duminică, 19 martie 2017

How to Crochet a Spring Lacy Top - How to Read and Work Chart Diagram Based

Hello Darlings !
Join me in saying” Welcome Dear Spring!”
Yes, I am happy because spring is finally here. It’s time to check out the trends and crochet lacy tops to layer over the boudoir style cami dresses and spaghetti straps tops.

But…until we discuss the adult approach of this particular chart based pattern  I must mention that I am very fond of the child ( toddler to school age) version of this versatile top.

I am planning to start this top for my little 4 year old in a related color. She will wear it over a summer dress, or a tank top , or even on top of a fitted shirt with skinny jeans ( Yes I have a miniature fashionista on my hands)

So …about the adult version.  I would personally like one green for myself with a larger neck opening , more loose fit to match that “cold shoulder “ trend we see all over the streets this spring.

So without further talk:

Credits: charts from Japanese magazine( no English or any other language available), the finished item in pictures belongs to “Because of love” biazeng .com , user.

So here is how I would make it:

Yarn: cotton, viscose cotton mix, microfiber, viscose, - medium
Hook: 3 mm -3,5 mm

1.Chain the required length ( multiple of 3 + 1) ( use an existing blouse to measure against)
2. *Ch 3,sk 3,1sc in the next stitch *…repeat till the end of the row.
3.Ch5,1sc in the first ch 3 space ( work the sc in the middle stitch), *ch3 1sc in the next ch space*…repeat ** till the end of the row, finish by ch2 and 1dc in the last stitch .
4. Ch 2, sk one ch 3 space, 3 trc tog( trc cluster) ch2 ,3trc tog,ch2,3trc tog ,ch2,3trc tog in the next ch 3 space,*ch 3 -sk one ch3 space- 1 sc in the next ch 3 space,ch3 ,3 trc tog( trc cluster) ch2 ,3trc tog,ch2,3trc tog ,ch2,3trc tog in the next ch 3 space*... repeat ** till the end of the row. ( this is the row with “flower” finish from the chart.
5. Ch6 1 sc in the first ch2 space( between the flower petals),ch3 1 sc in the next ch space,ch3,1sc in the next ch space, ch 5 1sc in the next ch2 space (between the flower petals), *ch3 1 sc in the next ch space,ch3,1sc in the next ch space, ch3,1sc in the next ch space, ch 5 1sc in the next ch2 space (between the flower petals)*…repeat ** till the end of the row , 1tr crochet in the last stitch from the row below.
6.ch1, ch4,1sc in next space, ch3 1sc in the next space,ch3 1sc in the next space, * ch4 1 sc in the 5ch space ,ch4 1sc in the next space, ch3 1sc in the next space, ch3 1sc in the next space*…repeat ** till the end of the row…finish with ch4 and 1 sc crochet.
7. Ch6,1sc in next ch space,*ch3 ,1sc in the next space*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
Repeat sequence  4 to 7 until reaching required length for underarm decrease.

Slip stitch on top of the chain clusters ( 2 to 6 ch clusters depending on your measurement – I am size 38 European so I’ll skip 4). Work the *flower* row and stop between the same number of ch clusters on the other side.

Continue working the sequence until shaping the neck opening ( 2 -3 more sequences)
To shape the neck opening  -work  a flower on each edge(shoulders) and slst for the middle section of the back .

This is how you should read the chart for the back.

Here comes the challenge 1: following the exact same sequence follow the front chart and work it the exact same way ( shape the neck opening as you desire- the chart offers a  wide neck opening while the finished piece follows the same neck opening for the front as for the back).

Challenge 2:
When you have the chart ( diagram) stitches explained all you need is follow the chart.
So using the same sequence work the sleeves ( the chart is pretty exact).

Join the back and the front using a tapestry needle.
Add the sleeves.

Finish the garment working 2 rows of hdc  on the neck opening and sleeve cuffs.

The top is done J

Yes , this is not a complete pattern…but a lesson on how to work a crochet piece using a comprehensive chart.

The purpose of this blog remains the same : teaching you to crochet the easiest way possible using any source available to create remarkable pieces that will be trendy forever.

I hope you like this post and consider applying this lesson to create a stunning lacy top for this spring.

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duminică, 29 ianuarie 2017

Crochet Stylish Late Winter Early Spring Dress – Stylish Chanel Inspired Dress

Hello darlings J
We think that by now you have guessed ( after 4 years of blogging) that we are not  fans of winter.
However  we stumbled upon a posh looking , warm and comfy but also elegant  late winter –early spring  dress.
 The original pictured here is Asian originated. We found it while browsing the web and because it inspired us , we’ve also looked for the related charts to associate with it in writing this blog.

Why we love this?
1.       The A-line shape is very figure complementing
2.       The elegant romantic spider stitch border adds the exact amount of lace effect.
3.       It is perfect for leggings and army boots but also for winter or early spring tights and high heel boots.
4.       It’s warm , versatile, chic and stylish and compact enough so you can wear it without a lining.

So , without further chatting here is how to make it:

Yarn: merino fine, acrylic cotton mix also fine, cotton viscose fine
For a more spring ready finish: use mercerized cotton (fine)
Hook: 2,5- 3 mm hook

1.       Measure  chest circumference , hip circumference and bottom circumference. Divide by 2.
2.       Measure shoulder width.
·         Tip for beginners: You can make a paper layout ( pattern) for these measurement to have an idea.
The dress is worked upwards in two identical halves.

Back :
1.Chain the bottom length (multiples of 4+ 1)
2.Ch 4 1dc next ch from the hook,sk3, *1dc ch2 1dc ( v stitch) sk 3* repeat ** till the end of the row…finish with V stitch
Main Pattern:
3. Ch3 , 2dc in the ch space of the Vstitch,* 4dc in the ch space(shell) of the next Vstitch* , repeat ** till the end of the row.
4. Ch4 1dc in the first stitch, *1dc ch2 1dc ( v stitch) in the middle of the shell below*…repeat ** till the end of the row…finish with V stitch with 1ch in the middle.

Work the 3+4 rows sequence (main pattern) until you reach the desired length for hip area.

Waistline decrease: (starts with the first row in sequence ).
Mark the decrease start with stitch markers . Leave the stitch markers in to know when to decrease for the font section.
5.       Ch3, sk 3, *1dc ch2 1dc ( v stitch) sk 3* repeat ** till the end of the row…finish with 1dc
6.       Ch 4 1dc in the same stitch, ,* 4dc in the ch space(shell) of the next Vstitch* , repeat ** till the end of the row…end with Vstich with 1ch in the middle.

Repeat decrease 1 time. ( or 2 times – depending on your particular figure  )

Work as many rows as necessary till arm opening.
Shape  the arm opening:
Slip stich  8 stiches one side, skip the last 8 on the other
Using the same decrease as above 1 time , continue working to finish the back.

Example of decrease diagram: ( random related pattern)

Work exactly as the back the except for the neck opening.
Shape the neck opening:
Work a regular round decrease.

Join the 2 halves and work the lacy section in round starting from one side :

From bottom down:
1.       1dc in each stitch
2.       Ch3, 4dc, ch 4 sk1, *1tr in the next ch from the hook, sk 1 1tr,sk1 1tr,sk1 1tr, ch4 sk1, 4dc *…repeat ** till the end of the row
3.       Ch3, 4dc,ch4, *1sc in top of each tr below ( 4 sc) , ch4  4dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
4.       Ch3, 4dc,ch4, *1sc in top of each tr below ( 4 sc) , ch4  4dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
5.       Ch3, 4dc,ch4, *1sc in top of each tr below ( 4 sc) , ch4  4dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
6.       Ch 3, 4dc,*ch1,1tr ch1, 1tr ch1,1tr ch1, 1tr ch1, 4dc*…repeat ** till the end of the row.
7.       1dc in each stitch

Repeat : 1 to 7
Lace section complete.
Work 4 or 5  rows of X stich for the bottom.
Finish with picot stitch for both the bottom and neck opening.

Sleeves: ( they are a lot less trickier than it seems).
Start working  with base chain( wrist circumference + 2 cm)
Work 4 rows of X stitch, followed by the  lace section.
Continue with the main pattern until arm opening. Increase as you go up so it will fit your arm size.
 How to create sleeve decrease:
The standard method is :
1.       Count the number of rows in the front and back and you’ll have the number of rows you have left to make.
2.       Start decreasing  as you did for the waist line ( 2  or 3 decreases)
3.       Work until you have 2 rows left.
4.       Using slip stich and skip stitch form a round sleeve top in the last 2 rows.
( see Youtube for instructions)
Repeat the method for the second sleeve.
Join the sleeves. Finish the sleeves with picot stich.

The really pretty collar is not crocheted .
It is a regular Peter Pan collar you can DIY or buy .

You can also crochet a lace collar if you want ( black or navy dress will look beautiful with white crochet  collar)

Well this is about it.
I hope you choose to try making this dress for the last month of winter and future chilly spring days.
Have fun darlings and make sure you follow  on Facebook, Pinterest and Google +, for mode interesting ideas .

Anca  & Eva

vineri, 14 octombrie 2016

Crochet Fall Skirt– Free Crochet Pattern and Instructions and also a bit of history

Hello darlings,
As a few weeks ago  it proved a bit much for us deciding to deal with community page management , I thought a while about honoring this request. A lot of you asked for this pattern so here it is.
So …here comes a long due explanation about what do we do at Crochet Patterns to Try.
 The project started when my little one was on her way, while fighting cataract in both eyes. I was almost blind at that time, at 35 years old (a very early in life health challenge…oh well…you can guess what health problem makes the worst damage on a 20 years old- the age I got sick for the first time).
 I was learning crocheting  while expecting and post fall C-section I had the eye surgery in spring , got my eyes back and started to enjoy the craft . Most you know this since I kind of said it on Facebook : crocheting is therapy.
I was encouraged to learn and practice it by my doctors to fight depression, insomnia and the rest of the health issues that followed. So you can guess why I love it so much.
I am a working mom (corporate employee), a passionate blogger and online marketing guru and yeah…I crochet  too.
Don’t ask me how . I just do it and this story is not about looking for compassion from you guys.
I am simply letting you know about the road that I have behind that made me decide what  to do and not do when taking on the challenge to grow Crochet Patterns to Try into a brand.
1.       We don’t sell patterns.
I submitted a few patterns to profile magazines and sites in US and UK . When seeing the price they offered and the retainer conditions regarding the patterns once published I said…no thanks.
Also we …got a big annoyed since so many written patterns are hard to follow ( yeah I got stuck in a few) so we chose the chart – diagrams variation to learn, practice and create .

2.       We strictly design for the sake of beauty , not direct income.
Yes, we sell our designs locally, create original pieces upon order but they are not advertised on the community page. We plan to have a store created soon.

3.       We respect all designers and we advertise and offer credits. The fact that we post viral designs is the exact reason why the community has this huge number of users. All the posted content is taken from online communities. We don’t steal anything, nor we violate any copyright rights since such things are far from respecting the craft we so love.

In a world when crochet magazines can be downloaded from ISSU and any type of famous crochet garment is copied, replicated and sold on Asian markets the need to keep a pattern private enough has but 2 options:  Ravelry and Etsy.

These being said let’s talk about this particular skirt:
 There is no secret we are huge fans of everything Vanessa Montoro. She is a bit of a genius both in practicing the craft and selling it so she deserved our admiration.

Beleza ( alias) is the best chart translator of her designs. The Russian ladies in general and those from stratamum.ru in particular are huge fans of her work so you can guess where is this chart from.
I’ll try to the best of  my ability to translate Beleza’s handwritten hart into a set of written instructions for this elegant and trendy midi skirt.

Original: vegetal silk, medium , 2, 5 mm hook ( spring and early fall even winter ready for warm climates)
Variation: merino ,acrylic merino, cotton merino- medium, 2,5 – 3 mm hook. ( fall,winter ready for temperate climates)

Chart translation as we would work this skirt:
Worked in round without zipper opening ( texture is a bit stretchy so it it is easy to fit)

1.       Chain the circumference or your waist , slip stitch to join.turn
2.       Ch3, 1dc in each st, sl st to join, turn
3.       Ch2,ch3 , 1V stich in the same stitch as ch 2, *sk 3, 1hdc,ch 3,1Vstitch in the same stitch as the hdc*, repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join , turn
4.       Ch2, ch3, 1V stitch in the top of the most elevated stitch from the row below, 1hdc,ch 3,1Vstitch in the most elevated stitch from the row below, repeat till the end of the row. (most elevated stitch from the row below – the stitch where the ch3 and one on the dc from the V stitch are joined).
5.       Ch2, *3dc on top of the first hdc below, 1 hdc in the chain space below*, repeat ** till the end of the row
6.       1 row of fpdc ( front post dc)
7.       Repeat R3
8.       Ch3, ch1 1hdc in the most elevated stitch below , ch 1, *1dc on top of the hdc below ,ch1,1hdc in the most elevated stitch below ch 1 *, repeat ** till the end of the row.
9.       1 dc row
10.   1 fpdc row
11.   Ch3 sk1 1dc (tog), ch1,  2dc tog with 1sk stich in between(  2 double crochet together – A stich  skipping one  stitch ), repeat till the end of the row.
12.   1 row of fpdc with ch 1 in between.
13.   1 row of dc
14.   1 row of fpdc

15.   Ch2,1hdc  ch2 sk 2, *2hdc ch 2 sk 2* repeat ** till the end of the row
16.   Ch 3, 2dc tog ch2 2dc tog in each ch2 space below.
17.   Repeat 15
18.   Repeat 16
19.   1 row of dc
20.   Repeat section from R6 to R14 ( to get the desired lenght)
21.   1 row of hdc
22.   1 row of picot stitch to finish

Additional tips :
Try crocheting or inserting the finest round elastic band on the inside of the waist line to make sure the skirt remains fitted to your waste.
 Use lining in case you make it of another type of yarn than silk ,to prevent the static friction effect so common in winter.
Wash inside a lingerie pouch to prevent stretching (machine wash). We recommend hand wash.
Use conditioner to rinse (it maintains the yarn soft and glossy).
This is about it.
Hoping I shed some light on our endeavor , I also hope you guys like this post and try making a variation of this skirt .
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duminică, 7 august 2016

Crochet Flower Center Fall Pullover – Free Pattern

 Hello darlings.

 I think you know me by know and you also know my thing for crocheting spectacular looking items, you normally find for sale in the big brand stores.

This pullover is extremely famous …might I say viral …since I found it EVERYWHERE from Alien Express where it is sold to and impressive forums and blogs.

So far I did not find any written pattern so here it is my very own interpretation – a.k.a pattern , to help you guys make your own.
 This is the kind of pullover you dream of, to lay over a summery dress, a cami dress, a slip dress…to get a romantic…slightly boho look.
 The pullover is a combination of regular stitches and simple half hairpin lace.
Yarn suggestions :
1.    acrylic, cotton acrylic mix – medium, 3 - 4 mm hook. ( for chillier fall days)
2.    cotton mercerized, microfiber – 2,5-3 mm hook ( for the beginning of fall and chillier end of august nights)

How to make it:
Start from the middle to make the 3 tier flower motif
Inspirational chart below (just for inspiration)


1.    Ch 5 , slst to join
2.    Ch4, 1dc ch 3, …repeat (6dc ch3 in the circle), slst to join.
3.     Ch1, *1sc 1hdc, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc ( in the same ch space)*- one petal…repeat ** to get 6 petals.
4.    *Ch 6, 1sc (in the back of the exiting row of petals) in the space between the petals*, repeat ** to get 6 chain spaces, sl st to join.
5.    Ch1, *1sc , 1hdc, 5 dc, 1hdc, 1sc ( in the same ch space )* - one petal … repeat ** to get 6 petals.
6.    *Ch 8, 1sc (in the back of the exiting row of petals) in middle of the petals*, repeat ** to get 8 chain spaces, sl st to join.
7.    Ch1, *1sc , 1hdc, 7 dc, 1hdc, 1sc ( in the same ch space )* - one petal … repeat ** to get 8 petals.
8.    *Ch 8, 1sc (in the back of the exiting row of petals) in the space between the petals *, repeat ** to get 8 chain spaces, sl st to join.

This last row of chain spaces will be the linking space between the first section of half hairpin  lace and the 3 tier flower.
You have two choices :

1.    Use a wide ruler and work ( 8 x 8 = 64 )strips.

2.    Use the coiling method ( wrapping method in knitting) and pull even strips of yarn to create the loose lacy section.-also 64.

The 64 strips will be divided so each group of 8 will be linked using sc to the each 8ch space of the 3 tier flower.

On the other end of the strips you will work 1sc to close the strip and 1ch in between.

As you go on with the front section you will start the increase.
1.    In each stich formed by the loose end of the half hairpin lace section you will work 1dc,sl st to join
2.    Ch 4, 1dc, ch 1, *1is dc ch1* …repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join
3.    Ch 3, *2dc (in the ch space), 3dc (in the chain space)*, repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join.
4.    Ch 4, 1dc, ch 1, *1dc ch1* …repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join
According to the number of stitches resulted in this last row work the second half hairpin section (same number of strips as the stitches).

This time each strip links with each stitch. On the other end of the strip work as before 1sc and 1ch.

From now on the sequence is worked as follows:
You will finish the bottom :
1.    1dc in each stitch
2.    Ch4, 1dc, ch1, *1dc , ch1*..repeat ** till the end of the row, sl st to join.
3.    Ch3, 2dc in the next ch space, *1 dc, 2dc in the next ch space*…repeat ** till the end of the row , sl st to join.
Repeat 2 and 3 and 2 again.

By now you almost have the front piece is wide enough.
On the bottom part work another 2 ( don’t go all around like before but naturally link to the sides). Finish with 3dc in one stitch ,sk 2, 1sc…from on side to the other.

Finishing the top:
The same sequence applies (2, 3,2,3) but use the below chart to inspire you how to decrease for shaping the neck opening and arm holes.

Same stitch combination applies for the sleeves.

The Back:
 As you can see the back is rather simple ,
You can go for the original version but for a warmer pullover you can opt for the same sequence as for the sleeves.

The lacy finish back:
1.    Ch 4, *1dc, ch 1*…repeat **

Extra tip:
Regardless the type of back you choose keep in mind to work according to the front side so it will have exactly the same dimensions ( be extra careful at the bottom )

This is about it.

I know it may seem a bit of a handful but trust me when I say it isn’t.

You just have to dare and try it and you will have the kind of pullover that will help add to your bohemian / romantic feel. The combinations you can use this pullover in are endless so dare and have fun and feel free to post the result on our Facebook page as a comment to the link with this posts.

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duminică, 12 iunie 2016

Piper Crochet Singlet by Arnhem – How to Make It – Free Crochet Pattern

Hello darlings from a not so sunny Sunday …

Oh well …my love for summer and the dream of a …still…distant vacation inspired me to write this blog about a beach ready top.

You can obviously buy the item from Arnhem but if you are like me…ready for a weekend challenge here is how to make your own.

First a few things I like about the Piper Singlet by Anhem :

1.     Tassels: very figure complementing

2.     Light and airy not to mention easy stitches used : very beginner fitted

3.     The versatile shape able to accommodate any bra size.

OK. Now you gals will most likely ask me…how is this figure complementing?

I will tell you this. It’s all in the shape. Since this crochet top is loose fit the tassels contribute to a comfy but figure complementing finish.

Basically you will work front and back almost… in one piece so be sure you measure the right way:

How to measure:
1.    Measure the bust circumference ( wearing a comfortable bra). Add 2 cm to the measurement and divide by 2. Now you have the base.

Yarn recommendation: cotton medium, worsted or mercerized or microfiber acrylic, 3 mm hook and 2, 5 mm hook.

How to make it:
Start with the front: 3 mm hook
1.    Chain according to the measurement.
2.    Ch4, *1dc ch1*, repeat ** till the end of the row.
3.    Ch1, 1sc in each stitch.
4.    Repeat 3.
5.    Ch2 and work it together with the next dc ( first decrease) 1dc in each chain for the rest of the row and finish with 2dc tog ( the decrease in the other end)
Change to 2, 5 mm hook.
6.     Ch3, 1dc in each stitch. Repeat  2 times ( for larger sizes 3 times)
7.    Ch2 and work it together with the next dc ( second decrease) 1dc in each stitch , finish with 2dc tog ( the second decrease in the other end)
8.    Ch3, 1dc in each stitch.
Change back to 3 mm hook
9.    Ch 4, *1dc ch1*, repeat ** till the end of the row.

Chain the straps. Starting from the end of the row chain the first strap, add the number of chains as in the last row worked for the front and chain the second strap.
Make sure you measure the length of the straps accordingly that you will have long enough straps as seen in the original model.
Start working the back in the designated chain space.
Use 3mm hook
1.    Ch5, *1trc, ch2* …repeat ** till the end of the row.
2.    Repeat 1 , 3 times ( 4 rows)
3.    Ch1, 1sc in each stitch.
4.    Repeat 3.
5.    Ch2, *1dc ch1*…repeat ** till the end of the row.

Work 1dc in each of the stitches on the interior of the large chain, including the top of the front and back.

Tassels or fringes
Add them using the method from the below posted Youtube link.

Join the bottom of the front and back and you are done.
So in spite of looking complicated this is a basic kind of crochet garment , the kind you could make while watching 2 episodes of your favorite TV show.
 Of course not all of us can wear something like this without a bra… However I find this ideal for beach wear combined with shorts or a flowing T shirt maxi skirt. Wear it on top of your bikini bra or Tshirt bra and you will have a chic slightly boho, festival inspired look.

I hope you like this post and you would dare to make your own hip chic summer crochet top.

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