The Interweave Crochet Winter preview is up, and I have a simple little lace scarf pattern in there. (Does it seem like I was in a scarf rut this spring? Really it was all coincidence that I designed three in a row, I’m not usually a scarf-making person).

The idea behind this scarf was to create a pretty lace pattern that a beginner could easily make to build lace-crocheting skills–with actual laceweight yarn. In this case, a lovely lace merino from Skacel. I’m always worried that photographs show patterns the way I imagine. I was pleasantly surprised. I love how the stitch pattern shows up against the model’s red coat. I’m looking forward to making my own scarf to keep just for me. (someday, when I’m not up to my ears in teddy clothes).

This issue is particularly packed with nice giftable crochet items. It’s a shame it won’t be out in time to make Christmas gifts for this year–but you could get an early start on next year, or make gifts for other occasions. I’m enamored by Marly Bird’s Thrummed Mittens and Lisa Naskren’t butterfly shawl.

Alpine Frost Scarf Preview