Thursday, December 31, 2009

Showstoppers Continued

Yesterday, I said that there were 7 characteristics that lead to a crochet (or knit design) to be a showstopper (SS from here on out).

1. Complexity of construction
2. openwork
3. Awesome colorwork
4. Fantastic yarn
5. unusual or effective shape
6. A really large, think total project, pattern.
7. Wearability but more than that, it has to beg to be worn. (Not just anything that fits is a SS quality).

Examples of these (mostly Ravelry links):

1. Complexity of Construction: For Crochet: Tokyo Jacket by Vashti Braha or Woodsland Tunic by Jill Hanratty
For Knit: Multi Shapes Top by Shiri Mor

2 Openwork: For Crochet: Avalon Top by Doris Chan
For Knit:

3. Awesome Colorwork: For Crochet: Spanish Tiles Blanket by Tammy Hildebrand or Kathryn in Beauly Dress by Kathy Merrick
For knit: Pompom Bolster by Kristin Nicholas, author of Color by Kristin.

4. Fantastic yarn: For Crochet: Alpine Frost Scarf by Amy O'Neill Houck or Lace Motif Cardigan by Kristin Omdahl

5. Unusual or effective Shape: For Crochet: Montauk Handbag by Amie Hirtes or Bustle Skirt by Jennifer Hansen

6. Large pattern: For Crochet: Summer by the Sea Shell for Doris Chan
For Knit: Star Motif Pullover by Kristin Omdahl

7. Wearability: (Depending on body-type, this might vary tremendously) For Crochet: RaeAnne Shawl Sweater by Robyn Chachula
For Knit: Spicy Fitted V-Neck Tee by Stefanie Japel

Now, here is a pattern that I feel is a showstopper, and according to my criteria, objectively, it's pretty good. I'm so hard on myself, allow me to be generous with myself here:

Medallion ThrowSPEAKING OF SHOWSTOPPERS.... I just found this link to a preview of Kristin Omdahl's new book, Crochet So Fine. You have to see this. HERE


DianeG said...


Not only do I love your Medallion design, but I love your examples of SS work! Kristen's new book looks awesome as well. Thanks for the link!
Happy New Year!

Sara said...

Kristen's colorwork is so inspiring! Love the list of showstoppers. Your projects always fit the bill. Can't wait to see what 2010 brings!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Ellen, I have been meaning to tell you how much I enjoy your blog posts. Thanks for taking the time to share all of your insight and information.

Unknown said...

Oh, Thank you so much Carol, Diane and Sara, what kind things to say! You all are so nice and help clear the path to inspiration.