I’m excited to announce another fresh crochet pattern is out today, just in time for the beginning of summer.
A wanderlust-inducing post over on the PUBLIC Bikes blog observed that–unlike in busy American metropolises–Italian cyclists tend to be women. What’s more, they’re often well-dressed older women. Indeed, my grandmother rode her bike in a skirt well into her seventies, and I still remember how she’d apply lotion to her legs every day with that in mind.
Fashionable cyclists like Melissa at Bike Pretty and theme rides like the SF Tweed are trying hard to help us all sit pretty on our bikes. I think it’s important to address comfort, style, and fun on bikes because–whether or not we admit it–some days these things truly cause us to reach for the keys instead of the helmet. (Check out Bike Pretty’s list of 10 Shockingly Chic Bicycle Helmets.)
My new pattern eliminates worries about cycling in our prettiest skirts and dresses. Not long ago, many bikes accommodated fashions with metal guards like these. Perhaps casual dress made them obsolete, but I say let’s bring guards and skirt cycling back for good!
I entreat you to dare to sit pretty in your longest skirt with a pair of crochet skirt guards. Both the crochet pattern and the handmade items are in the shop, in a variety of colors and sizes. Installation is a breeze: snap them on the fender with a handful of binder clips, and easily snap off again to wash or swap for another color.
If you’ve never crocheted lace before, this is a great starter project because it uses a larger thread and hook than most lace, so it works up faster and quicker. I wrote the pattern with beginners in mind, so all you need to know is how to count and do single through triple crochet. Each size hooks up in just a few hours. Why, you’ll be able to make one to match every ModCloth dress in your closet!
If you joined my entourage, check your inbox for an exclusive deal on the pattern. If you haven’t yet, get on board here because new pattern deals are coming all the time!
Or, leave the handmade part to me and cruise on over to the shop to pick up a pair in your favorite size and color.