Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Day 11: A New Technique?

I admit that the subtitle of my book, Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique, may be a little bit controversial. Many people say 'there is nothing new under the sun' in a craft that has been around as long as crochet. When my publisher came up with the title, my editor and I joked, "Well, if Interweave says it's a new technique, then I guess it must be."

But let me be the first to say that I have no doubt that other people have worked out the same techniques I outline in this book. I am simply the first one crazy enough to try to explain what I am doing and teach it to others!

Since I never took crochet classes (until the past couple of years), whenever I came across something in crochet that I did not like the look of, I would just play with the stitches until I got the results I wanted. I still do this, but with a few more tools in my arsenal thanks to all the great teachers I've taken classes from at CGOA and TNNA conferences. But most of the time I still just do what makes sense to me, and sometimes that breaks "the rules."

Before I published my first article or pattern using the Reversible Intarsia Technique, I consulted some great designers who have been in the business a whole lot longer than I have. Those who had seen my Mystery Machine Afghan on display at the CGOA's Design Competition consistently said they had not seen crocheted colorwork done quite the way I was doing it. And almost never reversible unless it involved carrying the unused colors under the stitches throughout.

And so, is it a new technique or not. I cannot say. If you find an example of a pattern written using these techniques, I would love to see them! But I can say that the collection of tricks and tips I have developed and gathered here might just challenge some of your preconceived notions of what you can and cannot do with crochet, and perhaps inspire you to challenge yourself!

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