Spring is upon us and what better way to celebrate than to create something new and vibrant for your home!
#7: Fat Cat by Trish Hoskin of Fat Lady Crochet
This stuffie, like most in this list, is a great way to use up those scraps you have been stashing away. Created with 6 different colors of worsted-weight yarn, this guy works up quickly and will make a great addition to your couch or the perfect gift for a little one in your family.
#6: Catch-All Crochet Baskets by Lena Skvagerson for Annie’s Signature Designs
Baskets are a great way to organize your spaces. These beauties use cotton worsted-weight yarn in bright colors and feature a variety of stitches to keep you interested. They can be worked up in numerous color combinations to match any decor.
#5: Palmeras Place Mats by Lena Skvagerson for Annie’s Signature Designs
Yes, I have a bit of an obsession with Lena’s work but can you blame me? The mandala style place mats are super fun to crochet. You won’t want to set this project down once you get started because you will just have to see what that next color addition adds to the overall look of the piece. Plus these place mats use the amazing cotton DK-weight yarn, Omega Sinfonia, which comes in loads of amazing colors!
#4: Scrap Stripes Afghan by Emily Carter
Worsted-weight yarn. Easy stitch pattern. Alternating stripes. All of this adds up to one unique piece. This is one of those meditative pieces that you can work on after a stressful day of work…or adulting. Set your basket of scraps next to you, grab a cup of your preferred beverage and sink into the repetitive easy of this pretty afghan. This and the next 3 projects are available in the April 2022 issue of Crochet World magazine. Subscribe today or get a copy at your local newsstand!
#3: Fading Rainbow Lapghan by Rena Stevens
Designer Rena Stevens has created a super unique lapghan. You will need to pick a set of vibrant colors and then a similar set of subdued shades for this piece. The two sets of colors stagger at an angle up the lapghan for a truly unique look. It utilizes the same repeating stitch pattern throughout and once you master it, you will find this project super addictive. So start matching up those worsted-weight scraps!
#2: Resplendent Squares by Gemma R. Owen
I don’t want to leave out my threadies! This piece is part of a series that started in the February 2022 issue of Crochet World magazine and will run through the December 2022 issue. Each new issue of the magazine features 2 new squares and a different assembly diagram. By the December issue you will have 24 squares (one multicolored and one plain square for each of the 12 different pattern squares). Choose colors that compliment your home and join them in any number of ways. Share your creations on our social media platforms using the hashtag, #resplendentsquares. We really look forward to seeing how you put these lovely squares to use!
#1: Striped Delight by Anne Halliday
My number 1 choice goes to the cover project of the April 2022 issue of Crochet World. This project uses worsted-weight scraps in an easy-to-memorize pattern repeat to create a stunningly beautiful afghan. There are cluster stitches and bead stitches that add texture to the front of the afghan but the wrong side of the afghan looks equally as lovely with the unique stripes that are formed from the repeating pattern. You also do not need to weave in any ends! You are guided to leave long starting and ending tails that will then be incorporated in the the fringe on both ends of the blanket once you have completed it.
—Britt Schmiesing, editor