Showing posts from May, 2015

From Doily to Dress

Here's a project I made in 2009 . It's a dress based on a doily pattern. I made this dress without much planning, much of it is improvisation. I have been thinking of trying this kind of exercise again. Crochetology Exercise Given the Doily pattern: Doily pattern with classic pineapple stitch Doily pattern with classic pineapple stitch Make a lace dress. This problem is an exercise in appropriating doily patterns. There are thousands of antique, vintage and contemporary resources for doilies that can serve as starting points for new dress designs. Roadtesting the doily-dress! The doily pattern is selected for its complex design. Of special interest here is the pineapple stitch and the two smaller crocheted medallions. In my work, I decided to use the pineapple motif and one of the medallions for the bodice of the dress, and then use the pineapple for the lower section of the skirt. Here is a study/sketch of the dress, which I made only for purposes

A Simple Crochet Cardigan

This is a very easy and simple crochet cardigan I made for my sister. My sister likes simple designs, nothing too flashy. She also prefers close-weave crochet fabric, not crochet fabric that has lots of large holes. I thought of this very simple design for a cardigan using a simple close-weave lace pattern. Here (below) is the stitch pattern that I used for the cardigan. It is from a book called "Stitchionary 4" I got from a store in Manila more than 10 years ago. The stitch pattern is worked over a foundation of 6 sts +2. If you have a stitch dictionary and would like to use it to make finished items and garments, then this project can help you get started. There's another similar project on Using A Stitch Pattern to Make A Mini Dress . After selecting the stitch pattern, I made a gauge swatch using the hook and yarn I have selected for the cardigan. I also made a simple schematic for the cardigan and from there, determine how many stitches I will need to ma

Melody Motif

This is such a beautiful vintage motif. For this example, I used crochet cotton thread size 8 and 1mm crochet hook. The motif measures 3" across. I think this motif is special because it is a strong, sturdy construction, with the sc all around the chain loops, and yet a fine and dainty design because of the picots. This motif came from a vintage pattern book and was used to make a doily by connecting 37 motifs together, worked join-as-you-go at the last round, making a 6-sided doily. Because of the sturdiness of this motif, this can also be used to make crocheted jewelry - a pendant, or joined to make a bracelet. If you are patient and can make many motif and weave in many ends, this motif can also be used to make a blouse or dress. The motif can also become part of a freedorm project, joining with other motifs of flowers, leaves and the like. Something to try next! Motif from The Melody Doily Starting at center, ch 10. Join. Rnd 1: Ch 4, holding back on the hook t

How To Use A Stitch Pattern to Make Crocheted Dresses

Some of you might have encountered crochet patterns for dresses that include only the stitch pattern and a photo of the dress. If you are lucky, there is a dress schematic with measurements. You might also be given some basic information such as the yarn to use and the hook. Examples of such patterns are below. Experienced crocheters have no problem with these patterns. They can tell more or less, using their hook and yarn of choice, how many stitches they need to begin the dress of the size they desire. They can also make the shaping (increase and decrease) without prior planning – they just ‘wing it’, or make the shaping as they go. I used to make crocheted garments in this manner, spontaneously and without planning,  modifying stitch patterns, mix and match, improvisation. However, if you want to write a pattern, or if you want to make the same design for different sizes, you will need a bit more planning. I would like to try a simple example. A number of thin

Boudoir Jacket 1917

Here’s another antique pattern, a very interesting construction for a crocheted garment – The Boudoir Jacket. I put a copy of the original antique pattern below. I also wrote out the pattern with some notes/modifications, you can find it at the end of this post. The pattern calls for hook size 5. I read somewhere that the antique size is equivalent to a US size F (3.5mm). However, I think that antiue size 5 is similar to current Japanese hook size standards – thus hook 5 is 3mm. This chart may also be useful in converting, see this link where antique size 5 is 4mm. I have figured that the pattern calls for 4mm hook. The foundation chain (160 chain stitches) goes around the neck over the shoulders down to the front. So the length of this chain determines the length of the jacket on the front. I am using 3mm hook and Light Fingering (UK 3-ply) yarn. This makes a foundation (with 3 rows completed) of about 30 inches, reaching just midriff for me. You can use larger hook and yarn