One of my favorite things to spot when leafing through a mail order catalog is to note inaccurate descriptions of knitted and crocheted garments. I love it when something that is definitely crocheted – couldn’t be more obvious – is described as a “beautifully knitted piece.” But the most fun is deciphering whether a garment is knit or crocheted when it could be either. Warp knitting machines produce a fabric that is particularly deceptive – it looks like crochet until you get up close. The Flash close-up option that is now on so many websites (such as jjill.com or peruvianconnection.com) makes figuring this out almost like cheating, though (easier to see the knit stitch). Where’s the thrill??
In passing by Salaam, a local shop that has lots of young, way-cool fashions, the other day, I noted the afghan crochet hook and the knitted plastic purse in the window. Even our local ladies can’t get it right! (Sorry for the reflections, but it was a busy day today in Montpelier – state primary voting day.)
Country and Spa Free patterns
This week, the Spa pattern is for Margret Willson’s Allegra knitted jacket is year-round perfect. Designed in Misty Taupe, the jacket is a versatile, layering-friendly piece you’ll wear with nearly everything. It’s dressy enough to wear out in the evening over a black dress and it’s understated enough to wear as a jacket to work. And, of course, over jeans and a cami on the weekend.
Just in time for fall is the Dublin Throw, designed by Tammy Hildebrand. Crocheted in three colors of Country, Deep Purple, Vicuna and Loden Forest, the Dublin throw is made from nine super-portable strips done in just three different stitch patterns.