Looking for some new crochet patterns to add to your project bag? Look no further than the Arboreal Collection! Designed in collaboration with Koigu, this collection brings a taste of fall in the form of a cozy sweater, playful shawl, and a cowl that celebrates the magic of mini skeins. Get all three patterns now!
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In March 2020, I had the pleasure of working with Koigu to design the Easton Shawl. I had an amazing time designing and sharing the new crochet wrap pattern. When Kersti of Koigu reached out about another collaboration, I knew it was time to take things to the next level. The idea for the Arboreal Collection started to form and we were off to the races.
Crochet Patterns Inspired by Trees & Plants
My love of trees and plants dates back to my college years when I was gifted my very first air plant. I was fascinated by the plant’s ability to grow and thrive with minimal nourishment and attention. I never thought I had a green thumb before, but it turns out I just needed the right plants around me.
That fascination with plants grew into a love of trees as well. I’ve spent hours bent over a good book under massive oak trees and I’ve filled my home with dozens of houseplants. The Arboreal Collection celebrates the gift of life and the energy plants bring to our world.
The Arboreal Collection Patterns
The Arboreal Collection features 3 brand new crochet patterns designed exclusively with Koigu yarns. Each one highlights different crochet techniques and skill levels, allowing the maker to progress through the patterns while learning new concepts. Explore each design and choose your favorite for the Arboreal Crochet Along (keep scrolling for details!).
The Juniper Cowl
Never in my days as a designer has a pattern come so naturally as the Juniper Cowl. Koigu proposed a small accessory using their Pencil Box, which holds 10 25g mini skeins of fingering weight yarn. The moment I looked at the shades of blue within, I thought of cute little juniper berries. Thus, the idea was born.
The Juniper Cowl is a great foray to mini skeins, fingering weight yarn, and fun crochet techniques like puff stitches, basic increases, and the crab stitch. This pattern is also an amazing stash buster and can easily be adjusted by adding more mini skeins until the cowl length is to your liking.
The Sylvie Shawl
Playful and engaging, the Sylvie Shawl introduces newcomers to Tunisian crochet in a gentle way. I’m so obsessed with Tunisian crochet that I literally wrote a book on it! This addition to the Arboreal Collection pairs my favorite crochet techniques with complementary yarns for a subtle visual surprise.
If you’re looking for a pattern that progresses as a comfortable clip with fun techniques at every turn, the Sylvie Shawl is for you. It begins with a canvas of Tunisian crochet striped rows in a triangle shape. Then, columns of surface slip stitches add dimension and lead the eye to delicate tied tassels. The color combinations are endless, especially with Koigu’s fingering weight yarns.
Materials: 500 yards each of 2 colors fingering weight yarns (focus on a medium to heavy contrast to ensure that the stripes stand out), 5mm Tunisian crochet hook with 32″ cord or longer, 5mm traditional crochet hook, scissors, tapestry needle, locking stitch markers, and wet blocking supplies.
The Willow Sweater
The true star of the Arboreal Collection is the Willow Sweater. I sought out to design a crocheted pullover that would be perfect when layered over a collared shirt while lounging around a bonfire after a day of apple picking and hayrides. The Willow Sweater is beyond comfortable, with an oversized relaxed fit and boatneck collar. The use of Koigu’s new Corriedale + Gotland yarn adds a rustic nature that perfectly suits this cozy piece.
The Willow Sweater is a welcome challenge to anyone looking to make their next (or even first!) crocheted sweater. The front begins with a linen stitch square and transitions into a clever slip stitch neckline. The back features a rhythmic progression of linen stitch stripes, which you can also find in the sleeves.
Materials: The Willow Sweater pattern includes sizes XS (S, M, L) (XL, 2XL, 3XL) and requires 600 (800, 800, 1000) (1000, 1200, 1200) yards each of 2 colors DK weight yarn, a 6mm crochet hook, a 5mm crochet hook (optional), scissors, tapestry needle, locking stitch markers, and steam blocking supplies.
The Arboreal Collection Crochet Along
To celebrate the release of the Arboreal Collection, I am running the Arboreal Crochet Along, a 6 week digital crochet event that runs until the end of November 2021. To participate, make your favorite piece(s) from the Arboreal Collection and share them with the TLYC Makers Community on your favorite social media site.
Personally, I am so excited for this crochet along. After making the original Juniper Cowl, I envisioned an epic version using additional mini skeins with slightly different shaping to create a hybrid cowl/poncho. I created the palette above from the massive collection of mini skeins I acquired over the last couple of years. I’m excited to finally turn these beauties into something special just for myself.
I hope you’ll join the Arboreal CAL as well. I can’t wait to see your projects!
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