The first day of summer is June 21, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a little jump start on our summer crochet projects! As much as I love crocheting cozy scarfs and squishy blankets in the winter, crocheting summer projects is my favorite! I love the colors and cotton yarn and coming up with modern and fun crochet projects to spread around my home.
Yarnspirations makes it really easy for you! Every month they release a Look Book that is filled with beautiful images like you see here featuring their latest free patterns. This month, May, the Look Book features “Outdoor Living” crochet projects and I couldn’t be more excited!
The May Look Book: Outdoor Living
The Outdoor Living Look Book and collection of patterns launched yesterday, May 9th. Look Book launch day is always a favorite of mine – I spend a great deal of time flipping through its digital pages and planning the projects I want to create from it. The new patterns are amazing. Yarnspirations sure has some incredibly talented designers working for them to create a stunning database of free patterns (that people actually want to make). Yarnspirations is a real stand alone force in this area in my opinion!
Just click (or tap) on that link above to see all fifty pages of outdoor living inspiration that awaits. This months patterns range from a a bunting to pillows and everything in between. You’ll find 12 free patterns for the items you see above as well as others that aren’t pictured above!
If you’d like to go straight to the patterns and bypass the inspiration in the Look Book, you can view all the new Yarnspirations patterns this month right here:
My Outdoor Living Project
As always, I’m incredibly honored to work with Yarnspirations to bring you video tutorials for some of their amazing patterns. We put our heads together and decided to demonstrate how to crochet the Boho Bunting!
I imagine so many great things for this bunting. It looks great to frame your outdoor living space but don’t forget the possibilities for summer parties! For this project, we’ll be using one of my favorite (yarn staple) yarns – Caron Simply Soft. When you’re looking at all variations, Simply soft is available in more than 100 colors. You’ll need to narrow down (up to) nine colors for the boho bunting.
I really like how the designer chose a light and dark variation of each color for the contrast. I though about doing this as well but felt the urge to be a little different.
I come from a very artistic background – both of my sisters are incredibly talented graphic designers. When I turned 18, I started walking down the same path as them. It took me several months to piece together my portfolio to apply for art school. There were sketches with graphite and colored pencil, paintings and a few graphic design pieces of my own (since that’s what I really wanted to do).
I remember how nervous I was for the interview. The school board got together, put my portfolio on display and walked around nodding and “hmm”-ing while I’ll stood nervously in the corner waiting for any critique.
After a painfully long stretch of silence while they took in all my portfolio had to offer, I was greeted with a “well miss, we really love your work. Let’s talk about why you want to be an artist”. That meant my portfolio passed their “standards” and led me into the actual interview. Long story short – I was accepted.
Many of you know (if you’re a listener of the podcast) that art was not the career path I ultimately chose to go with. There is definitely a story in that. Even though it is not the path I chose, art is still ingrained in my spirit.
The color wheel was a huge source of inspiration for my boho bunting. I thought it would be incredible to pair colors that are opposite the color wheel. I can’t wait to see my vision come together!
The tutorial will be ready on May 20, 2017. Mark your calendars!
This is another one of my favorite patterns from the Outdoor Living Look Book! Would you believe me if I told you it is knit? Sure fooled me! If you want to make one too, HERE is the pattern.
If you haven’t done so already, take a few minutes to flip through the virtual pages of the May Look Book from Yarnspirations. That link again is:
When you see a project you like and might try out yourself, tell me in the comments section below. I’d love to hear what you’re going to make! If you need any help, please let me know. That’s what I’m here for.