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!



miercuri, 9 decembrie 2015

Crochet Winter Fashion Jacket - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello darlings…

It’s December already and Holidays are near. For me this is a time of the year when crocheting needs to be more of a therapy than usual. I tend to get sad since this is the time of the year when nasty things happened all through my life so…yes crocheting helps with keeping depression under control.

Feelings aside, for those in love with winter projects here is a hip winter jacket or cardigan to keep you work , trendy and stylish looking these Holidays.
The versatility of the design makes it ideal for any age( YES any age). Also since I am a fan of Faux fur collars – very trendy this season – I have to say that this one is a keeper. The design is 100% Asian so very hipster chic.

The truth is that those of you living in temperate areas would say that this is more suited for spring and fall. I am stepping forward with an idea: add a quilted lining, or a faux fur lining to the sweater and you have a thick winter jacket to keep you warm. Remove the lining and you have a fall-spring coat.

Here comes the pattern:

Stitches involved: ch1,dc, trc popcorn stitch, 1sc, FPtrc

Yarn: Anything thick to bulky ( wool, merino, wool mix, acrylic wool mix), 5 – 6 mm hook.

The cardigan is crocheted in one piece – left panel, back, right panel -  with straight arm opening and a slight inclining line for front opening ( you can do it straight).


  1. Chain the length of your hip circumference –multiples of 5+1
  2. Ch4, 1trc in each ch.
  3. Ch4, *2trc,2 Fptrc*, repeat** till the end of the row.
  4. Repeat  “3”  x 5 times ( if you want a thicker band work 2 more)
  5. Ch5,sk2,1trc popcorn stitch,ch2,sk2,*1dc,sk2,1trc popcorn stitch,ch2,sk2*,repeat ** till the end of the row.
  6. Ch3,sk1, *1sc ,ch 2, 1sc, ch2*, repeat ** till the end of the row.
  7. Ch5, 1sc in the 2ch space,ch2,*1dc,ch2,1sc,ch2*, repeat ** till the end of the row.
  8. Ch1,1sc,ch2, *3sc, ch2*, repeat ** till the end of the row.
  9. Repeat 5 to 8 until reaching the arm opening.

Shape the arm opening skipping 5 stitches for each arm. Since the shape of the cardigan is a bit boxy consider a larger than normal arm opening.

Work the rest of the back and front panels. Join at the top.

Work the sleeves using the same pattern – consider the base of the arm opening the base chain. Work in round.

Work the cuffs using the pattern from 2 to 3.

The original jacket has ¾ sleeves. I would make long sleeves for mine but the choice is up to you.

Work 2 rows of hdc all around the front opening. Add the faux fur collar.

You can use a furry yarn for the same purpose and crochet or knit the collar.

The original jacket is closed with a shawl pin but you can choose to make it with buttons. In this case make sure you choose 3 button closing and use chunky , spectacular buttons.

That’s about it.

I hope you like this  post and you will dare to have fun and crochet this trendy , fashion forward cardigan for yourself. Please share it further so as many crochet passionate as possible would benefit from the free pattern. 

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vineri, 9 octombrie 2015

Free Crochet Pattern for Stunning Fall Winter Coat

Hello darlings in the first week of October.

Oh…well… I guess by now you became accustomed with the idea of fall :) I kinda did.

Since the beautiful earth colors that fall brings make somebody like me feel the need for warm and fuzzy feel of a crocheted coat I started looking for something stunning enough to wear without lining these two months of fall.

When I found this stunning crochet fall - winter coat it suddenly hit me that with the proper lining this can be turned into a winter coat for those of you living in a more temperate climate.

I fell in love with the practical display motif and even more with permissive crochet stitches insertion that allow you to play with the size.
Without further ado here comes a simple but stunning pattern for a spectacular looking fall –winter coat.

  1. Yarn: wool blend semi worsted, bulky. 2 colors of your choice
  2. Hook: 7-8 mm hook
  3. Tapestry needle ( you will need it)

Round motif 1
  1. Ch5, sl st to join
  2. Ch3, 15 dc in the ring,sl st to join
  3. Ch5, 1dc, *ch2 1dc*, repeat ** , sl st to join
  4. Sl st to the ch space, ch3 2dc ch1, *3dc in the next ch space ch1* repeat ** slst to join
  5. Ch3, 1sc ( in the 1ch space),*ch3 1sc*, repeat ** sl st to join.
 Round motif 2 ( blue 3dctog)
  1. Ch5, sl st to join
  2. Ch3, 15 dc in the ring,sl st to join
  3. Ch5, 1dc, *ch2 1dc*, repeat ** , sl st to join
  4. Sl st to the ch space, ch3 2dctog ch3, *3dc tog in the next ch space ch3* repeat ** slst to join.
  5. Ch3, 1sc ( in the 3ch space),*ch3 1sc*, repeat ** sl st to join
Star motif ( it is worked so it will join the round motifs)
1.     Ch5, sl st to join
2.     12 sc in the ring
3.     Ch6 , 1 sc in a ch space of the 1st  round motif, 1sc in a ch space of the 2nd motif, ch 6, 1sc
4.     Ch4 ,1sc in the next ch space of the 1st  motif,ch4, 1sc
5.     Ch4 ,1sc in the next ch space of the 1st motif,ch4, 1sc
6.     Ch6 , 1 sc in the next ch space of 1st  round motif, 1sc in a ch space of a 3rd  motif, ch 6, 1sc
7.     Ch4 ,1sc in the next ch space of the 3rd  motif,ch4, 1sc
8.     Ch4 ,1sc in the next ch space of the 3rd  motif,ch4, 1sc
9.     Ch6 , 1 sc in the next ch space of 3rd  round motif, 1sc in a ch space of a 4th   motif, ch 6, 1sc
10.  Ch4 ,1sc in the next ch space of the 4th  motif,ch4, 1sc
11.  Ch4 ,1sc in the next ch space of the 4th  motif,ch4, 1sc
12.  Ch6 , 1 sc in the next ch space of 4th  round motif, 1sc in a ch space of a 2nd motif, ch 6, 1sc
13.  Ch4 ,1sc in the next ch space of the 2nd  motif,ch4, 1sc
14.  Ch4 ,1sc in the next ch space of the 2nd motif,ch4, 1sc
Star motif done.

As a result you have linked 4 round motifs , 2 of each type.
The same principle applies in the case of half star motifs and quarter star motifs.
Follow the chart display for motif setting.

Crochet bands:
Use as base ch the join motifs:
1.     Ch3, *3dc in the next 3 stitches, ch 1*  repeat ** till the end of the row. Turn
2.     Ch4 , 1dc ch1, *1dc ch1*, repeat ** till the end of the row.

These are the bands inserted in the between the front panels and back , starting from the shoulder line.

Collar band

Work the collar after you have completed the coat.
1.     Ch3, 1dc in every loop from the hook.
2.     Ch 3, *2fpdc in the next 2 loops, 2bpdc in the next 2 loops* …repeat ** till the end of the row, turn
3.     Ch3, *2bpdc in the next 2 loops, 2fpdc* in the next 2 loops, repeat ** till the end of the row, turn.
4.     Repeat 2 and 3 until you reach the desired height . Use slst to close.

And this is about it , darlings.

 Here you have the chance to make yourself a stunning looking coat.
 Whichever option ( fall or winter)you choose keep in mind that a motif jacket has a huge visual impact on the view of the beholder and it is a huge trend this fall.
I hope you like this post and you dare to try your hand in making this amazing coat.
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duminică, 16 august 2015

Free Crochet Pattern for Trendy Tunic or Pullover – Fall 2015 Loose Fit Crochet Design

 Hello darlings .

Are you thinking about fall? I kind of am :(

Summer is almost over and to my…unpleasant …surprise the cold and rainy days are closer. 

However around here this fall announces to be a bit warmer than expected. So... here is a blog post about a very popular , and pinned design for a lacy finished fall-spring pullover.

The funny thing is that the trendy tunic with dropped sides crocheted with this particular stitch ( slight variation) was one of the first crochet designs I was obsessed about when crocheting a baby beanie was all I knew.

Long time since then but still this stitch pattern is one of the most versatile I’ve seen since I started researching the crochet craft.

The blouse design belongs to a Russian lady whose name I don’t know ( sadly) . She used a variation of the original stitch increasing the number of chains in between the double crochet groups – ch 3 instead of ch 2.

 To clear the matter why I like this design so much:

  1. It’s simple, versatile and figure permissive.
  2. You can play with the yarn. Mercerized  cotton offers a more summery feel and finish while acrylic cotton mix makes the garment more fitted for colder weather.
  3. Both the tunic and the pullover can be matched to your figure since the stitch is very permissive measurements wise.
Yarn and hook:
  1. Summery structure : cotton mercerized- 2mm hook, cotton worsted medium -3mm hook
  2. Fall feel : cotton acrylic mix – 3,5-4 mm hook.
  3. Winter ( yeah... you can make it for winter too) : merino fine – 3,5 mm hook, cotton merino mix – 4 mm hook.

Here comes the pattern:

I decided to write the sequence for the pullover more detailed since the Asian magazine chart for the tunic is very self-explanatory.

Work 2 rectangles for front and back. Straight arm opening.

Measure this way:
Add 2 cm on each side to the hip measurement – this will create the oversized look.

1.    Chain the required length
2.    Ch3 link 1dc ( counts for 2dc tog), *ch3 sk3, 3 dc in the same loop , ch 3 sk3, 3dc tog*, repeat ** till the end of the row ( close with 2dc tog), turn
3.    Ch 8, 3dc ( on top of the 3dctog below), *Ch 7, 3dc ( on top of the 3dctog below)*, repeat ** till the end of the row ( close with ch3 and 1 treble crochet)
Repeat 2 and 3 maintaining the sequence : Always the 3dctog will be worked on top of the 3dc and viceversa. The result is the lacy wavy  structure.
               The sleeves are worked as two rectangles and joined to the straight arm opening.

The neck opening, the hemline and the sleeve cuffs are closed with 3 rows of sc  and a base shell stitch ( 3dc in the same stitch, sk 2 , 1sc in the next stitch)

The little tunic:

As for any Asian design the chart for this model is extremely detailed and easy to follow. The pattern is exactly the same as the one above with this single exception:
Instead of ch 3 in between the dc groups, you chain 2.

Front and back chart

Back neck opening
Front neck opening

Sleeve decrease

Measurement example

6 years old size and adult size

As you will notice in the chart the decrease in linear as the work goes upwards.

Also  you have a very detailed chart for back and front neck opening.

Considering I made this tunic for a 2 years old, a 4 years old and a size 38 adult , I can say in confidence that it is a fun model you would wanna make over and over again.

Dare and give it a try, the pattern is extremely easy and you can play with it using any yarn you want according to what season you want to wear it in.
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miercuri, 5 august 2015

Free Crochet Pattern for Spectacular Tunic or Shift Dress

Hello darlings and welcome to a new and long expected blog post. I know a lot of our fans asked for this pattern and also for several ideas so here come the written instructions, ideas and suggestions for one of the most versatile crochet design out there.
The design  caught my eye when I first started to crochet and I admit I did not have the courage to try it then because the “clover stitch” seemed complicated ...when in fact it is rather simple.
A few years ago the fillet designs seemed a bit too much for me but now I must say I find the easier than pie.
Why I like this design?
  1. It can be made a tunic to wear on the beach but also combined with tights and skinny jeans, or to top a regular slip dress with lace border( romantic boho look)
  2. This can be made as a shift dress and worn with a shorter underlining slip dress and a belt. Sleeves cam be made short, medium or long and you can add fringes.
  3. You can make it a loose fit V neck lacy top    

 So let’s see how to make this beautiful tunic.
  1. Yarn and hook: mercerized cotton ( anything fine to medium works), 2, 5 - 3 mm hook
  2. Work in two pieces. Front and back are the same . Front V opening is done by 45 degrees angle decrease.
  3. Measure the bottom this way. The circumference of your hips plus 2cm . Divide in two. The result should be the length of the base chain.

Pattern:( chart translation into written instructions)

  1. Chain the required length ( multiples of 9)
  2. Ch3, 1dc, ch5sk5, 6dc, ch5 sk5, *2dc, ch5sk5, 6dc, ch5 sk5, 2dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row, turn
  3. Ch3 ,1dc,ch2,*4dc,ch2,4dc,ch7*,…repeat ** till the end of the row, turn
  4. Ch3, 1dc, ch5, 6dc, ch5 , *2dc ch5, 6dc, ch5 sk5, 2dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row, turn
5.Ch3, 3dc, *ch5,2dc, ch5 6dc, ch5 ,2dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row, turn
6. Ch3, 5dc, ch7, *4dc, ch2, 4dc, ch7* …repeat ** till the end of the row, turn
7.Ch3, 3dc, ch5, 2dc, *ch5,6dc,ch5, 2dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
Repeat sequence 2 to7 until required length.

 V opening decrease:

As shown in the chart you start by skipping the 2 spokes in the middle of the front section and turn decreasing one by chaining 3 and skipping 3. The same decrease repeats every other row until one side complete. Repeat the same thing for the other side. This is a basic V neck decrease.

Sleeves: regular mesh

As the sleeve opening is straight the sleeves can be worked in round using the arm opening as a base chain.
  1. Ch 3, 1dc , *ch5, 2dc*…repeat**
  2. Ch3, ch3 2dc ,*ch 5 2dc*…repeat **

Finish the neckline, the hemline and the sleeve with 3 rows of hdc.

And this is it.
Considering that so far I made just one ( mine was a shift dress…I say *was* because I gave it as gift ) all I can say is that you will love this “clover” stitch pattern and you will want to use it for something else too ( I’m thinking : lacy cardigan)
Darlings , I hope you like this post and I hope you will do me the favor and share it far and wide for all those in love with this tunic to enjoy and have fun making it.

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