Back in my school days, as winter neared it's end, I used to long for those first few buds of spring to bloom.
Every chance I got, I would be outdoors, soaking up the fresh new smells that this warm season had to offer. Weekends consisted of numerous trips to my local carnival where I would happily spend an entire day surround by little lambs and fluffy bunnies in the petting zoo.
As I type this, I Like Crochet is currently being overrun by all things spring, floral and Easter related thanks to the release of their latest issue (available on iPad and Desktop for those of you that don't know), which has me in a tizzy of excitement.
From delicate fairy tale inspired shawls to quirky blasts from the past, this issue has everything so be sure to hop on over if you're in search of your next crochet project!
- Mystical Meadow Shawl (pictured above) - Crochet has been popping up in almost every store this spring, quickly making it become a real dominating style factor. Bohemian dresses, lightweight tops and tasseled scarves are only some of the ways that crochet is being incorporated into our modern wardrobes. So when I got the opportunity to design a shawl for I Like Crochet I knew that I wanted to create an accessory that exuded my love of all things floral and whimsical, whilst still remaining stylish. Sirdar's Cotton DK was the perfect fit for this delicate shawl (Fun Fact: which can also be worn as a triangle scarf), as not only did the yarn glide over my hook, but the slight sheen added another element to the finished design.
- Spring Lavender Headband (pictured above) - Lightweight accessories are such a fun way to add some quirkiness to a simple outfit, don’t you think? I especially loved incorporating tiny puff flowers in this design, as that is exactly what makes it ooze with fond memories of spring picnics!
- Too Cool For Stitch School - Flower Puff Stitch (pictured below) - If you have followed me along here on my blog for some time now, you'll have realised that stitch tutorials are totally my thing! I don't even need an excuse to dig out the yarn and hooks, as learning something new on a regular basis is pretty high on my list of "Things To Do"... Since the day I started work on this Flower Puff Stitch tutorial I've found it incredibly hard to keep under wraps, as it's quickly becoming one of my favourites of all time. Coupled with this pretty shade of Debbie Bliss Eco Baby, I think it's fair to say that this stitch screams "Spring!" from top to bottom.
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