Draped In Lace Vest
Lady Mary Skirt
Capelet in Broomstick Crochet
Bias Mini Skirt
Rockin’ Red Dress
Interweave Crochet, Fall 2012
Show off your curves in this deliciously fitted and flared dress. Completely and nearly invisibly seamless, crocheted from the neck down with virtually no added finishing, this design is a master-class in interior stitch shaping. The soy silk yarn is a narrow knitted tape that can have a slightly crunchy hand in the skein, but goes limp with blocking and develops a fluid drape. In order for the seamless shoulders to support the weight of the dress, the top of the dress is worked in a pattern called Quiver Stitch, a dense overlay of delta-shaped clusters on a solid stitch background. The close-fitting bodice features a V neck and shaped shoulder caps, with optional bust shaping darts if desired. The waist is whittled down as the Quiver Stitch comes to a V at front and back, converting to the underlying solid stitches. Six outlined gores shape the skirt to a generously flared hem. Shown as a short, finger-tip length dress, this design is easily shortened to a tunic or top, or lengthened by adding rounds to the bottom, even after the fact.
As for the inspiration for this design, try to imagine the dress in a scandalously short length with a black T-shirt at the neckline and worn with tall black boots. Add the delta-shaped insignia on the chest. Remind you of anything?
I turned a gorgeous doily into a fashion-forward skirt to accompany an article about designer Elizabeth Hiddleson.
#18 Lacy Top
Interweave Crochet, Spring 2012
Indian Springs Cocoon Jacket
Crochet! Magazine, Spring 2012: Easy, No-Sew Crochet
I contributed one of the four patterns in the Interweave Press booklet A Snowflake Story (February 2012, available as an e-book download).
Spa Shawl Top and Tunic
Simply Crochet: 22 Stylish Designs for Every Day by Robyn Chachula (Interweave Press, December 2011, available as e-book download)
These are two designs included in Robyn’s book, a short cape-shouldered top and a longer tunic version, both in NaturallyCaron.com Spa.
Apres Noir Jacket
Ripples in the Stream
Inspired by a design straight off the fashion runway, this top makes a bold lacy statement for any season. It is crocheted from the top down in Tahki Cotton Classic Lite, sportweight mercerized cotton. The seamless lace construction of the body means the curvy leaf pattern flows smoothly from neck to waist with no interruptions and minimal finishing required. With a small cap shoulder, slim body gathered into a wide ribbed waistband at a cropped but adjustable length, this piece works well as a lacy shell or a vest over a shirt.
Brown Eyed Girl
Crocheted in sportweight Tahki Cotton Classic Lite, this mesh stitch vest has a sexy silhouette and an easy fit. The shoulders are deeply cut out; the body flares dramatically to hip length in a half circle that is fuller at the front and fishtails a bit at the back; the arrow figures around the hem help to weigh down the edge and give the body a little swing. Wear it with the fronts open, draped in folds; for a defined waist, belt it with the fronts crossed and overlapped at each side or tucked and pleated to meet at center front. E-pattern available for download from Tahki Stacy Charles.
Leaves of Summer Vest
Crochet! Magazine, July 2011 Revised pattern pdf here
With its deep V-neck, cap sleeves and crossover fitted waist, this pretty vest has lots of stylish flair. It is crocheted seamlessly in lustrous cotton yarn in a simple lace stitch that gives it soft stretch and drape.
Piecework, May/June 2011
Here is an example of how beautifully Broomstick lace integrates with regular crochet pattern stitches. Internal shaping is accomplished within the rows of V-stitch pattern to create this completely seamless, cap-sleeve cardigan. It features a soft collar that drapes around the shoulders and folds over to form the open V front, and roomy armholes for layering. The hip-length body is simple and straight, easily adjusted for length. Stretchy and forgiving in fit, this cardi may be worn loosely open in front, or snugly overlapped and wrapped with the narrow No-Stick Broomstick belt shown or using a purchased belt. See the accompanying Beyond the Basics: Broomstick Lace article for tips on working with Broomstick technique.