By Margaret Hubert
Direct from the runway for you to crochet - these trendy projects by well-known designers allow you to create that chic and upscale look. 21 projects are included with intriguing stitch patterns, unique shaping techniques and alluring details to liven up your wardrobe.
Designers include:Shelby Alllaho, Doris Chan, Ellen Gormley Tatyana Mirer, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and Sharon Hubert Valencia.
Patterns are aimed at the intermediate and experienced crocheter providing a challenge with the techniquues, and include helpful hints from the designers to get the right fit, with a personal note on the inspiration behind each design. Symbol diagrams are also included for some of the intricate work in the item.
Jackets - Juliet Jacket - from sports weight yarn gives a touch of elegance; peplum jacket - a feminine and flattering look with aran weight yarn using plackets; island cardigan - with a sports weight yarn can be casual or dressy; parisian swing coat - from bulky yarn bringing an air of sophistication
Tops - Ripples assymmetrical top - figure flattering diagonals from DK suitable for daytime casual or evening chic; tunic - using DK create a traditional chinese style tunic; racer-back tank - with bulky yarn gives a lean, worked sideways to give a long look.
Dresses and Skirts - Shell and convertible skirt - using sport weight yarn make two skirts in one to adapt to a short pencil skirt or long elegant skirt, working in the round; lacy two-piece dress using sport weight yarn in a shell stitch crocheted seamlessly from top to bottom; off-the-shoulder dress - using sock weight yarn; cross front halter dress - using lace weight yarn with a lacy skirt and top;cocktail skirt - combines filet mesh, shells and pineapples with sport weight yarn; lacy layers skirt - using size 10 thread with fan pattern to create a feminine look.
Accessories - ruffle bolero from fingering weight yarn and shaping with halftreble stitches; lacy shrug - from sock yarn suitable for a late summer evening or lacy shrug for a bride; shorts - great to put over swimming costumes, using sport weight yarn; scarf with a triangular pattern using sport weight yarn; neckpieces using DK yarn; purse - creating crochet bobble buttons; and ruffle bag.