Saturday, 1 July 2017

Flower Crop Top

I designed this crop top for the gal who is not afraid of a little bit of risk! Yes it is "slightly" revealing, but hey if ya got the balls, why not?!


I used a Dk (light worsted or weight 3) cotton yarn. I'm nearly sure I used Sirdar. I also used a size 4mm crochet hook.

To make the cups:

Make 12 double crochets into a magic ring. Slip stitch into the first double crochet you made.

Chain 5, skip 1st chain and single crochet into the remaining 4 chains. Slip stitch into the next stitch. Repeat all the way around. and close with a slip stitch to the last stitch. You should end up with 12 petals.
Cut the yarn and fasten off.

Attach your yarn to the top of any petal with a slip stitch. Make 2 single crochets at the very top of the petal.

*Chain 3 and move onto the next petal. Make 2 single crochets on the top of this petal.* Repeat from * to * all the way around. When you have finished with your last petal make a chain 3 and then slip stitch into the very first single crochet that you made at the beginning of the round.

Chain 1, single crochet into the same space, single crochet into the next stitch, then make 3 single crochets into the chain 3 space. Repeat all this all the way around making sure to single crochet into the 2 single crochets at the top of the petals and make 3 single crochets into the chain 3 spaces. At the end of this round make a slip stitch to the first single crochet of the round.


Chain 2 (not counted as the first double crochet). Make a double crochet into the same space. Make 1 double crochet into the next 4 stitches.
then make 1 half double crochet into the next stitch,
then make 1 single crochet into the next 8 stitches
then 1 half double crochet into the next stitch,
then make 1 double crochet into the next 5 stitches, chain 3,
** then make 1 double crochet into the next 5 stitches,
then make 1 half double crochet into the next stitch,
then make 1 single crochet into the next 8 stitches,
then make 1 half double crochet into the next stitch,
then make 1 double crochet into the next 5 stitches, chain 3**. Repeat from ** one more time. Slip stitch to the very first stitch you made at the start of the round.

Chain 2 and double crochet all your way around to the next chain 3 space. In this space make (3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet). Continue making a double crochet into each stitch around making sure you (3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet) into the two remaining chain 3 spaces. When you reach the end of the round make a slip stitch into the first stitch that you made at the beginning of the round.

If you want the cups bigger repeat the last round until it fits.

Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in all ends. Go ahead and make your second cup in the same way.

The body of the top:

With a new piece of yarn chain 20. With the wrong side of the cup facing you and working on the bottom edge, attach your chain 20 with a double crochet to the corner chain 2 space. Double crochet all the way across the bottom edge of the cup making sure to put your last double crochet into the corner chain 2 space.

Attach to the second cup by making a double crochet into the corner chain 2 space (making sure the second cup is also wrong side facing. Double crochet all the way across this cup making sure the last double crochet is made in the corner chain 2 space.

With yarn still attached chain 22. Double crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Double crochet all the way across the bottom edge of the top and also into the chain 20 on the other side.

Chain 2, turn and double crochet all the way across. Repeat the row until you have reached your preferred length of top. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in all ends.


The space between the two cups was a bit too far apart for my liking so what I did was cut a very long piece of my yarn and weave in through the two cups like so in the picture above.

For the straps I just chained 100-110 and single crocheted to the chain 2 space on the peak of the cups.

Then attach yarn to a corner on the body part of the top and chain 150. Repeat this for the three remaining corners.

You're now finished. Enjoy xx

Monday, 12 June 2017

Sunburst Festival Top

Sunburst granny square are by far my favourite. I love the design, the endless colour combinations, and the simplicity of these little squares. You all know my love for designing crop tops, so why not combine my two loves together! The final outcome was this colourful sunburst festival lace up crop top (hmm that was a mouthful!)

 
The yarn I used was quite fine. I found it at my local Soestrene Grene store and each 50g ball was less than 2 Euros!!! I would say its a weight 2 yarn (fingering) and the hook I used was a size 3mm.

Notes:

puff stitch: *yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, draw up a loop* three times. You will end up with                      7 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Chain 1 to close.

cluster stitch: *yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2                                loops* 4 times. You will end up with 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pill through                          all loops on hook.

treble stitch:   yarn over hook twice, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over and draw up loop (4 loops on                           hook). Pull yarn through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2                         loops (2 loops left on hook). Yarn over and draw through the last 2 loops on hook.


To make the sunburst granny square:

Start off by making a magic circle, then chain 3 (counts as the first double crochet).
Make 15 double crochets into the circle. You will have 16 double crochets at the end of this round. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Attach new colour with a slip stitch to any double crochet. Chain 1 and puff stitch into the same stitch and in every double crochet around. Join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch. Fasten off. You should have 16 puffs by the end of this round.

Attach next colour to any chain 1 space then chain 2. In the same space make (cluster stitch, chain 2) in the same space and in every chain 1 space around. Join with a slip stitch to the first cluster stitch. Fasten off.

Attach your new colour to any chain 2 space with a slip stitch. Chain 4 (acts as the first treble stitch). Make 2 trebles into the same stitch

*3 double crochets into the next chain 2 space, then make 3 half double crochets into the next chain 2 space, then 3 double crochets into the following chain 2 space.

Make 3 treble stitches into the next chain 2 space, chain 3 and make another 3 treble stitches all in the same space. This is your first corner completed!* Repeat from * to * two more times.

When you reach your last corner make 3 treble stitches into the same space as the beginning treble stitches, then chain 3 and join with a slip stitch to the beginning chain 4. Fasten off.

Next I attached white yarn to the chain 3 space (the corner), chain 3 (acts as the first double crochet). Make 2 more double crochets into the same space. Make double crochets all the way up along the side of the square. When you reach a corner, make 3 double crochets into the chain 3 space, then chain 2 and make another 3 double crochets into the same space. Repeat this pattern all the way around the square until you reach the last corner. Here you make 3 double crochets, then chain 2 and slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 you made at the beginning of the round. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in any loose ends.

Assembling the top:

So the size top I made in the above photo will fit an extra small, maybe even a small. I made a total of 14 squares. Firstly I single crocheted on side of two squares together (making sure the right sides were facing each other. I continued single crocheting squares together until I had a strip of 7 squares in total.
Then I made another strip of 7 squares. When I had my two strips finished I single crocheted the two strips together. If you want the top to have more coverage (closer in length to you belly button I would suggest making another strip)

When all my strips were crocheted together I attached my white yarn to one of the chain 2 spaces of one of the squares on the short side of the top. I chained 3 and double crocheted down the short side. I did a total of 2 rows of double crochet. (if you need more coverage here just add another row or two of double crochets.



Next I wanted to make holes so I could lace the top closed like a corset. So I just chained 5, skipped the next 2 stitches, and double crocheted in the next stitch. *Chain 2, skip two stitches and double crochet into the next stitch*. Repeat to end.
To make these holes a bit more sturdier I just chained 1 and made 2 single crochets into each chain 2 space and a single crochet into the top of every double crochet from the previous round. Repeat this for the other short side. I continued with single crochet all the way around the top to give it a clean edge. Then I fastened off.

I then grabbed two strands of my white yarn held together and made a really long chain. I made about 200-250 chains. Finally I made two tassels and attached them to each end of the long chain. Then I weave this chain through the holes and tied it closed. 

Hope you all enjoy making this top. xx




Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Sophia Crop Top

Hi everyone! Boy it's been forever since my last post, and for that I feel really bad. But today I have this beautiful crop top for you all to make. I named it the "Sophia" after my daughter, beautiful and elegant.


So, for this crop top I used a 5mm crochet hook and a weight 4 yarn.

Notes:

Picot = chain 3, then slip stitch into the bottom chain (the first chain you made)

The cups:


Start by making a chain of 10.

Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook and continue down the chain in single crochet until you reach the 2nd last chain. Make 3 single crochets in the last chain.

Turn your piece upside down so you are working on the opposite side of the chain. Single crochet to the end. Turn.

Chain 1 and single crochet until you reach the middle stitch of the 3 single crochets you made in the previous row. In this stitch make 3 more single crochets. Continue down the side of your piece making 1 single crochet into each stitch.

Repeat the last row until the cup is big enough to cover your breast.

Cup edging:

With your yarn still attached, chain 3, skip next stitch, double crochet into the following. Repeat this pattern all the way around the cup.

For the next row, [(1 single crochet, picot, 1 single crochet) into the first ch1-space. Then single crochet into the following ch1-space]. Repeat until you reach the top of the cup. In the ch1-space at the "peak" of the cup make 2 single crochets, chain 60, slip stitch along this chain then make another 2 single crochets into the same ch1-space.

Single crochet into the next ch1-space.

[(1 single crochet, picot, 1 single crochet) into the next ch1-space. The single crochet into the following ch1-space] Repeat to the end.

Bottom edge of cup:

Turn the cup so the bottom edge is facing you. Chain 1 and make 2 single crochets into the "edge of the box". Then single crochet all the way across the bottom edge of cup. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Obviously you make another cup in the very same way! Put both cups to one side for later.

Main body:

Chain 82.
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet all the way across the chain. Turn.

Chain 2, **skip next single crochet, single crochet in the following**. Repeat from ** to the end.

Chain 3, make 1 double crochet into next stitch. **Chain 1, skip 1, the make 1 double crochet into the next 4 stitches.

Then chain 1, skip 1, and make 1 double crochet into the next 3 stitches**.

Repeat from ** to ** until you are left with 2 stitches. Skip next stitch and make 2 double crochets into the last stitch. Turn.

Chain 1, in same stitch make 1 single crochet, then chain 5, skip next double crochet and  single crochet into the next double crochet.
Chain 5, skip 2 double crochets, and in the 3rd double crochet make 1 single crochet.
**Chain 5, skip 1 double crochet, single crochet into the next.
Chain 5, skip 1 double crochet, single crochet into the next
Chain 5, skip 2 double crochet, single crochet into the next**
Repeat from ** to ** until you reach the end.

Next row:

Chain 4, make 1 single crochet into the first ch5-space. In the next ch5-space make 1 double crochet, chain 3, the slip stitch into the 1st chain. Repeat this 3 more times into the same space. Then make a double crochet ( still in the same ch5-space).

**Make 1 single crochet into the next ch5-space. Chain 2 and make 1 single crochet into the next ch5-space.

(Make 1 double crochet, chain 3, slip stitch into the 1st chain). Repeat 3 more times into the same space, then make 1 double crochet (also in the same space).**. Repeat from ** to ** until you reach the last ch5-space.

In the last ch5-space make 1 single crochet, then ch1, then make 1 double crochet into the single crochet from the previous row.

With your yarn still attached, make a chain of 60-70. Slip stitch all the way along this chain. Cut yarn and fasten off. Attach the yarn on to the other side and make another chain of 60-70, slip stitch along that, cut yarn and fasten off.

Weave in all the ends.

Now fold the piece in half to find the centre. Place a stitch marker there. Grab one of your cups and slip stitch it to one side of the stitch marker and do the same with the second cups but on the other side of the stitch marker.

To make the tie on the front all I did was make a chain of 60 and weave it through the "boxes of the cups and attached tassels on each end of the chain.

And that's it. You are good to go!







Monday, 27 March 2017

Retro Off The Shoulder Crop Top

My love for off shoulder crop tops is growing day by day. There are just so many ways to make them. So what do you all think about incorporating the granny stitch into one? I love this idea! There are endless colour combinations you could stitch together, the thoughts of it is literally making me salivate at the mouth!
Looking at the picture below any novice crochet lover might think making this top will be a challenge but really it isn't. It's quite a repetitive pattern, and no crazy out of this world stitches are needed for the making!


Right let's get the show on the road! For this project I used a 4mm crochet hook and a DK yarn also known as light worsted or 8 ply or a weight 3 yarn. When I first made this top I used a regular worsted/aran yarn but it came out slightly heavy for my liking.

The instructions here will fit a small to medium size.

NOTE:

If you want to customise this top to your own body shape just chain multiples of 3 plus 2. Make sure that when you are finished with your chain that it doesn't wrap completely around your bust area. There must be a gap of about 4-5 inches.

Chain 107

Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet to the end of the row. Chain 3, turn.

Double crochet in the same stitch as your chain 3. Skip 2 stitches then make 3 double crochets in the next stitch. Continue across the row skipping 2 stitches between each 3 double crochet cluster. The row will end with 2 double crochets in the last stitch ( because you started with 2 double crochet). Chain 3 and turn.

For the next row you don't make a double crochet in the same stitch as your chain 3. Instead you move along and make a 3 double crochet cluster in the next gap. Continue across the row ending with 1 double crochet in the top of the last double crochet from the previous row.

** If you begin your row with 2 double crochets (the chain 3 and double crochet in same stitch) you end that row with 2 double crochets in the last stitch.

** If you begin your row with just a chain 3 you end that row with just 1 double crochet in the last stitch

Alternate between these last two rows until you have reached your desired length.

For the final row of the main part of the top do chain 1 and single crochet across the row. DO NOT CUT YARN. Chain 2 and double crochet evenly across the short side of the top. Repeat this row one more time. If you need more coverage add more rows of plain double crochets.

Chain 5 and  skip 2 stitches. Double crochet into the next stitch. *Skip 2 stitches and double crochet into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. Fasten off .

Repeat for the other side making sure you have the same number of stitches as the other side. 

Cuffs:
Make 2 of these!

Make a chain long enough to wrap around the upper part of your arm. Make sure your number of stitches are multiples of 3 plus 2.

Single crochet into  the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet to the end of the row. Chain 3 and turn.

Double crochet into the same stitch as your chain 3. Skip 2 stitches and make 3 double crochets into the next stitch. Continue across the row by skipping 2 stitches and making 3 double crochets into the next stitch. This row will end with 2 double crochets in the last stitch (because you began your row with 2 double crochets). Chain 3 and turn

For the next row you don't make a double crochet in the same stitch as your chain 3. Instead you move along and make a 3 double crochet cluster in the next gap. Continue across the row ending with 1 double crochet in the top of the last double crochet from the previous row.

** If you begin your row with 2 double crochets (the chain 3 and double crochet in same stitch) you end that row with 2 double crochets in the last stitch.

** If you begin your row with just a chain 3 you end that row with just 1 double crochet in the last stitch.
Alternate between these last two rows until you have reached your desired length. I did 6 rows of the clusters.

Chain 1 and single crochet to the end of the row. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Turn to the wrong side and either sew or slip stitch the two ends together.
Attach yarn to the edge of the cuff where the seam begins. Make a chain of 7-8. Now you should wrap the top around your body and take notice where your armpits are lying. This is where you attach the end of your chain that's on your cuff. To attach it just make a slip stitch to the edge of the top and secure further with a yarn needle. Repeat for the other cuff. 

The Lace Tie:

Make a chain of 300-400 and weave through the little “boxes” on the front of the top

You are now free to conquer the world with your new crop top. Play around with different colours. For my top and did two rows of the same color etc.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Summer Hippie Headband

Hey guys and dolls! Today I have a super easy pattern for you all to follow along with. Easily customisable to fit a baby, toddler, child or an adult. It's even perfect for the beginner crochet lover.


So, all you need for this little treasure is a 4mm crochet hook and scraps of worsted yarn. 

Chain 4.
Then make 2 double crochets into the 3rd chain from the hook. Chain 2, then make 3 double crochets into the last stitch. Turn.

Chain 2, then make 3 double crochets into the chain 2 space in the previous row. Chain 2, then make another 3 double crochets into the same chain 2 space. Turn.

Repeat this last row until you have made the headband long enough to wrap around your head.

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Sew the two ends together.



Enjoy xx


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Off The Shoulder Crop Top

Hey guys and dolls! Today I'm so excited to be sharing this amazing off the shoulder crop top pattern with you all. These guys are trending like crazy at the moment but so far I've not seen any patterns for them....until now!!



Ok so let's get into it. For this top I used a 4mm crochet hook and a cotton worsted weight yarn (size 4). The instructions provided in this pattern will fit a size small to medium. To make bigger just increase your foundation chain by 4-5 stitches.

Begin by chaining 103. (If you are beginning your chain with a different number make sure it's an odd number)

1st row: Double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook. Double crochet to the end of the row. Turn. Ch 3.

2nd row: Double crochet into each stitch to end. Turn. Ch 3.

3rd - 13th row: Continue each row by making a double crochet into each stitch across like previous rows.

14th row: Ch 5, skip 2 stitches, then double crochet into the next. *(Ch2, skip 2, double crochet into next to end)*. Repeat from * to * til you reach the end of the row. At the end of each row ch 2 and double crochet into the 3rd chain.

15th - 20th row: Repeat last row.

When you have finished your last row do not cut yarn. You will now be working up along the side of the top. Ch 3, double crochet into box. Move onto the next "box" and make 2 double crochets. Make 2 double crochets into each "box" until you have reached the edge of the double crochets. Here you will just put 1 double crochet all the way to the end. Turn. Ch 3.

Carry on with a further 2 more rows of plain double crochet. If you want more coverage in the "boob" area just add 1-2 more rows. Do not cut yarn.

Next we will be working on the holes where your strap will be weaved through to close your top.
Ch 5, skip 2, double crochet into the next. *(Ch 2, skip 2, double crochet in next stitch)*. Repeat from * to * to end.

Ch 1, then single crochet into each of the chains to end. Make sure to put single crochets into each of the chains in the ch 2-spaces and also into the top of the double crochets.

Fasten off.

Attach yarn to either corner end where the "boxes" are. Ch 3 and make 5 double crochets into the first "box". Then make a single crochet into the next "box". **Then make 6 double crochets into the next "box" and a single crochet into the next one**. Repeat from ** to ** until the end. This entire row will form the cluster stitch edging at the bottom of the top. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

For the sleeves:

Ch 51 (or any other number that makes a chain long enough to fit around your arm, just make sure it's an odd number).

Slip stitch to the first chain to form a circle.

Ch 3 and double crochet in each chain to the end. Slip stitch the the 3rd chain to close the round.
Make another two rounds of plain double crochet.

Ch 5, skip 2, double crochet into the next. *(Ch 2, skip 2, double crochet into the next)*. Repeat from * to * until the end. Slip stitch into the 3rd chain. Repeat this round once more.

Ch 3 and then make 5 double crochets into the 1st "box". Then single crochet once into the next "box". *(make 6 double crochets into the next "box" and 1 single crochet into the following "box")*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. In the last "box" just make a single crochet. Slip stitch to the 3rd chain.

Now your first sleeve is completed. Time to make one more!

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Next you are going to make a very long chain. I would suggest about 400-430 chains long. When you are finished weave this chain through the loops on each side of the top.

To figure out where to attach your sleeves put on the top and mark out where your armpits are. This is where you will attach your yarn again and make 6 chains. Grab a sleeve and slip stitch into the top of your sleeve. It doesn't really matter where on the sleeve you attach it as long as the cluster edge is facing downwards. Repeat this for the other sleeve.


So there you have it. Your very own crochet off the shoulder crop top. Omg these tops have got to be my new favourites. I think I'll make one in every colour....oh dear the obsession begins!!!



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Simple Summer Halter Top

 Hey guys and dolls! Sorry it has been an eternity since my last post but family life has once again got in the way. My boyfriend's dad has not been too well and on top of that we recently moved house. But I'm back again and I've lots and lots to share with you guys over the next few weeks.
 The weather here in |Ireland has been relentless it's literally beyond a joke at this stage! If I'm not mistaken I think it has rained every single day for the last two weeks. I WANT SUMMER NOW!!! So with that I've decided that my next few patterns will be summer related (YEAH!!), and to kick things off I have this super easy halter top.


I used a 5mm crochet hook and worsted yarn. If you are from the UK I would suggest using an aran weight or a slightly chunky yarn.

Instructions not shown for colour sequence

For small/medium size I made a chain of 57. If you want it slightly bigger increase your chain by 4 stitches.

After you have made a chain of 57, hdc into the 3rd chain from the hook. Hdc to the end of row. Turn and chain 2.

Hdc in every stitch across the row to the end. Turn and chain 2. Continue in this pattern until you have a total of 14 rows from the beginning.

Chain 2, hdc in the next stitch, then hdc2tog, then hdc until you reach the last 4 stitches of the row. Hdc2tog, the make 1 hdc into each of the last 2 stitches.

Repeat this last row until you have a total of 19 stitches.

Then to make the edges look little neater I made single crochets all the way around. I attached yarn on the top corner and made a chain of 80-100 and repeater for the other corner (these will be your shoulder straps).
For the back straps I again attached my yarn on one corner, made a chain of 100 and repeated for the other corner. For a little bit more security I make another strap just where the decreasing starts. I repeated that on the other side.