Knit and crochet OCD


I might not post a lot but I keep my hands very busy, sometimes I just can’t stop 🙂 It’s text-book OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) when you’re obsessed about something and you are not able to stop doing that thing even if it hurts :)))

Now, let me show you what I’ve been up to lately:

My first Raglan style dress (sorry about the pictures, not so fancy :D)

Raglan style black dress1 Raglan style black dress2

Piece of cake after I figured out how to do the Raglan increases 😉 I’ve made crochet borders from joined motifs (at the base of the neck and bottom of the dress) I picked up stitches and knit to the end. I’ve made alterations for a better fit (increase/decrease evenly in the round), I added 2×2 Rib knitted borders at the sleeves.

Next project done was a purse that I made for someone, I did it before but I thought you might like to see how it turned out 🙂 You can find the pattern here

Circle based granny square purse1 Circle based granny square purse2

Then, my inspiration came from a cute pattern that you can find here. It’s shrug but I modified it and made it longer with long sleeves. I made one for my mom, too 🙂

Hat and top1 Treble crochet top

And of course, to go with it I stitched up a hat after I saw a picture on Google and tried to do something similar, not so slouchy though.

Treble crochet hat

Next was this cute top, a crochet knit combo with foundation Hdc and Hdc worked in every stitch through the back loops only, picked up stitches (120sts) and worked a cable pattern 6CB 6CF with a purl stitch on each side (P16CB 6CFP1), knit the rest of the stitches. So, for the cable pattern you need 14 stitches and the rest it up to you how many you need to cast on to fit your size. The crochet part is worked flat and the knitted part in the round.

Cable top1 Cable top2

The last finished item was a V-stitch cardigan with reverse single crochet borders:

Cardigan and top1 Cardigan and top2 V-stitch cardi1

Right now I’m working on two projects so I’ll keep you posted 🙂 Hope you enjoyed my manic knitting (crocheting) phase. LOL

Picot fans bolero and top


Finally finished what I was working on as I was telling you in an earlier post. My inspiration was the beautiful picot fans stitch. I made the top first, starting with the cups (if you recall the pattern for the cup is the same from the To dress or not to dress post). That was pretty easy. I worked the fan part in the round, added 2 straps and It went fairly quickly. The bolero was another story 😀 I had an idea in my mind of how I wanted it to look like and as I was working it I changed it completely :))). I like it better how it turned out. The tricky part is that I didn’t write only part of the pattern as I was working so it will be a challenge if I want to make it again. Oh, well…

Let me now what you think, hope you like them 🙂

A little inspiration goes a long way


I’ve been busy working on something cute, almost done, can’t wait to show you 🙂 Until then, I would love to share with you a knitted project that I made (actually two) inspired by an awesome lace shrug pattern. Work flat the lace part and the garter stitch part in the round.

It is a fairly simple pattern as long as you get used to making the lace 😀 If you want to know how it’s made, there you go:

Worsted weight yarn, 8 mm circular knitting needle, 4 mm knitting needle. Size: medium.

Back:

CO 120 sts, work lace pattern 4 times (flat).

Lace pattern (flat):

(Worked over a multiple of 12 sts):

Row 1: [Yo, k2tog] to end.
Row 2: P all sts.
Row 3: K all sts.
Row 4: P all sts.
Row 5: [S1-k2tog-psso, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4] to end.
Rows 6 & 7: [P3tog, p4, yo, p1, yo, p4] to end.
Row 8: [S1-k2tog-psso, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4] to end.
Row 9: [P3tog, p4, yo, p1, yo, p4] to end.

Next row: K2tog to end of row.

Front: same as for Back.

Join body (work in the round from now on). Place both sides on 4 mm circular needles and start working garter stitch (K one round, P next round). Increase and decrease evenly as much as you need. Work for 20-25 cm garter stitch. BO.

This is for the short version (as a top) and for the dress all you have to do is repeat the lace pattern as many times as you want for the length. Add straps if you’d like.

The lace pattern it is not my creation, it is from the link above.