitches and a shell pattern. Loops of chain stitches worked down one side of the piece create a striking contrast to the shell stitches; picot trim adorns the straight edge.
FINISHED SIZE About 64″ long and 8″ wide, excluding fringe. YARN Universal Yarn Amphora (60% acrylic, 20% alpaca, 20% mohair; 306 yd [280 m]/3 ½ oz [100 g]): #108 cappuccino, 2 balls. HOOK Size 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle. GAUGE 15 dc = 4″ and Rows 1–9 = 5 ¼” in patt.
Dunraven Lane Tunic by Jill Wright
A-line body shaping and raglan sleeves pull this top together; add a squared neckline and elbow-length sleeves to fi nish off the look. This tunic-length top wears equally well over leggings, pants, or a dress.
FINISHED SIZE 34 (38, 42, 45 ½, 49 ½)” bust circumference. Sample shown measures 34″, modeled with 0″ ease. YARN Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash (100% fi ne merino superwash wool; 130 yd [119 m]/1 ¾ oz [50 g]): #1140 copper heather, 6 (7, 8, 9, 9) hanks. HOOK Size H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle. GAUGE 17 sts and 7 rows = 4″ in patt.
Fall River Shawl by Lisa Naskrent
Dense post stitches and a mesh-like combination of single crochets and chains make up the body of this shawl, which ends with an array of staggered diamond shapes on the lacy mesh backdrop. The edging plays with these thick and thin characteristics with floral clusters that peek out between airy lace triangular scallops that perfectly complement the shawl body.
FINISHED SIZE About 59″ wide and 24″ deep at center, blocked. YARN The Fibre Co. Road To China Lace (distributed by Kelbourne Woolens) (65% alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere; 656 yd [600 m]/3 ½ oz [100 g]): ruby, 2 hanks. HOOK Size F/5 (3.75 mm). NOTIONS Yarn needle; st marker (m). GAUGE Gauge is not important for this project.
Elk Ridge Shawl by Zsuzsanna Makai
With its lace pattern, half-hexagon shape, and fun stars, this shawl will brighten any outfit. Wear it around your neck and let it warm you on cold autumn evenings.
FINISHED SIZE About 72″ wide and 25″ deep at center. YARN Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Passion 8 (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 437yd [400 m]/4 oz [113 g]): cinnamon toast, 2 hanks. HOOK Size G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle; st markers (m). GAUGE Rows 1–6 = 7″ across and 11 rows = 4 ½”.
Hondius Way Pullover by Natasha Robarge
This unique cross between a sweater and a poncho showcases a beautiful lace stitch that is fun to make and easy to wear.
FINISHED SIZE 64 (66, 67, 68 ½, 70 ½)” bust circumference to fit 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)” bust. Garment shown measures 64″, modeled on a 35 ½ ” bust. YARN Manos del Uruguay Alegria (distributed by Fairmount Fibers) (75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide; 445 yd [425 m]/3 ½ oz [100 g]): #A2199 carmine, 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) balls. HOOK Size E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle. GAUGE 20 sts and 12 rows = 4″ in patt, blocked.
Throwback to the ‘70s
Cool Cat Cuff by Shelby Allaho
Half double crochet in the back loop creates ridges that are a wonderful base for surface crochet detail. The woven ribbon patterning adds to the richness of the shimmery yarn in this elegant and eye-catching piece of jewelry.
FINISHED SIZE 7 ½” long and 2 ¾ ” wide, excluding fastening loops. YARN Dale Garn Gullfasan (distributed by Mango Moon) (90% viscose, 10% polyester; 136 yd [125m]/1 ¾ oz [50g]): #2633 gold (A), #2846 copper (B), 1 ball each. HOOK Sizes B/1 (2.25 mm) and C/2 (2.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle. GAUGE 15 hdc and 17 rows = 4″ with larger hook.
Far Out Ruana by Shelby Allaho
The combination of simple chains and slip stitches gives this groovy ruana a macramé effect; knotted tassels complete the look.
FINISHED SIZE About 55 ½” long and 32″ wide, excluding fringe. YARN Lion Brand Yarns Heartland (100% acrylic; 251 yd [230 m]/ 5 oz [142 g]): #135 Yosemite, 4 skeins. HOOK Sizes G/6 (4 mm) and H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle; rust-proof pins. GAUGE 14 ch and 3 sts and 14 rows = 4″ with larger hook in patt.
Dream On Duster by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
Granny-square motifs come together to create an air of vintage elegance in this fun duster. This project perfectly combines simple stitches and a classic design.
FINISHED SIZE 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)” bust circumference. Sample shown measures 32″, modeled with 3 ½” negative ease. YARN Cascade Yarns Roslyn (65% superwash merino wool, 35% silk; 382.76 yd [350 m]/3 ½ oz [100 g]): #06 deep red (A), #03 sand (B), #05 gold (C), #13 olive (D), 1 skein each. Cascade Yarns Hampton (70% Pima cotton, 30% linen; 273 yd [250 m]/3 ½ oz [100 g]): #08 Ecru (MC), 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) hanks. HOOK Size E/4 (3.5mm). Adjust hook size if needed to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle; 3/8″ clasp closure, 1.
GAUGE Motif = about 4″ square; 20 sts and 14 rows = 4″ in hdc/sc patt.
Boogie Bracelet by Jill Hanratty
Try your hand at crochet with a different medium. Crocheting with wire can be addictive—you may not be able to stop after one bracelet!
FINISHED SIZE 6. ½ ” long and 1 ½ ” wide. YARN 28-gauge bronze craft wire (about 30 ft [9 m]): 1 spool. HOOK Size G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Blue Moon Beads 4mm round, 6mm cube, and 8mm round goldstone beads, 1 strand each; magnetic clasps, 3; scissors or wire cutters (optional). GAUGE 7 sts = 1 ½ “, 10 rows= 4”.
Groovy Necklace by Alla Koval
This delicate and versatile project, which can be worn as a necklace or a headband, works up quickly and is the perfect fall accessory.
FINISHED SIZE About 34″ long, excluding tassel. YARN Lizbeth Size 10 thread (distributed by Handy Hands) (100% Egyptian
cotton; 122 yd [112 m]/ ¾ oz [25 g]): #694 harvest orange med, 1 ball. HOOK Size 7 (1.65 mm) mm steel crochet hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Tapestry needle; (3. ” [8.9 cm]) cardboard square; size 14 (. ” [1.3 cm]) plastic rings, 6 (sample used Sewing Basket, item #6725); brown glass beads, 57 (sample used Advantus Corp, item #SUL50069). GAUGE Flower = 11/8″ in diameter; (ch 9, bead ch) 4 times = about 4 ¾ “.
Flip Side Jacket by Annie Modesitt
A jacket ending at waist level tricks the eye by emphasizing the narrowest part of the body, resulting in an ultraflattering look. Create plaid patterning by switching yarn colors as you work.
FINISHED SIZE 33 (35 ¼ , 39 ¾ , 46, 52 ¼ )” bust circumference without front bands. Sample shown measures 33″, modeled with 2 ½ ” negative ease. YARN ModeKnit Yarn ModeWerk Fingering (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 225 yd [205 m]/3 ½ oz [100 g]): #009 pewter (A), 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) balls; #081 Lannister gold (B), #025 epidote (green) (C), #001 pearl (D), 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) balls each. HOOK Size G/6 (4.25 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. NOTIONS Yarn needle; stitch markers (m). GAUGE 16 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in sc with 2 strands held tog.