I love, love, love the new Interweave Crochet.
The cover jacket is really cute. (Sorry for the small pic.) But that’s not what’s really brilliant about this issue. No, what I’m so impressed with is their section on combining knitting with crochet.
Which in itself, of course, is not a new idea. Knitters in particular often learn at least a little crochet, using it to finish necklines, add embellishments… and I have seen magazine features (even in IC a few years ago, I think) that emphasise how well they can play together. But I do think this mini-collection includes some of the freshest, most perfectly conceived designs that I’ve ever seen following this idea.
I love how the Pink Asters scarf uses woven stitch panels joined by crocheted flowers – what a perfect use of handpainted yarn! (I’m thinking this would be amazing in sangria Sea Sock.) And the Snowflake Sweater is all about the details – love those openwork crochet seams.
What strikes me as unusual about the whole angle, though, is that the patterns have been chosen as much for knitters learning to crochet as for crocheters learning to knit. And it’s a crochet magazine. Now, I’m just guessing here, but I think this is something that couldn’t really have been done pre-Ravelry.
For a crochet magazine to publish a whole chunk of patterns that seem designed specifically to hook in (sorry) an adventurous knitter might seem a bit too rash. After all, how are you going to get the knitters to see these designs in the first place? Okay, it’s possible that a knitter who’s already bi-curious (as it were) might pick it up at the newsstand, flip through, and get excited. But for the rest, you’d be relying on word of mouth, or perhaps a very expensive and risky ad campaign (unlikely for a regular magazine issue).
But Ravelry changes that. Suddenly, good patterns are enjoying a high level of exposure across both crafts – a Raveller is likely to see and admire something *before* they even notice which craft it is. If it turns out to include some of the “other” craft, but also some of their own, they’re already halfway there. If they then read the pattern notes (or comments in the forum, or whatever) that this is specifically intended for a novice crocheter, but has a cable or something to keep a practised knitter entertained – well, hook me right up! (Again, sorry.)
What do you think? Am I way off base? Is this not so new after all? Whatever. I still find it exciting. And am dead keen to make Pink Asters.