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

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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 🙂

One sleeve star stitch top


I really love one sleeve or off the shoulder tops and blouses so I decided to create one for myself. It was a real challenge because it was one of the first crochet patterns created by me. I looked for a stitch pattern that I liked and I chose the star stitch (one of the many variations).

I made a sketch, took measurements and made a swatch to see what hook to use. The project is crocheted from bottom to top, front side and back side. It was pretty easy until I had to do decreases for the waist 😦 I tried several methods until I found a way to work it out but I’m not sure I can do it again 😀 Well, maybe I can but I don’t need too, at least not yet, thank God! Same story with the increases (phew!!).  I attached the sleeve at the end, added some picot borders at the sleeve and bottom of the project and done! It turned out pretty well, I think.

This is how it looks on me:

I hope you like it 🙂

One sleeve star stitch top

To dress or not to dress


As you’ve probably noticed there aren’t many dress patterns on the web, at least that’s what I’ve found, so I decided to make my own. Actually, I wasn’t trying to make a dress but a bustier top. As I was working it I thought: well, my body is a bit out of shape, how am I going to wear this?? I should have cut down those French fries the last time 😀 Oh, well…

All of a sudden I was crocheting and crocheting and couldn’t stop. A slap on the wrist would be nice from time to time, don’t you agree? So, my bustier became a dress that I was pretty proud of, considering I’ve learned to crochet less than a year or so, and I started to create my own patterns pretty soon after, although it was a bit of a challenge, a little scary too.

I will show you more of my designs but it’s sort of drag because I’m pretty lazy at writing patterns. I usually write them down on paper in a very cryptic form (he he) and sometimes even I don’t understand what I write.

Dress for success

Steps to make the dress if you’re interested:

I used cotton and a 5mm hook.

I measured my breast in the widest part and chained accordingly.

Row 1: Ch 27, Sc in every ch except the first. Turn.

Row 2: Ch1 (first Sc), continue with Sc for 7 cm (or how much it’s needed) until you reach the widest part of the breast. Work only half of the stitches, turn.

Next rows work only that half with Sc until you get an L shaped piece. Join the two legs of the “L” with slip stitch on the wrong side. Now you have the first cup.

Work 2 rounds of Sc around the cup with 3 Sc in the corners of the triangle.

Next round: start on the side that comes between the breasts of the cup  * Ch3, sk1 st, 1Sc; Repeat from * until you complete that side, work Sc on the exterior of the cup and the base.

Next round: Slip st in the first ch3 space, ch3 (counts as first Dc) 6Dc, Sc in the next ch3 sp, 7 Dc in the next space, Sc in the next ch3 space, 7 Dc in the next space until the end of the Ch3 spaces, work the other two sides Sc. Fasten off. You will have something like this:

Bustier cup

Work the second cup mirrored. Add straps to each cup (work a chain with the desired length, Sc in each chain.). Join the two cups and work Sc in the round increasing for how many times you need to fit your figure.

On the “mannequin”

At the bottom of the dress I’ve added some crochet motifs that I’ve found here .

Motif border

I hope it makes sense 🙂