duminică, 7 august 2016

Crochet Flower Center Fall Pullover – Free Pattern

 Hello darlings.

 I think you know me by know and you also know my thing for crocheting spectacular looking items, you normally find for sale in the big brand stores.

This pullover is extremely famous …might I say viral …since I found it EVERYWHERE from Alien Express where it is sold to and impressive forums and blogs.

So far I did not find any written pattern so here it is my very own interpretation – a.k.a pattern , to help you guys make your own.
 This is the kind of pullover you dream of, to lay over a summery dress, a cami dress, a slip dress…to get a romantic…slightly boho look.
 The pullover is a combination of regular stitches and simple half hairpin lace.
Yarn suggestions :
1.    acrylic, cotton acrylic mix – medium, 3 - 4 mm hook. ( for chillier fall days)
2.    cotton mercerized, microfiber – 2,5-3 mm hook ( for the beginning of fall and chillier end of august nights)

How to make it:
Start from the middle to make the 3 tier flower motif
Inspirational chart below (just for inspiration)


1.    Ch 5 , slst to join
2.    Ch4, 1dc ch 3, …repeat (6dc ch3 in the circle), slst to join.
3.     Ch1, *1sc 1hdc, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc ( in the same ch space)*- one petal…repeat ** to get 6 petals.
4.    *Ch 6, 1sc (in the back of the exiting row of petals) in the space between the petals*, repeat ** to get 6 chain spaces, sl st to join.
5.    Ch1, *1sc , 1hdc, 5 dc, 1hdc, 1sc ( in the same ch space )* - one petal … repeat ** to get 6 petals.
6.    *Ch 8, 1sc (in the back of the exiting row of petals) in middle of the petals*, repeat ** to get 8 chain spaces, sl st to join.
7.    Ch1, *1sc , 1hdc, 7 dc, 1hdc, 1sc ( in the same ch space )* - one petal … repeat ** to get 8 petals.
8.    *Ch 8, 1sc (in the back of the exiting row of petals) in the space between the petals *, repeat ** to get 8 chain spaces, sl st to join.

This last row of chain spaces will be the linking space between the first section of half hairpin  lace and the 3 tier flower.
You have two choices :

1.    Use a wide ruler and work ( 8 x 8 = 64 )strips.

2.    Use the coiling method ( wrapping method in knitting) and pull even strips of yarn to create the loose lacy section.-also 64.

The 64 strips will be divided so each group of 8 will be linked using sc to the each 8ch space of the 3 tier flower.

On the other end of the strips you will work 1sc to close the strip and 1ch in between.

As you go on with the front section you will start the increase.
1.    In each stich formed by the loose end of the half hairpin lace section you will work 1dc,sl st to join
2.    Ch 4, 1dc, ch 1, *1is dc ch1* …repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join
3.    Ch 3, *2dc (in the ch space), 3dc (in the chain space)*, repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join.
4.    Ch 4, 1dc, ch 1, *1dc ch1* …repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join
According to the number of stitches resulted in this last row work the second half hairpin section (same number of strips as the stitches).

This time each strip links with each stitch. On the other end of the strip work as before 1sc and 1ch.

From now on the sequence is worked as follows:
You will finish the bottom :
1.    1dc in each stitch
2.    Ch4, 1dc, ch1, *1dc , ch1*..repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join.
3.    Ch3, 2dc in the next ch space, *1 dc, 2dc in the next ch space*…repeat ** till the end of the row , sl st to join.
Repeat 2 and 3 and 2 again.

By now you almost have the front piece is wide enough.
On the bottom part work another 2 ( don’t go all around like before but naturally link to the sides). Finish with 3dc in one stitch ,sk 2, 1sc…from on side to the other.

Finishing the top:
The same sequence applies (2, 3,2,3) but use the below chart to inspire you how to decrease for shaping the neck opening and arm holes.

Same stitch combination applies for the sleeves.

The Back:
 As you can see the back is rather simple ,
You can go for the original version but for a warmer pullover you can opt for the same sequence as for the sleeves.

The lacy finish back:
1.    Ch 4, *1dc, ch 1*…repeat **

Extra tip:
Regardless the type of back you choose keep in mind to work according to the front side so it will have exactly the same dimensions ( be extra careful at the bottom )

This is about it.

I know it may seem a bit of a handful but trust me when I say it isn’t.

You just have to dare and try it and you will have the kind of pullover that will help add to your bohemian / romantic feel. The combinations you can use this pullover in are endless so dare and have fun and feel free to post the result on our Facebook page as a comment to the link with this posts.

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duminică, 12 iunie 2016

Piper Crochet Singlet by Arnhem – How to Make It – Free Crochet Pattern

Hello darlings from a not so sunny Sunday …

Oh well …my love for summer and the dream of a …still…distant vacation inspired me to write this blog about a beach ready top.

You can obviously buy the item from Arnhem but if you are like me…ready for a weekend challenge here is how to make your own.

First a few things I like about the Piper Singlet by Anhem :

1.     Tassels: very figure complementing

2.     Light and airy not to mention easy stitches used : very beginner fitted

3.     The versatile shape able to accommodate any bra size.

OK. Now you gals will most likely ask me…how is this figure complementing?

I will tell you this. It’s all in the shape. Since this crochet top is loose fit the tassels contribute to a comfy but figure complementing finish.

Basically you will work front and back almost… in one piece so be sure you measure the right way:

How to measure:
1.    Measure the bust circumference ( wearing a comfortable bra). Add 2 cm to the measurement and divide by 2. Now you have the base.

Yarn recommendation: cotton medium, worsted or mercerized or microfiber acrylic, 3 mm hook and 2, 5 mm hook.

How to make it:
Start with the front: 3 mm hook
1.    Chain according to the measurement.
2.    Ch4, *1dc ch1*, repeat ** till the end of the row.
3.    Ch1, 1sc in each stitch.
4.    Repeat 3.
5.    Ch2 and work it together with the next dc ( first decrease) 1dc in each chain for the rest of the row and finish with 2dc tog ( the decrease in the other end)
Change to 2, 5 mm hook.
6.     Ch3, 1dc in each stitch. Repeat  2 times ( for larger sizes 3 times)
7.    Ch2 and work it together with the next dc ( second decrease) 1dc in each stitch , finish with 2dc tog ( the second decrease in the other end)
8.    Ch3, 1dc in each stitch.
Change back to 3 mm hook
9.    Ch 4, *1dc ch1*, repeat ** till the end of the row.

Chain the straps. Starting from the end of the row chain the first strap, add the number of chains as in the last row worked for the front and chain the second strap.
Make sure you measure the length of the straps accordingly that you will have long enough straps as seen in the original model.
Start working the back in the designated chain space.
Use 3mm hook
1.    Ch5, *1trc, ch2* …repeat ** till the end of the row.
2.    Repeat 1 , 3 times ( 4 rows)
3.    Ch1, 1sc in each stitch.
4.    Repeat 3.
5.    Ch2, *1dc ch1*…repeat ** till the end of the row.

Work 1dc in each of the stitches on the interior of the large chain, including the top of the front and back.

Tassels or fringes
Add them using the method from the below posted Youtube link.

Join the bottom of the front and back and you are done.
So in spite of looking complicated this is a basic kind of crochet garment , the kind you could make while watching 2 episodes of your favorite TV show.
 Of course not all of us can wear something like this without a bra… However I find this ideal for beach wear combined with shorts or a flowing T shirt maxi skirt. Wear it on top of your bikini bra or Tshirt bra and you will have a chic slightly boho, festival inspired look.

I hope you like this post and you would dare to make your own hip chic summer crochet top.

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duminică, 17 aprilie 2016

How to Crochet Your Own Heirloom Boho Sweater - Free Chart Based Pattern and Instructions

Hello darlings in a beautiful ( windy) sunny spring Sunday … J

 Here comes a new blog post and a very requested pattern but before it …a story.

We came to a decision regarding our free patterns and we hope you guys understand…

Designer inspired patterns will be our first choice.

So since you know we have a thing for boho fashion here is the pattern for a very pinned  and shared spring pullover.  We don’t know who made it, nor we know who is the person wearing itJ. Thanks to the internet for the pictures of the finished item and to livemaster.ru  for the chart.

We saw this type of pullover in all major brands that cater this particular style in crocheted items ( Free People, Mango, Mark Jacobs, Zara and even Asos). The stiches used differ from one brand to the other.

The beauty of this heirloom crochet sweater comes from the large number of style combinations it can be included in. You can wear it with skinny jeans or leggings and a tank top , combine it with a floral maxi or – my personal favorite- wear it on top of your favorite cami dress combined with cowboy boots .

To the versatility of the sweater you can add the figure friendly quality that makes it extremely lovable. Also you can add the fact that it is made using one of the easiest and easy to make crochet stitches.

So here comes the pattern:

1.       Yarn: cotton, medium, mercerized or worsted, or plain, 3 mm hook.

2.       Method:  make 2 rectangles  , large oval scoop neck, straight arm opening ( leave room when joining), sleeves worked in round from the arm opening.

How to fit to your size:
1.       Loose fit: Measure hip circumference , add 2 cm, divide in 2 and you get the width of each rectangle.
2.       Oversized off shoulder fit : Measure hip circumference , add 4 cm, divide in 2 and you get the width of each rectangle.

Front and back: the pattern applies to both pieces

1.       Chain the required length ( multiples of 3 + 1)
2.       Ch 4, sk 3, 2dc ch2 2dc in the same ch( shell),*ch1 sk 5 ,2dc ch2 2dc in the same ch( shell)*…repeat ** until the end of the row sk 3 , 1dc, ch 3 turn
3.       Ch5, 1sc in the first ch space, ch 2, *2dc ch2 2dc ( in the ch space from the shell below), ch2 ,1 sc in the ch space between the shells below , ch2*…repeat **  till the end of the row , ch2 ,1 sc in the ch space between the shells below , ch2, 1 dc.

4.       Repeat  rows 2 and 3 until the desired length.

Shape the neck opening:

Work  5 to 7 shells on each side ( 3 more rows).Close to finish .

Repeat  the all above to get  2 identical pieces.

Slip stich to join the sides  leaving room for the arm opening ( make sure you leave enough room so the finished pullover will “fall” of the shoulders). Join the shoulders ( you have a huge vest J )

Work the same pattern with the arm opening as starting chain to shape the sleeves. My advice is to start from the underarm section ( where the halves are joined).

Work the desired sleeve length.

Repeat for the other sleeve.

The sleeves can be worked separately too. In this case make two rectangles that when folded in half would fit the arm opening. Slip stitch to join the sides and also slip stitch to join to the arm opening.

Finishing bands:


Using sc work a row all around the opening.
On the number of stitches you use depends how loose will the pullover be on the shoulders. Make 4 to 5 more rows of sc.

Bottom and sleeves:

Using the base chain as base start( the opposite side):
1.       Ch3, dc, ch 2, sk 2,dc ,ch2,sk2 …until the end of the row.
2.       Work 4 rows of sc.

This is about it.

Considering this is a pullover that so many of you guys would like to make , I can say in confidence that I am happy I can give a hand to help you have your own.

I hope you like this post . If you do share it far and wide J

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Xoxo and happy spring darlings.


sâmbătă, 30 ianuarie 2016

Free Crochet Pattern and Instructions for Anthropology Pullover - Picture Based

Hello darlings…

So…the famous and beloved Anthropology pullover… :)

 I am not a fan of creating patterns without a chart , especially when it comes to famous brands that employ cheap labor for the crochet items they sell… but once again I am making an exception.

Yes…I am obsessed too with this particular pullover hence my understanding for your numerous requests for a pattern.

Since the item is no longer available for sale on the original site, this pattern is MY BEST GUESS on how this pullover is made. Expect an error of 5% ( maximum)but as I write it , I will make it after I am done with my current project.

So some notes before I begin:

  1. As all Anthropology crocheted items this is made in Asia so a bit of freestyle crochet is involved. Considering the pullovers are made in bulk the yarn used it the cheapest one : combination of cotton blends.
  2. Keep in mind that the above hexagon charts are purely for inspiration the main hexagon motif  being a combination of these charts:
Without further talk here comes:

Yarn recommendation: anything medium and worsted- cotton, cotton blends ,cotton merino, merino fine to medium.
Hook: 2, 5- 3 mm ( which one fits better).

How to figure out the size:

The pullover in the picture is 38 European. This means larger sized will be obtained by working an extra row on each hexagon. Ex:  + 1 row = sizes 40-42 European , +2 rows = sizes 44 – 46 European.
The style of the pullover is casual fit oversized so keep in mind that fitting it to your size is easier than it seems.

Hexagon motif pattern:
  1. 1 magic loop
  2. 12 dc in the loop , sl st to join, turn
  3. Ch4, 1dc cn1 1dc ch1 , 1dc ch1 1dc in the same loop ( first corner),* 3x 1dcch1 , 1dc ch1 1dc in the same loop* (second corner), repeat ** to form the corners…last stitch is the end of the sixth corner, sl st and turn.
  4. Repeat 3
Repeat the same increase in corner for the next rows as follows

  1. Sc ( single crochet row)1 single crochet in each loop - in the corners 2 sc
  2. Sc ( single crochet row)1 single crochet in each loop - in the corners 2 sc
  3. Repeat 3 
  4. Repeat 3
  5. Sc ( single crochet row)1 single crochet in each loop - in the corners 2 sc
  6. Sc ( single crochet row)1 single crochet in each loop - in the corners 2 sc
11. Repeat 3 ( last row)
Last row: you either choose to use a 0,5 larger hook( in case you work with 2,5 use a 3 mm), or you use treble crochet instead of dc.

This is the basic explanation for the hexagon.

How to form the pullover:

      Hexagon rows from top to bottom:
  1. 4 motifs : 1 center front , 1 center back, 2 for shoulders
  2. 6 motifs: 2 front, 2 back, 1 to each side
  3. 6 motifs : 3 front , 3 back.
You need 3 rows of 2 motifs joined down from the shoulders motif. You may need an extra row of tr crochet in order to join the shoulder motif with the first row.
Below you can find some inspirational motif charts.

Note: for the neck opening you can notice in the picture that the center front and back motifs  have an incomplete top corner.

For the front neck opening the top corner of the hexagon is not completed . You stop working at a half + 1 stitch starting from the 3rd row of the hexagon. Basically you only work 3 quarters of the motif.

For the back neck opening you will do the same thing starting only from the last row of sc.
To finish the neck opening work 3 to 4 rows of sc around the neck opening.

In order to get a straight line for the bottom of the pullover and the bottom of the sleeve you will have to work little triangles using the same principle as for the corners of the hexagon with center V stitch increase.

To finish the bottom you can knit the bottom border with simple knit and purl ( knitted elastic) working 5 to 7 rows, or you can choose to make a crocheted elastic with fpdc and bp dc.

The same applies for sleeve cuffs.

Please keep in mind that the pullover may seem quite a handful but it is far from being so. Simply give it a try and have fun. Dare and take on this crochet challenge for yourself and you’ll have a fashionable pullover to wear with skinny jeans and maxi floral dress this upcoming spring.

I hope you guys like this post and try to make this stunning Anthropology pullover.

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sâmbătă, 26 decembrie 2015

Crochet Winter Layering Top - Free Crochet Patterns , Instructions and Ideas

Hello ladies

Have any of you received a gift able to fit your crochet addict style ? I know I have :)

I am so gonna wear this T-shirt forever!!! Take a look at the multitude of crochet fans related messages and choose your favorite. Visit Teespring or dare your significant other to offer you a gift that would compliment your crochet passion.

...and welcome to a long expected blog post and pattern!

With Christmas here  and the New Year  knocking  on our doors with chillier weather,if there was a time for crocheting functional layering pieces this is it.

So many of our Facebook fans and Pinterest followers asked repeatedly for a garment able to fit the needs of cold weather and stylish fashionable approach . So we did our best to research and offer a comprehensive piece of information pattern wise combined with stunning ideas to play with.

I am sure many crochet fans are familiar with Alien Express and the Chinese made crochet garments that fill the internet. Asian patterns are and will always be the most detailed ones and the pullovers in question are perhaps the most popular cold weather layering pieces out there.

The combination of motifs , the large number of  options and most of all the multitude of variations figure wise , make this type of pullover the ideal piece to wear with skinny jeans, bootcut jeans, classy pants, leggings or maxi winter skirt.

So without further talk, here goes:

Yarn recommendation: anything medium ( acrylic worsted, cotton acrylic mix, cotton worsted, merino fine), hook : 2,5- 3 mm ( coordinate with the yarn weight).

Motifs need to know facts:

1.        Regardless the shape you must use the recommended setting.
2.       The setting is responsible for the size and the right size can be obtained by starting with a base according to your measurements.
3.       Always measure first and divide the hip measurement to the width of the motif to obtain the right number of motifs.

Here are 2 motif setting examples:

More cane be found on our Facebook page 

Lacy diamond motif:
1.       Ch 12, sl st to join
2.       Ch 4, 2 trc 1picot 2trc , ch 10, 3 trc 1picot 2trc  , ch10, 3 trc 1picot 2trc  , ch10 , 3 trc 1picot 2trc, ch10,sl st to join.
3.       *Ch 5 , 1sc ( at the base of the next ch space), 4sc , ch1, 4sc ( on top pf the ch space)*, repeat** all around
Motifs are joined as you go using trc and ch.
Use the basic setting to place the motifs
Of course as you can see in the inspiration photo the bottom is knitted ( basic elastic , 3 knit, 3 purl) but you can use double crochet (fp and bp) to get the same result.

Lacy square motif:
1.       Ch 8,sl st to join
2.       Ch5, 1dc in the ring, ch2,…repeat ( 8dc ,ch2),sl st to the ch space
3.       Ch4, 3trc, ch 7, 4trc,ch3, 4trc ch7, 4trc,ch3, 4trc ch7, 4trc ch3, 4trc ch7,4trc ch3, join in the top of the first ch .

The top variation is with a round motif (Om@koppa style ) and basic granny stitch filling to shape the neck.
Below the round motif:

The square motifs are joined where the red color is on the chart.
Also you can try continuous motif crochet method ( you can find tutorials on our Facebook page)
The base in also knitted but you can choose the method from the above.

Lacy flower motif:
1.       Ch6, sl st to join
2.       Ch 6, 1dc,ch 3, 1dc,ch3, 1dc,ch 3, 1dc, ch3, 1dc ch3,1dc ch 3, sl st to join.
3.       Sl st to the middle of the ch space. Ch 3 1dc ch2 2dc ( in the same stitch), *ch 1, 2dc ch1 2dc ( in the middle of the next chspace)*…repeat ** all around .
4.       Ch1,ch5, 1sc in the ch space ch 11,1sc ,* ch5,1sc,ch5,1sc ch11*…repeat ** x2 ( you get 5 corners.
Motifs are joined as shown in the chart.
The base is knitted.

Changing colors.
This is a bit tricky but in this case work row 3 in contrasting color. The method requires more patience but has a huge visual impact.

Darlings this is about it.
I must admit I noticed that crochet patterns that are motif based are not exactly easy to come by. I must say that I feel a bit of a weirdo writing such a pattern especially because I was mighty scared of working with motifs until I got the hang of it.

So keep in mind that these are a bit freestyle and I posted the pics to inspire you . They are not made by me but taken out of Alien Express winter pullover section ( good picture but far from reality).

So in order to stay away from the hazard of ordering something and receiving ...something else, do try to make your own , and have fun wearing something beautiful.

These being said please share this post so the ideas would reach all interested in making such a beautiful crochet blouse.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!