Sunday, November 6, 2016

MINIDRESS - From the Middle



Here are two minidresses that I crocheted in just two days. The first one uses lace weight Tibetan Cloud (100% Tibetan yak) and the second uses fancy yarn called Viarreggio (50% cotton, 50% acrylic).

These two minidresses follow the same construction method, that is, starting with in the middle, crocheting in the round. From the middle, work continues upwards without shaping, also in the round up to the armpits. From there, work continues in rows to make the front and back sections of the dress separately. Then the shoulders are shaped by decreasing at the neckline, also done separately. Then the seams are joined at the shoulders. The dress is finished by continuing work downwards from the middle towards the bottom of the dress, all in the round. Towards the bottom, a gradual increase is made to make the dress flare a bit.



Here is a closer look at the minidress done in Tibetan Yak and I include notes as to how it was constructed. I am hoping that you can try to construct a dress or top in a similar manner with only very simple shaping required. You can choose patterns of your choice. Although in my experience, mesh patterns are best because they follow the shape of the body, neckline and armholes easily and therefore do not require extensive shaping.

Good luck! Happy crocheting!

Yarn: Tibetan Yak Fingering by Lotus Yarns (crochet with 2 strands held together)
Yardage: This project uses at least 700 to 800 meters of yarn
Hook: 3mm crochet hook





Thursday, October 27, 2016

Working with yarns from Turkey

Four years ago, I started using yarns from Turkey, the brands Kuka and Ice. These are just some of the yarns I bought and some I have used to make projects, mostly crochet garments. A few yarns I never managed to use and instead either gave away as gifts or as prizes in Crochetology contests in the past.

1. ANGORA DESIGN MAGIC

These are no longer available but seem to be on sale under new names. I bought these yarns because of the lovely self-striping colours and the lightness of the fibre. I made dresses with these yarns and the left-over yarns I used to make hair accessories.

Some yarns available that resemble the original Angora Magic Design are: MAGIC DK, MAGIC FINE, MAGIC WOOL DELUXE, DANCING BABY, PRIMADONNA, SULTAN WOOL, MARVELOUS PURE WOOL, and REGINA LANA.








2. BRIZ ALPACA

This is acrylic yarn with some content of alpaca and other wool. I got these in grey and light orange melange colours. I fell in love with the grey and find the light orange too bright for my taste. I love these yarns because they are fine lightweight yarns and they dry very quickly. I made dresses with these yarns and they are light, airy, beautiful dresses. The yarns left over I made a vest.

This yarn is discontinued (only few colours left) but some similar yarns are the following: MASTER ALPACA, PERU ALPACA, ROSE ALPACA, VISCOSE ALPACA FINE, NEW MASTER ALPACA, TERMICO ALPACA,






3. SILK BLENDED YARNS

I got several yarns containing silk and some are softer than others. I made a dress with the stronger silk yarns and the more delicate ones, I used to make smaller garments and accessories such as shawls and shrugs and tops.

Some fine silk blended yarns available are: CASHMERE SILK, and SILK SALMON.






4. SHRIMP MOHAIR

This is lovely novelty yarn with mohair, acrylic and gold glitter. I loved the colour combination of light green, pink and gold. I used this yarn to make a dress. This yarn has been discontinued, unfortunately, however there is a great selection of yarns blended with sparkly lurex.





5. ANTIBACTERIAL MAGIC

In 2016, I got some new yarns and here is the first, antibacterial dralon yarn. I got these because I fell in love with the colour. I made scarves and stoles with this yarn and plan to make a garment with it shortly. Since this yarn is new, it is still available - not sure for how long - via Bohol Yarnshopping Dralon.






6. LOREN WOOL

This is a combination of two things in a yarn that I love - a touch of glitter and lightness. I bought several of these yarns to give as prizes and gifts to friends. I made a top with this yarn and some leftover, maybe I will make a small scarf.

Loren Wool is no longer available but there are several yarns containing lurex and wool.





7. BELLISSIMO

This is 100% nylon yarn, and I think that nylon is now called polyamide in Ice Yarns. While 'Bellissimo' is discontinued, I found some yarns that resemble this product. I wanted to try this yarn because of its elasticity, and I have made a turtle neck top with it. I still have a few left-over which
I might try to make a sports bra.

This yarn of similar type is available as MAGNIFICO.






8. VIARREGGIO

This is soft lovely blend of acrylic and cotton, colours look like denim and like distressed or torn fabric. The yardage of this yarn is fantastic and I used this yarn to make a dress. At the moment, I cannot find any yarn of this type.



FOR MORE selections of yarns, please visit THE BOHOL YARNSHOPPING WEBSITE.

Lace Halter Bra free pattern

I know there are crocheters who can figure out a pattern by just looking at a photo of the finished item. These photos are probably for those crocheters since i don't have the time to write the pattern now. Do you think these types of 'instructions' are useful for crocheters who don't use written patterns or charts?



The lace pattern used for the front lace panel is below. It's from VOGUE KNITTING STITCHIONARY 4 which I got for 1,258.00PHP or US$25.00 at Fully Booked.



Here are some picture showing work-in-progress for your reference.




Here is the original inspiration for the crochet bra.



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Diamond stole





I was trying to crochet a shrug but it came out much too long so here is a stole instead.


DIAMOND


Hook: 3mm

Yarn: Antibacterial Magic by Ice Yarns or other sport weight or 6-ply yarn

This project uses approximately 700 meters/650 grams of yarn

Stole Dimensions: 10" wide x 90" long




Instructions:

Ch 166

Row 1: 5 dc in 10th ch fr hook, *ch 2, sk 3 ch, dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 3 ch, 5 dc in next ch, rep fr * across, ending with ch 2, dc in last ch; ch 4, turn.

Row 2: Dc in first dc, *ch 1, dc in each of 3 middle dc of 5-dc group, ch 1, sk 2-ch, in next dc make (dc, ch 3, dc), rep fr * across, ending with ch 1, dc in each of 3 middle dc of 5-dc group, ch 1, sk 2 ch, in next ch at the end of the row make (dc, ch 1, dc), ch 3, turn.

Row 3: 2 dc in first ch sp, *ch 2, dc in middle dc of 3-dc group, ch 2, 5 dc in next 3-ch sp, rep fr * across, ending with ch 2, dc in middle dc of 3-ch group, ch 2, sk next ch sp, 3 dc in last ch sp; ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Sk first dc, dc in next dc, *ch 1, sk 2 ch sp, in next dc make (dc, ch 3, dc), ch 1, sk 2 ch sp, dc in each of 3 middle dc of next 5-dc group, rep fr * across, ending with ch 1, sk 2 ch sp, in next dc make (dc, ch 3, dc), ch 1, sk next dc, dc in each of last 2 dc, ch 5, turn.

Row 5: In first 3-ch sp make 5 dc, *ch 2, dc in middle dc of next 3-dc group, ch 2, 5 dc in next 3-ch sp, rep fr * across ending with ch 2, dc in last dc; ch 4, turn.

Rows 6-22: Rep rows 2-5 to make 22 rows or until scarf measures 10" wide. Do not fasten off, working on the right side, work the trim all around the scarf as follows:


Work evenly in each st along the length of the scarf (5 sc, picot), 2 sc ch 2, 2 sc in last st at the corner to turn, then work along the rows of the scarf as follows: work evenly 3 sc in each row with picot worked after every 5 sc. Continue all around the scarf, fasten off.



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Crochet Bra Top with Recycled Fabric



Here is a way to use some scrap fabric. You can use any bra top pattern. In this case, this pattern is what I used (see chart below). I crocheted the two cups separately then joined at the center as I made the cup trim. And finally a row of dc at the base of the cups. Then I sewed the fabric to the crochet. I used the same fabric as ties at the back. You can use buttons.








Thursday, September 22, 2016

Crochetology Challenge: Romantic Blouse


Some time ago, someone asked to decipher this dress from Free People. I made drawings of the pattern stitches but never really managed to crochet the dress. Today, I actually made the garment - a blouse instead of a dress simply because I didn't have enough yarn.

I used 4-ply cotton yarn and 3.5mm crochet hook. The trickiest part is shaping the neckline. Can you figure it all out and complete the dress? I provide the crochet charts below.