duminică, 22 februarie 2015

Free Crochet Pattern for Stunning Summer Tunic - Famous Design Decrypted

Morning, darlings and welcome to a new blog posts long expected.

When I posted on our Facebook page this design, I never imagined somebody will ask for the written pattern. I don’t know about you but as far as crochet passion goes , this was one of my first obsessions 3 years ago when I start crocheting again.
By then I was a fuller figure new mom and this tunic was my dream summer garment especially because it seems very complementary silhouette wise but also sexy enough to make me feel …well like myself.

So …easier said than done , my first trials where quite challenging since I was not aware what kind of hook to use , and what kind of yarn to choose.

So here is what I learned:
1.       In order to get the flowing finish consider using a cotton viscose mix or two ply mercerized cotton.
2.       2-5 mm hook will get you the looser structure and the fluid finish you seek.
3.       Depending on your size the length of the base chain should be measured like this: measure around the hips and add 2 cm . The resulted measurement will be the needed length of the base chain. You must keep in mind that the tunic will stretch when washed so making it larger than I advise will result in a way too looser garment.

Main pattern: ( how to read the chart)

The tunic is worked: 1 front , 1 back, 2 sleeves. The arm opening is straight ( no underarm decrease) and the cleavage opening is worked by skipping stitches.
Measure the length before the cleavage ( chest bone- solar plexus)

1.       Chain the required length ( as explained above) – multiple of 17
2.       Ch3,2dc (together),*ch1(sk1),1dc,ch1 (sk1),1dc ,ch(sk1),5dc ( in the same stitch- fan stitch), ch1(sk1),1dc,ch1 (sk1),1dc ,ch(sk1), 5dc tog (inverted fan stitch)* …repeat * * until the end of the row.
3.       1 sc in each stitch
4.       1sc in each stitch.
Repeat 2, 3, 4 until you reach the required length.


Work the same pattern until you reach the solar plexus.
Shape the cleavage opening:
As shown in the chart skip a section between 2 fan stitches. Work the sides separately, decreasing 1 dc (from the fan stitch) every row  with this pattern until you have only 1 dc left. Work until the you reach the required length.
Join the sides leaving room for the arm opening.


Measure the arm circumference ( it’s up to you how large you want it to be)
Work 2 rectangles using the same pattern. Join the sides and attach to the arm opening.

The hood ( optional)

Work a rectangle ( measure the height of your head) using the neck opening as a base. When done join the top corners and the top side to get the hood.

That’s about it. It is really simpler that it look and the result is utterly stunning.

I saw this model worn on the beaches in Turkey, Egypt and Tenerife. I also have seen it in different colors so I can tell you that it looks amazing in yellow, cyan and taupe but also in electric pink if work by a latino or dark skin. The curious thing is I saw this tunic worn by teenagers but also 50 something beauties , slender, medium and fuller figure ladies…so I guess this design is one of the most versatile out there.

I hope you like this post and consider sharing it all over the web so as many tunics as possible would appear on the beaches ( and the streets) of the world this summer.

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I hope you have an amazing Sunday and see you soon. :)



joi, 12 februarie 2015

Free Crochet Pattern for Spring Cardigan – Loose Fit, Boho Chic Wear

Are you dreaming of spring? I know I am. I am growing impatient looking outside and seeing snow. I am longing for sunny days, walking in the park and most of all I miss wearing my maxi skirt and loose fitted country blouses.
 If you are like me , a diva with a taste for free spirited look and boho chic wear you will love this pattern.
I started looking for this type of cardigan after stumbling via Pinterest on Gipsy Loving Light blog. Believe it or not, her style and mine are one and the same minus the super slender figure :)))).
However since I am huge fan of functional, cute, trendy and practical outfits with a hint of “freedom” hidden in their fabric, I chose this beautiful open weave finish cardigan to be my next project.

The pattern is a very simple one and you can use any type of summer yarn from acrylic – cotton mix to mercerized cotton. The recommended yarn is medium and a 2,5-3,5 mm hook, however you can choose a thicker yarn and a larger hook ( in this case remember to measure the sample for accurate stitch casting).

Main pattern

The cardigan is worked: back , 2 x front , 2x side lace garnish ( pineapple stitch)
The back and front sections ( how to read the chart)
Measure and chain accordingly multiple of 17 stitches.
  1. Ch 5, - start your repeating sequence: *2dc ch2 2dc ( in the next chain from the hook-shell stitch), ch3,sk3,1sc (in the next ch),ch5,sk3,1sc,ch5,sk3,1sc,ch3,sk3, 2dc ch2 2dc*…repeat this sequence till the end of the row.
  2. Ch5,- start your repeating sequence: *2dc ch2 2dc ( in the shell stitch below) ch4,sc ( in the first 4ch space) ch5,sc (in the second 4ch space) ch4, 2dc ch2 2dc ( in the shell stitch below)* …repeat till the end of the row
  3. Ch5,- start your repeating sequence: *2dc ch2 2dc ( in the shell stitch below),ch2,sc ( in the 4chspace below),ch3, 1dc ch3 1dc (V stitch) in the 5ch space below,ch3, sc ( in the 4chspace below), 2dc ch2 2dc ( in the shell stitch below)* … repeat till the end of the row
  4. Ch5,- start your repeating sequence: *2dc ch2 2dc ( in the shell stitch below),ch2,7dc in the V stitch below,ch2, 2dc ch2 2dc ( in the shell stitch below)*…repeat this sequence till the end of the row.
  5. Ch 5, - start your repeating sequence: *2dc ch2 2dc ( in the shell stitch below),ch3,1sc (in the first dc),ch4,sk2,1sc,ch4,sk2,1sc,ch3, 2dc ch2 2dc (in the shell stitch below),*…repeat this sequence till the end of the row.
Repeat 2,3,4,5 until you get the required length .

To get the hour glass effect around waistline ( for slim figures) avoid working the first group of *2dc ch2 2dc* and start and end the rows ( around the mid section) with 1dc. Same thing goes for decrease.

Sleeves are worked in the same way. Measure the arm opening and work the sequence staring from the opening or work two rectangles and join when done.

When done with the waistline revert to the initial chart.

Lacy border( pineapple stitch)

 I am not a fan of the pineapple pattern. Blame me if you want to, but I like more geometrical shapes…but this is just me.
However in this particular case I love the way it combines with the base model.

So here is how to read the chart:
  1. You start by linking to the inner edge of the front section with the ch5space .
  2. Chain 5, 2dc ch2 2dc (shell stitch) in the first chain, chain 5, 2dc ch2 2dc ch2 2dc ( in the 2ch space)
  3. Chain5 (linking to the edge again- this is mandatory for each beginning of each uneven row), 2dc ch2 2dc in the shell stitch below,ch 3, 2dc ch2 2dc in the ch2 space below
  4. Chain 5, 2dc ch2 2dc,ch2, 1dc ch3 1dc ( in the chain space below), 2dc ch2 2dc
  5. Chain 5 ( link), 2dc ch2 2dc,ch2, 8dc in the ch space below,ch2, 2dc ch2 2dc
6.     Chain5, 2dc ch2 2dc, 1dc ch1,1dc ch1,1dc ch1,1dc ch1,1dc ch1,1dc ch1,1dc ch1,1dc,ch2, 2dc ch2 2dc
7.     Chain 5 (link) , 2dc ch2 2dc,ch3, 1sc ,ch3, ( repeat -total 6 ch3 clusters and 1 sc for each chain space) ch3, 2dc ch2 2dc.
Repeat the sequence decreasing the number of chain clusters and increasing the number of chains worked after and before the 2dc ch2 2dc.

This is my challenge to you. Dare and try reading the chart further.


Make sure to work the lacy garnish on both sides long enough so they  will serve as a collar too as shown in the picture.

I hope you like this post and take on my challenge of trying reading charts and sharing this lesson further for all those challenged by charts .

Have fun making this fabulous cardigan and join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ for more amazing crochet projects.



duminică, 1 februarie 2015

Free Crochet Charts Explained - 2 Spring Jackets for Spring 2015 Fashion

It took me a while to decide on what topic to bog next especially since a lot of my Facebook fans asked for written patterns and easy methods to read the crochet charts.
In my opinion charts are easier to work with especially because they are in a way the math language of crochet world.
As you perhaps guessed by now the most prolific designers of crochet wearable are Asian, Russian and Spanish ( language wise). The English ( US) patterns are mostly created by yarn manufacturers and for the crochet passionate not living in US finding the right type of yarn to match the one in the English pattern is a bit difficult.
So here is the most important lesson of today:
Learn how to read charts and you will be able to make any model you want and fit is perfectly to your size.
Today’s blog post is about spring outfits. You know I am a great fan of functional pieces ideal for working moms , perfect for running around doing chores but also very beautiful and fun to wear.
With spring coming in a month or two ( depending where you live) you will surely need a few functional pieces to play with in your wardrobe.
Here are two jackets  perfect for  spring days, one sporty chic the other one more office ready both ideal for acrylic and cotton mix type of yarn , polyester and acrylic mix, or ever thicker mercerized cotton.

Both jackets are worked in one piece –front ,back, front – and the sleeve opening is worked by basic decrease.

Sporty chic spring fling

Measure around the hip line and chain multiples of 5+1

Chart : (read from bottom up)
  1.  Work 1 sc  in each chain space ( repeat 3 times = 4 rows)
  2.   Chain 4, 5dc tog (bobble stich),ch1, *1 dc, ch1, 5dc tog, ch1* repeat till the end of the row…finish with 1dc
  3.   Ch3,2dc in the same stitch ( fan stitch) ch 1, reapeat ( 1 fan stitch , ch 1 in each dc stitch below)

This is the basic motif. Repeat  1,2,3 until required length.

The arm opening decrease is simply done by skipping the number of fan stitches you need skipped according to your own measurements. Back and front sections from here up are worked separately and joined in the end using sl st.

All you need to do is make sure that you have the same number of stitches in the shoulder line both for the front and the back ( see the last row on the upper section of the chart : ex: 6 fan stitches on each side)

The sleeve is worked the same way. Simply follow the chart as shown above and work accourding to your own stitch count.

Spring Air Posh Elegance

Measure according to your size and chain multiples of 11 +1

  1. Work 1sc in each chain
  2.   Ch 4,sk3, 1dc,ch5,sk4,*1dc,ch1,1dc,ch1,1dc,ch1,1dc,ch5,sk4*…repeat till the end of the row
  3. Ch3, 5 x 2dctog ch1 ( in the 5chain space below),ch2,1sc in the ch space from the middle of “dc,ch1” section below-second ch space. Ch2 and repeat till the end of the row.

Repeat 1,2,3 until the arm opening.

The arm opening decrease is a triangular. Follow the chart and decrease according to your size.

The same kind of decrease is used at the sleeve too.

Keep in mind that once you learned how to read the basic motif everything becomes simpler and all you have to do is print the chart , pay attention and count.

These being said, I really hope I shed some light into how can you play with a crochet chart to match it to your needs.

My darling friends and readers, please follow my advice and give a chance to learning how to read crochet charts.

I hope you like this post and I also hope you will dare to try and make one of these of the upcoming spring.

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I hope you have an amazing February  and remember I am here and on social media in case you need help.