New! Windy Sea Pullover September 9, 2020 04:47
Willow Yarns has recently created a beautiful yarn with a blend of wool and alpaca—Dusk. It's amazingly soft, and works up super fast in crochet. They sent me a little sample over the summer, and I whipped up this beauty for them. Take a look!
The Windy Sea Pullover is worked flat, in separate pieces and seamed by single crocheting through two pieces of fabric. I love that "seaming" crochet doesn't require the use of a tapestry needle, nor sewing skills.
The ribbing at the hem and sleeve cuffs is worked sideways, by working half-double crochet stitches through the back loop. Then the wavy stripe pattern is worked along the selvedge.
The back and front are worked straight up to the underarms. The sleeves are increased from the cuff to the underarm.
I tried a few different ways of shaping the sleeves before I settled on a gradual increase. I didn't get a photo of the sleeves in progress, but here's a screen shot from one of my Patreon Designing updates. You can watch that video here, and see all my Patreon posts relating to the Windy Sea Pullover here.
The body and sleeves are worked separately, then the sides and raglan lines are joined before working the upper yoke section.
The stitches for the yoke are worked around the tops of the body and sleeves, in the round… sort of. In order to give the same ribbing effect as on the hem and cuffs, the half-double-crochet stitches that are worked into the back loop need to be worked in rows. So, at the end of each "round" the round is joined then turned, like working in rows.
The pattern is written for sizes 37" to 67"! Read more about sizing, yarn requirements, gauge, etc… here. And the Windy Sea Pullover pattern can be purchased online from Willow Yarns as a digital download, printed pattern or with the yarn as a kit.
What kinds of things can you imagine yourself doing while wearing this cozy crochet sweater?
New Crochet Pattern - Rad in Red Tank May 9, 2016 06:00
The June issue of I Like Crochet is out! If you subscribe (which I would recommend—they publish bi-monthly, and each issue is PACKED with a ton of great patterns), you can access my Rad in Red pattern. Or, if you can endure waiting, I'll be self-publishing this eventually on this website and Ravlery. But who can wait, really? This top is just too awesome.
About the Pattern:
Crochet motifs are a really fun way of creating fabric—especially when they are joined as you go. Changing hook sizes is an easy way to create shaping with smaller motifs at the waist, and larger, looser ones at the hips. Make your Rad in Red as shown, or customize the length into an airy summer dress!
The motif-skirt is crocheted first, then the stitches for the bodice are worked around the top edge of the skirt, with straps growing up off the front, going over the shoulder then sewn to the bodice on the back.
About the Yarn:
I choose Quince & Co.'s Willet for this top because it's such a perfect yarn. It's 100% cleaner cotton, which isn't organic, but not conventional either. Quince & Co. has written up a great blog post all about this cleaner cotton.
Willet is great to crochet with—it's a sport weight, is super soft, but I don't suspect it will pill at all. The stitch definition is beautiful. I would really recommend trying it, but if you want to substitute, I think this top will look great in a cotton, cotton blend or even wool—if you're up for wool in warmer weather. You'll need about 750 (910, 1240, 1450, 1690) yards of a sport-weight yarn.
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What do you love about this top? In what yarn and color would you make your Rad in Red Tank? Would you make this as a gift? Perhaps your daughter, niece or mom would love it! Leave a comment below—I love to hear from you!