Archive for June, 2009

Risque Crochet?

Since our June patterns both feature openwork stitching, I thought I’d focus on why crochet and crochet looks (achieved in knitting) are becoming so popular, especially with the younger crowd. It’s all about fashion – and comfort in the upcoming steamy weather.

I came upon this article in my Google alerts for crochet and it definitely gives us a whole different look into the art – from a young, sexy standpoint. There’s no better time for openwork crochet and knitting than the summer!

What’s Next: Risqué Crochet
By Natalie Alcala
April 28, 2009
As we’ve somehow transported bodysuits, lace, mesh, and body-con dresses straight from the 90s back into our closets, it seems racy pieces are making a huge comeback—especially now that summer is around the corner. However, this time we’re making it right by balancing provocative elements with masculine layers and edgy accessories. Think a tight-fitted mini-dress with a vintage jean jacket or a sexy monokini under easy slacks. Experiment with this proportion by incorporating another throwback into your wardrobe: crochet wear.

It’s not just a grandmother’s hobby anymore. Crocheted pieces can be worn anytime, anywhere; and unlike lace, the look is perfect for the beach. Layer it over a bikini or ruched tube top and cut-off jeans. The delicate peephole effect allows you to reveal some skin without going overboard, and the intricate patterns make every piece look a little bit different. Just remember to keep it subtle—one crocheted piece per outfit—or else you’ll end up looking like a runaway doily.

Examples: Maurie & Eve crochet back singlet, Sass & Bide In Other Words top, Ecote crochet inset tunic, Free People rugged trim vest, Rachel Comey net half ruffle top, Betsey Johnson Black Magic bikini.

Cielo & Montreal
What a wonderful, cool and versatile the Cielo top is! Knitted in Spa Ocean Spray and designed by Susan Shildmyer, this versatile summer piece can be work to work over a blouse – or over a long cami worn with jeans. It’s incredibly lightweight and will roll up into a grapefruit-sized ball for super-easy packing. With one shake, it’s back to size! Cielo is knitted starting at the lower front edges, then the stitches for the back neck are cast on and the back knitted to the hem, kind of like a cropped ruana. But what makes this project so unique is the i-cord drawstring that is threaded up the front, around the back neck and down the other front. Gather it up and you have a shrug that looks like our photo.

Worn with a black dress for the evening, as in this photo, or worn over a swimsuit at the pool or beach, the Montreal jacket, crocheted in Country and designed by Tammy Hildebrand, is the epitome of versatility. Montreal is crocheted in one piece from sleeve to sleeve. It’s just one stitch with a border crocheted when the main jacket piece has been completed. I’d love one in Black, worn over khaki pants and top then accented with a large multi-colored summer scarf – and very long black beads.


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