It's always a good time of year to start thinking about summer crochet fashion, and Vintage Modern Crochet by Robyn Chachula has some wonderfully appealing patterns to get you started. Its focus is turning lacemaking techniques into wearable items that are classic, yet contemporary, and is a collection of patterns from a variety of talented designers.
Vintage Modern Crochet contains 20 interesting and delicate patterns for women's clothing and accessories. Each pattern features a photograph of a finished item for reference, written instructions, charted instructions and assembly instructions when necessary. Patterns are divided into five categories, based on the lacework techniques utilized, and there are also sections for techniques and resources.
What I Like About the Book
I think the photography of the pieces is its key strength. The models have varied styles and colouring, allowing the maker to envision what to pair their finished product with to create an outfit.
I also really enjoyed her use of varied weights and types of yarn. She even uses copper wire for making jewelry! And while she recommends the yarns used to create the pictured examples, she gives specifics on the yarn types, so the maker can find a comparable yarn.
Another plus for me is the section on Tunisian crochet. I really enjoy Tunisian, and feel like we need more practical patterns for using it!
The variety of styles is a huge plus. There is something for every style--even a bowtie! My favorite pattern is the Carefree Pullover, designed by Natasha Robarge, in the filet lace section. It's light and breezy, and just right for my personal summer style.
Potential Drawbacks to the Book
There aren't really any patterns in this book suitable for beginner crochet artists. Many of the patterns are finished by joining motifs, a technique that is very difficult to describe on paper, and requires the crochet artist to have developed the skill of envisioning the joins in the context of the finished product. However, for the intermediate crocheter looking for a challenge that will be easy enough to master while stretching their skillset, this book is perfect.
I borrowed the copy for this review from my local library, but keep an eye on my Instagram for progress pictures as I make the Carefree Pullover for my summer wardrobe!
Find it on Amazon, from Interweave:
Vintage Modern Crochet: Classic Crochet Lace Techniques for Contemporary Style