Tuesday, 26 February 2019

New website

Hey everyone. I just want to let you all know that you can find my new and updated website at  Crochet With Carrie I hope you will all join me there for lots of new patterns. Lots of love

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The Carolyn Cropped Top

Hi everyone and welcome back! Here I am again with another crop top pattern. As we are nearing ever so closer to fall/winter I want to start transitioning into more warmer garments so if there is anything you want to see me make please let me know. I have so many ideas for sweaters, hats, scarves etc. But in the meantime here is the pattern or the Carolyn Cropped Top.

free crochet pattern

Materials Needed:

weight 4 yarn
5 mm crochet hook
yarn needle


The Pattern:

Begin by making a chain that reaches from one shoulder to the other. For me that area measured 14 inches so I made a chain of 48, which will fit a size xs/s.

Half double crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Half double crochet to end of row. Turn.


Chain 1, (does not count as a stitch), half double crochet across the row to the end. Repeat this row as many times as you like. The more/less rows you do here determines the length of your top. This will be the part of the top from under your armhole to below your bust. I wanted a very cropped style of top so I did a total of 12 rows.

Next row: Slip stitch into the next 3 stitches. Chain 1, and half double crochet across the row until two stitches remain. Leave these two stitches unworked.

Next row: Chain 1, half double crochet across the row to the end. Repeat this row 10 more times.

Next row: Chain 1, hdc2tog, then half double crochet to end of row. Turn.

Next row: Chain 1, hdc2tog, then half double crochet to end of row. Turn.

Next row: Chain 1 and make 10 half double crochet. Leave remaining stitches unworked. This will be your shoulder strap. Repeat this row 11 more times. Cut yarn and fasten off. Then attach the yarn to the other side and make 10 half double crochet. Do another 11 rows. Cut yarn and fasten off.

You now have the back of the top made. Repeat this whole entire process once more for the front of the top.

When you have completed making both parts, lay the both pieces of top of each other and slip stitch the sides together leaving the armhole untouched. Then slip stitch the tops of the shoulders together. 

Turn your top inside out and attach the yarn to anywhere on the bottom edge of the top.

Chain 1, single crochet into same stitch, **chain 2, skip one stitch, single crochet into the next stitch.
Repeat from ** all the way around the bottom edge. Slip stitch to the first single crochet to close the round.

Chain 1, single crochet into same space, chain 3, slip stitch into the 1st chain you made (picot stitch), then single crochet into that same stitch. Then ***single crochet into the next chain 2 space, then (single crochet, chain 3, slip stitch into the 1st chain, single crochet) into the next chain 2 space. Repeat from *** to the end. Slip stitch into the first single crochet to close the round.

Attach your yarn anywhere in the armhole and single crochet all the way around to clean up the raw edges. Repeat on the other side.

Then attach yarn anywhere on the neckline and single crochet all the way around.

Weave in all the loose ends and you are now finished. You can follow my youtube video below for a more in depth tutorial.


Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Amelia Halter Top

Hey there my internet family! I'm so excited to share with you the newest pattern to my collection. I know I say "this is my favourite" for just about all my crop top patterns but this one will definitely remain close to my heart for a long time to come. I love the cluster stitching in the centre of the top and the beautiful picot edging throughout.

crochet crop top pattern

The yarn I used for this halter top was King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK. I can't stress enough how much I love this yarn. It's texture is so soft and the texture and the look of the stitches are simply stunning. So if you can get your hands on this yarn I totally recommend it.


Notes:

This pattern is in American crochet terms.
The following pattern gives instructions for an xs-s size. However, if you want to make it bigger make a chain long enough to reach from one side of the rib cage under your breasts to the other side of the rib cage. Make sure that number is divisible by 2, then add an extra 2 stitches to that number.


Materials Needed:

100g/ 252 yards of DK (weight 3) cotton yarn
3.5 mm crochet hook

Pattern:

Chain 82.

Double crochet into the 3rd stitch from the hook. Double crochet to the end. Turn. Now you will place a marker into the 41st stitch. You will now have 40 stitches each side of the marker.

Chain 2 (counts as the 1st double crochet) and double crochet 2 together (Dc2tog) and then double crochet until the 3rd stitch from the marker. You will have two stitches between the marker and the last worked double crochet.

Skip the next 2 stitches and place 3 double crochets into the stitch with the marker. Then chain 3 and place another 3 double crochets into the same stitch.

Skip the next 2 stitches and double crochet into the next. Double crochet across the remainder of the row until 3 stitches remain. Double crochet together (Dc2tog) over the next 2 stitches. Then double crochet into the last stitch (on top of the chain 2). Turn.

Chain 2 (counts as the 1st double crochet). Dc2tog. Then double crochet until you reach the stitch before the 1st cluster of 3 double crochets. Skip these 3 stitches and make (3dc, ch 3, 3dc) into the chain 3 space. Then skip the 2nd set of 3dc cluster and double crochet into the following stitch. Continue across the remainder of the row until you have 3 stitches remaining. Dc2tog. Then double crochet into the last stitch (on top of the chain 2. Turn.

Repeat the last row until you have a total of 30 rows from the very beginning.



Chain 1 and single crochet until you reach the stitch before the cluster. Make 3 single crochets into the chain 3 space. Skip the remainder of the cluster (the next 3 dc's) and single crochet into the following stitch. Single crochet across the remainder of the neck part.

Now the edging of the top:




Chain 1 and single crochet down the side of the top, across the bottom, up the other side and slip stitch into the chain 1 you began with on the neck part of the top.

Chain 1, single crochet into the next stitch, **chain 3, slip stitch into the 1st chain you made of that chain 3 (picot stitch created) skip the next single crochet, then single crochet into the following stitch.** Repeat from ** all the way around the top. Slip stitch into the chain 1 you made at the beginning of the row.

With yarn still attached make a chain long enough for a neck strap. I did about 150 chains. Cut yarn and fasten off. Attach yarn on the other side and repeat the long chain for the second neck strap. Then attach yarn on the bottom corner of the top and make a chain of 200-250. Fasten off and repeat on the other side.

Check out the youtube video for a step by step tutorial


Weave in any ends you may have and you are done. I hope you enjoy making this top. I would love to see all your creations on Instagram. Just search for @hey_carriex.






Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Crochet Mesh Detail Halter Top


Hey everyone! Welcome once again to my little part of the world wide web! I'm so excited to share with you this centre mesh detail halter top pattern. It's super easy to follow and would even suit a beginner crochet lover.
When I made this top I used a very lightweight yarn (weight 2 or fingering) but if I were to go back in time I would definitely choose a weight 3 or dk yarn. I just found the lighter weight yarn to not have as much support. For reference I used Anna and Clara's fingering weight cotton.

You can find the youtube tutorial here

Materials needed:
Any weight 3 cotton yarn.
3mm crochet hook.

Notes:

The crochet terms used in this pattern and all my other patterns are in American crochet terms.

This pattern will fit a size small/medium. If you want to make the halter top bigger/smaller just make a chain long enough to reach from one side of torso to the other side. Make sure that number is divisible by 2 and then add an extra 2 chains.

Crochet mesh crop top pattern

The Pattern:

Chain 78. Double crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook. Double crochet to end of row. Turn. Place marker in the 39th stitch. This is your centre stitch so whatever length of chain you made as your foundation divide that number by 2 and add an extra stitch for the centre.

Chain 2 (counts as 1st double crochet), then double crochet into the next 32 stitches. If you have a different number to begin with just make sure there are 5 unworked stitches between the stitch marker and the last double crochet worked. Refer to the photo below



Next you (ch1, skip 1, dc into the next) 6 times. You will now have 6 boxes.


Continue with regular double crochets to the end of the row. Turn.

Chain 2, double crochet until you reach the double crochet before the 1st box. (Chain 1, then double crochet on top of the double crochet from previous row) 6 times. Double crochet to the end of the row. Turn. Repeat this row until you have a total of 10 rows.



Chain 2, the dc2tog, then double crochet until you reach the double crochet before the box. (ch1, then double crochet on top the double crochet from the previous row) 6 times. Then continue with your regular double crochets until 3 stitches remain. Dc2tog, and double crochet into the last stitch (on top of the ch 2). Repeat this row 22 more times.

Now you are going to single crochet all the way around the top to clean up the edges.

For the straps, just attach yarn to one of the corners and chain 100-150. Repeat for the other three corners. 

Weave in any loose ends and you are now ready to go!

Crochet mesh halter top pattern

If you prefer to make this top I now have a video on Youtube showing you a step by step tutorial.

Crochet mesh halter top pattern

Monday, 15 January 2018

V Puff Stitch Beanie Hat

I'm so in love with this beanie. The textured stitches are practically jumping out of the hat, they are that amazing! This hat might seem a bit advanced the any novice crocheter but believe me when I say it’s quite easy once you get the hang of the endless yarn wraps involved in creating a puff stitch. Get past the first two rows and you will be doing it in your sleep.


So for this project you're going to need weight 4 (worsted/aran yarn). I used just under 100g and a 6mm crochet hook.

This pattern is written in American crochet terms

Puff stitch: yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over, draw up loop, yarn over, insert hook into same stitch again, yarn over, draw up loop, yarn over, insert hook into same stitch again, yarn over, draw up loop. you now have 7 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through all 7 loops. 

We are going to begin with the band of the hat so:

Chain 9
Row 1: Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, then single crochet to end of row, chain 1, turn.
Row 2: Single crochet in back loop only to end of row, chain 1, turn.
Row 3-64: Repeat row 2.

When you have your last row of the band completed it is now time to slip stitch the two ends together.

Now turn the band inside out so the seam of the band is in the inside. 

Chain 1 and make 64 single crochets evenly around the band. At the end of this round slip stitch to the first single crochet to close the round.

For the next round you are not going to chain 1. Instead you are going to make your first puff stitch directly into the next stitch. Chain 1, then make another puff stitch into the same stitch, chain 1. This is your first v puff made.
*Skip 3 stitches, then v puff into the next stitch.* Repeat until you reach your last two stitches. Skip those two stitches and slip stitch into the top of the very first puff stitch you made. At the end of this round and every other round you should have 3 puff stitches.

For the next round: make your first puff in the middle of the next two puffs (in the chain 1 space between the two puffs of the previous round). Then chain 1 and make another puff stitch into the same space.
**Chain 1 and then move directly into the middle of the next v puff from the previous round. Here you will do the same thing...puff stitch, chain 1, puff stitch in same space** 

When you have your last v puff stitch made, chain 1 and slip stitch into the top of the first puff stitch of that round.

Repeat the last round until you have a total 13 rounds of v puffs. If you want your hat more fitted do less rounds or do more rows if you want a slouchier hat.


Now for the decreasing rounds:
Next you are going to make one puff stitch in the middle of the v puff from previous round. **Chain 1 and move onto the middle of the next v puff where you will again make just one puff stitch.** Continue like this until the end of the round. Chain 1 and slip stitch into the top of the puff stitch from the previous round.

Next round: Chain 1 and make a single crochet into each chain 1 space around to the end of the round. Slip stitch to the first single crochet of that round.

Next round: Chain 1, then single crochet two together (sctog) all the way around to the end. Slip stitch to the first single crochet of that round to close.

Cut the yarn leaving a long tail and weave the tail in through the remaining stitches. Pull to close the hole and secure the tail with a sewing needle.

And you are now finished making your beanie. Add a faux fur pom or make your own pom using same colored yarn or even try a contrasting color.



Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Knit Animal Print Beanie Hat

Ok, my knit beanie obsession continues! I just can't stop. Two patterns in three days! Wow I'm on a roll. So, the other day I was in my local Aldi and discovered a bunch of super chunky yarn in an array of color so naturally I couldn't resist. To be honest I think I bought the lot! The second I came home I wanted to knit and design another beanie hat and so I got thinking. ANIMAL PRINT! Why not create a super chunky beanie with super cool animal print, and here it is.


Here's what you need:

Super Bulky yarn
7 mm circular needle (16") or double pointed needles.
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker.



Start of with your contrasting color (CC). In this case I've used dark blue.
Cast on 50 stitches.
Begin with knit 1, purl 1 ribbing. Continue in this pattern until you have 9 rows completed.

From now on we will be working the main part of the hat (the animal print. You can work off the chart below or simply read the instructions. If reading off the chart remember to begin at the very bottom right hand corner and making your way across towards the left. Every round begins on the right.



Round 1: Attach your main color (MC) which in this case is light grey.
(K1MC, K2CC, K4MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 2: (K4MC, K2CC, K2MC, K2CC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 3: (K1MC, K2CC, K1MC, K1CC, K5MC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 4: (K1MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K2MC, K3CC, K1MC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 5: (K2MC, K2CC, K2MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K1MC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 6: (K6MC, K2CC, K2MC) 5 times to end of the round.

Round 7: (K2CC, K1MC, K2CC, K4MC, K1CC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 8: (K1MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K3MC, K1CC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 9: (K2CC, K3MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K2MC) 5 times to end of the round.

Round 10: (K4MC, K1CC, K2MC, K2CC, K1MC) 5 times to end of the round.

Round 11: (K1MC, K2CC, K7MC) 5 times to end of the round.

Round 12: (K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K2MC, K1CC, K1MC, K2CC, K1MC) 5 times to end of round.

Continue now with your main color.

For the next 3 rounds you will be decreasing for the crown. K2tog to the end of the round (x3).

Cut your yarn leaving a long tail. Thread it onto a yarn needle and weave through your remaining stitches. Secure the yarn with a stitch or two in the inside of the hat.
Now all you have to do is add a pom pom and you are ready to go.

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Lara Knit Beanie

I've recently taken up knitting again and I'm completely obsessed! Long before crochet came into my life I remember being about nine years old learning knitting in primary school. Back then the nuns ruled most schools while "regular" teachers were few and far between. I remember I absolutely hated knitting! Basics such as casting on was an unbearable task altogether. Nothing about the craft stuck to me whatsoever. I suppose having a stiff lipped ogre of a nun luring over your shoulder shouting, "it's like pulling teeth trying to teach you". Oh the memories! Fast forward a few years and while in the comfort of my own home I self taught within a day. But somehow over the years I discovered crochet and dropped knitting. I had forgotten how much I love knitting. I love the textures of all the different stitches, something crocheting just doesn't live up to. Anyways, I'm rambling on quite a bit now. Fall has definitely arrived here in Ireland and I really couldn't be happier. It is after all BEANIE SEASON!! Here's how I made this simple knit beanie.




Materials:

Super Bulky yarn
7 mm circular needles (16") or double pointed needles.
A stitch marker
Tapestry needle.


Cast on 50 stitches.

You will be starting with the band of your beanie so begin with your knit 1, purl 1 ribbing. Continue until you have completed 9 rows.

Row 10 - 34  Continue in stocking stitch. If you want a slouchier hat simply add more rounds.

Row 35- 37 Knit 2 together all the way around to the end of the round.

Cut your yarn leaving a long tail. Thread your yarn on to a tapestry/yarn needle and weave through the remaining stitches. Pull tight to close the top of the hat and secure the end of the tail in the inside of the hat. Weave in all ends. Add a pom pom if desired.

Your hat is now complete. In the photo above I made the beanie in 3/4 burgundy and 1/4 cream but of course any color way will be perfect.