A summer with a change of sceneryMORE SUMMER IDEAS
Hi, arachnids! This summer we continue our quest for patterns that are nice, pretty and cheap to satisfy our unstoppable knitting and crocheting addiction. And once again, it merged with our other addiction with colorful summer cottons, linens and silks.
We are aware that the summer has come (and has left!) and that some people live in the Land of the Endless Summer, so the conditions that needed to be met were airy designs that were fast to make without too much hassle.
This summer is a special one because we had a change of scenery, and by Aracne’s orders, we moved out to a new city, closer to the sea and the sun :), but don’t worry, this only will inspire us more.
The big summer winner: crochet
Once again, crochet is the winner and this year we went crazy crocheting all summer long.
Dress with flare
Let’s start with this free pattern from Red Heart that I’ve been looking forward for a while. This dress is beautiful and since I love skirts with flare, I thought it was perfect for me. Although, I think it would adapt to any frame. This pattern is really well-written and it’s a fast crochet project done from top-down without seams. The stitches it uses are really open, so it’s easy to hide a mistake without showing, and it makes it easy to modify the pattern. You only need to have in mind that after blocking (or hanging it), it will stretch a lot, so you need to calculate this when deciding where to make your waist or the skirt length.
I wanted something colorful this year, so I got 4 skeins of a green-colored thread (911) of DMC’s Cébélia 10 with a 4 mm hook. This thread is one of my favorites and I used it in other colors for various projects like my Eolande Shawl and my Light as Air Vest and I will surely use it again. I also was lucky to find a green dress of the same color to use underneath.
The only problem with this pattern is that is only in English, but I will try to translate it as soon as I can to share it with you.
This year I decided to make two patterns that I liked a lot from the last issue of the Interweave Crochet Magazine(Summer 2017). For this reason, these patterns are not free.
I made this tank with a Katia’s Cotton Stretch in a beautiful coral (29) color and a 4,5 mm hook. I’m not sure about recommending this cotton for crocheting because it splits a lot and the stitches are not well-defined. But maybe, it would work better with knitting.
This pattern is mostly repetitions and is easy to understand. I would recommend to use light materials because the crochet is mostly solid so it can end up weighing down (I used 7 skeins).
Finally, I did the swatch wrong and it turned out one size bigger so I had to use a waist belt to keep it less loose.
Spiral Seashell Top
This pattern is also part of the same issue of the magazine and it caught my eye because of that lace back and the pattern in the front. Although I’m not into crop tops, I decided to make it and used it to the beach.
This is a super-fast crochet project; you can have it two or three days if you’re experienced with graphic instructions. And I only needed two skeins of Katia’s Linen in a beige color (22). This mix of cotton and linen is extremely soft and it becomes even softer after blocking it.
Sophie’s Universe Book Cover
This pattern was the big surprise of the summer because it ended up being different of what I originally planned. I initially wanted to make this STUNNING blanket called Sophie’s Universe but after starting, I decided to give my grandmother a gift (because she loves to write), and I thought this would make the perfect gift.
I did the cover without a pattern: I just crocheted a rectangle from the measures of a standard large notebook and sew the appliqué Sophie’s Universe on top in an asymmetrical fashion.
These beautiful colors are from Katia’s Capri, a cotton variety I used before for my Molly Skirt and, although I believe it’s stiff for a crochet garment but it’s perfect for this kind of projects because it gives them structure and a unparalleled shine.
This is a free pattern and it’s translated to Spanish!
Red Bud Isle Top
This pattern comes in the same Pom Pom magazine of my Windlass Top, so it’s in English and it’s not free.
The pattern is well-written and it’s pretty straightforward. The top has an uncommon construction (it’s basically a semicircle that crosses at the back and then you add it straps), and the result is eye-catching with details at the back and straps.
For this top I used 3 ½ skeins of Katia’s All Seasons Cotton in a pale orange (14). This cotton is shiny and very soft, which results in a fabric with good grape for garments.
This is all for today, but we’ll be back with more recommendations and free patterns!