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 and double crochet across the row to the end. Turn.

Chain 3, skip next stitch, double crochet into the following. *Ch1, skip 1, dc into the next*. Repeat from * to *

Chain 2, *double crochet into the ch1-space, double crochet into the double crochet from the previous row.* Repeat from * to * to the end

Chain 3, make 1 double crochet into the same space. **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!