A Time to Crochet

As far as handcrafting goes, turning yarns into heirlooms with a crochet hook is just as one-of-a-kind as creating with knitting needles. And this year, the fashion industry has embraced crochet for its versatility and style.

We thought this was the perfect time for a new Viewpoints book. Having culled together beautiful crochet designs from modern and skilled designers, we present you with A Time to Crochet, eight fresh and modern crochet patterns from seven different designers.

Kristen TenDyke combines Crestone and her eye for unusual construction to create Savona, a completely seam free cardigan. Dolman sleeves and the vertical textural strips of the button band are the added touches that make this cardigan stand out in the crowd.

Susan Mills uses crochet stitches to build Livorno with raglan sleeves and a striking striped yoke. The donegal tweed of Telluride adds extra textural dimension to this classically shaped pullover.

Robyn Chachula uses lacy crochet motifs to design Alessandria. The large ribbed collar and open sides flatters all sizes. The softness of Fresco allows this piece to drape beautifully about your body.

Charles Voth makes Cerro's blend of soft pima cotton and alpaca really shine in his design Bergamo. He uses reversible motifs to form the stunning neckline and the airy lace stitches of the body are also reversible.

Lillian May's crochet accessories are right on trend. Combining Mohawk Wool and Telluride, she uses beautiful flower shaped motifs to form Ferrara. On the other hand, or on both hands in this case, 8 granny squares made of Alpaca Sox are seamed together to form the two fingerless mitts of Novara.

Kathy North designed Biella with overlapping fronts in our bright self-striping colors of Camelot. Openwork edging is a lovely added detail that really completes the look.

Jill Wright's Ravenna embodies the joyful lightness that can be achieved with crochet. Worked up in our much loved Mohawk Wool. The flow of this poncho moves when you do, keeping things simple and elegant at the very same time.

With crochet firmly established as one of the top five trends of the year, this is a great time to give it a try! There are so many viewpoints represented on the art of crochet here, you're sure to find something that pulls you to pick up a hook and begin.

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