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.

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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.