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Published on November 28th, 2016 | by Emma Friedlander-Collins


Very grown up crochet…

What’s your crochet style? Emma Friedlander-Collins is finding she’s making some very “grown up” crochet projects all of a sudden…

Grown-up crochet by Emma Friedlander-Collins

I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve just had a birthday, or if crochet in general is starting to move that way, but I keep having the urge to make some terribly grown-up crochet pieces.  Let’s face it, for years crochet has been seen as the little sister to knitting, used mainly for edging, granny squares or novelty makes.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s no shame in loving a Viking beard or a mermaid tail blanket, but crochet has SO much more to give, and it feels like it’s time to be taken seriously has come.

If you’re a bit of a crochet geek like me, then you’ll have seen the utterly beautiful crochet patterns designed by Kat Goldin & Joanne Scrace for The Crochet Project.  Fantastic shawls, wraps and scarves, and recently, some amazing cardigans, jumpers, mittens and hats.  All proper, grown-up, wearable patterns, and incredibly inspiring.

Lately I’ve been using a lot of Noro yarns; they’re made of natural fibres and have a really gorgeous, often completely random, colour variegation.  When my latest acquisition arrived (Noro Kibou No.22) it was clearly desperate to become a terribly grown-up hat, so I set to work designing a terribly grown-up hat pattern.  It may be why I chose stitches that slightly mimic knitted stitches – a stitch worked in the ‘hump’ stitch of a half-treble makes a lovely stocking stitch effect for the band (made using Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino) whereas a moss or tweed stitch gives a lovely, defined, ‘v’ stitch pattern for the body.  Ok, so I still couldn’t resist putting a pompom on the top, but I’m delighted with how it came out.

Crochet hat

Next on the list has got to be some terribly grown-up, colour work mittens.  Having bought a kit to try and knit some (and I can’t knit for toffee), I’ve decided it’s time to have a go using the same grid pattern, but a hook and some gorgeous, grown-up Rowan yarns.  It may take a very long time, and it may be incredibly fiddly, but it’s got to be worth a go.

Rowans yarns

Even after all this time, I’m still amazed at the things there are to learn, as well as the variety that crochet has to give.  Crochet has definitely come in to its own, and it’s no longer the little sister, but ready to sit at the grown-up table with all the other yarn arts this Christmas!

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About the Author

Emma Friedlander-Collins started designing and selling crochet patterns in 2011. With her unique approach and unusual designs, she has established herself as an innovative crochet designer and online success. Emma's also the co-founder and partner in crime at #crochetgirlgang - a space for crochet girls the world over to share their makes, find some support and generally get crochet happy.

5 Responses to Very grown up crochet…

  1. Jenny Heyworth says:

    Looks like a lovely hat, would love the pattern, is it available anywhere?

  2. sandra says:

    I love crocheting scarves and shawls!

  3. Jamie says:

    Another thing that I have noticed for crochet is all those patterns with cables in them. As someone has said, “Cables aren’t just for knitting anymore.” Some of these cable patterns can rival (if not supersede) the knitted versions. It is something that I am looking into to add to my ever growing tool box.

  4. Isabelle says:

    That is NOT how many of us think about crochet at all! It is certainly not second best to knitting and both have strengths, I do and love both equally. Many crocheters and designers do take it seriously and have done for ages. Making wearable items is certainly not a novel idea. Feel rather this was a rather patronising write up actually!

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