Crochet Summer 2017: Plans and Projects

Truth be told, I still have a few languishing crochet projects I really want to wrap up, including this stegosaurus I started for Charlie over a year ago from the Puff the Magic Stegosaurus pattern. (Thankfully, it is much further along than that sad little hexagon would lead you to believe..but still. No where near completion!)

One of the most exciting things about planning for Crochet Summer is searching on Ravelry for new things to make, so despite the works in progress, Courtney and I thought it would be fun to plan out a few new projects to carry us through the season. Check out our dreams and schemes below!
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Courtney

L / Lost in Time by Johanna Lindahl. R / My pile of yarns.

A few years back, we took a New Perspectives on Knitting class from Steven Berg and Stephen West. Part of the class was teaching us to step out of our comfort zone and combine multiple yarns/colors/textures. I never did finish the Enchanted Mesa I started in the class, but still love the variety of yarns I picked out. I think they would pair beautifully with the scrappy nature of the Lost in Time Shawl. According to the (free!) pattern, the shawl is a repeat of 12 different rows, so it lends itself beautifully to a more free form approach. I cannot wait to get started!

Kate

Not going to lie...when I saw Courtney's pick for the Lost In Time Shawl, I thought "great! I'll just do that, too!" because I love the look and stitches in the design. Realistically, though, I don't wear a ton of shawls and know I would most likely lose steam once the rows grew in length. I have tried over the course of the years to expand my crochet skills every summer, and this year is no exception. The two projects I would like to tackle are colorwork and a garment with shaping, so I picked both the Bear Mountain Crocheted Hat by Vickie Howell and Hanabira Sweater by Eline Alcocer from Pom Pom Spring 2017 as my projects. (Dream big, right?) 

For the hat, I am definitely going to use Tundra, and think it will work up quickly once I sort out gauge and the techniques. For the sweater, I think I'll need to modify the shaping slightly (or - insanely, maybe even convert it to working in the round for a pullover...?), but I love the stitch patterns used and vintage/modern look, so I am super excited to sort out my yarns and colors and get swatching.

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What are your plans for Crochet Summer? Do you prefer to work on a more fun project with a guaranteed lovely end result like Courtney, or expand your skills a bit like me - with the potential for a few hiccups along the way? Either way, we can't wait to see what you create! Don't forget to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #crochetsummer2017!

Announcing Crochet Summer 2017!

It is the summer solstice, and that can only mean one thing - Crochet Summer 2017 is here!

As with previous summers (2016, 2015, 2014), there is one - and only one! - rule for crochet summer: 
 

1. Crochet something, anything, this summer.

That's it. Really. 

We'll be sharing some of our plans on the blog in the coming week, and in the mean time, you can browse the archives by year via the links above, or peruse some of the highlights from years past via the individual posts by topic below.

INSTAGRAM /
2016 Round Up
2015 Round Up
2014 Round Up

PATTERNS / 
Mason Jar Cosies
Urchin Stripe Cowl by guest contributor Cal Patch
Crochet/Sewn Top
Bobble Stitch Plant Coasters
Crochet T-shirt Neckline by guest contributor Cal Patch
Summer Dawn Cowl

TUTORIALS /
Crocheting in Rows
Crocheting in a Tube: Stepped + Spiral
Filet Crochet

INTERVIEWS & INSPIRATION
Color Stories: Delicious
Easy Peasy Crochet Patterns
Miriam Felton and Amy O'Neill Houck Interview
Color Stories: Shell Pink
Back to School Pattern Inspiration 
Kim Werker Interview
Ashley Elle Designer Inspiration

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Don't forget to share your projects via the hashtag #crochetsummer2017. We can't wait see what you'll make! Have Fun!