If you shy away from crocheting sweaters, cardigans, ponchos, or tops because you think they’re complicated and take too much time to make, this book was designed just for you.
Crochet in a Weekend offers 29 wrap, cowl, cardigan, poncho, tunic, sweater, and top patterns for every season of the year! Each design is made with a yarn that’s easy to find (or substitute), stitches that create gorgeous fabrics (that are easy to memorize), and separate pieces that are portable and easy to seam together!
You can start with simple designs like the Roving Stole or Date Night Poncho if you’re looking for styles made with dazzling yarns! The Coboo Top and ZZ Twist Tee are worked with open stitches, creating oversized fits that are very complementary to wear. When looking for cozy, plush styles, the Charisma Poncho, Color Made Easy Cardigan, and Weekend Blanket Wrap are classic pieces that you’ll love to wear!
Whether you’re looking for a quick project, like the Picnic Vest or Warlock Wrap, or want to learn a new stitch or technique with the Mauve Cardigan or Speckle Sweater, your weekend crochet projects really can be gorgeous designs that you’ll enjoy making!
Salena Baca is the author of Two Simple Shapes = 26 Crocheted Cardigans, Tops & Sweaters; My Crocheted Closet; Crochet in a Day; Build Your Skills: Crochet Tops; and Crochet for Christmas. She resides in Bend, Oregon, happily spreading the joy of crochet far and wide.
Wraps & Shawls
Peaceful Earth Shawl
Weekend Blanket Wrap
Puff Infinity Cowl
Tees & Tops
Lotus Blossom Tunic
Hempster Tank Top
Sunkissed Tank Top
Vests & Cardigans
ZZ Twist Shrug
Low Tide Shrug
Color Made Easy Cardigan
Ponchos & Pullovers
Date Night Poncho
The concept is easy, and the clear and concise instructions really make it possible to complete any project in a weekend!
It was very difficult to choose, but my top favs would be the Gemstone Poncho, Low Tide Shrug, Warlock Wrap, Picnic Vest, and the Lotus Blossom Tunic. I highly recommend this book because every single design is unique, the fabrics are beautiful, the styles and fit are great, and the easy repeats make for a relaxing and stress-free crochet time!
The title Crochet in a Weekend aptly describes the projects in this book. You can grab your hook and favorite yarn on Friday night and easily have a new wearable by the end of the weekend. I highly recommend Crochet in a Weekend to anyone who would like to learn to crochet wearables, and for those who would like to build on their knowledge of crocheting wearables.
The great thing about this collection is the variety, ranging from light weight summer tops and vests to cozy cardigans and ponchos in bulky yarns and lots in between. With so many different styles and stitch patterns to try, your main problem will be deciding what to make first!
I hope you enjoy making items from Crochet in a Weekend as much as I have. So far I’ve tried 17 of the designs, with others still on my “to do” list, plus several I will definitely be making again!
Jumping straight into the projects, Baca relies on large hooks and chunky yarns to create eye-catching pieces, such as the thick white “puff infinity cowl,” the ripple-designed “charisma pullover,” and the cozy gradient “scarfie cardigan.” Items that are perfect for warmer weather—the “peaceful earth shawl,” a “Hempster tank top”—only require basic stitches and simple repeats. Baca encourages crocheters to work with different yarn weights, fibers, and colors to add variety and create heavier or lighter pieces (“try this poncho in a cotton yarn for a summer look,” she suggests for the “gemstone poncho,” or “try a multicolored yarn to give... a striped or spotted look” for a pullover).