duminică, 28 decembrie 2014

How to Crochet a Stunning Evening Top in One Day - New Year's Eve 2015 Outfit Idea

I think you know me by now and I also think you get my passion for finding the items that would fit in my idea of functional crocheted fashionable things.

With the New Year so close and obviously the lack of cash to buy a designer dress , I found myself wondering about how fast can I crochet something dazzling enough but also festive enough for a New Year’s ,not exactly formal, party.

The party I am talking about is one held at one of my friend’s house and the outfit expected is not something  pretentious, black tie or formal but rather something trendy , sparkling and proper to be combined with a pair of leggings or printed pants.

So said and done I just found 2 pet projects that would fit perfectly in the picture.

My absolute favorite ( especially because I have the perfect glue on rhinestones to make it sparkle) is a top made of two identical squares. Complementary for my waist line ( which needs some extra work) this is the perfect fit for some  medium size ( size 3)cotton I have bought ages ago .


So said and done here is my description on how to make something festive and trendy but also very functional for your New Year’s  Eve party in one or less than ONE DAY.


The very interesting thing about this tip is that you can you regular yarn ( cotton or acrylic and cotton mix) . The open work edging will add a touch of sexy while the compact middle section will save you the trouble of looking for an underlining and prevent you from sweating while shining on the dance floor.




Chart tranlation:

1. Ch 12
2. Ch3, 2dc, ch 3, 3dc, ch3, 3dc ( basic granny square start)...slst in the last ch space
3.  Ch3( up) , 2dc ch3 3dc ( in the same chain space -increase), ch 3...repeat 3 times ( result 4 corners - increases)...sl st in the last ch
4. Ch3 (up) ,ch3, repeat increase 3dc ch3 3dc ( in the same chain space - corner 1), ch 3, 4dc in the chain space below...repeat ( with corner increase) ...end with 3dc and slst in the first ch 3( counts for 1 dc)
5.  From now on the things get simpler. keeping the corner increase - ch3 3dc ch3 3dc ch3 -you will work 1dc in each spoke created below( by the ch and dc) skiping the first and the last ch.
.......

work until the lacy insertions

Lacy section:

Accorfing to your size measure the main square until you have only 5 regular rows to the underarm section.
Count the number of dc , divide in 2 . count 14 spokes from the middle section of each side, use stitch markers.

1. Work the regular pattern until the first stitch marker. Ch 7, 2dc (V stitch) ch3  2dc (Vstitch), ch7, 2dc (V stitch) ch3  2dc (Vstitch), ch7 ( reached the second stitch marker)...work the rest of the row with regular pattern.

Repeat the method for the next 2 rows. The last row in work 10ch instead of 7 and at every 5th chain work a front post dc  joining the chain sections.

This is about it. Follow the chart and adjust the chain sections accordingly. 
Also for a better result make a picot ( pointy triangle in the chart ) on the end row.

The 2 squares are joined at the shoulder and sides ( sexy finish due to the lacy side section)

Place glue on rhinestones ( or rhinestone buttons) diagonally  along the 4 corner increases on the front square to get a more festive finish.


That's about it...

Trust me it is a lot easier than it looks and you can make it in a day or two to have it ready for the best party of the year. Wear it with leather leggings, sparkling pants, a maxi multilayer organza skirt...the sky is the limit.

Make it in any color you want ( mine will be grape).
Also ...you can add other embelisments  like a ribbon broche or a statement hair jewel in a matching color.

I really hope you like this post and I also hope you will dare to take on this challenge and make this top.

Please share this post wherever you want so as many crochet fans as possible will make the most of it.
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xoxo 

Eva









duminică, 30 noiembrie 2014

How to Crochet Your Own Designer Blouse or Party Dress?


If you follow by blog , you know by now that my blog posts are about making something truly unique to wear using the amazing crochet craft. 

I am the kind of crochet addict that would store stock piles of yarn.( I’m a huge fan of cotton)

I am also a daring kind of girl that set the ambitious target for herself : to look amazing in any kind of crocheted item. Since that is not a walk in the park and the road towards this goal is a tricky one, I also make for myself the kind of item designer create for all women to take advantage of.

So this being said here are some very useful tips on how to make yourself a designer inspired raglan blouse or dress, perfect for the upcoming winter Holydays.

The inspiration raglan blouse is made of squares.





1.      1. Center flower square
2      2. Mesh stitch square.
        3.  Lacy border around the neck line  







For the center flower square you can use any type of flower  square you have in mind .
In my particular case I would choose this particular design especially because it is easy to integrate both in the blouse and in the dress.

So:

1.       Make a ring
2.       23 sc in the ring
3.       Ch 3, 23xdc
4.       Ch 1,1 sc ,ch5 sk 1, 1sc in the next loop, repeat…( 13 clusters of 5ch)…last cluster ch 2 1dc in the first sc from the row
5.       Ch 1, 1sc, ch3, 1 picot, ch2 , 1sc in the ch loop below( 3rd chain), repeat… close in the first sc.
6.       Sl stich on the first 3 chains, chain3 upwards and work 4dc in the picot below,ch3, 5dc in the next picot….repeat till the end of the row.
7.       Ch3 upwards, work 4dc tog ( cluster), ch 3. 1dc in the chain space below, 5dc tog (cluster), 3ch, 1dc in the chain space below…repeat
8.       Ch 1 ,1sc, ch5 , 1 sc in the chain space below…repeat
The round motif is done.
Now to make it into a square, start increase granny square style
1.       Chain 3, 2 dc, ch3, 3dc ( all in the 5chain below). Make this increase every 3 groups of “petals”
2.       Repeat the increase every next row to 5 dc, then 7, then 9. In between the corners of the squares continue with ch5 1sc groups.
3.       The last row . Make a complete row of dc with the corner increase.

DONE!





      Then : the  mesh stich “square”
The sections filling the space between the flower squares or round flower motifs are made with mesh stich respectively ch5 , 1sc and in the next row the sc is made in the middle of the 5ch space below…sooo easy.

You can play with the motifs using the setting of a raglan poncho.

In case you opt for a dress, alternate 1 row of motifs and one row of mesh stitch .

 You can of course save the idea for a future mesh dress for the next summer …starting with the square motif and working a square raglan.



The lacy trim around the neckline.


The detail of a dress made using this style.


A design  perfect for any size.


Back view


Side view


A view from the back of the raglan blouse.


And the mesh summer dress , I was talking about.


As the bottom line of this post I suggest you use either mercerized cotton or a thin mohair yarn ( as in the loose dress design). The ideal hook is a 2.5 mm hook.

I admit this might seem quite challenging but trust me when I say it really isn't .
I posted several flower square designs on my Facebook page ( Thank you to all my 30k fans. xoxo to you all).
Also I shared several freestyle crochet models on my Google + page and also on Pinterest.

Please join me and  I will do my best to guide your steps towards making superb crochet masterpieces. Also ...please feel free to share this post wherever you like so as many people as possible would benefit from the free information.

xoxo and may you have an amazing December.

Eva.

joi, 20 noiembrie 2014

Free Crochet Charts and Explanation for Vintage Timeless Vest




When my creativity sparks blog wise I dare to say …I like to take on the challenge and shed some light into that kind of designs that will remain young, trendy and timeless throughout generations.

For example , such a design made for yourself will be something your granddaughter will want to wear. I find that these items are important to make especially they have a certain feel that makes them easy to integrate in trends. Also these items are able to be a focal point in any type of outfit.

I found this vest while browsing for shabby chic crochet items and since then I am pretty much obsessing about it.

It’s not that I don’t have the time to make it but rather that it is sooo utterly perfect that it is worth the try to be made as a mother daughter project so both me and my princess will ve able to wear something original.

So …since this is Japanese design, the charts are pretty much explaining themselves. This is why I will stick to offering a written pattern for the motif and main section.



The back of the vest. The triming is done using sc.

How to work back and sides. Joining of the main section and square section.


Detail of the sections joining.




Lacy bottom: Start from the corner of the squares and work dc as displayed.


Square motif:

  1. 1 magic ring
  2. 12sc in the ring ( close the ring)
  3. Ch4,1dc ch1
  4. Ch 3,3dc( in the chain space) ch3, 4dc in the next chain space…..( 12 x 4dc clusters)
  5. Ch1,1sc, ch 5, 1sc (in the next chain space)ch5,4dc ch5 4dc( in the next ch space), ch5…repeat until the end ( 4 corners)





The squares are linked in the last row. 

Explore the possibility of working continuously(I put several examples on my Facebook page)

The upper row of the squares section will link to the base chain of the main section.





Main section:

Chain according to your measurements –multiple of 15 ( make the base chain with a hook 1 number larger than the one you will work with)

1.Ch 6, 1 bubble st, sk 3ch, 8dc,sk 3ch,3x bubble st with ch2 in between, sk 3ch, 8dc…repeat …close with 1bubble st, ch2 , 1 Trc

2. Ch1,1sc,ch3, 8dc, ch3, 1sc, ch3, 8dc…..repeat…close with ch3,1sc
Repeat 1 and 2 and follow the decrease style on the charts.

For this design you can you any size 3 yarn and 3,5mm hook you want.

 I recommend cotton but alpaca and acrylic works fine.


Choose a neutral color but you can also make it red, purple or vivid green to add a splash color on top of a classic looking blouse or shirt.

really hope you like this post and I really hope you can give a hand on sharing this design all over the world.

In case you need other instructions, you can find me on Facebook, Google +  or Pinterest.
           
           Keep in mind I write these posts in mind with all of you, crochet fans that see the                    world as I do…and endless land of beauty.

            
             Xoxo

            Eva







miercuri, 12 noiembrie 2014

How to Crochet Cluster Stitch Clothing – Free Instructions and Ideas

I’m all about knitting this days…simple knitting nothing fancy and, while I’m working with a furry yarn, my mind wonders around the idea of a stunning coat or vest that would wow the people around me at my office.

This being said I must say that I noticed a certain distinctive trend in the season collections of Chanel and Marc Jacobs. 

The different variations of Midori squares can be found in coats, pullovers, trendy pants and cardigans. Pinterest is filled with amazing designs involving cluster stitches so I find it proper to talk about how to make Mariana Rodriguez Segat’s designs (extremely popular on the internet).

Surely you have noticed on my Facebook page the post about the major designers' collections filled with crocheted items ( if not take a look to see what I mean). 

The same interesting, simple but versatile pattern is used by Mariana in a large combination of colors, with ombre effect to create stunning looking coats and vests.

So…because many of my Facebook page fans asked for this here is how to make them:

Designs by: Mariana Rodrigues Segat
















Russian design and combination of cluster stitch and basic granny square


Chart and granny square setting for the above design


Basic design ( see the under-arm decrease)


Chart: Basic 5 dc cluster ( You can make any type of cluster by palying with the dc number : minimum 3 , maximum 10) 


Marc Jacobs design ( R3 skipped for a looser result)



 Chanel( bulky yarn knitted edging)




 Basic pattern :

R1: Chain the required length ( work the base chain with a crochet hook 1 number higher than the one you will use for the item- this will prevent the fabric from stretching and become 1 size larger than you want to…been there and I’m talking from experience). Base chain must be a multiple of 6 +1

R2: Ch1 , 1sc, ch 5(sk5), 1sc in the next chain ( repeat until the end of the row.

R3:1sc in every loop

R4:Ch3, 5 dc,ch1( repeat until the end of the row)


That’s about it. Simple isn’t it?

Wells...here comes the tricky part:

Changing colors:
In order to obtain the color combination make sure you work rows,2,3,4 in one color and change the color for every section at row 2.

Also for the sleeves, the under-arm part is worked with hdc and sc instead of dc to obtain a decrease.

In case you work a pullover you can skip row 3 to get a looser structure.

For the regular decrease you simply don’t work 1 or 2 clusters at the end of every side. The decrease will have a rectangle shape.


There are endless variations of this particular cluster stitch and you can play with it working only row2 in a different color for a contracting effect towards the visible dc sections.

Have fun and make yourself something using this stitch. You will discover how easy it is to play with it.

I hope you like this post . Please like  and share so as many people as possible will have the chance to benefit from the free information.

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Have an amazing November :)

Xoxo
Eva




duminică, 19 octombrie 2014

Crochet Stunning Fall Cape – FREE Crochet Chart EXPLAINED

For all of you offering the precious feedback J

When I stumble upon a pattern that I will like to try , I tend to obsess about it until I actually make it. Since I lack time, and by the principle, those that can’t do teach , I humbly took the challenge to explain this awesome cape , ideal for this time of the year. I planned to make one for my perfect little wonder of a girl to serve as a top for going to church but most likely I will be able to make it only in spring.

Regardless, if any of you is looking for a stunning cape for this fall to make for yourself or somebody you love – daughter, mother, sister, cousin – here is me explaining the pattern.

Start by chaining a circle as loose as you would like the cape to be round your hips. I am this specific because a cape is usually worn with a fitted pullover under and this is how you can fit the cape to your particular size. The chain line will in the end set just beneath your buttocks.

So…here you go:



You can use any size of yarn from size 4 ( thick) to bulky. Acrylic, merinos, alpaca , anything mélange or color block will be ideal for this cape.
Match the size of the yarn  with a corresponding hook. Ex: size 4 yarn, 4mm hook.

You will work up from the chain in clusters of trc and V stitch ( fan stile- 3trc ch1 3trc)  decreasing the  trc number as you go up.
Start by dividing the chain space in 4 ( 4 quarters). Each quarter will be defined with a V stich and in the space in between them you will work 1trc in each chain. Use chain markers.


Chart explanation:
1.       R1: ch 4, 1trc in each chain until the first marker, 3trc ch1 3trc ( V stich fan )continue with 1 trc until the next marker, 3trc ch1 3trc ( V stich fan ), …..continue until the ende of the row close with 3trc ch1 3trc ( V stich fan )and slst.

Repeat until the waist line.

Arm opening
To make the arm opening you will have to skip working  2trc in the middle of the trc section from the sides. Work separately the front and the back until above the elbow line ( it’s up to you how high) and in the next row link the sections making 2 chains and sl st .
Next work a regular row.

Decrease:

As you go upwards you can start decreasing 1 trc in every section until you reach the required width around the shoulder line . Ex: if you start with sections of 15 trc at the bottom you will have to decrease 2 thirds and finish with 5trc sections around the clavicle line. This is but an example  so please match the trc count to your particular size.

Bottom and cowl neck

This is one of my favorite patterns J
1.       3dc ch1 3dc ch1 ….until the end of the row, sl st
2.       Ch 3 , 1 sc( in the ch1 space below) and so on.
3.       3dc in the chain space, ch1….etc

The cowl is worked upwards  using the same pattern.
As an idea this can also be a sleeveless winter dress in case you make the arm opening at the shoulder line.

I really hope you like this post and you will take on the challenge to make this amazing fall cape.
This is one of the easiest patterns I had the chance to explain but also one of the most versatile . You also may notice that such a cape can have a tremendous visual impact when worn with fitted pants  or jeggings and a turtle neck.


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xoxo


 Eva







sâmbătă, 11 octombrie 2014

Crochet Stunning Winter Tunic Dress – Chart Explained





Are you a yarn hoarder?

I guess you are. Have you ever thought what will you do with all the skeins lying around in your closet or drawers? Have you noticed that time passes and seasons come and go but the yarn amount keeps on growing in spite of your better judgment and lack of time to work it?

If all the above apply …you are like me. :)

So for all the crochet fans out there , aware of the fact that the winter is coming and a haute look is mandatory even during a cold season, here comes a pattern I am extremely fond of.
If you ask why the rant from the beginning of this blog post , here comes the explanation.

1. Most crochet fans have a certain amount of thick yarn that would be ideal for a pullover. However, unless you work outside, most office buildings and homes have central heating and wearing a thick pullover while inside will be a punishment.

2. The Fall – Winter 2014-2015 fashion trends brought back the oversized knits. Basically anything knitted or crocheted following the loose fit principle is a huge go.

3. Pairing loose fitted knits with tight fitted bottoms or bell bottom pants is the next big thing you can choose fashion wise.

So here goes a functional, sexy but also extremely trendy pattern you can work in the shape of a tunic dress, an oversized sweater or a longer dress to wear with a slip dress and a belt.

Bodice: make 2
           Chain the required length



Main section:
R1: Ch4, 1tr in each chain
R2: Ch6, 4tr tog,ch4,4trtog,ch4….(to the end of the row) close with ch2and 1tr
R3:Ch4, 1tr in the first ch,ch3, 1tr in the second ch, sk 2ch,repeat….close with 1tr
R4: Ch4, work 1 tr in every ch space from the row below
Repeat R2 and R3

Lace section:
R1: ch5, 1sc in the 2nd chain ( from the chain space below), repeat until the end
R2:Repeat r1 but every 3 chain spaces work 7 dc inside the chain space (skip and link to the required chain space)
R3: repeat r1 but in the 7dc work 1dc ch1 in every dc below (skip and link to the required chain space)
R4: repeat r1 but in the “fan” space work 1dc in each space (makes 14) (skip and link to the required chain space)
R5: repeat R1

Alternate Main section and Lace section until required length.

Same goes for the sleeves.



Bottom, cowl neck and cuffs:
When worked from bottom up chain the required length.
When worked post upper section work upside down starting from the first row.

R1: 1dc in every spoke (Chain)
R2: Ch 3, 4dc, 1 Fpdc skipping 1 spoke,1dc in the same spoke, 1Fpdc in the skipped spoke, 5dc ( repeat till the end of the row).
The pattern is pretty much the same. In order to get the diamond shape follow the chart and increase respectively decrease the number or dc in between the Fpdc.

This is pretty much it. It may sound a bit of a handful but you can be sure the pattern is far easier than it looks. Considering the stunning finish and the wow effect such a tunic dress will have when the oversized knits trend is considered,I hope you will take the challenge and make one for yourself or your daughter.

For the yarn hoarders (like me) it is a good idea to make a sweater with this pattern using yarns of different colors. You can also consider multiple texture in case you choose to go for a more hobo inspired look and offbeat finish.

 I really hope you like this post .

Please share it on Facebook and Google+ and also pin the pattern so as many crochet fans as possible could benefit from these instructions.


Xoxo
Eva





luni, 22 septembrie 2014

Crochet Pattern Explained for Little Princesses Fall -Winter Twin Set

Winter is drawing near and now more than ever  becomes extremely tempting to take up projects easy to make.

For the mothers out there who like me have a little wonder at home, working something cute but also functional is surely something to try these fall days.

When thinking about the Holydays and the beautiful snow you surely have in mind a little crochet dress or a cute crochet cardigan to make for you little princess.

I am extremely fond of kids'  designs especially because they are extremely motivating and rewarding for an impatient pair of hands but also a truly wonderful challenge for the beginners.

When it comes to being the proud mom of a beautiful girl, crocheting something for her may be a wonderful thing. In case you are the lucky grandmother , aunt or granny of such a little princess making something unique for her can be a wonderful idea.

In my case, I am all the above ( except for a grandmother J)))


So said and done…this post is about a wonderful design I am currently working on for 3 little wonders.

                          The Little Princess Fall-Winter Twin Set


This is the original model found inside a Japanese magazine. I am not a fan of black attire for little girls but in this particular case I find the design extremely elegant although in my opinion , this will look better in red or even blue marine.


The tamer version made of plain acrylic yarn ( size 2 or 3 with a 2, 5 crochet hook) combines two lovely colors that are the perfect choice for  a girl with blue eyes such as mine.



Lovely woven in detail at the round neckline( such a lovely finish obtained with 0 effort)


Pretty colorful buttons offer the design a girly finish .


In short a set to fall in love with and make over and over again.


Same cute finish for the little jumper dress pinafore


lovely bottom layer of flower squares





                                                              The cardigan back


Pattern: 
Same pattern applies for the rest of the cardigan:

Chart translation in written pattern:

1. Chain the required lenght
2. Row1: ch3, 5dc in the next 5ch, ch1sk2,ch1 1dc, ch1,1dc (V stitch)ch1 sk2, 5dc in the next 5ch ...repeat until end of the row
3. Row 2 (reversed R1) : ch4 sk2, ch1 1dc, ch1,1dc (V stitch)ch1 sk2, 5dc (in the Vstitch below) ...repeat until the end of the row





The sleeve and cardigan front


The dress:


                                                  Dress pattern: ( work 2 twin sides)

                       Chest section:
R1: chain rquired length
R2: dc in each chain
R3: ch4 ,sk1, 1dc  ch1 1dc in the next ch( Vstitch), sk2,1dc  ch1 1dc in the next ch( Vstitch),sk2 ....continue until the end of the row
Repeat R1 and R2 until the required height .

At the bottom of the chest section increase every other stitch or every stitch depending on your desire for how full would the skirt need  be.

Work the same rows down until square border.

It's really up to you if you want to make the dress A line and increase gradually or make a fuller skirt .

I encourage from the heart to try and make this cute little set . It is both functional and versatile and extremely lovely for girls with ages between 1 and 10.

I hope you like this post and plan to stick around for more interesting ideas involving crochet wonders.

Please join me on Facebook and please share this post further  on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest so as many crochet fans as possible would benefit from the free info.

xoxo and may you have a blessed week

Eva