Those are all excellent projects, and they’re satisfying to make. But, if you’ve already made bunches of these sorts of items, why not challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone a little?
If you usually crochet with yarn, perhaps you could try shaking things up a little by attempting to crochet without yarn. This isn’t as preposterous as it sounds; by now, maybe you’ve even noticed that the bracelet pictured is a) crocheted, and b) made without even so much as an inch of yarn. It’s one of the projects featured on our list of wire crochet jewelry patterns.
If you’re a die-hard yarn addict and you have no plans of changing that, no worries, there are plenty of other ways to challenge yourself.
Another possibility: Try a new knitting stitch or crochet stitch. This vintage bullion stitch is an unusual one that combines the Tunisian crochet technique with the bullion stitch you might already be familiar with.
There are many great resources for testing out new stitches. Some of my favorites include the following:
These are just a few of my favorite resources to work with when I want to find a knitting stitch or crochet stitch I haven’t worked with yet. These are also fantastic references for finding some great classic stitches; Alterknit Stitch Dictionary has some really cool Greek keys, and Melissa Leapman’s stitch dictionary has all the basic crochet stitches you might want to look up.
Or perhaps you could branch out and get started working a different sort of projects than the ones you usually make. There are infinite possibilities if you want to fire up your imagination and dream up some project ideas that would get you started in a different-than-usual direction.
So what do you think you’ll try next? I invite your comments, especially if you’re feeling inspired to branch out.
Would you believe this bracelet is crocheted? To my eyes, a piece like this doesn’t look much like crochet — but it definitely is, since the project was made using a crochet hook and crochet stitches. The difference is basically in the materials I used; instead of thread or yarn, I used wire to work the stitches. The entire bracelet is comprised of the ultra-simple beaded chain stitch.
Crochet stitches look different when worked in wire than they do when worked in yarn or thread. If you add chunky beads to the mix, like I did here, they can obscure the crochet work even more.
Update: Our original giveaway winner did not respond to my email, so we selected a new winner:
Shelly said, “love the necklace pattern
thanks so much
Congrats, Shelly! I will be reaching out to you shortly by email.
I wrote out all the entrants’ names and comment numbers on slips of paper, then I let my 3-year-old draw one name out of the basket. Shelly’s name was the one she drew — so check your email, Shelly, and get ready to receive a brand new copy of Delicate Crochet. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
THANKS so much to everyone who participated in our giveaway!
Hello everyone! Today is November 2, 2018; and I’m among the crowd of people who are counting the days until the release of Sharon Hernes Silverman’s latest crochet pattern book called Delicate Crochet. We’re expecting to have copies of the book in our hands soon — just in time for the Christmas gift-giving season!
In the meanwhile, how about a fun giveaway?
I invite you to check out some information about this book to see if the crochet patterns included would be ones you’d enjoy. Imagine how the yarns would feel in your hands as you’re crocheting with them…and imagine how these projects would work into your wardrobe — or your gift recipients’ wardrobes, if you crochet for loved ones.
If you decide the book is one that would be useful to you, I hope you’ll participate in the giveaway — and perhaps even consider buying copies of the book for yourself and any of your friends who crochet. Read on for more info about the book, and more giveaway details!
Delicate Crochet includes 23 patterns for wearable women’s projects, all of which can be hand crocheted using delicate, lovely yarns. The book includes helpful step-by-step technique photos and tutorials showing you what to do to achieve success with these projects.
One lucky winner will receive a copy of this title, compliments of Stackpole Books and Sharon Silverman. The winner will be randomly selected from among qualifying comments on this blog post.
Important Disclosure: I contributed 2 patterns to this book, and Stackpole Books is planning to provide me with a couple of contributor copies of the book. So, if you view my preview of Delicate Crochet, please do keep in mind that it is NOT an unbiased review (which is what you normally get when you read my crochet book reviews.) Instead, think of it as a PREVIEW of the book being shared by a proud and excited contributor.
Want to win this book? Here’s how to get an entry in the drawing:
Scroll down and take a look at the photos of the projects.
Leave a comment telling us which project(s) in the book you’d be most excited to make! (To my regular readers — You can be totally honest in your answers. Please do not feel obligated to choose one of my projects; my feelings will not be hurt in the least if you choose one of the others. In fact, I’m pretty excited about making a bunch of the projects designed by the other contributors — so I will definitely share your enthusiasm for whichever of these projects you choose.)
Be sure to include a functioning email address (one that you actually check!) when you comment — so we have a way to contact you if you win the book. If you win, please be sure to respond to the email notification within 48 hours — otherwise a new winner will be chosen. If you enter your email address in the spot where our WordPress blogging software directs you to enter it, it will not be displayed with your comment. For your own privacy, PLEASE do not put your email address in the text of your actual comment.
Post your comment any time before Saturday, December 1, 2018, midnight (Eastern Standard Time.)
If all goes according to plan, we’ll contact the winner by email shortly thereafter — and the winner will be announced on the blog sometime the week of December 2.
Important Notes: This giveaway is open to anyone in the world who is not prohibited from entering by local, state or national law in their area. Void where prohibited by law.
Delicate Crochet: 23 Light and Pretty Designs for Shawls, Tops and More by Sharon Hernes Silverman, Published by Stackpole Books
What You Need to Know About This Crochet Pattern Book:
Copyright Date: December, 2018
ISBN 13: 978-0811719889
ISBN 10: 081171988X
Book Format: Softcover / Trade Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
This Book’s Main Focus:
The phrase in the title, “Delicate Crochet”, gives you a hint at this book’s contents. The projects in this book are all delicate, wearable wardrobe pieces for ladies: sweaters, tops, shawls, wraps, scarves, accessories and even a skirt. You’ll find that numerous lacy, feminine details are included. Check out the pictures below to get a better understanding of the crochet patterns you’ll find in Delicate Crochet.
Crochet Projects Included in This Book:
I counted a total of…
8 crochet patterns for shawls, wraps and ponchos
8 Crochet patterns for tops, sweaters and cardigans
4 Crochet cowl and scarf patterns
1 Crochet skirt pattern
1 Crochet necklace pattern
1 Crochet pattern for fingerless gloves
That’s a total of 23 GORGEOUS projects featured in Delicate Crochet — enough pretty new clothes and accessories to completely revamp your wardrobe.
Read on to see pictures of all these projects. I’ll start by sharing the two projects I contributed to Delicate Crochet:
Elegant Trios Bead Crochet Necklace Pattern
My Mama always told me never to buy junk jewelry.
“It’s a waste of money”, she says.
And it’s true that you can waste a lot of money on pieces that will break the first time you wear them, or turn your skin green.
Fine jewelry — jewelry made using precious metals or precious stones — usually costs more; but it also tends to retain its value in the long term.
As I was designing my project contributions for Delicate Crochet, I knew I wanted to submit a necklace as one of my two project contributions. But, I had a hard time choosing the materials I’d use for the necklace. I wanted the project to be so fabulously special, so remarkable and so unique that it would become a go-to piece in the wardrobe of any crocheter who decided to make it. And I wanted the piece I came up with to have lasting value — to be worth the time and effort
At the time I designed this necklace, the only retail store I had within easy visiting distance was a Walmart. So off to Walmart I went to check out the beads. Somehow, as I looked at the selection of beads Walmart offered in their craft section, none of them seemed quite special enough for the necklace I wanted to create.
In fact, they mostly seemed like the junk my mom warned me not to waste money on — lots of plastic beads, and the few glass beads that were available weren’t consistent in size.
I thought to myself, “The buyers of this book deserve better.”
So I left Walmart empty-handed and turned to the internet to find better beads.
I looked at hundreds (or maybe even thousands?) of different bead assortments before it occurred to me that I should search for gold or silver beads. And after I had that inspiration, it didn’t take long at all to find the beads I knew I wanted to use for this necklace:
They’re delicate, sophisticated, 14-Karat gold-plated beads that add visual interest to the necklace without being gaudy or overwhelming.
Perfect! Just the effect I was hoping for.
The beads, combined with the truly stunning, soft, luxurious yet practical cotton yarn = the ideal combination for a necklace that’s comfortable, beautiful and valuable. It’s a project that I’m proud to offer you — one of the nicest creations I have ever designed.
I hope you’ll consider making one or more of these necklaces so you can experience the dreamy softness of the suggested yarn, Bio Sesiaby Plymouth Yarns. It’s a gorgeous organic cotton yarn that I’ve simply fallen in love with. I’ve made more than a dozen variations on this necklace, using up just about every scrap piece of yarn I had in the right general weight range — but so far, my favorite is the project sample I made for the book using the Bio Sesia cotton and the Gold Elegance 14 karat gold plated beads.
I hope you’ll agree that the necklace is worthy of your crafting time. But, if the beads happen to be beyond your crafting budget, or not to your taste, don’t hesitate to try substitutes. I’ve tried crocheting this necklace with bunches of different types of beads, including glass seed beads and others. I’ve found that the pattern lends itself extremely well to being made with beads other than just the gold-plated round ones.
Another selling point: As far as crochet projects go, this is a fast one. If you need to crank out a whole bunch of gifts quickly, this pattern is definitely worth considering. I’m obviously biased, because this is a pattern I designed — but I think this project is definitely worth the small investment you need to make in time, yarn and beads.
Crochet Fingerless Gloves
I’ve designed bunches of different patterns for fingerless gloves, but this pair is one of the prettiest I’ve yet managed to come up with. They look fancy, but you’d be surprised at how easy they are to crochet.
The colorful speckled yarn is part of the reason these fingerless gloves turned out so special. Even if you use a really simple stitch pattern, like the ultra-simple crochet mesh stitch I’ve used to create the hands on the gloves, the yarn makes it look exquisite. Yet this yarn is surprisingly affordable, especially considering it’s handpainted.
The easy mesh stitch is paired with a lacy ruffle, which helps to keep the crochet work interesting. It also adds an elegant touch to the finished project. The pattern has a crochet skill level rating of easy.
Don’t you think pairs of these fingerless gloves would make fabulous gifts for your female friends and relatives? If you’re inclined to make your own gifts, I think this pattern is one you’ll definitely want to consider using for that purpose.
Crochet Sweater, Top and Garment Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet
Crochet Shawl, Wrap and Poncho Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet
Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern
Designed by Sharon Silverman
Blox Crochet Shawl Pattern
Designed by Sharon Silverman
Damask Rose Crochet Wrap Pattern
Designed by Katya Novikova
Gentle Whisper Shawl
Designed by Judith Butterworth
Lotus Wrap Crochet Pattern
Designed by Katya Novikova
Peacock Lace Shawl
Designed by Sharon Silverman
Sea and Shells Crochet Poncho Pattern
Designed by Karen McKenna
Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern
Designed by Vashti Braha
Crochet Scarf and Cowl Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet
New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern
Designed by Rhonda Davis
Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern
Designed by Judith Butterworth
Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern
Designed by Sharon Silverman
Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern
Designed by Sharon Silverman
The Crochet Skirt Pattern Featured in Delicate Crochet
Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern
Designed by Vicky Chan
So there you have it: The 23 outstanding crochet patterns you’ll find in Delicate Crochet. Which one(s) do you most want to make? Leave us a comment for a chance to win a copy of Delicate Crochet — then keep an eye on your email in box in case you’re the lucky winner of our giveaway!
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I also find wire crochet endlessly fascinating. I’ve completed quite a few projects in this technique. While I don’t find it relaxing to work in this technique, I do usually love the results.
OK, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. Make that sometimes. Sometimes I love the results.
The thing is, wire crochet is not always the ideal technique for perfectionists. If you find it satisfying to crochet nice, neat, precise, evenly spaced stitches, you may find wire crochet a bit disappointing. While it’s technically possible to crochet evenly using wire, in practice it is pretty darned difficult to do.
This is one reason why I love the results sometimes, and sometimes not.
When working in yarn, I’ve practiced the afghan stitch to the point that I’m technically proficient at working it; I’m able to make a pretty tidy fabric using the stitch.
When I tried working the afghan stitch in wire, however, all of that went right out the window.
In the picture above, you can see my first attempt at working the afghan stitch using wire. I crocheted a small sample strip of the stitch using copper craft wire, which I then transformed into a beaded bracelet.
I think this design is pretty, and it has significant potential — although I’m not entirely happy with my first attempt. I’ve concluded that it would take more practice for me to produce a piece that’s up to my usual standards.
If you’d like to read more about my experiences with making this bracelet, and the techniques I’ve used to complete it, I invite you to take a look at the free bracelet pattern and instructions that I have shared.
If you’re new to the wire crochet technique, this is NOT a good starter project; I’d recommend trying this beaded wire crochet napkin ring first. That project is much easier than this one is.
I’m getting ready to move, so I am going back through all my projects and deciding which of my finished objects to donate, what to gift to friends, what to keep and what to unravel. This is a bit like traveling back in time. It’s refreshing my memory on so many different ideas I had in the past, and so many different directions my knitting and crochet could take next.
Here’s a peek at a swatch of layered crochet stitches I worked back in 2009, when I first began designing crochet patterns for public consumption.
I’ve learned a lot between now and then; there are good things and bad things about the direction of the growth I’ve experienced in that time. I think in many ways, I’ve become more adept at pattern writing, and my patterns are clearer than they were in the earlier days. The downside is that, in the early days, I was more willing to try complex things that were difficult to explain via crochet patterns. Since many of my readers are beginning crocheters, somewhere along the line I began making choices that are safer, simpler and more beginner friendly. So some of the resulting clarity has come at the expense of work that is a little more interesting, different and unusual.
Looking at this swatch is a good reminder of the kind of work that I used to do in the past but haven’t done much of lately. I used to take more risks with my crocheting, and I was more willing to spend time on pieces that failed, or at least failed to achieve “commercial success.” At the time, since I was just getting started with designing for the public, I didn’t even understand what “commercial success” was. I have a clearer understanding of that now, although I am still learning more every day.
In the swatch pictured above, the lower layer of the fabric is single crochet. The upper layer consists of arches of chain stitches and single crochet.
After I initially created this swatch, I developed the concept into several finished projects:
Looking at this swatch reminds me that there are so many other different directions this idea could go in:
Different ways to work out the stitch repeat
Different color combinations to try
Different yarns to use
Different finished projects that could result
I crocheted both this swatch and my necklaces with embroidery floss. I think that using a thicker yarn would make an awfully thick fabric, but I’d still be interested to try it and see what happens. When worked with bulkier yarns, it could perhaps make an interesting purse or tote bag…a coffee cup cozy…the cuffs of a garment or the lower edge of a sweater…the lower edge of a hat…so many ideas!
For now, though, I have to resume with my decluttering and destashing, so instead of working on new ideas and new patterns I will have to content myself with linking you up to pages I’ve already posted:
Want to whip up something special to wear on New Year’s Eve? Here are a few ideas, with links to free patterns for crocheting each item.
A lace wrap would look stunning worn overtop of a little black dress. There are so many incredible shawl and wrap options that it’s a challenge to choose just one, but I’m eyeing the Luna Moth shawl as one possibility. I think it would be a gorgeous holiday wrap, yet wearable for many other occasions (and non-occasions) too.
Jeweled Neck Warmer — I designed this easy, beginner-friendly neck warmer with the holiday season in mind. This piece is sort of like a cross between a necklace and a scarf; it’s warmer than a necklace would be, and it’s dressier than your average winter scarf. In fact, it’s dressy enough to wear out on New Year’s Eve, so if you are tired of freezing in the name of fashion, why not give this project a try.
This gorgeous necklace is lovely for accessorizing on any occasion that calls for a bit of sparkle. It’s a bit artsy and, I think, totally fabulous. It’s often a conversation-starter when I wear mine; people are typically fascinated by the dichroic glass pendant, and interested to learn that each one is unique and handmade.
If you’re spending your New Year’s Eve socializing with a rather conservative group, a pearl necklace might be a better choice in the jewelry department.
In the picture at right, you can see one of my many fabric crochet necklaces. I crocheted this piece using red and white fabric strips, then added some blue wire-wrapped pendants. The result: a beautiful red, white and blue necklace that’s cute for wearing with shorts, jeans, skirts, button-down shirts and / or t-shirts. It’s a fantastic piece to use for 4th of July accessorizing, and it’s also appropriate to wear just about any time of year.
I adore this color combination — but if you don’t care for it, you could make the necklace in any colors you choose. As a matter of fact, this colorway wasn’t my first choice. I’ve re-worked this same necklace pattern many different times, and my original color choices were much different. The first few times I crocheted this design, I used some wild, colorful batik print fabrics. You can see ’em if you click here.
This bracelet (not pictured) is another great choice for wearing on Independence Day. It’s bright and sparkly, and the red and blue colors look lovely together.
Those are a couple of projects that I have already crocheted in Fourth-of-July-friendly colors, but the truth is, you could make just about any of our jewelry patterns using combinations of red and white, blue and white, or red white and blue. I invite you to take a look at the patterns and feel free to put your own unique spin on them, whether by changing the colors or other details to make them your own.