Editor's Inspiration

Published on June 1st, 2016 | by Merion


Editor’s Inspiration: Indie June

We’re celebrating independent design throughout the month of June here at LoveCrochet – take a look at Merion’s favourites!

Indie june: Alice's Shift Dress by Kraftling on the LoveCrochet blog

Alice’s Shift Dress by Kraftling

Crochet has evolved through many style incarnations since it appeared – first as lacework in 18th century Europe (you can read all about its history here) and now, in 2016, we’re celebrating glorious colourwork, modern garments and a whole host of beautiful stitches and techniques thanks to clever designers!

Here at LoveCrochet, we love our indie designers – we love their originality, their creativity, and their incredible understanding of colour and texture. During June, we celebrate indie design with a month long pattern jambouree, and I thought I’d kick things off by looking at just how far crochet has come – from granny squares to modern garments and cables!

Steel & Stitch (aka Emma Friedlander-Collins) has recently uploaded her patterns to LoveCrochet, having made a great name for herself with her fantastic books, patterns in Inside Crochet magazine and passionate Instagram following! I love this simple scallop tee shirt, just perfect for warmer weather!

indie june: Scallop Tee by Steel & Stitch on the LoveCrochet blog

Scallop Tee by Steel & Stitch

Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin are the two talented designers behind The Crochet Project, famous for leading the charge to develop crochet further than the granny square! Below is Kat Goldin’s Lessons in Geometry scarf, an incredible design for crochet fans using tapestry crochet techniques and block colourwork – a real feast for the hooks!

indie june: Lessons in Geometry by Kat Goldin on the LoveCrochet blog

Lessons in Geometry by Kat Goldin

The Crochet Project‘s newest pattern is a fabulous shawl from Joanne Scrace called Contour, designed with variegated yarn in mind. If you love shawls, you’ll love The Crochet Project ebooks, Shawl Project Book 1 and Shawl Project Book 2, but there are a whole host of other patterns to explore!

indie june: Contour by the Crochet Project on the LoveCrochet blog

Contour, from The Crochet Project

It’s not just your wardrobe that is benefitting from these fabulous independent designers – homeware designs and techniques are filling our homes with rainbows of colour and stitchery.

Little Doolally and have brought us a range of colourwork blankets that have stunned and amazed us, using tapestry crochet and intarsia, and anyone who thought cabling was just for knitters is going to be proved wrong – just look at this!

indie june: chunky cables decorative throw by knot sew cute design shop on the LoveCrochet blog

Chunky Cables Decorative Throw by

If you thought intarsia was beyond a crochet hook, you’ll love this beautiful Little Deer blanket from Little Doolally!

indie june: Little Deer Blanket by Little Doolally on the LoveCrochet blog

Intarsia fun with Little Doolally’s Little Deer Blanket

Don’t miss a post throughout June we’ve got fabulous patterns, designer news and interviews and exciting giveaways!

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About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.

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