Vintage Modern Crochet – Book Review and Pattern Excerpt

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Title: Vintage Modern Crochet – Clasic Crochet Lace Techniques for Contemporary Style
Author: Robyn Chachula
Published by: Interweave/F+W
ISBN: 978-1-63250-162-2
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Published: May 6, 2016

 

Vintage Modern Crochet by Robyn Chachula, published by Interweave/F+W, contains 20 beautiful and intricate lace designs that contain vintage techniques for a modern style. Lace projects are always fashionable and have been for many years. Learn how to create stunning modern lace projects that will be worn for many years to come.

Here are some of the gorgeous projects that you will find in Vintage Modern Crochet:

Priya Cowl by Robyn Chachula (p 146)
This large rectangular cowl is amazingly versatile. You can wear it as a button cowl, a small shawl or cape, or a wrapping scarf! This project is made with the Tunisian lace technique.

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Yasmine Shawl by Rebecca Velasquez (p 118)
Another gorgeous Tunisian lace project with short-row shaping. This shawl is challenging to create but oh so gratifying once it is complete!

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Temperance Jewelry by Robyn Chachula (p 82)
This intricate Irish lace necklace pops with bold modern colors and contemporary materials.

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Leopold Pullover by Robyn Chachula (p 44)
Create this gorgeous lace tunic by combining lace motifs. You can easily customize it to fit your needs. Add pops of color for a more modern look.

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The patterns in Vintage Modern Crochet range in difficulty. There are definitely a couple of projects that will put your skills to the test but with wonderful stitch diagrams and other visual aids, it helps make the patterns easier to conquer. There are even stitch guides at the beginning of the patterns to help you with more difficult stitches. In addition to the stitch guides in each pattern, there is a Techniques section at the end of the book with basic stitches. Each pattern also contains a list of finished measurements, gauge information and materials needed to complete the project.

If you want to try any of these fabulous projects for yourself, you can get Vintage Modern Crochet from the Interweave Store for just $24.99.

Vintage Modern Crochet by Robyn Chachula, published by Interweave/F+W; $24.99

Bonus Content!

A special thank you to Interweave for providing us with a free pattern excerpt from Vintage Modern Crochet! I hope you enjoy it!

Excerpted from Vintage Modern Crochet Copyright © 2016 by Robyn Chachula and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Photography by Donald Scott.

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O’Hara Hat

by: REBECCA VELASQUEZ

Typically, when you think of the pineapple motif, a doily or perhaps even a shawl comes to mind. I knew I wanted to try something a bit different; something fun and modern; something wearable by many women with many different styles. A hat!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Fits average woman’s head. Hat band circumference = 19″ (48.5 cm).

YARN

DK Weight (#4 Medium).

Shown here: Berroco Vintage DK (50% acrylic 40% wool, 10% nylon; 288 yd [263 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): #2192 Chana Dal, 1 hank.

HOOK

Sizes G-6 (4.25 mm) and H-8 (5.00 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS

Locking stitch markers; tapestry needle for assembly and weaving in ends; one 1″ (2.5 cm) button.

GAUGE

16 sc by 20 rows= 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm) with size G-6/4.25mm hook.

NOTE

The hat is worked from the bottom of the crown portion to the top, then the hat is turned and the band is added by stitching into the bottom loops of the foundation chain.

STITCH GUIDE

Shell (sh): (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in indicated st or sp. When a shell is worked into the next shell, all sts are worked into the ch-1 sp of the indicated shell.

HAT

Row 1: (RS) For button on RIGHT side of hat, ch 28, pm in ch just created, ch 60, sc in 2nd ch from hook, pm in sc just made, sc in next ch and in ea across, do not turn—87 sc.

For button on LEF T side of hat, ch 60, pm in ch just created, ch 28, sc in 2nd ch from hook, pm in sc just made, sc in next ch and in ea across, do not turn—87 sc.

Rnd 2: Being careful not to twist your work, bring the ends together, with RS facing you, sc in the marked sc, remove marker, pm in sc just made, [ch 3, sk 4 sts, sh in next st, sk 4 sts, (ch 3, sc in next st, sk 2 sts) 3 times, sk 2 more sts, sh in next st,

ch 3, sk 4 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts**, sc in next st] around ending final rep at **, sl st into marked st, remove marker, do not turn.

Now working in rounds.

Rnd 3: Sl st in blp of next 2 chs, sc around next ch, pm in sc just made, [ch 3, sh in next shell, sk next ch-3 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) twice, ch 3, sh in next shell, ch 3, sk in next ch-3 sp, 6 dc in next ch-3 sp**, sc in next ch-3 sp] around, ending final rep at **, sl st into marked st, remove marker, do not turn.

Rnd 4: Sl st in blp of next 2 chs, sc around next ch, pm in sc just made, [ch 3, sh in next shell, sk ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sh in next shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, dc in next dc (ch 1, dc in next dc) 5 times**, sc in next ch-3 sp] around, ending final rep at **, sl st in marked st, remove marker, do not turn.

Rnd 5: Ch 4, pm in first ch just created, [(sh in next shell) twice, sk next ch-3 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times**, ch 3] around, ending final rep at **, sl st in marked ch, remove marker, do not turn.

Rnd 6: Ch 4, pm in first ch just created, [sh in next shell, ch 1, sh in next shell, sk next ch-3 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) 4 times**, ch 3] around, ending final rep at **, sl st in marked ch, remove marker, do not turn.

Rnd 7: Ch 4, pm in first ch just created, [sh in next shell, ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, sh in next shell, sk next ch-3 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) 3 times**, ch 3] around, ending final rep at **, sl st in marked ch, remove marker, do not turn.

Rnd 8: Ch 4, pm in first ch just created, [sh in next shell, ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) twice, sh in next shell, sk next ch-3 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) twice**, ch 3] around, ending final rep at **, sl st in marked ch, remove marker, do not turn.

Rnd 9: Sl st in each of next 3 chs, sl st in blo of next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp of shell, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same shell, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, 6 dc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sh in next shell, sk next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3**, sh in next shell] around, ending final rep at **, sl st in top of beg ch-3, do not turn.

Rnd 10: Sl st in blp of next dc, sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, pm in 3rd ch just created, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same shell, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) 5 times, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, shell in next shell**, shell in next shell] around, ending final rep at **, sl st in marked ch, remove m, do not turn.

Rnd 11: Sl st in blp of next dc, sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, pm in 3rd ch just created, 3 dc in same shell, sk ch-3 sp, [(ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 3, 4 dc in next shell**, 4 dc in next shell] around, ending final rep at **, sl sl in marked ch, remove m, do not turn.

Rnd 12: Ch 2, pm in 2nd ch just created, dc in next dc, [sk (2 dc, ch 3), (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) 4 times, ch 3, sk (ch 3, 2 dc), dc in next dc**, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in next dc] around, ending final rep at **, dc in next dc, sl st to marked ch, remove m, do not turn.

Rnd 13: Ch 2, pm in 2nd ch just created, dc in next dc, [sk ch-3, ch 2, sc in next ch-3 sp,(ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) 2 times, ch 2, sk ch-3 sp**, dc3tog in next 3 sts] around, ending final rep at **, dc in next dc, sl st to marked ch, remove m, do not turn.

Rnd 14: Ch 5, pm in 3rd ch just created, [sk ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, sk ch-2 sp**, dc in next st, ch 2] around, ending final rep at **, sl st in marked ch, remove m, do not turn.

Rnd 15: Ch 4, pm in first ch just created, [sk ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk (ch-2 sp, dc)] around, sl st in marked ch, remove m. Fasten off.

HAT BAND

With RS facing you, turn hat so that you will now be working into the unworked loops of the foundation chain.

Shell (sh): (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in indicated st or sp. When a shell is worked into the next shell, all sts are worked into the ch-1 sp of the indicated shell. Work the following rows with a G/4.25mm hook.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same ch as sl st just made, remove m, sc in each ch around, ch 10, turn—87 sc, 10 ch.

Row 2: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 8 ch, sc in each sc across, turn—96 sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc and in each of next 91 sc, ch 3, sk 3 sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in each of next 3 ch, sc in each sc across, turn—97 sc.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, shift piece so that you are now working along the side of the buttonband, sc into the tch of row below, sc into side of next sc, sc into the tch of row below, shift piece so that you will now be working into the bottom loops of the button extension, 2 sc in first loop, sc into ea of next 8 loops, finish off. Weave in all the ends.

TECHNIQUE TIDBIT

For the most part, the basic pineapple lace is started with a half circle of a taller stitch, such as a double or treble crochet. On the next row, each tall stitch gets a single crochet and chain space. Then each row after has one less chain space than the previous one, which in the end makes up the pinecone shape of the pineapple motif. The fill around the motif is usually another chain space with either shells or V-sts that draw the eye to the pineapple. Once you can see the pattern, crocheting and finding mistakes become a tad easier to see.

BLOCKING AND SEWING

Liberally spray crown portion of the hat with water. Partially blow up a balloon. Without stretching the hat band, insert the balloon into the hat. Continue to blow up the balloon until it lightly stretches the lace/crown of the hat. Tie the balloon closed and allow the hat to air dry. When dry, pop and remove the balloon. Using project yarn and a yarn needle, with the RS facing you, sew the button to the hat band opposite the buttonhole, weave in the ends.

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8 Comments

  1. I love these patterns! I really love the Shawl pattern. I love trying new and challenging crochet patterns! This looks like a Awesome book to have in my collection of crochet patterns.

  2. What wonderful pictures! I like a review that shows any of the projects that can be made. With many skill levels to choose from and a stitch guide, any crocheter will be happy!

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