Just in time for summer I have begun crocheting crop tops and bralettes! It didn’t happen without a little coaxing from Panda who really wanted a cute top this summer that none of her friends would have. I am so excited to share my work with you!!! I created this top in one afternoon with just a few yards of cotton yarn I had in my scrap bin.
Panda asked me a few weeks back if I would try a pattern for her that she had picked out. I looked at the top and although it was lovely, I thought it might be a difficult pattern to create as a first try, so I started super simple and came up with this M/L patterned basic bralette.
What I love about this pattern is that the shape of the bra can remain the same while changing up the bordering around the top will create several unique pieces. The potential is there, but I have to be honest and say it is not my favorite creation…..yet.
Although the double crochet stitch helps work the pattern up much quicker than the single crochet stitch traditionally used, the spacing was greater than I expected. Once again the biggest problem I face are my loose stitches.
Now, I may not be in love with the way the front of this top worked up, but I do love the back and the cute little bows used to tie it together. I may make the ties a bit different when I create another one, but I do really like the way this top looks from the back.
I’m heading back to the drawing board with another bralette pattern in single crochet and if I can get my stitching correct and completed before the end of summer, the bralette and a simple crop top pattern will be some of my first items listed for sale when I am ready to set up shop.
If you want to work up a top along with me, click here for a great pattern with lots of photos provided by From a Thread. I couldn’t ask for a better tutorial! Whether you are a beginner or advanced, I am sure this top will turn out lovely. Happy Hooking!
Last week I was able to turn a request from my daughter into a trip to one of my favorite craft stores 🙂 I’d call that a win any day! We spent the better part of a day last week just wandering around looking at all the cute Spring décor and projects the store was displaying. After putting a decent dent in the budget with a yarnstravaganza, I started working on one of the projects I purchased supplies for.
The creation my daughter wants is a slightly larger than toddler sized backpack for my granddaughter to use in lieu of a diaper bag. My granddaughter will be three in just a handful of weeks and she needs something that will carry a few pull-ups, wipes, a change of clothes, a cup, a toy or 10 and maybe a favorite stuffed animal. The plan is to make something that will grow with her for a little while. I decided to look up the average sizing for toddler backpacks and adult backpacks and come to a measurement that I hope will be sufficient without being too large for her to carry by herself.
I began the pattern and started writing it out as I was creating it. I really just got started when I ran out of yarn….it’s the big beautiful skeins of t-shirt yarn and if you have looked locally in your town, I bet you have found the same limited selections I have. My second trip to the craft store for more of the same yarn I was using proved unsuccessful. I found yarn, but not in my color and although the accent color would have been great for another project, it would not work for this one, so I had to table this project until my store stocks more some time next week. When I start this project up again I will be sure to post pictures AND a pattern for you to use and I’m so excited to see how it will turn out.
In the meantime, I lost my cloth bag that I put my sunglasses in, so I needed to replace it quickly before I destroyed my super cute pair of sunglasses for this summer….and a pouch pattern becomes extended into a perfect carrier for my sunglasses and a template for a wonderful woven cross body cellphone bag.
This bag seems indestructible because of how tight the weave pattern is. Nothing…I mean nothing is going to fall out of the sides or between the stitches! The stitch I used is called the Tunisian Stitch and boy does this stitch feed my OCD!!!! I’m going to post a link to the tutorial for this slightly complicated stitch. I would consider it at the very least an intermediate stitch to learn and work with. The sunglass case I made is small enough that you won’t need the special hook that the tutorial call for, but you will need it if you love this stitch like I do and want to do larger projects…(I’m working on a purse for my daughter already!!)
I hope you grab some scrap yarn and just give this a try. You might be surprised at how easy it is to pick up and work. The woven pattern assures that you won’t drop a stitch…at least not without knowing it. If you do make anything, I’d love to hear about it and see your work, so message me in the comments below. Happy Hooking!!
For this project, I really had to step outside of my comfort zone with what I think I know about crochet. Admittedly, I am not really big on creating a swatch to check gauge and I often stitch more open than the average hooker. Since I know these things about myself, I knew that stitching clothing was going to be a challenge and I was prepared to be utterly frustrated by even the simplest of patterns.
Instead, I was wonderfully surprised by the simplicity of this pattern. Okay, it wasn’t that simple. I didn’t know how to do the corner to corner or C2C stitch so there was that 10 or 15 minutes I took finding the YouTube video learning how to complete it for the pattern I had in hand.
I’m posting links to both the video and the pattern I used. The top I worked up in under an hour…keep in mind I made it for Mae and she’s just a little thing, so it didn’t take much time or yarn. Heck, I may have found a good scrap yarn project.
Give this pattern a try with whatever yarn you have on hand. It’s a nice change from rows and rounds and both the video tutorial and the pattern are very user-friendly. Happy Hooking!
Here’s the YouTube video to learn the stitch:
Corner to Corner Crochet Tutorial
Here’s a link to the pattern I used:
Intimate Threads- Corner 2 Corner Halter Top Recipe
I definitely have summer on my mind. It’s a little surprising given that the weather here has gone from sunny and in the 80’s last week, to a chilly rainy mess. Still, it is spring and that means that the pool will be open in just a handful of weeks. About the pool….
It’s rare that I go to the pool by myself and even if I plan a solo trip for some sun worshiping I pack for everyone just in case. Last summer I carried this wonderful oversized duffel bag that I had purchased from my friend’s Thirty-One Purse party. It held everything!! When I say everything, I mean it held four beach towels, pool toys, sunscreen and not sunscreens, drinks and snacks…everything.
I love it and I will use it again this year, but I’d like to have a duffel to put the wet items in and know that they will dry out quickly. I followed a wonderful pattern for a market tote that you can find here. While you are at Daisy Cottage Designs, check out more of her free patterns and find some great inspiration for another project. I modified the design slightly to create a larger bag for my pool needs, but I will be making the market tote size in this pattern as well. It’s great for a beginner just starting out and it’s got the repetition of stitch work that I like. If you want to make the larger version, just follow her pattern and use t-shirt cotton yarn and a K Hook.
Although this bag is beautiful in its simplicity, the picture of the market tote displays a large color contrasting flower. I admit I was inspired to add one to my beach tote and after a quick search through my bookmarks, I found the pattern I love the most for its size. You can find the Triple Threat Flower here. It’s a lovely flower that pairs well with a button in the middle and enough size to really make an impact.
After one day of work and a skein and a half of Bernat’s Home Décor Yarn, I’m ready to tackle the pool or the beach with this lovely soft unique beach tote. I hope you will give these two patterns a try; make yourself a beach tote, a market tote, or just a pretty flower to embellish a headband you already own.
My obsession with pouches has moved on to the next level! Over the past month I have been trying some different stitch styles attempting to design a functional hand bag that would also be so uniquely mine. It had to be a bag I would be excited to show the world. After several near hits and a few miserable fails, I am thrilled to share this Summer Cross Body Bag.
I chose a cotton yarn because I thought that would be a great medium for a summer item. Also, I tend to stitch loosely, so the cotton yarn should offer some stability and a little less stretch. I do think that this bag would be beautiful no matter the yarn chosen.