Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A New Series: VK Crochet

As any of you who read my blog regularly know, I am passionate about crochet. I also love books and magazines. I have been attempting to dispel hooking misconceptions recently using a little crafty data. Well, I thought data of a different sort was now in order. I'm going to be posting a series of blog entries over the next several weeks about one of my favorite recent crochet magazines - the Vogue Knitting Crochet special edition, using data of the very best sort: FOs from some of its' patterns. Wait until you see how some amazing, real-life knitters and crocheters have started to interpret these VK designs.

First up: #5 Wrap Tunic by Robyn Chachula

This tunic (the first design in the "A Fine Romance" section of the magazine) is motif work at its finest: hexagons of various sizes are made and subsequently joined, with the waistband and tunic borders all sleek single crochet (a design element after my own heart). Originally worked up in azure Louisa Harding/KFI Mulberry (more envy!), this is a stunning silk piece.

Leslie (LarcYarn on Ravelry) has turned this into one of the best summer bathing suit cover-ups evah. Just take a look at how this pattern worked up in under three skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock.

That's Leslie in Jamaica - go Leslie, and your wonderful cover-up! She's also got a great shot of the cover-up on her dress form, below. Thanks, Leslie, for letting me use your photos to show off your most excellent FO.

Now for a different approach, check out Isabel's (hellogirl100687 on Ravelry) version, worn over a daytime dress.

Isabel also used a Madelinetosh yarn - Merino Light in the duchess colorway. She's also got a great shot of the waist detail and motifs (and a big thanks to Leslie for allowing me to use her photos).

While Leslie's been crocheting for a few decades, Isabel describes her crochet skills as "I'm not sure if you can count my crochet," yet both produced excellent results.

If I were Robyn Chachula, I'd be pleased as ... well ... summertime punch.


  1. Cute! I especially like it over the little dress! Yo don't see this kind of garment done in wool much.

  2. Love, love, love it! The series idea is brilliant! One of my favorite things about Rav is seeing how other people made the project I'm thinking about. And of course I suffer from a book/magazine obsession. So to have you bring the two together is just awesome!
    Each of the ladies featured did an excellent job.
    Thanks for some super blogging!

  3. That is a pretty cover up. I see crochet and knit garments being sold everywhere this summer and fall.

  4. Very clever use of yarn - keeping it very light weight and summery - just wish I had the talent!

  5. Haha... why don't they just call it Vogue Crochet?

    I really like the black wrap.