I’ve been doing a bit of crochet research lately. One technique I’ve found fascinating is this tunisian style crochet done with an ordinary crochet hook. Look how unusual the results are – to me it doesn’t look like knitting or crochet, it has an air of Irish lace about it. Isn't this just beautiful? It's called De Danann.
The designer is a an extremely talented ex graphic artist from Dublin named Aoibhe Ni. (Actually, she lives very close to my husband's brother who lives in Co Meath, small world). She starts you off with a free taster pattern for the Pax shawl (below). It takes a bit of nutting out, but is fun and exciting to do.
I really like the shawl design below, it's called Honeymeade. Even though it's undeniably lace, the grid-like appearance of the fabric lends it an air of simplicity - in an ocean of floral and frothy motifs I think this one stands out as super sophisticated.