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Crochet Bra Top with Recycled Fabric

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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.

Crochetology Challenge: Romantic Blouse

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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.

Rainy Morning Scarf

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RAINY MORNING SCARF by Fatima Lasay / Crochetology.net Design Note: The scarf is crocheted in one piece. After Row 2, the pattern repetition is established starting at Row 3. The pattern repetition consists of alternating rows of 2 sc increase and 1 sc decrease, resulting to an increase of 1 sc in each Row. Decorate the scarf with tassels at the three points if desired. Happy crocheting! Tips: Learn to read the stitches in your work, especially at the beginning and at the end of each Row. Common error is failing to recognise the first and last stitches. This will allow you to work continuously without having to count the exact number of stitches made. Yarn recommended is self-striping yarn with short color bands, minimum DK weight and above. A larger hook is recommended. Work loosely and remember to do so especially at the beginning and end of each Row. If you work too tightly, the scarf may fold over at the edges. Instructions: Row 1: Ch 2, 2 sc in sec

Shibori yarn and fabric

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I am doing the simplest of shibori (simple folding) and I am in love with it, and thus made a shibori  yarn ...

Hand-dyed Yarn

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Over the past week I have been busy learning about hand-dyeing. Below is a chronology of my experiments. Enjoy! September 6 Am trying dyeing, this is pure silk which dyes beautifully. The challenge is to make brilliant even colour and then to fix the colour. This is Venus dye, a coal tar based dye. Cream of tartar creates deep hues. Salt fixes the dye. Alum does as well, hopefully, fastness will be good. Venus recommends using salt during the last 20 minutes of simmering. However, accdg to some readings, salt doesn't actually fix the dye, it only helps in absorption. I use alum instead, which I hope will work! The next challenge is to use natural dyes ... I wasn't able to get yellow Venus dyes today so tomorrow I will try turmeric, plenty in the garden! September 7 These are the other colours. I used the Venus dyes plainly, no colour mixes, two sachets per 50 grams of silk. At times, two sachets didn't seem enough, particularly the colour purple and

DIY: Boudoir Bralet

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Create your own boudoir bralet, video tutorial below and the written pattern for the motifs and bra straps/bands follow. Enjoy! Workshop: Boudoir Bralet Motifs (Make as many as needed for your arrangement) Use 1.2mm hook and size 10 crochet cotton thread FLOWER 1 Ch 5, sl st in first ch to make a ring. Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 3, sc in ring; rep fr * four times to make five 3-ch loops around the ring; end with sl st in first sc to join. Rnd 2: Sc in first 3-ch loop, *ch 2, 3 dc in same 3-ch loop, ch 2, sc in same 3-ch loop, sc in next 3-ch loop; rep fr * on all 3-ch loops; end with sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off. FLOWER 2 Ch 5, sl st in first ch to make a ring. Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 3, sc in ring; rep fr * four times to make five 3-ch loops around the ring; end with sl st in first sc to join. Rnd 2: Sc in first 3-ch loop, *ch 3, 3 tr in same 3-ch loop, ch 2, sc in same 3-ch loop, sc in next 3-ch loop; rep fr * on

September Anklet Free Pattern

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I made an anklet to match the white dress with light blue crochet top. Here is the pattern. Let me know if you have any difficulty with the pattern or if you spot any errors. Cheers! ^_^ September Anklet (Also looks lovely worn as a choker!) You will need: Light Blue 4-ply cotton yarn White crochet cotton thread size 8 Crochet hook 1.2mm (for cotton thread 8) Crochet hook 2.2mm (for 4-ply cotton yarn) 7 pieces Dark Brown wood beads 1/4" 14 pieces Beige wood beads 1/8" Beading needle (to thread beads through 4-ply yarn) Scissors Instructions: Prepare the beads: With needle and 4-ply cotton yarn, thread beads in the order: (beige, dark brown, beige) 7 times. Make the anklet: With 2.2mm hook make slip knot after last threaded bead and crochet as follows: Row 1: Ch 3, *slip beige bead, ch 1, slip dark brown bead, ch 1, slip beige bead, ch 2; rep fr * to the last bead; ch 6, turn. Row 2: Dc in 5th ch fr hook, dc in each sc across, fasten off.