Everyday Wearables is a collection of eight wardrobe staples with comprehensive instructions and many photo tutorials to help you make garments that fit and flatter.
Maybe it’s the somewhat shy exhibitionist in me, but I have always loved making things to wear. The thrill of being able to say “Thanks, I made it.” never gets old. When times have been tight or shopping has been an unpleasant process (for various reasons) I’ve been glad of my ability to combine my favourite leisure activities with the ability to produce interesting and elegant clothing for myself whether by sewing, knitting or crocheting.
Whatever your motivation for wanting to create a handmade wardrobe, crochet can readily be used to build a wardrobe full of wearable staples. Often crochet has been viewed as “best for homewares and novelties” and struggled to lose the reputation created in the 1970s of ill-fitting granny square jackets. With an in-depth understanding of how crochet fabric is created, the need for drape and taking fit and construction lessons from both knitwear and dressmaking, I have created pieces that fit well and look great.
We understand that making a wardrobe may also challenge your skills. We have included a series of photo tutorials in the book that take the adventurous beginner a step on and cover the skills needed to create beautiful pieces to cherish.
The book contains
- Brenn Hat: a classic slouchy beanie with surface crochet detailing.
- Anvard Cardigan: a patterned circular yoke cardigan made from the top down without seams with patch pockets that teach you the pattern and act as a swatch.
- Beruna socks: stripey stretchy spcks with an afterthought heel.
- Charn Sweater: a colour block drop sleeved sweater with a split curved hem and inset pockets.
- Deep Realm Scarf: a delicately draping wrap scarf that plays with the corner to corner motif.
Ettinsmoor Sweater: a soft slouchy oversized sweater with an interesting but simple stitch pattern and yoke construction.
Harfang Hat and Mitts: A striped pattern with an overlayed cable motif adorns this hatt and mitt set.
All patterns are written using standard UK crochet terminology (with US conversions given in the abbreviations) and charted where appropriate