For years I wanted to design crochet fashion but fear kept me from doing it. First of all, I have no knowledge of fashion design. Second of all, I always thought of myself as not being original or creative. And then, something changed inside me – whether it was menopause, age and experience, or that extra cup of coffee everyday – I suddenly felt more assertive, more willing to take chances, more willing to fail! Around the same time, I had a minor epiphany: how many people in this world are truely original? All artists derive inspiration from somewhere, and I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. That worry I had about not being original was keeping me from realizing my potential originality! Finally free to be the derivitive artiste I was meant to be, I started looking at fashion not as, “Why didn’t I think of that”, but as, “I can copy/crochet that”!
Now, every knitting pattern I come across is a potential crochet pattern. All my favorite shirts, sweaters, blouses in my closet are potential crochet patterns. That cute, oversized sweater at Kohl’s Department Store? A crochet pattern. Here are some things that are inspiring me right now. Some are closer to becoming a crochet pattern than others:
Top-down, crochet-in-the-round and raglan shaping. Make it in cotton for the summer and/or wool or acrylic for colder weather. The length is cropped but it can be made longer into a tunic or a dress.
SIZES: XS, (S/M, L/XL ) for bust size 30-32”, (34-38”, 40-44”).
MATERIALS NEEDED: Worsted weight yarn, approx 600-900 yds. Model was made with Lily Sugar N’ Cream in Hot Blue. Crochet hook J. Stitch Markers.
SKILL LEVEL: Easy to Intermediate. You need to know how to do treble stitch, chain stitch, and single crochet. Special stitches are explained in the pattern.