Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crochet in Warm Climates

The idea of crochet often conjures images of warm, cozy winter accessories, blankets, and other cuddly items. However, not all crocheters live in cold areas and those who do live in areas with a cold winter may be looking for crochet projects in the spring and summer. What's a warm weather crocheter to do? Here are some ideas for crocheting when it's sunny and bright.

  • Choose garment projects that are suited to warm weather. Bikinis, tank tops, swim coverups, and lacy dresses are all good choices. 
  • Cotton and other breathable fibers will be much more pleasant to work with in warm climates than wool or acrylic.
  • Work up items that aren't meant to be worn like amigurumi, doilies, etc.
  • Don't be afraid to play with bright colors.
  • Select projects with light, airy stitch patterns for lots of movement and airflow.
  • If you'd like to make a blanket, consider making a couch throw or lace coverlet rather than a heavy, full-sized blanket.
  • Choose lace weight and fingering weight projects over heavier yarn weights.

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