Year of the CALs: Lacy Victorian Fingerless Gloves

I can strike one to-learn item off my list: gloves!

Ok, so they’re fingerless gloves, and I still have to tackle gloves with fingers, but I have a better idea now of what it entails.

This pattern has been on my to-do list for a while. Each year, I try to learn something new, whether it’s a new stitch, a new pattern, a new item … I saw this pattern and saved it for the future, until I saw it again chosen as a featured CAL in one of the crochet forums. Great!

This is the finished pair, complete with the beads. The cuff could be a little longer, but since I was tweaking the pattern again to account for the change in yarn weight, it’ll do for now.

Finished pair

This is the first pair that I started with. However, it was spiraling, and steam-blocking helped un-spiral it a bit. But I was also running out of the purple yarn, so I added the grey to finish it off.

I decided to continue with the cream-white pair instead. It wasn’t spiraling as much, and I knew that I had enough yarn to finish it.

Beginning of the cuff

Working on CALs reminded me again why I didn’t join or work on it the same time it was going on. I get impatient for the next part of the pattern to come out. Or I’m pressured to keep up with the pattern, because I don’t want to fall too far behind.

Full cuff done

Working on it during the holiday period probably helped with the CAL as well. It ended just before the Christmas weekend, so I had it in mind that perhaps I could gift this once finished. And so I endured waiting for the next bit of the pattern … until the week before the last part was due to come out …

I finished glove part in good time … but then I had to wait almost a week before the last part would come out. I thought about trying to construct the last part from the photos, but decided to just wait until the pattern came out.

Finished glove, before adding the beads

And by the time the last part came out, I had moved on to other things … I finished the glove after the holiday season …

And the purple pair? Well, I thought I could work on it while waiting for the last part of the pattern. This is as far as I got … Again, I think the cuff should be longer … I’m contemplating frogging it and starting over … Or just frog it and start a new pair in a new colour and yarn …

The Lacy Victorian Fingerless Gloves pattern by Esthermay Bentley-Goosen is available on Ravelry. Go and check it out – it really is a beautiful and well-written pattern, and you will enjoy making the gloves.

Fruity Pebbles Dress

I was so excited to start something with this yarn last year … But it’s been starts and froggings, and the yarn was getting frayed.

With one skein of yarn, I usually look for knit projects, because for me, knitting takes up less yarn.  And with one skein of yarn, there’s more chance that it’ll be a decent-sized project.

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None of the projects I started was looking like anything I wanted to continue with So I decided to make a toddler dress.  I figured there would be enough yarn for that, even if it was crocheted.

I followed a basic pattern, crocheted from the top down.  I made a few notes here and there as I worked on it, so hopefully now that I’m putting it together, it’ll make sense.  Because of the colours, the boys have named it the “Fruity Pebbles Dress”.

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Fruity Pebbles Dress

Yarn:  fingering weight
Hook:  E4/3.50mm
Other notions:  stitch markers
Abbreviations:  ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
slst = slip stitch
st = stitch
trc = triple crochet

This pattern will fit from newborn to 6 months.

** Note:   This pattern has not been tested by others.  The pattern is based off my notes and what I did.  If you find something that does not work, please do let me know.

Set-up round:  Ch 50;  join to make a circle, making sure that it does not twist. Alternatively, you can ch 50, ch 1 and start from Rnd 1.
Rnd 1:  sc around; slst to first sc;
Rnd 2: (Filet stitch) ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), sk next st, dc in next st, ch1.  *Sk next st, dc in next st, ch1*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Slst to third ch of the first ch-4.
Rnd 3:  ch 1, sc in same st.  Sc in next st, around.  Slst to beginning sc.
Rnd 4:  Repeat Rnds 2 and 3
Rnd 6:  (V-stitch round)  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same stitch.  *Sk 2 st, v-stitch in the ch-1 sp of the v-stitch below.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 7:  Sl st to ch-1 space.  Ch 4, dc in same stitch. Sk 2 ch, v-stitch in ch-1 sp.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 8: (increase row)  Sl to ch-1 space.  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same space.  *Ch 1, sk 2 st, v-stitch in ch-1 sp.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 9:  Repeat Rnd 8
Rnd 10:  (increase row)  Sl to ch-1 space.  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same space.  *Ch 2, sk 2 st, v-stitch in next st.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 11:  Repeat Rnd 10
Rnd 12: (increase row)  Sl to ch-1 space.  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same space.  *Ch 3, sk 2 st, v-stitch in next st.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 13:  Repeat Rnd 11 and 12 two times, or until width measures 20 inches or to desired width.
Rnd 17 -18:  Slst to ch-1 space.  Ch 4, dc in same space.  *Sk next st, v-stitch in ch-1 sp.* Repeat from * to * around.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.

Shape armholes: 
Lay piece out flat.  From the outside edge of left side, count 12 v-stitches in.

Adjust the piece so that the circle join (with the live working yarn)  is under the armhole. Place a stitch marker through both sides of the piece.  Make sure that there are also 12 v-stitches on the other side.  There should be a total of 24 v-stitches loose, to shape the armhole.
Repeat on right side.

Picking up the yarn from under the armpit join, continue the pattern to form the body of the dress.  You will be crocheting in the round from one marker to the next, and around to the starting point.

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Rnd 16 – 17:  Repeat Rnd 12 (increase row).
Rnd 18:  (shell stitch row)  Ch 1, sc in same stitch.  *Skip 2 stitches, 5 trc in next st.  Sk 2 stitches, sc in next st.*  Repeat from * to * around.  Slst to beginning sc.
Rnd 19:  Ch 4 .  2 trc in same st.  * Sc in third stitch of shell from round below.  5 trc in the sc from round below.*   Repeat from * to * to last stitch.  2 trc in the beginning sc.  Slst to top of first trc at beginning of row.
Next rounds:  repeat Rnd 18 and 19 to length desired.
Last row:  sc evenly around for the border.

Finishing:
Armholes:  attach yarn through a stitch at the bottom of the armhole that joins with the body.  You will be following the shell stitch pattern.

Round 1:  repeat Rnd 18 (shell stitch row).
Round 2:  repeat Rnd 19 (3 trc).
Repeat Rnds 18 and 19 twice.   Crochet additional rounds if you want to make the sleeves longer.
Last row:  Sc evenly around.  Fasten off.

Neck:  Attach yarn to the top of the shoulder. sc evenly around.  
Rnd 2: Crochet Moss stitch around the neck.  (ch 2, sk next st, sc in next st.  *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st.*  Repeat from * to * around.  Slst to beginning sc. 
If the neck is too wide or loose, add another round of moss stitch pattern.
Last row: sc in each stitch around.
Fasten off.

Border:  sc 2 round around the bottom of the dress.   Fasten off.

Block or steam slightly, stretching lightly to shape.

Hope you enjoy making the pattern.
** Note:   This pattern has not been tested by others.  The pattern is based off my notes and what I did.  If you find something that does not work, please do let me know.

My Summer Tunic Top

I got this beautiful silk-mix yarn a couple of years ago, from a destash group and started several projects and frogged it because I didn’t like the way it was turning out.

But after several froggings, the yarn was getting frayed and losing its luster.  So I decided that I had to start a project, and stick with it to the end.  Since summer was starting, I decided I should just make a blouse or top.  Then I won’t have to spend to get a new top, and I use up yarn from the stash, right? 🙂

I decided on a top-down crochet top, with the idea of a block of squares for the pattern.  I started with the basic circle, with increasing rounds.  The pattern stitch is just a round of sc, then a row of 2dc, ch 1, 2dc, around.  For the increase, I would ch2, instead of the ch 1.

And so I crocheted on, shaping the armholes, and then continuing the rounds for the body.  But then, it started to balloon out … I must have added a stitch somewhere.  Or maybe my tension changed … I wasn’t liking it …

And another round of frogging took place … 😦


A new issue of the Crochet magazine came out, with photos of summer tunics and tops.  I decided to follow a tunic pattern, instead of trying to come up with one.  I was a little concerned that I would run out of yarn – I had lost the labels for this yarn, and wouldn’t know where to get it.  Besides, it might be discontinued by now too.  But I went on, anyway.

I was liking the way this was turning out … no more frogging.

I shortened the length of the panels, eyeing the balls of yarn that I had left to work with.

With the two panels done, for the front and back, I only had 1 1/2 skeins of the yarn left for the sleeves.  More guessing games on the length of the sleeves, to make sure that I had enough yarn for both 😮  That’s why the labels all say to buy enough yarn for your project, right?

And the finished product … apologies for not so good pics, but I was excited to wear it, so I took a selfie.  Forgot that I could have asked somebody to take a pic of me, so maybe next time.

It didn’t turn out too bad.  I had about a half ball of yarn left-over too! 

The neckline is a bit too loose, so I’ll use that to tighten up and shape the neckline a bit. One sleeve edge is tighter than the other, but that should stretch out with use.  The horizontal rows didn’t match front and back, because when I was joining the panels, one panel was coming out longer than the other, even though they both had the same number of rows.  Don’t know why that was – maybe my tension changed again, or I was crocheting looser.  So when I was joining the panels, I was ‘decreasing’ one side, so that the bottom edges would match.  *sigh*  More lessons learned.

All in all, I’m quite happy with it 🙂

Looking Ahead to Summer

Spring is making half an appearance this year, so I’m skipping ahead to summer  🙂

Looking through my closet, I was thinking that I should update my wardrobe with a couple of new tops.  Except that I knew I wouldn’t have much time to go browsing the stores and aisles in the mall, and finances are kind of tight this year – very tight.  And the flashbulb went off in my head … why not crochet summer tops instead?  Surely I would find enough skeins of yarn in the stash for that … And crochet clothing is coming back into fashion, right?

Found crochet thread size 3 in the stash!  Can’t remember what I bought it for – maybe it was for a top that I was thinking of.  So I started with that, with a simple top-down pattern.  I kept thinking that this would be more suited for a beach cover-up, but we’ll see how that goes.  I’m kind of stuck at this point, at the moment … Not sure what to do next, but I’m probably just going to continue in the pattern.

Digging through the stash, I found this grey-white yarn that has also seen many starts and froggings.  Since I couldn’t find a pattern I liked that went with the yarn, I figured I might as well make this into another crochet top.  hmmm … except this is ruffling a bit much.  More adjusting to be , as this is going to end up big and fluffy on top … I hope I don’t have to frog again ….

And finally, another yarn that’s seen lots of starts and frogging.  The yarn was getting frayed, and a little washed out.  It had to be made into something.  Instead of crocheting top-down, these are front and back panels, that will joined at the shoulders and sides, and sleeves added.  It’s going to look kind of boxy, now that I’ve laid it out flat.  Next time, I’ll make it more fitted, or at least with a waistline.  Or maybe I should just follow patterns …


So that’s my obsession at the moment.  And then I’ll be ready for summer ….