vineri, 26 iunie 2015

Free Crochet Pattern for Sparkle & Swirl Tunic by Urbanotfitters

Most of my blogs are focused on what I what I would like to make for myself or on something a large number of our Facebook fans are asking for.

Recently I discovered the amazing art of hairpin lace and I crocheted a Stradivarius design, a crocheted poncho that put this particular skill to work.

Our Facebook fan, Angel C. Ferrari brought to my attention a particular dress design that proved to be a very famous and a very pinned crochet garment.

My best guess is that this Sparkle & Swirl Tunic by Urbanotfitters is this famous simply because its side swept finish is extremely trendy this summer.

I am sure   a lot of you , crochet fans and addicts , noticed in the label stores a lot of crochet items made with hairpin lace.

I will tell you why. The lacy , see through finish is a lot easier to make using hairpin lace than it would be done using a regular crochet hook and chain stitch.

Credits for the pictures from this post go to

So without any further chit-chat here goes:

1.      The tunic is made originally from cotton acrylic mix, medium size yarn and 3,5 mm hook.
2.      The Russian crochet artists made it ( as you will see) from cotton, microfiber or viscose mix , with crochet hooks from 2 mmm to 2, 5mm
3.      Depending on the your size the yarn quantity may vary.
4.      The dress is worked in one piece starting from the side.

Work order:

The side circle
In the chart you will see that the long lines are made with regular quadruple crochet on top of dc. Keep in mind the chart is just  to have an idea.

1.      Ch 6, sl st to join
2.      Ch1, 7 x sc in the circle, slt st,turn
3.      Ch1,1sc in the same loop, 2dc in each loop, sl st , turn
4.      Ch4, 1dc ch1 in each loop, sl st,turn
5.      Sl st to next ch space, ch3 1dc in the same ch space, ch1, 2dc ch in each ch space, sl st turn
6.      Ch3, 1dc in each loop, sl st  turn
7.      Ch4,sk1, 1dc ch 1 sk1…till the end of the row, sl st, turn
8.      Ch3 2dc in the same ch space,3dc in each ch space till the end of the row, sl st turn
9.      Ch 4 sk1, 1dc ch 1 sk1…till the end of the row, sl st, turn

Main circle complete.

The hairpin lace free strips section.
As seen in the picture using a hairpin lace loom make the strips joining in the bottom section to the last row. Count the strips as such: 3 strips for each chain space + 1 strip for the loop on top of the dc.

 Work the strips using this method all around the circle.
The upper section of the loops is joined using a basic sc stitch as shown below position 1.

The shell section ( above the hand written chart left side and a closeup look):
1.      Work 1 sc in each loop ,sl st, turn
2.      Ch5,sk1, 1dc ch2 sk1 till the end of the row, sl st,turn
3.      Ch1 2dc in the same ch space, 2dc in the next ch space…alternate 3dc with 2dc in next ch space till the end of the row, sl st turn
4.      Ch 3 2dc ch2 3dc in the same loop, ch2 sk 2, 1dc in the next loop, ch 2 sk2,* 3dc ch1 3dc, ch2 sk2, 1dc ch2 sk2* repeat till the end of the row,sl st turn
5.      Repeat row 4 pattern once
6.       Ch 6, 1sc on top of the first shell stitch ( in the ch space), ch6 1tr in the space between the shell stitches….repeat till the end of the row, sl st to close.

The hair pin lace band

You will need a band. You will see as you work that the hairpin lace bands tend to stretch so it’s not a disaster if you are short by two strips...just sayin’.

So for the size 36 ( European ) in the picture the band has 136 pairs of strips.
As shown in the example chart ( bottom) this particular time the fan type of joining is used for the hairpin lace strips.
The first and the last 3 groups of two are worked separately with  6ch in between, than in groups of 8 they are worked as shown in the chart alternating working separately with joining 8 together.

You can find on youtube the most comprehensive tutorials on hairpin lace.


Fold the circle in two
Join the band (using the basic joining method) to the last row of the circle. You will start from the arm opening area in front and finish with the arm opening on the back.

From here on you complete the dress working  V stitches.( 1dc ch1 1dc ch3…repeat)

As shown in the picture the shaping is easily achieved using a piece of fitted clothing you already possess .
It is rather simple and surprisingly fast to finish it once the side circle is done. The images are pretty self-explanatory.

Here are some more pictures with detailed and close up look and also another ideas on how to play with this pattern.

 I hope you guys like this post and I am looking forward to see as many of these dresses posted as a comment to the post of this blog’s link on Facebook.

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Xoxo and stay close winter coat pattern to be updated this weekend


vineri, 12 iunie 2015

Crochet Versatile Square – 3 Stunning Vanessa Montoro Patterns Explained

If you guys are huge fans of Vanessa Montoro designs as I am, this is one blog post you will fall in love with.
First and foremost here is my very personal opinion about her crochet designs. I like them because they are compact, feminine, sexy, figure flattering ( regardless the figure) and most importantly timeless.
These being said I thought since we are quite obsessed with these designs to explain and write a pattern for the most versatile type of crochet square she uses in so many of her designs.
As you will see , with this square and the very popular shell stitch she managed to create spectacular but simple designs.

Recommended yarn:
-she uses 100% vegetal silk
We recommend, silk, viscose, cotton viscose combination or my personal favorite microfiber acrylic silk effect ( Alize Diva)

So here goes the square pattern:

1.      Ch 6
2.      Ch3,ch2, 1dc ch2 ,1dc ch2, 1dc ch2, 1dc ch2, 1dc,ch2 sl st, turn
3.      Slst in the first ch space,ch3 2dc ch1 (in the ch2 space), *3dc in the next ch space ch1* …repeat till the end of the row,sl st , turn
4.      Slst in the first spokes, work 3dc ch3 3dc in the first ch space (increase) ch 5,1sc in the next chspace, ch5,repeat the increase and ch5 sequence, sl st and turn ( you have 4 corners)
Keep in mind you always slst in the first 3 spokes ans ch 3 up as the first dc from the first corner . Work work 3dc ch3 3dc ( increase ) and continue with ch5 clusters ( basic mesh) stitch increasing with 1 every row ( 1 more ch5 between the corners in every row).
In total you will have 10 rows until the square is complete as shown in chart.

Keep in mind that Vanessa Montoro uses this a bit differently :
1.     ch6,
2.     16dc,
3.     Ch3,2dc,ch2,3dc,ch3sk1,1sc in the next st,ch3 and repeat the increase
Same principle as the basic square . The resulted square will have 5 rows or increase and mesh stitch.  
Squares are linked in the last row respectively in the corners.
Simple enough isn’t it.

Vanessa Montoro Crochet Top with Square
As you can see the simplest principle is applied here
You have to make 1 square and measure it. The front and the back are exactly the same.
You need 4 squares for the front and 4 for the back.
The rest of the body is made with  the basic shell stitch

 Make a total of 8 squares. Join them in 2 squares ( 1 for front , 1 for back) . Measure one big square and multiply by 2.
 Measure around the breast line and subtract the above measurement. You will get the length of the shell stitch section. Divide by 2.

Starting from one side of one of big squares work shell stitch rows linking to the  other square. I think you got the idea.
When done work a few rows circular on “top” of the squares and shape the straps working up.
Also  for the bottom part work down using the same shell stitch.

 Vanessa Montoro crochet  poncho with square.
Make as many squares as you need according to your measurement. The neck opening  in made working only 2 halves of squares in the neck area for the front section ( the middle of the front). Join the two sides and add fringes.

The Vanessa Montoro crochet pants with square

 You might think the pants are trickier and you would be wrong.

 Crochet 1 square to have as measurement. Depending on the yarn used and our size you will need 4 or 5 squares around your hips.

The upper section is worked like with any other pants . See the previous blog on the topic.

Chain accordingly and work rows of shell stitches until the length reaches the space  between your legs. Chain  and work in round each leg until you have shorts.

Start working the squares and add them gradually.

The bottom border is also made with shell stitch.

This is it, girl. It is really a lot simple than it looks and I am sure you can make any of these if you put your skills at work.

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