There are terrific crochet designers, makers, artists, and bloggers all around the world. Today let’s take a look at some of the great crochet coming out of Australia.
Back in the spring, when I interviewed designer Lena Skvagerson about the Annie’s Signature Summer Love Collection of knit and crochet patterns, I asked her if there would be future seasons to come. She responded, “We are hoping the first collection is welcomed by our customers, and with our full hopes in this, we are right now in the first phase of planning a follow up fall collection.” And here we are, headed into fall, with a brand new collection launching today: The Autumn Bliss Collection.
I always feel inspired when I take a look at high fashion crochet, whether it is designer crochet, crochet worn by celebrities, or exquisite one-of-a-kind crochet clothing created by someone for a special occasion. Here are ten more inspiring examples of crochet fashion.
Annie’s has always released knit and crochet patterns, offering many great designs over the years, but now they’re doing something a little bit different and it’s super interesting to see. Annie’s is working with leading knit and crochet designers, including lead designer Lena Skvagerson, to create a curated collection of patterns suited specifically for the summer season. It’s about more than just a pattern or even a set of patterns; it’s about evoking a mood or emotion that is relevant to the season of the year, similar to what we see in high fashion.
When the book arrived, the first thing that I noticed was that the cover image looks just like a crochet mandala! I can’t remember now if I’d ever seen the book cover before now, but if I did, it was before crochet mandalas were popular and way before I launched the Mandalas for Marinke project. But after my initial surprise at the book’s cover, I realized that it didn’t surprise me at all, because the piece is so artistic and beautiful and this is exactly what Del, and many of the other designers from that time were doing as they pushed the envelope in crochet.
Daniel Laukat is a San Francisco based fashion designer but I didn’t actually discover his work locally; I saw it in an article I spotted when browsing information about crochet during fashion week; Anna Petkovich writing about Sacramento Fashion Week said, “Don’t miss Daniel Laukat’s feminine, ethereal collection of crochet and lace summer wedding dresses made entirely from recycled textiles.” I immediately had to find out more.
Lots of my favorite crochet designers have put out new collections and lookbooks so I wanted to take a moment to round them up for you, share some of the pieces I adore the most and point you to where you can find out more.