It is only January and already I am done with winter. We have had snow, ice, below zero temps overnight and I am not up north—I’m in Arkansas—still considered the south. Winter can be awesome—the first snow that changes the landscape to look like it is covered in sugar. Ice storms glaze over everything—turning branches into prisms—I love the way light bounces around. Then you get to the part where it all melts, it stays cold, and everything turns grey and brown. It is downright depressing. Chase away those winter blues with a new crochet project. This Vivaldi throw from Knit and Crochet Now! is the perfect project. The throw is featured on the cover of the spring 2013 edition of Crochet! magazine.
The pattern is free to download but you have to register. Registration is also free. It is an intermediate level project. The throw is a series of brilliantly colored motifs joined together: 111 all total. Sixty-three flower motifs and 48 diamond motifs are connected in a join-as-you-go technique. If you hate weaving in ends, join-as-you-go is worth learning. The Vivaldi throw uses 10 skeins of Lion Brand LB collection cotton bamboo light. A DK weight yarn. You can substitute any cotton/bamboo blend yarn in the same weight.
Large flower motifs in vivid colors highlight this throw. Smaller diamond motifs in shades of green help to anchor the color scheme. It should take a while to complete this throw. Unless you crochet at the speed of light, this will keep you busy for most of the winter. If you are looking for a great winter project—this is it.
Lynda Altman is a professional crafter and writer. She started crocheting as a young child. She crochets, quilts, sews, and creates beaded jewelry. Lynda loves vintage stitching samplers and enjoys counted cross stitch. You can find her work for sale on Etsy. She writes a crochet blog called The Granny Squared. You can contact her at the above link or on Twitter @fusgeyer.