A New World of Crochet

Crochet. What image does that word bring to mind? The afghan your grandma made in the 70s?  The ugly sweater your Aunt Betty used to wear? Or maybe you are one of the lucky ones that has starched crochet ornaments gracing your Christmas tree….

While many of us have a fond, yet ‘ugly’ memory of crochet, I’m here to tell you that times have changed! Along with the many upgrades the yarn industry has seen since the 70s, so too has the world of crochet. Let’s take a look at some modern inspiration and just maybe we can banish the ‘ugly’ memories along the way.

One of the current trends taking the crochet world by storm is Mandala Madness. You may not have heard the term but you have probably seen a glimpse of this trend on Pinterest or Ravelry.

mandala

I first heard of this stunning blanket when a customer brought the above WIP (work in progress) into the store. What an amazingly inspiring work of art! As soon as I saw it, the wheels started turning and I had one of my own in the works by the end of the day.  I am so smitten with this project! It is all the things I love about crochet: comforting, colourful, and, most of all, challenging. I love to learn new techniques and this blanket just has a continuous flow of them. Helen of Crystals & Crochet has full tutorials for each and every step on her blog FOR FREE! Esther of It’s in a Nutshell has also posted video tutorials for the WHOLE blanket!

 

 

Another new-ish trend in the world of crochet blankets is Pixel Crochet or C2C (corner-2-corner) crochet. In C2C crochet you use a fun technique that creates individual squares that are connected as you go. No seaming required! Here is a fun pattern you can make using this technique:

GingerbreadPixel4

This cute gingerbread figure is just one square created by Sarah Zimmerman for her Christmas afghan. You can find lots of C2C tips and tutorials on Sarah’s blog Repeat Crafter Me.

Another way of creating ‘pixel’ images in a blanket is to make individual squares and then seam them together. This method allows for larger individual ‘blocks’ and therefore a more square pixelated look. Here is great blanket from the book, 100 PIXEL PLAIDS au crochet by Ingrid Leroux.

pixel crochet princess

Just in case that wasn’t enough creative crochet inspiration, what if you took any of these techniques and then turned them into wall art?. That is exactly what Sol Maldonado did and offers the pattern (both the wall art and floor pouf are one pattern) on Ravelry.

wall art    mandala flour poof

If you need to brush up on your crochet skills, or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn but didn’t know where to start, we have crochet classes! You can find all the info here.

New yarns, new patterns, and a world of possibilities. I can’t wait to see what the next trend in crochet will be!

 

Happy Hooking,

Trisha Morris

 

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