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Crochetology Problem: Two Stitch Patterns and Sleeves

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Crochetology Problem:  Use 2 stitch patterns to make a garment with sleeves. In this project, I wanted to make a garment with sleeves. The sleeves should be long or quarter sleeves and should be worked in the round along the armholes instead of crocheted separately and joined. I want a sleeve that is seamless. I also want to use at least two stitch patterns, selecting and modifying stitch patterns to match each other in an overall design. Crochetology Problem: Use 2 stitch patterns to make a garment with sleeves. In this project, I wanted to make a garment with sleeves. The sleeves should be long or quarter sleeves and should be worked in the round along the armholes instead of crocheted separately and joined. I want a sleeve that is seamless. I also want to use at least two stitch patterns, selecting and modifying stitch patterns to match each other in an overall design. Here (above) are the two stitch patterns. I used 4-ply yarn and 3.5mm hook. These stitch pa

Hand-sewn Wrap Skirt

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This is a very quick hand-sewing project. I used a fabric called "Geena Silk." This is a cheap fabric often used for lining (in plain colour) or curtains. I loved the prints of these types of fabric and thought that they could be used to make garments and bags. I cut the suitable size of fabric that goes around my hips and overlaps halfway. Then I sewed the edges. Next I pinned the pleats of the skirt and sewed that as well. After sewing the edges and the pleats, I sewed the waistband over, with an open end where the straps can be sewn in later. Here is the finished wrap skirt showing the straps. The straps are made separately. They are simply long tubes that are sewn on the wrong side, then turned inside out. I added a slit along one side of the skirt to make walking easier! The slit isn't perfect so I'll try to make it better next time.

Crocheting With Recycled Fabric

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In a  previous blogpost,  I made some yarn using some old clothes cut into strips and tied together. I use this yarn to make some flowers. Now here is a project that uses only recycled old clothes as yarn. Here (photos below) are more flowers crocheted using different types of fabrics from old clothes. I made several more tarn flowers and finally decided last night to make a garment with them. To join the flowers together, I used a white fabric (from an old blouse) that stretches. I also used a beige coloured fabric (from an old dress) that didn’t stretch much as I ran out of the white stretchy fabric. The stretch is needed in some areas of this garment. Below are photos of the work in progress. Below are photos showing the front and back of the garment. If I have more flowers, I will make this into a dress. Otherwise, I will keep this as a sleeveless top. I intend to embellish this a bit with some beads and lace, and see how it goes.

Make Your Own Yarn from Old Clothes

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After making a big crochet hook , I need big yarn to test it with. I don't have any big yarn so I made some. This is how I made some yarn from old clothes. First is to select the colour and material of the old clothes you want to use for yarn. Here, I choose a yellow pair of pants, it is actually nice soft material, not sure what it is, but it's something I got cheaply from India seven years ago. Maybe if I cut the pants' legs, I can still wear this as a pair of shorts! Anyway, here I just cut the garment into strips, remove the seam, then tie the strips together. The strips fray a lot but that's alright. The strips are of different width and lengths, but that's alright too. I'm too lazy to do this properly! Then after making about two or three feet of hand-tied yarn, I tested it with the hook, just to make sure I'm cutting the fabric in the right width. It's good! Because I didn't like it to be all yellow, I got another