Saturday, August 12, 2017

Whisperwind Doily-Inspired Rug - Crochet Pattern Review - Draiguna

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Last week, I received an email with the release of the free crochet pattern for the Whisperwind Doily. I loooovvveee the way doilies look! But... I hate blocking, and therefore doilies can't really be on my list if made in crochet thread unless I give in and start blocking. With this doily though, I decided that I wasn't going to let this one pass me by too. Instead, I worked it holding four strands of worsted weight yarn together, and turned the design into an accent rug, and it's lovely!

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Materials I Used:
     - 1092 Yards of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - Four 3/4 Skeins - in the Aran colorway
     - P16/11.5mm Crochet Hook - I bought this Jumbo Plastic Crochet Hook Set, which included the P16 & a Q hook in one!
     - #18 Tapestry Needle
     - Whisperwind Doily, Free Crochet Pattern with Photo Tutorial from Draiguna

Material Notes:
     The options are quite open for this. I would stick with something heavy weight though. If going with four strands of worsted weight yarn as I have done, I would suggest Caron One Pound and Bernat Super Value as alternatives, however, you could also do Lily Sugar n Cream - I'd probably try 5 strands held together - or even two strands of a Super Bulky #6 Yarn - perhaps Wool Ease Thick n Quick, not Hometown USA.

Time Spent:
     I had my rug ready to go in three hours.
Measurements:
     From point to point, my rug measures 35" across.

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Pattern Notes:
     This pattern was so easy to read, follow and memorize, plus the photos to reference are a plus. I only have three little things about this pattern, otherwise, I would love to work up many in several colors, and experiment with other yarn weights to see what other kinds of projects can be created with this pattern.

Would you like to see anything specifically worked up using this pattern? I love your suggestions and feedback! Drop me a line below!

1.  In the Foundation Row, I worked the last chain as a chain 3 - similar to how I work my last chain of the foundation row of a granny square as a chain 2 instead of 3, because if not, the shape is off in this corner just for the first row.

2.  Round 8 ends as "...single crochet in the next space]..." but the last stitch should end at the chain 3 beforehand and join to the first single crochet, which takes the place of the last stitch.

3.  Round 9 states to end at the "**", but I found that I ended at the "2x" repeat, and then joined. Just follow along with the pattern, and it will come naturally.
And that's it! I highly recommend this pattern! The writing is awesome, and the pattern produces a lovely doily, or doily-inspired rug in this case.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Granny Square Tank Top & Happily Hooked Magazine Issue #40

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Yay! This is the eighth post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

This month, I am sharing with you my latest published design that can be found in Issue 40 of Happily Hooked Magazine - my Granny Square Tank! When I first saw the call for Lightweight designs, I knew I wanted to work up a top. I kind of still have an idea of a blouse based off this design, but when I was putting it together, it seemed to be a better fit for lightweight and lacy. Working with a yarn such as Modern Cotton DK, is an even better option for hot weather. I plan on ordering some to try out another tank more suitable for Florida.

Being that the tank top is made from a back and a front sewn together, it has more give than a top worked in the round. I designed this top one inch smaller in both pieces to finish with the 2" of negative ease noted, but there is more that can be given to make a more fitted top. By omitting one more round from each square, you can achieve this.
From Your Hosts: Big, Huge Afghan (Free Crochet Pattern) from Crochet is the Way, Owl Obsession Baby Blanket (Crochet Pattern Review) from Hakelfieber Austria, Granny Stitch Cowl (Crochet Inspiration) from RhelenaGranny Square Tank & Happily Hooked Magazine Issue #40 (Magazine Giveaway) from Me! EyeLoveKnots, Granny Square Piano Cover (Crochet Tutorial) from Mariam's Creations, and Granny Squares on Painted Canvas (Crochet Inspiration) from Atelier Marie-Lucienne.
Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.

Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Mariam from Mariam's Creations: Recycle and Create
My Granny Square Tank can be found in July 2017, Issue 40 of Happily Hooked Magazine. This issue features "a variety of patterns that use lightweight yarns".

To complete your own Granny Square Tank, you will need 754 - 1131 Yards of Baby Bee's Sweet Delight (Hobby Lobby) - I used the Baby Sage colorway - or any lightweight yarn, and an H8/5mm crochet hook. 

Issue 40 Also Features...

These Crochet Patterns:
     - Lacy Granny Shawl by Megan Hocking
     - Summer Cat by Shannen Chua
     - Rose Blossom Special by Rohn Strong
     - Lakeside Cardigan by Lee Sartori
     - Granny Square Tank by Alexandra Richards (that's me!)
     - Delicate Blossom Earrings by Natalia Johnson
     - Maribelle Newborn Bonnet & Wrap
     - Summer Daisy Barefoot Sandals
     - Gloria Shawl by Amber Millard
     - Apple Blossom Placemat by Red Heart

These Articles:
     - Stitch of the Month: Puff Stitch
     - Tip: How to Time Block Successfully by The Yarnpreneur Society
     - Inspiration: Friends in the Crochet Community by Lee Sartori
     - Crochet Heals: Pia Thadani
     - Artist Profile: Marty Jonas
     - Hooked on... Roundup
     - Red Heart Pattern Roundup

Photo is front cover of July 2017, Issue 40.
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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by myself! One winner will be gifted through Ravelry the latest issue of the Happily Hooked Magazine - July 2017, Issue 40.

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We only had one link up, other than our co-hosts. You'll see it above, and find it here: Scrap Granny Square Ottoman Cover - Crochet Inspiration from Ghemuletul Incalcit.


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Gaia Top - Crochet Pattern Review - MermaidCatDesigns

I love all the crochet patterns from Stacey of MermaidCatDesigns! I have never had an issue following any of her patterns, and they also work up so well! This pattern was no exception. I really love how this piece fits - just hugs ya. The lacy design going up to the shoulders is simple in construction, but so beautiful all together, and the straps full in the perfect spots to sit comfortably while worn.

Keep in mind that this top is not meant to be worn in the water, and regardless of what you make it from, it will soak up the water and lose it's shape. It's great for running around at a festival though, or laying out at the beach, and will go great with a maxi-like flowy skirt, paired with bathing suit bottoms, or with a pair of high-waisted pants or a high-waisted skirt.

Materials I Used:
     - 268 Yards (1 Skein) of Berroco Weekend DK in #2926 Clothesline
     - G6/4mm Crochet Hook (larger than recommended)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Gaia Top, Paid Crochet Pattern from MermaidCatDesigns

Material Notes:
     Knit Picks Cotlin Yarn used in original by MermaidCatDesigns. I have also found similar gauge and fit results using Baby Bee's Sweet Delight Yarn from Hobby Lobby. 

I will say to achieve a good fit, you should get a yarn that is not all cotton so it hugs a little more. I love the Sweet Delight Yarn for tops like this because it stretches well and bounces back, plus is soft on the skin, however, it is 100% acrylic which can be a little warm (not for me). This Weekend DK also hugs well, but I like it more so for a top like this because it has a good amount of cotton in it to help keep you cool in warm weather, but also enough acrylic to help keep it's shape.

Time Spent:
     I spent one evening binge watching Grey's Anatomy, and almost five and a half hours to complete this top.

Measurements:
     I worked the Medium size to fit 34"-36" bust, but also included is small and large sizes.

My Gauge:
     G6/4mm + Weekend DK: 20 SC by 6 Rows = 4" by 1 1/8"

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet

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Pattern Notes:
The only thing I did differently other than written was the straps. Back some time ago, I was introduced to cute little bobbles on the ends of my straps from a previous MermaidCatDesigns pattern and I have stuck with the design in several different pieces. I love the finished look it gives the straps, the added ease in weaving in the ends, and gives me reassurance that when the straps are tied, they won't just pull out. So... My adjustment is as follows:

     Neck Straps: Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1. Work 5 SC into the ring. Join to the first SC. Then proceed as written up through working across the top edge, then I work a chain 84 and slip stitch into the 4th chain from the hook. Chain 1. Work 5 SC into the ring. Join to the first SC, and fasten off.

     Back Strap: Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1. Work 5 SC into the ring. Join to the first SC. Chain 254, and slip stitch into the 4th chain from the hook. Chain 1. Work 5 SC into the ring. Join to the first SC, and fasten off.
Something shown in my photos being that the piece is on a dress form is the bottom center kind of puffy out. It fits perfectly and lays flat when worn. 

Another thing I was concerned about in construction was that the "V" of the top center was going to overlap and create a weird opening - as it looks when laying flat - but when it's worn, it straightens out so well and really opens up there.

I will say that the breast coverage does not go up too high, so if you are worried or for more modesty, try the top on as you go so you can work it up higher if desired, and adjust the rest as necessary. I did not adjust anything on mine though - I love the way it fits!
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Creme dela Creme Top - Crochet Pattern Review - ErenaCrochetStudio

I started this top back in April of 2015. I worked most of it, and then it sat, and sat... I finally picked it back up in May of last year (2016) and finished it. I also emailed the designer, Erena, with a complete review of the pattern, errors I found, and corrections I thought should be made. She did appreciate my notes, and said she'd look over the pattern, but she never got back to me. I have requested a revised copy a couple times with no response. This top is really pretty, and if made to the correction size, would be an awesome top to wear to a festival, or for sunbathing, but you must have patience when working this pattern as it is missing some information including the complete written instructions for the different sizes, straps and lacy bottom part. Down in the Pattern Notes section you will find my detailed notes made and used to complete my top. Hope it helps you if you decide to make this top! I did see some other patterns I would have really liked to have given a try from this shop, but reading the reviews and based on my experience with this pattern, I am not sure if I will.

Materials Used:
     - Less than a 4 oz/200 yard skein of Lily Sugar n Cream (Worsted Weight Cotton) in the Robin's Egg colorway
     - 3.75mm Crochet Hook (as recommended)
     - 4.5mm Crochet Hook (for Straps and Ties)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Creme dela Creme Festival Top, Paid Crochet Pattern by Erena Crochet Studio (Etsy)

Material Notes:
Listed is the yarn that the sample is worked in, and does not specify if worsted weight, but based on myself working this project, I am providing yardage and weight.
     Yarn Alternatives: Hobby Lobby's Crafters Secret (not I Love This Cotton), Peaches n Cream, Bernat's Handicrafter, Lion Brand's Kitchen Cotton

Time Spent:
     I had my top ready in just over two hours.

Measurements:
     Pattern includes three sizes, but no specifications on sizes. I worked the second assuming it was a Medium/B Cup, and my top did come out a little large in the upper cup area. 

Pattern Notes:
     There aren't any size measurements - such as Medium Size fits a 36" bust. There also isn't any gauge provided. My top ended up being too large for me, and if I worked another top, I would do so in a smaller hook size, or perhaps even work up the small size.

The pattern contains beginning instructions for the three sizes, but does not have written instructions for the remaining pattern for all three, only seems to be the medium size.

Medium Size should be chain 18 for 14 dc plus turning chain for the 15th.
-Based on this, I think XS/S should be chain 10 plus 5 = 15, and L should be chain 17 plus 5 = 22.; I also think that it should be said that the extra stitch in the beginning is intention as you will be working into the loop that is created.

R2 should be 12dc (not 13 since beginning chain counts as 1) in next 12 stitches... and I think opposite side of foundation chain is a better phrase to use - "12dc in next 12 stitches, in 14 stitch 2dc, in loop of chain 5 make (1dc, 1tr, 1dc) to create the center of the cup, continue around to begin working on the opposite side of the foundation chain. In next stitch 2dc, and all dc across would be 12, 3ch and turn"
-Based on this, XS/S as 8dc, 2 in 9, center in 10... dc across would be 8; L as 15dc, 2 in 16, center in 17... dc across would be 15.

R3 should be 14dc (not 15 since beginning chain counts as 1) in next 14 stitches.
-Based on this, XS/S as 10dc in next 10 stitches; L as 17dc in next 17 stitches.

R4 should be 16dc (not 17 since beg ch counts as 1).
-Based on this, XS/S as 12 dc in next 12 stitches; L as 19 dc in next 19 stitches.

R5 should be 18dc in next 18 stitches (beg ch + is an increase, not decrease as written).
-Based on this, XS/S as 14 dc in next 14 stitches; L as 21 dc in next 21 stitches.

R6 repeat to the end of row, ENDING IN DC IN LAST TWO STITCH...

R8 ... Skip 2nd (not 1st as 1st is ch 3), work 1dc in next stitch then 1dc in 1st stitch that you skipPED before. 1dc in next dc stitch from last row and 1dc IN THE SAME STITCH AS YOUR LAST STITCH WORKING ACROSS THE FRONT OF THE STITCH. (see chart for BORDER). CONTINUE AROUND WORKING IN EACH DC AT THE CENTER OF THE CUP AND ENDING WITH 1DC IN THE LAST STITCH. DO NOT CUT YARN BECAUSE YOU...as I explain above.
BEFORE BEGINNING REPEAT, WORK 2DC IN THE SAME STITCH AS THE LAST ONE WORKED TO CREATE A CORNER.
WORKING UNDER CUP, REPEAT 6TH ROW ACROSS ENDING WITH 2DC IN THE SAME STITCH AS THE TURNING CHAIN AT THE END. JOIN TO THE TOP OF THE TURNING CHAIN TO COMPLETE ROW. 3CH AND TURN.
1DC IN THE NEXT STITCH, REPEAT ROW 6, ENDING WITH 1DC IN THE EACH OF THE LAST THREE STITCHES OF THE ROW. 3CH AND TURN.
REPEAT 8TH ROWS.

FASTEN OFF AFTER REPEAT, WORK 2ND CUP AND FASTEN, THEN CONTINUE ONTO THE FOLLOWING CHART WORKING IT UNDER THE CUP.
*Lacy Part Across Bottom - Taken from Chart:
R1: With RS facing and the bottom of the cup on the top, attach yarn to 1st DC on the right side, and work 1sc in each stitch across. (30sc)

R2: Ch 1, turn. SC in 1st st and next 3 sts, (ch 5, sk 2 sts, sc in next 8 sts) 5x, ch 5, sk 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts.

R3: Ch 1, turn. SC in 1st st, (ch 2, sk 2, SC in next stitch, work 7 SC into the ch 5 sp, SC in next st, ch 2, sk 2, SC 2) 5x, ch 2, sk 2, SC in next stitch, work 7 sc into the ch 5 sp, SC in next st, ch 2, sk 2, sc in last.

R4: Ch 3 [2] (counts as 1st dc) and turn. (sk 3 SC, DC in next SC, ch 1, DC in same SC, ch 1, DC in next SC, ch 1, DC in same SC, ch 1, DC in same SC, ch 1, DC in next SC, ch 1, DC in same SC, sk 3 SC, *DC into next 2 SC) 5x, sk 3 SC, DC in next SC, ch 1, DC in same SC, ch 1, DC in next SC, ch 1, DC in same SC, ch 1, DC in same SC, ch 1, DC in next SC, ch 1, DC in same SC, sk 3 SC, DC in last SC.
*DC in next two according to chart looks like would have to be a SC into next SC, ch 3, DC in next but it looks funny and doesn't make sense. I worked it as written first with the extra chains in the beginning and end, but when I went back and worked R5, it looked bunched up so I redid R4 as I have written above.

R5: Ch 1, turn. SC in 1st, (ch 3, SC in each of the next 6 ch 1 sps) 6x, ch 3, SC in last st.

R6: Ch 1, turn. Sk 1st st, 2 SC in beg ch sp, (sk next SC, SC in next SC, ch 4, SC in next SC, tr in center of post from between previous and next SC, SC in next st, ch 4, SC in next SC, sk next SC, 3 SC into next ch sp) 5x, sk next SC, Sc in next SC, ch 4, SC in next SC, tr in center of post from between previous and next SC, SC in next st, xh 4, SC in next SC, sk next SC, 2 SC in end ch sp.

R7: Ch 3, turn. (SC in 3rd ch of ch 4 sp, ch 5, SC in 2nd ch of ch 4, ch 2, 2 SC in center st of previous SC 3, ch 2) 5x, SC in 3rd ch of ch 4 sp, ch 5, SC in 2nd ch of ch 4, ch 3, sl st in last st

R8: ch 1, turn. SC in 1st st, ch 2, (SC in next SC, 7 SC in ch 5 sp, SC in next SC, ch 2, SC in next two SC, ch 2) 5x, SC in next st, 7 SC in ch 5 sp, SC in next SC, ch 2, SC in last st.

Fasten off, even though chart continues. Looking at first image of page, can see it only has one row of the large shells. You can continue with the pattern if desired longer.

*Strap Instructions are Missing. I worked mine with a 4.5mm Hook as Follows:
Side 1 Flap: Attach yarn at bottom stitch of Row 9 (Repeat of Row 6) on the Right Side. Chain 1, SC in that stitch, and in next 4 stitches along DC side.

R2 - 6: Chain 1, turn. SC in 1st and across.

R7: Chain 1, turn. Slip Stitch in 2nd stitch. Chain 82, DC into 3rd chain from hook, 5 SC into the space between the chain and DC, join to the 1st SC, begin slip stitching down the chain through the back loops, and end with a slip stitch into the 3rd stitch of the foundation piece. Fasten Off.

Side 2 Flap: Reattach yarn at Row 1 of the lacy part on the Right Side. Chain 1, SC in that stitch, and in next 4 stitches along DC side.

R2 - 6: Chain 1, turn. SC in 1st and across.

R7: Chain 1, turn. Slip Stitch in 2nd and 3rd stitches. Chain 82, DC into 3rd chain from hook, 5 SC into the space between  the chain and DC, join to the 1st SC, begin slip stitching down the chain through the back loops, and end with a slip stitch into the 4th stitch of the foundation piece. Fasten Off.

Top Straps - x 2: Attach yarn at cup point. Chain 82, DC into the 3rd chain from the hook, 5 SC into the space between the chain and DC, join to the 1st SC, begin slip stitching down the chain through the back loops, and end with a slip stitch into the 4th stitch of the foundation piece. Fasten Off.

I omitted the center strap because the stitches to thread through were more of a challenge, and center strap seemed to just be for decoration as top fit and stayed up without it.

Listing is misleading as there was no video link to access.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Oasis Cluster Top - Free Crochet Pattern

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This top was first published in the Happily Hooked Magazine, Issue 27 for June 2016, which features Summer Vacation makes. I wanted to create a lightweight, kinda open, oversized top that could be worn as a cover up, or over a white tank top paired with some white shorts -- oops, speaking from my own wardrobe, hehe! This top features a super easy construction and assembly, and allows the freedom of adjusting the straps/shoulder length, and overall length to give you a custom fit that you’ll love!

Materials:
    - 1175 - 1645 Yards of #1 Fine Weight Yarn - I used Premier’s Wool Free Sock Yarn in the Oasis Stripe colorway
    - H8/5mm Crochet Hook
    - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends & Assembly

Time Spent:
    I worked the medium size in several seatings, putting in about 14 hours.

Measurements:      
Teen/Women XS, S, M, L, XL
Finished Measurements:
Busts: 28”, 32”, 36”, 40”, 44”
Lengths: 21⅜”, 22⅛”, 22⅞”, 23⅝”, 24⅜”

Gauge:      
20 DC = 4”

Abbreviations:
    - DC - Double Crochet
    - dc4tog cl - double crochet four stitches together to equal a cluster
       To dc4tog cl: work the following all into one stitch: Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through (5 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through (6 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on the hook.

Pattern Notes:
    Beginning chain counts towards final stitch count.

Each dc4tog cl counts as one stitch.

Top is designed to fit a little oversized given yarn type used.

Instructions for smallest size given, with larger options in brackets.

I chose to slip stitch the pieces together as I think this creates a strong bond, however, you may feel more comfortable sewing the pieces together. If you choose to sew the pieces, you may want to use stitch markers.

As far as the shoulder/neck opening part goes, you can create thinner straps and a larger, more flexible neck opening by slip stitching through less stitches. You may want to slip stitch through this part, and then try on before fastening off so you can adjust as desired. And for the length, you can work less repeats for a shorter top.
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Pattern:
    
Main Body - Make 2:
    Chain 73, (82, 94, 100, 112). DC in the 4th chain, and each chain across. (71, 80, 92, 98, 110 DCs)

Round 2:  Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd and 3rd stitches, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, (dc4tog cl in the next stitch, chain 2, skip 2 stitches) 21x (24x, 28x, 30x, 34x), DC in the last 3 stitches. (21, 24, 28, 30, 34 clusters and 6 DCs)

Rounds 3:  Chain 2, turn. DC into the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across. (71, 80, 92, 98, 110 DCs)

Round 4 - 57 [59, 61, 63, 65]: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Fasten Off as usual after first piece, but do not fasten off after second piece.

Shoulders/Neck Opening: Chain 1, turn. Lay the piece together with right sides facing. Working through both layers, slip stitch in the 1st 18, (21, 26, 28, 34) stitches;
Working through just the top layer, slip stitch into the next 35, (38, 40, 42, 42) stitches;
Working through both layers, slip stitch in the last 18, (21, 26, 28, 34) stitches.
Fasten Off.

Sides: Still working on wrong side, leave 7”, (7½”, 8”, 8½”, 9”) unsewn for armholes. Reattach yarn through both layers afterwards, and slip stitch across to end of top. Repeat on other side.

Fasten Off, and weave in all ends.
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