Kristin Omdahl is a fabulous crochet designer who, with this newest title, has authored one dozen knit and crochet books. Her work is widely published, she has her own beautiful yarn line, and she is a great resource for all things related to the craft. Continuous Crochet is another example of her excellent work.
Rhythm and Blues crochet hat
The full title of this new book is Continuous Crochet: Create Seamless Sweaters, Shrugs, Shawls and More–with Minimal Finishing! That title explains exactly what you’re getting with this book – a set of beautiful crochet clothing and accessories patterns that are constructed in such a way that they are seamless (or “continuous).
But Beyond Seamless Crochet!
Monticello Meadow Cropped Crochet Cardigan
Seamless crochet has been around for a little while, although we only really started seeing innovations in it in recent years. Nevertheless, Kristin Omdahl has taken innovation even further than before in this title. She worked hard to look at classic motifs as well as unique niches of crochet and explore how they could be worked in a continuous manner without compromising the shaping and draping of the finished items. She says in her introduction,
“I’ve placed considerable emphasis on reducing the number of ends to weave in, while pushing the envelope on what can be done within the parameters of garment design. I’ve explored three-dimensional shaping within the conventions of traditionally two-dimensional techniques: hairpin lace and bruges lace specifically. I’ve also spent some time showcasing ombre-gradient yarns because I love them so much.”
You really get a lot of bang for your buck in terms of what you can learn from this one crochet book.
20+ Crochet Patterns
There are a variety of different types of projects in this crochet book. There are seven crochet patterns for shawls and wraps, eight crochet patterns for additional accessories including hats and cowls, and six crochet patterns for clothing including one shrugs, pullovers and cardigans. The crochet patterns have detailed written directions, symbol diagrams, close-up photos at different angles and assembly diagrams where appropriate. You can get a peek at all of the crochet patterns in Continuous Crochet on Ravelry.
I’d like to add that at the end of the book is a terrific selection of more than one dozen sources for yarn. Of course, it includes a mention of Kristin’s yarn line, but it also pointed me to a variety of different yarn options, including some that I didn’t already know about. It’s a nice addition to the book and if you’re a fan of trying out different types of yarn from different places then you might enjoy this section as well.
Kristin Omdahl has been regularly featured on the Marly Bird podcast. If you love crochet podcasts, then you might want to check out the episode about Continuous Crochet.