Win a Copy of Delicate Crochet in Our Pattern Book Giveaway

Update 12/9/2018: Our original giveaway winner did not respond to my email, so we selected a new winner:


Lisa RIchardson said, “Most of the projects are ones I can see myself doing, but I fell in love with the lacy fingerless gloves!!”


Congrats, Lisa!


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. Lisa, your name was the one she drew — so check your email, 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?


Win a Copy of Delicate Crochet in Our Pattern Book Giveaway! Delicate Crochet is a brand new pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books
Win a Copy of Delicate Crochet in Our Pattern Book Giveaway! Delicate Crochet is a brand new pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books

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:

Delicate Crochet pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books
Delicate Crochet pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books


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

Elegant Trios Bead Crochet Necklace by Amy Solovay for Delicate Crochet, Published by Stackpole Books
Elegant Trios Bead Crochet Necklace by Amy Solovay for Delicate Crochet, Published by Stackpole Books

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:


14-Karat Gold-Plated Beads and Toggle for Jewelry Making
14-Karat Gold-Plated Beads and Toggle for Jewelry Making

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 Sesia by 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

Ruffled crochet fingerless gloves designed by Amy Solovay. The pattern for these fingerless gloves is included in Delicate Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books.
Ruffled crochet fingerless gloves designed by Amy Solovay. The pattern for these fingerless gloves is included in Delicate Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books.

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 suggested yarn for this pattern is Hawthorne Speckle, a wool blend yarn which is available for sale at Knitpicks.


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

Iced Silver Fox Crochet Sweater Pattern

Designed by Kristin Omdahl

Iced Silver Fox Crochet Sweater designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Iced Silver Fox Crochet Sweater designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Low-Back Crochet Lace Top Pattern

Designed by Kristin Omdahl

Low-Back crochet lace top designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this gorgeous top is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Low-Back crochet lace top designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this gorgeous top is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Muriel Lace Cardigan Pattern

Designed by Robyn Chachula

Muriel crochet lace cardigan pattern designed by Robyn Chachula. The crochet pattern for this lovely sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Muriel crochet lace cardigan pattern designed by Robyn Chachula. The crochet pattern for this lovely sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Palmy Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

Designed by Rhonda Davis


Palmy crochet cardigan sweater pattern by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Palmy crochet cardigan sweater pattern by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Ziggy Vest

Designed by Vashti Braha

Ziggy crochet vest pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Ziggy crochet vest pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Lacy Sleeveless Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

Designed by Marty Miller

Lacy Sleeveless Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Lacy Sleeveless Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Filet Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern

Designed by Marty Miller

Filet Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Filet Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Flirt Short-Sleeved Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

Designed by Karen McKenna

Flirt Short-Sleeved Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Karen McKenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Flirt Short-Sleeved Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Karen McKenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Crochet Shawl, Wrap and Poncho Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet

Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman


Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern  designed by Sharon Silvernman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern
designed by Sharon Silvernman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Blox Crochet Shawl Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman


Blox crochet shawl pattern by Sharon Silverman. If you want to crochet a shawl like this one, you'll find the pattern for it available in  Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Blox crochet shawl pattern by Sharon Silverman. If you want to crochet a shawl like this one, you’ll find the pattern for it available in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Damask Rose Crochet Wrap Pattern

Designed by Katya Novikova

Damask rose crochet lace wrap pattern by Katya Novikova. The crochet pattern for this wrap is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Damask rose crochet lace wrap pattern by Katya Novikova. The crochet pattern for this wrap is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Gentle Whisper Shawl

Designed by Judith Butterworth

Gentle Whisper crochet lace shawl pattern by Judith Butterworth. The crochet pattern for this shawl is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Gentle Whisper crochet lace shawl pattern by Judith Butterworth. The crochet pattern for this shawl is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Lotus Wrap Crochet Pattern

Designed by Katya Novikova

Lotus wrap crochet pattern by Katya Novikova for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Lotus wrap crochet pattern by Katya Novikova for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Peacock Lace Shawl

Designed by Sharon Silverman

Peacock Lace Shawl by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Peacock Lace Shawl by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Sea and Shells Crochet Poncho Pattern

Designed by Karen McKenna

Sea and shells poncho pattern by Karen Mckenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Sea and shells poncho pattern by Karen Mckenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern

Designed by Vashti Braha

Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Crochet Scarf and Cowl Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet

New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern

Designed by Rhonda Davis

New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern Designed by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern Designed by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designed by Judith Butterworth

Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Judith Butterworth for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Judith Butterworth for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman

Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman

Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

The Crochet Skirt Pattern Featured in Delicate Crochet

Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern

Designed by Vicky Chan

Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern Designed by Vicky Chan for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern Designed by Vicky Chan for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

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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Dressing in Crochet for the Holidays

The holiday season is the perfect time to show off your crocheted lovelies! If you don’t have any lovelies to show off, or if you do but you want some new ones, now is a great time to make some for yourself. Some of these projects are versatile enough to be worn for any holiday from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Others are specifically meant to be Christmas designs. Hopefully you’ll find some new wardrobe pieces to make and add to your closet now that the holiday season is upon us.

Festive Jeweled Neck Warmer

When you're thinking of dressing in crochet for the holidays, consider making this easy crochet neck warmer scarf. It's suitable for crafters of every skill level, even total beginners to crochet.
When you’re thinking of dressing in crochet for the holidays, consider making this easy crochet neck warmer scarf. It’s suitable for crafters of every skill level, even total beginners to crochet.

When I first imagined this easy crochet neck warmer, I was hoping to create a design that would be ideal for the the winter holiday season — something that would be warm, yet impressive enough to wear out to Christmas parties, family gatherings, holiday festivities and such.

I think this neck warmer turned out to be exactly the type of wardrobe piece I had in mind. This design is almost a hybrid between a necklace and a scarf; it’s warmer than a necklace would be, and it’s dressier than your typical winter scarf is. It’s also a quick, easy project that’s suitable for total beginners to crochet. For a crocheter with some experience, it won’t take long to whip this up. For beginners, I don’t think there’s any such thing as a truly quick project — but even for a beginner, this is a much quicker project than usual. So if you want to spend a little time kicking back and relaxing with your crochet amid the holiday hubbub, this pattern is a really good one to reach for.

Shawls and Wraps

Shawls are so beautiful, and the extra bit of warmth is always welcome during the winter season. Check out these shawl and wrap patterns for some fabulous choices.

Crochet Pattern Books Featuring Dressy, Holiday-Friendly Shawls

There are some fantastic crochet pattern books available that are exclusively dedicated to giving you shawl patterns. My favorite so far is Sara Kay Hartmann’s book called Poetic Crochet — but there are many other fantastic choices available in addition to that book.

Fancy Cuff-Style Christmas Bracelet (Free Crochet Pattern)

Wire Lace Cuff Bracelet -- Free Crochet Pattern
Wire Lace Cuff Bracelet — Free Crochet Pattern

This stylish cuff bracelet is crocheted in two colors of wire, and it’s accented with contrasting yet complementary beads. I crocheted my sample bracelet in Christmas colors — red and green wire, with bronze-colored seed bead accents.

As is, it’s a great look for those of you who would like to wear it during the Christmas season. But, if you’d like it to be wearable all year long, all it would take is a color change to make the bracelet in more of an everyday color palette. Why not try making it in silver, gold and bronze? Or perhaps in vibrant, bohemian hues of colored wire. If you have a favorite floral dress, try using a green-colored wire that matches the green leaves on the flowers; instead of the red wire, use whichever color is the main flower color; and instead of the bronze, substitute whichever color is used in the background of the floral fabric on the dress. Voila! Now you have the perfect accessory to wear with your dress.

This is another quick project that doesn’t involve a big time commitment.

Grab These Christmas Patterns and More:

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Crocheting Bracelets Using Wire

Bracelets are reasonably quick projects to crochet, and I love them because they allow for so much easy experimentation — with materials, colors, textures and forms.


Wire Lace Cuff Bracelet -- Free Wire Crochet Pattern

I find that wire crochet bracelets are particularly interesting to experiment with. There are so many different ways you can make them. The wire, being stiff, can be sculpted in different ways if you like; and when you crochet with it, a sort of magic happens. It’s almost like creating a delightful fusion of lace and metalwork; the two disparate crafts intertwine and become one. Add beads to the mix, and the results are even more spectacular.

Pictured here are a couple of wire crochet bracelets that I’ve posted online, along with free patterns in case you’d like to crochet some similar pieces. The bracelet shown above is a wire cuff bracelet crocheted in Christmas colors. I adore its lacy look.

The bracelet shown at lower right is one of my latest beaded wire crochet projects. This design is crafted using wire, red coral beads, jasper stone beads, and glass beads. If you don’t already know how to make one of these, no worries, you can learn how to do it — for free! The free bracelet pattern is available right here on our website for you to use.


DIY Southwestern Turquoise and Red Coral Wire Crochet Bracelet Pattern

I’m showing you these particular bracelets because I think they are both nice designs for Christmas, which is coming up soon; it’ll be here before you know it. If you’d like to make yourself some pretty holiday baubles, these would be lovely to whip up for wearing to any upcoming holiday parties or gatherings. If these designs aren’t quite what you have in mind, our list of free jewelry patterns offers even more options. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing through them.

You may also want to take a peek at our wire crochet patterns, which include both jewelry and other projects.


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Challenge Yourself: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone With Knitting and Crochet

Wire Crochet Bracelet Crocheted in Afghan Stitch
If you’ve mastered knitting or crocheting with yarn, it could be interesting and challenging to give some other materials, like wire, a try. Photo and Free Bracelet Pattern © Amy Solovay. Posted online at http://knittingandcrochet.net

What types of projects do you like to knit or crochet? Do you usually make blankets, hats, scarves, baby projects or granny squares? Or something else?

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.

If you haven’t ever knitted or crocheted with beads, that’s another technique you could try to introduce a new material into your work. You can click here to check out our introduction to bead crochet. If you need bead crochet patterns, I highly recommend this list of the best beadwork books at Crochet-Books.com. You’ll find all my favorite bead crochet pattern books featured on that list.

If beadwork isn’t going to be your next big thing, you could try learning a different knitting or crochet technique. Here are a few possibilities:

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:

  • The Alterknit Stitch Dictionary (for stranded colorwork knitting stitch patterns)
  • Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters (for every kind of crochet stitch pattern you could think of, including crochet cables, colorwork stitches, lace stitches, edgings and more)
  • 99 Post Stitches by Darla Sims
  • 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.

    Related Resources:

Afghan Stitch Bracelet in Wire Crochet Free Crochet Pattern and Instructions

Afghan Stitch Bracelet in Wire Crochet
Afghan Stitch Bracelet in Wire Crochet

I enjoy messing around with different crochet techniques.


Tunisian crochet is one of my favorites. It’s fascinating to explore the infinite possibilities for working in this technique, which has been handed down to us from times past. My vintage crochet books include cryptic instructions for many different Tunisian crochet stitches, including the afghan stitch and others.


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.


Usually.

.

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.

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Project Ideas for Using Layered Crochet Stitches

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.


This swatch is comprised of single crochet and chain stitches that are layered over each other in interesting ways. This idea is further developed into some crochet necklaces which you can make using free patterns available on the Internet.
This swatch is comprised of single crochet and chain stitches that are layered over each other in interesting ways. This idea is further developed into some crochet necklaces which you can make using free patterns available on the Internet.



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:

Dressing Up for New Year’s Eve DIY Fashion Ideas for the First Holiday of the New Year

Rose Chip Bead Necklace in Wire Crochet

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.

Red, White and Blue Jewelry for Fourth of July

This red, white and blue necklace is part of a roundup of red, white and blue jewelry DIY projects to knit and crochet for 4th of July, or any other occasion that warrants wearing patriotic colors.
This red, white and blue necklace is part of a roundup of red, white and blue jewelry DIY projects to knit and crochet for 4th of July, or any other occasion that warrants wearing patriotic colors.

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.

More DIY Projects and 4th of July Ideas:

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