There are so many different crochet stitches out there, but sadly I think crochet is underrepresented. Don’t get me wrong, I love granny squares, mandalas and basic stitches, but I think there is a lack of representation in projects posted on Ravelry, Instagram or Pinterest to exhibit the variety that exists in crochet. I’d go as far as arguing that if you want to find projects using different stitches you’d need to look for vintage crochet patterns on Etsy or eBay. To be fair, there are some designers out there who are pushing the boundaries of imagination when it comes to crochet, situating it as a modern craft; Jeanette from Lutter Idyl and Molla Mills are two of my favorites. There are also books you can get teaching you all the different stitches that exist in crochet. The problem is the disconnect between what’s possible to do and what’s being done.
So where is this rant going, you ask? Well, this is why we decided to start what we call The Stitch Academy – a collection of crochet & knitting stitches; It’s our way of both learning new stitches & contributing knowledge to the world of crochet & fiber crafts.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted a pattern on our blog, the last pattern being our wrecked tee knit pattern. Since the weather outside is (going to get) frightful, we concocted a scarf pattern that is the perfect combination of sparkly, light, and warm. Yup, we nailed it.
The scarf is really wide, so you can wrap it like a snood, or wear it like a shawl. It’s also super lightweight, so it’s perfect for this flip-floppy weather we’ll be having for the next couple of months until old man winter settles in.
Lytter Idyl If modern crochet were in the dictionary, this blog would be a perfect example of it. I would learn Danish just to be able to read her patterns. I want to make every. single. one. Ps. the egg is a free pattern!
This is the story of how I got into crochet. I warn you though, it has nothing to do with crochet, and everything to do with omens.
Let me explain.
The story begins back in May 2010 in my last year and final month of university. It was the last two weeks of final exams and my brain was on fire. I could not make decisions about ANYTHING, whether it was what I was going to eat, what I was going to wear, or where I was going to go. In hindsight, it sounds a bit like a typical Monday morning when getting ready for work. But in actuality, it was terrifying. I had spent four years studying social sciences and law. It felt like the decisions should be obvious. Law school, where else? But I was completely lost. I spent four years learning critical thinking, advocacy, theory, human rights issues – but it turns out all that has nothing to do with law. So I was at a crossroads – follow the herd or be a black sheep?
We’re into the first week of August, and my mind is already drifting into fall. This summer has been H-O-T here in Toronto. I’m not exaggerating when I say all you can bear to stand is the time it takes to walk from one building with A/C to another.