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
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
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