Thursday, 18 October 2018

Crochet Chunky Sweater

Hey guys and dolls! This sweater is very easy to make, perfect for even the beginner crocheter. Once you know how to make basic stitches such as the slip stitch and the half double crochet you will fly through this project.
crochet sweater pattern

So to make this sweater you will need: 
Weight 4 yarn
7.5 mm hook
5 mm hook




Front and back panels (both the same);

With your 7.5 mm crochet hook begin by chaining 52 for a small/medium size or 56 for a medium/large size.

Slip stitch into the 2nd chain from hook, then half double crochet into the next stitch. Continue with (slip stitch into next stitch, half double crochet into following stitch) to the end of the row. End this row with a slip stitch.



Next row: Ch 1(not counted as a stitch here or throughout). Then (half double crochet into next stitch, and then slip stitch into the following stitch) repeat this to the end of the row. End this row with a half double crochet.

Repeat these two rows over and over again until it measures from your collar bone to your hip. I did about 50 rows.

Sleeves:

With your 5 mm hook chain 12. Half double crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Continue with half double crochet to end of row.

Next row: Chain 1, then half double crochet in back loops only to end of row. Repeat this row until piece measures around your wrist. I did 18 rows.

Next row: Make 45 single crochets along the long edge of the piece.

Next row: Change to 7.5 mm hook. Chain 1, (slip stitch into next stitch, half double crochet into next stitch) across the row. End this row with a slip stitch .

Next row: Chain 1, (half double crochet into next stitch, slip stitch into next stitch) across the row. End this row with a half double crochet.

Repeat these two rows until piece measures the length of your arm. Fold piece in half lengthwise and single crochet piece together.




Assembly:
Place front panel on top of back panel. Arrange the sleeves to top of sweater making sure sleeve seams facing downwards. Attach yarn to bottom right hand corner of sweater and single crochet front and back panels together. Continue single crocheting up the top and make sure to single crochet the sleeves to the top. 
Next attach yarn right beside seam where sleeve is attached to front\back panel. Single crochet in about 5-5.5 inches. Repeat for other shoulder. Turn sweater inside out.
Attach yarn to corner of neckline and half double crochet around neckline. Slip stitch to first half double crochet to close round. Then chain 1 and hdc in back loops only all the way around. Repeat for another 10 rows. 
Fasten off and weave in all ends.









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.


Thursday, 2 August 2018

The Sierra Crochet Crop Top

Need a quick and easy crochet crop top to make? This pattern is perfect for you then.

free crochet crop top pattern



Materials Needed:
weight 4 cotton yarn ( 1 ball is enough)
4 mm crochet hook
yarn needle
scissors


The Cups:

Chain 14. Double crochet into the 4th chain from hook. Double crochet until you reach the last chain. (2 double crochet, chain 1, 2 double crochet) into that last stitch. The working on the opposite side of the chain make double crochets all the way to the end. Turn.



Next row: Chain 3, double crochet until you reach the chain 1 space in the previous row. Make (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into that chain 1 space. Then continue with a double crochet into each stitch to the end of the row. Repeat this row until the cup is large enough to fit your breast.

Then make your second cup. Put both cups to one side for later.


The Body of the Top:


Chain 79. Double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook. Double crochet to end. Turn.

Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), then make a double crochet into each of the next 2 stitches. **Then chain 3, skip 3 stitches, then make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the following stitch. Then chain 3, skip 3 stitches, then make a double crochet into each of the next 9 stitches. Repeat from ** 3 more times. Then chain 3, skip 3, then make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the following stitch, chain 3, skip 3 and then make a double crochet into each of the last 3 stitches. Chain 3, turn.

Chain 3, then make a double crochet into each of the next 2 stitches. Chain 3, then (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the  middle of the shell stitch in previous row. ***Then chain 4, skip next double crochet, and make a double crochet into each of the next 7 stitches. Repeat from *** 3 more times. Then chain 4, and then make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the middle of the shell stitch from the previous row. Then chain 3, and make a double crochet into each of the last 3 stitches. Chain 3, turn.


Chain 3, then make a double crochet into each of the next 2 stitches. Chain 3, then (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the  middle of the shell stitch in previous row. **** Then chain 5, skip next double crochet and then make a double crochet into each of the next 5 stitches. Repeat from **** 3 more times. Then chain 5, and then make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the middle of the shell stitch from the previous row. Then chain 3, and make a double crochet into each of the last 3 stitches. Chain 3, turn. 


Chain 3, then make a double crochet into each of the next 2 stitches. Chain 3, then (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the  middle of the shell stitch in previous row. ***** Then chain 6,  skip next double crochet and then make a double crochet into each of the next 3 stitches. Repeat from **** 3 more times. Then chain 6, and then make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the middle of the shell stitch from the previous row. Then chain 3, and make a double crochet into each of the last 3 stitches. Chain 3, turn.

Chain 3, then make a double crochet into each of the next 2 stitches. Chain 3, then (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the  middle of the shell stitch in previous row. ***** Then chain 7,  skip next double crochet and then make a double crochet into next stitch (the middle dc of the 3 dc's). Repeat from **** 3 more times. Then chain 7, and then make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the middle of the shell stitch from the previous row. Then chain 3, and make a double crochet into each of the last 3 stitches. 

With yarn still attached make a chain of 200. Cut yarn. Attach yarn yarn to the corner underneath that strap and make another chain of 200. Cut yarn and fasten off. Repeat on the other side.

Place a stitch marker in the centre of the the top edge of the body. Grab one of your cups (wrong side facing you) and line it next to the stitch marker and sew to the body making sure the body part is wrong side facing you too. Grab the other cup and sew that right next to the other cup.

For the shoulder straps, make a chain of 300. Cut yarn and fasten off. Fold that long chain in half and weave it through the chain 1 space at the top of the cup. Repeat on the other side.

And that is it! If you want more coverage on the side/back I would suggest doing a few rows of double crochet on the sides of the body part or make the body part using a bigger hook.

Find the video tutorial here:












Thursday, 12 July 2018

Summer Crop Top

Hey guys and dolls! So sorry for the delay with putting this pattern up. I've had countless requests on my youtube channel to get this written out so here it is.

crochet summer top pattern

Materials Needed:

any weight 4 yarn
3.5 mm crochet hook
yarn needle for weaving in ends.



Ribbed waistband:

Start off by chaining 16. Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet to end. Turn.

Chain 1, single crochet into the back loops only across the row. Turn. Repeat this row over and over again until the band is long enough to go all the way around your under boob area! I did about 100 rows for an xxs/xs size.

When the band is long enough you are going to slip stitch the ends together (the first row you made stitched to the last row you made). Turn inside out so the seam is facing the inside.

So now you are going to make double crochets all the way around the top of the band. So if you made 100 rows or 110 rows or whatever amount of rows it took you to make you band long enough to go around you, make sure to double crochet that number around the band. For me it was 100 double crochets. At the end of that row slip stitch to the top of the chain 3.

Repeat last row 2 more times.

Front part of top

To find out how many stitches you need for the front area of the top you are going to half whatever number of stitches you had in the last row that you completed. For me I had 100 stitches so half that is obviously 50!

With yarn still attached chain 3 (counts as first double crochet) and double crochet into the next 49 stitches (or what ever number you have but don't forget that the chain 3 at the beginning is counted as a stitch).

For the next row we are going to begin the cup area of the top so in order to find out where to place you cups you are going to divide this front area into two again. For me I started with 50 stitches so half that is 25. Place a stitch marker into the 25th stitch in from the right.

So, chain 3 (counted as first double crochet), the double crochet two together (dc2tog), then double crochet into each stitch until you have two stitches remaining before the stitch marker. Here you are going to double crochet two together (dc2tog), then make a regular double crochet into the last stitch (the stitch that has the stitch marker).

For the next row and every row after that you are going to chain 3 (counted as first double crochet), then dc2tog, then double crochet into every stitch until three stitches remain. Dc2tog, then double crochet into the last stitch (top of the chain 3). Keep repeating this row until you have 3-4 stitches remaining.


For the next 22-24 rows you are going to keep double crocheting over these 3-4 stitches over and over again. This will be the strap. You should actually place the top on you to find out how many rows you need for the strap to go around your shoulder and reach the back of the top. Once it's long enough slip stitch the strap to the back of the top.

Now lay the top down on a flat surface with the front facing you and attach yarn next to the cup you just made. Ch 3 (counted as first double crochet) and make 24 double crochets (in total 25 sts) or what ever number of stitches you had when you made the last cup. Repeat the same steps you did to make the other cup.

Now you are going to single crochet all along the raw edges and along the straps. My video tutorial will show you in better detail how to do this 


And you are finished you cute little summer top. If you would like more coverage around the boob area I would suggest making single crochets around the cups.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Fish Bone Halter Top

Don't you just love the centre design portion of this halter top? It reminds me of a fish bone! Just by looking at the top you might be thinking it looks rather complicated but I assure you that it's really quite easy.

crochet halter top pattern

Notes:

The top in this pattern is made to fit a size small/medium but if you want to make it bigger just make a chain long enough to reach from one side of ribs under breasts to the other side. Make sure this number is divisible by 2 then add 2 extra  chains.

You can also follow along with the video tutorial
Materials:

Weight 3 cotton yarn
3 mm crochet hook


Ch 92. Dc into 3rd ch from hook. Dc to end.

Ch 2(counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc to last 3 sts. Dc2tog. Dc in last st. Repeat this row 5 more times. Turn

Place marker into the 40th st from the right. This is your centre stitch. If you began with a different number of foundation chains you will place marker on a different st. Make sure whatever stitch you place marker on there are the same amount of stitches on each side of the marker.

Ch 2(counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 34 sts ( for other sizes make dcs until there are 2 unworked sts between the marker and last worked dc.). Ch 1, skip next st, dc into next 3 sts, ch 1, skip next st, dc across remaining row until 3 sts remain. Dc2tog, dc into last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 32 sts, ch 2, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 2, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 30 sts, ch 3, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 3, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 28 sts, ch 4, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 4, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 26 sts, ch 5, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 5, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 24 sts, ch 6, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 6, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 22 sts, ch 7, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 7, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 20, ch 8, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 8, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 18 sts, ch 9, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 9, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 16 sts, ch 10, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 10, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 14 sts, ch 11, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 11, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 12 sts, ch 12, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 12, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 10 sts, ch 13, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 13, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 8 sts, ch 14, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 14, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 6 sts, ch 15, skip next dc and the box, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 15, skip next dc, dc til 3 sts remain, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 5 sts, ch 15, 1 dc into each of next 3 dcs, ch 15, dc into next 5 dc, dc2tog, dc into last stitch.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 4 sts, ch 15, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 15, dc into next 4 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 3 sts, ch 15, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 15, dc into next 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 2 sts, ch 15, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 15, dc into next 2 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st.

Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), dc2tog, dc into next 1 st, ch 15, 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, ch 15, dc into next 1 st, dc2tog, dc in last st.


Ch 1 (counts as first single crochet) sc down along the side, across the bottom, along the other side until you reach the 3 dcs on the top neck area.

Sc around the ch 2, sc into next dc, ch 100-150. Sc into 2nd ch from hook, then sc down along the chain. Sc into the dc. 

Slip stitch across the ch 15, sc into each of the next 3 dc, slip stitch across the ch 15, sc into each of the next 2 dcs, ch 100-150, sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc down along chain, sc into the dc, slip stitch into the ch 1. Cut yarn and fasten off. Attach yarn to one of the bottom corners of the top and chain 250-300, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc along the chain. Repeat for the other strap.

















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

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Crochet High Waist Bikini Set

Yes, I know you’re asking yourself, “Carrie why on earth are you posting bikini patterns when the snow on the ground has barely thawed?”. Well my little internet family, I’ve has it up to my eyebrows with chunky sweaters, Pom Pom hats and fair isle this and that. I want to bring back the light cottons, the cheeky Brazilian and the oh so revealing bikini tops. Who’s with me? As you guys know by now I simply love creating summer fashions. Not that I have the body to fit into said fashions ( I can just about fit into a stocking these days!) but I do love them...and can only dream of one day fitting into a cheeky bikini. Hey I can just live my fantasies through all you lovely people! Anyhoo lets get into my newest project. A high waist bikini bottom and bikini top. Both of these are very easy to make and I would even recommend making these to any beginner crochet addict. I decided to design the bottoms with the sides open with just a lace weaved through each side. It gives the bottom a nice touch I think.
Crochet bikini pattern


So what did I use? Any dk weight yarn ( weight 3 ). I recently discovered King Cole Bamboo Cotton Dk. I absolutely love this yarn. Would recommend 100%. I also used a 3 mm crochet hook.

All of my patterns are written in American crochet terms.

This bikini was made to fit a size small. Recommendations will be given throughout the pattern to make bigger sizes.

Bottoms:
 Chain 11. Single crochet into the 2nd chain from hook. Single crochet to end of row. Turn

Next row: Chain 1 ( counts as first single crochet ) and single crochet to end of row. Repeat this row until you have a total of 20 rows.

 Next row: Chain 1. Single crochet into same space as your chain 1 (increase made). single crochet across the row until you reach the last stitch. Here you will make 2 single crochets into that stitch (increase made). From now on this will be known as the increase row.

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row for a total of 3 rows.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row for a total of 3 rows.

Next row: Increase row.

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row for a total of 2 rows.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row for a total of 2 rows.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row.

Next row: Increase row

Next row: Chain 1 and single crochet across row.

Increase on every row until you have a total of 32 stitches.

When you have made your last single crochet continue with the same yarn and chain 14. Add more chains here if you want a bigger size (maybe an extra 3-4 chains. Now cut yarn and fasten off.

Attach yarn to the other side and chain 14. Single crochet into 2nd chain from hook and single crochet all the way across the top to the end of the other chain 14. turn
Chain 1 and single crochet across the row to the end. Repeat until you have a total of 22 rows . Add more/less rows here if you want more/less tummy coverage. Cut yarn and fasten off.


Next we are going to attach yarn where we started off with, the crotch area. Make 10 single crochets.
Next row: Increase row
Next row: No increase (ch 1 and single crochet across the row)
Next row: Increase
Next: 2 rows of no increases
Next row: Increase row
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase row
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase
Next row: No increase
Next row: Increase

Every row from now on will be increase rows until you have 30 stitches. Then with the same yarn make a chain of 14. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Attach yarn to the other side and make a chain of 14. Single crochet into the 2nd chain from hook and single crochet all the way across the row to the other end. Do a total of 22 rows (or whatever amount you like for your preferred coverage.
Continuing on with your yarn still attached, single crochet all the way around the outer edge of the bottoms. Slip stitch to the first single crochet to close the round.

Now you will be making the little holes on the side so you can weave a lace through the sides to close.
Chain 3, skip next stitch, single crochet into the following stitch. (Chain 2, skip next stitch, single crochet into the following stitch) repeat to the end of the waist portion of the bottoms. Repeat this on 3 other sides

For the straps I just made a chain of 200-300 and weaved it through one of the sides. Repeat for the other side.


Bikini top: make two cups!
Chain 16. Double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook. Double crochet across the chain until you reach the last chain. Here you will make (2 DC, chain 1, 2 DC) into that last stitch. Now you will continue working up the opposite side of the chain with double crochets.

Next row: Chain 3, double crochet into every stitch until you reach the chain 1 space from previous round. make (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into this chain 1 space. Continue down the row with double crochets to the end of row. Repeat this row until the cup is big enough to cover your breast.  

Now you will be working on the bottom edge of the cup. Here you will make double crochets across the entire edge. Fasten off.

For the shoulder straps make a chain of 200 - 300  and loop a strap in through the ch 1 space on the top of the cup. Repeat for the other cup.

For the underneath strap make a chain of 400 and weave through the double crochets on the on the bottom edge of the cup.

That's it. I hope you guys enjoy making this bikini set. Keep your eyes peeled for more summer pieces.




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.