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Monday, 24 April 2017

KATIA CROP TOP

free crochet crop top pattern

KATIA CROPTOP

I was just gifted this absolutely superb Katia Jaipur cotton yarn made in Barcelona – a superb variegated yarn in the softest of shades.  I was torn with a choice of patterns – and chose a simple one to offset the beauty of the yarn, rather than struggling with a pattern that would detract from it (*it* being the yarn’s beauty!)

I usually like to keep patterns simple when using a variegated yarn, and allowing the yarn to throw its beauty into the mix – so I do hope I have chosen well.

Thanks for joining me once again as we work on and discover this new pattern together. J

Do check my long pinterest “to-do” list for little ladies jackets / boleros at https://in.pinterest.com/shyamanivas/ladies-tops-to-make/

And inspired by this photo, here are my pattern notes as I work on my project.


Materials usedToday I’ve used ~ 100 gms of the lovely Katia Jaipur Mercerised cotton yarn
For Indians : Though the Katia Jaipur yarn reads *Jaipur*, it’s not a locally available yarn.  It however, compares to our Indian Red Rose & Anchor knitting cottons


Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

How to join with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join with whip stich : Check the links below :




Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

free crochet crop top pattern

I started this pattern off on my own, but somewhere down the line, I found a link to this site, that had the pattern written out in English.  I am thrilled to share this with you.  Go and check this link at http://genuinemudpie.ca/2016/06/25/hongdae/ for this free pattern. .. and this is the full project made by the designer.


When I make my notes, I like to keep them simple such that they can be adapted to be made for any size.  So go and take a quick look at the general pattern, and if that works for you .. great! Else come back here and take a look at how I have tweaked it just a tad to get this project done.

I plan on starting with the lace pattern just below the bust / armhole, and working all the way to the shoulders, without an armhole shaping. 
For my top, I am going to work a simple rectangle, and have the armholes literally work themselves up – as will the boat neckline.
To see what I mean, I guess you need to check out my instructions below.

The pattern repeat for the yoke part of our top is in mulitples of 6 + 1.
So the designer has started at the bottom of the blouse and is working to the lacy top part.  I have opted to work just the yoke pattern all the way through for my crop top.

Start : with fdc in multiples of 6 + 1. 

free crochet crop top pattern


For Row 1 of this pattern, head back to the pattern sheet and work the first row of the Lacy pattern
(I gave you just the pattern stitch count for the yoke, as it is not mentioned in the pattern sheet.  That said, I have tweaked the original pattern and only used the yoke pattern)

Using the pattern sheet, work the pattern repeat for the yoke portion all the way to the shoulder.  I have decided not to work any armhole or neckline decrease, so I am going to work end to end and will have a rectangular piece that will make up my yoke. 

So, I plan on making two such rectangles, and then joining them together at the shoulders, leaving a boat-neck shaped opening for the neckline.  I will also attach the sides to get an armhole in place.

One quick tweak : The pattern worked by the designer looks like it has shaped sleeves.  If you want your sleeve just to lightly flop over your shoulder (Magyar like), then just work a rectangle for the top portion as I have.
However you could add on a little length to the top by coming back to your foundation row and then working plain dc all the way down to the length needed for your top.

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Here are some of my older creations.  Have fun with these free patterns too.

(I used to upload photos of all my older creations earlier with the blog links listed just below, but the blog size becomes too heavy and I thought you would like to see all these links anyway - so save myself the trouble of adding photos and you the trouble of cropping them out when you download this Katia Crop Top blog).  Enjoy







































Sunday, 23 April 2017

CHEVRON-LIKE CLUTCH PURSE

free crochet clutch purse pattern

CHEVRON-LIKE CLUTCH PURSE

And Sweet Nothings Crochet is back to making bags.  This pattern has a Chevron-like arrow pattern and will look absolutely splendid in any yarn and with any color.

So let’s make something new and different, and I’m glad that you’re here with me as we work on this project together.

I found this chart for this pattern on the net, which I am using for this project. PLEASE read through all my notes as you are working, especially the notes between instruction rows.

Materials used : Indian Polyester cone yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.
This will be superb with our Indian Laura cotton and a 3.5 – 4 mm crochet hook too.

Difficulty level : Advanced skill level

Stitches used :

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

OR


How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/


Instructions (Using U.S terminology)

Before we head off, let’s try to visualize what we’re going to create here today.

We may be working different sizes for our pattern, so as always, I’ll give you a general idea and write up and you go off and create your genius product.  Just remember to share my blog (with the full URL or blog link) please when you make your beautiful bag. Thanks.

Right then, let’s get started.  Here's the photo tutorial & chart that I have followed.



  
Our stitch count is in multiples of 14 + 5
I will start of, as usual, with my preferred foundation double crochet start, as against a chain start.  If you, however prefer the ch start, please start with multiples of 14 + 7, and in the first row, please work in the 3rd ch from hook in dc all the way to the end to get a multiple of 14 + 5 sts.  This will be your Row 1.




Start Row 1 : with fdc in multiples of 14 + 5. Turn.

For our pattern, we have a Shell Stitch which is (3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st 5 fdc ;
*ch 2, sk next 4 fdc, Shell st in the next fdc ; sk next 4 fdc, dc in the next 5 fdc* ;
rep *to* till the end. Turn.

In the following row, we’ll work our Shell st in the ch-2 sp of the earlier Shell st.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st 5 dc ;
*ch 2, Shell st in the next Shell st ; ch 2, dc in the next 5 dc* ;
rep *to* till the end. Turn.

This is the row where we will create that beautiful Large “V” Chevron shape.  For this “V” shape, we will need to work a long row of chain (ch 7) and attach it to the ch-2 sp of the Shell Stitch in Row 2, skipping the Shell st in Row 3.  This is Part 1 of the Large “V” st. 

For the 2nd part, we will work an sc all the way back on this ch-7 we have just made till we reach the dc of Row 4. 

For Part 3, we will work our regular Shell st in the ch-2 sp of the earlier Shell st

For Part 4, we will work the 2nd leg of our large “V” st, with the ch-7 sp and then working the sc all the way back on this ch-7 sp.
Easy enough, right? ;)

Row 4 : (Front of work) : dc in the 1st 5 dc ;
*[ch 7, Shell st of Row 3, and sc in the Shell st of Row 2 ;
Turn (and working back on this ch-7 just made), 7 sc on the ch-7 just made] ;  
Shell st in the ch-2 sp of the next Shell st ;
rep [to] once more, working in the same ch-2 sp of the same Shell st of Row 2 ; 
dc in the next 5 dc* ;
rep *to* till the end. Turn.

Isn’t this just a superb pattern thus far?  I love this large “V” .. so distinctive!

Row 5 : (Back of work) : dc in the 1st 5 dc ;
*ch 2, Shell st in the next Shell st ; ch 2, dc in the next 5 dc* ;
rep *to* till the end. Turn.


And that’s it.. our pattern done.

Rep Rows 4 & 5 till you have the length needed.  Now you can decide to work the whole pattern this way and then sculpt your bag out.. or you can decide to come back to the first foundation row and work shells for the other side of your bag from this row again - so that the shells face the same direction.. as usual.. decisions.. decisions.. !! :)

free crochet clutch purse pattern

  
Fasten off and weave in ends.

For lining , making an I-cord for the bag and zipper ideas, please check the top of this blog.

free crochet clutch purse pattern

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