duminică, 5 noiembrie 2017

How to Crochet Fall- Winter Fingerless Gloves – Free Crochet Pattern

Hello darlings in this cold but sunny November Sunday. 

So many of you asked for beginner crochet patterns, simple crochet patterns , easy to make crochet patterns…

Well here is one J

Fingerless  gloves are so trendy these days ! You can see them everywhere ( yes! even on guys) . They are ideal for those walking to work or using public transportation.

Functionality wise you can say they are perfect for fall and …smartphones J.

The idea for this particular model came when preparing for a kinder garden fall fest  2 weeks  ago when I made from scrapes of leftover acrylic yarn the very same gloves fitted for 5-6 years olds .
The little gloves were a success ,so I thought why not try to make a pair of adult size to see how complicated would it be and most of all how long would it take.

As a result here is the conclusion:
1.       Beginner level : medium,  4 hours max.
2.       Intermediate level: easy, 1,5/ hours
3.       Experienced level : very easy , 1 hour.

Here comes the pattern:
Yarn: acrylic,merino, cotton acrylic mix, mohair …any slightly stretchy  fall winter yarn , size medium  , 3 mm hook.

Stitches :
Ch- chain
dc- double crochet
X stitch – X stitch
Sl st – slip stitch
2dc tog – two double crochet together

The gloves are worked in round with thumb opening ( the thumb is worked separately after finishing the glove)

Left and right gloves are worked exactly the same( there is no difference between the front and the back of the glove)

1.Chain an even number of stitches +1 ( adult size woman , clothing size European 40/42, 27 stitches, measure the base chain around the wrist  ) sl st to join
2. Ch 3 , 1dc in each stitch , slst to join
3. Ch 3,sk 1, X stitch till the end of the row,( the last X stitch will be made completing the Ch3 from the beginning of the row) sl st to join.
4. Repeat rows 2 and 3 ( once for regular wrist length, twice if you want the gloves to be longer)
5. Ch 3 ,* 4 dc , 2dc in the same stitch ( palm increase)*, repeat ** till the end of the row , sl st to join.
6. Ch 3, X stitch row ( see row 3),sl st to join.
7. Ch 3, *4dc, 2dc tog*( decrease),at the half of the row ch 3,skip 3stitches to form the thumb opening ,repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join.
8. Ch3, X stitch row, sl st to join
9.Ch 3, 1dc in each stitch,sl st to join.
10. Ch 3, X stitch row, sl st to join.

Slip stich on top of the last row. Done.

Shape the thumb.
      1.       Insert the yarn in the top of thumb opening , secure it and work 3ch, then work a row of dc  around the opening  ( 11/ 12 dc on this particular glove), sl st to join.
      2.       Ch 3, second dc row, sl st to join.

Hide the yarn ends and you are done!

Repeat the process for the second glove and here is a new pair of hipster chic crochet gloves to add that certain something to your style.

Keep in mind that you can make them longer  and even turn them into mittens ( the more advance crochet readers know what I mean).

Enjoy and play with the pattern and don’t forget to have fun.

The gloves can be bedazzled, embroidered , you can add crochet flower, a lace border , a button…really..the sky is the limit.

This pattern is free and available for sharing,  but please offer the reference link when you publish it on another site. 

I hope you like this pattern and you consider sharing it far and wide so as many crochet fans as possible would benefit from this free information.

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vineri, 19 mai 2017

How to Crochet a Lacy Summer top or Coverup - How to Create with a Motif Chart

Hello, darlings .

I think by now you know how fond I am of summer and the related crochet stuff.

This year’s resort trend brought crochet garments in almost all collection that are famous for using this side of fashion in resort trends.

With this in mind and the fact that so many of you dream of a lacy , beautiful blouse to wear on top of a tank or on top of a spaghetti strap boho maxi dress , here is a  pattern so many of you requested on our Facebook page.

I believe that for experienced crochet artists out there this blouse is a walk in the park. However I also remember not being able to understand crochet charts and the frustration I felt so many years ago.

So without no further talk here it is.( picture source – Russian magazine)
1.    S/M , L/XL size on the motif display chart refer to same sizes on the European measurement scale. ( S 36/38. M40/42. L44/46.XL48/50)
     Yarn; any type of cotton, cotton viscose mix, microfiber- medium to fine yarn- 2,5-3 mm hook.

1.    Ch 12, slst to join
2.    Ch4 2trc tog (counts for the first petal) in same stitch, ch 4, 3trc tog ch 4, 3trc tog ch 4, 3trc tog ch 4, 3trc tog ch 4, 3trc tog ch 4, 3trc tog ch 4, 3trc tog ch 4 stst on top of the first petal.
3.    Slt st to the middle of the first ch space,ch 1*, ch 7,1sc in the middle of the next ch space…repeat all around …slip stitch in the first ch1*.
4.    Sl st to the middle of the first ch space, ch1*,ch5 1dc in the first ch space below ( 3rd ch), ch 6, sk1,1dc in the next ch from the ch space below( first corner), ch5 1sc in the middle of the next ch space below, ch5 1dc in the first ch space below ( 3rd ch), ch 6, sk1,1dc in the next ch from the ch space below (second corner)…repeat 2 more times to create the last 2 corner of the square motif…sl st in the first ch1*

Motif complete.
Every motif is worked exactly the same with exception of the last row( row 4). Motifs are linked together in the last row as show on the red line from the chart.

It is really so simple although a bit of a handful hiding the yarn ends on the finished work.

The under arm motif is diagonally folded.

The finishing can be made using a half shell stitch.
Ch3,2dc in the same stitch,sk 2,1sc in the next stitch...repeat till the end of the row.
Another option would be to work 1hdc in each stitch to finish ans stabilize the garment.

 I hope you love this post and you give it a try. Have fun making a long sleeve pullover, a short sleeve top, a cropped top to layer on top of a formal dress…the sky is the limit.

Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest., and have fun trying new summer projects.

 Xoxo , you guys




duminică, 19 martie 2017

How to Crochet a Spring Lacy Top - How to Read and Work Chart Diagram Based

Hello Darlings !
Join me in saying” Welcome Dear Spring!”
Yes, I am happy because spring is finally here. It’s time to check out the trends and crochet lacy tops to layer over the boudoir style cami dresses and spaghetti straps tops.

But…until we discuss the adult approach of this particular chart based pattern  I must mention that I am very fond of the child ( toddler to school age) version of this versatile top.

I am planning to start this top for my little 4 year old in a related color. She will wear it over a summer dress, or a tank top , or even on top of a fitted shirt with skinny jeans ( Yes I have a miniature fashionista on my hands)

So …about the adult version.  I would personally like one green for myself with a larger neck opening , more loose fit to match that “cold shoulder “ trend we see all over the streets this spring.

So without further talk:

Credits: charts from Japanese magazine( no English or any other language available), the finished item in pictures belongs to “Because of love” biazeng .com , user.

So here is how I would make it:

Yarn: cotton, viscose cotton mix, microfiber, viscose, - medium
Hook: 3 mm -3,5 mm

1.Chain the required length ( multiple of 3 + 1) ( use an existing blouse to measure against)
2. *Ch 3,sk 3,1sc in the next stitch *…repeat till the end of the row.
3.Ch5,1sc in the first ch 3 space ( work the sc in the middle stitch), *ch3 1sc in the next ch space*…repeat ** till the end of the row, finish by ch2 and 1dc in the last stitch .
4. Ch 2, sk one ch 3 space, 3 trc tog( trc cluster) ch2 ,3trc tog,ch2,3trc tog ,ch2,3trc tog in the next ch 3 space,*ch 3 -sk one ch3 space- 1 sc in the next ch 3 space,ch3 ,3 trc tog( trc cluster) ch2 ,3trc tog,ch2,3trc tog ,ch2,3trc tog in the next ch 3 space*... repeat ** till the end of the row. ( this is the row with “flower” finish from the chart.
5. Ch6 1 sc in the first ch2 space( between the flower petals),ch3 1 sc in the next ch space,ch3,1sc in the next ch space, ch 5 1sc in the next ch2 space (between the flower petals), *ch3 1 sc in the next ch space,ch3,1sc in the next ch space, ch3,1sc in the next ch space, ch 5 1sc in the next ch2 space (between the flower petals)*…repeat ** till the end of the row , 1tr crochet in the last stitch from the row below.
6.ch1, ch4,1sc in next space, ch3 1sc in the next space,ch3 1sc in the next space, * ch4 1 sc in the 5ch space ,ch4 1sc in the next space, ch3 1sc in the next space, ch3 1sc in the next space*…repeat ** till the end of the row…finish with ch4 and 1 sc crochet.
7. Ch6,1sc in next ch space,*ch3 ,1sc in the next space*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
Repeat sequence  4 to 7 until reaching required length for underarm decrease.

Slip stitch on top of the chain clusters ( 2 to 6 ch clusters depending on your measurement – I am size 38 European so I’ll skip 4). Work the *flower* row and stop between the same number of ch clusters on the other side.

Continue working the sequence until shaping the neck opening ( 2 -3 more sequences)
To shape the neck opening  -work  a flower on each edge(shoulders) and slst for the middle section of the back .

This is how you should read the chart for the back.

Here comes the challenge 1: following the exact same sequence follow the front chart and work it the exact same way ( shape the neck opening as you desire- the chart offers a  wide neck opening while the finished piece follows the same neck opening for the front as for the back).

Challenge 2:
When you have the chart ( diagram) stitches explained all you need is follow the chart.
So using the same sequence work the sleeves ( the chart is pretty exact).

Join the back and the front using a tapestry needle.
Add the sleeves.

Finish the garment working 2 rows of hdc  on the neck opening and sleeve cuffs.

The top is done J

Yes , this is not a complete pattern…but a lesson on how to work a crochet piece using a comprehensive chart.

The purpose of this blog remains the same : teaching you to crochet the easiest way possible using any source available to create remarkable pieces that will be trendy forever.

I hope you like this post and consider applying this lesson to create a stunning lacy top for this spring.

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duminică, 29 ianuarie 2017

Crochet Stylish Late Winter Early Spring Dress – Stylish Chanel Inspired Dress

Hello darlings J
We think that by now you have guessed ( after 4 years of blogging) that we are not  fans of winter.
However  we stumbled upon a posh looking , warm and comfy but also elegant  late winter –early spring  dress.
 The original pictured here is Asian originated. We found it while browsing the web and because it inspired us , we’ve also looked for the related charts to associate with it in writing this blog.

Why we love this?
1.       The A-line shape is very figure complementing
2.       The elegant romantic spider stitch border adds the exact amount of lace effect.
3.       It is perfect for leggings and army boots but also for winter or early spring tights and high heel boots.
4.       It’s warm , versatile, chic and stylish and compact enough so you can wear it without a lining.

So , without further chatting here is how to make it:

Yarn: merino fine, acrylic cotton mix also fine, cotton viscose fine
For a more spring ready finish: use mercerized cotton (fine)
Hook: 2,5- 3 mm hook

1.       Measure  chest circumference , hip circumference and bottom circumference. Divide by 2.
2.       Measure shoulder width.
·         Tip for beginners: You can make a paper layout ( pattern) for these measurement to have an idea.
The dress is worked upwards in two identical halves.

Back :
1.Chain the bottom length (multiples of 4+ 1)
2.Ch 4 1dc next ch from the hook,sk3, *1dc ch2 1dc ( v stitch) sk 3* repeat ** till the end of the row…finish with V stitch
Main Pattern:
3. Ch3 , 2dc in the ch space of the Vstitch,* 4dc in the ch space(shell) of the next Vstitch* , repeat ** till the end of the row.
4. Ch4 1dc in the first stitch, *1dc ch2 1dc ( v stitch) in the middle of the shell below*…repeat ** till the end of the row…finish with V stitch with 1ch in the middle.

Work the 3+4 rows sequence (main pattern) until you reach the desired length for hip area.

Waistline decrease: (starts with the first row in sequence ).
Mark the decrease start with stitch markers . Leave the stitch markers in to know when to decrease for the font section.
5.       Ch3, sk 3, *1dc ch2 1dc ( v stitch) sk 3* repeat ** till the end of the row…finish with 1dc
6.       Ch 4 1dc in the same stitch, ,* 4dc in the ch space(shell) of the next Vstitch* , repeat ** till the end of the row…end with Vstich with 1ch in the middle.

Repeat decrease 1 time. ( or 2 times – depending on your particular figure  )

Work as many rows as necessary till arm opening.
Shape  the arm opening:
Slip stich  8 stiches one side, skip the last 8 on the other
Using the same decrease as above 1 time , continue working to finish the back.

Example of decrease diagram: ( random related pattern)

Work exactly as the back the except for the neck opening.
Shape the neck opening:
Work a regular round decrease.

Join the 2 halves and work the lacy section in round starting from one side :

From bottom down:
1.       1dc in each stitch
2.       Ch3, 4dc, ch 4 sk1, *1tr in the next ch from the hook, sk 1 1tr,sk1 1tr,sk1 1tr, ch4 sk1, 4dc *…repeat ** till the end of the row
3.       Ch3, 4dc,ch4, *1sc in top of each tr below ( 4 sc) , ch4  4dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
4.       Ch3, 4dc,ch4, *1sc in top of each tr below ( 4 sc) , ch4  4dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
5.       Ch3, 4dc,ch4, *1sc in top of each tr below ( 4 sc) , ch4  4dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
6.       Ch 3, 4dc,*ch1,1tr ch1, 1tr ch1,1tr ch1, 1tr ch1, 4dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
7.       1dc in each stitch

Repeat : 1 to 7
Lace section complete.
Work 4 or 5  rows of X stich for the bottom.
Finish with picot stitch for both the bottom and neck opening.

Sleeves: ( they are a lot less trickier than it seems).
Start working  with base chain( wrist circumference + 2 cm)
Work 4 rows of X stitch, followed by the  lace section.
Continue with the main pattern until arm opening. Increase as you go up so it will fit your arm size.
 How to create sleeve decrease:
The standard method is :
1.       Count the number of rows in the front and back and you’ll have the number of rows you have left to make.
2.       Start decreasing  as you did for the waist line ( 2  or 3 decreases)
3.       Work until you have 2 rows left.
4.       Using slip stich and skip stitch form a round sleeve top in the last 2 rows.
( see Youtube for instructions)
Repeat the method for the second sleeve.
Join the sleeves. Finish the sleeves with picot stich.

The really pretty collar is not crocheted .
It is a regular Peter Pan collar you can DIY or buy .

You can also crochet a lace collar if you want ( black or navy dress will look beautiful with white crochet  collar)

Well this is about it.
I hope you choose to try making this dress for the last month of winter and future chilly spring days.
Have fun darlings and make sure you follow  on Facebook, Pinterest and Google +, for mode interesting ideas .

Anca  & Eva