duminică, 19 octombrie 2014

Crochet Stunning Fall Cape – FREE Crochet Chart EXPLAINED

For all of you offering the precious feedback J

When I stumble upon a pattern that I will like to try , I tend to obsess about it until I actually make it. Since I lack time, and by the principle, those that can’t do teach , I humbly took the challenge to explain this awesome cape , ideal for this time of the year. I planned to make one for my perfect little wonder of a girl to serve as a top for going to church but most likely I will be able to make it only in spring.

Regardless, if any of you is looking for a stunning cape for this fall to make for yourself or somebody you love – daughter, mother, sister, cousin – here is me explaining the pattern.

Start by chaining a circle as loose as you would like the cape to be round your hips. I am this specific because a cape is usually worn with a fitted pullover under and this is how you can fit the cape to your particular size. The chain line will in the end set just beneath your buttocks.

So…here you go:

You can use any size of yarn from size 4 ( thick) to bulky. Acrylic, merinos, alpaca , anything mélange or color block will be ideal for this cape.
Match the size of the yarn  with a corresponding hook. Ex: size 4 yarn, 4mm hook.

You will work up from the chain in clusters of trc and V stitch ( fan stile- 3trc ch1 3trc)  decreasing the  trc number as you go up.
Start by dividing the chain space in 4 ( 4 quarters). Each quarter will be defined with a V stich and in the space in between them you will work 1trc in each chain. Use chain markers.

Chart explanation:
1.       R1: ch 4, 1trc in each chain until the first marker, 3trc ch1 3trc ( V stich fan )continue with 1 trc until the next marker, 3trc ch1 3trc ( V stich fan ), …..continue until the ende of the row close with 3trc ch1 3trc ( V stich fan )and slst.

Repeat until the waist line.

Arm opening
To make the arm opening you will have to skip working  2trc in the middle of the trc section from the sides. Work separately the front and the back until above the elbow line ( it’s up to you how high) and in the next row link the sections making 2 chains and sl st .
Next work a regular row.


As you go upwards you can start decreasing 1 trc in every section until you reach the required width around the shoulder line . Ex: if you start with sections of 15 trc at the bottom you will have to decrease 2 thirds and finish with 5trc sections around the clavicle line. This is but an example  so please match the trc count to your particular size.

Bottom and cowl neck

This is one of my favorite patterns J
1.       3dc ch1 3dc ch1 ….until the end of the row, sl st
2.       Ch 3 , 1 sc( in the ch1 space below) and so on.
3.       3dc in the chain space, ch1….etc

The cowl is worked upwards  using the same pattern.
As an idea this can also be a sleeveless winter dress in case you make the arm opening at the shoulder line.

I really hope you like this post and you will take on the challenge to make this amazing fall cape.
This is one of the easiest patterns I had the chance to explain but also one of the most versatile . You also may notice that such a cape can have a tremendous visual impact when worn with fitted pants  or jeggings and a turtle neck.

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sâmbătă, 11 octombrie 2014

Crochet Stunning Winter Tunic Dress – Chart Explained

Are you a yarn hoarder?

I guess you are. Have you ever thought what will you do with all the skeins lying around in your closet or drawers? Have you noticed that time passes and seasons come and go but the yarn amount keeps on growing in spite of your better judgment and lack of time to work it?

If all the above apply …you are like me. :)

So for all the crochet fans out there , aware of the fact that the winter is coming and a haute look is mandatory even during a cold season, here comes a pattern I am extremely fond of.
If you ask why the rant from the beginning of this blog post , here comes the explanation.

1. Most crochet fans have a certain amount of thick yarn that would be ideal for a pullover. However, unless you work outside, most office buildings and homes have central heating and wearing a thick pullover while inside will be a punishment.

2. The Fall – Winter 2014-2015 fashion trends brought back the oversized knits. Basically anything knitted or crocheted following the loose fit principle is a huge go.

3. Pairing loose fitted knits with tight fitted bottoms or bell bottom pants is the next big thing you can choose fashion wise.

So here goes a functional, sexy but also extremely trendy pattern you can work in the shape of a tunic dress, an oversized sweater or a longer dress to wear with a slip dress and a belt.

Bodice: make 2
           Chain the required length

Main section:
R1: Ch4, 1tr in each chain
R2: Ch6, 4tr tog,ch4,4trtog,ch4….(to the end of the row) close with ch2and 1tr
R3:Ch4, 1tr in the first ch,ch3, 1tr in the second ch, sk 2ch,repeat….close with 1tr
R4: Ch4, work 1 tr in every ch space from the row below
Repeat R2 and R3

Lace section:
R1: ch5, 1sc in the 2nd chain ( from the chain space below), repeat until the end
R2:Repeat r1 but every 3 chain spaces work 7 dc inside the chain space (skip and link to the required chain space)
R3: repeat r1 but in the 7dc work 1dc ch1 in every dc below (skip and link to the required chain space)
R4: repeat r1 but in the “fan” space work 1dc in each space (makes 14) (skip and link to the required chain space)
R5: repeat R1

Alternate Main section and Lace section until required length.

Same goes for the sleeves.

Bottom, cowl neck and cuffs:
When worked from bottom up chain the required length.
When worked post upper section work upside down starting from the first row.

R1: 1dc in every spoke (Chain)
R2: Ch 3, 4dc, 1 Fpdc skipping 1 spoke,1dc in the same spoke, 1Fpdc in the skipped spoke, 5dc ( repeat till the end of the row).
The pattern is pretty much the same. In order to get the diamond shape follow the chart and increase respectively decrease the number or dc in between the Fpdc.

This is pretty much it. It may sound a bit of a handful but you can be sure the pattern is far easier than it looks. Considering the stunning finish and the wow effect such a tunic dress will have when the oversized knits trend is considered,I hope you will take the challenge and make one for yourself or your daughter.

For the yarn hoarders (like me) it is a good idea to make a sweater with this pattern using yarns of different colors. You can also consider multiple texture in case you choose to go for a more hobo inspired look and offbeat finish.

 I really hope you like this post .

Please share it on Facebook and Google+ and also pin the pattern so as many crochet fans as possible could benefit from these instructions.