(Blog Tour) Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories by Mary Jane Hall

(Blog Tour) Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories by Mary Jane Hall

It’s been a while since I have been able to blog, but I have to come to share about Mary Jane Hall’s new book, Colorful Crochet Lace because it is so fabulous!

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories
Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is a collection of modern garments and accessories designed by Mary Jane Hall and published by Interweave/F+W Media, Inc. Hall used traditional lace techniques, such as fan, shell, popcorn and love knot stitches, and a variety of yarn weights to design clothing and accessories that work for women of all ages and sizes.

Hall created elegant lace scarves, shawls and tops that have a vintage, Victorian flare, but she also went beyond the expected to include other fashionable pieces such as a hooded jacket, flared hem dress and crop top. Some of the garments with more lacy openwork include the Le Chocolate Skirt, Dominique Dress Overlay and Magnifique Modular Tunic, which work well as stylish layers to be worn on top of other garments. Also, the Michelle Ma Belle Shrug and Haute Couture Peplum Top are perfect for those who prefer more solid lace garments.

Le Chocolate Skirt
Le Chocolate Skirt

My personal favorites from the book are the Brigitte Wide Belt, Juliette Scarf and Au Naturel Cropped Top.

Brigitte Wide Belt
Brigitte Wide Belt
Juliette Scarf
Juliette Scarf

Each pattern includes a chart that breaks down the anatomy of the lace stitches. Schematics are also available for the items that require seaming.  This book is designed with a French chic look and feel, and it contains stunning images that show the garments and accessories from multiple angles. The instructions are well written and contain several notes for additional assistance.

Hall concludes her book with an explanation of her Graduated Stitch Method, which she is known for using to shape her garments, along with crochet abbreviations and a stitch glossary.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is the perfect book for anyone who loves the look of lace but has been intimidated to try making something fashionable. Also, the repetition of the lace patterns makes it easy for experienced crocheters to make adjustments, if needed.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 Chic Garments & Accessories

By Mary Jane Hall

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

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Next on the Blog Tour is Jocelyn Sass of Cute Crochet Chat.  Be sure to check out her chat session and don’t miss the giveaway.

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour

 

 

 

First Light: 2013 Spring Collection

Introducing First Light: 2013 Spring Collection by Knit Picks

First Light: 2013 Spring Collection by Knit PicksFirst Light is a collection of 14 patterns from 12 designers, and it features seven yarns from Knit Picks.  There are 13 knit designs and 1 crochet design by me! — the Chrysanthemum crochet cardigan.

Knit Picks’ description reads:

Chrysanthemum is a full-length crochet cardigan that moves effortlessly with you as you move through your day. Wear it with a bright belt as an unexpected punch of color. Wear it as an extra layer as you head to an early morning yoga class. Wear it as a light coat throughout the transitional seasons.

Featuring long sleeves and an open front, this cardigan is crocheted from the shoulders down and joined at armholes to complete the remainder as one piece. Alternating groupings of double crochet and chain stitches create an elegant rippled pattern. Size increases are made in the dc sections, and the edges are finished with a reverse single crochet stitch border.

Chrysanthemum is available as an individual pattern or in the printed First Light book.  The First Light book also comes with a free PDF version!

Chrysanthemum Crochet Cardigan by Rhonda "TurquoizBlue" Davis for First Light: 2013 Spring Collection by Knit Picks

Knit Picks is giving away three copies of the First Light printed book.  Visit the Knit Picks blog before February 25, and leave your comment on this post about which pattern is your favorite.  Good luck!

What do you think of the First Light collection?

Retro Crochet – In Style for Today or Passe’?

I have noticed quite a few retro-inspired crochet designs lately, and I have to admit that I’m loving them — puffed sleeved tops and even granny square garments.  A few days ago, I mentioned Tangled magazine, whose current issue is themed “Modern Vintage.”  Tangled states, “Tangled May be New, but Our Fall Patterns are Inspired by the Fashions of Times Past.”

Knitting It Old School by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro SheridanThen there is the recently-released Knitting it Old School: 43 Vintage-Inspired Patterns* by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan which features modern interpretations of vintage crochet styles of the 1940s through the 1970s.  This is not just a book of retro knitting patterns.  There are also sewing and crochet patterns such as the Go-Go Granny dress by Maryse Roudier, which is reminds me of the granny square crochet dress which was worn by Cate Blanchett on the red carpet at the Screen Worlds event in Australia.

Cate Blanchett in granny crochet dress

Although the designs in this book are vintage-inspired, they manage to look both retro and modern at the same time.

Go-Go Granny crochet dress by Maryse Roudier © 2010 Denise SiegelAs I said before, I’m loving the resurgence, but some people don’t seem to be feeling the retro trend, especially the return of the granny square crochet garment. There is a long discussion on Ravelry about the Go-Go Granny dress called Granny Dress or “My Eyes!” where many people pulled no punches when it came to their opinions.

I don’t know if retro design is a passing trend, but I hope it sticks around for a while because I’m digging it.

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