21 Crocheted Tanks and Tunics by Sandi Rosner

21 Crocheted Tanks and Tunics by Sandi Rosner was not Deja Vu, we asked her to come back to the Yarn Thing podcast when we Sandi Rosner profile picknew she had a new book coming soon!

Sandi Rosner is the Executive Creative Director at Premier Yarns which includes the Downton Abbey line that we spoke of recently, but also the Deborah Norville and Isaac Mizrahi collections, as well as some private labels available at your local craftstores. She began crafting as a crocheter, then learned knitting later from yarn labels, magazines, books… Knitting took over her life, she even owned a yarn store for a while, then she went freelance designer, teacher, writer (I think she missed tech editor) and then moved from California to North Carolina to work with Premier Yarns.

Many know Sandi may think of her as a knitter. She says she spent a lot of years wrapped in knitting, but working with Candi Jensen (who we may know of through Knit & Crochet Now) has been leaning more toward crocheted. Plus the yarn industry, as Sandi is well aware, realizes that the majority of yarn purchased is intended to be a crochet project. Even though many think of crocheters as the granny squares and kitchen hot pads.21 Tanks & Tunics

Pam Koenig (at the time an editor at Stackpole books) approached Sandi to create a book of crocheted tank tops, this was about four months before she began at Premier. Sandi is very organized, even though the full-time job suddenly seemed to intensify the deadlines. She began the book by creating a list of ideas, that included the detailed designs and silhouette, also attending a TNNA and approaching yarn companies for their suggestions as to what they would recommend for the various ideas. Then, Sandi began to work on every piece, none if it was farmed out to a sample crocheter, her crochet designs are basically done ‘On The Hook’, and making good solid notes.

21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics includes fairly simple designs, straight-forward stitchwork, to create garments people would want to create and wear. The sizes range 32″ to 52″ finished garment for the simpler designs, on the more complicated ones, between 36″ to 46″. Yarns chosen were intended for summer or warmer climates, so she looked for washables in linen, cotton, bamboo, silks are not generally machine washable, but a luxury fiber can be so worth it. Colors that photographed well, brights and favorites, in blues and greens that Sandi enjoys in the summer. She also enjoys the sculptural feeling of crochet, verses the ‘autopilot’ of knitting for her, and she finds she can feel her way along in the crochet. A small change can yield big differences in the fabric. The patterns can be viewed in Ravelry.

Sandi finds these days she’s crocheting about 50% of the time, the rest knitting, which has become a big change to before she came on board with Premier. At this moment, she’s working on a pattern for a flyer to be available with yarn in stores. Sometimes inspiration comes with the yarn samples that appear in the offices, like the Plum Blossom Shawl in Willow Yarns.

Follow what’s new with Sandi Rosner by following her Designer page in Ravelry. Here also is the link to listen to the last time she was on, in January of this year. If you didn’t get to hear this live, you can listen to the archived episode on your favorite podcast catcher like iTunes or Stitcher Radio. You can also watch the behind-the-scenes video on the Facebook Page!



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  1. Chris Lopez says:

    An amazing podcast! The book sounds wonderful and I’d love to make one of her lovely designs in linen.

  2. Audrey says:

    Love the idea of summer garments of linen. I haven’t used this fiber to knit or crochet with, but those who have marvel at the fabric it creates.

  3. Heather Kather says:

    I’m trying to get out of my crochet comfort zone so I’d LOVE to win this book! A linen crochet tank would be great for summer!

  4. Jessica says:

    I haven’t worked with linen yarn yet but Sandi’s patterns look great! I really like the balboa and sansome patterns. I think it will have to get her book.

  5. Amberly says:

    I have been eyeing an 100% linen yarn at my local LYS. I think I may have just found the right project for it!

  6. Nina Jacobson says:

    Been meaning to make linen tanks for summer. This show was timely and really enjoyed interview with Sandi Rosner.

  7. Ida Williamson says:

    Have not tried linen yarn yet but this book has me excited to run out and get some!

  8. Juanita says:

    Wonderful interview! I love to make garments. I have made one blouse with linen that is one of my favorites to wear. Certainly, would love to make the patterns in the new book with linen too.

  9. Katelyn M says:

    Thanks for another great show. I love the idea of crochet tank tops. This allows you to wear crochet year round, you can wear the top in the summer and in the winter too with something over top of it. I love the cover top and would make that right away! I haven’t worked with linen before but I think it is a perfect summer yarn. Thanks for sharing with us!!!

  10. Amy says:

    I enjoyed hearing Sandi on the podcast. I’ve avoided using linen for exactly the reason Sandi mentioned – how stiff it is to work with. It’s such a good warm weather fiber that I might just have to bite the bullet and give it a try on a summer top like the ones in her book. Thanks for showing some crochet love!

  11. Yvette Masullo says:

    I haven’t been in linen like most women but there was a jin in some! Perhaps this rhyme will get to a win’in! LOL
    Great show…I never can listen live but I catch up when I’m walking around running errands here is NYC! woo hoo

  12. Trisha says:

    i just knit my first linen project, and was surprised to learn that I loved knitting with it. It wasn’t stiff and rough as I had expected so I will likely knit more linen projects.

  13. Shannon N. says:

    Another wonderful podcast! I got so excited listening to the podcast especially now that the weather has turned nice here in northern Michigan. I use to be totally opposed to using linen yarn because of how “crunchy” it felt in the hank. After seeing how well it drapes and having a few friends knit and crochet tanks and skirts and I love how they felt. I now want to use linen to create my own beautiful garments that will have awesome drape as well. Thanks Marly and Sandi for the wonderful giveaway.

  14. suebknitter says:

    I’ve never crocheted with linen before and enjoy the idea of using it to make a lovely tank top. I enjoyed this podcast.

  15. Rachel Catherine says:

    I have used a linen-cotton blend yarn to knit a market bag before. Now I am curious to try crocheting it into a tank top!

  16. savannagal says:

    I love the look and feel of linen. Knitting with it was a little tricky though. It kept slipping off my needles. But my project turned out beautiful.

  17. Pamela Geist says:

    I have been too intimidated to work with linen, this book looks like just the thing to take on my fears!

  18. Renae says:

    Ooooh la la, that captivating cover makes me eager to see what other beautiful garments she’s dreamed up=)!!…I agree, linen is one fabulous fiber=)!!

  19. Diana H says:

    Pretty Patterns! I have yet to knit with linen yarn and look forward to trying it with Sandi’s patterns.

  20. Vicki says:

    I’ve knitted with linen, but never crocheted with lined. Your patterns lovely! I’ve added your book to my wish list.

  21. Michelle says:

    Thanks ladies for a crochet heavy podcast. It made me very happy. I have not used lined before but I will use it to make a tank or tunic from Sandi’s new book.

  22. Suzanne says:

    I have not had the chance to use 100% linen in a project before but I know I need to try it. I love, love, love my linen pants and hope that a linen knitted or crocheted garment will provide as much joy. Thanks for chatting up the new book!

  23. Amy L. says:

    Perfect timing for this book’s release! I have not worked with linen yet, but Sandi’s designs make me want to start immediately! Thank you for another fantastic episode!!

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