Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Boho Crop Top

It's official! I'm addicted to making cute little crop tops. This weekend my entire time was taken up with designing and making these bad boys. Nobody in the house dared to speak to me, let alone look at me. I was in my own little world, and on a roll. I remember when I first started off crocheting and endlessly searching the Internet for some sort of pattern explaining how on earth a crop top was made. But honestly there were very few of them and the ones that were out there were not my cup of tea. So, eventually my crocheting skills got better and I was ready to design something. So here you are my Internet family, the pattern to one of the crop tops I just designed this weekend.


I used worsted weight yarn and a 5mm crochet hook.

The body of the top:

Make a chain long enough to go from one side of your rib cage to the other. For me it was 64 chains. This sizing will fit a small/medium. If you want it bigger just add more chains but make sure its in multiples of 8.

So for example purposes chain 64 and add another chain (this will be your turning chain. So all together you have 65 chains!

Row 1: 
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet all the way across to the end. Ch 2.

Row 2:
Half double crochet across the next row. Make sure to put your first hdc into the same stitch that the ch 2 is in.

Row 3:
Ch 4, skip 3 stitches. ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next stitch.
Ch 1, skip the next 3 stitches, 1 dc in the next.
**Ch 1, skip next 3 stitches, then ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next stitch.
Ch 1, skip next 3 stitches, and make 1 dc in the next stitch.**
Repeat from ** to ** until you reach the end of the row. When you arrive at the last stitch ch 1 and make 1 dc.

Row 4:
Ch 4, then work ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc ) into the ch 2 space of the shell from the previous round.
Ch 1 and make 1 dc into the dc of the previous round.
**Ch 1, then work ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc ) into the ch 2 space of the shell in the previous round.
Ch 1 and work 1 dc into the dc of the previous round.**
Repeat from ** to ** until you reach the end of the row but before you finish this row work 1 dc into the 3rd ch of the turning chain that you made at the beginning of the row.

Repeat row 3 and 4 until you have reach your desired length. I did four shell rows!


Now for the cups:

Ch 12
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook and all the way to the 2nd last stitch.
In the last stitch make 3 single crochets. Place a marker in the middle stitch.
Continue in single crochet across the opposite side of the chain and single crochet to the end.
Ch 1 and single crochet until you reach your marker. In this stitch make 3 single crochets.
Continue down the row in single crochet until the end.

Continue in this pattern until the cup is big enough to cover your boob always making sure to make 3 single crochets into the stitch that has the marker. The marker always goes into the middle stitch of the three. Fasten off and weave in the ends. Make another cup in the exact same way.

When both cups are made line them up with the body part of the top wrong sides together. Sew together.

Now all you have to do is join your yarn to the tops of the cups. I prefer to join my yarn in the middle stitch where the marker usually is. Make a chain long enough as this will be your shoulder strap. Do the same to the other cup.

For the back straps I just joined the yarn anywhere on the side of the body part and made a very long chain. Do the same for the other side.

Weave in all the ends and you are ready to go!

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial.

Lots of love
Carrie xx


Friday, 26 August 2016

Triangle Bikini Top

Who ever said the granny stitch was solely for blankets and throws?! I absolutely love the granny stitch but wanted to incorporate it into something a bit more modern other than a blanket or throw. I had came across a few granny triangle recently but most people seemed to only make banners or triangle scarves with them. Me being me had to be different of course! After about an hour of wrapping yarn around my hook I finally created this retro granny stitch bikini top. It is very easy to make and rather quick to whip up.




For this bikini I used a dk/8 ply yarn but a worsted weight yarn can also be used. I used a 4mm crochet hook.

Chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain you made to create a loop.

Chain 6 and 3 dc into the ring.

Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the ring.

Chain 3 and make 2 dc into the ring. Slip stitch into the third chain on your chain 6 that you began with. Fasten off and connect contrasting yarn to any chain 3 space.

Chain 6 and 3 dc into your chain 3 space. Chain 1 and 3 dc into the next ch space. 

Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the same space.

Chain 1 and 3 dc into the next ch space. Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the same space.
Chain 1 and 2 dc into the first chain space you started with. Slip stitch into the third chain. Fasten off and connect new yarn to any chain 3 space.

Chain 6 and 3 dc into the ch space. Chain 1.
3 dc into the next space. Chain 1
3 dc into the next space. Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the same space. Chain 1 
3 dc into the next space. Chain 1
3 dc into the next space. Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the same space. Chain 1
3 dc into the next space. Chain 1
2 dc into the next space and then slip stitch to the third chain. Fasten off and connect new yarn to any chain 3 space. 

Continue in this pattern until the triangle fits perfectly around you boob! Remember to make 3 dc, chain 3, 3 dc into each of the three corners of the triangle.

Then chain 3 and make 5 dc into the first chain 3 space. Slip stitch into the second dc.
Make 5 dc into the next chain 1 space. Then slip stitch into the second dc. Continue like this until you reach the next corner. Make 5 dc then slip stitch into the same space. Make another 5 dc into same space. Continue in pattern making sure that you make 5 dc, slip stitch, 5 dc into the next corner. When you reach the last corner make 5 dc and a slip stitch in the same space. Do NOT FASTEN OFF.
Make a long chain, long enough to act as shoulder straps. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Do the exact same thing for the second cup.

For the back strap make a very long chain (300/400 chains).

Weave this long chain through the bottom of the two triangles and enjoy!

The color combinations for this bikini are literally endless. Solid colors or lots of colors! The choice is completely up to you.


If you find it difficult to follow the written pattern, you can watch the video tutorial.

Happy hooking!!
Carrie xx

Monday, 22 August 2016

Third Eye Kitty Beanie

Here in Ireland summer has well and truly ended, not that it really began in the first place!! A week of sunshine is what we expect every year with temperatures reaching on average 22 degrees Celsius. It is now nearing the end of August and with that comes dull, foggy mornings with a slight chill in the air. So out came my yarn and hook and with those I created this third eye kitty beanie. I've definitely noticed these third eyes are becoming very fashionable recently but I've only ever seen them incorporated into summer fashion pieces. So, my dear friends here is the pattern for my third eye kitty beanie.


You will need:
worsted weight yarn
5mm crochet hook

For the beanie:

Make a chain long enough to go around your head. Slip stitch to the first chain to create a loop.

Chain 2, then make a half double crochet into the next stitch.

Continue in half double crochet until the end. DO NOT SLIP STITCH AT END. ROWS ARE CONTINUOUS.
Place marker.

Keep going in continuous rounds and in half double crochet throughout until the piece measures about 8 inches.
When you reach the end of the last round slip stitch into the next stitch.

Single crochet the top of the hat closed.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Turn hat inside out.

For the eye:

8 double crochet into magic ring.
Join new color before you finish the last double crochet.

Chain 2 and make 2 double crochet into each stitch. Join with slip stitch at end of round (24)

Chain 2. Make *1 double crochet in next stitch and 2 double crochet in the following*. Repeat from * to * until the end. Before you finish the last double crochet join the white yarn. Join with slip stitch.

Chain 1. Single crochet into the next two stitches. Half double crochet into the following and then make 2 double crochet into the next stitch.

Make a treble crochet and double treble crochet into the next stitch.

Make a double treble crochet and a treble crochet into the next stitch.

Then make 2 double crochet into the next stitch.

Half double crochet into the next stitch and then single crochet into the next six.

Make 2 double crochet into the next stitch.

Then make a treble crochet and a double treble crochet into the following stitch.

2 double crochet into the next stitch.

1 half double crochet into the next stitch.

Single crochet to end.
Slip stitch into the first single crochet of the round to close.

With some black yarn single crochet around the eye. When you reach the second double treble crochet make 3 single crochets. Continue in single crochet until you reach the fourth double treble crochet. Make 3 single crochets in that stitch. Single crochet to end of round and slip stitch to join.

Join new contrasting yarn.

Chain 1. Single crochet into same stitch. Chain 4. Slip stitch into the first chain of your chain 4.
Slip stitch into the next stitch.

*Single crochet into the following stitch. Then make 4 chains and slip stitch into the first chain of your chain 4. Slip stitch into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * until the end.
Join with a slip stitch to the chain 1 at the beginning of the row and finish off.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Sew eye onto beanie.

There you have it. Your very own third eye kitty beanie is now finished and ready to wear.
Enjoy!
Lots of love
Carrie xx