As makers and designers we have always been more interested in things to wear than things for the home. And it is fair to say that we get very frustrated with some of the useless items that beginners get given to make (mug cosies we are looking at you!) That’s why in this book we have focussed on wearable items. There is something very wonderful about being able to make something to wear right from the beginning. There’s no better feeling than being able to respond to a comment about your clothing by saying “Thanks, I made it!”
So let’s get you crocheting! We have written the book as though it is a course so it is best to start at the beginning and work your way through the text and the projects in order.
It contains 4 projects over 80 pages:
The Burwell Cowl is the first project in the book and is designed to help you practice your basic stitches.
The Wicken Mitts are an introduction to working into row ends, following a pattern and making something to fit.
The Bottisham Hat introduces you to working in the round, making a traditional motif, working seamlessly and decreasing.
The Quy Shawl introduces you to reading charts, working lace patterns, picots, understanding special stitches, increasing in pattern.
The book is written in UK standard crochet terminology and has a full discussion of the differences between the UK and US standards and makes references to the US terms throughout.
Five shawl patterns based on mini-skein sets. The patterns work well whether you want to invest in a mini skein set or if you want to use up small amounts of yarn left over from other projects, with each pattern using either a 100g pack of 4ply mini skeins or a pack of skeins and an additional 100g.
Patterns are written using UK crochet terms with American terms in the abbreviations section, all are charted and come with a schematic.
FLUKRA – snow falling in large flakes Shetland.
This shawl begins with a Shetland construction method to create the center triangle. Stitches are then easily picked up from the yarn over loops that are formed down two sides and the border is worked outwards from the triangle. The shawl is finished with an edging that is knitted sideways and attached to the live sts of the border as it is being worked.
Lace is worked on both sides of the knitting, however there is no right or wrong side to the knitting.
Yarn: 640m lace weight yarn
Needles: 4mm 80cm circular needle
Size: Approx 153cm across the top of shawl and 69cm depth at centre
This pattern is for a full or half sized version of a traditional Shetland Hap shawl.
The shawl is constructed in 3 parts. It begins with the centre worked in garter st. Yarn overs are formed at the beginning of every row during the centre section. Stitches are then easily picked up from the very visible yarn over loops along the edges and the border is worked outwards. The shawl is finished with an edging that is knitted sideways and attached to the live sts of the border as it is being worked.
Yarn: Fingering weight yarn
550 (1100) yards of MC, 82 (164) yards of CC1, 82 (164) yards of CC2, 66 (132) yards of CC3 and 66 (132) yards of CC4
Needles:5mm 24, 32, 40 inch circular
5mm DPN (one only)
Size: Half: 54¾ inches wide and 28½ deep
Full: 54¾ inches square
Designer Gudrun Johnston draws inspiration from the Shetland Islands in this collection of nine patterns that feature fairisle and lace techniques. There are five sweater patterns, a cardigan and three accessories using a range of yarn weights the sweaters and cardigan come in a wide range of adult sizes.
An ebook code is included with this book.
Three From the Top from The Crochet Project has three patterns for top down, crocheted cardigans that will fit any one from new born baby to a 60 inch bust. There’s Aberfoyle a simple, circular yoke cardigan with eyelets and contrast stripes at the yoke, hem and cuff. Callander, a raglan with textured edgings and a single button at the neck. And Kippen a shawl collared cardigan with ribbed collar, hem and cuffs.
All the patterns are well written with detailed instructions using standard UK terms.
A modern heirloom blanket in wonderful combination of lace and stripes. The lace pattern is both charted and written out.
Yarn: DK or worsted weight yarn in MC one or more CCs
MC: 260 (400) yds or approx 15 (18) yds per stripe
CC: 480 (735) yds or approx 30 (35) yds per stripe
Needles: 4.5mm 60cm circular needle
Size: Pram (throw / crib) sized blanket measures 27 (32)” wide by 33 (43)” long. The sample shown is the throw / crib size. Blanket width can be adjusted by adding or subtracting a multiple of 12 sts (2.75”).
Fingerless gloves featuring a classic star motif and a less traditional fingers-first-construction. The high contrast two colour palette and motifs are inspired by mittens from the Selbu region of Norway.
Yarn: Sport weight wool
Needles: 3.25mm DPNs or circulars for magic loop
Size: Finished length 21cm, finished knuckle circumference 20cm.
A V-neck Fair Isle vest with strong lines and traditional x and o geometric patterns. Worked in the round from the bottom up additional steel stitches are added to bridge the gaps at the arm and neck holes to avoid working stranded colour work back and forth. When the knitting is completed these are finished with crochet and cut open, detailed illustrated instructions are included. After cutting the steaks open, stitches are picked up around the armholes and neck and ribbed bands are worked. A crisp V on the neck is created by working mitred decreases. A colour in chart is included to help with planning colour combinations. Five colours are used.
Sizes: 30¾[34¼, 37¾, 41¼] (44½, 48, 51½) [54¾, 58¼] finished chest circumference.
Tension: 28 sts and 32 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in charted colourwork pattern in the round on larger needle
Yarn: Fingering 4ply, a ‘sticky’ wool will make the steeking easier
C1: 370[405, 435, 470] (515, 545, 580)[605, 655] yds / 340[370, 400, 430] (470, 500, 530) [555, 600]m
C2 – C5: 220[235, 255, 275] (295, 315, 335) [350, 385] yds / 200[215, 235, 250] (270, 290, 305) [320, 350]m each.
Needles: 3mm – 60 cm circular
3.5mm – 60 cm circular
3 mm crochet hook
A snuggly cabled shawl with a gentle curved edging and triangular centre. The edging is worked first, and then stitches for the centre are picked up along one of the long edges and decreased towards the top. The cable patterns on the edging would be an excellent introduction to cabling and a good place to practice cabling without a cable needle. No crossings involve more than a total of 4 stitches and the pattern is intuitive to follow. Short rows are worked into each repeat so that the outer edge is longer.
Hediye is shown in two colours but would be equally beautiful in a single colour or get creative and play with stripes or colour blocking in the centre triangle.
Tension 19 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm in garter stitch
Edging colour 340 yds/ 310 m
Centre colour 160 yds/ 145 m
Top down socks with shapely contrast colour toes and heels. The afterthought heels are innovatively shaped with four sets of decreases, to cup the base of the heel like a traditional heel turn. Stitches are increased while placing stitches on hold for the heel, so that there are enough stitches on the sole to wrap around the instep. These are then decreased as for a traditional gusset. Step by step photos are provided for removing the holding yarn and setting up the heel to insure a neat, hole free result.
Yarn: Sock yarn
Needles: 2.25mm DPNs
Size: small, medium and large
Mareel contains elements of two classic shawl designs a Pi shawl and a Shetland Hap. The centre is worked as a half Pi shawl, from which the striped feather and fan border continues with shaping worked into the feather and fan pattern. The edging is then knit sideways onto the live border stitches.
Yarn: Sport weight wool or wool blend yarn
Needles: 3.75mm 50cm circular
Size: Approximately 153cm at top
A slightly slouchy Fair Isle patterned beanie. Deep ribbing keeps things simple and streamlined from the front, with the colourful Fair Isle as a beautiful surprise when you turn your head.
Yarn: 4 ply wool, shown in Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight
Needles: 3mm 40cm circular
3.5mm 40cm circular and DPNs
Size: Finished circumference 44(49,56)cm. Finished length 24cm.