Crochet Bralette/Summer Top

I stayed up all night again hooking since my two spirited boys and work keep me very busy during the day.

Here’s the updated and finished product. You can see the beginning process here.

I changed my mind on the bottom part and decided on a fan shell stitch instead of the square motifs. Here are the pictures.

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I made the center part higher so it can give the top a more feminine look, at least I think it does. I noticed it on a bathing suit top I had. I worked dc and tr on the center stitches.

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18680117481_a8d41901cd_oAnd here’s what it looks like once it’s on.

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Crocheting… it’s bringing sexy back!

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WIP: Crochet Bralette/Summer Top

Summer makes me think of sun, beach, tanning, relaxing, and… crocheting! Okay, anytime of the year makes me think of crocheting.

I’m also not in the mood to crochet blankets, scarves or beanies, but there are many things I can crochet during the summer. Take this project, for example, it’s a crocheter’s must. I’ve been meaning to finally graduate to crocheting clothes.

I like to believe I can crochet anything so I’m putting it to the ultimate test. I’m making a crochet top, one of those bralettes we see at music festivals. It’s very bohemian, very popular and in fashion right now. In fact, I’m seeing crochet tops, shawls, vests, borders, and shorts all over. I find myself staring every time someone has on anything crochet… I know, I’m a total perv. What can I say, yarn is my weakness.

Enough chatter, here’s my WIP

18646829312_1f5e99b7c9_o (1)To make the cups, I made a chain from the bottom of the breast to where the nipple would be, this one is about 20ch. I hdc across and instead of turning, I added 3hdc to the beginning ch. and worked hdc in each stitch until I got to the end. I turned and went back, hdc until the end again, making sure I increased at the top. This makes the “cup.” I made two “triangles.”

I connected the bottom and added a border. I got the pattern (#22) from this book:

18651530475_3e08f100b3_oI’m trying to use patterns from my crochet book collection. I love to wing it and make up my own patterns, but sometimes I don’t have the time.

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Here’s the end result: Looks so pretty already. I could leave it like that and make a bikini top, but I want to add more.18028840794_1e7d488378_o

For the bottom, I’m going to connect square motifs (#61 Isabella Square ) from this book:

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This is the square, I love the lacy doily look.

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And that’s it so far. I’ll post more as I go.

Crochet Slouch Beanie

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I just wanted to show off today’s head accessory 🙂

Sorry there’s no pattern. I was testing out a chunky yarn and I just went with it. I get so many compliments on this hat, I plan on making more to put on my future Etsy page… I know, I’ve been saying that forever. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.

Crochet Bookmark

Lo nuevo de mis tejidos…

I haven’t had time to crochet. Being a busy mom, working and on top of that our recent move. Time is what I wish I had.

 

Last night I was contemplating on whether I should read or crochet. So what do I do? I crocheted a bookmark! What a great project to describe both of my biggest passions.

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I was inspired by a pin on Pinterest. Yay! One completed pin, a million to go!

Here’s the pattern.

I used Lion Brand’s Bonbon Yarn, Green and Dusty Rose from the Nature package. It took me less than an hour to complete and I was able to get my crochet fix 😉

 

Crochet Mystery Challenge: Week 2

A few days ago I started the first part of the Crochet Crowd’s Mystery Challenge.

Last night I began and finished Week 2 ,which consists of 4 legs and a pair of ears. This is a very simple project and it’s so easy to follow Mikey’s tutorial. I’ve done my fair share of crocheted dolls. For a while I stopped because I noticed my wrists would hurt more when I would do amigurumi. After I finished these little parts, I went to bed with a bit of pain. It must be because I work my stitches tighter and thus put more pressure.

Take a look at what we got going so far.

 

Louie at Week 2. Hmm Giraffe? Hippo? Armadillo?

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Crochet Gifts for Every Occasion: Baby

If you are friend or family, sooner or later you are bound to receive a crochet gift. I can make about anything in crochet, but what I love to do is baby items. Babies look adorable in crochet hats, booties, and blankets. Sure I can go through registries and buy something that won’t take as much time, but one thing I will tell you, If I make time to do something for you, you are indeed special 🙂

This is my recent baby gift for a friend’s baby. I saw that in their registry they had asked for leg warmers, so what do I do? I crochet some leg warmers… and a few other things. Here is what this beautiful baby received from me.

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I don’t remember how I made the leg warmers. That happens to me a lot. I pick up a hook and some yarn and say “I think I’ll crochet this today,” and it all magically appears.

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And I kept going. These leg warmers needed a matching headband, and voila!

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I also ordered a pack of rattles a while ago to use on all of my amigurumi and I tested them out putting one inside this beautiful little owl. The rattle is a perfect size and it’s loud enough to be stuffed inside amigurumi. I can’t wait to make more.

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To top it off I added the cutest beanie ever that supports and encourages breast feeding. The pattern for this is pretty simple, like any ordinary beanie but with a few rows up before increasing.

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One of the items that was not crochet but indeed handmade is the blanket with ribbon tags. Babies love tags and this can be used as a burp or quick wipe cloth.

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Handmade gifts are always the best and I love the face of appreciation and happiness when they receive them.

Crochet: Neck Warmer with Buttons

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My latest crocheting project is this buttoned neck warmer.

I have 5 skeins of this yarn. I bought it long time ago on clearance at a Walmart back in Southern California. It was practically free and it was during a time where I wasn’t a pro (not that I’m a pro now, but I have some tricks up my sleeve) and didn’t know how to switch colors. I thought my best option was to get variated yarn.

The problem I have with this yarn is that is too spring-y and here I go making a neck warmer. I guess it’s practical since we get cold springs and summers. Upon completion I decided it’s not that bad after all.

I got the pattern from Ravelry and used a size I hook.

I am trying to use up all of my yarn stash and so I’ll be posting some other stuff I make with what’s left.