There has been a lot of lovely chatter and excitement on twitter and facebook from our teasing updates about what we have been planning. We are now delighted to be able to share with you a few details.
Everyone loves a granny square afghan right? Sure – they are beautiful and, if pinterest is anything to go by, seeing a massive resurgence in popularity. Modern, popular crafting magazines such as Mollie Makes have made crochet cool again, shaking off some of the images of the nasty acrylic 70s crochet craze. However it hasn’t translated into wearable crochet so much. So far...
The knitting resurgence is perhaps more advanced and there are many beautiful collections and magazines with very professional photography, styling and layouts with attention to true quality in the pattern writing.
The lack of nice wearable crochet patterns started both of us on the design route and we both passionately believe that crochet can and should be used to make beautiful garments and accessories that fit and flatter. We both love timeless designs but enjoy keeping up with fashion. Kat is more attracted to whimsy and Joanne to a vintage look. We both bemoaned the lack of good outlets for marketing our designs.
We had really enjoyed working together on Kat’s book and proved we made a good team with our contrasting but complementary skills: Kat is a master of layout and photography and Joanne tech edits and gets upset about misplaced commas. We know lots of other fantastic designers who might like a place to showcase their best designs (and be paid fairly for them) We have contacts at the best yarn companies who might be prepared to sponsor us. So in a flurry of “could we?” “can we?” “how will it work?” emails and texts to one another we began to plan. And so The Crochet Project was born.
Our first collection will be releasing in the next few months (we hope sometime in March) and you can expect great things:
- Beautiful designs from some of your favourite crochet and knitting designers – they have really pulled out all the stops for this first issue.
- Fantastic yarns – not a scratchy mud-brown acrylic in sight. We believe that knitters shouldn’t have all the fun when it comes to the very best yarns on the market. All our designs feature beautiful yarns with natural fibres.
- Quality, consistent patterns – Taking the best practices from crochet patterns and knitting patterns, they will be easy to understand and follow. They will all be thoroughly checked so you can be confident in buying them.
The theme for our first collection is Botanicals – expect lots of nature inspired designs; beautiful drape, classic styling with pretty feminine detailing. The designs are all perfect for Spring and Summer layering. The colour palette is muted with soft creams, oysters, taupes, sagey greens, grey lilacs and soft pinks balanced with peacock greens and navy.
At the moment the designs are being worked on by the designers and will be arriving with us soon. We hope to be able to share little sneak peeks with you over the next few weeks before launch. So pop back and see us or sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Kat and Joanne