If you ask a roomful of crocheters what they dislike most when it comes to crocheting, many will tell you it’s sewing all the pieces together. Most of us find the comfort of crocheting to be soothing and a joy to do. But when it comes to finishing up a project, it may take days, weeks or even months for us to get motivated to do all the sewing that is required. When I managed a yarn shop, many people would confess to having completed projects that just needed to be sewn together squirreled away in their closet!
If you find yourself just wanting to crochet this fall and not worry about seams, take a look at the Crochet! newsstand special, Stress-Free Seamless Crochet. You’ll find a variety of projects that are created with join-as-you-go motifs, connected with buttons, worked entirely in the round or all in one piece.
Here are just a few of the 40 projects you’ll find in this issue.
Designer, Margret Willson’s Mitered Shells Throw is just perfect in autumn colors or any color palette you choose. Each mitered square is built onto the next one in the row in join-as-you-go style, so when you are done, you are done! Crocheted in Universal Uptown Worsted, you’ll appreciate the softness, anti-pilling quality and color range of this easy-care acrylic yarn.
The Paisley Lace Shawl by designer Denise LaVoie is on my “to do” list. I love the contrast between the subtle all-over texture and the lace border. The crescent-shape makes it so versatile and so wearable. Crocheted with one of my favorite yarns, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, the shawl is worked side to side with the motif border crocheted right to the shawl.
Thinking ahead to the holidays and gift giving? Women of all ages will want a pair of Juanita Quinones’ fingerless mitts, Diamonds On My Hands. Crocheted in the round using a fun self-stripping yarn, these mitts would be just as pretty in a solid-colored fingering-weight yarn.
The perfect holiday fashion accessory may just be designer Leshia Tweddle’s Purple Passion Flower Shawl. Patons Metallic yarn in beautiful shades of purple and burnished rose, adds just a hint of shimmer and shine. This triangular-shaped shawl is worked in join-as-you-go motifs with an H hook, so there is still time to get this one done!
And what could be easier than crocheting a rectangle? No sewing here! Popular this season, Cathy Robbins’ Stormy Weather Vest with its waterfall front is perfect with jeans or over a knit dress for a special occasion. This one is crocheted in one piece with slits for the armholes. Using a variegated worsted yarn gives this simple-to-make garment a more complex look.
Look for Stress-Free Seamless Crochet at your favorite craft or bookstore or get your print or digital version here.