I am so excited!
Deramores has asked me to be part of their Deramores Blog Competition 2015, which is open to all crochet (and knitting) bloggers worldwide!
Along with 5 other bloggers, I have been asked to predict a trend for 2015. Bloggers around the globe are then invited to put their own spin on the trend and blog about it. By submitting your spin on any of the 6 predicted trends (or all of them), you stand a chance to win a year’s supply of yarn (worth £500)! Five runners up will also win a bundle worth £50.
You can find all the details for the competition (including other participating bloggers and rules) HERE. But don’t go before you have read all about my predicted trend!
Unsurprisingly, I have chosen Large Crochet Squares (and a kazillion colours) as my predicted crochet trend.
Of course this does not exclude knitters. If you think that you can come up with a crazy gorgeous large knitted square (or motif), be my guest! And feel free to substitute the word “crochet” with the word “knit” everywhere in this post.
Large Crochet Squares (or Motifs)
Crochet squares have always been popular, from the basic granny square up to the most intricate of squares. They have also been small. Lately, though, there has been a surge in the number of large crochet squares being designed. I’m not talking 14 inches. I’m talking 20 inches and upward.
These squares usually start off with a mandala (circle) which then gets “squared off” (like…cue massive plug…Sophie’s Garden).
Large crochet squares like this offer an infinite variety of possibilities and it is my prediction that they will become very popular indeed.
Not only are they magnificent and striking, but you also end up having to sew fewer squares together should you decide to use them for an afghan. They also lend themselves really well to being “grown” in the round, very much like what I am doing with the Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015 (now on Part 11 of 20).
Due to the huge range of photo and video tutorials available online I feel that beginners will no longer limit themselves to scarves and dishcloths, but will be inspired to tackle large intricate patterns like these with confidence.
A Kazillion Colours
I also think we will see more colourful pieces being produced as people continue to explore crochet as an art-form. Yes. I said it. Art!
I want to encourage you to use lots of colours in your “submission”. You don’t have to use all the colours of the rainbow, but be experimental in your use of colours. I have included a photo of my stash of Scheepjeswol Bloom to whet your appetite.
You can always use monochrome colours if that is what you are comfortable with (see the top selection in the photo below), but I want to encourage you to push your boundaries by using complementary/contrasting colours instead (bottom selection in the photo below).
I would like to challenge my fellow bloggers to come up with a design for a large crochet square, or to grow/incorporate an existing square into an article (be it vest, bag, blanket, or top-hat). And the more unique your colours, the better!
You can square any circular project up using Part 4 of Sophie’s Universe, provided that your circle has a final-round stitch count of 240 st’s.
Or what about a bag like this one by Suzie Scullerymaid?
To get your creative juices flowing, I have included a few links to some gorgeous designs (either stand-alone large squares, or designs featuring large crochet squares).
I am so excited to see what you come up with!
Remember to see THIS POST for all the details.
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