I will admit that I am partial to a little bit of Scandinavian design and Lutter Idyl is a Danish crochet blog that I go back to time after time. I love the quality and simplicity of her work and the clean, contemporary designs. I will also admit that find that I often have to search through a lot of crochet designs that are really not my taste (too frilly, too fussy, too much everything) in order to find things that I like. In comparison Lutter Idyl is a like breath of fresh, crisp Nordic air.
My Danish has become a little a little rusty (ahem) recently, so I use Google translate with reasonable success. It can be amusing (‘pattern’ translates as ‘recipe’ for example) but you get the gist of it.
This is the afghan that I was inspired by…
And this is my version, minus the stylish, moody riverside location… and I fear that my photography falls short somewhat.
I am very pleased with it. It is a shameless copy and I can take no credit for the design but I am delighted with the finish and the seaming technique (detailed on her blog) which gives a totally flat and neat join between squares. It is made in 100% aran wool of various brands. I tried hard to find the turquoise in the original design but I just couldn’t find it at the right price. The sky blue that replaces it works well with the cream, grey and navy. I very rarely use pink but I love the bright pops of colour.
A big thanks to Jeanette Bogelund Bentzen for the inspiration and a brilliant eye for design.
Ahhh, I was just looking at her blog again to find the links and came across this beauty! Another one to add to the list. This shawl is also reminiscent of some designs by Stephen West at westknits. I will save that one for another time….