In their book, “Doublestitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista,” twin sisters, Erika and Monika Simmons, make a serious case that crochet is sexy. And thanks to these talented Chicago designers a wider audience will hopefully grow to appreciate the hip possibilities of the hook.
With more than 20 head-turning designs – many too hot for the workplace – these designers have put together a collection of rockin’ patterns that feature plunging necklines, saucy halters, dresses and sweaters that celebrate a woman’s curves.
From a “hiphanger” wrap to the “remix t-shirt” and “funky one-sleeve,” the designs are unconventional and fun.
And the Simmons sisters are good at what they do. They even included a poncho design that is flattering and adjustable.
In the photo above you’ll see my rainbow bright rendition of the “tubeapron top” on p. 19. This little number is working up fast and helping me use up my stash of cotton yarn. It’s probably the boldest apron I’ve ever made and I can’t wait to road test it. My daughters helped me with the color selections. I figure that if I’m going to make a tube top apron, I might as well go bright.
I plan to make several projects from this book and recommend it for those looking to spice up their crochet. Kudos to Erika and Monika for delivering an interesting collection of crochet patterns.