Summer is upon us, and the usual excitement for time spent outdoors, at the beach, in the mountains, in the park, barbecues, swimming pools, and a drink on the porch or balcony.
The season prompts lightheartedness, air conditioning, fun, and finally, the opportunity to reconnect post-pandemic. Whatever your plans are, this summer will differ from the last few. For me, it will be a time to focus on crochet again. There is a serene feeling in being able to choose colors and yarn and pick a design that the mind feels drawn to.
A variety of patterns and projects are waiting to be worked on, some easier, some challenging, that designers are proposing to us. Let us explore some of them!
LillaBjörnCrochet Design released a free pattern called “Morning Mist Wrap,” which is easy to follow and can be adjusted for width and length.
You could even turn it into something completely different! Tatsiana used Scheepjes Organicon (100% organic cotton) for her delicate and easy-to-memorize wrap.
Perfect project to work on wherever you may be, letting the mind wander without worrying about reading instructions at every row.
The Morning Mist Wrap lends itself to being worn for any number of occasions: as a stunning accessory for a soirée or a soft hug during chilly evenings strolling through the city.
Speaking of wraps, get ready for Martin Up North’s “Landscape Shawl.” If you ever wanted to try your hand at Tunisian crochet (and trying out the Entrelac technique, aka join-as-you-go), this is the time! Worked in a DK yarn, this stunning design opens many possibilities in color choices.
Whatever landscape you live in, love, or imagine, Martin’s design is for you. Please read up on his blog and discover what inspired him and how it came to be.
The pattern will be launched as a Scheepjes make-a-long (MAL) starting May 24th and running for four weeks. I look forward to making the Landscape Shawl, drawn by its geometric play.
Meanwhile, Dedri Uys of LookAtWhatIMade has been working feverishly with many a mumble on her new design, which she calls the “Green Thing Flower Blanket” and her mother calls cheekily the “Never Ending Blanket.”
She intends to release the pattern starting on or around her birthday on June 20th, upon her return from the National Crochet Conference by Crochet Guild Australia, where she will hold workshops in Sydney.
If you want a real-time account of Dedri’s latest design process, head over to her Facebook page, it is worth reading through.
Finally, a look at The Curio Craft Room’s Christa Veenstra’s latest pattern. I have always loved her designs as they translate our neighborhood peacocks into yarny versions! What is there not to like?
The “Peacock Plume Feather Shawl” is the latest iteration around her love for these beautiful birds of the pheasant family.
Worked in fingering yarn, this shawl is light, fun, and – if using the proposed Scheepjes yarn cake color – reflects the gorgeous colors of male peacocks.
Explore Christa’s blog for more designs celebrating these birds. I promise it’s worth it.
These few suggestions may get your crochet Summer started. They are fun and simple designs that keep your hands busy and your mind happy. Make them for yourself or as gifts to family and friends, with an added touch as individual unique makes.
Happy crocheting! Have a wonderful yarny summer.