Hooker’s Startitis

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I am a pretty newb crocheter. My most notable project to date, a cute summery tee, is currently languishing half-done. (Oops.) I enjoy the rhythm of crochet, but my excuse is the same one for selfish knitting–I don’t have time! 98% of my knitting time is devoted to design work and at most, I manage to squeeze in a small accessory project to break up the monotony of creating beautiful things you then have to send away instead of showing off. It’s a hard life, this designing. Cue violins.

Anyways, last night I tried the crochet chain provisional cast on for the first time instead of the usual provisional cast on with waste yarn I use when knitting. LOVE it, so much easier. Unfortunately, picking up a hook made me start daydreaming about all the crochet projects I’m dying to start. What better way to spend a snow day than fantasy yarn shopping?

decodaisiesThe Holla Knits KAL* just kicked off this week and I wish I was right there with everyone working on a Deco Daisies of my very own! I love this sweet and flowery cowl, which I think would be perfect in a color changing yarn with long repeats like Knitting Fever Painted Desert. I’m thinking something pink and purple-y for the ultimate feminine neckwarmer.

fallfieldsI loved this sweater so much that I bought the issue of Interweave Crochet as soon as I saw it. Once I have time, it’s waiting for me! Of course, as a Tosh addict I couldn’t resist dreaming of Madelinetosh Tosh Sport color combinations for this. I love Heuchera but have yet to use it in any projects and would make it the main color of the Fall Fields Cardigan so it can take center stage.

sugarsparklesMy coworker and crochet design maven Sara once said that hand-dyed yarn looks great in crochet and I couldn’t agree more. I love Fable Fibers’ colorways and couldn’t pick just one! This yarn sudden death match comes down between Orchid and Lucky Penny, both in Fable Fibers Story MCN. Each would give the Sugar Sparkles Shawlette a different vibe and I can picture either color at home in my wardrobe.

I’d love to grow my crochet queue, so share your favorite patterns or designers with me!

*There are tons of cool prizes in the Holla Knits KAL, including my self-published patterns and the Pantonal pattern collection–incentive to join in if you’ve been waiting to whip up any Holla Knits patterns!

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  1. I wish I had more time to crochet too! I’m no expert, but I do like queuing crochet patterns. This one, Frostberries, is a cool shaped hat with crochet stitches I’ve never tried and don’t understand! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/frostberry-hat

    This hat, Rose Window Slouch, is another cool crochet pattern that I can totally see myself wearing: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rose-window-slouch
    (Kira K has a bunch of good crochet patterns).

    As far as shawls go, I like Geoui (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/geoui), and I also like the look of this hooded vest (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hoodie-by-eleven).

    Lena Fedtodova has a bunch of nice looking patterns, but I particularly like Flowers and Tiles Top (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flowers-and-tiles-top).

    I haven’t actually made any of these, but you know, a knitter likes to crochet day-dream.

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