duminică, 30 noiembrie 2014

How to Crochet Your Own Designer Blouse or Party Dress?

If you follow by blog , you know by now that my blog posts are about making something truly unique to wear using the amazing crochet craft. 

I am the kind of crochet addict that would store stock piles of yarn.( I’m a huge fan of cotton)

I am also a daring kind of girl that set the ambitious target for herself : to look amazing in any kind of crocheted item. Since that is not a walk in the park and the road towards this goal is a tricky one, I also make for myself the kind of item designer create for all women to take advantage of.

So this being said here are some very useful tips on how to make yourself a designer inspired raglan blouse or dress, perfect for the upcoming winter Holydays.

The inspiration raglan blouse is made of squares.

1.      1. Center flower square
2      2. Mesh stitch square.
        3.  Lacy border around the neck line  

For the center flower square you can use any type of flower  square you have in mind .
In my particular case I would choose this particular design especially because it is easy to integrate both in the blouse and in the dress.


1.       Make a ring
2.       23 sc in the ring
3.       Ch 3, 23xdc
4.       Ch 1,1 sc ,ch5 sk 1, 1sc in the next loop, repeat…( 13 clusters of 5ch)…last cluster ch 2 1dc in the first sc from the row
5.       Ch 1, 1sc, ch3, 1 picot, ch2 , 1sc in the ch loop below( 3rd chain), repeat… close in the first sc.
6.       Sl stich on the first 3 chains, chain3 upwards and work 4dc in the picot below,ch3, 5dc in the next picot….repeat till the end of the row.
7.       Ch3 upwards, work 4dc tog ( cluster), ch 3. 1dc in the chain space below, 5dc tog (cluster), 3ch, 1dc in the chain space below…repeat
8.       Ch 1 ,1sc, ch5 , 1 sc in the chain space below…repeat
The round motif is done.
Now to make it into a square, start increase granny square style
1.       Chain 3, 2 dc, ch3, 3dc ( all in the 5chain below). Make this increase every 3 groups of “petals”
2.       Repeat the increase every next row to 5 dc, then 7, then 9. In between the corners of the squares continue with ch5 1sc groups.
3.       The last row . Make a complete row of dc with the corner increase.


      Then : the  mesh stich “square”
The sections filling the space between the flower squares or round flower motifs are made with mesh stich respectively ch5 , 1sc and in the next row the sc is made in the middle of the 5ch space below…sooo easy.

You can play with the motifs using the setting of a raglan poncho.

In case you opt for a dress, alternate 1 row of motifs and one row of mesh stitch .

 You can of course save the idea for a future mesh dress for the next summer …starting with the square motif and working a square raglan.

The lacy trim around the neckline.

The detail of a dress made using this style.

A design  perfect for any size.

Back view

Side view

A view from the back of the raglan blouse.

And the mesh summer dress , I was talking about.

As the bottom line of this post I suggest you use either mercerized cotton or a thin mohair yarn ( as in the loose dress design). The ideal hook is a 2.5 mm hook.

I admit this might seem quite challenging but trust me when I say it really isn't .
I posted several flower square designs on my Facebook page ( Thank you to all my 30k fans. xoxo to you all).
Also I shared several freestyle crochet models on my Google + page and also on Pinterest.

Please join me and  I will do my best to guide your steps towards making superb crochet masterpieces. Also ...please feel free to share this post wherever you like so as many people as possible would benefit from the free information.

xoxo and may you have an amazing December.


joi, 20 noiembrie 2014

Free Crochet Charts and Explanation for Vintage Timeless Vest

When my creativity sparks blog wise I dare to say …I like to take on the challenge and shed some light into that kind of designs that will remain young, trendy and timeless throughout generations.

For example , such a design made for yourself will be something your granddaughter will want to wear. I find that these items are important to make especially they have a certain feel that makes them easy to integrate in trends. Also these items are able to be a focal point in any type of outfit.

I found this vest while browsing for shabby chic crochet items and since then I am pretty much obsessing about it.

It’s not that I don’t have the time to make it but rather that it is sooo utterly perfect that it is worth the try to be made as a mother daughter project so both me and my princess will ve able to wear something original.

So …since this is Japanese design, the charts are pretty much explaining themselves. This is why I will stick to offering a written pattern for the motif and main section.

The back of the vest. The triming is done using sc.

How to work back and sides. Joining of the main section and square section.

Detail of the sections joining.

Lacy bottom: Start from the corner of the squares and work dc as displayed.

Square motif:

  1. 1 magic ring
  2. 12sc in the ring ( close the ring)
  3. Ch4,1dc ch1
  4. Ch 3,3dc( in the chain space) ch3, 4dc in the next chain space…..( 12 x 4dc clusters)
  5. Ch1,1sc, ch 5, 1sc (in the next chain space)ch5,4dc ch5 4dc( in the next ch space), ch5…repeat until the end ( 4 corners)

The squares are linked in the last row. 

Explore the possibility of working continuously(I put several examples on my Facebook page)

The upper row of the squares section will link to the base chain of the main section.

Main section:

Chain according to your measurements –multiple of 15 ( make the base chain with a hook 1 number larger than the one you will work with)

1.Ch 6, 1 bubble st, sk 3ch, 8dc,sk 3ch,3x bubble st with ch2 in between, sk 3ch, 8dc…repeat …close with 1bubble st, ch2 , 1 Trc

2. Ch1,1sc,ch3, 8dc, ch3, 1sc, ch3, 8dc…..repeat…close with ch3,1sc
Repeat 1 and 2 and follow the decrease style on the charts.

For this design you can you any size 3 yarn and 3,5mm hook you want.

 I recommend cotton but alpaca and acrylic works fine.

Choose a neutral color but you can also make it red, purple or vivid green to add a splash color on top of a classic looking blouse or shirt.

really hope you like this post and I really hope you can give a hand on sharing this design all over the world.

In case you need other instructions, you can find me on Facebook, Google +  or Pinterest.
           Keep in mind I write these posts in mind with all of you, crochet fans that see the                    world as I do…and endless land of beauty.



miercuri, 12 noiembrie 2014

How to Crochet Cluster Stitch Clothing – Free Instructions and Ideas

I’m all about knitting this days…simple knitting nothing fancy and, while I’m working with a furry yarn, my mind wonders around the idea of a stunning coat or vest that would wow the people around me at my office.

This being said I must say that I noticed a certain distinctive trend in the season collections of Chanel and Marc Jacobs. 

The different variations of Midori squares can be found in coats, pullovers, trendy pants and cardigans. Pinterest is filled with amazing designs involving cluster stitches so I find it proper to talk about how to make Mariana Rodriguez Segat’s designs (extremely popular on the internet).

Surely you have noticed on my Facebook page the post about the major designers' collections filled with crocheted items ( if not take a look to see what I mean). 

The same interesting, simple but versatile pattern is used by Mariana in a large combination of colors, with ombre effect to create stunning looking coats and vests.

So…because many of my Facebook page fans asked for this here is how to make them:

Designs by: Mariana Rodrigues Segat

Russian design and combination of cluster stitch and basic granny square

Chart and granny square setting for the above design

Basic design ( see the under-arm decrease)

Chart: Basic 5 dc cluster ( You can make any type of cluster by palying with the dc number : minimum 3 , maximum 10) 

Marc Jacobs design ( R3 skipped for a looser result)

 Chanel( bulky yarn knitted edging)

 Basic pattern :

R1: Chain the required length ( work the base chain with a crochet hook 1 number higher than the one you will use for the item- this will prevent the fabric from stretching and become 1 size larger than you want to…been there and I’m talking from experience). Base chain must be a multiple of 6 +1

R2: Ch1 , 1sc, ch 5(sk5), 1sc in the next chain ( repeat until the end of the row.

R3:1sc in every loop

R4:Ch3, 5 dc,ch1( repeat until the end of the row)

That’s about it. Simple isn’t it?

Wells...here comes the tricky part:

Changing colors:
In order to obtain the color combination make sure you work rows,2,3,4 in one color and change the color for every section at row 2.

Also for the sleeves, the under-arm part is worked with hdc and sc instead of dc to obtain a decrease.

In case you work a pullover you can skip row 3 to get a looser structure.

For the regular decrease you simply don’t work 1 or 2 clusters at the end of every side. The decrease will have a rectangle shape.

There are endless variations of this particular cluster stitch and you can play with it working only row2 in a different color for a contracting effect towards the visible dc sections.

Have fun and make yourself something using this stitch. You will discover how easy it is to play with it.

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Have an amazing November :)