Tag: summer top

New Crochet Top – The Summer Breeze Tee

New Crochet Top – The Summer Breeze Tee

The Summer Breeze Tee is my gorgeous modern take on using the granny stitch in a garment design. I am thrilled that this one turned out exactly as I imagined it would. What do you think? The back of this tee is entirely granny stitch, 

Flowers and Diamonds Summer Top – A Free Crochet Pattern by Toyslab Creations

Flowers and Diamonds Summer Top – A Free Crochet Pattern by Toyslab Creations

Isn’t the Flowers and Diamonds Summer Top just gorgeous? I am thrilled that Sulaimon Toyyibah, the designer behind Toyslab Creations, has honoured us with a guest designer post for this pattern! A little bit about the designer: Hi, I am Sulaimon Toyyibah, the designer behind 

This Summer’s Must Make …. The Sarah Bolero

This Summer’s Must Make …. The Sarah Bolero

I am so excited to introduce you all to the Sarah Bolero!

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The Sarah Bolero is the design I made for the the July 2022 edition of Crochet Foundry Magazine.

Recognise the stitch?

I knew when I made my Sarah Tee last summer that I wanted to expand the ‘Sarah Collection’. So when Crochet Foundry put out their design call it was the opportunity I needed to start making another ‘Sarah’ design!

The Sarah Tee
The Sarah Tee
The Sarah Tee

I wanted the next design that you could wear everyday casually with jean or shorts and a top. But I also wanted it to be able to transition seamlessly for a more formal event – a skirt and top for date night, a dress when you attend a wedding, or even something that maybe the bride could wear over to keep the chill off her shoulders and arms.

 

 

Do you think I pulled all of that off with this design? I hope I did…..

The slight lapel on the front panels adds a slightly formal look to this top where you can add a corsage, brooch etc when dressing it up. If you don’t want these then it is easy enough to alter when attaching your front panels to the back panel by sewing all the way along the front panel to one half of the back panel.

A first for me!

Can you believe that its as my first time designing a garment with fingering weight yarn? I also needed a C hook!! My thought when I opened this gorgeous yellow yarn was ‘OK! I can do this!’

My personal design process really helped me with this pattern because by the time I sit down to actually start creating a pattern I already know what stitches I will be using, the look I am going for and how I will have to put it all together. Not to mention the stitch multiples I need to pull it all together. So by this point I am working out my gauge and writing the pattern as I go ready to get to my testers.

Some designers will literally sit down and just decide what they are doing when they pick up a hook. I have a picture in my head. If I sit with a hook and yarn without having any idea what I am doing I end up frogging so many projects as I change my mind about stitches, don’t like my stitch combo etc. I really admire designers who can!

The Sarah Bolero Pattern pdf

For a little while you can only get this pattern as part of the July 2022 edition of the Crochet Foundry magazine! If you are interested in purchasing this edition you can do so by clicking the button below.

Theme of Pink Lemonade

The theme of this edition of the Crochet Foundry magazine is Pink Lemonade. There are some gorgeous patterns in this one and a great selection; a poncho, a top, a sundress, a bolero, and a cardigan! It really is a gorgeous issue!

 

 

The Yarn

For the Sarah Bolero I used Palette Fingering Weight yarn by WeCrochet in shade Safflower.

There are 231 yards to each skein, so despite it only being 50g there is a lot of yarn hiding in there!

This yarn is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool and is so soft and luxurious to work with, yet so reasonably priced too! If you haven’t tried this yarn yet I would highly recommend it to you. The drape is just gorgeous too.

The colour range is staggering! I went and checked this morning and there are no less than 156 shades available at the time of posting this!!

Purchase the yarn I used here

I shall certainly be using this more in my future designs despite it being a hand wash, dry flat yarn.

 

 

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The Hook Used

I used a C hook (2.75mm) in pink from the Furls Odyssey Collection which works perfectly with the Palette yarn. Without a doubt the Odyssey hooks are my favourites to work with.

  • I love the weight of them – some people can’t get away with how heavy they feel compared to other hooks. But I love the weight. I helps to keep my tension and stitches consistent, especially on bigger WIP projects. I think I have 6 or 7 odyssey hooks now!
  • I haven’t broken one yet! They are so durable. When I think I can often pop a pen or hook in the corner of my mouth without realising it. These hooks can take a battering. So although they are considered more luxury hooks they will stand the test of time! Unless of course you would like to drive over them, intentionally throw them against a wall etc.
  • The look fabulous! You can’t deny how pretty these hooks are. And the glitter you can get in them as well as the solid colours just adds something to them.
  • I can (almost) crochet all day without stopping when I use these hooks.

 

 

Skill level and assembly

This is most definitely not a beginner pattern, but it is good for intermediate crocheters.

It uses the Y stitch but once you get the hang of that you will love this stitch combo!!

This bolero is made in sections which makes the pattern much easier to follow for an intermediate crocheter. You make the back and front panels, then the arms (so you can really easily adjust the length of these to be longer or shorter!) Then you stitch them together.

I made the arms as separates because I wanted the direction of the stitch combination to be the correct way up.

 

Don’t Forget…

The only place that you can get this pattern currently is in the July 2022 edition of Crochet Foundry Magazine.

 

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The Abbie Tee – A Quick Summer Make

The Abbie Tee – A Quick Summer Make

The Abbie tee is a quick, light, airy and fairly mindless crochet project that you can make in a couple of evenings. Made with #3 weight (DK) yarn it is perfect for summer. The semi-open stitches mean that you can wear it over a vest 

Jingle in July – Designer’s Picks Patterns!

Jingle in July – Designer’s Picks Patterns!

There are so many fantastic designers out there. I am lucky that I co-work with a fabulous group of ladies. We have come together to bring you a week long event which runs from 24th – 31st July 2021. It is the Jingle in July 

The Highland Neamh Tee – a summer must have!

The Highland Neamh Tee – a summer must have!

The Highland Neamh Tee is a summer must-have for your wardrobe! It is the latest edition to our Highland Neamh collection which currently has the gorgeous cocoon cardigan and the fun to make wrap with the mobius twist. You can check these patterns out further down this post. I plan to also add a beach bag / tote to the collection very soon.

 

Suitable for confident beginners.

It uses the same stitch combo that is in our Highland Neamh Collection. These stitches create a gorgeous texture that is suitable for so many projects.

 

 

With a 4 row fairly easy repeat it also means that there is enough interest to prevent you getting bored whilst creating this one.

A close up of the texture

 

The Highland Neamh Tee

This tee is made of two rectangles and is boatneck style so you do not have to worry about shaping. Just make sure that you work the correct size and it will look stunning!

The Highland Neamh Tee was written with 2″ of ease in each size, but if you make the next size up it also looks fabulous with 4″ of ease!

I actually made 2 of these tees when I was designing it. The blue version was made for me (I am a size large), but when I crocheted the coral one for my sister I decided to up a size and see how it looked with more ease. I also added a little bit more length to the overall design. I’m wishing I had had done that for myself too!!

Sarah and I by the pond wearing our Highland Neamh Tees
Can you see why I feel like the frumpy one and prefer to stay behind the camera?

 

Yarn and materials

I used Stylecraft Naturals Bamboo and Cotton mix in surf (the blue version) and coral (the pinker version) for this design. It is a DK or 3 weight cotton that has a gorgeous drape and a nice shine to it that works perfectly to show of the texture of your stitches. For the size large I only needed 4 skeins per tee, so you get a lot of yardage in this yarn (273 yards per skein)!

 

 

You will also need:

  • #3 weight yarn or cotton of choice. I used 4 skeins of Stylecraft Naturals Bamboo and Cotton in surf for size large.
  • 4mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional but recommended to mark first and last st of the row and for assembly)
  • Scissors

 

Size inclusive

The Highland Neamh Tee has been written in 9 sizes. It will fit adults from size XS to 5X (that is a bust measurement of up to 62″).

Summer Exclusives Event Bundle:

This pattern was featured in the Summer Exclusives Event hosted by Cosy Rosie UK. There is a fantastic bundle which contains all of the patterns that were in this event for one awesome price … $18 for 29 patterns! Check out this bundle and see what is included please use the button below! This is an affiliate link so we do get a small commission if you purchase this bundle at no extra cost to you!

 

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So much fun

This is the second garment that my sister, Sarah, has modelled for me. Did you see my Sarah Tee design? It is fabulous if I do say so myself!

We had so much fun on the photoshoot for the Highland Neamh Tee. The weather was gorgeous. We decided to walk the mile and a bit between Sarah’s house and my mum’s via the fields and the pit pond with my Great Dane, Hugo. It became a family outing. My husband, brother-in-law and 17 year old nephew came too. Of course, that meant lots of comments and silliness along the way!

And I learned something else about Sarah… I hadn’t realised how nervous Sarah was of sheep before. As we all moved out of home  my mum started rescuing animals …. turkeys, ducks, chickens, horses, dogs and now sheep!  I laugh so much at this photo because Sarah was trying not to show she was nervous whilst gritting her teeth. I’m not sure why she went into that field in the first place, but I couldn’t resist asking her to smile for a minute anyway.

 

 

 

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The Sarah Tee
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The Highland Neamh Cocoon Cardigan
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Highland Neamh Wrap
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