vineri, 14 octombrie 2016

Crochet Fall Skirt– Free Crochet Pattern and Instructions and also a bit of history

Hello darlings,
As a few weeks ago  it proved a bit much for us deciding to deal with community page management , I thought a while about honoring this request. A lot of you asked for this pattern so here it is.
So …here comes a long due explanation about what do we do at Crochet Patterns to Try.
 The project started when my little one was on her way, while fighting cataract in both eyes. I was almost blind at that time, at 35 years old (a very early in life health challenge…oh well…you can guess what health problem makes the worst damage on a 20 years old- the age I got sick for the first time).
 I was learning crocheting  while expecting and post fall C-section I had the eye surgery in spring , got my eyes back and started to enjoy the craft . Most you know this since I kind of said it on Facebook : crocheting is therapy.
I was encouraged to learn and practice it by my doctors to fight depression, insomnia and the rest of the health issues that followed. So you can guess why I love it so much.
I am a working mom (corporate employee), a passionate blogger and online marketing guru and yeah…I crochet  too.
Don’t ask me how . I just do it and this story is not about looking for compassion from you guys.
I am simply letting you know about the road that I have behind that made me decide what  to do and not do when taking on the challenge to grow Crochet Patterns to Try into a brand.
1.       We don’t sell patterns.
I submitted a few patterns to profile magazines and sites in US and UK . When seeing the price they offered and the retainer conditions regarding the patterns once published I said…no thanks.
Also we …got a big annoyed since so many written patterns are hard to follow ( yeah I got stuck in a few) so we chose the chart – diagrams variation to learn, practice and create .

2.       We strictly design for the sake of beauty , not direct income.
Yes, we sell our designs locally, create original pieces upon order but they are not advertised on the community page. We plan to have a store created soon.

3.       We respect all designers and we advertise and offer credits. The fact that we post viral designs is the exact reason why the community has this huge number of users. All the posted content is taken from online communities. We don’t steal anything, nor we violate any copyright rights since such things are far from respecting the craft we so love.

In a world when crochet magazines can be downloaded from ISSU and any type of famous crochet garment is copied, replicated and sold on Asian markets the need to keep a pattern private enough has but 2 options:  Ravelry and Etsy.

These being said let’s talk about this particular skirt:
 There is no secret we are huge fans of everything Vanessa Montoro. She is a bit of a genius both in practicing the craft and selling it so she deserved our admiration.

Beleza ( alias) is the best chart translator of her designs. The Russian ladies in general and those from in particular are huge fans of her work so you can guess where is this chart from.
I’ll try to the best of  my ability to translate Beleza’s handwritten hart into a set of written instructions for this elegant and trendy midi skirt.

Original: vegetal silk, medium , 2, 5 mm hook ( spring and early fall even winter ready for warm climates)
Variation: merino ,acrylic merino, cotton merino- medium, 2,5 – 3 mm hook. ( fall,winter ready for temperate climates)

Chart translation as we would work this skirt:
Worked in round without zipper opening ( texture is a bit stretchy so it it is easy to fit)

1.       Chain the circumference or your waist , slip stitch to join.turn
2.       Ch3, 1dc in each st, sl st to join, turn
3.       Ch2,ch3 , 1V stich in the same stitch as ch 2, *sk 3, 1hdc,ch 3,1Vstitch in the same stitch as the hdc*, repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join , turn
4.       Ch2, ch3, 1V stitch in the top of the most elevated stitch from the row below, 1hdc,ch 3,1Vstitch in the most elevated stitch from the row below, repeat till the end of the row. (most elevated stitch from the row below – the stitch where the ch3 and one on the dc from the V stitch are joined).
5.       Ch2, *3dc on top of the first hdc below, 1 hdc in the chain space below*, repeat ** till the end of the row
6.       1 row of fpdc ( front post dc)
7.       Repeat R3
8.       Ch3, ch1 1hdc in the most elevated stitch below , ch 1, *1dc on top of the hdc below ,ch1,1hdc in the most elevated stitch below ch 1 *, repeat ** till the end of the row.
9.       1 dc row
10.   1 fpdc row
11.   Ch3 sk1 1dc (tog), ch1,  2dc tog with 1sk stich in between(  2 double crochet together – A stich  skipping one  stitch ), repeat till the end of the row.
12.   1 row of fpdc with ch 1 in between.
13.   1 row of dc
14.   1 row of fpdc

15.   Ch2,1hdc  ch2 sk 2, *2hdc ch 2 sk 2* repeat ** till the end of the row
16.   Ch 3, 2dc tog ch2 2dc tog in each ch2 space below.
17.   Repeat 15
18.   Repeat 16
19.   1 row of dc
20.   Repeat section from R6 to R14 ( to get the desired lenght)
21.   1 row of hdc
22.   1 row of picot stitch to finish

Additional tips :
Try crocheting or inserting the finest round elastic band on the inside of the waist line to make sure the skirt remains fitted to your waist.
 Use lining in case you make it of another type of yarn than silk ,to prevent the static friction effect so common in winter.
Wash inside a lingerie pouch to prevent stretching (machine wash). We recommend hand wash.
Use conditioner to rinse (it maintains the yarn soft and glossy).
This is about it.
Hoping I shed some light on our endeavor , I also hope you guys like this post and try making a variation of this skirt .
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duminică, 7 august 2016

Crochet Flower Center Fall Pullover – Free Pattern

 Hello darlings.

 I think you know me by know and you also know my thing for crocheting spectacular looking items, you normally find for sale in the big brand stores.

This pullover is extremely famous …might I say viral …since I found it EVERYWHERE from Alien Express where it is sold to and impressive forums and blogs.

So far I did not find any written pattern so here it is my very own interpretation – a.k.a pattern , to help you guys make your own.
 This is the kind of pullover you dream of, to lay over a summery dress, a cami dress, a slip dress…to get a romantic…slightly boho look.
 The pullover is a combination of regular stitches and simple half hairpin lace.
Yarn suggestions :
1.    acrylic, cotton acrylic mix – medium, 3 - 4 mm hook. ( for chillier fall days)
2.    cotton mercerized, microfiber – 2,5-3 mm hook ( for the beginning of fall and chillier end of august nights)

How to make it:
Start from the middle to make the 3 tier flower motif
Inspirational chart below (just for inspiration)


1.    Ch 5 , slst to join
2.    Ch4, 1dc ch 3, …repeat (6dc ch3 in the circle), slst to join.
3.     Ch1, *1sc 1hdc, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc ( in the same ch space)*- one petal…repeat ** to get 6 petals.
4.    *Ch 6, 1sc (in the back of the exiting row of petals) in the space between the petals*, repeat ** to get 6 chain spaces, sl st to join.
5.    Ch1, *1sc , 1hdc, 5 dc, 1hdc, 1sc ( in the same ch space )* - one petal … repeat ** to get 6 petals.
6.    *Ch 8, 1sc (in the back of the exiting row of petals) in middle of the petals*, repeat ** to get 8 chain spaces, sl st to join.
7.    Ch1, *1sc , 1hdc, 7 dc, 1hdc, 1sc ( in the same ch space )* - one petal … repeat ** to get 8 petals.
8.    *Ch 8, 1sc (in the back of the exiting row of petals) in the space between the petals *, repeat ** to get 8 chain spaces, sl st to join.

This last row of chain spaces will be the linking space between the first section of half hairpin  lace and the 3 tier flower.
You have two choices :

1.    Use a wide ruler and work ( 8 x 8 = 64 )strips.

2.    Use the coiling method ( wrapping method in knitting) and pull even strips of yarn to create the loose lacy section.-also 64.

The 64 strips will be divided so each group of 8 will be linked using sc to the each 8ch space of the 3 tier flower.

On the other end of the strips you will work 1sc to close the strip and 1ch in between.

As you go on with the front section you will start the increase.
1.    In each stich formed by the loose end of the half hairpin lace section you will work 1dc,sl st to join
2.    Ch 4, 1dc, ch 1, *1is dc ch1* …repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join
3.    Ch 3, *2dc (in the ch space), 3dc (in the chain space)*, repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join.
4.    Ch 4, 1dc, ch 1, *1dc ch1* …repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join
According to the number of stitches resulted in this last row work the second half hairpin section (same number of strips as the stitches).

This time each strip links with each stitch. On the other end of the strip work as before 1sc and 1ch.

From now on the sequence is worked as follows:
You will finish the bottom :
1.    1dc in each stitch
2.    Ch4, 1dc, ch1, *1dc , ch1*..repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join.
3.    Ch3, 2dc in the next ch space, *1 dc, 2dc in the next ch space*…repeat ** till the end of the row , sl st to join.
Repeat 2 and 3 and 2 again.

By now you almost have the front piece is wide enough.
On the bottom part work another 2 ( don’t go all around like before but naturally link to the sides). Finish with 3dc in one stitch ,sk 2, 1sc…from on side to the other.

Finishing the top:
The same sequence applies (2, 3,2,3) but use the below chart to inspire you how to decrease for shaping the neck opening and arm holes.

Same stitch combination applies for the sleeves.

The Back:
 As you can see the back is rather simple ,
You can go for the original version but for a warmer pullover you can opt for the same sequence as for the sleeves.

The lacy finish back:
1.    Ch 4, *1dc, ch 1*…repeat **

Extra tip:
Regardless the type of back you choose keep in mind to work according to the front side so it will have exactly the same dimensions ( be extra careful at the bottom )

This is about it.

I know it may seem a bit of a handful but trust me when I say it isn’t.

You just have to dare and try it and you will have the kind of pullover that will help add to your bohemian / romantic feel. The combinations you can use this pullover in are endless so dare and have fun and feel free to post the result on our Facebook page as a comment to the link with this posts.

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duminică, 12 iunie 2016

Piper Crochet Singlet by Arnhem – How to Make It – Free Crochet Pattern

Hello darlings from a not so sunny Sunday …

Oh well …my love for summer and the dream of a …still…distant vacation inspired me to write this blog about a beach ready top.

You can obviously buy the item from Arnhem but if you are like me…ready for a weekend challenge here is how to make your own.

First a few things I like about the Piper Singlet by Anhem :

1.     Tassels: very figure complementing

2.     Light and airy not to mention easy stitches used : very beginner fitted

3.     The versatile shape able to accommodate any bra size.

OK. Now you gals will most likely ask me…how is this figure complementing?

I will tell you this. It’s all in the shape. Since this crochet top is loose fit the tassels contribute to a comfy but figure complementing finish.

Basically you will work front and back almost… in one piece so be sure you measure the right way:

How to measure:
1.    Measure the bust circumference ( wearing a comfortable bra). Add 2 cm to the measurement and divide by 2. Now you have the base.

Yarn recommendation: cotton medium, worsted or mercerized or microfiber acrylic, 3 mm hook and 2, 5 mm hook.

How to make it:
Start with the front: 3 mm hook
1.    Chain according to the measurement.
2.    Ch4, *1dc ch1*, repeat ** till the end of the row.
3.    Ch1, 1sc in each stitch.
4.    Repeat 3.
5.    Ch2 and work it together with the next dc ( first decrease) 1dc in each chain for the rest of the row and finish with 2dc tog ( the decrease in the other end)
Change to 2, 5 mm hook.
6.     Ch3, 1dc in each stitch. Repeat  2 times ( for larger sizes 3 times)
7.    Ch2 and work it together with the next dc ( second decrease) 1dc in each stitch , finish with 2dc tog ( the second decrease in the other end)
8.    Ch3, 1dc in each stitch.
Change back to 3 mm hook
9.    Ch 4, *1dc ch1*, repeat ** till the end of the row.

Chain the straps. Starting from the end of the row chain the first strap, add the number of chains as in the last row worked for the front and chain the second strap.
Make sure you measure the length of the straps accordingly that you will have long enough straps as seen in the original model.
Start working the back in the designated chain space.
Use 3mm hook
1.    Ch5, *1trc, ch2* …repeat ** till the end of the row.
2.    Repeat 1 , 3 times ( 4 rows)
3.    Ch1, 1sc in each stitch.
4.    Repeat 3.
5.    Ch2, *1dc ch1*…repeat ** till the end of the row.

Work 1dc in each of the stitches on the interior of the large chain, including the top of the front and back.

Tassels or fringes
Add them using the method from the below posted Youtube link.

Join the bottom of the front and back and you are done.
So in spite of looking complicated this is a basic kind of crochet garment , the kind you could make while watching 2 episodes of your favorite TV show.
 Of course not all of us can wear something like this without a bra… However I find this ideal for beach wear combined with shorts or a flowing T shirt maxi skirt. Wear it on top of your bikini bra or Tshirt bra and you will have a chic slightly boho, festival inspired look.

I hope you like this post and you would dare to make your own hip chic summer crochet top.

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duminică, 17 aprilie 2016

How to Crochet Your Own Heirloom Boho Sweater - Free Chart Based Pattern and Instructions

Hello darlings in a beautiful ( windy) sunny spring Sunday … J

 Here comes a new blog post and a very requested pattern but before it …a story.

We came to a decision regarding our free patterns and we hope you guys understand…

Designer inspired patterns will be our first choice.

So since you know we have a thing for boho fashion here is the pattern for a very pinned  and shared spring pullover.  We don’t know who made it, nor we know who is the person wearing itJ. Thanks to the internet for the pictures of the finished item and to  for the chart.

We saw this type of pullover in all major brands that cater this particular style in crocheted items ( Free People, Mango, Mark Jacobs, Zara and even Asos). The stiches used differ from one brand to the other.

The beauty of this heirloom crochet sweater comes from the large number of style combinations it can be included in. You can wear it with skinny jeans or leggings and a tank top , combine it with a floral maxi or – my personal favorite- wear it on top of your favorite cami dress combined with cowboy boots .

To the versatility of the sweater you can add the figure friendly quality that makes it extremely lovable. Also you can add the fact that it is made using one of the easiest and easy to make crochet stitches.

So here comes the pattern:

1.       Yarn: cotton, medium, mercerized or worsted, or plain, 3 mm hook.

2.       Method:  make 2 rectangles  , large oval scoop neck, straight arm opening ( leave room when joining), sleeves worked in round from the arm opening.

How to fit to your size:
1.       Loose fit: Measure hip circumference , add 2 cm, divide in 2 and you get the width of each rectangle.
2.       Oversized off shoulder fit : Measure hip circumference , add 4 cm, divide in 2 and you get the width of each rectangle.

Front and back: the pattern applies to both pieces

1.       Chain the required length ( multiples of 3 + 1)
2.       Ch 4, sk 3, 2dc ch2 2dc in the same ch( shell),*ch1 sk 5 ,2dc ch2 2dc in the same ch( shell)*…repeat ** until the end of the row sk 3 , 1dc, ch 3 turn
3.       Ch5, 1sc in the first ch space, ch 2, *2dc ch2 2dc ( in the ch space from the shell below), ch2 ,1 sc in the ch space between the shells below , ch2*…repeat **  till the end of the row , ch2 ,1 sc in the ch space between the shells below , ch2, 1 dc.

4.       Repeat  rows 2 and 3 until the desired length.

Shape the neck opening:

Work  5 to 7 shells on each side ( 3 more rows).Close to finish .

Repeat  the all above to get  2 identical pieces.

Slip stich to join the sides  leaving room for the arm opening ( make sure you leave enough room so the finished pullover will “fall” of the shoulders). Join the shoulders ( you have a huge vest J )

Work the same pattern with the arm opening as starting chain to shape the sleeves. My advice is to start from the underarm section ( where the halves are joined).

Work the desired sleeve length.

Repeat for the other sleeve.

The sleeves can be worked separately too. In this case make two rectangles that when folded in half would fit the arm opening. Slip stitch to join the sides and also slip stitch to join to the arm opening.

Finishing bands:


Using sc work a row all around the opening.
On the number of stitches you use depends how loose will the pullover be on the shoulders. Make 4 to 5 more rows of sc.

Bottom and sleeves:

Using the base chain as base start( the opposite side):
1.       Ch3, dc, ch 2, sk 2,dc ,ch2,sk2 …until the end of the row.
2.       Work 4 rows of sc.

This is about it.

Considering this is a pullover that so many of you guys would like to make , I can say in confidence that I am happy I can give a hand to help you have your own.

I hope you like this post . If you do share it far and wide J

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Xoxo and happy spring darlings.


sâmbătă, 30 ianuarie 2016

Free Crochet Pattern and Instructions for Anthropology Pullover - Picture Based

Hello darlings…

So…the famous and beloved Anthropology pullover… :)

 I am not a fan of creating patterns without a chart , especially when it comes to famous brands that employ cheap labor for the crochet items they sell… but once again I am making an exception.

Yes…I am obsessed too with this particular pullover hence my understanding for your numerous requests for a pattern.

Since the item is no longer available for sale on the original site, this pattern is MY BEST GUESS on how this pullover is made. Expect an error of 5% ( maximum)but as I write it , I will make it after I am done with my current project.

So some notes before I begin:

  1. As all Anthropology crocheted items this is made in Asia so a bit of freestyle crochet is involved. Considering the pullovers are made in bulk the yarn used it the cheapest one : combination of cotton blends.
  2. Keep in mind that the above hexagon charts are purely for inspiration the main hexagon motif  being a combination of these charts:
Without further talk here comes:

Yarn recommendation: anything medium and worsted- cotton, cotton blends ,cotton merino, merino fine to medium.
Hook: 2, 5- 3 mm ( which one fits better).

How to figure out the size:

The pullover in the picture is 38 European. This means larger sized will be obtained by working an extra row on each hexagon. Ex:  + 1 row = sizes 40-42 European , +2 rows = sizes 44 – 46 European.
The style of the pullover is casual fit oversized so keep in mind that fitting it to your size is easier than it seems.

Hexagon motif pattern:
  1. 1 magic loop
  2. 12 dc in the loop , sl st to join, turn
  3. Ch4, 1dc cn1 1dc ch1 , 1dc ch1 1dc in the same loop ( first corner),* 3x 1dcch1 , 1dc ch1 1dc in the same loop* (second corner), repeat ** to form the corners…last stitch is the end of the sixth corner, sl st and turn.
  4. Repeat 3
Repeat the same increase in corner for the next rows as follows

  1. Sc ( single crochet row)1 single crochet in each loop - in the corners 2 sc
  2. Sc ( single crochet row)1 single crochet in each loop - in the corners 2 sc
  3. Repeat 3 
  4. Repeat 3
  5. Sc ( single crochet row)1 single crochet in each loop - in the corners 2 sc
  6. Sc ( single crochet row)1 single crochet in each loop - in the corners 2 sc
11. Repeat 3 ( last row)
Last row: you either choose to use a 0,5 larger hook( in case you work with 2,5 use a 3 mm), or you use treble crochet instead of dc.

This is the basic explanation for the hexagon.

How to form the pullover:

      Hexagon rows from top to bottom:
  1. 4 motifs : 1 center front , 1 center back, 2 for shoulders
  2. 6 motifs: 2 front, 2 back, 1 to each side
  3. 6 motifs : 3 front , 3 back.
You need 3 rows of 2 motifs joined down from the shoulders motif. You may need an extra row of tr crochet in order to join the shoulder motif with the first row.
Below you can find some inspirational motif charts.

Note: for the neck opening you can notice in the picture that the center front and back motifs  have an incomplete top corner.

For the front neck opening the top corner of the hexagon is not completed . You stop working at a half + 1 stitch starting from the 3rd row of the hexagon. Basically you only work 3 quarters of the motif.

For the back neck opening you will do the same thing starting only from the last row of sc.
To finish the neck opening work 3 to 4 rows of sc around the neck opening.

In order to get a straight line for the bottom of the pullover and the bottom of the sleeve you will have to work little triangles using the same principle as for the corners of the hexagon with center V stitch increase.

To finish the bottom you can knit the bottom border with simple knit and purl ( knitted elastic) working 5 to 7 rows, or you can choose to make a crocheted elastic with fpdc and bp dc.

The same applies for sleeve cuffs.

Please keep in mind that the pullover may seem quite a handful but it is far from being so. Simply give it a try and have fun. Dare and take on this crochet challenge for yourself and you’ll have a fashionable pullover to wear with skinny jeans and maxi floral dress this upcoming spring.

I hope you guys like this post and try to make this stunning Anthropology pullover.

Have fun and please share this far and wide so this free pattern will help as many as possible.

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