I’m one of those knitters who always wants to crochet… but I get distracted by knitting projects! That doesn’t stop me from falling in love with many crochet patterns, though. Some day I will make them! Recently, many of the projects in Beth Nielsen’s Modern Bohemian Crochet (Interweave/F+W Media 2017) have caught my eye.
The term “bohemian” gets thrown around a lot these days, and it means different things to different people. To me, “bohemian” crafting projects means wearable pieces that have a care-free spirit—maybe not always projects I would wear to work (though that obviously depends on your workplace’s sense of style), but pieces that I would wear in my down time, visiting with friends or going to a restaurant. Beth’s designs most definitely fit that style idea; and don’t worry, there are some pieces that could be worn at work. That versatility is incredibly crucial when you’re going to spend the time, energy, and money making projects.
The Taylor Cable Cocoon is one of those incredibly versatile pieces, and would work up quickly in an aran-weight yarn.
Beth used Berroco yarns for two projects in this book, and I want to make both of them (in all of my free time). The Eastlake Sweater, crocheted with Berroco Vintage, features asymmetrical hems and a simple chevron stitch pattern. I suspect the hardest part will be choosing a color, since there are 93 shades of Vintage.
And then there’s the Lotus Cap Sleeve Kimono, which perfectly straddles the line between vintage and contemporary style in three shades of Berroco Modern Cotton. Styled here with a wide-legged jumpsuit, I would probably wear this open-front cardi with my wide-legged linen pants and a close-fitting top—a perfect outfit for work or play!
As our gift to you, Berroco Blog readers, we’re offering a giveaway prize—one lucky winner will receive a print copy of Modern Bohemian Crochet along with the yarn to crochet either the Eastlake Sweater or the Lotus Cap Sleeve Kimono, in your choice of colors. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us what you like to crochet (or what you’d like to crochet if things like work or clean our houses or being a responsible adult-type person wasn’t an issue). All comments must be posted by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, August 6, 2017, and the giveaway is open to anyone in the world, ages 18 and older. Winner will be contacted via email and announced on the blog Monday, August 7.