Simply Crochet

With all the daily advancements in technology, trying to keep up with the latest in social media, mobile devices, and apps, could it be that we are secretly pining for the past??  The tremendous popularity of the tv series, Mad Men resonates loudly in that direction and is the catalyst in creating a retro movement, back to the ‘peace and love’ generation, when life was unhurried, and full of homespun goodness.  A ‘blast from the past’, crochet is part of that era, and has been experiencing a surprising revival on the fashion runways since last Fall stealing the limelight and peeking through the veil of knitwear.  It looks like crochet is a trend that will ‘keep on keeping on.’

Fresh from the Debbie Bliss Collection for Spring, comes a superb book of crochet designs titled, Simply Crochet with eleven modern interpretations inspired by the mod era.

This collection is my first venture into the craft of crochet and I wanted to create stylish garments that would engage the seasoned crocheters as well as knitters who, like me, had been intrigued by its possibilities but needed fairly simple patterns to begin with.”  Debbie Bliss



Dy-no-mite!  An off-the-shoulder sophisticated style is crocheted in a ‘barely blush’ tinge of Rialto 4.  Four new soft and romantic shades have been added to this range of luxurious merino.


Be There Or Be Square!  A mandarin style jacket is worked in petite squares, which are easily joined together as you go.  White has never looked so right in Rialto 4, the yarn of choice for this classic, a lightweight creamy merino wool available in an array of more than thirty colours.


Feelin’ Groovy!  A gracious return to the hippie chic days of Sonny and Cher with this blissful skirt crocheted in three complimentary shades of Rialto 4– col #1, #28, and #34 (shown above).


Right On!  If the thought of a project entirely in crochet is too daunting, try this stylish knitted pullover in Baby Cashmerino accented with a crocheted yoke.  Ten new shades are in stock for Spring, with col #65 (shown above).


Flower Power!  If you grew up in the seventies, this will bring back some fond memories.  The granny square was the mainstay of rec room decor, and those ‘made by mom’ homespun hats and scarves.  But this boho bag is designed with a whole new generation of crafters in mind, beginning at the centre, the granny square is worked in a continual crochet round, making it easy to alternate between colours.  Baby Cashmerino, col #54, #57, and #66 are (shown above).


Outta Sight!  Crocheted collars are back in vogue, the dressy finale to a plain outfit and very quick to whip up.  This pretty crocheted filet charmer is worked with only one ball of Rialto Lace, a brand new merino wool quality from Debbie Bliss, perfectly suited for lace projects in twenty hues.

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