7.31.2017

Crochet Book Review: Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls

Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls Book Review
(C) 2017 Interweave/F+W Media
Photo by Joe Hancock

Today it is my pleasure to review Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls: 20 Free-Spirited Designs Featuring Lace, Color, and More.

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I am fortunate to have a design in this book, so it was very exciting to get a copy and see my name in it. While I've been in magazines many times, this is my first time being included in a book!

 

So, what's inside this book?

Mostly patterns. The book jumps right into shawl patterns, of which there are twenty. Also included are a list of abbreviations, a glossary of stitches used, with instructions, brief bios of the designers, including yours truly, and sources for each of the yarns used.

Most of the patterns include symbol charts and sometimes diagrams, though not all.

I'll share a few of my favorite patterns from the book.

First, my own Shifting Shawl:

Shifting Shawl Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
(C) Interweave/F+W Media

This shawl has an interesting asymmetric shape that is made just by increasing/decreasing differently on each side of the point. There is a filet panel set just above the point. I'll share one more photo here that shows the shape better. This pattern was first published in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015.

Shifting Shawl Crochet Pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
(C) Interweave/F+W Media

 

Another favorite pattern from this book is Emergence Shawl by Kathryn White. This beauty is so feminine and beautiful. Very classy! Originally found in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2013.

Emergence Shawl by Kathryn White for Interweave Crochet
(C) Interweave/F+W Media

And, one more favorite, Dover by Sara Kay Hartmann. I believe this pattern originally appeared in Poetic Crochet. I really love the stitch pattern in this shawl! It makes a very pretty repeating pattern.

Dover crochet shawl pattern by Sara Kay Hartmann in Poetic Crochet
(C) Interweave/F+W Media
Are you interested in other yarn craft book reviews? I've written several! Check out the following posts:

Crochet to Calm Book Review

Every Which Way Crochet Borders Book Review

Vintage Modern Crochet Book Review

Custom Socks Book Review (Knitting)

Top-Down Crochet Sweaters Book Review


What is the last yarn craft book that you purchased? Was it for crochet or knitting? What made you decide to buy it? What do you like most about it?

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Happy stitching!
April

7.03.2017

How to Carry Yarn Up the Side of a Crochet Project

Hi friends! Lately I've been working on a new design project. It will be on the blog soon. In the meantime, I want to share tutorial about one of the skills involved. This is a striped crochet project, which means color changes.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

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Pros and Cons:

When you are changing colors, you can cut your yarn at the end of each section, and leave a tail hanging off. This simplifies things a little as you go, since you don't have to carry the unused yarn. Of course, that will mean weaving in all those ends later. It also means that your crochet project will use up more yarn.

In this project, the edges of each piece will be inside the finished project, as well as being inside a seam allowance, so the edges won't show. This means that I can carry the unused yarn up the side of my crochet project, and those bits of yarn that are carried won't show when it is finished. This means that I don't have to cut my yarn when I finish a section, and I won't have nearly so many ends to weave in at the end! Brilliant!

Supplies:
For this project I am using my Susan Bates I/9 crochet hook and Zombie Yarns Monster, a dk weight superwash wool. Click below to get this hook with my affiliate link:


Here's how to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project:

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

 ^ You begin carrying when it is time to work the last stitch in the row above your color change. First insert your crochet hook into the last stitch of the row you are working on.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Yarn over (this just means to wrap your yarn around your crochet hook), pull that yarn through the stitch.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Now is where the magic happens! Take your unused yarn and pass it between your working yarn and your crochet hook, then let it fall to the back of your working yarn.

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How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Keep the unused yarn out of the way while you pick your working yarn back up and wrap it around your crochet hook as usual to complete the stitch. Your unused yarn should now be trapped.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Complete the stitch as usual, and your unused yarn will be secured inside of that stitch. Just be sure you are doing this with the last stitch along the side so that these carries stay right on the edge. You can then pass it around your working yarn again just before you make the first turning chain for your next row. Keep working up the side like this, passing your unused yarn around your working yarn every time you work a stitch or turning chain along that side.

How to carry yarn up the side of your crochet project when working with multiple colors. By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio.

^ Here's how the side of my crochet project looks from carrying the unused yarn up the side. That's how you do it!

What is the last striped project you made? What tips do you have for managing multiple colors in a project? I'd love to hear them!

Looking for a colorful crochet project to make? Try one of these!

Tiffany Blanket - a colorful baby blanket to adore - free pattern on my blog!

Pond Creek Pillow - a throw pillow that begins with a mandala - free pattern on my blog!

Tulip Gauntlets - unique and bold fingerless gloves - $5.50 from Interweave

Primary Sweater Dress - a sweet sweater dress in wide stripes - $5 on Ravelry

Berry Scarf - a striped infinity scarf in wattle stitch - free pattern on my blog!

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Happy stitching!
April

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