Friday, June 29, 2012

Interweave Crochet Summer 2012...

It has taken me a while to come up with another wearable design since I got published in Interweave Crochet Summer 2010 I thought of taking a shot at it again. When I saw their call for submission for Spring 2012 issue last year, I prepared and submitted the proposal for a tunic I was working on. They got it middle of June last year. After a couple of months waiting, I didn't get any response from the editor. I waited some more, and after four months I had to ask! They said it was for consideration for the Summer issue. So there, I needed to wait some more. Towards the end of November I got a letter from the editor with an offer to include my design in the Summer issue. Yay!
Then I had to wait for the yarns....I received it only in the middle of January 2012 (probably got delayed because of the holiday season).
I had to work on the sample right away. I also didn't have time to make changes on my original design and pattern since there wasn't much time. I was fairly confident, but I almost didn't make it to the deadline. By the time I finished, it only had 3 days to fly and arrive to its destination in the U.S. I mailed it via Express Mail Service at the Post Office. (I trust Philpost more than Fedex, and its less expensive too..)

Now I present here my latest published design, but before that some behind the scenes pics and some notes.
Last February 2011, I blogged about crochet this post. I showed a project using a hdc ribbing. That project was to become a tunic. I don't know exactly how yet, but I started with a bottom edge of hdc ribbing. The inspiration for the design came from this knitted tunic (my son suggested this while he was looking for design ideas for me):

After I decided to use the hdc ribbing, I thought the main stitch should be a bit interesting, but easy. I recalled the stitch pattern in my old I based the main stitch pattern on it:

After repeating the sleeve edging twice and collar three times to get it right, I was finally happy with the design. This is the first sample I made using Cannon cotton threads:

Interweave Crochet Summer sweater

I was excited to make the sample for Interweave, but unfortunately the yarns arrived a bit late...

Got the yarns on january 17, 2012

Interweave Crochet Summer 2012

Soft, cuddly yarn

Winding the yarn....

When I began crocheting, I didn't have time to take progress pics as I was already running after the deadline. But when I finished it, I still have a bit of time left to try it on and have my son take pics ;)

Interweave Crochet Summer Sweater

Finally, here is the professional model on the magazine :)

Interweave Crochet Summer 2012

Btw, while you were not looking the Lauren Sweater was on the Top 5 patterns on Ravelry...hehe

Interweave Crochet Summer 2012 details can be seen here on Crochet Me.
My design was also mentioned on Fairmount Fibers Blog here. They are the distributors of Manos del Uruguay yarns. (More details here.)


  1. I love it! I am still on the beginning stages of your pattern. I couldn't find the yarn suggested, so I had to order another sport weight yarn to substitute. I did a swatch to check my gauge, but now that i got through about 11 rows of the main pattern stitch after the ribbing, it looks like it might be a little big. Is it supposed to fit snug or will a little loose be ok? Maybe after a wash it will fit better? So now I'm deciding if I should keep going or start over with a smaller hook. It's harder to work with anything smaller though. what do you think? I should blog about it so you can see pictures. I"ll do that later today.

  2. I love it!! You did such a wonderful job!!

  3. Thanks Cherry and Michele!

    I'm wondering why the Manos del Uruguay Serena is classified sportweight since it is 3-ply and lighter or comparable to Aunt Lydia's size 3 thread. It is also lighter than Catania cotton (classified as DK weight). I really wouldn't recommend a sportweight for the pattern. A 3-ply or 4-ply light fingering yarn would work nicely.
    Btw Michele, did you check your gauge?

  4. I checked the yarn database and read the comments. Those who've tried the Serena yarn said its 3-ply light fingering. Since that is also what I think, I went ahead and edited the yarn details - from sportweight to light fingering 3-ply.

  5. Wow! I have like, two or three simple patterns. I totally stink at writing them! Hene!

  6. Oops! *hehe!
    -Crafting Kid

  7. You got the yarn on my 15 year old sons birthday. :P I really like this sweater Mimi.

    I hope your IC magazine has gotten to you by now?

  8. P.S. It looks like you are holding a baby (in the picture you are holding the yarn).. Hee hee

  9. Thank you Peanut for stopping by :)

    Hi Tina, I was just so glad to get the seemed to have taken forever.
    I already got my contributor's copy of IC...I'll be on the look-out for the one you mailed :)

  10. That is a truly lovely design, Mimi! Congratulations! I love your shaping too! :)

  11. Congratulations ate mimi! I'm so proud of you.. I hope next time you'll make it on the front cover too.. that is my wish for you .... It's a great tunic top :)

  12. at ang daming yarn palang nagamit ehehheeh

  13. Thanks Bheng!!...kelangan mas galingan ko pa ;)
    Actually, kalahati lang ng yarns na yan ang ginamit ko. Kaya dagdag gastos pa ung pag send back ko ng sobrang yarns sa kanila :p

  14. Oh my, it's been a while since I last visited here but this pattern looks great! Congratulations Mimi! How much did it cost to send that much yarn from US to here? Parang ang ganda ganda ng yarn, kaya lang ang dami. Parang pang-wind pa lang ng yarn pahirap na.

  15. Hi Gene, thanks for stopping by! Actually the yarns they sent are more than double what I needed. There were 20 skeins and I used up only 8. The yarn distributor spent $26.64 in postage from U.S. to here, and I spent about P1,500. to send the sample and excess yarns to Interweave.

  16. That's beautiful!
    Just found you via Ravelry ;-)

  17. Congratulations, dear Mimi!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The tunic looks amazing! No wonder they chose your pattern again!!!

  18. Thank you dear Vik!!! Hope to come up with another design to submit, deadline for submission is getting closer...


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