Stitch patterns are to knit & crochet wear designers, are what fabric is to traditional fashion designers. The repeats that create the open-weave of mesh, dips and pulls of a spike, the bunches of bobbles–the directions and math involved to obtain these effects are the gateway to any garment’s drape and design. Whether we “plug-and-play” a stitch pattern into our own concept (think: using an existing fabric to cut and sew into an original garment), or simply use the information as a jumping-off point (think: heavily tweaking a graphic to use as the print on your own fabric design), stitch treasuries are an invaluable resource for designers. They’re like our bibles. For hobbiests, they offer an absolutely attainable blueprint to altering an existing project to make it their own.
|Double Crochet Group, crocheted with Sheep(ish).|
Behold, my friends: the inspiration well just got deeper! My friend, brilliant designer and engineer, Robyn Chachula has a new book out that offers a mind-blowing 300 stitch patterns. Crochet Stitches: Visual Encyclopedia will have you feeling like a crocheter in a candy store (hush, you know what I mean), when you flip through its pages! Whether you’re looking for a kicky little edging, a cute applique, or a sophisticated stitch–this book is one you’ll want in your hands now and on your bookshelves forever!
|Lorena Motif, p. 223|