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.

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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? ūüôā

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 … ūüė¶


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 ūüėģ  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 ūüôā

Looking Ahead to Summer

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

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 ….

 

Crafty Goals

And hello again!

How has summer been treating you?

Summers are always busy for us, with the kids off from school (and now it’s back-to-school planning and shopping) and soccer tournaments everywhere. ¬†But this year was unusually hectic, with an unexpected trip and a not-so-organized (them, not me!) soccer tournament across the country ūüė¶

I’m still in the doldrums and can’t get started on anything and I thought that I would have more time during the trips to work on yarny stuff – yeah, we know how that goes … ¬†I’ve been posting quick posts instead on Facebook and Instagram – yeah, the new technology for this year, thanks to Charisse – but sometimes, it’s good to sit and write a proper post, right?

On the one hand, the beach cover-up/top that I made last year made it to the beach! ¬†yaaayyy! ¬†It’s a bit big for me, but it doesn’t look bad here, does it?

And since I was surfing the world web forever looking for a crochet boho/bohemian skirt, I decided I was going to make one this year … did I write about this already? Anyways, I started this back in June, ripped most of it off because it was starting to taper, instead of flaring out, and now that it’s fixed and flaring nicely, I now have to decide on making it a drawstring waist or garter waist …

I should hurry up and finish it before summer is over, so I can use it ! ¬†Yes! ¬†this weekend! ¬†That’s the crafty goal!

What’s your crafty goal for the weekend?

Have a good weekend, all!

 

 

Summer is Here! 

So you know what that means … beach! 

I was surfing again for more ideas for a beach cover-up, but I’m falling back to the ones that I found last year.  I usually go on a pattern obsession, until I get tired of the pattern, or I make a really nice piece from the pattern. Then it’s on to the next. ūüė¨

One thing I said I would do for this summer is a long skirt. So when I got the Ice yarn, I started on this. 


I was going to make another top, with the gradually changing colours. Then I changed my mind and decided the colour changes would look better on a skirt. 

So now, the waist (the white part) is about two inches wider than my waist, but I could always fix that with a drawstring or garter waist. 

And as usual, it started with a pattern, but now I’m just winging it with a combination of stitches. Looking like it’s getting narrower, so hoping that it will stretch after wet blocking it – wait, is that for the weaving projects? Either way, it’s going to be soaked and blocked after it’s done, so it can kind of fit me ūüėĎ


So that’s the project for the summer. I should be finishing this up soon, and will actually get to use it before summer is over. And I’m already looking for the next project  … maybe another beach top? ūüėĄ

What are you working on for the summer? 

Revisiting the Bucket List

Several years ago, I made a bucket list of what I wanted to make. ¬†The original post came up as a related post, so I decided to see what I’ve actually done. ¬†I could actually strike some items off the list – wow!

So, revising the bucket list …¬†Here is what was on my original bucket lists, and how I’ve done …

1) ¬†Entrelac ‚Äď learn how to knit and crochet entrelac correctly – nope, not yet. ¬†I’m still doing the biased basketweave pattern. ¬†Will remain on the list.

2)  Granny Squares with a Zigzag Twist Рnope, not yet.  Will remain on the list.

3)  Apache Teardrops Рnope.  Having second thoughts on whether I still like this.

4)  A hexagon project РYes !!!  The African Violets !  I still want to add to it, to make it bigger.

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5) ¬†The Cathedral Rose Window Afghan ‚Äď Stained Glass Afghan ‚Äď Kaleidoscope Afghan – Nope. ¬†Will remain on the list.

6) ¬†Kitchener stitch and seamless grafting – nope. ¬†I’ve sort of figured out a way to join seamlessly, but this will remain on the list.

7) ¬†A lacy beach coverup – yes ! ¬† Here’s the post ¬†and another one, if you want to read all about it.¬† ¬†And one already in progress ūüôā


8) ¬†A fine-lace/fingering weight project. Yes! ¬†I’ve worked more and more with fingering weight yarn. ¬†I do have hanks of lace in the stash, but haven’t started anything with that yet. ¬†And while this is not quite a fine lace project, there is ‘lace’ in the title – does that count? ¬†Hawaiian Lace and Busco Gancho Lace¬†


9) ¬†A Japanese pattern ‚Äď any pattern. ¬†Nope – will remain on the list.

10)  A woven blanket made with the Cricket loom.  Yes !!  And am planning on starting another one, before I forget how to use the loom and weave.  This 5-panel blanket had me woven out, after I finished working on it.

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11) ¬†Mandala Crochet Coat¬†– nope. ¬†But will definitely remain on the list, since I’m drawing a lot of mandalas, anyway. ¬†One of those designs will end up as a coat, since I now have the basics on how to crochet a coat or jacket ūüôā ¬†¬†Oh yes, although not a mandala, I did crochet¬†two coats last year! ¬†Yaaayyy!!

 

Not originally on the list, but I added ponchos to my mental list, even though I think at some point I said I wasn’t going to make those.


Surprisingly, I don’t have any new major thing to add … Just more ideas to make the same things with different yarns or patterns, like the coat, beach cover-ups, and woven blankets.

But the year is young … something may come up yet! ¬†ūüôā

Do you have a crafty bucket list?  How are you doing with it?

 

 

 

 

Pistachio Top

You may have seen this … I posted this on a couple of the crochet forums, and got several requests for the pattern. ¬†So while it’s still fresh in my mind, I’m writing it out.

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I didn’t follow any patterns for this … I kept seeing the pictures on Pinterest and Ravelry, etc of a nice, soft, comfy-looking, sweater with wide sleeves (paid pattern), ¬†so I decided to have a go with my own version. ¬†All respect to the designer of the paid pattern, but the photo inspired me to try my own version. ¬†Besides, I’ve been wanting to play with this Caron Cakes Pistachio since I bought it, but I actually held back until I cut down on some of the WIPs lying around ūüėČ ¬†See how good I was? ¬†:o)

So here is how I made this.   This is basically two rectangles, joined together at the top and bottom.  Bear in mind that this was all experimentation and lots of frogging took place.  Because of the yarn, I chose to crochet this length-wise, so that the stripes would be horizontal in the finished product, instead of vertical.  I was thinking that the colour changes would not be so noticeable.  To determine the length, I just started chaining, and then measured against my outstretched arms, from left wrist to right wrist.  To determine the width, I just measured myself from shoulder to waist, and crocheted rows until it measured the width that I liked.  The rectangles are crocheted from the bottom up.

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This was made with worsted weight (4) yarn, and using an H/5.0mm hook.

First panel

Set-up row:  Chain 200.  Turn.
Row 1:  ch 3; dc in next stitch and all stitches across.
(Ribbed portion)
Row 2:  ch 1; fpdc in first dc below; bpdc in next dc; fpdc in next dc.  Continue in pattern across to last stitch.  Turn.
Row 3:  ch 1; bpdc in first dc below; fpdc in next dc; bpdc in next dc.  Continue in pattern across to last stitch.  Turn.
Rows 4 Р6:  Repeat rows 2 and 3

From here on, I made a fpdc/bpdc border on both ends of the panel, with the pattern in the middle. ¬†This is referred to as ‘FPDC/BPDC border’ in the pattern.

FPDC/BPDC border:  (consisting of four stitches at beginning and end of the panel, resulting in a ribbed border).
When starting a row (FPDC/BPDC border start):  ch 1; fp/bp dc into the first dc; bp/fp dc in the second dc; fp/bp dc in the third dc; bp/fp dc in the fourth dc.

When finishing a row (FPDC/BPDC border finish):   crochet the pattern until the last four stitches remain.  On the fourth from the last stitch, fp/bp dc in the stitch; continue the pattern to the end of the row.
Row 7:  (filet stitch) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
*Ch 1; skip next dc; dc in next.*   Repeat * to * until the last four stitches.
fpdc in next st; bpdc in next st; fpdc in next dc; bpdc in next. (FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 8:  (staggered filet stitch) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
dc in ch-1 sp; *ch 1; dc in ch-1 sp.*  Repeat * to * until the last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 9:  (crossed dc row) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
Skip first ch-1 space;  dc in next ch-1 space; dc in skipped dc.  (Crossed dc made).  Continue across, until the last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 10:  Repeat Row 7 and 8 (filet stitch)

Row 12:  (solid row) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
dc in next dc; dc in ch-1 space.  Repeat across to last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish)  Turn.

Row 13:  (v-stitch) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
skip first dc; v-stitch in next dc.  Repeat across to last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 14:  Repeat Rows 7 and 8. (filet stitch)
Row 15:  Repeat Row 9 (crossed dc)
Row 16:  repeat Row 13 (v-stitch)
Row 17:  repeat Row 12 (solid row)

Continue with the pattern, or add your favourite stitch, remembering to finish and end with the FPDC/BPDC border.
When you have crocheted about 26 rows or width desired, finish with Row 12 (solid row).  Fasten off.

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Second panel:  follow instructions as for first panel.

Form shoulders:
When you have completed two panels, stretch or block lightly.  With two sides facing each other and starting from the end of the panel, measure 15 inches from the end for the left shoulder.  Place marker into both stitches.  Repeat for right shoulder.

Fold the rectangles in half, and make sure that both sides are symmetrical, and that there is enough space for a neckline.

Attach yarn to first stitch at end of panel, and sew left shoulder together, with slip stitch or whip stitch through both loops.  Fasten off.
Repeat for right shoulder.

Form bottom edge:
Measure 12 inches from the end for the left side.  Place marker into both stitches.  Repeat for right side.

Fold the rectangles in half, and make sure that both sides are symmetrical, and there is enough space for waist or hips.

Attach yarn to first stitch at end of panel, and sew left side together, starting from the first stitch at end of the panel, with slip stitch or whip stitch through both loops.  Fasten off.
Repeat for right shoulder.

Finishing:
For the neckline:  Attach yarn to one of the dc on one of the joining sides.
Round 1:  Ch 1, and continue the FP/BP DC pattern around.
Round 2:  ch 1, fp/bp dc two together (decrease).  Continue pattern to the next shoulder join.  fp/bp dc two together (decrease).  Continue pattern, sl st to first fp/bp dc.
Round 3:  ch 1, fp/bp dc in first stitch.  Continue pattern around.  Sl st to first fp/bp dc.
Round 4:  repeat round 2.
Round 5:  repeat Round 3.
Fasten off.

At this stage, the neckline is a wide, boat-style opening.
If you prefer a narrower neck opening, then repeat the decrease twice, and finish with a row of fpdc/bpdc with no decrease.

For the bottom edge:  turn the piece upside down.  Attach yarn to one of the dc on the sides.  Ch 1, and continue the FP/BP DC pattern around.  Crochet 5 rows around, or to desired length.

Weave in ends.  Stretch or block slightly.

Here is what the finished piece looks like, laid flat.

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You can see the two rectangles in the middle part, with the FP/BP DC border on the ends.  The neckline is on the top and the bottom waistline, with the 5-6 rows of ribbed FPDC/BPDC border pattern.
Depending on your preference, you can increase or decrease rows, so that you have a higher/narrower neckline and waist. ¬†Hope you’re all understanding what I mean, my vocabulary isn’t working well today ūüė¶

Please note – this pattern has not been tested by anybody else, and these are my notes on what I did. ¬†If you are going to crochet less than or more than 200 stitches, then you may need to adjust the pattern slightly. ¬†You may need to adjust anyway, from the pattern above, but hopefully not too much. ¬†If you have an extra stitch or two at the end of the row that will not complete the pattern, just dc into the remaining stitch(es) before the FP/BP DC border. ¬†That’s what I did, and it’s not noticeable, anyway ūüėČ

If you have any questions, just let me know, and I’ll try my best to re-construct what I did, so I can answer your questions ūüôā

Good luck and have fun!