Editor’s Inspiration: what to crochet when it’s too hot for blankets!
When the weather is bad, and it’s raining, windy and cold, crocheting blankets is the perfect solution – but what should we crochet when it’s hot?
I’m suffering from crochet confusion. I can’t settle on one project: I want to start new things, I want to finish old things – and I’m caught in a stalemate. This happens periodically to all crocheters – but this time I am certain it’s weather related! Here in London, instead of warm sunny weather (yes, it does happen), we’ve had rain and thunderstorms coupled with a humidity that would put anyone off blankets. I have a go-to stash blanket that is simply rows of half trebles in any aran weight yarn I have left from other projects, but that is now big enough to cover my knees to the floor and it’s just too hot to work on!
I have toyed with the idea of making a cotton blanket, but even that feels too cumbersome. Perhaps it’s time to think about other kind of projects? I am not really an amigurumi gal, but if you’ve got someone to make them for, little toys are fun to crochet and make gorgeous gifts. I’m not in the mood for cushions, and it’s far too warm to make early Christmas presents with cosy wool. The answer is staring me in the face…. fine yarn and scarves!
Working with 4ply yarn is wonderful in warm weather – it’s light on your lap, and gorgeous to wear, so I’ve found a few patterns that will potentially break my (self-imposed) crochet fast! The Contour Shawl (pictured above) is the latest pattern offering from the brilliant Crochet Project, and looks like the kind of shawl I would really wear – which is important, because often I get very excited about shawls, taken in by the crochet techniques, then forget to actually wear them!
For a speedy project, I love this gorgeous Summer Infinity Scarf. You can make it up in any yarn fibre you like, and summer is the perfect time to try linen, cotton, silk – and light, airy blends of all three!
This is a FREE pattern, and great fun to make because it’s so fast – all those triple trebles (double trebles in US terms) make this infinity scarf grow very fast indeed! It is crocheted in the round, in 4ply weight yarn, and you’ll need 500 yards (458m) to make a good sized scarf that doubles up nicely.
You could try a variegated yarn here, like Crystal Palace Panda Silk Multis – I love the colourways, and the silk will give the scarf a beautiful drape.
Alternatively, a beautiful 4ply cotton would make a fabulous infinity scarf for every day. I am a huge fan of the BC Garn range, and the 4ply cotton, Alba, comes in over 20 summery shades. You’ll need three balls of this very affordable cotton and a 5mm hook. I’m very tempted by this beautiful lemon (EB08) but my heart is pulling me towards the palest, palest ballet pink – take a look at EB03!
If you haven’t worked with a 4ply yarn before, you might find it difficult to adjust to a fine yarn after working with DK or aran, but persevere, because it’s worth it! Often patterns may call for 4ply (or finer) but still require a larger hook to create open stitchwork. Try it – you won’t be disappointed!
Pack away your blankets, and embrace shawls and scarves!
The feature image, above, is the Goldberry shawl by MADuNaier, which can be worked in DK or 4ply, and has three sizes of shawl in one pattern.