luni, 25 noiembrie 2013

Classy Winter Jacket - Crochet Pattern and Tips

In case you are tempted to try your hand o a classy looking crochet jacket, I have the best idea for you.
The beauty of this particular model is that it can be fitted easily with proper measurements, the chart is easy to convert to any size and the neat decorative trick make a whole lot of difference.

Basically you can play with colors and don't let your yarn supply go to waste.
If you a a bit of a yarn hoarder like me for sure you have rests of yarn similar in thickness lying around...So why throw them away when you can combine them, especially if they come in matching color nuances, to make an awesome looking jacket.

The original measurements of the model are for EU sizes 42-44. Keep in mind that the yarn for this particular model is thick to bulky and depending on the crochet hook used the original measurements for the size may differ.

I, personally, am tempted to add it a bit of spin and add a large flower made of sashay yarn I have left from my little one's ruffle skirt .

Notice the neat trick !!!! Pulling yarn in basic chain spokes in the chain one spaces makes the jacket look extremely smartly done , when in fact is just a simple artifice with a huge visual impact. :)

Measure yourself carefully. The decrease remains similar in the underarm and neck opening sections . The collar is not detailed but it consists in a a basic rectangle according to the size of the neck opening.

I hope you like this idea , I know I do :)
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vineri, 8 noiembrie 2013

Crochet Cute Cardi for Little Girls - Christmas Wear Ideas

Because I am a fan of cute little things to make for my daughter I am always looking for cute little dresses and cardigans she could wear in church or when visiting our friends.
I am especially fond of the shell motif and also especially into creating the type of dress my little one could wear over a top, or shirt.

Since people say it's gonna be along winter I am trying to decide on what items to make for her. This is why I am browsing and browsing the Russian sites and Picassa web albums where amazing women post amazing charts, patterns and tutorials so the ones like me could take on the task to make something cute for their little princesses.
 So back to the cardi...
I specially like about this particular design that it pretty much follows the pattern Anna Phelps teaches in her videos.
The yoke is a square or rectangle which allows easy counting and division of spokes. Also the shell pattern is extremely easy to follow and you can always use it to make a matching dress.
Personally I was very afraid of making sleeves...I was always stressed not to make the little garment uncomfortable. In the case of this cardi sleeves are just added in the open arm section and easily worked.

I hope you enjoy this post and make this little wonder for your little ones.

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duminică, 3 noiembrie 2013

Crochet Winter Coats - Charts and so Much More

Personally I am a fan of everything fashionable, although one could say I am into a sporty chic style as clothing goes.
This being said I must admit that my favorite thing about fall - winter 2013/2014 fashion is the fact that we must have a statement winter coat.

So what is a statement coat. Trends call for checkerboard patterns, splendid color blocking, amazing accessories and fabulous look. Altogether we can say that this is the crochet passionate haven.

There are so many coats out there that you can turn into a statement  winter coat but most definitely you can dare and wear s fabulous crochet patter just for the sake of being absolutely unique in a sea of retail clothing.

Are these coats difficult to make ?
Well...they are not easy since most of them are long and look better if they are lined so they will be a bit "stiffer" . However, you should not panic.

Here are my tips :

1. Look for a thick yarn, preferably wool or wool mixed with acrylic.
2. Be aware that size of the hook should one size smaller than the one recommended for the yarn size.
3. Follow the instructions and measure yourself as you complete the work.
4. Consider flowers, Irish lace decorations and furry embellishments to make the coat look unique.

The Chart and granny square motif for the wonderful coat above

Update upon request  28.06,2015 :

Because so many of you asked for a pattern here it is:

1. Except for the granny squares made out of melange yarn the coat is knitted. Below you can see the knitting pattern. The knitting is done from bottom upwards decreasing as shown in chart. Basic kniting will do too.

Very imporstant:

I made the large part of the coat using dc ( once ) and x stitch the second time. Also if you want you can choose several colors for the squares.

As you can see the coat can be completed with a hat made of 4 squares with a basic crochet shell border. The scarf is made with one row of joined square as long as you want with the same type of crocheted border ( 3 or 4 rows on each side)

2. The numbers you see in the below chart indicate the alternating colorr for the squares. You can choose shades of earth colors for a maroon main panels or cold colors such as blue , gray, purple for a grey coat. I  made it both ways and it looks awesome.

Square Chart:

1. Ch 5,sl st, turn
2. ch 2, 11 dc in the ring,sl st , turn
3.Ch3, 1ps,ch3 in each stitch, the last ch section ch1 1dc, sl st, turn.
4. Ch3,ch 5, 1 dc in the ch section, ch5,1ps( corner) ch 5, 1dc,ch5, 1dc,ch5 , 1 ps...repeat till  the ent sl st to join.

Make as many as required based on the chart display.
The square should be the measuring tool for the coat.
Measure how many sqoares you need for the border, for the bottom and for the waist.
It is pretty simple.

An Irish Lace beauty easier to make than it looks

Sleeves can be done separately.

Update 28.06.2015:

I  had a single attempt to work Irish lace and I admit it was pretty challenging.
However the secret is to make a pattern for the vest out of the lining you will use.
Use a styrofoam board to pin it and arrange the crocheted elements  pinning them on the lining so you will have an ideas where to pin them.

Here is a comprehensive Youtube video on the topic.

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