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Using Scrap Yarns to Make a Vest

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Finished! Current WIP is this ---- a vest made up of scrap pieces of yarn tied together. The construction technique is not uncommon - work begins at the center back with a doily worked in the round. From there, the piece grows, uses long chains to make the armholes, then continues on to create the length and left and right front of the vest. Below are progress photos that make the construction of the vest much clearer. I hope to finish this within the week. I used various colours of cotton 6-8 ply and a 3.5mm crochet hook.

Workshop: Boudoir Bralette

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Using sheer fabric, thread and elastics, let's make a bralette inspired by Fleur of England's "Ophelia Boudoir Bra". We'll learn how to cut the fabric for the bra cups and then crochet the lace overlay and the lace detail at the cross-back straps. Feel free to modify the design to create your own! On-Line Workshop/Tutorial starts September 17, Saturday. Join us at Crochetology@Facebook ! Crochetology hosts "Workshop: Boudoir Bralette", a crochet version of Fleur of England's Ophelia Boudoir Bra: guipure floral lace details on the sheer tulle mesh cup and at the slender-strapped racerback. You will need: (colour of your choice) sheer tulle mesh fabric or frosted organza or other suitable fabric, needle, matching colour sewing thread, elastics, crochet hook 2mm and size 10 crochet cotton thread. Feel free to modify the design to create your own! On-Line Workshop/Tutorial starts September 17, Saturday.

How-To: Crab Stitch

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This coming weekend (Sept 3-4) I'll be posting a video showing how to make the Crab Stitch or Reverse Single Crochet. I find it an excellent stitch for edging of garments that need strength such as swimwear, as well as for bags. Feel free to post examples of crochet using the Crab Stitch! Join in! (Note: This is an On-Line Event). Join in at Crochetology@Facebook !

Stronger

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My mother rang up this morning. She learned I was taking medication for depression. She told me to be strong, that she herself fought depression three times, and now, she fends it off like kung-fu and karate. My mother is amazing. I have difficulty finishing commissions for made-to-measure and bespoke, so I ended up refunding my clients. I need to fight this plague of darkness. I am accepting commissions for crochet again, and I am going to be much stronger.

Hand-Sewn Dress with White Motifs

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I would like to try making a dress made of fabric decorated with crocheted motifs. This is a work in progress. I made the dress by hand-sewing using muslin cloth. Then the motifs are crocheted in crochet cotton thread 8. I plan to decorate with beads as well. I include patterns for the motifs so you can also try it.

Clandestine Cloud

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This is a version of Clandestine Wrap worked in Tibetan Cloud (fingering weight Tibetan yak) and 4,5mm hook. I made the sleeves longer, a combination of the mesh stitch and fishnet chains with a sc/picot trim at the last round. I used about 50 grams (or 1 hank) of yarn. Another modification I made is the side seams. Instead of sc/ch stitches, I joined with sc, ch3 stitches, joining each row to create a zigzag pattern as seen in the detail photo below.

Clandestine in Zitron Filisilk

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In just a day, this project is completed, a version of The Clandestine Wrap ! I used 4.5mm bamboo hook and Zitron Filisilk, a lovely lace/2-ply yarn of 70% merino wool and 30% silk, using 1 hank or 100 grams/600 meters to complete this top for a bust size 36". The pattern is a simple modification of   The Clandestine Wrap , starting at the back, then joining the front left side and front right side to the back at the shoulders, then seaming the sides with gaps for the armholes. The sleeves are crocheted around the armholes. The sleeve pattern I used is different from   The Clandestine Wrap , I used one round of (ch 5, sc), the next two rounds is (dc, ch 3, dc, ch3) then one round of (ch 5, sc), followed by the next two rounds in (dc, ch 3, dc, ch3), then one round of (ch 5, sc) which establishes the pattern for the sleeve. At this point, I want a short cap sleeve and end with one round of (ch 3, sc) followed by a trim of (3 sc, picot). To strengthen the edges of the

Finished - Ascot Scarf in Yak

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The Ascot Scarf is finished. I made it in pure yak in natural dark brown colour. It is a decidedly Victorian pattern, from a book published in 1891. I reproduce the text pattern below. The lining I used for the neck band is printed batik fabric. Ascot Scarf From Brainerd and Armstrong Company's "Art Needlework: The Last and Best Book on Art Needlework." Materials. Two ounces of Brainerd & Armstrong's Crochet Silk and a No. 2 Star crochet hook. Directions: First row. Chain 48. 2d row. Turn, and counting back do 3 d. c. in fourth stitch of ch., do 4 d. c. in eighth st. and continue to end of chain, leaving 3 stitches between the shells. There should be 12 shells. 3d row. Turn, ch. 3, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of last shell in second row, and 4 d. c. between first 2 in next and remaining shells. 4th and continuous rows same as third. Make this part of work 12 1/2 inches long. Next row. Turn, ch. 3, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2d c. o

Clandestine Wrap

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This design uses very simple stitch patterns (dc for the body and fishnet chains for the sleeves) and a simple increase (add dc) to shape the neck and armholes. The goal is to focus on the fit of the garment. Selecting soft yarn with good drape is therefore important, so that the garment wraps around the body shape. I include some sketches pointing out the shaping and construction of the garment. It is quite simple. Once you are able to complete the basic garment, it should not be too difficult modifying the design by using a different stitch pattern, altering the length and design of the sleeves, etc. Happy crocheting! Fatima “Clandestine” must be worked only in the softest and most luxurious yarns. It must drape and wrap sultry to the body. The design and construction of “Clandestine” is surprisingly simple with uncomplicated shaping, crocheted with basic stitches. You can make “Clandestine” to fit your measurements and easily modify the pattern to change the length o