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 🙂

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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 ….

 

Crochet Sightings

Crochet sighting on the streets.

I’m seeing more crochet vests (waist and knee-length) out on the streets.  This one was interesting because of the big circle on the back.  Maybe I can make something like this for me for next summer.

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I noticed the hat on this woman right away, it was so colourful.  It was a warm day, and this looked like wool.

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This isn’t really crochet – it just looks like it.  It’s a printed blouse, but the design reminded me of crocheted motifs.

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Crochet’s finally catching on in the fashion world!