miercuri, 11 martie 2015

Free Pattern for Crochet Summer Bolero - Beginner Crochet Bolero Tips

Hello darlings and welcome to a new blog post long requested on the Facebook Page and via the multitude of messages we receive there.

Boleros are in my humble opinion the most versatile type of cardigan for summer. They have a special touch of romance and a girly girl air that remind us of the times when ladies walked the streets with their hair flowing in the wind looking all pretty for the gentlemen to see and admire.

I am not a particular fan of shrugs which tend to make a regular figure look fuller than it already is, but the regular bolero is my second favorite piece of crochet clothing.

So this being said let’s see how can you crochet a timeless looking bolero that would fit any type of attire.


I confess this was my very first crochet summer bolero. I made it out of regular cotton (medium- not mercerized) using a 3 mm hook. 



I like this particular model because of 3 important reasons:
  1. The stitches are easy to make , the model is an easy one .
  2. It is ideal for spring but also sunny summer days
  3. It is easy to fit any figure.

The bolero is worked : the back, two front halves, lacy trim

I found that it is easier to work the lacy trim around the joined finished piece than individually .

Main pattern:

1.     Chain the required length ( multiple of 5+3)
2.     Ch3,sk3,1dc ch3 1dc (in the same stitch- V stitch),*ch2 sk5, 1dc ch3 1dc (in the same stitch)*…repeat till the end of the row...you will end with 1dc
3.     Ch1, 3dc ch2 3dc ( in the 3ch space from the V stitch below),1sc (in the ch2 space between the V stitches)…repeat until the end of the row…you will finish with 1sc in the last stitch.

Repeat 2 and 3  until reaching the underarm decrease.



Underarm decrease and front side opening.
The chart is from another model with the same stitches but a bit different ch spaces.

Decrease:

In the row 3 (fan stitch row), slip st to the ch2 space from the fan, ch 5 and start working the V stitch row from the second fan stitch, At the end of the row you will end with 1 trc in the 2ch space of the last fan stitch.

Work the last of the section up starting and ending with only a half of the fan stitch until reaching the shoulder.

In the last row work only 5 fan stitches on each side , sl st for the middle section.
Same principle applies for the front and sleeves as shown in the chart.

VERY IMPORTANT:

Count the rows .
The number of rows worked after the first decrease for the back section must be equal to the number of rows worked for the sides.
Sleeves:
After you start the decrease you will have to decrease gradually in every row ( same number of rows) until you are left with only two fan stitches in the last row.

Lacy section:

1.     Ch3, 1dc in each ch.
2.     Ch3,1dc ch2 sk 2, repeat till the end of the row
Repeat 1 and 2 once
3.     Ch3 sk3,*3dc in the same stitch,ch3 sk3,1sc*…repeat** till the end of the row.
4.     Ch 3, 1sc (in the first 3ch space)ch3,*3dc (on top of the 3dc below),ch3,1sc(in the 3ch space), ch6*…repeat** till the end of the row.
Repeat 3 and 4 once
5.     Ch3,2ch, 1sc in the 6ch space, *6dc on top of the 3dc,1sc in the 6ch space*…repeat ** till the end of the row.

Repeat the sequence for each of the sleeves.

And…you are pretty much…done.
This is one of the simplest boleros out there with a very sophisticated finish the unknowing eye would consider a pro work.

I hope you will like this post and you will share it far and wide so as many crochet beginners will have the chance to try their hands on making this bolero for summer 2015.

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xoxo  and see you soon :)

Eva

duminică, 1 martie 2015

Free Crochet Pattern for Stunning Maxi Skirt – Summer Maxi Skirt to Treasure

OMG!!! Can you believe is Spring? I surely can’t J

No more winter and thick clothing( God’s willing).


When you start working on a big project such as a crocheted maxi skirt the perspective may seem a little …gloomy. For those having the skill, the speed and the endurance to take on the challenge the project is not a complicated one but for beginners the things are not exactly easy.

So basically putting into a written pattern a series of crochet charts is quite a handful but upon request I did my best to accommodate the most voted choice from our Facebook page : a maxi skirt free pattern.

Yarn choices, hook size and tips.

This particular maxi dress is the creation of a user from club osinka .ru. She pretty much combined the patterns from different charts and created a spectacular skirt. Unfortunately I don’t know her name so I can’t offer her the well deserved credits.

Recommended yarn is cotton, mercerized and worsted or microfiber silk effect. Both yarns are slippery enough to make the crochet slide easier not to mention that they have the necessary structure for the skirt to be “”heavy “ enough. Use a 2mm or 2,5mm hook.

The skirt is worked in round from bottom up from the thigh section and reversed ( downwards from the thigh line to the ankle).

How to read the charts.
Measure the circumference of your hips ( remember the crochet items are stretchy )



Fan stitch section
1.       Chain according to your measurements ( multiple of 9)
2.       Ch 6, 1dc, ch3,1dc ch3…till the end of the row.
3.       Ch3, 3dc( in the 3 ch space)3dc (in the next 3ch space), ch3…repeat till the end of the row.
4.       Ch 3, 3dc ch2 3dc (in the ch3 space below) ch3…repeat til the end of the row
5.       Ch3 , 3dc ch2 3dc (in the ch2 space)ch3,1sc (in the ch 3 space below),ch3 …repeat till the end of the row.
Work: 4 and 5 until you reach the hip line.



Lacy mesh section
6.       Ch 3, 1dc ch1(sk1)…till the end of the row
7.       Ch1,1sc,*ch5(sk3),1sc*…repeat until the end of the row.
8.       Ch5,1sc in the ch5 space below, ch5, 1 sc in the 5 ch space below…repeat till the end of the row..close with ch 2, 1dc
9.       Ch 1, *3dc ch3(in the 5ch space below)1 sc in the middle of the chain space, ch3 3dc (in the same space)1sc in the next ch space*, repeat till the end of the row.  
Repeat 2,3,4,5 until you reach the waistline.

When you reached the waistline work 10 rows of hdc. Remember that an elastic waistband will be needed.

From here on the skirt is worked downwards:



Pine cone section

Use as base the first chaining.
1.       Ch 3,7 dc, ch3 (sk4),*8dc,ch3(sk4)8dc* - repeat till the end of the row
2.       Sl st in the first dc, Ch3, 6dc, ch4 ,* 7dc ch4,7dc *  - repeat till the end of the row
3.       Sl st in the first dc, ch3 5dc ch5, *6dc ch5 6dc* -  repeat till the end of the row
4.       Sl st in the first dc, ch3 4dc,ch3, 1dc ( in the 3rd chain below) ch3,* 5dc ch3, 1dc ( in the 3rd chain below) ch3,5dc*--  repeat till the end of the row
5.       Sl st in the first dc,ch3 3dc ch2, 1dc (in the 1st ch space)ch3,1dc (in the 2nd ch space)ch2,*4dc ch3, 1dc (in the 1st ch space)ch3,1dc (in the 2nd ch space)ch2 ,4dc*…repeat till the end of the row.
6.       Sl st in the first dc,ch3 1dc,ch2, 1dc (in the 1st ch space),ch3,1dc(in the 2nd ch space),ch3, ch3,1dc(in the 3nd ch space)ch2,*2dc ch2, 1dc (in the 1st ch space),ch3,1dc(in the 2nd ch space),ch3, ch3,1dc(in the 3nd ch space)ch2,2dc* - repeat till the end of the row.
7.       Ch 7, 1dc in each chain space belor with alternating ch3 and ch 4 between them ( as shown in chart)
8.       Work 2d ch12dc ( ch3 space) respectively 3dc ch13dc ( ch4 space)in the chain spaces
resulted .


Repeat  Fan stitch section
 In the 1ch space from the previous row you will place the fans.

10.   Ch 3, 3dc ch2 3dc (in the ch3 space below) ch3…repeat til the end of the row
11.   Ch3 , 3dc ch2 3dc (in the ch2 space)ch3,1sc (in the ch 3 space below),ch3 …repeat till the end of the row.
Repeat 10,11, 2 times

Do the increase to add volume:
12.   Ch 3, 4dc ch2 4dc (in the ch3 space below) ch3…repeat til the end of the row
13.   Ch3 , 4dc ch2 4dc (in the ch2 space)ch3,1sc (in the ch 3 space below),ch3 …repeat till the end of the row.

Repeat 12,13, 3 times.
14.   Work a 10ch space in between every fan stitch with 1sc in the ch2 space
15.   Work 1dc in each chain.

Using the same method as described above work another pine cone section.


The Leaf Pattern Section.

Use the last row of the Pine cone section as base
1.       Ch3 2dc,ch1  1dc ch1, 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1,1dc ch1, 1dc ch1, *3dc ch1  1dc ch1, 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1,1dc ch1, 1dc ch1* ….repeat till the end of the row.
2.       Ch3 2dc ch3 3dc,ch1 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1,1dc ch1, *3ch ch3 3dc ch1 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1,1dc ch1* … repeat  till the end of the row.
3.       Ch3 2dc ch3 1dc ch3 3dc, ch1 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1,* 3dc ch3 1dc ch3 3dc, ch1 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1*…repeat till the end of the row.
4.       Ch3 2dc ch3, 1dc ch1 1dc(V stitch), ch3 3dc, , ch1 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1,* 3dc ch3, 1dc ch1 1dc(V stitch), ch3 3dc, , ch1 1dc ch1, 1dc ch1… repeat till the end of the row.
5.       Ch3 2dc ch4, 1dc ch1 1dc ch1 1dc, ch4 3dc, ch1 1dc ch1, *3dc ch4, 1dc ch1 1dc ch1 1dc, ch4 3dc, ch1 1dc ch1*…repeat till the end of the row.
6.       Ch3 2dc ch4, 2dc ch3 2dc ch4 3dc,*3dc ch4, 2dc ch3 2dc ch4 3dc* …repeat till the end of the row.
7.       Ch3 2dc ch4, 3dc ch3 3dc ch4,* 3dc ch4, 3dc ch3 3dc ch4*…repeat till the end of the row
8.       Ch3 2dc ch3, 5dc ch3 5dc ch3,*3dc ch3, 5dc ch3 5dc ch3*… repeat till the end of the row
9.       Ch3 2dc ch2, 5dc ch3,1dc ch1 1dc,ch2 5dc ch2,* 3dc ch2, 5dc ch3,1dc ch1 1dc,ch2 5dc ch2*…repeat till the end of the row
10.   Ch3 2dc ch3, 2dc tog,1dc,2dc tog(decrease),ch2, 2dc,ch3,2dc,ch2, 2dc tog,1dc,2dc tog,ch3,* 3dc ch3, 2dc tog,1dc,2dc tog(decrease),ch2, 2dc,ch3,2dc,ch2, 2dc tog,1dc,2dc tog,ch3*
11.   Ch3 2dc ch4,3dc tog,ch3,3dc,ch3,3dc,ch3,3dc tog,ch4,* 3dc ch4,3dc tog,ch3,3dc,ch3,3dc,ch3,3dc tog,ch4*…repeat till the end of the row.

You have above the written pattern for the yellowed part of the chart.

Work as many of these sections as you need to obtain the required length for your skirt.
You can either finish with 1sc in every ch from the last row or do a picot finish, or simply let it the way it is.


I must admit writing this pattern was a bit of a handful but I am happy I succeeded to work it out. I know how expensive a written pattern can be and how hard it is to come by free information regarding the art of crochet.

I really hope you like this post and spread the word about this amazing maxi skirt so talented ladies would dare to create one of their own for the upcoming , wonderful and long expected ( by me) summer. So share , pin, and share some more to put this free pattern out there.

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Ladies keep in mind the “open knits” is a such fashion trend this summer and resort collections of the biggest  designers are filled with crocheted items.

Have fun making  a fashionable item by yourself and have an amazing spring.


Xoxo

Eva